“I recently ran the Edinburgh marathon in May 2014. This was my first marathon and as a Type 1 diabetic I knew it was going to be a big physical challenge. I had ran several half marathons previously but I knew the full marathon would require a more intense training schedule.
I had been building my distances each week and when I reached my 20 mile run 2 weeks before the marathon I really struggled. 16 miles+ was a challenge and the last mile was agony. I finished with a whimper and was suffering severe cramps and fatigue – I knew I had a lot to do and not much time to do it.
I contacted Craig and he was happy to fit me in to his schedule at short notice.
We reviewed my eating habits before, during and post runs and found that I was failing to take on enough carbohydrate in the build up to my long runs and also I had to take on more quick acting carbohydrates during my run.
Craig also completed a sweat analysis and found that I was losing unusually high levels of fluid and salt and therefore required to take onextra liquid and salt supplements during the Marathon.
We pulled together a plan for the marathon week which took into consideration my Type 1 Diabetes. I made sure I followed this and as a result I smashed my 4 hour target with 3:45:47. I struggled over the finish but who wouldn’t!? When I reached 21 miles still feeling strong I knew that the nutrition planning was what had made the difference.
Having ran past people who were fainting and cramping over the last few miles of the race I knew I would have been joining them had it not been for Craig’s insight and guidance into my training.
I highly recommend Craig for his highly professional but relaxed approach that he makes sure is tailored to your own needs.”