Monthly Archives: October 2009

Paula Radcliffe Marathon Training : Weekly Runs : Gym Training

Paula Radcliffe trains on an eight-day cycle, working for seven days and then enjoying one of complete rest.

Paula Radcliffe Daily Runs : Weekly Miles

She runs some 22 miles a day (12-15 in the morning and another seven in the early evening) with Lough (her husband and coach) at her side, on his bicycle;

Paula Radcliffe Gym Training

In between, she does an hour-long session of core strength exercises.

To Run faster and stronger – Rest, Rest & Rest

When she is not training, she sleeps – a lot. ‘I’m usually in bed by ten and I don’t get up until around nine,’ she says. ‘Then I have another two hours sleep in the afternoon. You really need that sleep when you train as hard as I do.

Sorry, instead of rest I should have said, Sleep, sleep and sleep.

Source : Paula Radcliffe Interview Courtesy of Guardian Newspaper UK.

Race Report : 2009 Stanchart Marathon Results

2009 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon. I finished in a time of 2:57:29, one minute slower than 2008…..a rather disappointing race.

Pre Race

I travelled from Embu to Nairobi on Saturday. When I arrived in the city I realised I had forgotten my racing short back home and I had to buy a new short. Luckily I had arrived early and I had time to go shopping and buy a new Reebok short.

A friend of mine was working at the marathon secretariat and he invited me to the offices. The lifts at the building were not working and I was forced to walk up nine floors.(what a waste of my energy)

Instead of staying in a hotel I stayed at the home of my childhood friend Alex who lives a walking distance from Nyayo Stadium, the start and finish area of the marathon. Alex and his girlfriend Miriam were running the half marathon.

The Race

The first kilometres were fast. I had trained to run at a pace of 4 minutes a Kilometre. I had hoped to see a 5K mark and calculate whether I was within my pace but I never saw any markings of distance. In the runners guide it was indicated there would be markings every 5K but this was lacking on the course.  SHAME ON THE ORGANISERS! Without markings I just followed the fast moving crowd and made my own mental estimates.

As usual my breathing was hard at the start but I knew things would get better and easier the longer I kept running. After 1 hour of running my breathing never got easier, I guese I was running faster than my planned pace. After 1 hour 15 minutes we hooked up with the half marathon crowd and the course now got more crowded. I found myself weaving from side to side trying to overtake the half marathon runners.

I got back at Nyayo stadium at 1 hour 35 minutes, at this point the half marathon runners headed towards the finish line while the full marathon runners were supposed to repeat the circuit. After parting with the half marathon crowd, I looked ahead of me and shocked to see an almost empty road, it was clear many of full marathon runners had decided to drop out of the race at that point. The idea of repeating the circuit was too bitter to swallow for many runners!

Doing the second circuit was hard because I was running alone. It is at this point when it started raining and I remember at one time I thought………this sucks am done with marathons!……… Although my legs were feeling fine my chest was having a harder time. Make no mistake, I wanted to go faster…I would look at my watch and say ok legs, lets speeeeedup! and I would think I was going faster, but then I would check the watch a little while later and, nope, no faster!

After 2 hours and 10 minutes of running I got at the final turning point and I was now on the home stretch. At this point I could feel the smell of fresh bread from a bakery on the route. The smell of bread induced a feeling of hunger. I started having this imagination of eat a post race meat pie. I guese I was getting delusional!

As the clock hit 2.40, the finish line was out of sight and it was clear my goal of 2.45 finish was way way out of reach. My target now was to atleast match my PB.At this point I met up with Miriam, my friend’s Girlfriend. The half marathon was proving too hard for her to handle. As I overtook her she tried to run after me begging me to wait for her……….I just couldn’t…nothing personal!

Luckily for me a determined young lady who had an elite badge on her chest caught up with me at this point. I chased her tooth and nail. Although it was physically hard on me she kept me on my toes. She was my white knight, she pulled me to the end. We crossed the finish line together at 2 hours 57 minutes 26 seconds. Uh! what a relief. At least I stayed under 3 hours.

