Seniors’ Endurance Training w/c 22nd March

Reminder: Training sessions are cancelled.

We’re all going to have to get more creative about keeping fit and training. Things are changing daily so please check government and NHS advice. Below is what we would’ve been doing in other circumstances:

SUNDAY 22nd Long run
MONDAY 23rd 5 mile steady
TUESDAY 24th 2 x (1000m,800m, 400m)(200m jog recovery) 3 x 150m fast walk back rec.
WEDNESDAY 25th 3 mile steady
THURSDAY 26th MHAC Club Parrlauf CANCELLED (20 x 200)
FRIDAY 27th rest day
SATURDAY 28th Sustained run

The distance track sessions could be adapted for time. Find a place you can safely run hard:

  • Tuesday: 2 sets of 4min, 3min, 90seconds with 90 second jog recovery. Then 3x 45 seconds, walk back to where you started.
  • Thursday: Parrlauf. Hmmm. Well, you could try pacing out a 200m stretch in a park and running it 20 times with a 45 second rest between. Or you could pair up with a friend, put your phones on speaker and take it in turns to run 200m then shout “Go!”. Or maybe just do a Fartlek session?

If you’re not going outdoors for whatever reason, you’ll have to get more creative. This French guy did a marathon on his seven meter balcony!

Plan to April

Malcolm writes:

The February and March planning develops a little to add variety into some of the sessions and suggests ways in which steady and tempo runs (of any distance) can be slightly modified to add benefit. These techniques might be applied during a standard run but can also be applied (with self-control during a Park run or race) 

Even when not specified it is assumed a normal warm up program is completed.

 The content of the sessions follows good practice and I do not feel it is necessary at this stage to adopt a two-tier approach. If the sessions are two much then the number of repetitions can be reduced (lower the number or leave out the longest rep in a pyramid), if the content is too low then a repetition can be added, or the speed of the effort increased.

Alternatively, other runs can be added, or the length of runs increased in the week to add mileage.

My observation at the present time is that the effort expended in the group sessions is about right and the “challenge” is about right. A long run, two group sessions and a race or tempo run is plenty ( without the support of lottery funding) and if this is done in a week you should need recovery days.

The mileage (if fully followed) is the same at 35+ miles / week. It is appreciated that this is not possible for all athletes and will vary from runner to runner, This is not a problem as recovery from the sessions completed is very important. 

I will clarify the new points as we meet


WEEK MARCH 29TH -APRIL 4TH
SUNDAY 29th Long run
MONDAY 30th 5 mile steady
TUESDAY 31th 10 X 400m (200m jog recovery) 3 x 150m fast walk back recovery
WEDNESDAY 1st 3 mile steady
THURSDAY 2nd 5mile Tempo (pace increase from 2 ml)
FRIDAY 3rd rest day
SATURDAY 4th Race or sustained run

WEEK APRIL 5TH -11TH
SUNDAY 5th Long run
MONDAY 6th 5 mile steady
TUESDAY 7th 4 X 800m (400m jog recovery) 3 x 200m fast walk back recovery
WEDNESDAY 8th 3 mile steady
THURSDAY 9th 5 mile Fartlek (short 100m – 300m efforts) 1mile w/u 1mile w/d
FRIDAY 10th rest day
SATURDAY 11th Race or sustained run

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