Realistic targets for a 40 something

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03/05/2012 at 10:42

Dr Dan talking a lot of sense,.. maybe racing flats not for everyone perhaps.

Leeds Nick, interesting all the varieties you have tried in mixing runs.

I vary week to week but usually do something like

Sunday LSR 12-20miles (depending on what training for)

Tuesday 4m warm up +club speed session 4-6miles depending on session

Wednesday Speed Strength, optional 4m slow

Thursday 4m warm up + club tempo run 5-7m

Saturday Circuit class, optional 4m before either slow/ easy or track session.

Some weeks I just do the 3 tue/thu/sunday runs but always either 2 circuit classes or 1+ speed/ strength session.

Previously before January, for 12 months I would do a body conditioning class, a pump fx and a circuit class but lower effort level.

03/05/2012 at 11:40
Hey running cat. I am only gonna persist with my current regime for a few weeks, as I have a half marathon in a month which I have committed to.
Then I go to NZ for a few months and will start from scratch. I always run better there. For some reason (warmer?) I can train more often there without the fatigue/niggly injuries... so it will be a good place to get a proper base... see if I can get back to running 4 or 5 days a week... and over 30mpw...
04/05/2012 at 09:43

LeedsNick Is NZ more trail running? I tend to find this is easier on the legs.. my long run on sunday is half trail.

NB My training above is for a marathon, half marathon I'd probably do similar, little bit but aim for faster pace on some days. My "warm up" to the club is usually a warm up mile and then 3 miles at whatever pace I'm doing training for.. so 7.45 ish for marathon, 7.30 and below for halfs. Long run would be 11 to 13 miles too.

04/05/2012 at 09:55

^I'd love to stick to pretty much your training regime FRC. If I am honest I probably need to lose 10kg and get back down to my young adult weight. I'm 6ft and weigh 86kg.  When I was younger I was around 77kg...  if I can get back to that I'll be running lighter and probably get less injuries/fatigue etc.

In NZ I run on country roads. But the tarmac there just seems softer. I feel like I am running on a spongy track... it's very nice and flat too. So I am warmer before I start... and without the pavements to run on, I get into a rhythm quicker... and seem to recover quicker. Last time I was there I ran over 10km 3 days in a row... I could never do that in my wildest dreams in the UK... with no ill effects....

04/05/2012 at 15:22

Hello, some good reading in this thread. I myself am new to this running lark following retirement from a social rugby (more beer than training).  I have also just turned 40. Ten months ago I entered a half marathon which I trained for and completed in a time of 1hr 45 mins. I was then talked into running a marathon 4 weeks later, stupid I know considering the injuries I may have picked up.  I have however, since completed this and in a weird sort of way enjoyed it.

I would now like to complete another marathon and was thinking of Preston in October. However, having read this thread and the excellent link of 'Training for the right ditance', I am now not sure.  I think I should maybe take a step back and just train for 10ks, 10 miles and halfs. Get more comfy at those distances and then have a crack at another marathon in a year or two. It is now a battle of the head and the heart. Maybe I will have a better idea when I complete my first post marathon run.

04/05/2012 at 15:37

LPJR ... 1:45 is a decent start. I think you should buckle down to the shorter distances for a year or two and aim to get some landmark targets in the bag while you still have leg speed (sub-20 5K ... then sub 90 HM and sub 40 10K). You can make huge strides in the first few years of dedicated running. The marathon isn't going anywhere ... it will still be there in a couple of years but you'll be in a better palce to take it on properly.

05/05/2012 at 15:38

Thanks for the reply Dr. Dan.

The lure of the marathon has been put to bed for the time being and common sense has taken over.  Thinking back I trained for a half marathon and enjoyed that process. I then entered the Manchester Marathon with 3 weeks of training not taking into account the week before and all I did was throw in 3 long runs on my half marathon training. When I read about the percentage of a LSR in relation to total miles and the marathon itself I most definitely was lucky to complete that 3 weeks without causing long term problems.

The other big issue, when I looked at the decent long term marathon training programmes, I simply do not have time with a young kid and working shifts to do it properly which I would want to do. So decision made 10k to half's only.

Now the next issue.  The times you mentioned above seem impossible to me.  But I am going to design a training programme based on the 'Training for the right distance link' around my shift pattern.  I may have to check back here with some of the terminology used, but I am going to set my 2012 goal as a 100min half and a 43 min 10k.

