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London Marathon Place

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 15:32

God there are some dicks on this forum.

Hollie, I can't help I'm afraid, but good luck trying to get a number. Sounds like you want it for very good reasons. As Dustin said, definitely worth trying charities as I have heard of people managing to get last minute places that way before.

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 16:42

With marathon training it's always the long runs on Sunday that do me in. I'm always ravenous afterwards and eat with abandon, usually on the Monday as well. That's why I've decided not to go straight into Ultra training as I want to get my diet and weight sorted first.

A lot of the paleo thing makes sense to me, cutting out processed stuff, sugar etc. I have no idea whether the stuff about grains is entirely true though, but I have avoided bread today and definitely feel a lot less bloated. Between now and the marathon I'm going to be paleo lite - avoiding crap and just cutting down on grains and dairy, but not eliminating them completely. If I start feeling any ill effect at all, I'll be back on the refined carbs and forget about until afterwards.

The Taper Is Here

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 11:39

I got a 17 second PB at Park Run on Saturday. I was hoping for better than that but I think the fatigue from three weekends of very long runs didn't help hugely. Have decided to concentrate on my 5K time after London so will be doing plenty of speed work, intervals, hills etc.

"Two stone off" 2013

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 11:12

Hello all, can I join in? I'm currently 14 stone and am hoping to get down to 12. I am running the London Marathon this year and was hoping I'd shift a bit more than I have done through training. Trouble is, I've been hitting the carbs hard to make sure I have the energy for all my runs. My training has gone really well and I've definitely shifted a little bit of flab from around my face and chin, but not the belly. After the marathon therefore, I want to concentrate on getting some weight off. My plan, once recovered from London is to try a paleo diet for a month and to do more short interval training and hill runs for a while. If the paleo thing goes well, I will try to keep at it (although definitely not religiously) and maintain some interval training in my running, something I've only done sporadically before. I thought I might use the goal of a sub 20 minute 5k as my motivation to keep at it, although long term, my goal is an ultramarathon.

Agree with you on the processed stuff Jbit. Even if I don't end up sticking with paleo long term, cutting out crap (and everyone knows it's crap at the end of the day) is definitely something to strive for. Unfortunately, like many others I suspect, I'm an all or nothing person so I'm either eating really healthily or I'm eating total crap all day. No middle ground. That's something I am slowly managing to change - losing the idea of either being on the wagon or off it. One biscuit does not mean I may as well abandon everything and gorge on rubbish!

The Taper Is Here

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:47

I'm coping by sticking to my (pretty much set in stone) schedule of four runs a week, on the same days, but just reducing intensity and/or distance so hopefully, it shouldn't feel too much different to how it has, but I just won't be as tired or as achey.

I'm also looking to PB at Park Run, but this probably isn't recommended practice.

eating during long runs

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 12:43

I made some homemade gel out of blended dates, honey and chia seeds that seems to work and is much better for you in the long run. Nakd bars are just pureed fruit and nuts and are quite digestible. Bananas, jelly babies. Just started using Clif Shot Bloks as well - the Mountain Berry ones are good, like eating jelly straight out of the packet. They're quite expensive but if you check out the nutritional data, they are actually equivalent to two energy gels so work out cheaper.

I like to take a variety of things with me so I don't get too sick of one thing. Luckily, I seem to have quite a good stomach for most things. I've also been gradually reducing what I eat on training runs so that I don't become too reliant. Last year for my marathon, I was so frightened of running out of energy that I completely overdid the gels, which were all I was using. The last couple were a job to get down without gagging. This year, for London, I'll definitely be using less.

Recovery Runs

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 11:00

That's a really interesting read Steve. I can fully understand the idea of training on already tired legs, almost giving you the training benefit you'd get from the last few miles of a long run, without having to do the long run again.

Still not sure I would add one in as I always do my long run on a Sunday morning and it says that really, you need to do a recovery run with 24hrs to get the benefit. That would mean going out early on Monday morning, which is not likely to happen! I really appreciate having a rest and a break on Mondays.

Pain down there

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 13:22

Peter Everitt, please help. I was having a similar problem to Charles and have just taken your advice to use a foam roller. It seems to have made the pain down there much, much worse.

London Marathon 2014 tips and experiences.

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 13:20

Registration form and magazine arrived today! Just need my charity vest now and I'm set to go.

Drink disposal etiquette

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 08:57

Anything up to a half marathon, I just make sure I'm well hydrated before I start and then I won't need to bother. Anything over that I will either bin the cup or stick it in my pocket until the next bin comes up. I don't like throwing them on the floor, unless it's in a big city race and they're all over the road anyway, in which case, I will try to make sure I chuck it onto an obvious pile of other cups to make life a bit easier for those clearing up.

I have a real problem with those who just chuck their empties anywhere they fancy. At Reading a couple of weeks ago, we were running past a fence with a lot of trees on the otehr side. It wasn't long after a drinks station so there were a lot of bottles on the side of the road, but one runner actually went to the effort to make sure his bottle went over the fence and into the trees. I really don't understand the mentality.

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