I’ve been massively inspired to get back into my running groove. I’ve recently discovered how to use the reader function properly and how to follow other people’s blogs and its been a revelation. In reading about the exploits of others, even if they’ve been out injured or feeling like they’re not running particularly well themselves, they’ve inspired me to lace up and get out.
I’ve been out 4 times this week so far, 3 easy lunchbreak runs and 1 hard track session (7×800) and should hopefully be looking at about 35 miles for the week come Sunday. Thats after at least a month of averaging a paltry 10 miles a week.
So this post is a thank you in particular to a few bloggers who have given me some motivation at last. (follow these blogs – show them some love too!)
http://fueledbylolz.com/ – this girl writes beautifully, and runs times that I’m striving for. Probably most responsible for my resurgence despite being based in the US. https://dmrunblog.wordpress.com/ – shares my Initials and his reports are really entertaining. They make you feel like you’re cheering him on from the sidelines! http://honestlylucy.com/ – Loving following the journey to VLM2016 for this young lady. From complete beginner to marathon runner. https://imfithove.wordpress.com/ – I’m certain that Isobel inspires more runners than she knows. Entertaining and geeky sessions/stats in equal measures. 🙂 http://mohicanrunner.co.uk/ – Running times I dream of and that I know I can achieve if I work hard enough. Race reports with huge level of detail, don’t know how he remembers it all!
I’d like to know which blogs YOU follow for motivation?
(help me keep this up!)
I’ve been struggling with motivation to get out and train recently. Residual fitness from the Autumn has carried me through the weekly track sessions until now but I’m becoming more aware that my overall fitness is dropping.
Hard efforts are becoming more difficult to sustain, my legs are getting tired towards the end of a 6 mile run. I’ve gone from 50 miles a week down to single figures. This would be fine but its been about 6 weeks of laziness now and I need to start developing my base fitness again.
Its now December and I don’t know about you, but my thoughts are starting to turn towards building up a bit of base fitness ready to start racing in the Spring. At least, that’s what I know my thoughts should be thinking, instead, they’re running wild, concerned with all sorts from Christmas to current political events (which we will NOT be going into on here!)
So its time to regain a bit of SwimRun focus – and what better way than to talk to a team who raced Breca in 2015. I wondered what specific advice they might have for those of us racing it in 2016, a bit of insider knowledge perhaps? Shortcuts maybe? Lets get straight into it and find out.
I’ve seen this running challenge posted around facebook, twitter and on various running forums, and I’ve heard fellow runners talking about doing it, some of them are quite new to running.
The challenge – Marcothon, started by a chap called Marco Consani – is pretty simple. Run 3 miles or 25 minutes minimum everyday in December. Including Christmas Day. If you miss a day, you’re out. Its a way of keeping motivation up at the end of the year for people who need a bit of a kick out the door. Its now in its 6th or 7th year and thousands of runners across the world are doing it.
The early winter months are a great time to do a bit of base building, preparing the legs and the cardiovascular system for a training program, perhaps for a Spring marathon. Or maybe for a strong triathlon season. The base level that winter training provides lets you build and kick on with faster paced, more specific work as racing season approaches. It gives you the cardio-fitness level required to cope with hard sessions.
Will I be doing it? No I won’t.
The problem I’ve got with it, is that you need to have a certain level of robustness to run every day. Even if its just slow paced easy miles, you need to be ready for it. A lot of the people I see who are keen to do it just aren’t in this position. Lets take the runners who run a couple of times a week, 30mins in the week, an hour at the weekend. We all know plenty of people like that right? Lets imagine that they’re currently clocking around 10 miles in total. Suddenly, they’re jumping up to 21 miles a week spread over 3 hours with NO rest days.
In my eyes, that’s asking for trouble.
Rest is important. It’s time to let the body recover, rebuild and adapt to the training load. If you don’t rest, you continually break down the body. Eventually, the stress might cause injury. Overuse of tired or under-prepared muscle is the biggest cause of injury.
For a lot of runners, 3 miles IS a rest day, and 7 days a week is not much of a step-up from what they’re already doing. If that’s you, and you’re embarking on Marcothon, just be sure to listen to your body and run EASY runs when you need to. Don’t try and beat your 5k PB every day. Like I said near the top, base building is important if you’re planning on racing well but it is supposed to be easy miles, training the heart and getting used to time on feet.
I wanted to put a little bit of context in about Marco Consani somewhere as I think its important.
To start with, he’s a phenomenal runner, take a look at his power of 10 profile below.
Yep, thats everything from 3k to 24 hour races. And he doesn’t just run them, he often wins them. He’s as nifty over the shorter distances as he is for the marathon. Now for clarification, that number next to his 24hrs performance is 248 Kilometres! Other wise known as 154 miles. He’s conditioned to running big miles so 3 miles every day for a month isn’t much of an ask, and remember, Marco started Marcothon as a way to keep HIMSELF motivated through the winter.
You might be thinking “well, if Marcothon helps him to run like that…..” but I would rather rephrase that as “its running like that that helps him to run Marcothon”
We’re all different, and we all have different ways of training. If Marcothon works for you then that’s great. I salute you for being able to run every day, and good luck with it. And if you’re considering it for the first time, just have a think about how much of a jump it is from your current training, are you conditioned enough to do it, is it worth the risk?
Thousands of runners complete Marcothon, or challenges just like it without problems but it’s not for me.
On the other hand – I AM interested in this… https://www.instagram.com/p/-vXEsMqL0L/ the new 30 day #RunStrongChallenge from Kinetic Revolution which starts today….