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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 »

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 »

Welcome to DOMS

So yesterday you ran your first marathon and you thought the experience was all over. No way. Today you have the encore, known as the DOMS. It stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. It extends that painful marathon experience by another 2 or 3 days. The symptoms are common. You can’t walk downstairs without holding on to the stair rail ... Read More »

Dubai Marathon 2016 – Race Report

There has been talk of changing the distances of athletics events such that new records cannot be compared with old, possibly drug assisted, records. One recommendation is the make the marathon 50km. I hope that this never happens. The marathon distance may indeed be an accident of history, but it is just beyond the point at which you can run ... Read More »

Why Negative Splits

It’s another one of those counter intuitive aspects to running that catches out so many runners. You should run the 2nd half of your marathon faster than the first half. How can this be right? Surely as the race progresses and you get more tired you are going to slow down. How often have I heard the comments “I was ... Read More »

Marathon Tips – With 1 Week To Go

One way to take your mind off the way you feel is to think about what you are going to do over the next few days. You have prepared hard for the event so don’t mess it up with bad planning. Here are a few of my tips. Don’t lay your kit out ready the night before Set it aside ... Read More »

Should you Carbo Load?

Many people have the perception that runners burn a lot of carbohydrates and need a high carbohydrate diet. This leads them to think that before a marathon they should “Carbo-load.” Both are grocery exaggerated. Below is a graph showing my calorie consumption at different levels of training intensity. The intensity is indicated by heart rate. The figures were arrived at ... Read More »

Taper Time

If it’s your first marathon then you probably won’t comprehend why, having trained hard for 8 weeks, you are expected to ease off over the 3 to 4 weeks leading up to the marathon. You are expecting that final push to achieve peak performance and suddenly you are told to ease off. It is one of the many counter intuitive ... Read More »