Training in numbers
Running on the Way this weekend another runner came up to me and told me she reads my blog. I replied that it cannot be my blog as no-one really reads it. But she insisted, it was my blog! She said she liked that I put all my milage up and it was not huge milage weeks which reassured her. So, just for Nicky, here is my weekly milage (in Strava weeks) since my last podcast in mid Feb. Also, here is the food I ate and estimated calorie content from my longest run so far (34miles/~9hours) on the course and the kit I use.
Training so far
I must reiterate, I only run half this milage and fast walk the other half, I also do strength work for about an hour a week.Strava WeekTotalFeb 19th-25th18.1miles26th Feb – 4th Mar63.3milesMar 5th – 11th47.2milesMar 12th – 18th29.1milesMar 19th – 25th37.4milesMar 26th – Apr 1st54.6miles
My running kit
Brooks Caldera trainers
PhD Smart wool socks (love these)
Compression shin guards
Really old nike shorts (not compression)
Whatever free tech T from a race
M&S sports bra
OMM Kamlieka jacket
Suunto GPS watch
Salomon S lab 8litre race vest.
I plan to wear light weight long sleeves and leggings in the WHW race as midge love my blood.
In my vest I pack
1st aid kit = 2x paracetamol capsules, iboprofen gel, blister plaster, couple of various sized plasters, diarolyte, imodium capsule, midge repellent and silver blanket.
waterproof bag with spare micro fleece, buff, fingerless rugby gloves (have grip) and thin hat
2x 500ml water soft bottles
phone in plastic sandwich bag
all my food
Breakfast tends to be Joe Wicks oat and protein pancakes, but covered in butter, full fat Greek yoghurt and golden syrup. If no pancakes, I have porridge with syrup.
(I did not have pancakes in Tyndrum so 1hour before the 34mile run I also ate two doughnuts, just in case! (440 kcal).)
This is what too much pancake looks like (pre-mararthon I thought I could eat this much, I can’t)
1.5 cheese and pickle sandwiches. (~300 kcal)
1 snickers bar (~300kcal)
2 x 9 bars (~350kcal)
2 x oatcakes with A LOT of butter (~100Kcal)
1 new potato (given to me and was really yummy!)
1/2 sharing bag haribo (did not eat any til last 10 miles ~500Kcal)
1 sachet of tailwind (200kcal)
1 diarylte sachet
salted crips (150kcal)
Total = 2400kcal and I think I used up about 3000kcal – good thing I had those pre-run doughnuts.
I will eat like this in the race, but with more pizza, cheeseburgers and chocolate milk.
As soon as I finished Max passed me a protein shake mixed with vanilla milkshake and a bowl of homemade soup with bread, oatcakes and ALL THE BUTTER. Later I also had a regular dinner with wine.
Happy running and eating!