Will be embarking on training for my first Marathon soon.
The more I read and research - the more confused i become!
Was hoping to get some advice on firstly, nutrition.
Im on about 30-35 miles a week now regularly.
But over the winter i want to increase my mileage to around 40 weekly.
I have heard a lot of stuff about training the body to run on no carbs for some of training.
Would this be recommended for first - timers?
I was tbinking about 1 weekly pre breakfast slow and steady run for maybe 30 then 40 then 50 mins eventually . A good idea?
Secondly, i have read about fuelling for long runs but every second article leads me to NOT overly fuelling for long runs ie to increase running efficiency.
I had a pretty slow long run of 14 miles - 2.15 hrs 6mins per km pace after a light breakfast and gel on halfway mark. Should i be using gels at all before 2 hours on my long runs?
Or am i over thinking it?
My intention is to get monthly 14 - 16 milers in before i start the training cycle in earnest around December( May marathon in Limerick ). . . 10 milers on other weeks for now.
Would love to get some feedback.