All Glasgow schools were closed today due to the ‘adverse weather’ but we were encouraged to get into work. I don’t have much excuse as I only live 6miles from where I’m based. So I walked into Paisley and caught the bus.
I took my running gear so I could run home and then I’ll run back in tomorrow morning. The paths are getting slippier but I made it without falling over. I just made sure I ran a bit slower.
It is by far the best thing I have ever read about nutrition and what happens in a 50/100mile race. It makes so much sense and is written in a way that anyone, even me, can understand.
I’ve understood the whole concept of the fact that when we run we burn fat or carbohydrates and that we have far more fat reserves than carbohydrates and that at some point in a long race we will switch from the more efficient carbohydrates to the less efficient fat.
Marc writes about ‘4 star’ carbohydrate fuel and ‘1 star’ fat fuel. He says we can try and stuff ourselves with ‘4 star’ fuel but the problem is we can’t absorb it quick enough to fuel a 100mile race.
The better option according to Marc is to train ourselves to be more efficient at using the ‘1 star’ fat fuel that we have loads of.
I remember when I did my fitness test at Hampden that Stephen said that my body was good at burning fat. So I need to try and use that advantage and train myself to be even more efficient.
I’m quite excited about this and will be putting Marc’s advice into practise on all my long runs. In the short term it means that my long runs are going to be more sluggish and harder but hopefully the long term benefits will mean that I’ll train my body to use my fat reserves more efficiently.
I would encourage you to read the article and I’d be interested in what you think of it.