Minni v Dubai Dave
DD - Hello Boss!
This is all very exciting and especially looking forward to the training in Dubai! Thank you for offering your time to help guide a novice like me.
Right down to business.
Marathon PB 3.31 in 2006 which was my third marathon. Last year I did 3.32 missing my pb by only 17 seconds. Recently (6 weeks ago) I ran a marathon in 3.36 with less than ideal training. My strength is endurance and my weakness is speed in shorter races ie 10k. I have run 7 marathons now and all have been under 3.45 except one.
I live in a hilly area and am able to do alot of running off road in the hills. I am surrounded by hardy fell runners, of which I'm not really one but do quite enjoy off roading it.
I have a decent treadmill at home and I also cycle. I have been having swimming lessons (future Tri plans) but will probably give this a miss for the next few months in favour of running.
I am planning to follow the P&B up to 55 miles and kind of started last week but mass snow, ice and minus 17 temperatures have made it a bit difficult.
And of course London is my spring marathon!
Pammie - thanks. Are you going for a GFA? Stick with us!
Keir - Hello! This will be really interesting. Its London I'm doing and times are above.
SN, Debbo, Plum - Priates! I cant wait to pick your brains about Tri!
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Schedules based on weekly milage and the science behind running, which has made me understand a lot about the importance of sessions and recovery. Recommended.
Morning, this will be quick as I have to drive to Devon in a mo.
Minni: Clearly you have no problem with endurance with 7 marathons under your belt. I'm sure we can get you below 3-30. It took me 23 marathons to break that barier myself but once I had done it once it became second nature which I think to a large extent shows that it was for me a mental barrier rather than a physical one.
I'm glad your using P & D schedules I happen to think they are the best out there for marathon runners,particuarly as they include a medium / long run mid week. Having said that I don't use schedules anymore as | work on the on the principle of one long run, one tempo run, one speedwork session, one medium long run and fill in the rest with swimming, cycling or running will get me there. If I'm serious about a marathon then I know I need a few weeks around the 60 MPW to get me a good time.
A few more questions to see where we are starting from, do you train with a club?, what are your 1/2M & 10K PB's?, do you regularly race? As you will soon realise I will race anything be it running, swimming, Triathlon, Aquathon, Duathlon, but this approach most definately isn't for everyone and probably doesn't give you the best results you could achieve with being more selective.
Anyway as I see it I'm not here to coach you but to give you the benefit of the years of experience, if you have any particular doubts , problems, questions, ideas etc fire away and I will do my best to help you out, if there is anything you don't want to put on the forum send me a PM.
Right got to go will try to look in tonight or tomorrow morning
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