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Steve Marathon Coach

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  • Wardi - I wasn't sure if I could cope with that sort of mileage. I started off at 60 and then got it 70 and then 80 - I even did a 95 and had to resist going out for a 5 on Sunday pm. I was still doing one track, one grass session and one xc race or…
  • Hope the achilles stands up Phil. I'm doing the Athletics Weekly reporting so at Nottingham and then off to Sheffield for under-20 indoors the next day so not much running this weekend.  RW USA have covered the span thing..http://www.runnersworld.co…
  • Piscator, yes I was unusually young - actually too young but don't think entry form asked for dob. Back in 1976 every marathoner was a male club runner (mostly men in 30s) and you finished in second half of field if you couldn't run mid 2:50s! Hill…
  • Thanks. I did 80-85 mpw for this one but probably 20 of it was junk - ie jogging to gym. Averaged 20 on sunday, track session every Tuesday, grass session Thursday and parkrun or XC race every saturday. I did 100mpw for the 2:29. 3 gym sessions a we…
  • Thanks. Longetivity is a mixture of luck and determination. Luck that despite 40 years of marathoning, all my joints are good and that no one else had done 40 yet - Looks like Arreola is running better than me and sharper but only runs one marathon …
  • Hi - not posted on forums since Asics withdrew their sponsorship from the marathon teams but someone said I really should post something after the weekend. Obviously I did quite a bit on the forum in the past and on Sunday at Seville I did something…
  • Thanks KR Roundman - to me the principles of training remain pretty much the same whether you are trying to run 2:45 or 3:00 or even 4:00. To run 2:45 having run 3:00 you need to improve almost 10% so you could pretty much do the same schedule b…
  • Great report BRB - you did brilliantly to cope with being sick - but your quickest mile did come after being sick! I always find the Lucozade tastes differently mid race from when I normally drink and slightly different as the miles go past as the…
  • Superb marathon Mike - great pacing and finish and brilliant age-group win.
  • Amy - maybe RR had seen this blog on the AW website   http://www.athleticsweekly.com/featured/marathon-man-steve-smythe-on-the-lure-of-london-21565/   you can do it next year and see how it compares with Paris?
  • well done Sam - yes 26.5 to 26.6 seems to be about norm - could be partly going off racing line because of sheer numbers and getting to drinks stations but also the tunnels. Roundman - think my body has enough trouble coping with even one marathon…
  • Andy JS - well done - really you probably don't need 3 good weeks - you are already fit but it might take 2 weeks to fully recover - would suggest 1 very easy week, 1 quite easy week with no longer runs but some faster sessions and then 2 normal w…
  • Yes Reiki I am also the AW one - the other one (elder) who shouted to me at 3 miles, hasn't raced for 3 years when he ran a 2:56 at the age of 55 which remains our club M55 record so though I am ill and slightly injured, I'm currently the lucky one …
  • well run Roundman and well spotted as i have failed to spot Malcs either time last 2 years though looking.
  • well done ktkt BRB RR - great running and well deserved times
  • well done Literatin - Golfer (though got pacing wrong!) and Jim To follow on from about 5 proper runs in 5 previous weeks then had really bad chest infection which anti biotics and even proscribed course of steroids failed to clear which meant no …
  • well run Andy - good time with the cramps.
  • Good luck to everyone doing the marathon - hope you finish strongly and pace it well.
  • Good luck to everyone doing London. pace it well and conserve energy on first half and give it all in last 10km. 
  • well done KR - lots of people just the other side of three!
  • well done sorequads and McCarthy C - excellent running too. Golfer - my back fine but right calf today wasn't. It was because of left calf that have only managed handful of runs in last month and had seemingly improved in last week and so won't ge…
  • well done Malcs - 10 minute PB and still more to come. Great running.
  • Be patient Tom - wait until foot has recovered - you may have been running awkwardly in that last 6 miles because of the cramping. Good luck anyone doing Manchester or Llanelli. Pace it well Malcs.  
  • Iain - you did brilliantly doing what you did. Amy - excellent report but never do an ultra as it will be ages before you finish the report and will take weeks to read! on strava the splits from 12 to 26, I have are 8:44 (might include some jo…
  • Great report and campaign and you ran 4:30 to all intents and purposes and great work by Chris to support you so well. as I put on Tony's thread, you weren't quite as quick as Amy in the race but you thrashed her by days in the race report writing.
  • well done Tony - great report and summary and excellent marathon campaign - you did very well in your first marathon and will obviously go much quicker should you wish. You may have been a few minutes down on Amy in the race but you thrashed her b…
  • Congratulations - superb report - great splits and brilliant campaign - well done.
  • Re recovery - entries are still open for Manchester ! - obviously that would be very foolish but a marathon is possible in over a month ie Edinburgh. It wouldn't be wise if it had been a flat out 26 all the way and on last legs a 3:00 had been run…
  • Iain - well done on what you did and you will go much quicker without the problems. Great photos Ant Luckily Amy was a lot quicker in the marathon than she was in writing her report up - though enjoying the detail so far.  
  • It was a great effort by Tom and he certainly didn't let anyone down -he gave 100 per cent and the cramp was one of those things - 2:45  is achievable in better conditions and cramp-free within the next year or so.