London Marathon 2011 – training and stuff

Not done a running update on here for a while so here goes. Having skipped a year last year I’m now training for another go at the London Marathon on April 17th 2011. Here’s some info:

I keep a spreadhseet of my training, I’m that sad. This year I’m trying to be a bit stricter with myself and commit to run 6 days a week. The plan is as follows:

  • Mondays – 10 miles race pace
  • Tuesday – easy run from work (about 8 miles)
  • Wednesday – easy run to work
  • Thursday – hills or speed training
  • Friday – rest
  • Saturday – long run, sometimes with a Parkrun in the middle of it
  • Sundays – slow 4 – 6 miles

Overall this will take me to about 50-60 miles a week maximum once I’m at full stretch with the long runs. The run to/from work is going well. I found where the showers are at work and have a locker so can sneak in lunchtime runs if I want.

I don’t want your money. Really, no thanks. You gave before and were generous, let’s skip a year. However, my Brother-in-law Steve is looking for donations for a very worthy cause so if you were thinking of sponsoring me then please put the money his way instead – tell him Dave sent you.

Digital stuff
Other than the spreadsheet, I track my runs via a GPS enabled watch (Garmin Forerunner 405) which then feeds a twitter account @daveharteruns. A link to the data gets tweeted every time I upload a run or you can subscribe to an RSS feed of the runs.

As usual I shall be eating more chips.


I’ve been a bit hampered by an aching buttock/hip for about 18 months so it was with some relief that just before Christmas I finally had a name put to it. According to my physio I have Piriformis Syndrome. To alleviate it I do some focused stretching and at the distances I’m running right now it’s an annoying niggle and no more. When I get into the 20 mile long runs that may not be the case; we’ll see.

Other running blogs I’m reading at the moment.

3 thoughts on “London Marathon 2011 – training and stuff

  1. Good luck with the training – I’ll be watching with interest. I’ll do a marathon one of these days but London is too scary for me.

    Are you doing Swan yoga pose for your piriformis? Meant to be good but ouch!

  2. Just noticed the link to my blog, thanks! Running has been a challenge for me so far but I’m determined to stick with it. Good luck with all your running goals as well!

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