Where to start?
It’s officially one month and three days until the London Marathon. Ohhhh crap.
With the half marathon distance of 13.1 milesnow complete, the training program has got to the stages of longer mileage. As the weekend LSRs (long slow runs)continue to increase in distance, I get a boost fromeach LSR becoming the furthest I’ve ever run. Luckily early April brings the ‘taper’ period, which means the longer runs get a little shorter. In the meantime, I’ll keep celebrating the blisters each Saturday...
Here’s some truth – there’s so much more to marathon training than I anticipated. For example, the question ofnutrition...
Did you know that energy canonly be stored by the human body to fuel you for a maximum of 16 to 18 miles? Me neither! And that IS a problem when you plan to run 26.2 miles. Beyond that, if you haven’t fuelled properly before and during a race, you risk ‘bonking’. And despite what you may think, nobody wants to ‘bonk’ in running (look it up, Mum).
Experimenting with eating before a long run is becoming quite fun. My training partner – also affectionally known as Em, my beautiful girlfriend, made it very clear that I needed to eat at least two hours before each LSR. That’s quite tricky when you plan to run at 7am on a Saturday. So my new Saturday morning routine consists of a 5am alarm to eat a peanut butter and banana bagel, while still horizontal in bed, then neck some water (not horizontally – I only made that mistake once) and go back to sleep.
Even more fun is that following the LSR, at circa 11am,we can legitimately have ‘second breakfast’! Pip and Merry (AKA Em and Robbie)are happy hobbits!
But, once second breakfast is over, the body feels pretty drained of energy and the legs ache. It’s time to inspect the sore bits and try to stay awake for the rest of the day.
Pasta on a Friday night to get those muscles nice and loaded with carbohydrates is another ritual we follow. Simple recipe from Em, cooked beautifully by Em, then destroyed by me and Em! Recipe will appear in another post.
There’s so much else to think about beyond finding time to run four times a week and one day of cross training –the right kit, proper hydration strategy, not to mention stretching androllering (my personal top two dislikes). I’ll write about that another time too – got a date with a foam roller now.
Basically, it’s goodbye social life, hello all the food and training... 🏃🏻♂️ 🏃🏻♀️ BUT, hopefully it will all be worth it and lots of money will be raised for the vital work being done at Breast Cancer Haven. Please donate here.