2015 Marathon Training (Feb-Nov 2015) Photo Gallery Training Excel Analyze File Training Calendar Part one of Training: Period: 23 Feb 2015- 28 Apr 2015 (9 weeks) Summary: 415.17 Km training Part two of Training: Hiking Period: 23 May 2015- 18 July 2015 (9 Weeks) Summary: 226.8 Km , elevation gain 7981 m Part Three of training: Period: 9 Aug 2015-20 Nov 2015 (15 Weeks) Summary: 725.44 km training, New Half Marathon Record: 1:35:59 (6 Sep 2015)
First, let’s review my activities during these four week. I had 7 run activities in these four weeks. On Saturday (31/10) I had a 5K easy run with the following averages: (5.00 K, 5:07 min/km, 154 bpm, 18m elevation gain). On Sunday (01/11) I had a 5K easy run with the following averages: (5.83 K, 5:15 min/km, 158 bpm, 81m elevation gain). On Thursday (12/11) I had a 10K easy run with the following averages: (10.82 K, 5:29 min/km, 153 bpm, 126m elevation gain). On Friday (13/11) I had a 11K easy run with the following averages: (11.10 K, 5:48 min/km, 150 bpm, 114m elevation gain). On Wednesday (18/11) I had a 7K easy run with the following averages: (7.63 K, 4:56 min/km, 163 bpm, 65m elevation gain). On Thursday (19/11) I had a 10K easy run with the following averages: (10.66 K, 5:12 min/km, 164 bpm, 103m elevation gain). On Friday (20/11) I had a 5K easy run with the following averages: (5.40 K, 5:15 min/km, 158 bpm, 48m elevation gain).
My VO2Max these four weeks in my (31/10, 01/11, 12/11, 13/11, 18/11, 19/11, 20/11) activities were (53, 52, 52, 52, 51, 51, 50) ml/kg/min respectively. Also my totals during this period of time was 56.4 km run.
About individual runs
On Saturday (31/10): Trying to get back to my running lifestyle, very busy with other stuffs and couldn’t get back to running. The other isuue is after 2 months of training hard and multiple injuries I couldn’t complete my marathon training plan as desired and I am a bit discouraged about my previous general plan to make the sub three hours marathon. I have to make a new plan and maybe the key idea would be to first work on my speed for a couple of months and then work on long distance runs for the final 12 weeks which would lead to the race day. I had a little bit of pain in my right knee during my run today.
On Thursday (12/11): At 7.36 K, in order to be able to complete the 10K run, I significantly slowed it down due to a pain that I had in my left knee . I resumed my training after a couple of days of rest mainly because I was busy with my job. I hope I would able to get back to my regular training from now on.
On Friday (13/11): A bit of left knee pain at 4.16K
On Wednesday (18/11): Had a couple of days rest due to my backache. I planned to have a 10K run but after 7K I stopped due to a little pain that I felt in my back. I was running 4×1.8=7.2 but the satellite didn’t work properly and it shows 7.63K.
On Friday (20/11): It was freezing outside, 0 C !!!
First, let’s review my activities. I had 3 run and 2 walk activities during this period of time. On Monday (12/10) I had a 13K walk. On Thursday (15/10) I had an 8K walk. On Monday (19/10) I had a 14K easy run with the following averages: (14.29 K, 5:24 min/km, 152 bpm, 99m elevation gain). On Tuesday (20/10) I had a 6K easy run with the following averages: (6.71 K, 5:13 min/km, 148 bpm, 19m elevation gain). On Friday (23/10) I had a 7K easy run with the following averages: (7.16 K, 4:56 min/km, 162 bpm, 71m elevation gain).
My week 20 VO2Max in my (Monday, Tuesday, Friday) activities were (52, 53, N/A) ml/kg/min respectively. Also my weekly mileage during this period of time was 28.1 km run.
