In this episode of the A to Z Running podcast Zach and Andi and listener Q & A about tune up races, routines, and training priorities.
Stick around after that for the latest from the world of running, including a new fastest marathon debut, outdoor track heating up, and a world record attempt.
MAIN TOPIC: TUNE UP RACES, ROUTINES, and TRAINING PRIORITIES
Today’s episode comes from questions you’ve sent into A to Z Running!
Question: How should I approach my tune up race?
From Marc in Michigan
- What is your goal race?
- How close is your tune up is to your goal race? (Consider how much time it will take to recover.)
- Have you done the distance and the effort you plan to go?
Question: How should I integrate new routines?
From Amanda in Michigan
- Habits take energy and time to develop.
- Ideal time is when the training stimulus is low.
- Start small and grow your routine.
Question: What runs are the priority in marathon training?
From Rob in Michigan
- What period of training are you in?
- Musculoskeletal strength and aerobic training are most important in marathon training.
- Long run and steady state runs are most important, but an injection of neuromuscular work is important too.
Question: How to navigate training through illness?
- Rest is often best.
- If the sickness is respiratory in nature, be careful.
- You will not adapt or recover as well while ill, so highest benefit of a run (when you are well enough) is to run easy.
WORLD OF RUNNING
World of Running
- Rivertown Races: Zach with a big PR, Nick won his AG, Pete a strong showing as well for a tune-up.
Hurt the Dirt: Cathy rocking the trails with a 4th in AG
Glass City Marathon: Lewis paced, a feat by itself!
#1. Yehualaw runs 2:17:23 in Hamburg for fastest ever women’s marathon debut
- The 22-year-old won the Haspa Marathon Hamburg by almost nine minutes, breaking the Ethiopian record and German all-comers’ record.
- Having broken the world 10km record with 29:14 in Castellon in February and with a half marathon best of 1:03:51 to her name (#2 all-time), Yehualaw’s marathon debut was highly anticipated and she delivered in fine style.
- Previous fastest ever women’s marathon debut time was 2:18:56 achieved by Paula Radcliffe in 2002.
- The performance puts Yehualaw sixth on the women’s world marathon all time list, topped by Brigid Kosgei’s world record of 2:14:04 set in 2019, and is the third-fastest time of the year so far.
#2. Outdoor track racing is under way
- Hobbs Kessler makes his outdoor debut at the Jesse Owens Classic, running strong but edged out by veteran Ben Flanagan. Hobbs ran 3:45.06 and Flanagan 3:44.98.
- Collegiate Katelyn Tuohy ran 15:14.61 at the Virginia Classic. 8th NCAA All-time.
- Athing Mu runs 800m, first time since the 2021 Pre Classic. 2:02.07. Won by over 3secs. Not a concern.
#3. More on track at Oregon Relays
- Mason Ferlic runs the #3 all time in the world this year in the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 8:23.92.
- Pro Oregon team goes for 4 x mile world record.
- Cooper Teare joined fellow former Oregon Ducks Cole Hocker, James West and Matt Wisner in an attempt to run faster than the 15 minute, 49.08 record set by a team from Ireland in 1985.
- 15:52.05, for the 2nd fastest time ever
- If they had been successful, it would not have counted as a world record because all members of the team have to represent the same country. Teare, Hocker and Wisner are Americans, West is from Great Britain.
- Cooper Teare closed in 3:53, Wisner opened with a 3:59.69 mile, followed by a 4:01.81 split for West and 3:57.31 for Hocker.
- Interesting side note: Hocker and Teare are both represented by agent Ray Flynn, who was on the record-setting Irish team.
- Each relay member continues to live in Eugene and are all coached by Oregon associate head coach Ben Thomas, who brought up the idea of taking a shot at the record two weeks ago.