This book is 20 years old and although some of the content is probably a bit out of date, the advice on hydration for instance, I think that it is still a good read.
The book is about a marathon class offered by an American university, I forget where, but people could opt to do the marathon class as one of their subjects for a semester. There was a wide age range of participants and many had never run before, but over 5 years all except one person who took the class completed the marathon.
At first when I read the book I assumed that the course would have been run by the department of phys ed, but when I looked a bit closer I realised that in fact it was the department of psychology! That’s interesting because the focus on the book is very much about the pschology of endurance, with advice on ‘creating your own reality’ positive mental attitude (PMA), visualisation techniques for dealing with fatigue or pain.
nothing in here about reps, hills or intervals, but there is advice on doing a walk -run programme before you start then a programme based on mileage and 4 runs per week. There is a little bit on form, perceived exertion and breathing
Although I’m not using their training programme the one I have downloaded ( from Asics) is very similar, with 4 runs per week and a rest day before and after the long run. I used the PMA last Tuesday to get me out of bed early for a pre work run. I could feel my self sliding into not going for a run, even though I had got up and made a cup of tea, but I told myself that I wanted to go and I would go, and so I did! It didn’t work this Tuesday though. I said ‘no way am I getting out of bed at 5 :30 I’ll go after work’ . no run that day.😔
So only 3 out of 4 runs this week, but 3 better than none. Sunday felt hard, Wednesday felt easy, Friday got done on Saturday. Now it’s back to wintertime, with runs in the dark and today my first run in the rain, albeit just a bit of drizzle.
Now it’s starts to get challenging, with a number of social events to fit in over September and October. Fitting in runs with weekends (and weeks) away from home, and the alcohol question. Obviously I’m not going to drink enough to have a hangover, but will a few drinks affect my training? And the extra calories, I certainly don’t want to gain any weight as that will make my running even slower! I’ll see how it goes. The plan is to have fun but keep running😀