Olympic Gold…for me!?!?!?!?
Ha ha, I’m playing, of course, as I know that while I’m pretty fit and strong, I’m never likely to compete at sport on the international stage, I’m far too old!
I did come 9th in The Exmoor Marathon a few years ago, 9th overall, but I won it in Vets (aged 40 and above) - that was pretty good!
But here’s an interesting thing, I’ve just been watching a video that a friend shared with me, and it starts out with a very interesting statistic: The winner of Olympic Gold ran the Olympic marathon in 1904 in 3 hours, 28 minutes and 53 seconds.
In 2011, I ran the Copenhagen marathon in 3 hours, 14 minutes and 17 seconds.
If I had put in that run 100 years earlier, I’d have been an Olympic Gold Medallist in my 40s!!!!
AND, in 1904, the Olympic Marathon distance was 1.5 miles shorter! Easy!! I could have hit a 3 hour mara and been a world champ! Gold by a half hour margin!!! Read more
Yesterday, I ran the London Marathon 2014.
If you have been following this blog and following my training, you will know that this was a test for me, using a low-volume training program.
This was my 14th marathon [or longer] and it was my first competitive marathon for 2.5 years, as I took a year off running and had knee surgery back in 2012.
Firstly, a very quick ‘race report’
I was awake at 4:30 in the morning, excited, and I couldn’t get back to sleep! A couple more hours sleep would have been nice, but it was OK on the day! We had glorious sunshine in London, wonderful blue skies, which really makes a difference. I know a lot of runners prefer it cool, but personally, I love being out running in the warm sunshine. I ran the marathon for an official time of 3:51:47, which was just 6 or 7 minutes off my target time, as I had hoped for circa 3:45, but that’s not much, so I’m pretty happy with that! And I got a nice medal too! Read more
I ran a nice half marathon in the SUN shine this morning - yes, SUN! Wow, that was a real treat after the last few weeks/months!
I ran a decent pace, not fast but not slow, running an average of 8:16 min/miles, which equates to a full marathon time of 3:37, which is a good solid time.
http://www.strava.com/activities/113607387?fb_source=708 (this link should take you to my run on Strava - sorry if you can’t see it, maybe only people who are registered on Strava can see it???) Read more
A subject I am often asked about is ‘what is the best food to eat for marathon training, ultra-marathon running, Ironman training’ and so on. I have lots of friends involved in endurance sport, and I have a reasonable amount of experience myself, and there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about fuel for endurance sport. Personally, I have been in long distance endurance events with far more experienced runners than myself and seen them fail and drop out because they ‘got it wrong’ with their fuel, yet in my own experience, such problems are entirely avoidable most of the time.
This post will explain:
- Why complex carbs are not the best fuel for endurance races
- Why complex carbs are not required in great quantities pre-race (carb loading)
- Why gels and bars are not the best fuel to consume during a race
- How to be ‘a fat burner’, not ‘a sugar burner’
- Understand how to unlock thousands of calories of energy for long races
I have been pushing some pretty intense workouts the in recent weeks, training hard with weights, and I notice how when I really work my muscles hard, it now takes me at least 3 days to stop aching and fully recover. I don’t mind pain, I could train after 1 day or 2 no problem, but I will get progressively weaker. In order to train and get progressively stronger, I now need 3 days between really heavy, intense workouts.
It's an age thing!