Again, a nice thread this one. Some good info for 40+ beginners.

05/05/2012 at 16:00

After only 250M in the last 6 months, they seem impossible to me too! Seriously though, I managed to go from 1:42 to 1:30 in 12 months with some sensible consistent training, so stick with it an surprise yourself.

05/05/2012 at 20:20
Fit-Running-Cat wrote (see)
LeedsNick & Andrew Jones 72, with the mention of ITB problems and not being able to run more than 2-3 times a week/ rest needed... Do you do any gym sessions or core work? Other stuff apart from running. ITB you're usually recommended exercises for knees/ glutes and strengthening legs overall, single leg squats or similar. Keeping injury free for Andrew, maybe similar improving the body overall. My 20miler on Sunday went really well ...

Hi Fit-Running-Cat

Yes, my ITBS has been kept in check, currently running 4 t times per week with 40 to 45 miles. I have a stretch and strengthening program for core. My main problem is that my left knee tracks inward slightly, caused by hips rather than foot/shoe. Chiropractor/Physio clinic gave me the program.

Until recently all had been well, however I was a little stupid (very stupid) and did something I shouldn't have done due to time committments. I ran a hard training session on a Friday, followed by my Long Run on Saturday.

The training session was a  full set of  Yasso 800s x 10 @ 3:11 per interval, 11miles incl w/up. w/down

Then next day overran my long run, aiming to do 20, but ended up with 23miles (I was in search of hills!) and this caused a flare up of the ITBS.

Things seem to be settling down now after an easier week and avoiding hills. And yes - I know I shouldn't do hard session, followed by a hard session . Think once, think twice, think 40+



Edited: 05/05/2012 at 20:28
05/05/2012 at 20:59

My main injury issues have come after doing hard sessions after mundane activities like gardening or DIY. Definitely have to factor these kind of life necessitities into your programme and don't underestimate the effect they have. This year I've managed to keep the DIY/other commitments etc at sensible times and managed about 55-60 most weeks with no ill effects.

06/05/2012 at 11:13

Shelved my final week's training plan before HM next Sun. Trained hard last week, did my first parkrun yesterday, disapointed with my 25:02 time. Legs felt absolutely washed out before, during and after the run. Going to have a real easy week, probably only club speed session on Tuesday, and v easy 5 or 10k weds/ thurs.


Until this week, never really suffered from getting a stitch, has happened several times this week including this am when I was out with my son to do a gentle 1km round the village. Is this something to be concerned about?

Enjoy your runs anyone going out today, the sun has made a surprise appearance!

06/05/2012 at 11:16

Good luck next weekend Jake. Maybe your body is telling you... enough for now! I'm sure you'll be fine if you just chill now until the big day...

06/05/2012 at 12:25

Jake, I did my first HM 5 weeks ago. The week before I was quite similar to yourself, suffering from very heavy legs. For the pre week training I only did 3 x 3 to 4 mile very slow runs and they even felt hard( not sure if it was all in my head or not).  When I set of on the day I was surprised how fresh I felt and ended up running 10 mins faster than my predicted time.

If your speed sessions at the club are hard I would be tempted to give it a miss.

Good luck for your first HM. Enjoy.

07/05/2012 at 20:15

Hi, thought I would take a look at this thread as I intend doing my first HM at the end of this year.  I only started running in June last year at 42 years old.  I don't think I had run since I was 16.  I have got my 5k time (Norwich Parkrun) from 38:20 to 23:06.  I did my first 10k event today and did around 48:56 (awaiting official time). My long training run is currently 10.5miles and I have done this in 1:30:45.  

Ideally I would like to do a HM in 1:45 - I currently don't do any interval or speed work -  I tend to just run 5-6 miles 2-3 times a week and the a long weekend run.  Do you think I should be mixing in some speed work now?

07/05/2012 at 20:20

Fantastic progress Bones. I have been running for about 5 years and only improved my 10km time by about 2 minutes in that time... and my HF time by about 5 minutes... I put my slow progress down to old age...

I do try and mix my runs up... but I get injured so often I never really get into a routine... there is a lot to be said for keeping things simple...

07/05/2012 at 20:31

Cheers LeedsNick, I think my 5k progress is quite flattering as I started at such a poor pace.  I think losing 2.5 stone helped get the pace down too.  I have been quite lucky with injury - I had a bad spell with calf muscle pain but a new pair of shoes sorted that.  I have real problems if I push my pace too much.  I am trying to keep things steady and build slowly.