After The race

My recovery has astonished me. Two days after the race and am feeling like I can run another marathon next weekend.

With the 2009 Marathon gone I can’t wait for next year. 2010 I will have another opportunity to get a crack at it. 2.45 is my target.

Self Massage Technique : Self Massage Video : Self Massage Demonstration

Prevention is better than cure! My parents and teachers always said that.

One injury prevention method for runners is Massage. Remembering to massage your feet, massaging lower & upper leg, massaging the calf and massaging the quads can help prevent running Injuries.

If you cant afford a Professional massage or have no time for a date with massage pro, you can also do your own self massage.

The following video demonstrates how to do a self massage. You will learn how to massage away muscle pain and soreness from your legs and feet. You will learn Self massage techniques that will prevent injuries and have your feet screaming with pleasure or at least feeling better fast.

Lets roll!

Nike Lunarglide + Shoe : Nike Marathon Running Shoe

Long time among ago I loved Nike running shoe but I fell out of love with Nike the day I bought my first Saucony Running shoes.

I still think Nike shoes are good for racing but when it comes to marathon training I prefer Saucony.

Latest Nike LunarGlide+ Shoe.

NIKE, Inc. have introduced the Nike LunarGlide+ Race Collection to celebrate the brave achievements of marathon runners worldwide.

The Nike LunarGlide+ Race Collection features nine shoes that combine city-inspired design touches.

Nike LunarGlide+ shoe

The collection includes shoes for Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, London, New York City, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo along with a shoe for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco.

Nike is celebrating the unique individual flavour of the world’s top marathons with color and iconic imagery that represent each city.

They have  a Nike Lunarglide shoe for men and a Nike Lunarglide shoe for women.

If your city is not on that list, DONT BUY THE SHOE……off cause am kidding!!!!!!

Nairobi Marathon : End Of Training 2009

All good things must come to an end.

After 5 months of marathon training, I have brought down the curtain on my training and now am looking forward to Sunday? race.

In the last two weeks I have run three 10Ks, the first one was a slow recovery run, followed by a Sunday run which I finished in 43 minutes then yesterday  morning I ran a final 10K run in 40 minutes flat. I feel lucky my legs are in great shape, no injury! I believe I have done enough to run a sub 2.45 marathon.

The only scare was a cold I suffered during the weekend. I made a mistake of going for an afternoon swim and I paid the price. I used alternative medicine to treat the cold before it got worse. A daily diet of soup mixed with hot pepper fixed the cold in 5 days.

With three days to go my plan now is to stay hydrated, eat plenty of carbohydrates, rest and most importantly stay physically fit.

To stay physically fit I will do two speed works on Thursday and Saturday morning. This will be in form of 1K runs around a track. I will also do daily stretching and massaging to maintain muscle flexibility.

I can only wish myself good luck. To everyone who is running 2009 Nairobi Marathon, GOOD LUCK!

How Your Weight Affects Your Running Speed

To run faster you need to be leaner. Just look at the world beating Kenyans, they are razor thin. Off cause you dont need to be that thin to achieve your running goals.

To understand why a leaner person is faster than overweight person look at this example.

Lets compare an a Subaru and an Audi, The Audi has more horsepower (335), but that horsepower has to pull a bigger mass (4,300 pounds). The Subaru has a little less horsepower (300), but since it has to move less weight (3,300 pounds), it’s much more nimble and can accelerate like a bullet.

When you run the biggest load is your body weight. The heavier you are the more fuel you need, and the more water you need. The lungs and heart of a heavy person will need to work twice as hard as of a lean person to do similar work.

So, if you want to improve on your running times, cut on those extra pounds. The more weight you lose the faster you can run.

