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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23/12/2011 at 14:20

KR - Colin, these mileages look like my peak ones (!) so unfortunately I won't be following your thread for training advice as I will get tempted to do more miles and I'm trying to be a bit more cautious this time and also targeting a much slower time than you (4hrs).

Good luck with the schedule and i'm sure you will enjoy the journey to Paris.  Merry Christmas. 

23/12/2011 at 23:29

Thanks for posting up the 4 week schedule Steve. Only thing that puzzles me is some of the Tuesday night runs of 9 miles. I was adding up to the W/up & W/down plus the reps & the recoveries and they don't add up to 9 miles? Should there be more/longer warm up and warm down?

Like the schedule & looking forward to starting it.

You can still check in now & again Oscar, would be good to see how you are getting on and what schdule you are following.

23/12/2011 at 23:40
Thanks KR but I think I would be wasting Steve's time and I need to keep my motivation and confidence high.
24/12/2011 at 00:20

KR re the Tuesdays they are approximations and maybe on the generous side but with the reps, the recoveries and warm up and warm down they should be able to get close  ie with a 2 mile warm up including strides etc and a good 10 minute warm down etc. The mile warm up and warm down are minimums.

Just to clarify re paces they are rough guidelines not essential to get to too close except on the key sessions and certainly the original schedule had numbers rounded up, and where the schedule said things like 4 x 1 mile or 6 minutes, it didn't mean you have to run the miles in 6 minutes - just if you didn't have a measured circuit run for 6 minutes and stop. It wouldn't matter too much if the distance in the time might have been short. Also if you ran the reps hard and you ran an accurate mile and only ran say 6:40, it wouldn't necessarily be a problem in ultimately running a sub-3:15.

Each week and each session should be run at the right pace and effort for how you feel that day and not necessarily the exact time on the schedule. Sometimes that may be slower than down and occasionally faster if it fits into the week plan.

24/12/2011 at 11:55
Burning the midnight oil again Steve!
24/12/2011 at 13:53
Thanks for clarifying that Steve, I know there will be good days and bad days, hopefully more good than bad!
Was planning a Parkrun this morning, but a poorly wife a trip to ASDA beckoned. Instead of being at the Parkrun start line at 9.00am, I was instead in aisle 18 getting a bag of sugar to make a pavlova for tomorrow's lunch (amongst other things).
After getting back and doing some more chores I managed to get out for a steady 6 mile run.
How did your Parkrun go Speedy?
Merry Xmas everyone!
24/12/2011 at 14:08

One of the chores this morning (among many!), cutting down a branch from the garden so we could hang it from the ceiling and decorate it, looks better than it sounds…

24/12/2011 at 17:55
Erm, nice branch KR. Parkrun was slow. A PW in fact. One photo has already appeared on Facebook. I await the horror of the one where we're actually 'running'.
24/12/2011 at 18:56
KR -   Impressive decorating skills, good luck with the training.
24/12/2011 at 19:00
We need to see the pics on here, Speedy
24/12/2011 at 19:07
I won't pollute KR's thread. If the official pics ever go up on Facebook I might put one on the 3.15 thread.
24/12/2011 at 19:08

Looks like a good first four weeks KR.  Nice decorating skills .

Have a good Christmas all  

24/12/2011 at 23:32

Speedy, you are more than welcome to off load any pics you like on here - agree with Birch, we need to see any evidence!

Hi Martin, I've copied & pasted the first 4 weeks into a document I have set up, probably not on a par of your excel expertise though . I like the mix of easy versus harder sessions that Steve has put in there. Seems like a good balance to me. I plan to post up lots of stats about the runs etc at the end of each week to say how it's all gone.

Are you running over the Xmas period Steve?

Happy Christmas everyone.

25/12/2011 at 07:35
Happy Christmas KR
25/12/2011 at 07:55
Happy christmas - not much running for me  as calf trouble during xmas eve parkrun and probably week at least off maybe 2 or 3.
25/12/2011 at 16:24
Shame about the calf problem Steve, hope the rest does it good.
Manic day so far today, early start with my 2 excited boys and non stop cooking & eating.
Got some tickets to see Michael Mcintrye next September - seems like ages till then, but looking forward to that.
Enjoy the rest of the day.
26/12/2011 at 10:50
First day of the schedule so I wish you all the best - it's great to start ticking the runs off !!
26/12/2011 at 12:07

The official pics are still yet to make an appearance on Facebook, but here's one from before the race. Would you believe Vicki ran the Great North Run in that huge dress, on a boiling hot day, in less than 2 hours.
26/12/2011 at 16:58
can see why you were a bit outside your PB in that costume SG
26/12/2011 at 17:51
Very fetching costume Speedy.

KR - make sure you give us loads of stats and feedback on your training. Always interesting to see what others do and what benefits you get.

I can also trump you on the tickets. I got some to see Kevin Bridges next November!!!
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