07/05/2012 at 22:18

Hi Bones1969

I did my first HM training this year. I typically included one 'hard' session per week such as an interval session, or tempo run, or hill intervals. I found these really useful and definitely gained speed / strength from these sessions. Its worth while doing one of these per week so that you don't fall in to the trap of always running at one pace on your training runs.

Its also worth noting that injuries cropped up from these, particularly short intervals such as 200m or 400m. For intervals I tend to do 1km or 1 mile now at a decent pace. I run my mile intervals about 25 secs quicker than half marathon pace.

I would recommend introducing a tempo run midweek. Say 1 mile warm up, 3 miles tempo pace (comfortably hard), 1 mile cool down. That will give you say 20 to 30 mins of quality running.

I currently run my tempo runs on heart rate, and don't focus so much on the pace while I'm running. I base it on 85% of working heart rate. It stops me from thinking 'must run faster'  which I know can lead to injury


Edited: 07/05/2012 at 22:18
Blisters    pirate
07/05/2012 at 23:03

I read your intro post, noted your enthusiasm, and thought that you might like to understand what can be practically achieved. Listen to SerenNos. She is a wise one. I've not read pages 2-5 though. I'll add comment related to my own journey.
Started at age 39 and a half. 6'0" and then 12st4lb, but no aerobic base.
In five months, 1st HM was just inside 2 hours. Entered ballot for London marathon.
12 months from a zero point, and first marathon done inside 4 hours.
OK you are carrying a little more weight penalty, at the moment, but once the alcohol intake is down and the mileage is 35-40 per week it will come off.
If you're not carrying it, you'll be faster. Simples.
Year on year I was able to knock chunks off my race PBs, and a bit of friendly rivalry helped get the training focussed. Actual training advice can be found all over RW. I think that it took me three and a half years to go 3:15 mara, with a 1:30 HM. After that it took several more years, but a peak at age 48 was a 2:59 and a 2:58 marathon. My HM pb stands at 1:23 from the year prior. My weight at the time was 11st4lb. When I look back, it took a lot of dedicated mileage, focussed training, and hard racing.
I've had two years off now, and put that stone back on!

The aim of this post was to illustrate that your aspirations are not unreachable. I'm just an ordinary bloke with a family. Just set yourself achievable goals for each year. I was happy if I came out of a whole year of racing with a single PB in any distance. That meant progress.

08/05/2012 at 08:11

Blisters, many thanks for posting, I hope you are starting back with the greatest sport on earth? Your times are indeed inspirational. Sub 3 hour marathon sounds pretty damned good, when reading requirement for VLM GFA I thought it was very harsh for my age group to to age 59 requiring a sub 3:15!

Weightwise, it has started falling to as low as I can remember, I only started taking note of weight about 10 years ago. My wife recently commented "Wow you will have a washboard soon", not quite at that stage but being able to do the belt up a couple of extra notches feels good.

My most recent ponderings have been about post race training, I absolutely love LSR's on Sunday and the thought of cutting back mileage on Sunday is a miserable one. I would like to gradually build up LSR mileage to 20+ so when I start proper marathon training for Valencia in November the distance will not be a problem. Is there any harm in keeping up with 30+ miles per week even when not in training for specific races?


08/05/2012 at 09:59
Bones1969 wrote (see)

Hi, thought I would take a look at this thread as I intend doing my first HM at the end of this year.  I only started running in June last year at 42 years old.  I don't think I had run since I was 16.  I have got my 5k time (Norwich Parkrun) from 38:20 to 23:06.  I did my first 10k event today and did around 48:56 (awaiting official time). My long training run is currently 10.5miles and I have done this in 1:30:45.  

Ideally I would like to do a HM in 1:45 - I currently don't do any interval or speed work -  I tend to just run 5-6 miles 2-3 times a week and the a long weekend run.  Do you think I should be mixing in some speed work now?

Bones - your story is remarkably like mine. Also started at 42 (3-4 years ago) after not doing anything much for 20+ years ....lost weight and made enough progress to get me hooked for life.

Moraghan's  first 3 posts are very useful for planning how to fit in sessions with mileage ... here:

Also, the Middle Ground thread in the "Training" sub-forum is my favourite place to learn about common sense training.


Edited: 08/05/2012 at 09:59
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