Stomach Pain : Stomach Problem : When Running : Cause & Treatment

Stomach problem when running affects all kind of runners, from the seasoned elite runner to the casual runner down the pack.Stomach problem is described as a pain in the stomach. Experts call this stomach cramps.

Personally my last marathon was run with a nagging stomach problem. The pain struck even before I hit the 10K mark. I ran the rest of 32Ks with an on and off pain, it was like going through hell. I still cant believe I managed a sub three hours finish. Maybe it was the desire to quickly get to the finish line and put the pain behind me that pushed me!

Causes of Stomach Pain.

Expert explanations are : –

  1. Dehydration
  2. Low salt levels.

These two are the known causes of stomach problem, but another less reported cause is fatigued stomach muscles.

Fatigued Stomach Muscles

Although most runners spend alot of time getting leg massage, few think of massaging stomach muscles. Running engages almost all the muscles in a runners body. The most used muscles are the leg muscles. The core muscles are also heavily  used. Runners should remember to massage the core muscles to keep them in good working condition. I solved my stomach problem when I started massaging the stomach muscles.

If you still suffer stomach problem despite taking enough water and licking salt blocks maybe you should consider massaging your tummy. It worked for me and it might work for you.

Marathon Rules For Elite Runners

Marathon races have rules and regulation. The rules for elite runners are more stringent than for the casual runners.

The rules for elite runners became more clear after the debacle at 2009 Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee. In that race three different ladies were declared winners.

The first winner was Cassie Pellar who was disqualified shortly after the race for accepting aid – a water bottle – from a friend outside of the official water stations. The second place finisher, Jennifer Goebel, then took the first place. After a few days, supporters of Cassie posted a photo of Jennifer, the race photos showed Goebel with an iPod tucked into the waistband of her shorts. Since running with an ipod is against the rules she was stripped off her first place.

The third place finisher Canitz, a green 42 year old runner was elevated to first place.I wonder what dirt they will now dig out about her??? she better have her taxes in order.

The Elite Marathon Rules

  • Don’t take water or food from spectators
  • Don’t listen to music during the race.
  • And this last one is so obvious, Don’t use dope

Lance Armstrong Nutritional Plan : Lance Diet Program

Chris Carmichael was Lance Armstrong coach since 1990 and he is the one who designed his nutritional program that powered the Texan to eight Tour De France victories.

The goal of the nutritional program was to ensure Lance Armstrong remained lean and powerful.

The coach looked at the demands of his training and lifestyle and used that information to design his nutrition program.

Off season training diet

During the fall and winter Lance trained at moderate intensity. To fuel this level of training, he didnt need as many calories as he does at the height of the racing season. He ate less food during this time. 60% of his calories came from carbohydrates. Protein was added into the mix

Training for The Tour De France.

AS the tour neared, the coach altered the nutritional program. Lance ate more food and 70% of his calories came from carbohydrates because he needed the fast-burning fuel to power his aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. Protein intake was reduced.

As adopted from NBC article to read the full article click the link.

StanChart Marathon Training Week 20 : Tapering

After 5 months of marathon training I finally did my last long run. It was a 37K run that took me over 3 hrs 15 minutes to finish. My initial plan was to do a 34K final run but when I got at the 17K turning point I was having so much fun and my inner voice said ¨Come on you are having so much fun, dont stop now” I guese it all started on Saturday, I spent the afternoon listening to the classic song ‘dont stop me now, am having such a good time’ by Queen

Am even thinking of making the song my official humming song when I run Stanchart marathon in two weeks time. Humming a song as you run can inspire you to run stronger and faster.

I had prepared well for this final run, I made sure I carried a bottle of water to keep me hydrated. Last year I finished my last run, cramping and feeling sore feet. I wasted a whole week without any training, recovering from the after effects.

Two days after the run am not feeling any negative reaction. Instead of the usual two days rest I have given myself an extra day of rest to ensure full rest and recovery.

My tapering plan is to do speed works to maintain (or even improve) my cardiovascular fitness.