Saturday, June 26, 2010


Marathon build up COUNTING DOWN

Week 10 ending June 4th. 60.8kgs, 13.5% Body Fat, Stomach 74cm, Mileage 173km

Week 9 ending June 11th. 60.5kgs, 15.0% Body Fat, Stomach 73cm, Mileage 204km

Week 8 ending June 18th. 59.5kgs, 14.3% Body Fat, Stomach 73cm, Mileage 203km

Week 7 ending June 25th. 60.3kgs, 13.7% Body Fat, Stomach 72.5cm, Mileage 173km

So here are the stats for the past 4 weeks. What amazes me is that I can run close to 800kms and still only be basically the same weight. That shows that I either eat or drink enough to compensate or I'm such an extremely efficient runner that I hardly burn any calories when I run! I'd prefer to think its the later but sadly it's not, I'm a bit of a pig when it comes to the chow!

On with the training and fingers crossed I can get through to the marathon starting line in one piece.

The link is a clip is of Japanese kids enjoying their World Cup success. There were a few empty looking classrooms in Japan yesterday, I'll give you the drum!


  1. I know what you mean. I'm increasing the mileage and not losing any weight either.
    I would love to know what pace you are doing these runs at, although I suppose it is a wide variety of paces.
    How about giving us the paces for a typical week?

  2. Thanks for your comment and interest Bob.

    Basically the paces are as follows.

    4:37 to 4:56 long run pace dipping below 4:30 in the last 10Ks of the runs. Can't/I'm not going faster like I had envisioned in my plan.

    3:10 to 3:25 for my 8 x 1K speed efforts.

    Recovery runs done at 4:40 to 5:20 pace.

    And on my normal runs, ones that are neither speedwork, long runs or recovery runs I do between 4:15 to 5:15 I run on a hilly course and pick it up and drop it as I feel like I want to.

    I haven't been doing twice a week speedwork of late the high mileage is just taking too much out of me but in the last 4 weeks before race day I'll focus on picking up the pace so as I'll be used to and comfortable running my next race at 3:40 pace all the way.

    All the best with your build up Bob. It's bloody humid today here how about the big T? I found my long run hard to finish off because of it today.

  3. I don't think that's unusual. Running (and exercise) doesn't make much difference once you get down to a certain weight - or so I've read. Diet makes the most difference, although I wouldn't try to 'diet' to lose weight in your case. A couple of kilos isn't going to make any difference to your marathon time. It's how fit/fast you are that matters.

  4. Thanks, Scott. That's impressive.
    Yes, the heat and humidity is bad. Not so much yesterday, but today was a steamer (Sunday).