The half was my first ever race, and considering I only took up running 2 months ago it could have been worse!! (i've always done a lot of other sports though so I wasn't totally unfit). probably spent half my time with you road runner as I too started suffering at the 8 mile mark with that hill outside wollaton park and ran/walked the rest of it. I came in at 2.19!! I was hoping for a slightly better time than this as I did a 12 mile run a couple of weeks ago in under 2 hrs, but I really did struggle with yesterdays race!! I give all you full marathon runners huge credit for managing 26.2 miles - i couldn't have walked another mile once I finished nevermind run another 13.1!! I am now suufering with VERY painful thighs and at the minute am not sure I will ever walk again never mind run. I did find that other people were an amazing help, and i would probably have walked a lot more if other runners hadn't kept yelling at me that we only had so many miles to go not far etc etc. The fact that I had to stop and walk at the about 12.5 miles though was quite bad, especially as i could see the finish line, but just couldn't seem to reach it. The last mile semed to last forever! Well done to everyone who ran, and if anyone elses legs feel as bad as mine, I feel for you!
I have just come back from a 'long' run, took off my trainers to find 4 huge blisters across the tops of my toes. I now can't get my shoes on nevermind walk or run! Anyone have any good ideas of how to deal with blisters so that I can keep training - plasters don't work!! I am meant to be running the robin hood half marathon in two weeks and am not up to scratch with my training as it is, so can NOT afford to take time out now or I probably won't even make it round!
melon, rasins and grapes are great! Can satisfy a sweet craving but NOTHING will satisfy a chocolate craving. If you crave chcolate, have some otherwise you'll end up pigging out on loads more later. Carry chewing gum or clean your teath straight after to get the taste out your mouth or you'll just want more!
I normally think of everything I eat as how much work I have to do to burn it off if I'm trying to lose weight. As they always say, if you want to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you eat. If you want a chocolate bar, just think of the exercise you have to do to allow you to eat it and lose weight. If you think of the effort required to burn off those 300 calories in the chocolate bar, it may make you think twice before wanting to eat it. If you have to have some, have a small milky way which is only just over 100 calories, or the bigger craving, a crunchie which is still under 200 calories. You won't feel as guilty eating it, and it's easier to burn off. I'm a great believer of a calorie controlled diet, just make sure you burn off those bad things you eat. Easier said than done but good luck! from a serious choc addict! p.s only buy it when you want it, don't store it in the cupboards as you'll never stop at a small amount unless you have VERY good willpower!!