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Low weekly mileage ultra

Posted: Yesterday at 10:14

In general I would say that this maintenance mileage is probably enough to get you started, especially if you have been through a marathon plan a few weeks or a couple of months before. For example, the ultraladies newbie 50 km starts at 36 mi/wk and then immediately has a cutback. (Don't be insulted - they have well-respected plans.)

On the other point of minimising number of sessions/wk I'm not too sure but you could look into it with books such as Bryan Powell's "Relentless forward progress" or Hal Koerner's "Field guide to ultrarunning".

Caveat: I've only stepped up to 50 km with this approach, so YMMV and there will be more experienced people out there.

Edit: The second part of your question is covered in chapter 14 of the book "Runner's world run less run faster" which used advice from Hal Koerner. Basically, they say that their marathon programme (FIRST 3+2) can be added to with a few extra miles on long runs to get you to 50 km. To get to 50 miles one can add a fourth run a week and bring in back-to-back weekends.

Running a half before London marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 09:15
RicF wrote (see)
... Its odds on that anyone racing a HM will be out on the roads the following day, forcing the issue. ...

The plan I follow from a trainer on Garmin Connect actually has two non-running days after a training half at race pace, and only 4 running sessions that week instead of five. I think it pretty likely that people will follow the plan, especially since it tells them they don't need to run

Running a half before London marathon

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 08:09

My training programme from Garmin Connect website actually calls for a half at race pace at the end of week 10 of 16. Last year this programme gave me a new pb of about 7 mins better, after a couple of dozen other marathons on other programmes, so I am confident in it. I agree with the majority viewpoint that a half would be fine, in fact a desirable thing to do.

I suppose if I had to find a reservation,I would say: don't get into an all-out struggle with another runner, simply run your own race at race pace for a half. There is a good training effect for the coming marathon from running at this pace.

2015 in 2015

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 14:19

521 km done so far, which puts me about 41 km ahead of 2015 miles schedule. This is helped by a silly new year's resolution to run a streak of indeterminate length in days, taking it a month at a time. The minimum is 5 km/30 mins per day, which I have hit 100% so far.

One upside of the streak is that it keeps me going on the overlaid marathon programme, because the option to skive off a day has been cut out - if I am going to have to go out to meet the minimum anyway, I might as well do the scheduled marathon activity

Low drop road shoes

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 13:46

Actually I think Fellraisers are 6 mm? I use these, Sense Mantras and others. I like using Saucony Kinvara for road marathons. They are light and fairly minimal construction but with enough cushioning. I tend to forefoot unless I am tired, and I can do both in these. IIRC they are 4 mm drop. After Fellraisers they would feel more glovelike, less structured and lighter. Nike Free 3.0 and 4.0 are 4 and 6 mm drop respectively and they are fairly plush. Another more traditional one could be ASICS gel fuji racer, which is 6 mm.

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 10:28
Running Rodent wrote (see)

... I spoke to a woman last year who had been running across the finishing line in 2013 when the bomb went off...

I got over about half an hour before, that year, so was virtually back at my flat on the Common before all that happened. It's always going to be emotional to return, but it has resulted in even more positive energy, if that were possible.

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 11:29

No, I didn't go to the pasta party as I am not a huge fan of a massive meal the day before, plus I was with my SO.

The bus-ride is good natured and the embarkation process is well-marshalled from the Common - much better organized since 2013. Public access is allowed but controlled and separated from the bus queues. The ride itself seems to take forever, but I suppose it is just an hour. The buses leave the Common in convoys of a dozen or so. It's amazing to see the cops and traffic stopped all the way along the route. It's like the whole district stops for us! But it's so long it puts the willies up me a bit, thinking we have to run all the way back.

The village is a couple of fields I think by a school. There are tents including first aid and some freebies like a new gel to try, but I don't recall coffee. Taking a beat-up old thermos could be an idea. I haven't used baggage drop but you get an approved transparent bag as standard, with a list of things that are not allowed. these are dropped in a very orderly manner as you leave the village through a bus or truck window correspnding to your number-range.

Pretty much as soon as I get there I get in a toilet queue. Otherwise it's just dossing around in the field until your time is up. Hence many people take a bit of cardboard, bin bag, etc. to make that more comfortable and in case it is chilly or raining.

Heel problems?

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 13:36

I think that might be called acute achilles tendonitis (though I'm no medic) and I would ask for a medical opinion.

Gentlemen, please explain...

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 08:15

Maybe he calls it Madonna and he was making a pop tart?

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