Popping in with a newbie question: so I ran 5 miles on the treadmill on Monday at 8:30 minites per mile pace, then did the same on Tuesday at 8:00 and today 7:30 pace. So obviously I will carry on gettign faster and faster so once I am running at 5:00 minutes per mile, how can I train so I can do a 2:12 marathon at that pace? Is it going to be soon enough that I need to enter London this year?
I think you'll be fine for Rio PMJ.
Phil, you'll have to add to the title 'Can I' or 'How Long' as well.
Why do posters stick those on threads? All I can answer is 'I don't know, I'm not you!'
You will need to stick to a protein only diet and fast every Wednesday if you want sub 2:12 at this year's VLM mind.
Where've you been Philip?
Seb - will be interested to see how those Yaktrax do. I waited as long as possible to go for my run today, as the delivery tracking for the Orocs said the courier had them at 10.01 - never bloody turned up though! Given the ice is all gonna be washed away over the weekend, I might be sending them staright back!
I just posted on some similar thread tonight
A guy with a pure meltdown as he goes longer distances. He's probably trying to run halfs and marathons off 20miles a week or something, because he can blag a decent 5k off that.
RJ - I totally agree with you on the long run making a difference to 10k/HM performance. I upped my long runs of 14 miles (I'd go 2-4 weeks without one sometimes) to consistent 18-19 milers and my fitness rocketed. I hit the line at Leeds Abbey Dash knowing I was fitter rather than hoping as previously. That's why now I do 17-18 every Saturday. Base endurance gets overlooked I feel, and like you say speed work is the icing on the cake.
I clipped off 12.5 tonight in 7:20 average with a lovely low HR of 158 beats per min. Well within my 'areobic' zone. So pleasing, bloody cold though!
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IIll, but seem to be better now and foot is OK so a campaign begins.
Jase, there's a few cautionary tales from this thread alone of what the marathon can do! Ranging from a couple of weeks of injury to completely ruining half a year!
I covered 26.2miles in an odd Marlow club event once on a boiling hot day. Feeling like death didn't quite cover it!!
I'll quote Bruce Tulloh from his article on Half Marathons.
" In the half-marathon you are running 11 miles or more at a steady state, as close to your maximum oxygen uptake as you can go without accumulating lactic acid".
He then added that therefore you need to do most of your good training at around your best 10k pace.
Also he said that its more important to work on speed than endurance.
So a few ideas about the event from that. One that stuck was the lactic acid thing. Implies cruising until the final two miles when hopefully we can finish like Dean R.
Adrenaline gets you geared up to smash a race, and it always seems to mean I monster the first mile.
I like it a couple of miles in when things calm down a bit, you're at the right pace, amongst the right people.
There's always a time later on where it starts becoming very clear what your mission for that race is, whether it's to beat a certain person, or the time you can get is very black and white!
Ric, hard to disagree with working on the speed, as that's something that won't go on forever, whereas to some extent, you can always go for longer. I know a chap who seems to do it the other way round, doing monumental mileages and is ALWAYS talking about how he'll add speed later. He's around mid 40s, so not entirely sure how infinite he thinks his ability to add speed will be
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Jase, there's a few cautionary tales from this thread alone of what the marathon can do! Ranging from a couple of weeks of injury to completely ruining half a year! I covered 26.2miles in an odd Marlow club event once on a boiling hot day. Feeling like death didn't quite cover it!!
but RJ said after his marathons he took about a month off running, allowing everything to settle nicely and recover. Are the stories of injuries in 2012 following a marathon from this thread because they got back into it too quick? Im not in any way criticising them as i would have done the same.
also you felt like death running 26m as a one off, i would too,but i imagine it feels different if you build upto it after 4 months of solid mileage.
After all this talk of marathons i was thinking ahead last night about my shot at one in 2014. first off i was thinking delay it until 2015 and enjoy the short stuff but then i thought it could be my winter/spring thing to try and get a breakthrough by doing all the mileage. I wouldnt miss many A races if i train for VLM
Deano - go on, do VLM in 2014. That's my plan. I'll see you on the champs start if I can break 1:15 or 2:45 this year, which ought to be within my capabilities.
In my case, it was almost certainly an issue of coming back to running too soon, as the injury appeared after my first run back. I took a week off as all the advice says, and started back gently, but maybe I should have left it longer in recognition of the fact that I'm still a relative novice. And certainly shouldn't have aggravated it by running again the next day, just to make sure. And then shouldn't have delayed seeking any advice on it for a couple of weeks. My own fault really.
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