Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:39
I will try and put something together but can I note a couple of observations and ask for comments?
I did 5 laps with about 3.5 hours between. It was very hot on my first two on Saturday afternoon and I drank loads of water the whole before and after laps. I also drank 500ml during the second lap. I was aware of keeping fuelled but them I was very, very sick during lap 3 during the night. I tried to hold onto it and managed till about 8k but then puked everywhere. I then finished the lap strong and my next lap (also in the night) was my best.
Q. How do you learn what to and not to eat when doing endurance things like this? I obviously got it completely wrong. Is it trial and error and very much an individual thing?
My muscles were tight right from the off. Probably mostly down to not training for the past couple of months. I foam rolled between each lap and this really helped. By lap 4 my legs were feeling great. However, after this lap I didn't roll as I wanted to try and get a couple of hours kip before my next lap. Lap 5 was a shuffle from the start and my legs didn't loosen up, as they had done previously. I was done in when I finished.
Q. Does foam rollering really help that much or was it just the natural deterioration and the fact I lacked training for such as event?
I'm sure there's no set rules for any of this but people more experienced in ultra running might have opinions worth noting for future reference.