I ran the Chester Marathon in 2h 56min. The race review has its own blog post, but let’s also talk about preparation. And today in particular, about nutrition. As I already mentioned, there are many things that can go wrong while running a marathon. Some of those you can’t do anything about (weather for example). But for a few, you can minimize or even eliminate the risk. Hydration I used the loo before the start at Chester, not because I needed to go, but the queue was reasonably fast, and I wanted to zero the risk of having to wee. But I could have skippedRead More →

This year in March we took a big step – moved to the countryside, in a proper grown-up home, to get away from the noise, crowds and stress of London, if only for a few hours a day. We didn’t plan for this initially, but while on a walk with the dogs, we saw an ad that some allotment plots are available for hire. The price per year is almost nothing, so we immediately imagined ourselves eating and bathing ourselves in salads and tomatoes. It was like a vegan dream. The process We called the council and received by email the plan of the allotmentRead More →

After conquering the 26.2 miles distance, we started to look back at how we trained, how we prepared for the big day – 1 week or 1 day before, what we learned during the race and how we recovered. Some things worked, some things didn’t, we discovered new brands, we got all sorts of ideas from other runners, and we need to write them down before we forget :). The London Marathon training We got a place in the London Marathon 10 weeks before the event. There’s no such thing as a 10week marathon training plan, the time is too short. So our motto was:Read More →

One would naively think that when someone or some company starts to develop and sell a new food product or a chef invents or reinvents some recipe, they actually invest in a lab test that would count the calories based on some complex unknown maths. Well, while there are lab tests behind it, most of the popular foods have had tests done decades ago and industry today still takes advantage of them, without even contributing to the costs of those tests. How do we calculate the number of calories? So you might already know this, if you don’t here it is. Foods are made upRead More →