Bristol to Bath marathon training plan

Run less run faster marathon training plan bristol to bathHi

As mentioned in my previous post about my thoughts on the Bristol to Bath marathon, I am planning on using “Run Less, Run faster” for my training plan. It is a 16-week plan which should have started…last week. I usually manage to keep up with staying fit while on holiday but after an exhausting year, I needed to relax. I only managed to do one yoga session with the lovely Harriet one morning thanks to Pactster.  

In the end, not training that week has enabled me to re-evaluate my goals. Putting the training plan aside, this book is a really good source of information and dedicates a whole chapter to goal setting. Well the prediction says that I will not get a 4h marathon time. This is not bad news. On the opposite, this sets me free.

Indeed, if I take in account my current 5K and 10K time, my marathon finishing time is about 04h03. However, taking in account my half-marathon time, my predicted marathon time increases to approximately 04h15. The fact that I am not 100% committed to the recommended cross-training probably increases that time even further.

I know that running a marathon is not an all or nothing type of situation and I do not mean to undermine anybody that runs one in a time above 4h. As mentioned previously I am not sure where this time pressure I’ve got going on comes from. Running a marathon is an achievement in itself and this is what I will focus on. I will remain flexible with my training, aim for the finish and try to have fun in the process.


How do you set your goals? 

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7 Responses to Bristol to Bath marathon training plan

  1. golddh says:

    I think it’s a great idea to set a stretch goal and push towards that. As you get closer you’ll have a better sense of what’s realistic but if you don’t start out pushing towards that you’ll never get there.

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  2. This post rocks. I’m looking forward to following your progress. Do you have any tips on how to cut out time pressure? It really affected a lot of my Paris Marathon training negatively…

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    • peachylau says:

      When training for the Bristol half marathon last year, I used a time base training plan e.g. Run 30min, no mention of the pace or distance. This helped. Then I didn’t run with a watch for the 1/2 and had so much fun! I stopped running with a watch ever since.

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  3. James says:

    Hi, I think pushing for a goal can be stressful and can be disheartening when training too so I see where you’re coming from.

    I used the myAsics program for Bristol Half 2014 for 20wks and with 1.54 fell 9mins short of my goal time. I was so annoyed at first but then decided if I just got over myself I could enjoy all the training runs much more. What happens on the day doesn’t matter for recreational runners!

    Now myAsics scoffed at my goal (sub 4) for Bris2Bath, so I’m following Hal Higdon, just logging the miles and thoroughly enjoying it. I’m getting quicker by default so who knows I may achieve my target after all.

    So you don’t have to get rid of your goals, just look at them a little different (and don’t be a brat like me on the finish line!).

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