For 2017 the main goal for Salford Harrier Carl Hardman has been the Berlin Marathon. Known as a fast course, home of several world records (including Dennis Kimetto’s current 2:02:57) and the stage for showdown between Wilson Kipping, Eluid Kipchoge and Kenesia Bekele this weekend several Brits will travel out to Berlin in the hope of setting new PBs over the marathon distance.
For an great insight into the race, check out TrainAsONE‘s Ben Riddell’s excellent preview on FastRunning.com
Before Carl flew out this morning we had a quick chat to ask about how training had gone and how he felt for the race ahead.
“Training been brilliant, it’s the most consistent build up to a race I’ve ever had. Apart from a small injury [sustained jumping out of a JCB at work] it’s just been a solid build up with plenty of races incorporated, key sessions nailed on the head and the highest mileage, averaging 85-90 miles per week.” It worth noting that Carl fits this training alongside a physical job and family life, often sacrificing sleep to get the necessary work done for Berlin.
As for the taper, Carl has found the last couple of weeks as wonderful as any taper should be, coming just at the right time to help recover form the big mileage and let that niggle from work calm down. “It’s mainly been the dropping of the double days, which has allowed a bit of extra sleep and the legs to freshen right up”.
This isn’t Carl’s first marathon, but if you check out The Power of 10 the 2:37 doesn’t really match up well with the sub 30 minute 10k and 65:37 Half Marathon. “It was the Manchester Marathon and the week before I had been in hospital and probably shouldn’t have run it, but it was my home marathon.”
The lesson that day came in the form of a positive split, running at the front with Dave Norman and Andi Jones felt easy, until it didn’t, much is the way with a marathon, especially if you’re used to running a lot faster. “I couldn’t remember anything from about 17 miles onwards, but I got the job done. When things get tough in Berlin I know I can push through to the finish”.
Although the Commonwealth Games time of 2:14 is tempting, Carl is aiming for around the 2:15/16 mark to really register his ability on the marathon stage. It may only seem a minute or so different but judging the first half incorrectly hurts no matter how fast you are.
Carl usually races in the Adidas Boston Boosts, but is will also take out some of the lighter Adidas Adios to Germany this weekend and make a call before the start. Although the lighter shoe may sound the better option, cushioning and comfort pay a bigger part when running longer distances and too light a shoe may affect running gait in the latter stages.
Here at TrainAsONE we’ll be cheering on Carl all the way, as well as the other Brits and this chap Yuta Shitara, who ran a 60:17 Half marathon LAST WEEKEND and has vowed to go with the lead group on Sunday, even though they are set to pace to a 60:50 half way point! We’re expecting a big PB for Yuta or a whole afternoon in the pain cave.
Two weeks later Carl is out in Chamonix for the Team TrainAsONE squad weekend (his real main 2017 goal) so let us know if you have any questions you want to put to Carl.
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