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Novak Djokovic Secret Food Diet & Work Out For Endurance

It took Novak Djokovic 5 hours 53 minutes to beat Rafael Nadal at 2012 Australian open. Keep in mind two days earlier Novak went through an energy sapping encounter, beating Andy Murray in four hours and 50 minutes. The man took the term ENDURANCE to a new high level.

Djokovic’s feat has impressed and shocked many for his ability to produce two such marathon performances with minimal recovery time.

“It’s a phenomenal effort, a phenomenal aerobic and endurance performance,” said Craig Boyd of the Institute of Performance Research at Manchester Metropolitan University.

So what is the secret diet and work out that can explain this energizer bunny?

From independent newspaper of UK I found the following fascinating bits on Novak Diet and Work out

Novak Djokovic Gluten Free Diet

Diet is one area Mr Boyd and Dr Karl Cooke, the Lawn Tennis Association’s sports science manager, highlight in Djokovic’s relentless advance from contender to leader of the hungriest pack the sport has seen. In 2010 Djokovic sought the advice of Dr Igor Cetojevic, a nutritionist who holds a diploma from the Indian Institute of Magnetotherapy in Delhi and has studied traditional Chinese medicine. Dr Cetojevic found that Djokovic suffered from Celiac disease and instructed him to cut gluten out of his diet. Since doing so Djokovic has won four Grand Slams.

Novak CVAC Pod

The most controversial part of Djokovic’s improvement has been his occasional use of a CVAC Pod. The £50,000 device resembles something from a Spinal Tap set and is supposed to aid an athlete by simulating high altitude and compressing muscles at rhythmic intervals. The World Anti-Doping Authority takes a dim view of such equipment, although it is not illegal. The scientific community is divided as to its effectiveness. “There is not always a lot of scientific evidence to back up what he is doing,” said Dr Cooke. “But he strikes me as someone who is constantly looking at any small thing that can help him last a bit longer or train harder or recover a little bit better.” Source: independent Newspaper UK.

2011 Stanchart Nairobi Race Report

“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.” – Hal Higdon

Another year and another StanChart Nairobi marathon gone! I arrived at 2011 Nairobi marathon with a goal of running a sub 3 hours marathon. I had previously done two sub 3 hours marathon, in 2008 (2.52) and 2009 (2.56) but in 2010 I had a real back sliding, and finished in 3.23. A very poor performance by my high standards. This year was all about getting my pride back.

The eve of the marathon was perfect. No anxiety, plenty of rest, plenty of food, plenty of hydration. I woke up at 5.00 am, took a very hot shower just to warm up my body. I made sure the hot water ran down the key running muscles: the hip and the calf. The hotel breakfast starts at 7.00am so I had made my own arrangements. My pre race breakfast consisted of half a litre yogurt and six slices of bread.

With roads closed, the only way to get to the starting line was by walking. Every one was walking from Nairobi City center to the start at Nyayo National Stadium. I think Nyayo stadium is almost 1.5Kms from Nairobi City center and that walk alone is enough warm up!

The full marathon started at exactly 7.00am. My routine is to avoid the crowd in front and start from behind. I started well and when I got to the 9 Km mark I started feeling my body was not responding well. I was pushing but I was lacking the endurance to maintain apace of 4 mins per Km. Thoughts of my body may have peaked and I might never run faster again started crossing my mind.

The White Knights

At 11Km mark a man and woman team caught up with me. They seemed to be working together and they looked good at what they were doing. The guy was pacing the lady. I asked the guy what was their target and he told me, sub 3 hours. I couldn’t believe my luck! My job now was to stick with them.

I stuck with my White Knights, shadowing their every move. We crossed the 15 Kms mark at exactly 1 hour. If I maintained that pace I knew I would be on target. Nairobi marathon is a real budget race, the runners are only given water. I was drinking water at every water station. As the day got older, the sun came out and the temperatures started creeping up. I started taking an extra bottle of water and poured water on my body to cool off.

At the 25 Km, my white knights started pulling back and I raced in front. I thought I was leaving them behind only for them to catch up with me at around 28 Kms mark. We crossed the 30 Kms mark at 2 hours 8 mins. It was clear to me if I was to hit my target of sub 3 hours I would need to do something special in the final 12 Kms.

I Hit The Wall

At the 35 Km mark, my white knights took their team effort to the next level. The lady asked the guy to hold his hand and they sprinted off. I tried to chase them but my body refused. I couldn’t flip my legs faster, I had peaked. I was still running but I was not racing. ( I caught up with my white knights after the race and they informed me they crossed the finish line at 2.59)

When I saw a sign showing 3 Kms to the finish line I looked at my watch: 2.50. There was no way I could do the last 3 Kms in 10 mins. My new target now was under 3.05. To cut a long race short, I did the final 1 Km in 5 mins and finished 2011 Stanchart Nairobi marathon in 3 hours 6 minutes. Very Satisfying!