About individual activities
On Monday (12/10): After Saturday injury, I am still not able to walk properly because of achilles tendon pain, however I got much better after this 13K walk and I’ll try to have long distance walks in order to recover faster and keep my body active while I am away from my regular training. Unfortunately again watch didn’t save the activity!
On Thursday (15/10) Still not able to walk properly! Changing my shoes was useful anyways!
On Monday (19/10): My first run after 8 days of injury, so happy to run and getting back to my regular lifestyle!
On Tuesday (20/10): I shouldn’t run with full stomach, it would gradually cause you serious problems. That’s one of the reason’s I emphasize to have very early morning training. I felt so heavy in the 7th kilometer that I prefered to stop running.
On Friday (23/10): I wasn’t comfortable to continue to run, feeling a bit heavy therefore I stopped. A bit of pain in my stomach (right side)
First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 5 run activities in this week. On Monday (05/10) I had a 2K easy run with the following averages: (1.88 K, 5:41 min/km, 138 bpm, 16m elevation gain). On Tuesday (06/10) I had a 13K easy run with the following averages: (13.10 K, 5:27 min/km, 141 bpm, 106m elevation gain). On Wednesday (07/10) I had a speed run 4×1200 with the following averages: (13.43 K, 5:20 min/km, 152 bpm, 167m elevation gain). On Friday (09/10) I had a 14K easy run with the following averages: (14.05 K, 6:07 min/km, 135 bpm, 153m elevation gain). On Saturday (10/10) I had a 32K long run with the following averages: (32.01 K, 5:25 min/km, 151 bpm, 106m elevation gain).
My VO2Max this week in my (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) activities were (52, 52, 53, 52, N/A) ml/kg/min respectively. Also my weekly mileage this week was 74.4 km run.
About individual runs
On Monday (05/10): I had a corn in my little toe of my left foot and finally I took it out yesterday. It started from a couple of weeks ago where I had mutiple blisters in my little toe and each time I was puncturing them in order to be able to run for the next day, sometimes I was puncturing up to two blisters a day. From that position a corn started to grew up and finally after my long run on Saturday I noticed that it’s going to be too large, so I decided to take it out. On Saturday I made it as small as possible but there were still small tiny little parts of it available in my little toe. On Sunday I took the whole thing out my toe so there was a hole with the depth of maybe 2mm covering 80% of my whole toe. That issue caused me a little difficulty in walking and of course in running too. However I made my today run for two reasons, first to keep my daily routine and second to keep my body ready for the time that I would able to resume my full training.
On Tuesday (06/10): I am really surprised how fast the wound of my little toe (due to taking the corn of my left feet out) improved , in less that just 36 hours. This morning, I was still not able to walk properly, however the hole of my toe was totally covered yesterday and this morning my little toe had it’s regular shape. In the evening it was as good as I had an easy 13K run for my regular training.
On Wednesday (07/10): It was a heavy rain today and for the cool down I was running up to my house and immediately jumped into the bathroom to make sure I won’t get cold. Fortunately everything was good in that regards but the sad point is I forgot (or I actually couldn’t) stretch after the run. I was a bit uncomfortable in my next run on Friday (I can’t remember which muscle it was) and unfortunately after the long 32K Saturday run, I had a pain in my achilles tendon where I guess it might be related to not having stretch after this speed workout.
On Saturday (10/10): It was a very easy and relaxed run and I planed to finish it with the average pace 5:20-5:30 (34-44 sec/km easier than my marathon pace) where I successfully made it. I had one powerade drink (710cc) up to 16km and then two more water bottles for 16-24km and 24-32km mainly because of the location of water taps during the way (so I stoped two times about 40 seconds each). My body was a bit dehydrated past few days because of not drinking enough water and that’s why I was drinking too much water in this run. In a real race I should drink enough water past couple of days and the night before the race to make sure I won’t need too much water during the race. After the run I had achilles tendon pain in my left foot (related article: http://t.co/QP2seuCrMd) in a way that I wasn’t able to walk properly even in the next day. I also had depression for a few hours again for the third Saturday in a raw, another symptom of overtraining, fortunately it didn’t last more than a few hours plus insomnia after the long run like last week(related article: http://goo.gl/IKv78Z). Adjustment for overtraining: mix the long and tempo run in a single workout by increasing the warm up/cool down distances for the tempo run. (I read it in an article) That workout plus the speed run would be your sos workouts in a 80-90km weekly mileage training plan. I’m OK with the 80-90km weekly mileage but maybe not comfortable with having three heavy sos workouts in a week in my training plan that I made it for myself.
