Yesterday whilst Madam was swimming with her friend, I sat in the viewing area reading Women’s Running Magazine. I love this magazine but rarely get to read it all in one sitting so it was a real treat.
I read with interest the article on the 100 Marathon club. When you have run 50 marathons you get to be a ‘wannabe’ until you make the full 100 then you get a nice t-shirt!. This got me thinking, always dangerous. I have completed 4 26.2 mile runs that makes it 96 to go, even I could work that out. Then I had to reach for the calculator to enable me to work out that if I ran a marathon a month for the next 8 years I would make it! Mmmmmmm by that time I would be 50 something and not far off 60 and to be honest probably would be on my second divorce, so maybe not a good idea! Louise this one is for you as Ultras count too!
I read with interest the article on running twice a day and the benefits this has. It included a list of questions, to see if you were double running able, as I answered yes to most of them this means I am ready to give it a go, apparently. Not surprisingly it recommends starting off just once a week doing this and only then an easy short run in the morning followed by a longer steadier run that night. I have decided to give this a go as part of the forthcoming Juneathon. Wednesday will be my designated double run day.
I read with great interest the article on Iron and why it is important to us runners. I have been anaemic for a number of years and recently after a routine blood test my new doctor asked me if I knew the reason for this, (I did resist the urge to suggest she should be telling me why!) I told her I assumed the reason was that I don’t eat much red meat, I not a veggie more a chickenie! I don’t like the iron supplements they make me feel quite ill, but she did suggest I take another multi vitamin that includes iron, after reading the magazine I need to make sure I do this. The article says that anaemia can cause excessive shortage of breath on exertion, which may well be the reason for my puffing billy impersonation, it also can cause fatigue and poor performance. The sooner I get on those multi vitamins the sooner I will be able to unleash my inner Paula Radcliffe!