Half Marathon Training With Mike Buss | Part 2

| 12/02/2012 | 0 Comments More

Follow Mike Buss, World Record Breaking Endurance Athlete over the next 5 weeks, giving you top advice for your preparations for this year’s Half Marathon training.

FIVE WEEKS TO GO – Nutrition:

You shouldn’t have any need to diet, just eat sensibly, and remember you are entering a half marathon so the training you are putting in will need a good supply of energy from your food intake…

A well balanced week of main meals should consist of the following:

  • 2 days of white meat
  • 2 days of fish
  • 1 day of red meat
  • Then one naughty day where you can have whatever your favourite dish is from chips to Chinese and then maybe have a salad day.

Always have breakfast in the morning and even if you work through your lunch, make sure you eat!

Other things you need to make sure you are doing when you are looking at your intake of food are:

  • Eat your 5 a day (3 portions of vegetables and 2 portions of fruit).
  • 8 glasses of water
  • Don’t eat too late

Nutrition Supplements:

There are so many to choose from, and you may not know where to start and what to take, so this will help to put you in the right direction.

There are many types of supplements out there by all sorts of brands, some help you lose weight, some help to gain weight and some give you energy, so which ones will you need to help you in your training and on race day?

If you are going to take supplements then energy supplements are the ones for you which also come in all sorts of shapes and form, from gels to powder that you add water to.

There are many brands that you can pick up on the high street, but even some of the well known brands don’t offer the energy needed for sustained physical activity.  So I suggest that you go to specialist nutrition stores such as SNES www.snes.co.uk  that offer a range of energy drinks that will do the job.

I have used a number of products over the years and found many just don’t do what is said on the tin, but there have been two brands that have done the job, they are, SIS and ISO2 Nutrition’s Complete Energy.  Trumps for me has to be ISO2’s Complete Energy, it really has given me that extra energy when needed most! For more details on this product go to www.iso2nutrition.co.uk

If you are going to take any of these products, you really need to be thinking about taking them now! As turning up to a race and taking them for the first time may well have an adverse effect, the body needs to get used to taking them.

Even without regular exercise you should look to drink approximately 1.5ltrs of water per day, so embarking on a regular exercise regime such as training for a half marathon you really need to be taking on at least 2ltrs per day on training days.

Sip, don’t guzzle, or you will become prone to a stitch.  Fluid such as water will help to regulate your core-body temperature, the higher your core-body temperature goes up, the more you will fatigue and it only takes a couple of degrees rise in temperature to become dangerous.

Stay away from fizzy drinks, alcohol, and even squash as these drinks help dehydrate you.

Finally thirst is one of the final signs of dehydration, by then it may be too late out on the course.  So get used to drinking now and if you are going to use supplements then experiment sooner rather than later.

There are many other reasons why you should take up running, so get those running shoes on, get out there and I will see you next week with some more advice and tips on training for this year’s Half Marathon training.

For more details on successful running, health and fitness advice or personal training contact Mike Buss on: 07791 356 482 or email Mike at: activelifeuk@hotmail.com

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Category: Fitness Advice, Marathon Advice, Nutrition, Running Advice, Sports Nutrition

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