I'm currently marathon training for my 2nd trail marathon and, from experience, in-race nutrition is absolutely critical and my major error in my first one. I took on no food until mile 22 at which point I ate lots of jelly babies and drunk some coke, which were both much needed as I was pretty much spent! I am not keen on gels either but will perhaps try on this occasion. I also like the idea of some nuts or one of the 'Eat Natural' bars perhaps. Keeping a food diary seems sensible. Best of luck!
Thanks. I did actually go for a test run last night and did around 5 miles without too much discomfort. This morning it is a bit stiff but not too painful. It's such a frustrating injury. Hopefully some rest over the weekend will also help.
I think your point about running shoes is perfectly valid. Thanks for your input.
I am currently nursing a minor medial knee ligament strain albeit a majorly frustrating one!
I do not recall a specific moment when the injury occurred and I suspect it might be due to my trainers, which counteract my overpronantion, becoming worn over time and in need of replacement. There has been no significant increase in mileage or any other factor that I could be attributable to causing injury. I run 4-5 times a week and have been for a while so I know what my body is capable of.
I have run on it over the last few weeks and did a 10k on Saturday however afterwards it was quite painful and I decided a period of rest is required. It is slightly tender to touch but perfectly fine to walk on. I am currently following PRICE and have been using anti-inflammatory gel and it is also strapped up with a support bandage.
I was wondering if anybody has experienced a similar injury and how long it takes to heal? I am intending to rest for about a week and actually it is improving on a daily basis. I have not run since Saturday.
Just a slight word of warning on the HM to Marathon conversion Martin. I recently experienced this and was very confident of converting a sub-1.30 HM into a sub-3.15 full marathon however foolishly neglected to consider the difference in nutritional intake required for the two distances so make sure you try running whilst taking on energy drinks/sachets/sweets etc. as this is what I have found to be of the most importance when doing the full marathon distance.
To this into perspective, I clocked 2h29m at the 19-mile mark, which was obviously a pretty decent pace however at about the 20.5 mile mark I crashed well and truly due to glycogen depletion and struggled immensely thereafter with any energy I then took on not having the full impact. I finished in 3h40m so a pretty sedate last 7 miles!