Kind of agree with Dan A re BBC Marathon coverage, they embarrassed themselves in April with the coronation of Saint Mo "The Greatest Runner Of Alltime" even when it was obvious he wasn't having a good day & didn't look mentally like he could handle the Marathon they carried on pushing the party line.
I'll admit I'm no fan of The BBC, but to be fair, I think their sports coverage is usually of a high standard, sometimes exceptional, I don't think its a case of Brendan Foster, Steve Cram, Paula Radcliffe etc not knowing their stuff, more a case of the order from above is that people don't give a f*ck about Athletics in this country hence the coverage should be dumbed down, it doesn't take a genius to work out that they could use the red button to EG cover the mens / womens elite races & even the people on the championship start, agree with the chap who said earlier the cutting to the bloke in the studio was very annoying & unnecessary, I'm sure Britain could have made it through Sunday morning without getting an update on how a ballet dancer from Northern Ireland was getting on.
Unbelievable performance from the Australian fella!
Starting to put the weight on now, but good 1 hour run with 5 x hill reps earlier on, hopefully will be able to get myself in good nick by the end of May otherwise it will just end up being another wasted summer season like the last few years.
Anyone know of any decent track sessions I can have a go at aimed specifically at improving my performances over 10k ?
Regards to "Core Work" as part of a Marathon build up I do what can probably be described accurately as a "token effort" fairly sure I'm doing most of the exercises wrong, but my core strength seems to improve as raceday approaches namely I can feel some kind of muscular definition developing around my midriff whereas usually its just flab.
I have never really stretched before or after running, have run probably in the region of tens of thousands of miles over the last 15 years & have never had any really significant injury problems ( touch wood )
At Parkrun you will often see big Dave doing his set of pre race stretches / exercises & its patently obvious he has no idea what or why he's doing it, I sometimes go in for the same approach but its mainly to avoid the likelihood of being dragged in to a pointless & futile pre race conversation.
Those "Exercise Balls" / "rolling thingies" are amongst the most preposterous things I've ever seen.