Swim, swim, run, run: Brighton marathon training still on track

Looking back at my blogs you could get the impression that all I’d done lately was swim.  I’ve been doing lots of swimming, yes, but I’m still training hard for my marathon come back at Brighton next month.

In my last running-related blog I was hoping four quality runs a week would give me  the training I needed while keeping my knees happy and more or less pain-free. 

How to carb load for a marathon – the latest research

I know this is a bit late for most people (as I write the New York marathon is a few days away) because the long autumn marathon season has all but finished. I’ll revisit the topic next spring.

The nutitional zeitgeist at the moment seems to be directing us towards eating fewer carbs and more protein so that our carb: protein:fat ratio is 40:30:30. 

Recovery: why does it take so long? Part 1

Massage clients and members of WADAC (Winchester & District AC, where I’m a coach) will know that I’m very keen on recovery – enough of it and the right kind.

Many a WADAC runner has been told off (sorry chaps!) for turning up to a club track session too soon after running a race hard. 

Ironman nutrition update: I might have got it right at last

A huge part of ironman racing – or any ultra endurance event – is nutrition.  If you can’t fuel yourself properly during the race either you won’t complete it or you’ll be in a bad way once you do finish.  Unfortunately, despite doing all the ‘right’ things during training for all three of the iron distance events I’ve done, 

Post-race recovery – don’t rush it

I’ve talked about post-race recovery before, and how important it is not to rush it if we’re to avoid over-training problems.

At the moment, one week on from The Outlaw, my biggest problem is now not to continue to eat huge amounts as if I was still training 20 hours a week…


Marathon Talk: a great running podcast

When I do my long runs I tend to listen to podcasts or audio books rather than music.  And since I discovered Marathon Talk, presented by Martin Yelling (husband of Liz) and Tom Williams, I actually look forward to long runs more, because I can listen to their weekly updates and chatter. Sad, but true!

More lessons from Lanzarote – peaking and getting greedy

On the training camp we had a couple of lecture/Q&A sessions. One focussed on periodisation and peaking properly for a handful of specific targetted races during the year rather than bumbling along without any focus, never really switching off the effort but also never really giving one or two races your full attention to get a really cracking result.

Back from Lanzarote – ready for more work!

I’ve just returned from a training camp in Lanzarote. Organised by Ian Corless of RunWildRunFree and Martin Yelling of Yelling Performance, it was a friendly, small-scale camp for runners and triathletes of all levels, based at the famous Club La Santa.

One thing that made it particularly good this year (apart from the hotter weather which meant lounging round the pool was an option to even out the silly tan lines) was that loads of people that were there last year returned this year which gave it an even more holiday-like feel.