My aim for 2016 is to complete 12 marathons – one each month. This means that I fall into a bit of a routine of training and nutrition. My day to day activities include cycling to work, gym (BodyPump classes) and short, 5km runs.
I always have breakfast before a race, my favourite is a couple of slices of toast with jam and banana slices. This time however, I had granola with rice milk and a coffee – a bit of extra sugar, I had a feeling I was going to need it.
My plan was to try out my new race belt with two small bottles, so that I didn’t have to carry a lot of weight. However, the weather quickly verified my plan by making the race day the hottest day of the year. This made my decision very easy - backpack with a 1.5l of Tailwind nutrition drink, the bottles on my new belt were far too small.
It was the first time I tried a nutrition drink, usually I have gel blocks with me. The 1.5l of liquid was an equivalent of 5 gels and I much preferred that. In a heat like during this years Dorset Invader Marathon, it is really difficult to eat and knowing that there is a substantial nutritional value in your drink is great!
The conditions were very hard, it was hot and humid, the terrain was tricky and it was good to know that I had a very easy way of getting calories in me to keep me going. I had my Clif Bar as well as Tailwind (which is my standard race food) and at the aid stations I ate, watermelon, cake (they had Guinness cake!) and drunk Coke. I felt like this was enough for me.
Being prepared for this race in terms of food and drink made a significant difference to the quality of the day I had in a field. It was very challenging, but I felt strong and finished happy (a bit ruined, but still happy).
POST RACE NUTRITION
This is my treat time.
Just after the race I had a veggie burger, to keep me going and an elderflower soft drink. I also had a High5 electrolyte drink to ensure that I’m not missing any microelements, it was still very hot.
My standard post-race treat is a pizza, which I had in the evening when I got home.