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Oct 21, 2014

Don’t get stitched up

Duncan’s a bit concerned about getting the “stitch” around the start of the Marathon.

One of the main causes of stitch is eating too much, too soon before the race start. However, it’s a good idea to have some sort of breakfast on race day, (you’ll need fuel in your tank for the start, as well as top-ups during the race), so this warrants testing in training to get it right.

It’s not just the stitch, it’s also that uncomfortable feeling of too much in your gut, and feeling like throwing up for the first 5 to 10 minutes.

Oct 14, 2014

Easy week and Go juice

Duncan has been trialing different gels and squeezies on his long Saturday training sessions. For the frequency do some maths and you’ll need your reading glasses for the small print on the squeezie label: 1 gram carbohydrate for every kg of your body weight, per hour. Eg, for my 75 kg, I take one Leppin squeezie every 20 minutes with how ever much water I need for the heat of the day.

Oct 06, 2014

Stretch yourself

You’ll recall in week 8 I introduced stretches for the calf muscles, (Gastrocnemius and the Soleus)

It’s long overdue time to introduce some more stretches for other major muscle groups.

Sep 29, 2014

Eat to compete

Our training load is going to increase over the next six weeks so make sure your general diet is healthy and wholesome from here on in; it would be counter-productive to waste all of that hard work.  And we all know in our heart of hearts what good nutrition is.

Sep 24, 2014

How did you go with your intervals on Monday and Thursday?

Increasing the number of intervals to 3 this week, you’ll likely find the second interval the easiest. The aim is to set your pace to be the same over all intervals. In following weeks as we increase the number of intervals to 6 or more, you’ll likely find the last one or two to be a bit harder as you fatigue. As you fatigue in the latter intervals, it’s a great chance for you to make sure you’re holding good technique and form for efficient running.