Putting in the miles should allow you to finish an ultra, but mixing up your training will help you finish strong. Logging volume with plenty of miles is generally enough to finish an ultra (unless that ultra has extremely strict cut off times) Run as much as you possibly can, plenty of ‘time on feet’ [...]
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You’ve dedicated months of your busy life training for this marathon. You’ve got up early, gone to bed late, sacrificed your Sunday morning lie in and your evening time in front of the TV or down the pub. You’ve done intervals, tempos, long runs, and logged countless easy miles (hopefully). With only 3 weeks to [...]
If you're working with a coach you'll have your workouts/sessions lined up for you on a weekly basis but if you're going about your marathon training alone it can sometimes get a little confusing. What should I be doing? How fast should I do them? Should my long run be slow? These are just a [...]
Whilst living and training with the Kenyan marathoners I began to really see the differences in how they do things to how we do them. There's a lot we can learn from the East Africans, not just about running but how they lead their lives in general. The athletes I coach for the marathon are [...]
Want to improve as a runner? Slow Down! I keep harping on about slowing down.. Ask most of the athletes I coach, if there's one thing I'm constantly reminding them, it's to slow down!! Having spent quite a bit of time in Kenya coaching and training it's obvious to see the benefits of going slow, [...]
Team Update !! Back In April training was going smoothly, the only issue were the long runs, the guys were asking for money for cars and drinks, this is what the marathon runners do there, they usually have a car alongside them during a long run passing them drinks every few miles, a luxury [...]
March Update! By March the guys were well and truly underway with their training. They would follow a fairly similar plan which consisted of lots of volume and a weekly speed workout, nothing too taxing but enough to avoid the habit of ‘plodding’. The basic idea is to get them accustomed to running lots [...]
The Trial Ends, The Future 100k Record Breaker, Our First Female, And The Experienced One! The final two hours went pretty much exactly as I’d expected they would. They all seemed to be finding it tough, the heat was getting unbearable, I don’t think any of them had eaten breakfast, they’d never run further than [...]
Meeting Arnold & The track Trial. When Coach John Ewoi told me he had Arnold Kibbet travelling 8 hours to meet me I wasn’t convinced he’d come. Arnold had already represented Kenya at the 2015 World 50k championships, winning the silver medal, surely he had made his name, he didn’t need me or the team [...]
The Kenyans have been dominating distance running for some time now. It’s fairly safe to say that they are the best at what they do. Having arrived here in Kenya at the beginning of December and seen with my own eyes how they train and live it’s pretty obvious to see why they are the [...]