Can those familiar with the course give me some idea of what to expect if I run this year? Not just the profile but what the trail parts are like...narrow? overgrown? uneven? likely to be dog fouled if used by dog walkers?
I'm not following someone else's plan, I just do:- Tue: sprint intervals, Thu: 4-5 mile tempo run, Sun: long run (incrementing by a mile each week - currently at 10 miles). So my long run is over 30% of my weekly mileage. But I don't have time to do other nights to increase my mileage. My 10 mile run took about an hour and a half. So if I continue up to 14 miles it'll be just over 2 hours i imagine.
Through caution and previous experience I would try and taper down well before the race, but is there a danger I'd lose some of the benefits I'd worked hard to get if I taper too soon (i.e. a month before, 14 miles, 3 weeks 10 miles, 2 weeks 6 miles, 1 week 3 miles)?
Perhaps I should try to locate a plan, but one for running a fast HM, not just completing one.
i have run a number of half marathons over the last few years and never run further than 11 miles in my training for them. As part of looking at ways to improve in order to better my PB, i am considering a friend's idea to run further than 13 miles in training to improve stamina. What opinions do you have on the fruitfulness of this idea? Is it going to give me a better chance of a PB (due to greater stamina) or possibly lessen my chances (due to greater fatigue).
You do get certain sources that like to scaremonger, but I wasn't aware that Channel 5 or the makers of this programme were one of them. That's why I threw the issue over to this forum because I wanted to hear what everybody else thinks. And it sounds if most think its rubbish. Running isn't a new thing, so if the likes of Brendan Foster and Alberto Salazar are now wheel chair bound and crippled with arthritis then it would be a good indication that this is par for the course for somebody who runs a lot. Some people might encounter problems of course and that might be why these programme makers have a story on their hands but is this because of an individual's stupidity or bad luck? Over-doing it, not using decent shoes, or have a weak knee in the first place?
I was watching a program late last night on Channel 5 about health and exercise (I can't remember the name of the program but it had a number in it because it was one of those top x countdown shows). They were rubbishing lots of things, for example fitness trainers with no real qualifications and sports drinks, which are no real big worries but then they talked about the damage you can do to your knees by running. Relatively quickly you can make your knees look like they've had many years more wear, which is a concern, if there is real evidence/truth behind this. I enjoy my running (which I only took up 2 years ago at the relatively old age of 45) and wouldn't want to stop as I know I wouldn't enjoy other forms of exercise, such as cycling. swimming or going to the gym, as much. But I could try to avoid tarmac more and combine my preparations for races with other cardio-vascular exercising if it means I spare my knees more and future trouble with them.
Any thoughts from the community of runners out there?