First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities in this week. On Monday (28/09) I had a 10K easy run with the following averages: (10.08 K , 5:24 min/km, 155 bpm, 68m elevation gain). On Thursday (01/10) I had a 15K run (tempo 13.5K) with the following averages: (15.62 K, 4:57 min/km, 170 bpm, 41m elevation gain). On Saturday (03/10) I had a 35K long run with the following averages: (35.00 K , 4:59 min/km, N/A bpm, N/A elevation gain). On Sunday (04/10) I had a 2K easy run with the following averages: (1.8 K , 6:00 min/km, 122 bpm, 17m elevation gain).
My VO2Max this week in my (Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) activities were (51, 53, N/A, 52) ml/kg/min respectively. Also my weekly mileage this week was 62.5 km run.
About individual runs
On Thursday (01/10): After the run, my heart was a little bit hurting maybe because of irregular training past couple of days. Don’t change your rhythmic suddenly as in the 5th kelometer, I suddenyl decided to increase my cadence from 172 to 180 and 182. It was succesful but for just one kilometer and then it again dropped down to 174 for 500m , I was again trying to increase it and now it was 178 for less than 1km where it finally droped down to 174 for 2.5 km and even below that afterwards. These sudden changes takes a lot of power and would totally disturb your run, so as you know, in future don’t decide to change important factors suddenly.
On Saturday (03/10): It was basically a confident run, the only 32+km long run that I wanted to have before the race and my plan was to run it fast to make myself more confident about my marathon goal. I successfully made it with the average pace 4:59 min/km and average HR 173 bpm which is pretty good. After 28km it was more mental rather than physical and after 31km it was really killing me. I lost my water bottle the night before so I didn’t have a good bottle for drinking during the race. Inappropriate drinking cause some temporary stomach pain during the race for me (similar to ones that I had summer 2014) There were tons of other excuses that I had during the race to stop running fast, but I ignored all of them and was able to successfully complete the run. Again after the race like last Saturday I got depression and it last for more than one complete day in a way that the day after this run I couldn’t mentally cope with a run over 2km. This is again an obvious symptom of overtraining because I was trying to get too much from my body in an unreasonable way. The key point here is to train in a regular bases but unfortunately sickness and small injuries disturb the weekly plan and I try to complete it in the remaining days of the week which makes the situation worse. The other point is I have to get a good idea of my marathon pace by the long tempo runs not with the speed or long runs or even race predictors. As a result I decided to set my marathon goal back to 3:20 which is consistence with my half marathon record and I’ll train for my tempo runs with the average pace 4:44 min/km not 4:41min/km. During the race up to 24 km, I completed 1L of powerade drink and had another half liter water up to the end of the race. I also had NB in this long hot run today.
On Sunday (04/10): After a very heavy workout yesterday, I just wanted to get out and have a very easy relaxed short run. The heavy 35km long run of yesterday with the average pace 4:59 had such a huge mental impact on my mind that I really couldn’t continue to run more than 2km today. The reason is because in the past 3 days I had two very heavy workouts, one long tempo and a fast long run. That’s overtraining and depression and insomnia were the two obvious symptoms of that for me yesterday.I had the exact same feeling last Saturday were I was pushing myself too much after getting back to run from my cold by running 47km in three days included a heavy long tempo run. These are all because of irregular training and the main cause of that was my cold that I had a few days rest for it and after that I emphasized to continue my regular training without being fully recovered from my cold, usually you shouldn’t immediately get back to your regular training after a cold and there is a transient time for that.
