Posted: 18/12/2013 at 09:39
Mr V - I'm sure your lower legs will thank you for keeping to solid underfoot conditions.
Alehouse - I don't blame you for keeping away from xc - if anything is going to take a battering it will be the achilles, which is the last thing you want to overstrain after your patient comeback.
Duck - I know what you mean about trying to run hard after work. Still pretty swift leg turnover stuff for you though.
As for the 'marathon training' flying in the face of logic you're kind of right. If someone suggested that to prepare for a marathon you should:
a) Cut out the long runs over 15 miles.
b) Don't do any training faster than MP + 2 mins.
c) Don't count weekly mileage.
d) Race regularly, but nothing too long.
e) Race a marathon 2 weeks out from your target marathon.
f) Race at least twice, but preferably 3 times, on the weekend before your target marathon.
.... you'd probably think they were off their trolley, right?
However, by coincidence, we have a friend over in Belfast who pretty much has the same approach. He coaches a fair few of the top NI athletes, including two sub 2:40 female athletes, one of whom improved dramatically when he stripped most of the speedwork out of her training. She has run 2:42 at London and 2:39 in Berlin this year as a result.
And he wasn't too bad himself at his peak with a pb of 2:18!