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Low Heart Rate Training

A lot of runners find it difficult to take on board that you get faster marathon times by training slower. The base theory comes from Phil Maffetone and in contrast to the above article it is based on improving Fat Burning efficiency.  It dates back to the 1970s. The Maffetone rule is that you should between a certain heart rate ... Read More »

Eat More Carbs!

No I haven’t changed my views. But I came across an interesting article posted by Walter Perryman. The article promotes a high carb diet.  You can read it at the following link. http://running.competitor.com/2015/03/nutrition/want-to-run-faster-burn-more-carbs_125336 Much of the article is good. The fact that the fastest runner in a race is not the one who burns more calories, but the one who ... Read More »

Getting It Right

“The timing is also not there… it’s on Hopa Sports this year although it was premier timing chips, guess over promised at the event’s giveaways..” That was a post by Joseph Khatar on Desert Road Runners’ Face Book page in response to the lack of race certificates following the Autodrome 10k. You can thank Joseph for stimulating this response from ... Read More »

Faith, Hope & Charity

At one of the sessions this week I was talking with Graham O’Donoghue about his training for London Marathon. He is targeting to break 3 hours. He was expressing concern about his ability to maintain the required pace, 4:15 / km, for the duration of a marathon. He has every reason to be concerned. Graham has been putting in some ... Read More »

DRR Autodrome 10k – Race Report

A huge congratulations to everyone on their performances at the Autodrome 10k. There were many pbs and it was a personal pleasure to see many runners who have joined the club less than a year ago getting on the podium. That included Vaughan Dingle, 3rd M 5-9 in the 2.5 k race, Sandra Khalil, 2nd female 18-39, Angela Hutton, 2nd ... Read More »

The marathon experience

Every marathon is an experience. There are always things that you learn. You discover a little more about yourself. If it wasn’t that way, why on earth would we run a marathon. I was very happy with my experience at Tokyo, which may seem strange as my finish time, 3:31 was half an hour down on my original target. I ... Read More »

Tokyo Marathon – Race Report

“The day we unite” is the slogan for the Tokyo Marathon. Nothing could be more apt to describe runners of all ages and nationalities, volunteers, bands, marshals, sponsors, civic dignitaries, police, medical staff, athletic federations and the media joining forces to play their part in a wonderful occasion. Whatever your role you would have taken great satisfaction in playing your ... Read More »

Tokyo Marathon

Japan is a country that seems to be off the curve in every respect. It has a population of 126 million making it one of the most densely populated countries in the world.  But the demographics are absurd. Following the 2nd world war there was a baby boom which saw the population expand rapidly. The high cost of living and ... Read More »

Once a cheat

“Once a cheat, always a cheat.” Is this true? If so it is a good justification for life bans for athletes who cheat. I make no secret of my contempt for the rules which allow a known cheat back into sport. In 1999, the Motsoeneng brothers from Bethlehem, Free State, who strongly resembled one another, performed an act of cheating ... Read More »