Edinburgh Marathon and a new toy

Garmin Forerunner 305Well, I’ve eventually bit the bullet and treated myself to the new running tool that I’ve been promising myself for the last few months. The Garmin Forerunner 305, which is certainly the biggest watch in the world but hey, if it helps me to get a better time doing the Edinburgh Marathon this year then I’ll be happy with the cost. I’m going to be using it tonight on my fist day at the gym for many month. I’ll let you know how I get on with it. 🙂

Joined the gym on Saturday, got my kit with me tonight. I’ve not been running since August last year so it’s going to be messy, I’m still contemplating what running training schedule from my book “The Competitive Runners Handbook“. I think I’ll take it easy tonight and try and gauge my fitness lever before I commit to either the “Novice and Intermediate Competitors” or the “Basic Competitors 16 week Training Schedule”.

I’ll add some comments about the Garmin Forerunner 305 when I’ve used it enough to have an opinion on it. In the meantime, here’s a nice cheesie Soft Rock Video extolling the virtues of Garmin, enjoy! 😉

At some point, I’m going to have to put in some more information, if nothing else, as a reminder to myself for the next Marathon. I thought I would include some running terminology below my current training regime to explain some of the terms. 🙂

Running Terminology:

10-K pace
10-K pace, when used in a workout to describe how fast to run, is simply the pace of a runner’s last 10-K race

5-K/8-K/10-K
K is for kilometers, 1,000 meters. A 5-K is equal to 3.1 miles; 8-K is 4.96 miles; 10-K is equal to 6.2 miles.

400 meters
Equivalent to a quarter mile or 1 lap around a standard track.

800 meters
Equivalent to a half-mile or 2 laps around a standard track.

Fartlek
Derived from the Swedish term that means ‘Speed Play’, fartlek can provide an excellent endurance and strength session, as well as help improve your speed and race awareness. Fart=speed and lek=play

The use of ‘fartlek’ came about to provide a less structured approach to that of interval training. Its origins and use were developed in the 1930’s. Whereas, in interval training the structure prescribes a given distance run in a given time with a given rest, fartlek’s approach is to have you run at a given time, 2 minutes for example over undulating terrain or flat wherever your run may take you. The effort prescribed can be at 10k race pace to whatever speed you wish to make your effort. The rest in-between is normally at an easy pace to allow recovery before the next effort.

Tempo Run
The goal of tempo running is to improve your running pace, make your running style more efficient and improve your running times. It should avoid the fatigue and soreness of running a long distance. Tempo running is where you run at a hard, but controlled, pace. Physiologically you would be around your anaerobic threshold – the highest effort level at which your body can perform without building up lactic acid. This is the waste product that accumulates in the muscles causing discomfort and fatigue. As such it should be fairly taxing, with an effort level you would describe as “slightly hard”, roughly 8/10.

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