Talkback: ASICS Target 26.2 Team: Colin

Introducing the second member of our ASICS Target 26.2 team - Colin (aka knight rider) PB Hunter Colin will be mentored by Steve Smythe on t...

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20/12/2011 at 12:38

Thanks again, Steve. Very clear now. My friend has definitely struggled in the last few marathons in the last 4-5 miles. She's very capable of sub 3.10, but always seems to hit 3.24. She did two 20 mile races this year before London and I'm sure you're right that they took out more than they put in.

A few more runs planned for me now and then taking cutting back my mileage for Christmas week before the real work begins in the new year...  

Edited: 20/12/2011 at 12:38
20/12/2011 at 12:49
Interesting stuff Steve regarding pacing of a half 3 weeks before the marathon. In reality although these are races they are not “A” goal races. Would a half done 3 weeks out be more of a good indicator of predicted marathon pace than one run 6 -8 weeks out, if run in the manner you suggested (starting off at MP then pushing more int he last 10)?
20/12/2011 at 14:00

Interesting stuff on racing a HM and 20 milers.  I am not sure I would be brave enough as I have never done it before.  

I ran a 20 mile race last year but treated it as a progressive run, starting off at MP+40s, running 8 miles at MP and then finishing with a couple of fast miles.  It was great to be passing hundreds from the halfway mark and finishing strongly.  Also no recovery needed afterwards and was running the next day as normal.

20/12/2011 at 15:13
I ran a 20 mile race in 2009 as part of my prep for my spring marathon and I reckon I left a good proportion of a decent time for the marathon on those roads. I did 3-19 that year at London when aiming at sub 3-15 and looking back I ran the 20mile race too quickly in 2-21 which was quicker than MP at about 7m03s pace. I just never truly recovered and kept plugging away making myself more tired.
20/12/2011 at 17:46
Re 20 mile races - I've done one in the lead up to some of my recent marathons and wholeheartedly agree that they take more out than they give back.  I've done these at marathon goal pace and although they gave me a great psycological boost I am convinced they had a significant contribution to me struggling in the last few miles of the marathon.  They don't appear in my schedule (just finished it) for next spring!!!  Oh, i'm not one of Steve's ultra men but am one who needs to plan to get through the last few miles OK, hence the above.
20/12/2011 at 18:10
I'll pitch in for the pro 20-mile race camp. Did one at the end of March, 6 weeks before the marathon, bimbled round in 2:16 so average pace of 6:49 and then did the full at 6:45 pace. I reckon it is horses for courses, for me doing 20@MP was a big confidence thing and I will do so again this year, so racing Finchley 20 on March 11th. It was at the end of a big 2 weeks, my biggest weeks at 62 each, then the speed up and distance down phase started.
20/12/2011 at 18:35

Steve - I've just finished my spring marathon schedule using the RW Ultimate sub 4hr as the basis and tweaked it to suit me.  I'm erring on the cautious side this time as I struggled a bit in this year's races as I overtrained.  I've kept the mix of speed/tempo/long/recovery/rest etc and the total mileage is the same.  I wondered if you would be prepared to comment on the long slow (MP+60 secs) run distances I've picked from week 7 to the race which are;

15/18/20/10/half race/20/28/14/10/race  ?

20/12/2011 at 18:46
oscarr wrote (see)

Steve - I've just finished my spring marathon schedule using the RW Ultimate sub 4hr as the basis and tweaked it to suit me.  I'm erring on the cautious side this time as I struggled a bit in this year's races as I overtrained.  I've kept the mix of speed/tempo/long/recovery/rest etc and the total mileage is the same.  I wondered if you would be prepared to comment on the long slow (MP+60 secs) run distances I've picked from week 7 to the race which are;

15/18/20/10/half race/20/28/14/10/race  ?

whoops, should read "18" in week 13 and not "28" - sorry!

