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P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 12:21

Fig Rolls are the future Macca! Hurry up and get it done so we can start the new thread!!

AWC - Good news that you have a diagnosis - good luck with the Doc and you can hopefully get a plan back to healthy running.

Tom 13 - ticking over at my Mara pace on a leisurely run, nice.

BR - Go smash it

I did my first training session of the Berlin Campaign yesterday - 7 with 4 at LT - all around the 5.50 mark. Felt OK.


P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 10:16

Hi Gang,

my stride length is 1.39m at 17kmh, which is  200mm shorter than elite Eritrean and European athletes running at the same speed, so my frequency is much higher than theirs to hold same speed. My lack of flexibility means that my push off is much closer to my body due to lack of range of motion. The faster I go the worse it gets, What I have been told is that for an increase in efficiency and a better use of energy I need to reduce the frequency and increase the stride length, which means core work and flexibility, as Lit says, I bet we all have insanely tight hip flexors.

That's the theory behind it, I intend to do some work over the next 6 weeks and go back and get it measured again to see if there is a change. Watch this space!

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Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:47

Good news AWC. Make the most of the break. 

Good stuff Madbee and Scott, I dont care for the short dtuff myself either, but might just turn upto a park run on Saturday for the hell of it

My running analysis is back and it seems my stride length is too short (200mm!!)so I compensate for it with a higher leg turn over and reduced ground contact time. Need to find someone to fix it now..

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Posted: 17/05/2016 at 10:02

HA77 - Had it done at a local uni that has a human physiology lab in Wrexham. Its interesting re its value, as your HR will change as you get fitter and as your body dehydrates over a long run, but given that every training programme has you pushing your LT and Vo2 it is handy to know exactly what they are (at a given point in time) so that the training is truly specific and giving maximum benefits. After my training run on Thursday my LT and Vo2 will be nailed down to a heart rate so I will probably have quite a narrow pace/HR range to train to. It should also allow me to track improvements through the training cycle. It only cost me £60 so a no brainer at that cost.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 20:04

Enjoyed the report Millsy - that's a long long time to be on your feet.

Great running Tom, that's an amazing time I can only dream of.

AWC - hope you get a diagnosis and an easy fix.

My LT pace has come out at 16.4km/hr. So there you have it. Am hopefully going to have a half hour test at LT with him on Thursday.

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Posted: 15/05/2016 at 10:15


Good efforts from Scott and Slowkoaka, off for 10 miles and as you've said, that sounds like a long way now.

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Posted: 14/05/2016 at 11:38

Give it loads Millsy

Madbee - I will get my results next week, with it comes my LT HR training zones. Got on with the Professor really well and he wants to track me through my training for Berlin to see what happens to my stats, including LT tready sessions all wired up to make sure I'm right on the money re specific training zones. They also have a climate control room and he wants to do dome Heat/altitude sessions. All for free

He did say I should lose a stone though to be at optimal weight and from the video analysis he told me my stride length is restricted by hip inflexibility/muscle strength. Lets see what gives!!

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Posted: 13/05/2016 at 15:33

Yo gang.

Never done a track race but use them for all my vo2 and LT sessions when training.

BR - nice blogging, you decided on a headband for Berlin yet?

I had a LT test and body technique assessment today. Horrible little session on a tready wired up with motion pads etc and a sadist stabbing you every 3 mins and then turning the tready speed up. Completed 7 reps and my final complete 3 mins interval was at 20km/hr.  The bad news is the motion study didn't show up any obvious points for correction, I was hoping for some technique defect that when easily corrected was going to knock 20secs a mile off.......

Go smash it Millsy

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Posted: 07/05/2016 at 19:22

Hangover run done in the sun. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't clever. I now realise how ive managed to break myself so easily after mara campaigns by going hard because London is definitely still in my system.

I am on the booze again too Westy but my 18 week berlin training plan starts in two weeks so am enjoying it whilst I can, although I am probably going to bin off mesocycle one in favour of a short and focussed half mara campaign.

To avoid any future sandbagging on my part I will state now that I am defo chasing a 2.44.xx as a minimum. I am hoping to train for a minute or two faster to save the ridiculous position of seconds being so crucial at the end of my races. Londons 2.49.59 clock time could have so easily been 2.50.0xx.........

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Posted: 07/05/2016 at 10:01

Good morning, I am hungover after a glorious day ay chester races. I have a 10 mile trot to go and collect the car, which I must admit sounded like a good idea yesterday. Bleuggh.


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