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Marathon training: Week 8 – The Mother of Long Runs and more food photos

Week 8 has been good – I completed the longest run in this marathon prep πŸ™‚ It was going to be 35km but after I got home I saw that Runmeter had messed up some distance and after checking the route on Map My Run, it turned out to be 36.54km.

I am not going to say it was easy or fun, but I am going to say that it didn’t kill me! The first 10km were easy but I couldn’t truly enjoy them knowing I had 25km to go, after 17km it started raining so I had to put on my jacket and channel my inner badassness to motor on, after 25km MrB’s dodgy knee started hurting him so I felt worried for him, after 27km he got on the tube and I tried to get on my headphones to listen to music BUT my fingers were frozen and swollen from the rain and the wind and I could hardly press the buttons on my phone; after 30km I realised that if I kept going straight home I wouldn’t do 35km so I turned back to do an extra loop; the music did help a bit and the rain had stopped so the last 5km were not that bad BUT I kept thinking “Bloody hell, a marathon is a loooooong way to run!”

Bad things on this long run:

  • Wind and rain
  • Getting seriously soaked by some d*ckhead in a 4-wheel drive who drove straight through a huge lake on the road when others avoided it
  • The feeling of not being able to speed up at all from 25-30km

Good things on this run:

  • Beautiful new scenery through Barnes
  • No rain for the first 17km
  • Camelbak behaving well (didn’t rub my back this time, I wore a different bra – one without clasps in the back)
  • Kalenji running undies behaving well
  • My beloved Adidas adiStar ride 2s behaving well (no blisters from this marathon training at all)
  • No toilet break / no GI issues at the end!!!! (my super clean eating last week worked just as I predicted!)


The summary of the entire week’s training:

  • Monday: Crossfit
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 12.10 km run at 5:09 pace, 1:02:18 = 7.5 miles
  • Thursday: Rest (had planned to go to Crossfit but had a day full of meetings)
  • Friday: Home workout: level 2 of the 30-day shred, plus level 3, plus a few situps and push ups and headstands.
  • Saturday: 10.35 km run at 5:14 pace, 54:13 = 6.4 miles
  • Sunday: 36.54 km at 5:51 pace, 3:33:47 = 22.7 miles

Total: 58.99 km = 36.6 miles

I did take photos of my food on Sunday as well. I’ve been amazed at how many people commented on my last post that they eat a lot more than me – I think that I must have the slowest metabolism on the planet! Β Oh well, I’ve been the same weight for the past 12 years (after gaining 15kg in my early twenties and then loosing it when I realised that that did not feel nice at all), so that’s what my body seems to be content with. Β  Even though I haven’t always eaten so clean (I’ve only given up sugar a year ago, dairy as of this January and been on and off gluten-free for a few years), I have always had to watch my portion sizes so I guess my stomach is now the size that takes just the amount of food that’s perfect for me πŸ™‚

Anyway, Sunday’s fuel:


Breakfast: porridge (oats, water, small mashed banana)
On the run: 3 torq gels and 2 nuun electrolyte tablets (in my Camelbak)
After run: coffee and smoothie (almond/hemp milk, whey protein powder, avocado, frozen mango, banana, peanut butter)
Lunch: quinoa, tomato, avocado, tuna
Snack/long run day ‘treat’: cinnamon & raising bagel, goat’s milk
Snack at the movies (saw The Croods with the kids): popcorn with coconut oil and sea salt, apple
Dinner at Burger King: sweet chilli chicken wrap, few fries stolen from the kids
Snack: 2 little oranges

I was going to have more popcorn in the evening but I was very full by the time I finished the oranges.

So it’s been an interesting week – one of many food photos and a very long run. Both experiences have taught me a lot about my body and my mind – I truly recommend you try both if you haven’t yet πŸ™‚

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    Ffion (Chocolate and Raspberries)
    March 27, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I can’t even fathom running that far, well done you!

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    March 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I am very impressed!

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    March 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I feel like I may have run past you on Sunday! That rain was pesky wasn’t it, well done, I managed 18km. How do you find those gels/tablets? I’ve only started exploring long run fuel and I have no idea where to start. Tried raisins, nearly choked to death!

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      March 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      The gels are ok. My main issue is GI trouble with anything that has sugar or sweeteners but these seem to be ok. I don’t know though whether I actually need them, I think I could run a marathon with no food whatsoever! (not sure I want to try though on my first attempt πŸ™‚

      Instead of raisins you can try nakd bars – basically just raisins and cocoa but packed together so it’s easier to eat than actual raisins πŸ™‚

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