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Inspired to tweet (@running_dan_w) about my running by the London Marathon - running 800km for Maggie's (http://www.justgiving.com/800kmForMaggies). Love good food, architecture, photography, football & motorsport.

Tricky Second Marathon: Training Begins

After a 2016 full of PBs at distances from the mile to half marathon, my 2017 has a much narrower focus.  Securing a ballot place for the London Marathon means I’m training for my second marathon.  And with my form on the up, I wonder what I can achieve? Well, training has started positively.

I had assistance from my coach mentor for my first marathon. I also has the privilege of a training session with Martin Yelling as well as hearing a seminar from Mara Yamauchi.

Since then my own coaching experience and knowledge has increased so I decided to put my theory into practice on my most awkward athlete: me!

My 2015 London Marathon was about taking me from never running more than 13.1 miles up to the full 26.2 and getting across the finish line in one piece. This year it’s about seeing what I can do.

So I’ve assembled a plan that’s fairly aggressive – for me.  I won’t go into the details of how I pieced together in this post; that’s for another day.

Despite the cold and icy weather so far this winter I’m enjoying the training, perhaps enhanced by me helping a couple of the club and a couple of charity runners with their own  training plans.  I feel more enthused by setting a good example!

My first marathon ultimately ended in a 4:04 result which, despite being just outside where I’d hoped, I was pleased to set as my benchmark.

My 2016 performances, and a desire to be less conservative, I’m training towards a 3:30 marathon and so far things have been going well.

Helpfully, a 3:30 marathon means averaging 5 minute kilometres (or 8 minute miles for those who use old money!) which is convenient to keep track of and is nicely comfortable over a half marathon so I’m feeling confident.

My confidence has been boosted by clocking a 17 mile slow run at a nice, low heart rate and at a pace that’s faster than I was running long runs two years ago at the same heart rate.

This weekend saw me combine a 7.5 miles marathon pace run on Saturday with 18 miles slow with a few clubmates on Sunday.  Nearly a whole marathon across the two days and, other than slightly tired legs this morning, I’m feeling good.

So 3 weeks down, 13 to go. And I’m loving it!

London Marathon Ballot: The Impossible Problem

Willy Wonka doesn’t organise marathons.  But if he did, it’d probably be the best marathon in the world.  Would he hide golden race numbers in energy gels?  Would that be any better than the London Marathon ballot?

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Run England Cogges Summer Sessions

Four years ago I was inspired to get more involved in running by London 2012.  I’ve since become a British Athletics-qualified coach and I’m still loving being able to help people run, run further and run faster.

My Tuesday night Run England group attracts 8 to 12 people each week and people come and go as there lives dictate.  Although some people have come and gone, for all sorts of reasons.

Some have tried running and decided it wasn’t for them, some have gained confidence to continue their running on their own or with a club like Witney Road Runners and some have maybe just fallen out of the habit (and forgotten how much fun my sessions are!) but might be lacking in confidence to get started again.

To add a bit of variety to the sessions, to provide more direct coaching for everyone, and to encourage people to come along without feeling they’ll have to run around Witney I’m going to do something a little special on the last Tuesday of every month. Continue reading Run England Cogges Summer Sessions

Where will you #RunYourMile?

It’s  a little over a week since the launch of #RunYourMile 2016 and the mile attempts have started to be logged.  There are still a lot of runners yet to log their first mile so to help, I’ve put together some ideas of where you could #RunYourMile. Continue reading Where will you #RunYourMile?

Breaking The Barrier: The 4 Minute Mile

The year was 1954 – a different time.  Queen Elizabeth II was just a year into her reign, post-war sugar rationing had not long come to an end, little more than 25% of families had a television and the human body was stubbornly refusing to run a mile in less than four minutes.  Until a 25-year-old junior doctor named Roger Bannister returned to the Oxford University track at Iffley Road to record the first ever sub four minute mile. Continue reading Breaking The Barrier: The 4 Minute Mile