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Talkback: When two runs a day beat one

Posted: Today at 07:12

Twice a day is great for conditioning as the body doesn't suffer such a shock to the system as it would, as JH mentioned.

However, a marathon is one long run. Unless you're already doing the 63 miles per week (racing distance = 3 x average daily mileage) a collection of short runs adding up to normal 'one a day' training won't be any good.

One very long run once a fortnight with all the others being double 'shorts' would be beneficial, as the training effects of an over distance run, lasts for a long time. You don't have to run them each week.


Read this

Posted: Today at 07:02

Charlie Spedding said that once the endurance has been taken care of, its the fastest runner that wins.

Now I don't mean the end result of the race, I mean the actual speed the runner can hit.

Steve Jones could beat CS because even in a sprint, he was the faster runner. In a 1500m race, Jones was faster. All the way to the marathon. He could just move faster.


How many miles should shoes last?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:24

I've a couple of pairs of Asics that I've used for years. For a change of springiness I simply change the inner soles for some rubberised jobs. Its like the shoes are new again.

I never use the inner soles that come with the shoes.

Running a half before London marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 06:42

Gideon. This last paragraph of yours,

"The one thing I do notice with predictable regularity is how many people are exceptions to the commonly known rules. Well, right up until they get injured anyway, then they join the list of people who prove the rule."

 should be set in bronze and placed as a RW heading somewhere.

So true, it almost isn't.

Running a half before London marathon

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 17:44

Thanks for the positive comments guys. I confess to finding posters using threads for competitive reasons a bit wearing as I'm not trying to win any arguments.

I do however want others to get the absolutely best result they possibly can in a race or whatever, which leads me to be a tad abrupt at times.

After years and years of training and racing, I've found the best result to get a result is to go into a race as fresh as its possible to be. And that might mean just being fully hydrated from the previous day. Beer has its place sometimes..

Avoiding injuries is a given. But simply not overdoing things can yield great results.

Ironically, being a bit lazy helps in distance running training.

Running a half before London marathon

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:34

Doesn't matter Phil. Around here I'm talking to myself.

The advice will be ignored out of hand if it isn't what the reader wants to hear.

Healthy ways to gain weight?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:08

I'll put up with nil comments about my weight. As I politely put it, "It's actually none of your f..ing business you impertinent c..t!"

Running a half before London marathon

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 07:11

The point of your run (3:14) Sunnysider, is that you had no plan to run again anytime soon afterwards, which you didn't.

You actually achieved a great recovery for the basic reason you gave your body a chance to have one. Its odds on that anyone racing a HM will be out on the roads the following day, forcing the issue.

When I ran my first marathon, I'd taken a fall the day before and ran with ribs so painful I couldn't breath properly. So I just had to put up with it and ran a tough but restricted race (2:46 if interested), lost about 10 minutes.

A week later I went out for a run, making it up as I went along and found a level of effortless speed and power that had been missing even before the fall. Two hours  later I'd run out of road but not energy.

If I'd raced a marathon that day, it would have been a low 2:30!

Running a half before London marathon

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 07:56
cougie wrote (see)
But if you never race before the marathon - how will you know what time you are capable of?

It doesn't take long to recover from a half.


That's right. Smash out a HM and get a time and you will now know what time you were capable of, because you sure won't be capable of it now. The HM will have seen to that.

Its total lack of confidence in one's training that has runners pulling the marathon cake out of the oven before its cooked.

As for recovering from a HM. It might take a few days for the pain to subside. However the deep down damage will take a couple of weeks to resolve; and only if not added to. So that's two weeks wasted before putting in another two weeks of training simply to get back to the condition you were in before the HM race itself.

So that's four weeks wasted for a 'look see'. Is it worth it?

Don't race before marathons. It's all wasted effort.

The cult of distance

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 17:53

Despite training the equivalent of 20 miles running plus per day, I actually clue in on what my non running neighbours make of it all. To me it matters. I don't want to be regarded as some crank.

So three things the general public can relate to.

1. The marathon is the longest distance that impresses them. Any further is considered 'nuts'.

2. Training in pain and on injuries. 'Nuts'.

3. Training while ill. 'Nuts'.

Agreeing or illustrating that 1,2,& 3 are 'nuts' which is why you don't do these things keeps you in with normal people.

It draws support, not contempt.

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