Can't wait for this one!
Agreed a LOT of conflicting info on tapering, suppose each to their own methods to decide.
I read this, with 70 sub 3 hrs marathons I am inclinded to listen to the guy...
Here's a couple of quotes from P&D regarding the taper:
"The scientific evidence indicates that the key to effective tapering is to substantially reduce mileage while maintaining the intensity of training.......
......Three weeks before a marathon is arguably the most important time for a successful taper. This is the week that many marathoners do too much because the marathon still seems a long way off. If a marathoner works too hard during this week, however, they may find themselves feeling flat with 2 weeks to go and struggling to rest up as quickly as possible for the race. It’s much better physiologically and psychologically to allow the body to start to freshen up during this week. This allows for a much more relaxed state of mind, feeling that marathon preparation is on track rather than stressing that all efforts are going to be wasted."
Oh no, sorry to hear that. I bet he's gutted.
I've had calf problems for some time. They're always sore despite stretching them. They definitely worsen if I wear my trail or lightweight trainers because they both have low heels.
But, my calf is dead as a dodo today, its numb.
I shall take Marks advice and stay clear of the bike. With a marathon so close it is natural to think you can still improve in the last few weeks. The reality is you either end up injured or strolling onto the start line already tired.
Just spoken to a mate whos a GB Triathlete and hes cursed me for running in the weekends deep snow.
And there was me thinking it was a good workout!!!
Taper - if you've been running high intensity work (i.e. anything above easy pace) then you should retain it but reduce the mileage.
As an example, last week I did:Mon 3.5m easyTues 8.3m including 10 x 2 mins @ 10k pace off 60 secs recoveryWeds 12.4m easyThurs - offFri 21m easySat 3m slowSun 14m with 10m at MPTotal circa 63 miles which has been pretty normal for my campaignThis week:Mon 3.5m easyTues 11m with 6 x 5 mins @ 10k pace off 60 secsWeds - offThurs 7m easy with stridesFri 14m with 10 @ MPSat offSunday 12.4 easyTotal circa 48So roughly a 25% reduction in mileage, but no reduction in intensity. I expect next week to be around 35-40 miles with one session and one 3m road race. Race week I will do a few miles at MP I guess but no session. The idea is to get to the start line itching to run hard but feeling really fresh (which you get from the reduction in mileage).
Oh gosh Tracey G thats awful news about hubby. Any chance of a miraculous recovery?
I'm hoping for better weather this weekend for my last LSR as had to do 3 hours on the treadmill last sunday. However tv was interesting and it really wasn't that bad but want to get outside and do more than my shorter runs.
Green Fairy (7733) is in Green Coral .
Any sign of the list fairy?
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Crikes, the chap building from 5-20miles in three week good luck. Curious what your furthest distance is to date?
I did a 66 mile run in 2009? Done a couple or three marathons since then. Last run was the Rome marathon.
So we basically need to reduce the mileage but keep the same intensity in the runs you do complete? i normally do 2 5 mile runs in the week and a long run on a sat and a 3.5 miler on a sunday morning. This week I did 4 miles yesterday and 4 miles at lunch today and am planning a 12 miler on saturday and 3.5 on sunday. Does that sound ok?
I am getting excited/nervous now! x
Well I can understand his dissapoint, as its 50/50 for me now.
I'd just gotten over the flu too and was starting to feel good again.
Compared to last year my mileage has been awful due to the weather/illness.
Tell him theres always next year. If you're not fit enough to run then its not going to be enjoyable.
If I can do it this year, and my goal is out the window, then at least I'll relax and enjoy it.
well 14 miles done that leave just 1more LSR and that’s only 10 miles as for the next couple of weeks just 3x5miles one 6 and a 4 then the big one can't believe I'm coming to the end of yet another 18 weeks of training for Brighton it doesn’t seem 5 minutes ago we were just starting and i was only ever going to run one marathon
fingers cross it been my best ever year training wise the last couple of time I’ve lost a week due to illness or had to miss the odd run here and there this time i haven’t missed one run
Mark have to agree there i love Brighton and have enjoyed it every year but there was something kind of special about that first year
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