First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 3 run and 1 hike activities in this week. On Thursday (24/09) I had a 13K easy run with the following averages: (13.03 K, 5:47 min/km, 152 bpm, 112m elevation gain). On Friday (25/09) I had a 12.5K easy run with the following averages: (12.50 K, 5:45 min/km, N/A bpm, N/A elevation gain). On Saturday (26/09) I had a 22K run (tempo 15K) with the following averages: (22.00 K, 5:01 min/km, 169 bpm, 74m elevation gain). On Sunday (27/09) I had a Grouse Mountain BCMC hike with the following averages: (3.87 K, 28:25 min/km, 853m elevation gain) and the return trip with the following averages: (3.87 K, 4.3 kph).
My VO2Max this week in my (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) activities were (51, N/A, 50) ml/kg/min respectively. Also my weekly mileage in this week was 47.5 km run and 3.8 km hike.
About individual runs
On Thursday (24/09): It was my first run after five days rest for my cold and you can imagine how happy I’m about it. I finished my medication after seven complete days last night. Everything was good and something funny happened after the run. My hands were so tired and painful after the run just because of holding them up during the run and the reason seems clear to me. My entire body was so weak because of my cold and the medication that I took and the process of recovery for lower parts of my body was much faster than the upper part. Therefore, however I was so comfortable to have a 13K run, but after that my hands were as weak as it was a bit difficult for me to shift my right hand up and open the entrance door of the building with my keys!
On Friday (25/09): Again watch didn’t save the activity, It was restarted during the run. I restarted it, canceleled the current activity and sterted a new one, turned off the watch and again turned it on … none of them worked. I guess the key point is to have the watch fully charged (this time it was 40%) and also clear the memory all the time. One point that I forget to mention last time is about gaining wait immediately after you stop training for a few days. After my cold when I stoped training for about five days, I was gaining weight for about 3 pounds. That’s interesting to me and I found it multiple times. It’s not weired cause your body used to traing 70-80km/week and then you suddenly stop it for a few days, then you are welcome to gain weight. You can neglect the effect of your cold cause I experienced the same thing even when I wasn’t sick.
On Saturday (26/09): I was a bit anxious in my run today, partially because I was checking my watch too often, and the main reason for checking it is because I decided to have my splits every 3 kilometers (to make sure I’m running in the right pace every single moment) and because of the inaccuracy of the GPS in computing the average pace of a lap in the first kilometer, I had to check my watch and adjust my pace too often which was taking a lot of effort from me, both physically and mentally. Instead, when I decided just to listen to the rhythmic of my body, adjust my pace that way and run in the pace that I am more comfortable in it, I got the desired result for my tempo pace and I also had a very comfortable run. That method worked because I have already selected the right pace for my tempo runs and the whole experience shows the importance of having a good understanding of your current limitations, selecting the right pace for your goal, and also understanding your pace just by your body and without looking at your watch. Five seconds back the schedule in the entire 15km tempo run (70 min) was the result of my training today which is perfect. I also had depression for one or two days due to this heavy workout, that’s a symptom of overtraining and as a result I should adjust my tempo pace from 4:40 to 4:44 or my marathon goal from 3:17 to 3:20. 3:20 is consistence with my half-marathon record and like always I was trying to push myself too much by setting in 3:17 for my marathon goal.
First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 3 run activities in this week. On Tuesday (15/09) I had a speed run 4×1200 with the following averages: (13.43 K, 5:12 min/km, 158 bpm, 80m elevation gain). On Wednesday (16/09) I had an 8K easy run with the following averages: (8.01 K, 5:34 min/km, 148 bpm, 80m elevation gain). On Friday (18/09) I had a 20K long run with the following averages: (20.10 K, 5:45 min/km, N/A bpm, N/A elevation gain).
My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) activities were (N/A, 52, N/A) ml/kg/min respectively. Also my weekly mileage this week was 41.5 km run.
