The Rotorua Marathon was to be held today.
Instead, many are being involved in completing the whole distance or part of by themselves and acknowledging that via #VirtualRotoruaMarathon . A motivating innovation to keep us focussed on training. Since the marathon is now scheduled for September I have slowed my training down, completing just 12km walk this morning.
Yes, you really do need to be slightly mad or a happy sort of person. I am one of those sorts, happily crazy that enjoys long-distance walking.
For me being out in the fresh air getting fitter, via the walking trails, local beach and footpaths are the way to go.
The following tips are based on my personal experience of completing a few half marathons. Ten to be exact. Do seek medical advise before embarking on long distance exercise.
There are as many training plans as there are diets. Some are sensible, and some are downright unworkable and unsafe. Choose wisely and always remember that a rest day is just as important as a training day.
I can’t recommend one as I have rejigged a few to suit my requirements. Plus, I am not a qualified trainer. What I can suggest is dont cancel your long-distance training session, extending your distance each week is the most important part of your training. The rest of the week will involve speed work.
Many marathon events offer advice from qualified trainers. Worth considering seeking their advice if having issues with your training.
My watch – lets me know my speed, distance and a few other details. A diary is another way to keep you honest with your training.
Comfortable shoes – Brooks
Music – Nothing like a bit of fast beat music to get those feet moving
Hydration camel pack – with easy to reach mouthpiece, no fiddling with bottles on a belt
As it is still early into my training, I am eating about the same as previously. The usual three meals a day, sometimes, more than I need! Once my training goes to the next level, I will include a few more high energy snacks in between meals. My motto is energy in and energy out, sounds like a simple plan though sometimes hard to execute.
I have included more smoothies in my diet, not added to a breakfast or lunch, it has replaced a bowl of cereal or just fruit. Why? For me, it gives me more fluid and fuel faster than say a bow of cereal or a sandwich. Absolutely, refreshing to enjoy after exercise. Hydration is so important and very individual, listen to your body, and after more experience, you will alter what you do so it works for you on the event day.
My favourite would be banana and blueberry with a non-dairy milk and yoghurt.
The night before any long training day, I usually have easy to digest food, such as fish and rice.
Pre-session I usually enjoy a few dates [or a banana] and a double expresso even a trice one if needing a real boost [from home]. The day I was searching for some magical energy boost and found that beetroot juice is a goer. I will let you know regarding that little gem.
The Long Walk/Run Day
It is not rocket science since you are pushing yourself to extend your current fitness limit. You’ll have muscle pain, slight stiffness, dehydration [though this is not an issue for me as I wear a hydration camel pack], an “I could eat a horse” appetite, and a general sense of being low on energy.
This is normal, but the good news is that it isn’t permanent.
If your training plan is structured well and you’re not carrying any profound health or injury complications, then you should bounce back and spend the rest of your week feeling predominantly like a normal human being. Though don’t worry, if you’ve signed up to run a half or full marathon, you will never be a 100% average human being again.
Welcome to the crazy few and you too can look like this after the event.