Mountain Training

I’m now in France for a week – technically on holiday, but in the perfect location for a bit of a training camp. I’m at my parents’ house in the pyrenees, about 800m up, surrounded by beautiful countryside and perfect, tough, running routes including both trail and road. So, although I’m still slightly in post-marathon recovery mode, I’m taking advantage to improve my hill-running (and hot-weather-running) ability with some short but punchy workouts. Thursday was hill repeats, sprinting up and then recovering down a steep, 60 metre hill outside the house, while today I did 5 x 3-minute intervals round … Continue reading Mountain Training

Nutrition Issues

One of the issues I have with running marathons (aside from things like; it hurts, I’m not very quick, and they’re quite expensive to enter) is the whole ‘nutrition’ thing. This is a bigger deal than you might think as a non-runner, and a bigger deal than I thought when I first started running. Opinions on nutrition vary massively, and I am sure there are people out there with much more accurate and scientific views than mine, so take all this with a slight pinch of salt, but here is a rough view of the problem. Your body can store … Continue reading Nutrition Issues

Undertraining panicĀ 

I’ve done four marathons so far, and on the first three I improved progressively. The first one, London, I had massively undertrained for, had a deservedly gruelling race which I walked bits of, and finished in 4:20. New York I trained hard for and, while it was painful at the end, I finished in a pleasing 3:49, a nice improvement that shows training pays off. I trained hard again for Paris and had a great run where I hardly wished I was dead at all, and finished in 3:36, my PB to-date. And then… well, then I had to teach … Continue reading Undertraining panicĀ