Abingdon Marathon

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30/06/2012 at 07:47

am i allowed back in to this thread please? was absent due to t'internet and laptop problems.all sorted now.training ok, did 14 last sunday in very muggy heat and a speedier run on Thursday, also v warm. was trying to tell myself it wasnt really that hot as i did northants ultra 35 end of may in sweltering conditions. have a 20miler on Ridgeway planned in 2 weeks and then 28 maybe 2 weeks after that. ABO will be a last long run for me before doing Druids ultra so should all fit in nicely

30/06/2012 at 16:45

CNBA day today - been over to Dorney for a walk, and you can't get near the place. They've virtually fenced off the river!

So far I have watched the Tour de France prologue and a load of tennis while thinking about doing a relatively long run. I am now thinking about booking somewhere nice for dinner.

01/07/2012 at 15:04

Meep & Shadowed runner– hope the 18 milers went well.

loulabell - impressive mileage done and planned there. Well done on the northants ultra. Will you be treating Abo as a pure training run or are going to try and go as fast as you can.

CFB - hope the thoughts of a long run materlised into something.

18.6 miles for me this morning (8.08 av pace). Cooler than I expected, so more pleasant than the last 2 hot weekends. 

Edited: 01/07/2012 at 15:05
01/07/2012 at 17:15

good run for you then today aching calves,and a speedy pace, yes the weather much better this  weekend, last week was v humid. i will be treating abo as a training run with regards to mileage AC, but with slightly faster pace than for an ultra..if that makes sense ...

01/07/2012 at 17:33

There's still plenty of daylight to get out the door CFB!

Nice run there AC, decent pace.

How far is the Druids ultra Loulabell? One day i may attempt one, need to have a decent marathon first

01/07/2012 at 17:35

its a 3 day event mee meep , but you can do how many you choose. its 30miles per day. day 1 starts at Ivinghoe in Bucks.

01/07/2012 at 17:36

how many marathons have you done mee meep?

01/07/2012 at 19:21

Good long runs happening out there. I am still in recovery mode from South Downs Marathon 3 weeks ago, though I've run pretty much every day since, and I even did a 5 and a bit trail race on Wednesday, which was my first full speed run. 7 miles this afternoon, with a bit of pace for the last couple.

The trick is going to be balancing marathon training for Abo with bike training for the London to Brighton off-road in September

Edited: 01/07/2012 at 19:21
01/07/2012 at 19:59

Looks like the recovery is going pretty well then CFB.

30miles a day for the three days  makes me wonder how you keep the legs from tightening up over night?  Are you doing all three?

Did London last year, was under prepared and over raced, you can guess the outcome  hobbled in in 3:28. Then, as already booked, did Edinburgh five weeks later a few minutes slower with the last hour being awful lol.

02/07/2012 at 13:36

loulabell - 30 miles a day for 3 days sounds sounds frighting. I assume the key is not to over do it on the first day, so you still have something left for day 2 and 3. How much slower is ultra pace compared to marathon pace?

CFB -  sounds like you are getting back into the swing of things. Have you a bike training plan for London to Brighton, or is it the case of just fitting in some long bike rides with the marathon training?

02/07/2012 at 17:42

AC - it's the latter, because as far as I'm concerned London to Brighton offroad is not really a race - I'm doing it with a couple of mates, one of whom is pretty fit and another who is, as they say, built for comfort not for speed. Mind you, they both do a lot more cycling than me!

Loulabell, I've considered entering the Jurassic Challenge for the last couple of years but I would love to know how you train to run so long (and over such hilly terrain) on 3 consecutive days. I'm pretty sure I couldn't have run another marathon the day after South Downs - though I could probably have managed a 5 hour plus march-shuffle-jog.

02/07/2012 at 17:51

CFB, AC, mee meep, i have not done a multi day ultra as of yet. am only doing first day of druids as i have a 9year old who has dance classes on saturdays lol so im doing just the friday stint of 30m.  in 6 weeks i have northdowns which is 50miles  so have some long runs planned for july.

AC, ultra pace starts off slowly..and gets slower lol.. anywhere between 9mm to 15 is normal, varying depending on terrain. getting used to longer distances goes hand in hand with refuelling on the run too and having your head in the right place.

CFB, on northants ultra we followed the Jurassic way  for quite a lot of it.and  the march/shuffle /jog is sometimes what it comes to nearing the end of some!

03/07/2012 at 14:03

loulabell - 9mm to 15mm pace sounds like my kind of racing, although I am not sure on the 50miles bit. Maybe once I get my endurance up a bit, it is something I might have a go at.

It was steady rain here this morning, so wimped out for a steady 7 miles on the treadmill this morning. Although by the end I was so hot I think I was not any more drier than had I ran outside.


03/07/2012 at 14:36

nice run AC, although its raining its very humid-i may brave it and just go get wet

03/07/2012 at 17:56

9min/mile pace reminds me of some of my maras around the 22,23 mile mark. 

Loulabell -   You need to get out there and brave the rain to get some miles logged for the monthly challenge.

6 miles for me this afternoon, 2WU 3 at 6:49 avg and 1 WD.


03/07/2012 at 18:06

i know Barry B.... sorry i am letting the side down. will hopefully be a big run at weekend though to boost the mileage total

03/07/2012 at 18:28

Is the 6:49/m marathon pace Barry B?

Weirdly got used to the rain now and quite enjoy it .  So the 16 week plan started fairly well yesterday, with 3m easy-steady, 1m @MP, 1m @HMP, 1m @tempo, 1m @10k, 1m @10k, 1m cd. 2 min recovery between miles, from MP down. Hadn't ran any quicker than MP since May so pleasing to hit all paces 

03/07/2012 at 20:28

meep -  In my dreams, hoping for 7:20 MP to give me  sub 3:15.   I reckon today's pace is around my 10k pace at the mo. Hoping to get that down to 6:25ish where I was a couple of years ago.

03/07/2012 at 20:54
mee meep wrote (see)

Is the 6:49/m marathon pace Barry B?


nope. its the pace which makes me  keel over into the bushes after 30miles

03/07/2012 at 20:54

Barry, i wouldnt fancy 3m at 10k pace alone in training, the fact you could do so, probably says your 10k race pace is already a bit quicker than you think! 

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