Had a good run tonight. Not much more than five miles, but over a few hills, at a good pace and with good company. My running buddy for the evening was my predecessor as Rochdale Harriers Men’s Captain, Ian Stainthorpe.
Ian can be pretty intense when it comes to training and racing and he has also entered a marathon in May 2018, the Shakespeare Marathon in his case. So he was a good person to talk to about marathon training, not that we were talking much once the pace increased.
Reading Matter © Nick Barton
I have never really been very good at following training plans, but I hope to follow an adapted version of the eighteen week Pfitzinger / Douglas “70 to 85 miles per week” programme from mid-January. Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas dedicate their “Advanced Marathoning” book to “all runners willing to work hard and intelligently”. I hope can avoid being lazy and stupid.
The programme starts with a sixty-five mile week and builds up to eighty-five miles in the month before the marathon. I’m currently averaging around forty miles a week, so my challenge over the next ten weeks or so is to carefully build my weekly mileage and work out how to incorporate the requirements of the plan within my weekly routine.
I am really looking forward to the challenge, although I don’t doubt there will be winter nights when I am somewhat less enthusiastic.