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Training for Quebec

P is done, I seem to have recovered from whatever dastardly lurgy I caught so of course my next thought was my next marathon.

It looks ages away, October 14th.  It has been some time since I had so long between marathons so I thought that as well as preparing myself for it I would help others prepare as well.

This is the first post in at least a weekly series leading up to Quebec and I will go through some of my thoughts as a seasoned marathoner and some of the stuff I wish I had known when I was starting out on my first marathon campaign in 1985.

I will make a few assumptions, you are already running and may have completed a few races, park runs or charity events.  So what is different about the marathon?  Well distance for a start and the time you need to commit.  Once you get your head around those two facts then you can begin to look at other things.

Into the melting pot goes: will you use miles or kms? Will you train using distance/time/heart rate/pace?  All decisions that need to be made.   If you have been running for some time you may be happy with how you train and be able to use that as your base.  If not there are plenty sources of training information available.

Pick your marathon and work backwards to when you want to start training.  Then once you know how many weeks you have you can start your plan.  Once more there are plenty on the net, in books and magazines.  You can join a club or get an endurance trainer that will help you plan your training out. (FB fitfifertraining)  others are available.

This time I have elected to give myself twenty weeks of marathon training which means I have almost the whole of May to finally get over this lurgy and do things like plan the Canada trip and alter some of my training.  If you have spare time it might be a good idea to spend some with the family because, depending on how hard you train they will not be seeing a lot of you!

Signing off now to get ready for The Lang Toun Joggers the group I lead in Kirkcaldy.  The Thursday easy sessions will be worked into my plan as an easy run gradually increasing in distance for me not my group.


Till next time.





Book Review-Dividing the Great

A page turner by John Metcalfe.  This is the story of the authors trip down the Great Divide from Roosville in Canada to Antelope Wells in New Mexico a 2500mile mountain bike route which he completed with his long suffering friend JK.

Witty and well written the book has the right balance of stats and descriptive narrative.  The writer manages to give a daily account of social, economic, historical and geographic facts.

Describes potential problems you might encounter if you fancy tackling the route.

A great read.