My coach, Sue Dorman, has suggested I trial a different approach in training for this marathon which includes running for 10 minutes and then walking for two minutes during my longer runs and this is also what I will do on the day of the marathon. It gives the legs some respite from the constant pace that in a marathon can go on for 4 hours or more and can get very painful. Yesterday I had an 80 minute run scheduled so headed off to try the new approach. I realised as soon as I started the run that it was going to be hard work - I felt like my legs had concrete in them - a feeling I am used to at about 35 Kms in a marathon not at the start of a training run. It was 31 degrees but I am used to training in the heat now. As mentioned above I guess this could be a side effect of this new eating programme.
I managed to keep the alternating run/walk going until about 65 mins. I had finished a 750 litre bottle of water with a Nuun tablet to replace lost electrolytes and was very tired. I think I then changed to walking 10 mins and jogging the last few minutes and was really glad to get home - I even had to lie down for a while to recover. Very unlike me. In future I need to make sure I eat a Kumera or a banana before heading out on the long runs as I usually run without eating if the session is less than 90 minutes. But this didn't work for me today. Thankfully I have mum staying who is a wonderful massage therapist and gave me a great massage in the afternoon. Very rejuvenating.
This morning I had an aqua jogging session in the pool which was a welcome relief and I was feeling much better so hoping my body is now adapting to using fat as a fuel rather than carbs. Mum and I then headed down to our local cafe 'Flock' for a great paleo breakfast of bacon, eggs and mushrooms - we are both feeling good!