Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.
Had a flying session yesterday in the new Boost shoes - 2 x 800m at 7:00 and 7:20 min/mile pace and 5x400m at 5:45 min/miles - way faster than I've managed before but with no more perceived effort. No intention of going that fast but I can't tell without looking at my watch (which I wasn't doing) what my pace yet so calculated it when I got home. I do like these shoes - placebo effect or not
I'm not familiar with the currency but ??180 surely is enough for new trainers and something else as well...
Daeve, sounds like your flying in your new shoes and placebo or not your results sound great
Nice win Steph! Am sure you'll find a nice 'treat' to spend it on
Great news that your knee feels good again Steph Yes, when training for a marathon you do need to be selfish however, maybe whilst your out your OH can cook a nice lunch and even offer a massage afterwards?
Sounds like things are going well for you and would suggest following the 5 hour pacer for 20 miles then smoke him I'd suggest going out to pace and picking it up if your still good but as I've never run a marathon I don't know what i'm talking about.
I'd try to stick with the 7:20/k if that is what the plan says and understand what you mean about time on feet versus miles. The faster peeps have it much easier than us slower peeps don't they with time on feet
It's tough with OH's, I'm a bit quicker so my long runs don't reach 3h30min but I still feel bad about the time I take - but then I think, I'll be healthier which is better for them too!
I wish I could go out early and have the rest of the day but I'm not good first thing.
Congratulations Steph on imminently breaking your first 1000Km! I'm not far ahead - In the last 12 months I've managed 1052Km in 110 hours, it's nice to look back.
The difference between the 5:00 hour pacer and 4:45 is from 6:46 to 7:07 min/Km. Any concept of whether you could run at 6:46/Km or whether you should stick to the 5 h pacer (safer option, but only if you think you'll have enough to go past them at the end).
Booktrunk I discovered this thread 3 days ago and have read it from start to finish. Many have said it before but you are truly an inspiration. The support that you have in this thread is great too.
I can empathise with the knee problems. In about October last year I was told by a physio that I'd got a strained medial collateral ligament and it still twinges even now. It was so bad that I will not be taking part in the Brighton Marathon this weekend as I had previously planned. I think the problem was originally caused by running 2 HMs in about 3 weeks of each other - the GNR last year followed by the Royal Parks HM. Although I'd trained for the runs I think it was just too much for me. The GNR was also run in pretty much non-stop rain! With regards to pacers for the Royal Parks I followed a slightly faster pacer than I wanted for my time and positioned myself in between them and the slower one behind (if that makes any sense). I managed to get a PB!
I hope that you find some help for your knee. When the physio diagnosed the problem I then went to a personal trainer and had them design a plan to help strengthen "problem" areas which in my case are weak glutes, tight hamstrings and tight calves. I don't always do my stretches but find that when I do they really help. With regards to feeling guilty about long runs I'm quite lucky since my OH plays golf so is often out for 4 hours plus at a time.
I've really enjoyed reading the posts and am now off to have a look at the asics and McMillan sites.
Hope you're all enjoying the improved weather
Ooh Rothley 10K - Yes Jen, I'll be up for that one, just a jog down the road I hope I'm not away on holiday as I have booked off the last 2 weeks... doh. I'll have to check it out..... EDIT: 11th June - a Tuesday, strange. Hmm might be able to get a few hours off work. EDIT2: Evening race I'm in and place booked!
On a roll today in the nice sunshine this evening - trying to do some threshold/tempo intervals I managed to get a new 5K PB by accident. 22:48, knocking 1 min 20 seconds off . I'm not really sure how I did it as I had a slow 750 metre jog start, and 2 walk breaks... oh well. First 5K race in 12 months coming up, so good training (runNTU 2013 Fun Run on the 27th April Nottingham/Clifton - www.ntu.ac.uk/runntu if anyone is interested in entering to raise money for my cancer research lab - open to all).
Thanks Jen - for a while I thought I'd killed the thread! Had a session with the personal trainer today to put me through my stretching/strengthening exercises and she said that I need another session of physio to try and sort hamstrings and knee problem.
Take it easy with the plantar - can take a devil of a time for it to get better.
Good luck with the fun run on 27 April Daeve - I'm based in North London so a little far for me to join you
Hope booktrunk is well?
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