Marathon in a month?

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18/12/2013 at 22:33

And the important key to this was using a 1% incline (I think)

18/12/2013 at 22:56
Don't forget the 25 or so 20 milers you already had in the bank
They were probably more important than those 5 weeks training AR.
18/12/2013 at 23:15

Wow… that’s some training programme! Good effort.  In a 15 day period, your plan had mileages in double figures on 8 days (3 of them consecutive) 11, 15, 16, 12, 22, 21, 16 and 20.  Nothing less than 5 miles, with only 2 days’ rest.

Do you think that would be ok for the OP, without your distance running background? I do think he needs to be more circumspect.

18/12/2013 at 23:16

I'm banking on Philip being a fit young chap unlike me who was forced down the training route

18/12/2013 at 23:20

Nose Nowt, no I don't think it is appropriate at all, but then I think the same about 1 months training for the marathon, whether you are fit or not.

18/12/2013 at 23:31

I hope Philip  keeps us informed. It will be an interesting case study.  He's got fitness and a good age on his side.  I suspect he'll get round in under 4 hours... if he trains sensibly... but the Mumbai location, assuming he's not a regular runner there, is also quite a danger.

22/12/2013 at 15:12
OK, here are how the first 5 days have gone in the one month plan. Happily I'm still injury and niggle free. Some more outdoor running needed, methinks.   Wed 18  28km  2hr33 11km/h 1% slope. Most of bottle of wine and big Christmas dinner Thu 19  rest. Half bottle wine Fri 20  10.2km  1hr00  10.2km/h 2% slope 1 Glass Wine, 1 Beer Sat 21  21km 2hr00 10.5km/h 2% slope Sun 22 1hr swim Mon 23 (Anticipated rest)
27/12/2013 at 14:27

Philip - I think you will be fine, I often sign up and run a marathon with only a month or so, and if you have a good base level of fitness there should be no problem.

The difference is you will not be training to your optimum in only 30 days - generally if i dont train at all i am 40 minutes slower and if i train for a month then i am about 15-20 minutes slower. - nearly all the time is lost in the last 6-8 miles as you are not properly prepared for it.

Biggest Tip i have is that you cant fit 14 weeks into 4 and tapering is important - at least for a week to 10 days before the marathon.

I think if you trained properly you would be looking at 3:15 but with lack of training may see yourself come in at around 3:45. (based on your half marathon time)

30/01/2014 at 16:20

So Philip, how did it go?  Did you achieve your marathon?

31/01/2014 at 16:49

Yeah - spill the beans!

01/02/2014 at 23:47

he did 3:50

02/02/2014 at 10:38
Plodding round then.
02/02/2014 at 17:26

He did say he wasn't interested in plodding round in 3:30, so at least that was achieved.

02/02/2014 at 19:32

I think I remember saying that his failure would be the death of this thread. In other words people like this tend to skulk off and not face up to how wrong they were. I doubt if he will learn his lesson.

03/02/2014 at 10:17

I was pretty close at my prediction of 3:45 then. My voice of experience of failure...


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