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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 🙂 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!  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.   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 🙂

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 🙂

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  • Reply
    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 🙂

      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 🙂

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