Next week I will officially be starting my marathon training. This will be my first one. While I have been running for several years, I only “seriously” started doing longer distances (15km or more) for the past year or so. So, I consider myself a novice in the long distance / marathon world.
I decided to do the Paris Marathon 2016 last April, so I have had a lot of time to think about it over the past 6 months and anticipate. I have read a lot, whether it be books or blogs, and talked about it with runners around me.
There are still some unanswered questions, or subjects where I still feel I do not have enough information.
Everyone talks about fueling on their runs, but I find there is not much information out there about general nutrition DURING marathon training.
Do you marathoners change your diet ? Reduce certain kinds of foods ? Up other kinds of foods ? Avoid anything ? what have you seen to have an impact, positive or negative, on your training ?
2. Quantity of food
Should you eat more ? Eat less ? Change nothing ? Eat more of something ?
3. If you started changing your diet, how many weeks before the marathon ?
Did you make changes as soon as training started ? Two months before ?
4. Training plan. Do people follow these to a T ? Is there much deviation ?
5. Running groups. I see a lot of people training solo for a marathon but at the same time, so many people talk about how great a running group is to motivate each other on long runs & when the going gets tough. Is a running group absolutely necessary ?
Any ideas, thoughts, experiences, advice, links to blogs, book recommendations, etc. are welcome !