With less than a week to go, I'm feeling ready for it - Still slightly surreal that I've got the chance to run it though, but I'm looking very much forward to it indeed! Thankful and excited!
A couple of weeks ago I was at a Reebok/Sweatshop training session as a part of the preparation for London Marathon with some great talks by various people including my coach Shaun Dixon (from Let's get Running), a nutritionist and former Marathon World Record holder Steve Jones who won Chicago, London Marathon and New York in the mid-80's and who is also a Reebok Ambassador.
All in all a great day with a bit of exercise at the end round the streets of London. Most of the information given is very much in thread with what I have been trying practising over the past years. Here's a few points:
- Listen to your body!
- Don't do to much too soon.
- Don't play catch-up with your training plan if you miss a session - Let it go!
- Session over 3-ish hours if probably not doing you any good.
- Rest after a race.
- Stretch those legs once in a while.
- Don't be carb-phobic! You need carbs to fuel your run.
- Start carb-loading for a race a maximum of 48h prior to the race.
- Milk/Cocoa flavoured milk is (still) great as a post-run-drink for re-hydration and has a good mixture of proteins and electrolytes that helps the recovering process. Top that up with a banana for some fast carbs. The body can only process so and so much protein at a time, so no need to over-do it.
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