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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,109 ✭✭✭ GoHardOrGoHome

    And two feet in the air for the photo?! Amazing!

  • Registered Users Posts: 382 ✭✭ MisterJinx

    Great job and well done 💪

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,881 ✭✭✭ Kellygirl

    Well done again! Delighted it went well for you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,881 ✭✭✭ Kellygirl

    I meant to ask, did you do anything different fuelling wise prior to Valencia and did you use Creatine again?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,064 ✭✭✭ Wottle

    Hi Kellygirl

    No I didn't use the creatine or beetroot juice.

    Fueling strategy:


    Pizza at 1:30pm, jellies at 5pm, then nothing until I woke 4 hours before the start time and had 320 maurten drink.

    Then 20 minutes before start, roughly 200ml of tailwind.

    Maurten gels every 35 minutes, caffeine one was 4th in rotation.

    Salt tab about mile 17

    250ml tailwind for miles 24 & 25.

    No cramping and never felt I was going to, but the fear psychologically was there.

    I now think my cramping issues have simply been down to being too aggressive with pacing early on.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,881 ✭✭✭ Kellygirl

    Jellies at 5pm 😂. It really did all come together well for you. I must trial the Maurten drinks next year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,124 ✭✭✭ AuldManKing

    That's an amazing performance - very well done.

    A Marathon PB, no real taper, feeling comfortable, no cramp and the audacity to try to make a call on the finishing straight - thats dreamland!

    Some Questions:

    How did you find the shoes?

    Did you carbo load the same way for AMS/DUB/VAL?

    To save me reading back - I'd be interested to see your split at 10k in each of the 3 marathons? My coach is forever advising the 'Tortise' approach to build into marathons - helps with fuel and cardiac drift.

    Did you find the lack of a taper this time to be beneficial or a hindrance ?

    How did you deal mentally with having 3 marathons so close - did it result in pressure being off at Valencia? or did you struggle for motivation in training in between the 3 (I'm considering a Dublin / Valencia double next year - Dublin at MP +20 sec)

    Well done again on a terrific performance.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,064 ✭✭✭ Wottle

    Two other factors that I believe helped me in Valencia.

    1. Running a number of sessions at 160 HR and working on parallel lines between heart rate and pace.

    Previous Marathons I've averaged 168 beats with my early miles in the high 150s/early 160s.

    Valencia was an average of 162, so did I actually coincidentally train at actual MP.

    My theory at the time was just to get more efficient at early heart rate miles and delay the heart rate drift.

    In Valencia it took till mile 14 before the HR had a drift away from 160/161.

    In Dublin that jump happened in mile 3 and in Amsterdam mile 5 or 6.

    2. I purchased a lactate meter and on the Thursday performed a treadmill step test with my HR chest strap and Stryd power pod on. Some estimate a marathon to be run between 2 & 2.5 mmol of blood lactate, so I tried to find this.

    The test gave me back numbers of 294 to 300 watts and a HR guide of 157 to 160.

    For the first half I ran an average of 301 watts and my HR read 157.

    Having done the test I definitely had confidence in the numbers but still without any pressure or expectations.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,187 ✭✭✭ Dubh Geannain

    Congrats on the PB. You nailed that.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,873 ✭✭✭ Murph_D

    Just catching up with the Valencia report - really excellent. Completely agree with 'don't start too aggressively' strategy. An exemplary set of splits.

    Definitely more to come considering the two shoelace stops and the phone episode!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,064 ✭✭✭ Wottle

    Feb 6th to Feb 12th

    Zero miles, no running at all for 9 days now.

    Sunday night I had severe abdominal pains but thought they'd pass, it didn't.

    Went to the doctor's and she sent me to A&E. Ended up getting a bed and thankfully some pain relief and antibiotics.

    Diverticulitis was the diagnosis after the scan, thankfully no surgery and feeling much better. My lower back and legs have been a bit sore too.

    Told not to run for two weeks but we negotiated it down to a week and then see. So hopefully try a short run on the Thursday or Friday.

    In the meantime, I've signed up for the Terenure 5 miler, love this race.