6 weeks to the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
12 February 2016
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Welcome to this edition of Old Mutual Live, it’s good to have you with us. I’m Brad Brown and just on six weeks to go now to the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, 56km, the world’s most beautiful marathon as well. I’ve been lucky enough to be riding my bike along the route over the last few weeks and it is looking magnificent, I can tell you that much. If you’re coming down for your first one, I’m sure you’re excited, you’re in for an absolute treat.
A couple of weeks ago we got Lindsey Parry onto the podcast just to chat a little bit about what you should be doing and what you should be looking out for, eigth weeks to go. With it being six weeks now, we thought we’d get him back on, Lindsey welcome back onto Old Mutual Live, thanks for joining us.
Lindsey Parry: Great to be on again, I can’t believe two weeks have slipped past, we’re definitely getting closer and closer to race day.
Peak Two Oceans training coming to an end
BB: Lindsey, let’s talk about where people should be right about now. The last time we spoke you said for people who were targeting Two Oceans as their A race for the year, they were in peak training, is it pretty much, are they still in that block at the moment?
LP: They’re quite literally hitting the crescendo, I mean this is really the last two weeks of peak training. You’re almost putting your final touches on your preparation, so to speak. When you get into the last four weeks, which we’ll be talking about soon, there’s kind of more that you can get wrong than you can get right. So, this is crunch time, you really want to be looking after your body.
So to me that’s the most important thing here, is the focus on recovery. Making sure you’re getting enough sleep. Making sure that you’re eating healthy and getting great nutrition. Making sure that after your key workouts that you’re refuelling with carbohydrates and a bit of protein. It’s really now just about looking after your body, staying away from people who are sick because this is the final push to really prepare your body for Two Oceans Marathon.
BB: Unfortunately you can’t avoid people totally, at this stage. You talk about avoiding people who are sick, is there anything specific we can do to sort of boost our immune system? Because often when you are in a big training block like this, your body does take a bit of a beating. You mentioned rest and nutrition, that sort of thing, is there anything else, would supplementation help or is it pretty much just make sure you look after yourself and watch that diet very carefully?
Tips for trying to stay illness free
LP: There’s a few things you can do, but sleep and diet play the biggest role. When your colleagues come to work sick, you can also greet them in French. So that they feel less welcome to come to work when they’re sick! There are things you can do, like keeping your hands clean is a big one. Because our hands touch a lot of things, we shake a lot of hands. We put them on things and then we are also forever touching our faces and our hair and that’s effectively how we spread that disease.
If you can keep your hands really clean during those two weeks, that is one time where I would have a good look at having some kind of vitamin supplementation or immune booster products out there. But at the very least, I would be hitting 500mg to 1000mg of Vitamin C a day, that’ll help you look after that immune system.
Don’t stand about, after a hard session, don’t stand in your wet clothes in a chilly breeze because that will open you up for upper respiratory tract infection, so make sure once you’ve exercised, you get out of your wet clothes, get into warm clothes.
It’s not starting to get cold just yet, especially not up on the Highveld, but still, a cold breeze can just drop that immune system just low enough that you pick up whatever bug is floating around at that point in time. Those are some of the tricks that you can use and you’re right, you can’t avoid sick people all the time. But you can point out to them that it’s kind of irresponsible that they’re hanging out in public when they’re not well.
What to do if you battling with niggles now
BB: Lindsey, let’s just touch on injuries and niggles as well. Often, when people are in big training blocks like this, they do pick up the odd niggle. There is still time, but like you said in the 21 wrap a couple of weeks ago; if you’re going to sort it out, sooner rather than later, get it sorted out now. Like you don’t want to keep on thinking it’s going to get better by itself because they generally don’t.
LP: No, they don’t. Look, we do have to, again, I will separate runners here. Elite athletes that are much more in tune with their bodies and maybe sub-elite athletes, they will know the difference between a little bit of a niggle and something that’s not 100%. But it’s not affecting their training and they will know that that will come right through the taper.
For the vast majority of people that haven’t been running long enough, you don’t know the difference between what is an injury that’s going to affect your ability to have a good race on race day or not. If you are sore now, it really is critical that you go and get that dealt with. Don’t delay, get to a physio, get it sorted out cause you do not want that to be the reason why you mess up on race day.
BB: Awesome stuff, Lindsey, thank you very much for your time once again, we’ll catch up two weeks from now with four weeks to go to race day. If you want to find out more about Lindsey, we’ll put all the links to his website and his social media profiles as well, he does a pretty interesting Q&A a couple of times a week, all the details in the show notes on this episode of Old Mutual Live as well. Until next Lindsey, thanks for your time, we look forward to catching up then. From myself, Brad Brown, it’s cheers.