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21/04/2013 at 00:28


Will do. That was always my problem .. no structure in my training . I would go out just run as fast as I could.

Even my 5 mile runs would be same pace as 20 mile runs. Felt good last night will run this pace for a while and build up a good mileage base. I am a stats man love to see mileage logged in the training diary !!

I think I need to keep to 2.6 for a month or so and build on it. Then build up miles

Right sky plus set in case I oversleep - London Marathoin tommorow - best day of the year viewing wise - am I a sad git watching the whole of it ?


21/04/2013 at 15:13

Out yesterday and did 11 miles. Aimed for sub 1:40 and came in at 1:39:56. Snow finally gone so ran a few miles along the road and then on a track along one of the glens then back the same way. Lovely to get off the roads again but it was windy all the way out and a gradual climb, but the joy of returning downhill with the wind behind me.

I did a 10 miler about 2 weeks ago and it seemed a doddle, this was one mile more and my legs were aching for the rest of the day. Just one of those days I guess.

Next week aiming for a 12 miler before easing back for the half marathon in mid May.

One great comment after Boston 'If they were trying to crush the human spirit, Marathon runners were the wrong people to pick on

London Marathon on the TV was inspirational again, expect to see more joggers for the next few weeks

Keep running everyone.

21/04/2013 at 15:27


Watched it today and tracked a couple of peope on the vigin website - its brilliant shows you exactly where they are on the course with splits every 5k

21/04/2013 at 17:00
Hello all,

Ran 5m this morning at 10.30 pace (much more normal for me !) at Attenborough nature reserve in Nottingham. It's as flat as a pancake and a lovely place to run if you're ever up that way.....

Watched the VLM, not sad at all 3:30!

Hope you all had a good wkd
22/04/2013 at 09:20

Thoroughly enjoyed the race, Brendan Foster as always full of inane chatter - can't believe that Denise Lewis stopped Dale Lyons on crutches and asked him about it - told her that he was one of the London ever presents and she replied so you have run 16 marathons then!!!  No 33!!!!

Did like Brendan's comment about Mo Farah though when asked why he would bother - "he's a double Olympic Champion he can do what he wants" I knew a couple of people  who ran, one of which ran 4:41 at 74 - also one of the ever presents -  

Just gives more inspiration t get out and do it.

Didf a lovely 7 miles yesterday was well please just drifting along the sea wall  the sun burning off the early morning mist (which caused a bit of a problem on the return journey tough as the sun was right in my eyes!!!! 

I have built in a rest day each week to my running now - (today) which does seem strange was so tempted to go out, especially after the marathon. 

Did spend Saturday afternoon going up and down a big twirly slide at the local play centre with the kids - not sure what that equals in terms of mileage!!!!!


22/04/2013 at 10:03

Nice one HRHB! Some good running!

3:30 - Its really easy to get caught up in just legging it all the time, I used to do it all the time and then wonder why I struggled so much after 10 miles ha ha ha!

Caught a little of the marathon, great to see Mo out there and find it funny that he has to defend himself. Really liked his explanation though, along the lines of... im training for track so distance at the same time doesn't work. 

He made a bit of a mess at the water table but learnt a lot. Next year my friends. Next year we shall see a very interesting line up!

well done Gammineez!

Grendel.....resting?! Wow! I would count the big twirly slide as hill training! 

22/04/2013 at 20:11

Just a 3 miler today but it was very windy. At one point I could feel the wind actually give me a push for a few strides.

Got 40 PhD Anthropology students staying for 4 days, I feel like I am being watched.

A very diverse bunch - the tutors are Colombian, Icelandic, American and British

22/04/2013 at 20:52

B2B, I used to use walk breaks in my running a lot. Did my best 10k with walk breaks! I remember reading  somewhere that 20 minutes was the optimum running time with a maximum 2 minutes walking in between. A decent walking pace is also a must. I have a feeling you’ll be ready by race day

3:30, you’ll get there mate. Just be patient.  As you say, it’s a marathon and we’re in it for the long haul. I would love to do the marathon myself but need to get a shorter distance in first. Missed the Honiton Hippo recently as I just hadn’t put the training in so need another target. I do have a Saturday morning free in a few weeks so going to do my local park run.  I watched loads of the marathon, even missed my own run, not sure that’s the idea?

Loved the Cliff Young story Grendel. What a man! A real, proper………rest day? I reckon you’ll reap the benefits of having a day off.  Brendan Foster hit the nail on the head regarding Mo Farah, who on earth does he have to answer to?

