Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Think I've Got It!

Hi all. Here's wishing you stay safe and healthy during the Christmas period and enjoy the time with friends and family. I'm uploading a video blog post about some recent revelations I've had on how I should be preparing for the marathon.

Feel a bit dumb cause it has taken me 2 wasted attempts before realizing the mistakes I was making but I'm going to consider them both "base building" and move into the serious phase of my training. The next 2 years are going to be some ride! Really looking forward to a break through or two!

Thanks for your continued support. All the best and MERRY CHRISTMAS!


  1. Hi Scott. Merry Christmas/Happy 2013 to you and the family too.

    The study that caught my eye was 'Concurrent strength and endurance training effects...' here. The best of 3 is MST (Maximal Strength Training) which I imagine is heavy weights/low reps of the type you saw Cerutty/Elliott doing in the old days. I'm thinking leg strength is what you're after, not just core strength. Both hamstrings and quads.

    Not sure that 5 sessions a week is what you need as the recovery period is where the body adapts. Maybe 3 sessions for a start?

    Also for leg strength, maybe a course with lots of hills in the latter stages of your long run?

    Not sure about your 'ideal' mileage but 160+ k weeks might not be it. Perhaps it's 140? As long as you're not starting out hard sessions with dead legs.

  2. Yes, strength training should be good for you. Simple pushups and leg lifts/planks for the abs are also good.
    Agree with Ewen about 3 or 4 sessions per week, but if you are doing different exercises each day 5 per week is ok.
    How's your weight, by the way?

  3. Hi Scott, i think core training will make more resistant to injury but not really faster, its only the fact that you can run more consistently that will make you faster!
    So yes core training works in a way!
    I really think you should look back to what gavew you a 2.45 marathon!
    Maybe you should go back to that training with maybe 2-3 core-strength workouts per week!

    I do feel that master runners only need a really long run every two weeks!
    As a masters runner Too many long runs will deaden your speed!
    Go back look at your training logs I'm sure your learn a lot!
    Peace and good health to you and your family :0]

  4. Oppps!
    Typo error line 4 down: gavew- please replace with gave you!

  5. I started strength training about five months ago to prepare myself for backpacking with a 20 kilo pack in the Grand Canyon in October. I don't know if it has helped my running. I missed out giving it a test when the New York Marathon was cancelled. I have continued with the sessions so will be interested to see my results this year. I have found that leg presses and squats put a lot of pressure on my knees and I have had to be very careful with those.

    Will be interested to see if it helps you.