Posted: 22/04/2015 at 09:50
On the training debate I run on average 4 times a week, with the occasional 5 times a week (normally because I've thrown in a Parkrun to meet some lovely folks from here). During marathon training my weekly average is normally between 35-45 miles per week.
I have a bizarrely unstructured structured schedule. I don't do specific sessions. During the week I run every session hard. I push myself until it hurts and then grind it out until I get back home. My long runs I toddle along at what ever pace is comfortable. The only structure is the days I run and the mileage I do.
Unlike many I find the long runs are key. Three times I've ran 5 x 20 miles (or more 21/22) and every single time from that I've ran sub 4. I've never ran sub 4 off less than that. I also find I need to be regular in my training to perform well. If I train on set days for set mileage I run well. For Loch Ness I took a run when I want approach and while my overall mileage was very similar to previous training campaigns I had a nightmare.
Until this year I'd never done any core work. Prior to Paris this year I did a 30 day plank challenge. I also lost some weight prior to Paris this year. I don't actually own scales, so couldn't tell you how much, but I had to create a new hole in my belt to hold my jeans up! I think that was mostly down to the fact I didn't have a drink from New Year until Corcorans and that from January I didn't buy a single biscuit, crisp or any other snack in my weekly shop.
I think you need to find what works for you. I don't class myself as at all naturally athletic. If I don't train regularly I'm a wreck. I need to batter myself into shape. I literally was the slowest runner as a kid at school. Until I took up running aged 33 I was the one my mates would have pointed at as the no athletic ability at all guy. For me to not be there requires consistency.