Marathon Training: FINAL Week!

Wow, the last 16 weeks has been a blur of running, running and more running (with a lot of stretching, aches and very tight muscles).

I think it’s fair to say that the last week has been disastrous. On Tuesday, the class germs finally got the better of me, Friday saw the sick bug arriving and Saturday a seized vertebrae and trapped nerve in my back. Cue stretching, rolling and plenty of icing (not the fun type) and a shed load of Ibuprofen.

In desperation, my dear hubby agreed to pick me up and gently sway back and forward to help the aforementioned bone back into place – success! it worked, but am still a bit hobbly with just 6 days to go until I face the biggest challenge yet.

My amazing Chiropractor is going to sort everything out tomorrow, followed with a Sports Massage to help these aching muscles. Will it be enough? I can only keep everything crossed. Am going to try a very gentle run out tonight with my running buddies to test the water.

In the meantime, I’m not going to dwell. I’m going to keep myself busy with thoughts of food and hydration for the week.

Pre-marathon nutrition

Well, Carb-loading here we come…

I’ve done lots of reading up on the subject and advice seems to vary. From carb loading the whole week, to two three days prior to the big day. I think I’m going to go for the first three days of the week high in protein and fibre (and shed load of vitamins to help bolster my poor battered immune system) and then focus on higher card meals on Thursday/Friday/Saturday.

I’m going to plan out my meals every day to ensure I’m hitting the right Macros, and also monitoring my fluid intake more closely to ensure I remain hydrated all week. I’m feeling adventurous this week, so am going to try a few new recipes to help me stay on track.

One of the most interesting pieces of advice I came across was to eat a small meal on Saturday evening, like a sandwich or similar, to give my body time to digest the meal properly and to avoid being bloated and stuffed on Sunday morning. Breakfast will be 6am porridge, peanut butter and banana and I’m aiming to have an energy bar at about 8.

Monday

  • Breakfast: Protein Pancakes with Banana, Strawberry and Peanut Butter
  • Lunch: Open Malt Sandwich with Tuna and Olives
  • Dinner: Salmon with Ratatouille
  • Snacks: Fresh Smoothie with Almond Milk, Homemade Energy Bar

I’ll post the recipes and Macros a little later today. It’s day 1 of the Easter Hols, so the children are getting fed up of me being at the laptop.

Have a fab Monday, lovely people.

Tahlia x

4 thoughts on “Marathon Training: FINAL Week!”

  1. Hi Tahlia, thanks for following me at blueskydays365. I’m hoping to run my first half later this year and admit to knowing nothing about fuelling strategy! One thing I’ve found helpful is to have an electrolyte drink for breakfast/before a race – I use the SIS tablets.
    Hope all your aches ease and wish you luck, Karen x

    1. Hi Karen – just back from the Chiropractor and feeling better already. It’s a minefield isn’t it! I’ve bought some SIS tablets so will make sure I keep myself topped up nicely.

      Which Half are you going to do? My advice is get it booked in so you can really focus your training! Thanks for the positive vibes. X

      1. I was planning on doing the Chester Triple: 10k March, half May, metric marathon Oct but my torn calf hadn’t recovered quickly enough so I sold my places. I’m doing EHM in Sept (Warrington), got a few 10 and 5k booked in before then and a 5 miler tomorrow. Need to get some serious training in!

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