Josh Blatchford

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The Middle Ground

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 21:12

PP - insane training times.  Are you aiming for a sub 2:40 marathon?

PRF - how do you find the rate of improvement for an individual course?  Do you get much of an improvement from being familiar with the course.

Due to illness I have not run in 2 weeks I think.  I've been very ill and on the verge of being admited to hospital.  I also gave my Mum the fright of her life when I collapsed from exhaustion. 

I have decided to stop running with the intention of competing for the time-being. At the moment I am either contaminated with a very nasty strain of bacteria or have an immune weakness but need more tests with a dermatologist to confirm.

I will re-evaluate whether or not to start training in late April or early May.  Partly because I want to give my body an extended break, partly because any hardwork I do to prepare for an event is very likely going to be ruined by another bout of ill health, and partly because I don't care about chasing numbers for the time-being when I am struggling to even life a normal lifestyle these days

The Middle Ground

Posted: 28/01/2013 at 20:59

CB - why go all the way down to barefoot shoes?  Have you tried super-light racing flats like the Saucony Grid Types?

The Middle Ground

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 19:08

Curly - nice consistency

Duck - how suitable do you find your shorter sprint training for the mile?  Would a long distance runner stuggle to compete in the mile if the competition is strong?

Phil - I have been doing my early morning weekday runs before eating breakfast, but I couldn't imagine doing so much running without eating before hand.  Are you trying to encourage efficient fat-burning?

Very tough muddy 12 miler @ 8:10 pace today and 40 miles for the week.  Like Simon I am knackered.  The mud just made my run a lot harder than what it should of been and my shoes felt heavy after just 2 miles.  I am so happy it has got a bit warmer now - running is just infintely better when it isn't sub-zero.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 11:52

PP - any particular reason to do the two tempo efforts at different paces?  How long of a recovery did you have in between?

Duck - nice race. I really struggle if I don't have any grip - my pace falls off really quickly.

Steady 6 today at 7min/mile and 169bpm.

I have been for a long time trying to incorporate team sky's principals of marginal gains into my training.  This has generally consisted of: core work, flexibility work, foam rolling, sports massage, ice baths sometimes, ice/heat rotation of sore muscles, protein recovery drinks when not trying to lose weight, slowly increasing the percentage of training done in racing flats.

I was wondering if there are any other tips/principals from any other sports than cycling that could be worth incorporating into running.  Would it be crazy to try and read up about how pros in other endurance sports train and see if there is anything that could work for running?

The Middle Ground

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 13:03

Dr. Dan - was this an A race?  And how much did you taper?

Duck - awesome stuff!  Really sounds like a good win.  What sort of tactics can you do if you get boxed-in?

Curly - I have no idea how you can have the patience to run 20 miles at 9:25 pace.  What is the reason for the 'conservative' pace?  I have read that it is bad for your form to run any slower than 9:00, although I don't think that is necessarily true.

12 miler takes me up to 40mpw. 

The Middle Ground

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 18:47

Dan - why the hell are you wearing shorts???  If you can minimise your risk of picking up an injury by simply keeping your legs warm why wouldn't you?

PRF - In previous park runs I have done in the snow there has been a significant drop-off in times.  It may be a good idea to have the course checked on the morning of the race for ice as the conditions seem to be so volatile

8 easy, 6 steady and 8 easy for tues, wed, thurs from me.  Another 6 steady for tomorrow may have to be effort rather than pace orientated and off-road.  Not looking forward to a 12 miler in snow on Sunday, but I have vowed to myself that every run my coach asks for will be done with no excuses.

In times like this I like to think that Steve Jones and Ron Hill would be out training no matter what, and was wondering if there is a good source of info to learn more about them and how they trained other than what is in Lore of Running and Marathon Talk interviews.  Does anyone have any recommendations?

The Middle Ground

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 19:38

Viper - There are no restrictions on what I can do thankfully other than for the 6 weeks after my heart operation but that was a long time ago.  In general running is actually one of the best sports for me to be involved in.  There is a very very small risk that the device in my heart could become unlodged by a sudden and very strong impact, like being rugby tackled, falling off a bike or being hit by a very fast ball.  So running is great in that sense.

Stevie G - any idea why it was milk was causing you problems?  It is kind of hard to believe that it was not food, but drink that was the root cause!

Duck - I have read about how ice baths are great for when you are doing hard sessions or races very close together.  Is this something you do?

Does anyone here use Strava?  I think it is a pretty good idea, but have never bothered to sign up because I assume it is mainly cyclists who use it.  Do many runners use it?

The Middle Ground

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 17:28

Wardi - after a lay-off I always find that it takes a while to clear the cob-webs out

Viper - nice long run.  How often do you add some kind of variation/ progression to your long runs and when is your target race?

31.6 miles this week from me.  Did a 9 miler at sub 8min/mile pace, which I was really happy with today - I thought it was pretty good considering today is 3 months from my stroke.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 19:31

Duck - I am not sure - just following Ben's (coach's) plan!  Should probably ask why 170bpm, as that is kind of no-man's land intensity. 

Here's a question for debate for everyone:  It is often said that runners should do one speed session per week all year round to stay in touch with faster-paced running, even when in early base phase.  But what should that speed session be: tempo, fartlek, reps, intervals, cruise intervals or even just a set of strides?

The Middle Ground

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 16:11
Stevie G . wrote (see)
Josh Blatchford wrote (see)

 1 min plank, 2 min plank,

you just lost track here didn't you

Nope.  Kind of breaks the flow of the work out but the 2 min plank is the hardest bit of the session.

Btw, have you tried the Wave Rider 16s yet?

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