Hi Gammineez, the lighter mornings are my favourite thing at the moment, another 5am run along the great western canal. I will be in Exeter in a few weeks, finally going to get a park run done. Got my barcode printed off and ready to go. The Fingle Bridge run sounds nice, did you reward yourself with a pint at the Fingle Bridge Inn afterwards?

HRHB, nice one nailing your target, not surprised your legs were aching. I loved that comment about runners too. Hope those students don’t have you eyed up as their own personal experiment!   

Nice easy 3 miles at 5am this morning, absolutely fantastic to run at that time when the sun is just coming up.

2013 - 119.59

22/04/2013 at 22:33

Just Run

Out at 5am - impressive. Yes your right of course I must be patient I will get there. Still think I can go out and do 10 miles when I know I cant. Slowly slowly catchy monkey !!

22/04/2013 at 22:41

5.5 miles for me tonight with my very red cousin 

JR - 20 and 2 eh? I shall give that a go on my next big one

2013 - 219.95

23/04/2013 at 09:22

I'm the same as you 3:30 in my head I am that 30 something steaming along the Thames Embankment - I watch the the marathon thinking I can do that  but reality hits when I get out the next morning -

Oh well.

Anyway 4 miles done this morning time to shed a few layers as totally overdressed, wild life see, some cats, some ducks, some sea gulls two very large swans flying side by side and some cows -  Spring is at last here -

23/04/2013 at 10:43

Well, I will never be 30 something again !! or Steaming along the Thames embankment !!

Burt went back on a thread for sub 3:30 London Marathon and surprised to see a load of old buddies when I used tp post there about 6 years ago !! There still at it and some are now under 3:15

Gotta have another go !! but is 3:30 possible ? who knows but I know I want to try


23/04/2013 at 10:58

Like 3:30 and Grendel I often forget I'm now in my 50's not my 30's when I used to run.

After about 6 months of running I'm at a stage of being about 1 minute per mile slower than I was 20 years ago but still getting faster. Knowing that in my first 10k race back, my time was 1 minute faster than the average for the under 40 age was a good ego boost.

I would love to get back to the times I used to run, but if I have only lost 1 minute per mile in 20 years then I still feel that's an achievement. 

Grendel like you I feel Spring is slowly arriving. Here though that means that the snowdrops are just starting to flower, the daffodils are still a way off. Then I look at the mountain forecast and it shows more snow from Thursday onwards. Sigh. 

23/04/2013 at 11:48

Unlike you HRHB I am 3 minute per mile slower - Taking B2Bs advice on slowing down I took longer to run 7 miles on Sunday than my half marathon PB!!! - My problem is, my old traning partner 6 months younger than me ran 29 minutes for the 5 the other week - 11 minutes quicker than me!!!!  Oh well he carried on running throughout his 40s I didnt!!!

23/04/2013 at 12:48

how did it feel Grendel?

23/04/2013 at 12:51

Its really nice here at the moment, the sun is out the birds and bunnies are out...all in all a wonderful day outside! Downside is im in the office...oh well might head out again tonight and get some more miles in.

My plan is to run slow now im in my 30`s so by the time I get into my 50`s the speed wont be an issue ha ha ha! 

23/04/2013 at 22:52

3.3 for me tonight at 10:11 pace

Longer distance just easier as its three times around the block. Felt comfortable and no pain from Lower leg

2013 - 26.7

24/04/2013 at 08:56

Nice one 3:30!

Another 5.5 miles for me on a new route through two sets of woods Very very very hilly that way going to be hitting those trails a lot more now its light enough in the evening.

2013 - 225.45

24/04/2013 at 09:20

Well done 3:30 getting easier isn't it??

I am really envious of you B2B you seem to have so many options - I have two,  towards Watlon or towards St Osyth - both boringly flat - oh well at least I am running!!!

A bit pushed for time this morning but after a stupid o'clok start did 5 times 3 minutes off a 1 minute recovery - found it quite hard to be honest but felt good afterwards - very tired now though!!!


24/04/2013 at 09:25


We have some good trail running here need to get some proper shoes for that though ! Hard to find decent route here on the roads without a bloody big hill !! Sea front is only a mile away - all downhill going down is OK its the getting up thats the problem !! Good to see you are hitting the wooded trails again

Thanks, pleased with the run I used to post a lot on the Marathon sub 3:30 thread went back to look and see a lot of old posters still on it some 5 years on reading their marathon stories is a good motivator

Oh well back to work - would rather be out for a run !!

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