Marathon Training Blog – Week 1
Welcome to my London Marathon Training Blog! I ran the London Marathon 4 years ago and I have to say I absolutely loved it, it was one of the best days of my life. Signing up for the marathon again in 2018 I originally felt quite blasé about it, I mean I have done it before, why can’t I do it again? Now, with 100 days to go I am feeling a little less confident – I’m 4 years older, I haven’t run anywhere near as much in the last 6 months as I had last time, and I was lucky enough not to be hampered by any injuries in 2014 – what if I am this year?! HOWEVER, I have one big advantage on my side for this marathon and that is I am now a qualified nutritional therapist and I have been learner a LOT about sports nutrition!
My aim of this blog is not only to have a forum to rant about the ups and downs of training but to share some of the things I have learnt along the way and let you know how I am preparing myself nutritionally for the training and the race day itself. Whether you are looking to break records, have a particular time in mind or simply just finish, fuelling yourself correctly is absolutely key to be able to do any of those things.
If you do one thing today in way or preparation that should be to think about how you are going to fuel yourself on the day (I don’t mean hydrate, I mean taking on energy as you go round the 26.2 miles) because no one has enough energy stores to get them round that distance without taking on extra fuel. The reason you need to think now is because it is imperative that you incorporate it into your training early so there are no surprises on the day (for example, some energy gels can make people’s stomachs rather upset – you do not want to find this out on the big day!)
As an example, you should be taking on around 90g of carbohydrates every hour after the first 75 minutes. That is one energy gel every 20 minutes or 250ml of a glucose polymer drink (eg. powerade) every 20 mins. In 2014 I used SIS energy gels which worked fine for me but I will try a couple of others this year in the early stages of training just to see if I notice any difference – watch this space.
Training for this week: (a short one as I have just got back from hols!) will be:
Thursday: 40 minute tempo run
Friday: 45 minute yoga session
Sunday: 10 mile slow run
Happy Running everyone! Jane x