Hallam Blue

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Posted: 04/06/2011 at 17:50

Mr Spoons,

I think we are probably comparing apples and oranges: the plan is to get round in something under 4 and a half hours: I imagine your targets are considerably quicker? I think if I aimed for your training plan at my stage (running seriously for about 18 months, and just completed my first half marathon), I would run the risk of injuring myself.

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Posted: 04/06/2011 at 09:14

I'm not a complete advocate of the plan, but I really don't think it is a short cut, but a different way of targetting the run. The point is that you go out for a 14 mile run the day after another long run. In so doing, you in effect start 'tired' but your body gets used to running on (relatively) empty, but you reduce the risk of overtraining injuries (apparently). I really don't think it is a 'short cut' but I emphasise I am reading up these plans to target my first marathon, not as someone who as actually followed these, so I will have a look at the Pfitzinger book.

If you want to see the plan, have a look here:


I would really appreciate any comments if you have a look at it. (I actually note that it does go up to 16 miles)

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Posted: 02/06/2011 at 20:18

Thanks for the experienced review! The Runkeeper plan differs in that it splits the long run into 2 weekend runs: apparently this encourages you to burn fat more efficiently (which sounds good!) and emulates running 'on empty' (or nearly). But your longest single training run is only 14 miles, which slightly worries me. Any thoughts?

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Posted: 02/06/2011 at 19:17

Andy - Yes that's the one. I can't decide yet between this plan or one available on Runkeeper. I probably just need to pick one and stick to it. I'm also trying to lose weighting 'separately' from a training plan: 8 week fat loss plan; then a half mara plan; then the 16 week marathon plan.

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Posted: 02/06/2011 at 18:09
You need carbs for energy, but make sure they are the right ones. Complex carbs with a low GI rating. Keep away from processed foods as much as possible. Grains, I would have thought would be ideal.

A related question - I'm reading a book at the mo about marathon training, and it suggests that although you probably will lose some weight when completing a training plan for a marathon, it shouldn't be your primary goal, as you need to focus on fuelling correctly for the increased miles. So, what do you focus on: running goals or weight loss goals?

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Posted: 02/06/2011 at 01:32
Yes - planning on doing a half in October (Aviemore) and then doing a focused 16 week programme from Christmas.

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Posted: 01/06/2011 at 18:18
I appear to have got myself a place in the Brighton marathon through the ballot. I hold the contributors to this thread jointly responsible for the resultant pain. Who's booking the table for the blow-out?

The crazy sentence game

Posted: 31/05/2011 at 00:14
Except very EAGER runners, you would have early replies elsewhere.

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Posted: 29/05/2011 at 10:08
I had much beer, but danced like a maniac to a fab ska band. Can't work out the net effect, but I feel like I've done a workout.

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Posted: 26/05/2011 at 09:18

Nice one grant - I often wonder what I should be doing in the gym. I tend to just go on the treadmill for some speed work (I use the term very loosely!), but probably feel I should be doing more core toning work. Anyone got any suggestions?

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