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I had sworn not to run another marathon after my first and only one I did some 9 months ago. It was the condura Skyway marathon for the mangrooves. Being my frst marathon, in hindsight I chose the wrong race. It has a rolling terrain yet my whole training was in the rather flat Makati area. Though I finished a respectable 3:19hr, it was not the goal time I had set myself to achieve. I was targeting a sub3hr time. Dreams do remian dreams at times! argh!
This time, I decided to do one more and to do it more intelligently. So my next marathon will be the MILO finals. Target time is 3:10hr with a +/- 5min either side. I was fortunate to qualify for the finals through the provincial leg eliminiations where I ran the San Pablo leg. A tough hilly course, but nonetheless I managed to scrap through with a time of 1:35hr in the Half marathon. Immediately after that I commenced a 12 week training program for the finals starting in mid September.
During my trainings I chanced upon an article that was talking about race times and how they are predicted. Of course I had come across many sites that offered tools for predicting race times. Having played around with them, they would predict such and such a time for my runs when I input data. Reading the science behind those predictions made me want to try it in actuality. I figured that since I am a good sample in the general population ( I tend to fall in the middle of the bell curve), the predicted times should work for me if I follow correctly the training programs on offer. Back in May when I was still recovering from my knee injury, I tried a 2 month 10K training program using smart-coach tool (a tool I found in runners world website).
Filed under: Training Tips
Are you a consistent mid-50’s 10k runner wanting to get over that sub-50 bump? This was the exact program I used two years ago when I was in that very same predicament. It’s grounded on sound meso-cycle principles designed for maximum efficiency. I helped me out a lot before, I’m confident it would do the same for you. Cheers! – GBM
By Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer
The phrase “shin splint” is a generic term that describes pain in the lower leg, either on the medial (inside) or lateral (outside) side of the shin bone. This pain usually begins as a dull ache that can’t be pinpointed; it can be felt along the entire region where the muscle attaches to the bone.