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Hi, I'm new to the site and this is my first post, so hoping for some positive help.
This is a great site and full of excellent info, which I've now read a lot of.
I'm running the 2013 VLM as my first marathon and I'm trying to formulate a training and nutrition / fueling plan, but there's so much info around it's a bit confusing.
I'm 47 and have only taken up structured / competitive running this year, (I used to run as fitness for motorbike racing), so in reasonable shape. I've done 2 half marathons in the last couple of months and have 4 more planned before the VLM, I'm just under the 2 hour mark for the half (with little structured running) and would like to get as close as I can to 4 hours for the full, but I will look to maximise my time whilst ensuring I enjoy the event.
I've a few questions if I can;
- I sweat a lot when exercising, what types of sports drink should I be using for my longer runs (90min+) - can I make a dliuted sports drink with added pinch of salt (does the type of salt matter)? Or just use water with some salt? Any recomended brands of sports drink contain more salt?
- I intend to train /focus individually for the 4 upcoming half marathons (currenty running 20 miles / week) - is this a sensible approach considering the VLM? Or should I really just use the halfs as training for the VLM and temper/control my pace in line with the bigger VLM picture?
- I'm looking to run 5 times a week from Jan (each of 10K approx) and look to just increase just the Sunday run as I get closer to the VLM, is this reasonable? I want to simplify this as much as poss to ensure I can stick to it.
I know that's more than a few questions, but I'm trying to understand as much as I can at the mo and want to perform my best and really enjoy the experience.
Thanks in advance