Week 2: Paul's London Marathon training diary

I’ve received about 23 weeks to go now and, whereas it’s not fairly time to begin sticking to an excellent inflexible coaching plan, it’s additionally not the time to be sitting on my arse and never placing any effort in.

In case you learn the final diary entry you’ll do not forget that I’m a semi-regular runner, who struggled via a really sluggish 10k – the primary 10k I’d achieved in just a few months.

Nonetheless, just a few weeks on and I’m now feeling okay doing 10ks once more – I’ve run a pair comfortably beneath an hour now, so nicely inside my marathon tempo.

However I didn’t wish to simply go plodding across the streets aimlessly working and ready for an actual coaching plan to start.

So I contacted ultra-runner extraordinaire, and Wareable contributor Kieran Alger for recommendation.

Kieran has simply, more-or-less, ran through Europe – doing a bloody marathon a day for 67 days straight – so he is aware of a factor or two about working.

“You’ve received 23 weeks when most individuals have 20 or 16,” he instructed me. “So my recommendation is for the subsequent 4 weeks or so, you’ve received the true alternative to do some working the place you’re simply constructing distance.

“Come at fascinated with period, so time-on-feet; it’s fairly a pleasant technique to to method it,” he added. “In case you go period slightly than distance, it’s a bit liberating.”

So, that’s precisely what I’ve achieved. Final week I did a forty five minute run, a few half-hour runs after which an extended, however very sluggish, 90 minute run to spherical issues off.

That slowness was intentional although. I used to be doing what Kieran instructed me to do.

“In these subsequent three or 4 weeks you’ve received the chance to do a number of fairly good and sluggish, simple working over numerous distances,” he defined.

“You don’t must be going out and doing the the sooner tempo, threshold and interval classes simply but. You wish to hold your coronary heart charge most likely beneath one thing like 125bpm, so a few of it would really feel painfully sluggish,” he added.

“By doing it at such a cushty tempo, you may take pleasure in being out within the second. However what you’re doing is constructing an engine and also you’re then making your engine larger.

“You may then go into your 20 week coaching plan and also you begin to usher in a few of these different runs however beginning off with a extremely stable base.”

I’m undecided my resting coronary heart charge is as little as 125bpm in order that was a bit formidable however I usually run at a coronary heart charge at round 145-155, often over 160 if I actually push it.

So, for that sluggish run I stored it beneath 140. You may see the outcomes tracked right here with an Apple Watch Sequence 7.

Which brings me onto tech. Kieran instructed I get a correct heart rate monitor concerned ASAP and that I additionally faucet into the HRV options on provide from the likes of Polar or Garmin.

In order that’s what I’ll do. Over the subsequent 2-3 weeks, earlier than beginning a ‘correct’ coaching plan, I’ll do some working with a chest monitor concerned, so I do know I’m getting probably the most correct studying potential.

Examine again in a few weeks to see how I received on.

You may check out Kieran’s YouTube channel here.


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