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Training Guide - Introduction

Posted by Jon Steadman on September 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Training Guide - Introduction

With the draw for the club Virgin London Marathon places being announced for Thursday 25th October I thought that I had better start off the blog series that I actually intended to do at the same time last year!

Training for any event is important if you want to do your best, probably more so for a marathon. However, particularly for beginners the question is how?

The blog series that I want to put together will hopefully build in to a training resource for members, no matter their experience. There is a basic version on the website currently http://www.thehrc.org.uk/training.htm but it is long due a revamp. Although it will be timed to coincide with training for a spring marathon (London), there will be much content applicable to other events and distances.

Now the disclaimer part…

I am not a qualified coach, but those that know me know that I treat training very seriously and approach it in a scientific manner. During my running ‘career’, I have collected together training advice from books, coaches, club mates and own experiences. My intention is that by doing it in a blog format, other members can share and discuss things so that the end result is a useful guide that can act as a starting point for the reader to ask specific questions about training to qualified persons.

Please bear in mind that that ANY training plan or advice you might obtain from a book or the internet is NO substitute for that created specifically for YOU by a qualified coach. Generic training plans out there are just that – generic. They cater for all and do not take in to account YOUR specific strengths and weaknesses. For example, some marathon training plans out there would have me injured within a couple of weeks, while others would leave me severely lacking at mile 22 in a marathon. A qualified coach would take things like this into consideration when devising a plan specifically for you.

So why start this early?

Well, it has taken me a year to start this from when I originally intended, so there is no guarantee I will get everything done in time! Also, believe it or not, there are some things to consider even before your name gets drawn out of the hat!

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