Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Nothing left to do now but carboload and rest

Howdy people,

The data for the last couple of runs is below:

Monday evening run

Wednesday lunchtime run

Both runs were pretty short and sharp covering around 40 minutes in duration.  The pace felt pretty comfortable, although to achieve my desired time in the marathon I will have to run faster than this for the entire distance.  The strange thing is that since I have been taking things easier in the last week I have actually started to feel stiffer and a little more lethargic.  Apparently though this happens to a lot of people, judging by the number of posts on the runners forums.

Tomorrow will be the first day of carboloading.  I will be following the advice of 3 days of carboloading prior to the big event.  In addition I will not be doing any running whatsoever for the next 3 days.  As those of you who know me may know, I have done quite a few half marathons in the past and till this day I have never carboloaded, so it will be interesting to see if it helps or not.  Actually in the past I have never really followed any of the training advice on runners forums and tended to run fast during my long run, oblivious to my heartrate, do no carboloading at all, and on some occasions stay up late the couple of nights before the race.  I see the fact that I am now following advice as a maturing of my character, a coming to my senses so to speak.  It is also a preparation for things to come, since I am under no illusion at all as to how much I will have to work to complete the Marathon des Sables.  In this particular regard I will be following all the advice I can get.

Just as a closing note for tonight's post, my weight when I started this blog back in December was 86kg. I am now under 82kg, so I have managed to lose 4kg of body mass and probably a great deal more of fat, since I will have gained significant muscle mass through my combination of running, indoor rowing, yoga and Pilates.

Have a great evening