Dieting! It has to be the number one resolution on everyone’s list. But it’s not on mine this January.
During a period of intensive marathon training dieting is the worst idea. The additional miles will mean that you’re burning extra calories. For each kilometre travelled you burn one calorie per kilogram you weigh. So, you need to increase your calorie intake during such intensive training to avoid muscle and strength loss. Failure to do so can weaken your immune system, which will only hinder your training efforts. This means that dieting or attempting to lose weight while training for the London Marathon is out of the question, instead it’s important to eat to match your energy output.
If you’re preparing for a marathon, like me, you need to carb up and eat plenty of protein too. Long runs will leave you feeling empty so make sure you refuel to aid recovery. What you eat prior to a run will have an impact. If you can have a snack two hours before you plan to run. This will dramatically help your performance. Don’t run when you’re hungry it’ll reduce your focus. Simply spread your calories evenly across the day, so you’re always able to run strong. Marathon training is demanding regardless of how fit you are; your body needs the extra calories.
The rule is: eat breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack and a dinner. This doesn’t mean eating more calories than you need just spreading them through the day.
Eating regularly – this sounds good to me. What do you think?