Marathon Training Philosophy
My programs are designed for the 'real world'. I know the demands and time constraints of every day individuals - I have been working with people just like you for 20 years!
I specialise in people wanting to run their first marathon or people wanting to take significant time off their current Personal Best (PB). My programming is based on the latest training techniques from around the world but adapted to suit the amateur individual.
If you can run a continuous 10km now in 12 weeks I can make you physically and mentally strong enough to run a marathon and run it well!
My philosophy is very much one of quality training not quantity of training with mileage peaking at no more then 90km per week for advanced runners and 60-70km for beginner and intermediate runners. My experience with many runners has shown that whilst adequate mileage is necessary the quality of training and the correct periodising of training are most important.
Programs work on a 2 weeks up and 1 week back plan where you build in mileage for 2 weeks and then drop back for the next week before starting the following week at slightly higher mileage once again. This ensures the body has time to adapt, recover, repair and strengthen in a gradual manner to help you achieve your goals injury free.
I will guide you, monitor you, educate you and motivate you to 'stay the course' to achieve your goal. My programs cover every aspect of training for a marathon including:
- Daily running programming
- Resistance programming
- Core, abdominal and back exercises
- Stretching & massage.
- Rehabilitation exercises (if required)
- Nutrition - Day to day eating as well as fueling before, during and after sessions and races.
- Footwear and gait analysis - IMPORTANT!!!
- Psychological aspects of training for and racing a marathon
Note: Not ready for a marathon yet, no problem I am happy to adjust my programming to suit any running distance goal you may have!
Run Pace Calculator
Every person that signs on for an Odyssey running program receives our 'run pace calculator'.
Working from your 10km time the run pace calculator tells you how fast you should be able to run a marathon, or half marathon; how fast you should be doing your training long runs and tempo runs; even how fast you should be running your intervals.
No more guess work - just follow the run pace guidelines and you will know that you are training at the right intensity to achieve your goal!
Example: To run a 3hr 30min marathon you should be able to run about a 43min 10km!