We hadn't factored in walking breaks into the long run, no. We were only walking when we couldn't physically run anymore. I think this is down to my attitude of feeling like I've failed unless I run the whole distance! So maybe we need to put in some walks to get us through.
We have a bowl of porridge before our runs (and then leave time for it to settle) and then take gels and water with us.
We only bought our shoes in April so they should still be ok?
I think you are right about substituting a gym session for another run and getting in some longer runs in the week. We mainly do weights - arms, abs and legs. Would a longer run in the week be classed as 6-7 miles or are we looking at 10+?
I had wondered whether we were going too fast. We do slow down when we start to feel like we are struggling but maybe it's too late by that point.
I think our nutrition needs to be looked at and we need to put more protein in our diet and have proper dinners of an evening. Sometimes we can't be bothered to cook so we have scrambled eggs on toast which is obviously not enough if we're doing this amount of exercise!
Hi all, any advice or suggestions would be welcome!
I am training for the Chester marathon in october. I have no illusions that I'll be running the whole way but I would like to try and get to 20 miles before then.
My partner and I run a couple of short runs in the week and then a long run on Sundays. We also do weights at the gym 2-3 times per week.
We ran a half marathon in May as part of our training but things haven't gone great since then and we can't seem to get past the 13 mile mark.
For the past couple of weeks on our long runs we have hit the 9 mile and then 12.5 mile mark and our legs just have no energy left and we end up having to stop and walk. For me my whole leg aches, especially the knees which feel tender. We take water and gels and we both wear suitable trainers.
We live and train in Stoke on Trent which is hilly to say the least, so not sure if this is hindering us.
Any suggestions welcome, as I'm becoming disheartened that I won't be running the marathon at all at the rate we're going!
I'm currently training for a half marathon which is in 3 weeks' time. My partner and I have run 11 miles now so I think we have broken the back of it
However, on Saturday just gone we went for our weekly long run and we got to about the 9 mile mark and my legs suddenly went to jelly and felt really numb. It was like that 'dead leg' feeling you get if you have been sat on them.
Is this muscle fatigue? We always take water with us and had been thinking of buying some gels for the long runs but had not got around to it.
Just wondering if it's to do with replenishing the energy stores as it's the first time it has happened and we had to keep stopping and walking because the feeling just wouldn't come back in my legs until we got home and I rested them.