About individual runs
On Tuesday (15/09): One day recovery was good enough for my Sunday long run knee issue and I didn’t have any knee or other problems for today run. My body is adapted to 80km/w run but it’s still struggling for the recovery of 30+km long runs as I was a bit tired yesterday in the sense that I wasn’t fresh enough to run up the stairs and my brain sent a huge amount of negative impulse this morning which indicated I am still tired from last long run which wasn’t true and I was also a bit depressed. They were both my brain’s way of trying to get me to stop from having my regular workout. The first key point is to have the long runs with the right pace (1min/mile easier than the race goal) and also having regular 8 hours sleep after the workouts. This article was pretty useful in this matter: http://www.runnersworld.com/for-beginners-only/how-slow-should-my-long-runs-be
On Friday (18/09): Apparently the activity was not properly saved in my watch so I have to upload it manually here. I got cold yesterday so I couldn’t make the tempo run yesterday and instead today I had long 20k which has the same distance as the tempo run but with an slightly easier pace. One issue for my morning run when I am sick is, when I get up in the morning I am usually too weak because of my cold and it takes me more than an hour to get into the situation that I would able to run, that would disturb my daily plan. The other issue is, I would not go for the speed, tempo runs because I am a bit weak and also because of sweating a lot in those workouts usually in the rainy weather of Vancouver these days, I am really scared of having a bad cold after speed/tempo runs.The solution is to try to keep the weekly mileage around 80km/week having the long 30k runs in your plan and continue your regular plan after you got better from your cold.
First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 4 run activities in this week. On Tuesday (08/09) I had an 8K easy run with the following averages: (8.00 K, 6:07 min/km, 139 bpm, 68m elevation gain). On Wednesday (09/09) I had an 11K easy run with the following averages: (11.00 K, 6:35 min/km, 130 bpm, 123m elevation gain). On Thursday (10/09) I had a 5K tempo run with the following averages: (5.01 K, 4:54 min/km, 160 bpm, 36m elevation gain). On Sunday (13/09) I had a 30K long run with the following averages: (30.00 K, 5:05 min/km, 164 bpm, 199m elevation gain).
My VO2Max this week in my (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday) activities were (51, 51, 51, 51) ml/kg/min respectively. Also my weekly mileage this week was 54.0 km run.
About individual runs
On Tuesday (08/09): However I had a race on Sunday and I should rest for three days, but I have read in lots of different articles that complete rest may not be the best option if you wanna train immediately for another race and you might try to have easy runs in that period instead, that’s why today I had a very relaxed run with average pace 6:07 min/km Also after the race, I have a bit of pain in my lower left leg and the place of my previous injury 3.5 years ago. It’s not serious and I guess it should be OK by gradual training but I write it down here to have it for my records just in case.
On Thursday (10/09): I wanted to have my 13K Tempo run today but I was so tired and my legs were so heavy still from the race on Sunday that I decided to stop running at 5K. I thought if I complete the tempo 13K, then I have to sleep for the rest of the day. I was able to continue running up to 13K but not with the tempo pace , with a pace slightly easier like 5:00 min/km or 5:10 min/km.
The other issue is about the right spot that I can train for a long tempo run. Maybe the best place for me would be the sea wall , but anyways small environments like streets are not appropriate for long tempo runs and it’s also dangerous specially cause you want to run fast and you are also tired while crossing the street. However it was such a heavy workout for me today that I wasn’t able to complete but after that during my day, I feel so good and much better than yesterday and the day before. Maybe because the three recovery days of the race is gone. I have no backache today (compared to yesterday that I had a bit early after my workout) and much less pain in my legs.
