Thursday, March 6, 2014

Project Sub 4

I had this plan in mind since I was injured in early January. I saw the benefit of the structural and demanding training program, and I wanted more! The feeling of able to run faster from race to race is fantastic! And I started to wonder what will be my finishing time if I concentrated to only full marathon training. It seems to be a big leap because my PB marathon was done with 4:59’57” in Munich, and I wish to shed 60 minutes from my PB. But after following thru the training program for 3 months, I achieved 3 PB in 3 races (10k, 21k and 25k) with each race completed without burning out. Hence it seems to be very natural to aim high, provided I completed the whole 18 weeks program faithfully.
Aim to finish with sub 4 hours, like a superman :)  (photo from internet)
The key learning from the injury was played too hard and too many races between the high mileages training program. With the high intensity training program (70-90km per week), the body don’t have enough time to recover between races. I crashed after completed a training month with 318km recorded training mileage. First thing that get between me and the training program will be races. So I made a decision to not register or running any new races until my target race: SCKLM (registered Kuala Kangsar 15k, so I will still go for it).

The plan is, after Titi50, I will restart the 18 weeks training program with 4.5 hours FM target time. Round one will finish around June. Then I will continue with another 18 weeks program with 4 hours FM target time. This will help to condition the body to high mileages training, and workout the pace for sub 4 marathon. Anyway, my work demanded more travels this year. I will need to deal with that so lots of training will be expected over the treadmill. Apart from the travels, the most challenging part for this plan will be no clicking on those races registration.

There will be less race report posts in this blog, but I will sure update regularly on my training progress here. Wish me luck.


  1. All the best Neoh for your sub4 quest! :)

  2. any hint of the training program? :)

    1. Khoo, I am following the Hanson Marathon Method. First 18 weeks on the beginner program, and the next 18 weeks on the advanced program. Let me know if you want to have a look on the book. I can lend you my copy.