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Best Running Tips Newsletter, Issue #018 -- Learn
to Train Smarter, Not More
October 19, 2009
Welcome to the Best Running Tips
Many first-time marathoners have problems with The Wall... those last
six to eight miles... you must have heard some horror stories before.
It's that point in the race where you run out of your glycogen (carb)
stores and your body needs to change to burning fat instead.
Burning fat takes a lot more energy than burning carbs, reason why the
cookie crumbles and you enter a state of "dramatic fatigue".
Uptil now it seemed like there were not many marathon running programs
that effectively addressed this issue.
The answer always seemed to be in doing more, logging more miles.
And not always with the right outcome. Doing more running training
leaves you vulnerable to injuries, sickness, overtraining etc.
And when you do not have any guarantees of a better outcome, this can
leave you very frustrated as is illustrated by the following question
recently posted on best-running-tips.com:
devastated. I ran my second marathon last weekend.
ran a spring marathon as well, but at about the 19-20 mile
mark my legs cramped up... I
could barely walk!
along I crossed the finish line in 4 hours and 16 minutes. This left me
with a very bad taste in my mouth. You can't call that struggle
"running a marathon"!
weekend's marathon I was much better prepared. My average mileage
training was about 45 to 50 miles a week
and I managed to run three or four 20 milers (7:40 - 7:50 pace).
Because of the training I have also lost quite a bit of weight (down to
under 160 pounds).
might have gone out too fast in the
beginning.... I ran about 8:00 pace from the beginning and passed the
half way mark in 1:43. I kept on
going strong till mile 18. At
about the 2 hour mark I had some Gu and my legs cramped up almost
immediately. Despite my efforts I could not keep going and had to
walk the last 7 miles... Again
a disappointing time and again without the feeling to have actually
"run a marathon".
is this happening? How can I change my training approach so I can run
the marathon, preferably in less than four hours?
Very frustrating indeed!
For the first time in about two hundred questions I did not answer the
question myself. You see, recently I had had some contact
with Marius Bakken. Marius used to be "best of the rest".
For two consecutive years he was the fastest non-African runner on the
5k. He is two time
Olympian, and I thought this was
a great opportunity for Marius to share some of his wisdom.
Because it turns out that that marathon running program that teaches
you how to get to the finish line by doing things smarter, does now
exist. It is called The 100 Day Marathon Plan,
written by Marius.
As a professional runner Marius has worked with the Kenyans, absolute
rulers of the long-distance. And with the Italians, who have
done so well in Olympic marathons recently (wins in 1988 and 2004).
Clever man as he is, Marius has translated the training principles of
these top runners into marathon plans for us, normal people.
You can get more information here:
Through his coaching practice he has helped many
runners already and he has now made his knowledge available
in his book. Going through his book I was amazed. It's a completely different way
Yet, the results are there. Plenty of people Marius coached ended up
with a sub-3:00 Personal Record. The results don't lie.
So, if you want to run a marathon, and you don't want to hit the wall,
then you owe it to yourself to give The 100 Day Marathon Plan
Interested in Marius' answer to the question above?
Then check here:
A parting thought:
"A smart man
mistake, learns from it, and
never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and
learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether." -
Roy H. Williams
I'll talk to you soon.
In the meanwhile, visit my site often and happy running!
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