From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Preparing for a marathon from scratch, in 22 weeks.

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08/09/2013 at 19:05
Well run Steph. I will be thinking of you on Septrmber 22 xxxx
09/09/2013 at 13:19

Steph, have been away for a few days and it sounds like you were going through a bad patch! As everybody has said, you are a winner, both in your weight and running and, you have inspired lots of people to start running and, more importantly to stick with it.

I'm a bit like you and always want to beat records etc however, thats not always the best way to do things - just sit back, enjoy your taper and reflect on how far you have come in a short time girl!

(oh, hope Friday went ok for you?)

10/09/2013 at 15:01


I've got my head back in the game.  No running until Wednesday so I did 50 sit ups yesterday. Oh, it also looks like I might be in another issue of Runners World in a few months

11/09/2013 at 00:53

Good to hear your head is back in the right place Steph, this loong running is mainly done there  

ooh, pray tell, what you been up to now? 

11/09/2013 at 13:09

In the latest issues they had that bloke that lost loads of weight i might be in a one page thing similar to that

11/09/2013 at 19:59

Ok set out to do a sensible 8k in the rain ended up 8k in 47:46 bit quick but felt good

11/09/2013 at 20:35

Steph, do you use a HRM? I've been doing 5 mile runs this week keeping my AHR below 75% of MAX and averaging 53 mins.

11/09/2013 at 20:44

I'm a bit lazy with my HRM I don't use it often, I'll try to stick it on when plodding 8km tomorrow. 

11/09/2013 at 21:33

Same as me - not used my HRM in ages - may put in on for the GNR on Sunday.

I've bought 4 litres of beetroot juice - not great tasting but I'll see if it makes any difference in my n=1 study on Sunday!  Taering to the extreme now with no planned runs - a few blisters I'm letting heal.

11/09/2013 at 21:38

any rice between now and my ultra is  being replaced with brown rice all pasta is whole meal same with bread. Just trying to do my best and today I'm officially under 60kg so doing all I can to be fit, 30plus sit ups daily to get a bit if strength in my core  

i cannot think of anything else I can do in the last 10/11 days that might help.

Edited: 11/09/2013 at 21:39
11/09/2013 at 21:40

cheers Steph, would be interesting 

And, should have realised neither of you wear one as HR doesn't appear on garming connect.

Daeve, not had beetroot juice for a while, used to juice bits to go in my smoothies but yes, had a glass of pure juiced beetroot and boy was it foul! Oh, and be careful with it, something new like this a few days before the run might, well, they have portaloos at GNR so nuff said lol

Will look out for you on the telly then.

11/09/2013 at 21:42

Impressed! - core work I know about but haven't done for a year (P90X last year).  Dare not weight myself this week either as been away and eaten junk.

booktrunk wrote (see)

i cannot think of anything else I can do in the last 10/11 days that might help.

How about the mother of all carb loading sessions 2-3 days out?!

11/09/2013 at 21:45

Carb Loading, yes thinking about it, not that sure of the benefits, as frankly a normal diet should ge enough, but I will probably stuff myself Thursday evening onwards. 

11/09/2013 at 21:50

Not as important as when running a marathon for you perhaps - but I doubt I'd have got through my last marathon without it (even in psychological).  Play with the calculator and see how many calories you need for an "agressive" time versus "conservative" - being that you burn use glycogen than fat the faster you go.

11/09/2013 at 21:53

Cross posted there Steph, core work is supposed to help with running form though if your tapering try and take it easy and dont push for too many situps Oh, tried the 'plank' took me a while not to shake after 10 seconds but over time made it to 2 mins+

And, whilst this cool calculator doesn't go up to your weightloss it gives an idea (guesstimate) of how much faster you might run for eack kg of weight you lose (providing all other things stay equal - which they don't of course).


11/09/2013 at 22:15
Andi McGill 2 wrote (see)

how much faster you might run for eack kg of weight you lose (providing all other things stay equal - which they don't of course).


True - but on the plus side, when on a fitness and weightloss drive you'll nearly always improve by more than the calculator (I'd have thought) as you get better at running through training.

11/09/2013 at 22:47



12/09/2013 at 16:12

I've even turned down a nights drinking and partying on the Friday the 20th as it's to close to Ladybower.  If I manage to get to the finish line it will be so worth it.

If not then bahh humbug

When you plan it out on paper it's ludicrously easy! I know that sounds daft but it sounds simples 5 x 7m per km + 1 x 10m power walk km = 45 minutes per 6 km x 14 = 84 km in 10.5 hours, that's over 2km to far, and that's 10.5 hours!! I've got 13 hours.  It sounds soooo easy. Do all my drinking and eating on the walking KM's.

hehe the reality I think might be a little different, but I guess i'll find out soon.

Edited: 12/09/2013 at 16:14
12/09/2013 at 16:51

Lol Steph, know what you mean, I've planned several ways of averaging 11:16 min miles at LN but it will all go up in smoke am sure.

Here's a thought, rather than (power) walk every 6th K why not run 5.5 @ 7m/k then power walk the other half K in 5 mins - saving 90 seconds a cycle x 14 = 21 mins - 10.5 = 10:09 and as your calc is 2k over distance subtract 14 mins and there ya go - sub 10 hours!!!

As you say, tis easy on paper 

12/09/2013 at 17:19

I'm not thinking of running circka 82km. I'm going to be at most thinking how do I get through the next lap so it's 3.33 x 15m runs so each 6 km If I did that would be a quarter of a lap... 

Of course one slight hiccup is that I assume my Garmin will run out of battery! have a charging battery pack but it will need to be hooked up and unusable while charging but should still keep track. But will not hear it.

So thinking of taking iphone as well to track when that is charging but that means 610 plus charging pack plus cables and iphone ! Starting to get silly! I suppose I should set my garmin. Running and see how long it lasts.




Edited: 12/09/2013 at 17:22
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