Monthly Archives: October 2004

National Team Gathering, and small race next weekend

same time.

It is the fifth year I am attending those on a Senior level. And it has changed dramatically. First, in 99 and 2000 we had Olympic Champs Rodal and Hattestad plus lots of other stars attending. You could feel professionalism from the athletes. I was only 21 years old and those happenings were BIG events for me. It helped me realize what kind of attitude you need to get to the top level. Then from 2001 up until 2003 about nothing happened. Most of the stars resigned and the atmosphere changed totally. Until last fall – when the new team chief TΓΈmmernes started bringing things back again. You can say alot about the influence of a team chief who is not coaching – or daily involved. But when you have taken part of this through three different phases you know what you see and what has changed. It is great to see. On top of that Thorkildsen won the Olympics in the Javelin, giving Norwegian Athletics a huge lift πŸ™‚

Then next weekend I will travel to a small place north-east in Norway for a small road race there. Trine Pilskog, who did 4.05 1500 meter this summer and was in Athens asked me if I would attend a local race there plus speak for a group of younger athletes having a regional team weekend. So that will be a fun experience. To test the shape a bit and see other parts of Norway than Oslo.. Hopefully I can get into a good float. A good aerobic float – what you really want when you are running anything over the 1500 meter(for some also the 800). But to achieve this you need lots of planning, carefully taking the right daily decisions and never settle for the second best. It is a string of priorities and either you must have the confidence to make those yourself the hard way or you must have someone really good there to do it based on the daily signals you send. I have never seen a top class distance runner get there through nothing but a clear set of choices and patterns based on top class (and clear) running knowledge πŸ™‚ So hopefully those things will pay off for me even in the fall when just trying to get gradually better..

From Oslo,
Marius

“Recovering” after the weekend..

underway around twelve. About two and a half hours later we had finished the whole thing.

This used to be a big event some years ago with many teams participating. But it is good that they keep up the good tradition there.

I will try and stick to Henrik during this weeks work. He is training were good these days and will be a perfect one to stay behind to get into shape again. His runs rythmically and even paced and always finishes the trainings. You need that kind of attitude around you once you start up again. A runner can never always rest and body and mind for periods of time – but never too long, especially once you have started the real training again..

It is just a matter of getting in good enough shape again to get up high (toe running) during the hard runs. In that middle phase of your shape you get nothing “for free” and it can certainly be felt during the looong threshold runs πŸ™‚ As one of the runners on the commented out at Γ…s : “I saw you were out running the other day,but it did not look very good” πŸ™‚ Now, that was during an easy run (very easy) and probably not a very good indication of the real shape..

Just some easy threshold runs today to get some blood flow through the legs.

All well from here,
Marius

“Recovering” after the weekend..

underway around twelve. About two and a half hours later we had finished the whole thing.

This used to be a big event some years ago with many teams participating. But it is good that they keep up the good tradition there.

I will try and stick to Henrik during this weeks work. He is training were good these days and will be a perfect one to stay behind to get into shape again. His runs rythmically and even paced and always finishes the trainings. You need that kind of attitude around you once you start up again. A runner can never always rest and body and mind for periods of time – but never too long, especially once you have started the real training again..

It is just a matter of getting in good enough shape again to get up high (toe running) during the hard runs. In that middle phase of your shape you get nothing “for free” and it can certainly be felt during the looong threshold runs πŸ™‚ As one of the runners on the commented out at Γ…s : “I saw you were out running the other day,but it did not look very good” πŸ™‚ Now, that was during an easy run (very easy) and probably not a very good indication of the real shape..

Just some easy threshold runs today to get some blood flow through the legs.

All well from here,
Marius

Testing the shape ;)

intervall training weekly.
For most of you this may seem more than enough to keep a “good level” for someone who did 13.06 this summer. I have had many, many discussions with different people over the years who claim I will run quite well if I did winter/fall competitions. My tests of course show way different things ; I am able to build my shape incredibly much considering where I come from at the start. Through very careful+smart planning and very hard work. But because most of my running ability is through this, as soon as I have to back down on this stimulus the shape will drop.

But for the fun of it I will throw in a few low key competitions this fall starting this weekend. Just very, very low key stuff – but fun events. So we will see how fast it goes πŸ™‚

All is well. I am training and building shape as much as possible now. I like the fall training. It is spontanious, I can throw away most of the measurement equipment and just run on the feeling. The training results are not that good then, but it is just a nice confirmation of the stuff I am doing the rest of the year – and how that works.

From Oslo!

Marius

Back to threshold training

takes time, lots of patience, but it is the way to do it. You basically have a choice (if you are not a pure natural talent) : either be king of the winter or king of the summer πŸ™‚ I have seen many, many runners do extremely good training sessions in the winter. Even at the top athletics center on treadmill sessions runners running next to me claim to be on their threshold while running 0.5 km faster..

It makes me think of my years as a middle distance runner, especially when I was coached under Mr.Coe. The training was hard and intense the year through. Lots of fun but for most it will not work for long distance training. For long distance you just have to do it gradually, otherwise you will peak in the early May races or during the wintertime on different occcations (not able to really control any real progression)

I will continue trainings with Henrik the following weeks. He does the Norwegian half-marathon championships tomorrow but then goes into two weeks of good training. So then I will try to stick with him on the sessions:) Hopefully I can give him a hand in preserving the fine shape he is in at the moment..

All well from rainy Oslo,
Marius