How NOT to train

Only on viewing can I see how little I have run this year so far. Got around to plugging some numbers into a spreadsheet [always good to keep an ‘all in one place’ viewable log of runs].

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No wonder Manchester Marathon was a struggle! But given the non-training [esp lack of long runs] I guess I should be amazed. Only FIVE half marathon distances runs in the preceding 13 weeks [ONE in the last 2 months]. Only 54 miles in the last 2 months!

A 4 mile jog after work today.

107 days 234 miles


Happy to have run 7 miles up to Greenwich for the Baggage Team Leaders’ briefing for the London Marathon next week. Great to be taking a group up to volunteer for the fourth year already. Think I might have to do the reverse route run overnight beforehand.


106 days 230 miles

marathon slump

So the answer to my research on ‘How long can you go post 50 marathons in 50 days and still be able to run a marathon’, was answered 2 weeks ago [already!?]


Manchester Marathon in 4 hours 10 minutes [despite pacing the first 14 miles at 3.40 marathon pace for a friend]. Certainly not the best way to run a marathon with NO training to speak of [longest run 17 miles at the end of January] and an easy first half and terrible second half. Even had to walk for short sections in the last 10K!?

Legs gave out at 17 miles and felt like they had run a long way [traditional post marathon walking down stairs backwards time] for a few days afterwards; whereas during the 50/50 I felt I was running on merely tired legs each day.

Amazing how quickly you can detrain but how long the body seems to remember what to do. Certainly prefer to not visit that place again though.

105 days 223 miles


Laughing my head off [in a sad kind of way]. Big plans for 2017 [run a mile time trial every week to try to get near 5 minutes for the mile]. All has come to nought. So busy at work that I have hardly run this year yet.

Here is the 50 marathons weeks. Yes that is 185 miles a week.


Here is the equivalent number of recent weeks. Yes I have run half the mileage of a marathons week [in total] in the last two months altogether!


It’s clear to see how far I have dropped since the end of the thousand day challenge. Especially the last 3 months!! Mileage for 2017 so far, about 230 miles total.

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104 days 220 miles

mʌɪl 18

So Jan-Mar is the foundation block of training for this year. Aims: build up to 20 mile long runs every other week and 10-14 mile faster paced medium runs the weeks in between. Two speedwork sessions a week, one short 400m repeats the other 800-1000m efforts. Alternate hill repeat and tempo run each week. A mile time trial every week. Incorporate stair climbing as strength work. Lift some light weights. Drop some body fat.

This morning then a 6 mile run with a mile time trial. This evening another 6 mile trot to stretch legs.

mʌɪl 18 days 52 miles