From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.

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05/07/2013 at 14:29

Sorry to hear about your Dad, Andi. 

07/07/2013 at 21:36

Andi: so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts are with you.

running n stuff doesn't really matter at times like this. 

Just to keep up to date I did 8, 8.25, 6.4 k this week plus today I did 21.6km / 13.5m in 2:25:59 bloody hit out there, also did a 10k dog walk across Derbyshire Peak District. I also wore the wrong shoes on the walk and got 7 blisters compeed and my normal trainers meant I managed fine today. 

07/07/2013 at 22:55

Txs Biggun & Steph  

Ouch at the blisters Steph! got me some new 1,000 mile socks for me B'day and they seem fine and not been using my silicon toe protectors for a couple of days and remain blister free.

4 outings for me this week, 3 * 6 milers and 13.1 today but was too hot and it took me 2:27.

08/07/2013 at 12:15

Scary..... took the plunge and ordered a new pair of trainers.

As I could not find any 2170s that fitted I went for the Kayano 19 as that was on offer if I went for the summer colours instead of their new winter colour range!!.  £81 including delivery.

Hope I get on OK with them.  I'm just starting to get the odd ache in my feet under the arches and i've done over 400 miles on this pair, so i think it's time I started to phase them out i'll try to start using the new trainers once a week for one of my 8km or so runs, and then phase them in.  Might retire my 2170s from main active duty after Ladybower50 that could be their last outing if not before.


08/07/2013 at 18:27

What dothey mean by 'Build up' on that ASICS plan, booktrunk? (Sorry if that's a stupid question).

09/07/2013 at 09:22

I think that is the first section... so it's basically the first section of your plan your just building up to the 'real' start of the plan.

So this is just bulding up to the next section which is the getting faster section

09/07/2013 at 11:09

  What an idiot.

09/07/2013 at 21:49

I'm excited my next 8km run this week is my last 'fast' sub 6 min per km run. Pheww!!! Then I can relax a bit as it's more about slightly slower but further. 

09/07/2013 at 22:32

Ohhh in the last calendar month I've managed 125 miles from the 9th of June.

11/07/2013 at 14:31

Did you do any hills on your Asics plan, booktrunk? My doesn't give me any, or sprints (fartlek). I thought these were recommended to build up your pace/ stamina.

11/07/2013 at 23:05

No but I just try to run some hilly sections and to do them at the same pace

The speed is basically generally quite hard It has less slow runs then most plans you run quote a lot at around marathon pace, so it's quite consistently fast aas opposed to a dat a week doing speed, it's a reasonably low effort plan in total miles so they are generally ran quite quickly.

14/07/2013 at 00:44

 Had an awful run today. One of my worse!

planned to be out by 7am. Dithered around and didn't get going till 7:30 had 1.1l of water, but completely dozy and forgt to drink or eat anything before going out.

was going to do 21/24   km gave up after 19 hayfever so bad I was streaming snot ;( my clothes were covered I had drunk all my water and felt sick and faint. Complete cock up! Just sat under a cool shaded tree and phones hone and saI'd I need a lift now! 10 minutes later I felt a complete idiot and felt fine again. Just got it all wrong rushed out without anti histamine and without at least having a drink idiot ;( still we live and learn! and did do 19 k in 2:14:45 even feeling like pooooo and I know now a pause really refreshes you and if you desperatly need it don't be afraid to just stop. 


Lesson hopefully learnt xxx night

17/07/2013 at 00:23

When you done your first Marathon, booktrunk, did you ever get a bit scared of your next 'big' run? I'm doing an Asics plan as well, done 7.5 miles yesterday, but really felt that was my limit. It's got me down for a 10 mile next Monday. My bottle's going a bit.

17/07/2013 at 19:31

I did, and still do.. I think it's normal.   The key is just to not think and get out the door - once you've started it all feels fine.  I hated the last 3 miles of the 21 I did on Sunday and was drained the whole rest of the day, but the next morning I had hardly an ache and I'm raring for my next long one.

17/07/2013 at 23:31

Cheers Daeve. Probably good advice. I have forced myself out the door a few times and just got on with it without a problem. Think I'm just a bit of an old tart sometimes.

20/07/2013 at 11:57

Biggun: I did the blind faith routine it says I can do it.. so I did. But remember don't be afraid to get a breather if you need it don't stop but force yourself to walk for 250/300 meters and take a few real deep breaths. It hardly slows your overall run down, and really revitalises you.


20/07/2013 at 12:05

Ohh what have I done this week?

Monday 8km 48:59 was happy with that.

Wednesday 8km in 47:07 amazed I went that much quicker in the heat.

Friday evening was going to a barbecue so i ran there 4.8km in 28:00

This morning had an hairdressers appointment at 10 and decided I wanted to get the run out of the way first... So... Set alarm for 6am got up, eat a banana had a glass of water (250ml) and went for it.  I managed a half marathon so 13.1m 21.1km in 2:14:41 about 10 minutes quicker than my Garmin half marathon time so took a big chunk out of that record if I managed to do that speed for the second half would just beat 4h 30m in October. 

Drunk about 1l of water whilst on the run.

oh, also having a good diet week hovering around 9st 8 / 9 lb. 


all in all a great week basically 26m at a decent pace in the hot conditions

Edited: 20/07/2013 at 12:06
20/07/2013 at 12:09

Oh in the last 30 days I've run 198.9 km at 6:13 per km average.

21/07/2013 at 23:12

Biggun, I get scared of the LSR as well but find the aches and pains I used to get at 8 miles in a 10 mile run won't appear till 10 miles in a 12 mile run so thinks improve. As Dave says, the hardest part is putting your shoes on and stepping out of the door And as Steph says, walk breaks don't always mean your giving up and they can help a lot though sometimes I find after the first walkbreak I need another one much sooner.

Steph, your flying! your pace and stamina is really improving

Back from France and only managed 4 miles whilst away - was just too hot so had a 'holiday'. 6 miles in the heat at home yesterday and a (very) slow 18 miles tonight. Next week it's back to serious running and just hope we get some rain


22/07/2013 at 19:40

Hey Steph, you are doing really well!


I have done my short ultra: 50km in 5.50 (nice and symmetric) - really pleased with that time as it involved a lot of hill, navigation, starting ,stopping, going through endless kissing gates, climbing a wall with a ladder (YES!) and more wading through overgrown grass than one can imagine.



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