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Simple Training Forumla, would it work?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:27

And Andy, good luck in your Loch Ness, if i recall this is your marathon yes? Must be tough in those hills?

Simple Training Forumla, would it work?

Posted: Yesterday at 22:24

Hi Mr Signum,

Well I was training very hard for the Manchester 10km and got injured (knees) about 6 weeks before if I recall. This was an event leading up to the GNR and to give me a mid training target. 

Anyway I have lost 9 weeks of training and now the GNR is next weekend. 

I am feeling stronger, my knees are ok, but protecting them, but my stamina and speed is well off what i would like it to be.

However i have got to the stage where I know I will complete the event but perhaps in 2hrs 30 mins rather than 2 hrs.

I have entered the Manchester Marathon, which may be a step too far for me and this is in April 2015. In the meantime I will have also entered a Tough Mudder type race in November.

As for the past 4 months, in summary it has been tough, but I am there and ready to continue.

As for the next 7 or 8 months, I am not sure what the future holds. I will certainly be continuing my running and training for the marathon. Whether LG has the time to continue her hard work I don't know, if she can it will be appreciated, if she cant I will let her bow out with absolute gratitude at what she has done this last year. In all fairness this running and the support she has given me in the training has been so welcomed as I was a heart attack waiting to happen.

So there you have it, tough but I am ready and fighting.

As for LG she is getting back to running and I have promised a £50 sponsor for her next event, she enters, dont worry LG i have not forgotten

First time runner - daunted!

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 12:49

Hi King,

First of all well done on getting going.

Secondly you will now be doing more exercise than probably over half the population.

Thirdly it gets ALOT easier, stick with it and the rewards will come.

If you have an android phone get a C25K programme and work to that. You will be a 5km in 12 weeks no problems.

Simple Training Forumla, would it work?

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 23:40

8km done and all good.

55 mins cycle done all good.

8km tempo done, piss wet through now, but felt good, knee a little tight so stretching.

Simple Training Forumla, would it work?

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 16:20

This is my plan this week, posting so I can easily see it after my LSR was Monday.

Tues - Rest 

Wed - 8k Easy

Thurs - 45 min cycle

Fri 8k - Tempo

Sat - Rest                       

Sun - 16k LSR

Simple Training Forumla, would it work?

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:26

LG, not so sure if you can help on this one.

The guy i am running with is in a running club and he recommends carb loading for the race.

In other words 4 or 5 days before the event eat protein based foods and cut out as much as possible carbs, then the day before eat carbs.

Does this work or is it a receipe for disaster?

Simple Training Forumla, would it work?

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 17:03

Was ill in bed on Sunday all day so didnt get out but decided I had to run today.

Having eaten only 2 rounds of toast the day before, and nothing to drink I was on a hiding to nothing. 

Managed just over 15km when I simply stalled and stopped. I was so dehydrated. However i am not upset about the run, as I was good until about 12km despite being ill.

21km on race day will be fine.

Thanks for this weeks plan.

All data from last week now on Garmin.


Simple Training Forumla, would it work?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 22:02
Did a 7km easy today but half of that was up hill so a good substitute for my lost tempo run.

Sunday will be the 18km LSR.

Simple Training Forumla, would it work?

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 09:50
Shocking run today. Nowhere to run without going up and down pavements, stopping for pedestrian crossings and lower back is sore from a crap caravan mattress.

Back Sunday when I will do my LSR so will try to do 5km on Friday at easy pace as only did 3.3km today and gave up on Job impossible.

Dissapointed but pretty unavoidable - damn French roads.

Can I improve fitness and speed without risking injury?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:11
Hello, speed work is a higher risk of injury and so is fitting in more runs a week as you need time to recover. Cycling is great, get yourself a road bike or hybrid and go and an hour twice a week. That gives you two none training days.

Mon run
Tues cycle
Weds rest
Thurs run
Fri cycle
Sat rest
Sunday run and so on and so on.

Gradually work up your distance from 5km at 1/2km a week maximum and gradually you will get stronger.

Once you get to 10km you will be stronger and then possibly ready to ask your speed question again - say in three or months time.
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