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Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.

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15/05/2013 at 21:20

Hmm 51cm for 5'4"... I ride a 54cm frame and I'd rather go a bit lower (5'11")!  I guess that means the frame size varies massively between manufacturers (mine's a Kona)?

DCRainmaker has a great blog - he's a triathlete/ironman/blogger and reviewer of all related kit - the best reviews by far on the net of GPS devices.

I hope the foot is ok and you can get back to it!

15/05/2013 at 22:54

Hi Daeve, think you're right about manufacture, mines a CF Orbea frame and compared against the 53cm CF frame Boardman bike my OH has just got, it looks really tiny! OH is 5'10" and is happy on the Orbea for shorter runs of up to about 25 miles, but for any real distance, has found it too uncomfortable. He's been really pleased with the Boardman so far, although has already replaced wheels, seat post and seat and has a few other bits on order. 

Hopefully foot will be sorted soon, just doing 3 or 4 runs a week at the moment and keeping steady and smaller distances. On the plus side, has got me back into cycling again as that's not been causing too much pain. (Maybe cos of clipless pedals? Don't need to put so much pressure down.)

How's your training coming on? All set for Rothley?!

and Steph, just realised its a year and a day since you started this thread! Did you ever think you'd be on the road to becoming a serial marathoner? Congratulations and hope all going good with the swimming and mountain biking.

Hi Andi, hope training is going well and no guilt over missed run!

15/05/2013 at 23:06

I'll only know If I'm set for Rothley on Monday.. after Eyam .   I'd imagine Rothley won't be too bad after that and seem flat.

But yes - all ready for it barring injury on Sunday

18/05/2013 at 12:53

I did it first parkrun this morning.


started right near the back and overtook quite a lot of people ended up midfield.

so next time should start a little further up waiting for official result wanted sub 30 fingers crossed might be sub 29

18/05/2013 at 13:03

Garmin said 28:19 but it goes on clock time I presume so took a while to get through the start. All excited!! Wonder what time I end up with. 


My marathon endurance showed as I though I was cruising at times, when we went in the uphill section, really happy with it, still less than two weeks after my 2nd marathon, and I've never done any proper speed training so really happy. I really am improving my running.

18/05/2013 at 13:08

Ooh - which one did you do?  I really meant to finally get out and do one, just never happened so far.

Nice time, you'll get sub 25 in no time with your endurance base if you concentrate on the speedwork.

18/05/2013 at 13:12


18/05/2013 at 13:19

Bit far for me, 18 miles/40 minutes - I can't even get to the local one in Braunstone Park in time (5 miles away)!  But it's one of the 3 closest to me.

18/05/2013 at 13:21

As I'm in Loughborough I'm pretty even between conkers n braunstone

18/05/2013 at 13:40

 I was at conkers today. only 2nd time i have done a park run but have enjoyed them both.

18/05/2013 at 13:41

txs Jen and already forgotten about the missed run though it probably means I'll miss my 100 miles in May target do I detect the beginnings of Tri training?

Daeve, still on track for the run? Like you I never made a Parkrun when I was close to one and now nothing near me.

Excellent Steph! As Daeve says if you concentrate on some speed work those times will tumble as you have a good base now

Am out for an easy 5 miles later and 11 tomorrow

18/05/2013 at 14:00

far2slow I was chatting to someone after who was at his second!! I think whizzed past me on the line. My pink hair makes me noticeable

Edited: 18/05/2013 at 14:01
18/05/2013 at 14:03

Picking my mountain bike up next Friday. So I'll have it for bank holiday weekend, and gave the Tuesday after off. So have to think of a day out.. Maybe ladybower reservoir. 

18/05/2013 at 14:08

It wasn't me but i did see someone there with pink hair ( guess it was you ) dont think there are not too many people with pink hair, good luck on your speed training

Edited: 18/05/2013 at 14:09
18/05/2013 at 14:11

Ohhh no a gentle ride to start with. 23 miles around Rutland Water. 


Perfect not sure what speed so plan 2 - 3 hours

18/05/2013 at 14:13

Thanks far2slow (bet you aren't) say hi if you see me around again.

18/05/2013 at 14:17

Far2slow when will the results be online, based on your experience of 1 other run.

18/05/2013 at 14:25

I will do

last time i think they were up around 6-7pm and got the email at 11pm

do you plan on doing more park runs now then, I will do more for sure i am only in Tamworth so out the house at 8:30 and be back home before 10:00 to spend the day with the kids, and the people are there are great had a fantastic sprint to the line today with someone and had a good chat after once i could breath again

Edited: 18/05/2013 at 14:28
18/05/2013 at 14:32

Yes. I want to go to them quite often a couple of times a month maybe could be really fit n cycle there n back but will stick with the car. Tempted to run it hard and then jog around it a second time. 

18/05/2013 at 20:10

Woohoo 28:31 for my official time . Feel like I have a decent amount left in the tank to improve

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