Sunday, December 23, 2007

Marathon plan from Sunday Times

Remember in Oct, I posted the links to the pdf files for Sunday times 15 weeks articles for marathon

I remembered that at the bottom of the articles, there is a prescibed training plan for the week....so I very free and tabulated all the weekly mileage and put into a table below:

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First time that caught my eyes are the LSD progression on sunday....I was shocked to see that without having LSD between 21km and 30km, it was a huge jumped to 30km on the 12th week....and the previous longest run is 21km on the 8th...i thought in week that there is a typo error and the 1 should be a 2 on the sunday column....without progressive training to condition the body, this will only increase the possibility of injury when distance is push to 30km and beyond on the actual marathon

If this is programme is general and for beginner, it was another disadvantage, the rest time between weekday runs is insufficient....instead of running 4 days continous, running on alternate days will be a better idea and change the run into some other X-training....

anyway, I am not someone qualified to comment on this.....but this training programme is definitely a no go for me.......

4 comments:

Sling Runner said...

Personally I don't think it is a good training program. There are only two long runs, 21k and 30k. How can one expect to run 42k on race day? Peak performance requires training specifity. I suggest you get the Hal Higdon or Pete Pfitzinger training plan.

cheers,
Sling Runner
http://slingrunner.blogspot.com/

run to live said...

ahaaa...thanks for the comment.....as stated in my posting, i agreed with your point.....and was surprised this was published as a reference in the newspaper.......

Tekko said...

The plan there is definitely not suitable for beginners maybe for people with some base but not for people hoping to do PB. Sayang heard the goodie bag on the last day was damn good!

jjchsg said...

agree that the plan has a problem. Especially on your comment about not enough resting. About 8 weeks before the SCSM07, I was running three times a week, roughly resting alternate day. And it works fine for me. But then, a guy told me that I don't have enough running and I should run 5 times a week. I try and the result is shin splint 3 weeks before SCSM. And body is not able to take the extra training due to insufficient recovery time. One man's food can be another man's poison.

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