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I became vegan just under 2 years ago and mostly raw vegan in that time plus periods of raw til 4.  I took up running again after 5 years of sedentary lifestyle not long after adopting the 80/10/10 lifestyle and lost about 3½ stone in weight and became faster and faster and joined my local running club and train twice a week in the top group albeit the slowest of those in it.

 I have become quite a serious club runner now and have been marathon training since November over which time I mainly ate raw til 4 and a large cooked meal in the evening consisting of mainly spelt, sweet potato, caulifower and tomato sauce (passata). During my marathon training I ran in a few races and managed to lower my previous half marathon PB from 1 hr 39.45 to 1 hr 30.08 so I aimed to achieve a sub 3 hr 15m marathon in order to gain a GFA place in the London Marathon 2015 as I will be 45 next month.

I did the training OK and tapered it down for the last 4 weeks and felt like a coiled spring in the few days leading up to the Manchester marathon so I was expecting to get my time and maybe dip under 3 hrs 10m.  We travelled on the train for 7 hours the day before the race so I took a lot of bananas and dates to carb up for the race ( the first raw day for a while as I had been eating cooked carbs in training).

I set off the race going at 7m 20s / mile pace with my garmin watch and all was going OK until I started finding it harder and harder to maintain that pace after about 10 miles, I got to 17 miles on target but the 3.15 pacers went past me and I found it hard to keep up with them so I slowed to a manageable pace thinking I was going through a bad patch and I may recover to get a half decent time.  I had to stop to walk as it was getting painful to run and I ended up walking most of the rest of the race and finished in just over 4 hours.

I was disappointed with my performance and think that my pre-race nutritional preparation may have had something to do with it, i.e just eating fruit for 36 hours leading up to the race having been eating a cooked meal every day previously.  I drank water during the race and ate a soaked date every ½ hour.

Does anyone have any thought or experience similar to mine.

PS .... I am now on totally raw (day 4) and plan to stick to totally raw from now on and have signed up to run in another marathon on May 25th in Liverpool ... i'm hoping Manchester was a one-off and I will be able to put in a performance closer to 3.15 on my next run having been totally raw for 7 weeks

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Pre race breakfast, try having oats cooked with water and add some fruit salad. This is my daily breakfast no matter if i'm sitting on my butt at work or doing a 200km training ride. (yeah yeah I know it's not raw) I reckon you'd get through a marathon on a few gels or fruit puree's if you eat right leading up to it. The intensity of marathons are pretty low expect for elite competitors.  I'm not to sure about grapes as a pre race meal, I wouldn't even try it.

Test your nutrition during training, then on race day you simply do what works.

Thanks steve, yes it is a case of trial and error

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