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2011 Stanchart Nairobi Marathon Training Week 7

“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.” Fred Lebow, New York Marathon founder.

After seven weeks on marathon training for 2011 Stanchart marathon, everything is going like clock. I have been very consistent with my training: 3 speed works in a week plus a long run on Sunday. Every day am feeling more confident of achieving a sub 3 hours marathon.

The last week consisted of intense speed works. I did Basso 800 on Wednesday, followed 10ks speed runs on Thursday and Friday. I feel am getting more benefits from this speed work because they are really challenging my body. During the runs I can feel the strain on my lungs and feet but at the finish I feel relaxed and satisfied.

I have been working on my feet movement, especially on my landing, to try and get the perfect foot strike. I have tried landing on my forefoot, mid foot, heel and I have found landing on my heel seems to work for me. There is no answer to the perfect foot strike, you have to experiment and see what works for you.

Another important area of focus is hydration. I have been seriously water loading. Drinking plenty of water is important to ensure quick recovery.

This week I will miss my Sunday long run because I will be traveling. The trip had been planned months in advance and there is no way I can cancel it. I don’t plan to try to recover it when I come back, I will just skip it and restart my training next week.

upward and forwards.

 

 

Tips to Finishing or Completing a Marathon

The secret to finishing or completing a marathon is mileage. Go out there and clock as many miles or kilometres per week. The mileage should be logged for a continuous period of at least 3 months.

Ask any fast marathoner how much they run and you are sure to get something like, upward of 120 km a week. Some log even more, and I am not talking about elites either, just your average Joe who can run marathons in less than three hours.

Unfortunately, we cannot just adapt that theory and start running 100 plus miles a week. You can start small say 20km then progress from 20km to 35, 50, 60, 70 km etc.

So, if you have been asking how do I complete a marathon? Go out and log those miles!

Cross Training Exercise For The Half marathon

We know the best way to train for a half marathon is to clock as many miles as your body can handle.

But repeatedly engaging in the same movements every week without building supporting muscles can lead to overuse injuries. For this reason, it is important to cross train.

Cross training can include other aerobic activities, such as cycling, swimming, rowing or elliptical. You should also incorporate basic body strengthening exercises such as pushups, leg lifts and exercises designed to strengthen your core, such as sit-ups.

Healthy Weekly Mileage : How Much To Run Per Week?

Every amateur runner is ever seeking the answer to how many miles he should run per week. The answer to that question depend a lot on sex, age, years of training and a runners tolerance to pain.

The best answer I found was from a physical therapist and biomechanist Irene Davis, Ph.D., from the University of Delaware’s Running Injury Clinic. This was her take on the question when asked in a runners world article.10 laws of injury prevention.

“Your threshold could be at 10 miles a week, or 100, but once you exceed it, you get injured.” Various studies have identified injury-thresholds at 11, 25, and 40 miles per week.

To know how many miles you should run per week, just clock the miles and the level at which you start experiencing injury, thats your level. Your threshold is waiting for you to discover it!

Samuel Wanjiru Vs Haile Gebrselassie – Who is Faster Runner

Haile Gebreselassie Vs Samuel Wanjiru. I had hoped this two will race together this year so that we can know who is the king of the full marathon.

Samuel Wanjiru had hoped to take on Haile at 2009 Berlin Marathon but he failed to get invitation to the Berlin Marathon from the organisers. I feel the organisers bowed to the demands of Haile who has previously been quoted saying he prefers to race against the clock rather than go head to head and worry about the athlete behind his neck.

After failing to challenge Haile in Berlin, Wanjiru has entered 2009 Chicago marathon. What is interesting is that Chicago is a flat course just like Berlin. If the weather cooperates, expect Wanjiru to attack Haile record time. Berlin Marathon is on September 20th While Chicago marathon will be on October 11th. After the Berlin marathon Wanjiru will have ample time to reflect and prepare to better Haile’s effort.

A local paper here in Kenya caught up with Samuel Wanjiru on a 35K run along Nyahururu – Gilgil road last monday and the 22 year old athlete played down the Berlin politics and insisted he is 100% focused on 2009 Chicago Marathon.

How To Ice An Injury and Avoid Frostbite

I have always assumed icing an injury is a simple procedure but after reading an article by Dr. Jonathan Cluett I was astonished to read that If you ice it too much you can cause further damage to the tissues, including frostbite, by icing for too long. The Doctor has listed the correct procedure on how to ice

1. Ice The Injury Immediately

The effect of icing diminishes significantly after about 48 hours.

2. Perform an Ice Massage

Move the ice around the injured area, not allowing it to sit in one spot. If you have watched Prison Break you should remember the episode in which Brad Bellick returned to Fox River state Prison and got badly beaten. Bellick pressed the ice against his swollen face, that was wrong. The right way was to move the ice around the swollen area.

3. Watch The Clock as you Ice

This is where many runners get it wrong, According to Dr. Jonathan Ice for 15-20 minutes, but never longer. You can cause further damage to the tissues, including frostbite, by icing for too long. Remember that!

4. Allow time between Ice treatment

Allow area to warm for at least 45 minutes or an hour before beginning the icing routine again

5. Repeat the Icing

Ice as frequently as you wish, so long as the area is warm to touch and has normal sensation before repeating.

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