Thursday, October 31, 2013

Kobe Marathon (Update)

It's been a while. Sorry for not updating for so long but I had my reasons. Happy to say things are somewhat sorted and I can say with some confidence that I'm back and on the way to running at my best. Please let me know how you are. I look forward to hearing form you.


  1. Glad to hear that you're feeling good! Looking thin, too.
    You're right that consistency is the key, but I would go further - not 2 to 6 months, but 2 to 6 years. In other words, you have to be _really_ careful not to get injured. 98% of runners cannot accomplish this.
    In my opinion, one of the main things that tears you down and makes you injury prone is long runs. Since I stopped doing them, I feel great - the best I have felt since, well, since I started doing marathon training about 7 years ago.
    So if you really want to race marathons, I would recommend only one a year. Don't do marathon training all year round.
    Hope you have a good one at Kobe.

  2. You're right about marathon training it is not what I'd recommend for anyone who wants a long life. But I'm a stubborn fella and I'm afraid wisdom is something that by the time I get it will come too late for me. ;)

  3. Glad to hear that your running is on the way up. Great news!

  4. Bob's a tough bastard! I'd say maybe 2 high quality marathons a year -- gives you time for quality recovery and a quality build-up for each. But I agree with him that staying uninjured is key, so hold back a fraction in training and go all-out in mainly short races (5 to 10k). AND the last 10k of marathons. I think the best way to learn to push yourself is to not look at the watch during races (if you're off schedule or losing time there's a temtation to ease off).

    Good news re the paleo diet. Sounds just like Phil Maffetone recommends. And yes, one's ideal racing weight isn't as light as possible.

  5. That's a great report for many reasons Scott. Firstly, well done on finally beating that injury. 3 to 5 years more, I hope so. I'm looking forward to the odd run with you in Japan one day. And lastly I'm keen for a bit of coaching myself ... and I expect a discount too.