The “Sue Lyle Way”
The title of Sue's bio sums it all up really. Read her story below.
How not to train for a marathon and get a PB
Having run 1 or 2 marathons each year for the last ten years I have learned to fit my training round my life rather than my life round my training.
This year a new puppy who was not allowed to run much and many family commitments meant my training was less than ideal.
I did the Barnes Green 1/2 marathon and the great south run (10 miles) last autumn but no other runs longer than 6 miles.
In January I did the winter tanners 30 mile off road run. It took about 7 hours.
I did Brighton and Hastings 1/2s in the spring. These were the only runs I did on road in my training.
I did one 17 mile run about 3 weeks before the marathon.
I did no formal training but did do park run every week as speed work.
Most days I pottered round between 3-6 miles on muddy hilly footpaths.
Between January and March I lost 5 kg by drastically reducing my intake on 2 days a week. I still ran on these days.
Come Marathon Day I felt fit and determined but underprepared. It was warmer than I would have liked but I finished in 3.52.44. This was 8 seconds faster than my previous pb set 9 years previously.
I think the reasons it went well were:
I had run on trails which take more effort than road so on race day it seemed easy
I was lighter than I had been
I did park run every week
I was not exhausted from over training
This plan or lack of it would not suit most people, but if you don't manage to do all the miles you intend,don't despair you may just get a PB.
Conventional Training Schedule
Linda followed a conventional marathon training schedule involving a long run most weekends and peaking with a 20mile run. Read her story below.
VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON APRIL 2014 TRAINING PLAN
I had previously completed 4 marathons before being fortunate enough to gain a place at the 2014 London Marathon. I was absolutely determined to improve upon my time this year having finished Brighton Marathon the last two years with exactly the same time.
I continued to follow a typically conventional training plan much as I had in previous years but this year I ensured that it was more structured rather than just ‘bashing’ out miles of endless running as I had done in the past. As I embarked upon my marathon training in January, I started my LSR off at around 8 miles and took care to ensure I only ever increased this distance by between 1-2 miles each week even if I felt that I was able to run further. These LSR runs varied week to week of both on and off road as did the intensity of the runs sometimes with hills and at other times completely flat and included Brighton and Hastings Half Marathons both of which I found very useful in replicating race day conditions and helping me to gauge my pace. I also incorporated other forms of exercise into my programme to cross train. A typical week would be something like this:
1 hour circuit training combining upper and lower body exercises.
BHR Club Night. I found the monthly track sessions at Lewes to be particularly useful for speed work.
1 hour of either a step or aerobics class
Long slow run starting off at 8 miles and gradually increasing the distance up to 20 miles.
I remained injury free up until about two weeks before London when unfortunately I began to suffer with a recurring injury with my IT Band and outer hamstring. Sports massages and stretching exercises helped and thankfully the injury didn’t develop further.
Race day arrived and I ran the entire 26.2 miles without stopping once completing the marathon in 4.37.09 a PB of 20 minutes.