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Raw Food Marathon Day Forty


Long Run Fiasco


Today was supposed to be 20 miles @ 8:20 min/miles.


I took the first mile nice and easy at 8:47 and kept the next 15 miles within the range of 8:39 down to 8:11, averaging 8:23 min/miles over the 16 miles. So far so good. My intention was to crank up the pace for the last 3 miles at ~8 min/miles to bring the average down to the goal of 8:20.

However, as I began mile 17, I knew I was in trouble, I averaged 8:50 for that mile, 10 mins for the next and 12(!) mins for mile 19.

At mile 18 my calves and ITBs had given up. The pain/break-down was exactly like I've had in my previous London marathons (& Singapore). I probably should have stopped but psychologically I wanted to do the 20 miles. Realism kicked in at mile 19. I had to stop. So the 20th mile was a walk home :-(

The details are here.


Two possible causes immediately spring to mind for today's problems:

  • Not eating enough calories, hence protein to assist with muscle repair/growth etc.
  • Not consuming enough protein

I suspect it's a combination of both. Maybe this explains my odd cravings for lentils last week!

I ran out of my Yaoh hemp protein powder on Monday.


Coach also thinks it may be I haven't adapted yet to the distances. I also had no base built prior to starting training.


After my post run smoothie I went back to bed for 2.5 hours! My legs are aching.


Raw Food consumed today:


Breakfast - Smoothie; 5 large organic bananas, 1 large pok choy, 1/2 pineapple, 1 young coconut water, 2 cups blueberries, 2 heaped tablespoons Vitamineral Green powder

Lunch - Smoothie; 2 large organic bananas, 2 cups blueberries, 2 passion fruit, 1 large pok choy, bunch young kale, 1 young coconut water, 2 teaspoons flax seed, 2 heaped tablespoons Vitamineral Green powder

Evening Meal - Feeling sorry for myself; pumpkin, organic eggplant & broccoli curry with organic brown rice, green salad with 20 cherry tomatoes.

Snacks - 2 large Thai oranges, 280g soft organic silken tofu (raw but cooked), wakame seaweed, dulse flakes


Training/Exercise today:


Run - 19 miles + 1 mile walking :-(

Bike -

Gym -

Yoga -

Swim -



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