Posted: 20/07/2015 at 07:59
Carl – not sure how I managed it. Since I was on the lchf diet earlier in the year my body seems to be reacting differently. Since Manchester I haven’t cared about how much food I’ve been eating yet the weight has stayed fairly stable. I wonder if it was all those fasted runs I was doing that helped me get through the ultra ? I do have a fairly strong constitution as well so maybe that also contributed. I don’t know to be honest but at least it has helped me understand that I won’t need to carry as much food on my next race. I agree with you that I should really go for a GFA time while I’ve still got it in me, at least there is plenty of time to have a good think about things before having to decide. A 12 week plan should certainly be right for you considering the miles you have put in this year; looking at your stats you are building up quite nicely before your actual plan starts. I guess you will be aiming for 40/45 miles per week and build up to about 55/60 ? I also think that you should reconsider the target you have set yourself. Your Richmond marathon was a stunning time and I am convinced you can knock off a bigger chunk of time on a quicker course. I think you have it in you to get under 3:15 if you have a decent day.
Robert – did I really say I wanted to improve my 5k time ?? I’m not a big fan of the short, quick stuff to be honest so I must have had a beer or two when I made that statement ! Re diet – as Carl mentioned I went on a low carb high fat diet at the beginning of the year. I dropped about 2 stone in just under 3 months and certainly felt that it benefitted my running. It wasn’t just the weight loss but the general feeling of wellbeing that vastly improved. I could eat loads of nice food (and plenty of veg) and I hardly ever felt hungry so wasn’t tempted at all by sweets, biscuits, cake etc. I’m happy to share some information with you if you feel this might be an option you want to consider. In the last 3 months I haven’t been on that way of eating, I’ve gone back to my previous diet, and I have to say I feel pretty rubbish now in comparison. When I come back from my holidays in a couple of weeks’ time I’m going back to the lchf diet.
Ali – it was amazing watching other people shovelling loads of food in them at the aid stations; it almost made me feel sick watching them ! What a cracking parkrun from you and another PB, how many is that this year ? I can’t remember if you said you were racing an Autumn marathon or not ?