20/12/2011 at 18:56
2:50 - re the 20 mile races, that's a fair point and at the end of the day I guess it's down to the individual knowing if the body can take it and still perform later - horses for courses as you say.
20/12/2011 at 20:02
Personally I wouldn't risk racing a 20 miler, or even running it @ MP. I usually enter the Ashby 20 though and run it at LSR pace up to mile 18 then put my foot down a bit. That's 5 weeks before VLM. 4 weeks before I usually race a HM all out (so I'm also looking for one on the 25th March). Where is Wilmslow? And where is Fleet? I'm veering towards the horribly hilly Stafford again but could be tempted elsewhere. I got very excited by the news of a Loughborough HM that day as it's just down the road from me, until I discovered it's only approx 13 miles and not even measured!
20/12/2011 at 21:08
CC2 - Speedy Goth wrote (see)
I got very excited by the news of a Loughborough HM that day as it's just down the road from me, until I discovered it's only approx 13 miles and not even measured!
I ran Loughborough one year and was going well but a little bemused when the 12 mile marker came up in under the hour. Turns out there was an accident on the M1 and the course had to be changed so they cut off a loop.
20/12/2011 at 21:19
Speedy - Fleet is in Hampshire, Wilmslow is in Cheshire. There is also a half mara in Northumberland on 25th March. And one in Hastings!! 
20/12/2011 at 21:25

Enjoying the updates, Knight Rider.... glad Saturday was a good experience (I'm not jealous any more... not, honestly, I'm not!).

 I'll be following this thread (not online at home at the moment, but will be able to contribute more when I am). The pacing stuff is particularly useful for me - that's a big weakness. Having perhaps not tapered properly in the past, I'll be looking at that too.

20/12/2011 at 22:17
Speedy I haven't done the Northumberland half but have heard its quite hilly. I'm doing one on the 2nd march in Edinburgh which is quite flat but maybe a bit soon for you?
20/12/2011 at 23:49

Both Wilmslow and Fleet are good halfs - think Wilmslow is slightly more interesting course and slightly quicker. Hastings is a bit harder (first 5 are quite tough - second half much quicker)  but great training and I think better atmosphere.

Generally 20 miles at close to or slightly slower than marathon pace shouldnt be a major problem but agree best option is 10 miles relaxed and then second 10 miles at marathon pace 

21/12/2011 at 00:43
I think everyone is different in terms of training and pace for races pre marathons. Some are able to cope with 20 @ MP and others not. I'd like to think that having not done a 20 mile race in training before a marathon I would go with Steve's stratergy of first 10 relaxed then next 10 @ MP.
Edited: 21/12/2011 at 00:56
21/12/2011 at 00:46

It was my work Xmas meal tonight and we had a secret santa - love the person who bought me this - very topical!

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/77921/gallery/secret_santa_paris.jpg?width=350&height=263&mode=max

 Should really blur out the Nike logo !

21/12/2011 at 08:48
I've raced the Bramley 20 for the last couple of years, and done it at around MP or even slightly faster. This is a good 2 months out from the marathon however so definitely time to recover. I like to do it as it's a great confidence booster to be able to run 20 at MP at that point.
21/12/2011 at 08:57

I did a 23 mile progressive run 3 weeks before VLM 2010 and lived to regret it big time. Some people can cope with 20 mile races that close to the marathon and others simply can't. As has already been said, know and listen to your body and if you're not sure, don't push it!
KR - Posting at 00:46? Shouldn't you be tucked up in bed getting plenty of rest before Monday! Nice secret Santa pressies!

21/12/2011 at 13:39
Planning on keeping it easy this week ahead of starting the schedule next week, so probably around 6 - 7 miles tonight and something similar on Thursday/Friday.
I'll hopefully get to test my new Garmin 610 tonight as it's all charged up and ready. I've been wearing it as a watch today and it is so much lighter than the 405. I think it will take a few goes to get used to it. This one has a touch screen rather than the bezel, so I'm hoping rain/sweat won't be it's downfall!
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