I never hit my target but some how I was very satisfied with my performance. I live to fight another day. You win some, you lose some. That’s life!

 

 

Half Marathon Endurance Tips

In order to build endurance to complete a half marathon comfortably you need to work on your aerobic fitness, mental stamina and physical fitness.

Half Marathon Endurance Tip 1 : Mileage

The way to go about those three is doing enough mileage. Ask any fast marathoner how much they run and you are sure to get something like, upward of 120 km a week. If 120 km sounds too much, start small, aim at 20 km then 30, 40, 50 km like that.

Half Marathon Endurance Tip 2 : Long Run

Once per week you should run a long run. The distance should be anything from 15 km to 20 km. The long run is done at slow steady pace, just go out thee and have fun at your own pace. The long is critical to your half marathon performance as it provides you with the aerobic fitness.

Half Marathon Endurance Tip 3 : Speed Work

Speed work is about trying to push your body beyond its limits. It helps in improving running efficiency. Ideally these sessions should be done on a track or flat grass oval.  It about running at a fast pace.

Half Marathon Endurance Tip 4 : Diet

Remember to fuel your body. Eat healthy foods and make sure you eat enough. Have a small meal before going out for a run.

Half Marathon Endurance Tip 5 : Water

Stay hydrated. Lack of water is one of the main cause of fatigue

Half Marathon Endurance Tip 6 : Rest

Rest is very important in any training program. Rest allows your body to recover from fatigue and minor injuries. The body regenerates during rest. It is also important to reduce your training days before a race.

Quad Muscle Strengthening Exercises

The quads muscle is one of the key muscles used in running together with the calf. Doing targeted strength training exercise on the quad can help a runner to run faster and minimise injury.

Strength training exercise on the quad can help to make the quad stronger, increase endurance and minimise the incidence of injury.

The following livestrong video shows how to strengthen the quads.

Books for Half Marathon Training

There are many half marathon training books, to save you time, we have done a review of three best selling books for half marathon training at Amazon.

Best selling Amazon books for half marathon training

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Half Marathon Training

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 8K, 10K or Half-Marathon Race is an easy-to-understand introduction to the world of running half-marathon, or shorter, race. Endorsed by the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, this book is packed with illustrations, notes on how to stay motivated and tips on how to train without pain. It will guide you through your marathon-training program and show you how to find the appropriate clothing and shoes, prevent and treat injuries and warm-up before running.

To buy the book from Amazon follow the link below :

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 8K, 10K or Half-Marathon Race

Half Marathon ; You Can Do It by Jeff Galloway

This book for half marathon training is quick & easy with lots of color & specific tips. It’s particularly good if you feel like you’re too old or out of shape to run a half-marathon.

To buy this half marathon training book from Amazon follow the link below:
Half-Marathon: You Can Do It

Beginner Half Marathon Trainer by Jon Ackland

This book for half marathon training shows you how to run your best time without injury or time-intensive training. It teaches you how to: Mentally prepare, Train smarter, Improve speed and endurance, Properly nourish your body, Pace your self.

To buy this book go to Amazon at: Beginner’s Half-Marathon Trainer: The 14-Week Program to Completing a Half-Marathon in Your Best Time

Ryan Hall Sports Drink Supplements

Ryan Hall uses two sports supplements to sustain energy, to train harder and build stamina to achieve superior results. I found this information from Ryan Hall official Asics blog. 8 Things Ryan hall will carry to 2010 Boston marathon post.

The two supplements are Cytomax powder and Muscle milk.

Cytomax Powder Athlete supplement.

On the official site it is described; Cytomax® Performance Drink is made for a different brand of athlete. Its blend of complex carbohydrates and sugars work to sustain energy, so you can train harder, build stamina, and achieve superior results – Proven Results!

Muscle Milk Sports drink Athlete Supplement

I loved how it is described on their site. Simply put it is the protein! This is a protein sports drink that is designed to promote the development of lean muscle. It promises to increase endurance, fat burning and strength.

Do they work? The proof is in how well Ryan hall performances

Best Marathon Running Shorts By Runners World

I was reading a running shorts review on runners world that featured eight running shorts. One interesting aspect of the shorts is the names, without the word shorts next to them you wouldn’t know what they are. Some of the names would be mistaken for: fish oil, ammunition, sports team, sports drinks.

1. Mens Nike Pinnacle Shorts

2. Mens Hind Omega Shorts

3. Womens Adidas Adistar shorts

4. Womens Moving Comfort Endurance shorts

5. Mens Brook sharper

6. Mens Under Armour Pacer shorts – This was the best name

7. Women Zoots sports Ultra run shorts

8. Womens New Balance Mira Shorts

Read the full reviews at runners world