On Sunday (13/09): It was a windy day along the sea wall especially up to lions gate bridge and it was acting almost like hills for runners, after that from lions gate to Coal Harbour and Canada place it was pretty warm, in general it was a pretty tough day. About my knee issue today, after 16km I felt my knees are improving by having a tiny small pain in both of them, after 22km the pain was more severe again in both of them and after 28 km , my left knee was hurting too much. Fortunately in all of the run, my knee condition didn’t slow me down even in the last 5 km I was running faster than my average and I really did a good job in it ( last 5k pace is 4:47,4:47,4:45,4:59,5:00 I decreased the speed in the last two km cause I found my average HR is 164 and I didn’t wanna push myself too much like a race to keep my pace remain high mainly because of the fear of having three days rest after the workout) I had 1.5 L water during the run (two water bottle) Mainly started drinking after 15km and finished the first bottle at 21st km. I had no other nutrition during the run. After the run, my knees were really hurting, but fortunately it didn’t disturb my sleep at night. Having one day rest after this run seems necessary to me mainly because of my knee condition
First, let’s review my activities during this week. I had 5 run and 1 hike activities in this week. On Monday (31/08) I had a 12K long run with the following averages: (12.14 K, 4:52 min/km, 165 bpm, 127m elevation gain). On Wednesday (02/09) I had a speed run 8×600 with the following averages: (15.06 K, 5:13 min/km, 160 bpm, 61m elevation gain). On Thursday (03/09) I had a 9K easy run with the following averages: (9.03 K, 5:34 min/km, 144 bpm, 81m elevation gain). On Friday (04/09) I had a 11K run (tempo 8K) with the following averages: (11.00 K, 5:05 min/km, N/A bpm, N/A elevation gain). On Saturday (05/09) I had a 16K hike with the following averages: (16.16 K, 10:42 min/km, 77 bpm, 166m elevation gain). On Sunday (06/09) I had a 21K run (half Marathon race) with the following averages: (21.11 K, 4:33 min/km, 178 bpm, 64m elevation gain).
My VO2Max this week in my (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) activities were (51, 51, 51, N/A, 51, 52) ml/kg/min respectively. Also my weekly mileage this week was 68.3 km run and 16.1 km hike.
About individual runs
On Monday (31/08): 6am run in a windy, cold, rainy morning, but who cares, it’s my daily schedule! I should specifically work on my cadence as it’s still too low (175spm vs 180spm that it should be) I should put the priority of my run on monitoring cadence and adjust other factors (HR and speed) afterwards. Usually cadence would directly impact on both of HR and speed and if you keep speed steady and try to increase cadence then your Ave HR would definitely increase and also if you try to increase cadence while keeping HR steady it would definitely decrease your speed. That analyse is specifically important while in the last 10K-5K of the marathon you are extremely tired, you possibly won’t have a perfect run and you should know how to manage the situation. That’s what I still don’t know how to manage it!
On Thursday (03/09): As I am increasing the intensity of the SOS runs, it’s mandotory for me to have a very easy paced run for the easy run. Usually when I get out for a easy run I would start having a relaxed run run with ave. pace below 5:10-5:15. By experienced I’ve found that with that approach I would get too tired in a couple of weeks and therefore I would adjust the SOS workout. It’s also mentioned in the Hanson’s training schedule that easy runs should have a 5:30-6:30 pace, so based on my experiences I asjusted the easy run to the appropriate one after the 4th km. The other point is after the hard workout of yesterday, I had a very deep sleep last night as I was too tired, but it was interesting that during the day I didn’t feel tired at all. and finally mornings are getting colder and colder, but it’s just for the first min that you get out of home and during the running it doesn’t bother at all.
On Friday (04/09): Watch didn’t work!
On Sunday (06/09): My new Half-Marathon record. I guess the whole idea of training hard 80km/6 days a week is to keep yourself mentally prepared for the last 5k/10k of the half/full marathon to keep running with your desired pace and not to give up,cause everyone knows the real race just starts at the last kilometers.
Photo Gallery Link My Run On Map I guess the whole idea of training hard 80km/6 days a week is to keep yourself mentally prepared for the last 5k/10k of the half/full marathon to keep running with your desired pace and not to give up,cause everyone knows the real race just starts at the last kilometers.