Springtime – at last!
Springtime – at last!
Perhaps it’s the effect of the 5am starts during the week, but I slept in today. Sleepbot reckoned on 12h7m of snoozing which is a lot compared to my average of about 8 hours. On the plus side, that’s the end of the regular very early starts for the time being!
Of course it might well not just be the effect of getting out of bed early. There’s plenty of bugs going around work at the moment and various people struggling in despite them.
And of course there’s the training. This is the end of week 5 of marathon training, and if I’m honest it’s beginning to bite now. The routine is there and life is beginning to revolve around what run is required of me that day. Thankfully the weather has been pretty reasonable recently after all the rain and I’ve been able to get outside onto the roads for the training, which is far nicer than hours on the treadmill. It’s harder work too as the earth isn’t as flat as is provided by the smoothness of a treadmill.
There are no obstacles on the treadmill either. No lamp posts to nearly collide with, pedestrians who somehow take up ALL of the pavement and the ever present hazard of traffic at junctions. Perhaps there’s a market for an extreme treadmill that occasionally throws dogs at the user’s head at random, just to keep them on their toes. Or off them if it’s a strike…….
Anyway, the combined encouragement via Strava and Smashrun has helped keep up the pressure. The training itself seems very much harder work at the moment although overall the times and speeds done aren’t actually that bad.
It has got me thinking more about nutrition which is something I really have never got to grips with. In 2012 I spent hours trying to understand a variety of marathon diets and in the end just did my own thing. However 2 years older and with a lot more effort seemingly required this time around, it’s something I’m looking into again.
I started using carb gels in 2012 but had mixed results with them, not least an unpleasant stomach which seemed to occur following a second gel. It seems that this is actually not unusual so I’m trialing a jelly-baby mid-running approach instead having had some of the foodie bits explained to me by my running friend who has the added complication of T1 diabetes to deal with.
I’ve also moved away from my stance of avoiding protein supplements. Something I’ve always associated with bulking-up, it’s an approach that didn’t seem helpful to a runner. In addition, one of the big issues with Multiple Myeloma is the production of paraproteins and a high level of protein level in the body which damages the liver and kidneys (and with amylodosis, the other major organs as well). So the message of too much protein is bad is evident to me!
However upon reading an article about recovery and gluconeogenesis I began to think more about the protein side of my diet, having only broadly thought about carbs in the past. I’ve had the symptoms in the past whereby my weight starts to plummet when the training really kicks in as my body effectively consumes itself, turning muscle into glucose for fuel. And similarly, the achey legs and muscles post run and long recovery times.
As with anything food related, getting the right balance is the key ingredient, rather than hitting one type of foodstuff and expecting everything to be OK. I’ve started looking at the details on the sides of foods bought in the supermarket regarding the proteins and carbs levels and it would appear that the protein levels are too low. The OAS complication doesn’t make the situation any easier!
So I’m going to experiment a little with post-run protein shakes to see if a small change is beneficial. I’ll report back on any results that come up, but if you’ve used them and have anything to share, please get in touch.
And on that note, time to cook dinner, most probably roast chicken!
Today is #RareDiseaseDay – watch this short video about #myeloma and find out more at http://www.myeloma.org.uk
I always look forward to racing properly! And here’s the first of the race-numbers, dropped through the post this morning!
Having had a cold and a couple of niggles with my ankle I’ve taken a couple of days off from training. Tomorrow I need to get a longer run in, and hopefully it’ll be full steam ahead to Wilmslow!
I did pretty well last year avoiding colds. Maybe there is truth in that when you’re in good fitness you can be a little more resistant to the bugs.
Anyway, despite that, I have succumbed. Nothing as serious as man-flu but I am totally deaf in one ear. Which is very annoying. But judging by the effort it took to run 7 miles this morning, I’m clearly not running at full steam. Either that, or I shouldn’t have gone out to the chippie last night…….
Thus far, the marathon training is going to plan – assuming the plan I’m following counts as a marathon plan. Over 3 weeks in February I covered over 100 miles which I was very surprised at! Pleased all the same mind although I’d be lying if I said it was getting easier.
I’ve tried some new routes this year. There’s always a risk of repeating oneself because one knows that a particular route is a certain length and that’s as far as the thought process goes.
I did come slightly unstuck when I tried a route which snuck through Lyme Park, a big National Trust park where Pride & Prejudice was filmed, and contrived to completely miss it. Perhaps I need to add a footnote to my running software review about possibly carrying a map as well. Ho hum, I got home, cold and wet, but having covered my first half-marathon distance of 2014.
New website layout as well from today. I’m still trying to tidy up the categories so that things make a little more sense . Let me know what you think.
It’s been a busy few days, what with work and with fitting in the training regime around it.
Today I rearranged my day off, and I’m glad I did. Having been up before day break for the last 4 days I ended up sleeping in until lunchtime today – over 11.5 hours in bed which is a huge amount by my 8-hours standard!
Having seen the weather was set to be better today than tomorrow, I decided the interval training could wait for a gym day before work tomorrow and I’d get out and pound some tarmac in the dry today. It felt really hard work today. I’m not sure if I’m coming down with something, whether it was down to my meal of rubbish food yesterday or just because I’m doing a lot of exercise and my body hasn’t quite caught up with it.
8.3 miles in an hour isn’t brilliant, but it’s a lot better than the run actually felt.
I got back home and sync’d my Nike+ watch so all the data could be fed into the online websites. I realised on Strava that one can input actual personal best times and when looking online to confirm my Marathon time of 2012 discovered a horde of photos from the event that I hadn’t seen before by Ian Thraves.
No pictures of anyone I knew but it caught the atmosphere very well and brought back some strong emotions. The weather was so bad that looking at the state of the runners finishing, it was reminiscent of some of the photos that are shown following a disaster / appeal for help! Plenty of tears at the end of people’s own races (I remember feeling almost deliriously happy and I think that was the hypothermia kicking in).
It had me remembering finding somewhere warm enough to ring Mark to find out where he was waiting for me and then me waiting in the refreshments tent along with a number of other runners around a radiator trying to get our core temperature back within a safe distance of normal (I’m not exaggerating for effect, people were really quite unwell) whilst another friend came to find me.
Whilst looking at the photos above, I saw one with a runner wearing a t-shirt with a photo of a person who had passed away recently and I presume the reason why they were running to raise money for. I hadn’t expected any of this really to affect me, but for the first time in a few months the tears were flooding out of me. I’ve not a clue why the reaction was so strong, but maybe it was triggering a flashback to a time not long before Mark passed away.