Archive for the ‘Training Plan’ Category

You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet of late. I’ve found it hard to find the time to write, what with all the actual running. A few months ago I entered the ballot for the Tokyo Marathon. I didn’t have any serious intentions for the race, but after several failed attempts at […]

After a few days of professional-grade denial, I’ve decided to come clean with myself and admit I have a sore Achilles’ tendon. This is something of a setback to the reboot, but it is what it is, and now that I’ve come to terms with it I can start working the problem. It first surfaced […]

Last Friday afternoon we crossed the threshold into long range weather forecast territory for the Edinburgh marathon. Not that there was anything useful to be determined; the weather soothsayers were clearly playing their cards close to their chest at this point by predicting that anything and everything could happen. Since then, the inexorable advance towards […]

Paris Marathon Countdown – 13 Days

Posted: 24th March 2014 by mockjogger in Race Preparation, Training Plan
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I will never be the fastest runner out there but I have found that I am pretty adept at tapering. I am quite enjoying not having to get up at 5.30am for a long solo run. I don’t think I am any more irritable than normal. I feel the odd twinge in a joint, but […]

Pre-taper Taper

Posted: 14th March 2014 by mockjogger in Training Plan
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This week my Higdon-inspired Paris Marathon training plan hit a peak 43 miles. In theory, taper starts next week giving me a three week wind-down before the race itself. That’s what the plan said. Instead, I have been on a trip to Japan; a different location each day, with a lot of traveling between cities. […]

The first part of my training plan for the Paris Marathon went precisely how Hal Higdon would have liked it to have gone. Bring it on, I thought. A little early, as it turned out, as when embarking the second part of the plan, several life-factors conspired to rob me of energy, making each run […]

I signed up to offer my marathon virginity to Paris four months ago with all the zeal of a turkey in springtime, safe in the knowledge that Christmas is a long, long way away. When I started looking at training plans a few weeks back and found that I should have started yesterday, reality started […]

Marathon Training Code

Posted: 4th December 2013 by mockjogger in Race Preparation, Training Plan
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I am taking the 2014 Paris Marathon very seriously. On Tuesday evening I found myself daydreaming about a candidate restaurant in which to replenish my expected calorie deficit when I get back to Edinburgh after the event. The restaurant I was thinking about was “Home Taste” a Chinese Hot Pot restaurant. I have been there […]

Time to Step it Up

Posted: 20th August 2013 by mockjogger in Equipment, Training Plan
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I started this whole thing off in April this year, when I set myself a goal to run a marathon in under 4 hours. I have been happy with progress so far. Three half marathon races and a couple of 10Ks are now under my belt, and I am clocking around 100 miles per month […]

Carb Overloading

Posted: 23rd May 2013 by mockjogger in Race Preparation, Training Plan

Before running my first race in April this year, I enthusiastically embraced the practice of carb loading. My execution involved a pizza lunch and a pasta dinner the day before the race. I felt good, covered the distance in a time I thought was impossible, and put some of the result down to efficient eating. […]