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I am currently training for my first Marathon (Edinburgh) in May, and the more I read the less I understand.
The good, old fashioned advice seems to be overturned on a daily basis.
At first it was - You must static stretch fully before and after a run. Then it became - You must Dynamic stretch before and then static at the end. Others say that the run itself is enough of a warm up???
Next is Hydration. Some say that you must drink as much as possible, then others say that you should drink to thirst? More advice tells us that if you drink to thirst its already too late?? On top of this is the debate around what to drink. Sports drink companies tell us that their glucose drink are absorbed quicker. Then I listened to Dr Noaks and he claimed that it made no difference as the body still absorbed liquid quicker than its ever required.
Ice baths - Good or bad????
Fuelling - Everything I read stated that Carbs are what you need to get through a race. Now the new movement states that we should have a High fat / low Carb diet and that we should never fuel with gels (rather we should use fats and starch). They believe that we should avoid gains and sugars????
Am I the only one who feels that their world is constantly turned on it head? All the articles are written with such confidence that you feel that they must be right!?!
Any thoughts out there?