Barcelona Marathon 2013

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06/01/2013 at 04:41


I came off from injury and have only been doing around 30mile/wk easy pace runs for last 6 weeks. For next 6-7 weeks I like to include some speed sessions. Would you suggest shorter reps(400-800s), or 30-60min LT runs, or combinations? Realistically, I can only do a total of 5-7 of these, and am wondering which should I do. I'm only targeting 4hr (my most recent was 3:55 in Oct 2011).

06/01/2013 at 14:52

I am still on the tradmill at the moment following a 3:50 MyASIC's plan today was a fast and csession which went quite well given I had a bottle of red and a bottle of wite yesterday - That's sub 1:53 1/2 Marathon

Fast & Comfortable

Lap 1 0:44:29 Dist 8.9km Pace 5:00 min/km   Lap 2 1:16:22 Dist 13.7km Pace 5:34 min/km
06/01/2013 at 19:31
4-800s are good for more speed, but if your prone to injury you could use a x trainer or try a spin session, 30-60 tempo run at approxhalf M pace the day before a long run is good as it builds strength. Core strength is also a massive help to us all!

I have blobbed since Dublin, done Cornish marathon and my 1st double at Xmas enigma but no faster stuff, started this week and done 12x400 with 1min recovery. Got Gloucester mara in a few weeks the 4in4 at enigma, that may hurt! No long runsrequiredfor Barca for me it's covered! just speed inbetween and hopefully stay injury free.

Anyone got any races lined up as prep?
10/01/2013 at 07:23

I really need to get some speedwork in. It is something I hardly do and I know if I did I would get better results..

I have Brass Monkey Half next weekend at York.

11/01/2013 at 17:08

Got my Shorts today for the St Patricks Day Barcelona Marathon

Bit expensive at €35 (including postage)- had a bit of trouble when I orderered as they charged $35 postage by default but when I contacted them they posted them for $6

12/01/2013 at 20:13

Scooby thanks for that info, the course sounds really good and not too daunting. I guess the weather will be what makes a big difference on the day. will pack for all weathers.sorry for silly questions but guess water will be in bottles?i use zero energy tabs and wondered if i could add to their water while running.or should i just get used to water alone? darent try energy drinks im not used to.

Crazy lady have a good race next week, you did well to get in that one, i hear it books up in hours. are you still doing Valentine 30k? it will be a great indicator of how training is going. I have a steady 16m tomorrow  fingers crossed the forcast snow doesnt arrive. 

Love the shorts Jim,what a way to celebrate St patricks day !

Hope everyones training is going well.

12/01/2013 at 20:47

Did 17Miles in 2:30 today - Training program has me doing first bit fast and second bit slow

8.9 Km @12Km 44.30

18.7 Km @10.5 2:00:30

Still on the treadmill - 3 Month Gym membership runs out 11/2 then it is back outside after that

Breaking in new Nikes and I have a big heel blister now - I also wore the shorts and I am a bit chafed but I did not use Vaseline or anything - got to make sure they are OK for the big day. I am a Nine but I think I should have gone 9 1/2 with the Nikes

I have a Half on the 3rd of March to see if I can get close to 1:45 and then I am aiming for 3:45

13/01/2013 at 11:16

Anyone knows if it's still possible to sell the entry for the Barcelona marathon or how to do it?

13/01/2013 at 13:55

Thanks for the comment Muzza.

17miles on treadmill, that's a major undertaking, Jim. Well done.

18miles done for me, longest run in more than a year, but also the slowest, quite considerably.

13/01/2013 at 14:28

Melbow I heard BM sold out in a few hours. I was at the computor when it went on sale. I am hoping to do Stamford but depends on transport so will see if can get a lift .

Jim that is good going especially on a treadmill. I hope you can manage 1.45 for your half that is roughly my time. I did Worksop in 1.44 and it was a hard course. Me best is 1.40 and I managed a 3.42 Marathon. Rome I struggled though with the heat and the cobbles and did 3.53.

Sheffield LB I am not sure about your place . Especially as they are still taking enteries  for the Marathon and it is not over subscribed. Have you got injured ?

Maybe worth asking the organisers or even see if you can defer it till next year.

22/01/2013 at 23:37

Very Quiet on here - Is it the cold weather? I did another 17 miler this weekend on the treadmill 8.9Km at 5Min/Km pace and the rest at 10.7Km/hr so a total time of 2hr 28 Min

Followed that up today with 5 x 2 Km

2 @ 11.5 Km/hr

2@ 12 Km/hr

2@ 12, 5Km/hr

2@ 13 Km/hr

2@ 13,5 Km/hr

Peak mileage has been 35 Mile - I was over 50 mpw regularly for the Dublin Marathon but I seem to be running a little better than last year so I hope to knock 10+ minutes off my 3:58 time

23/01/2013 at 04:09

oh, i also did dublin (2011, time 3:55), that was my last. Entire 2012 was on-and-off injury bench. My build-up for this one is just to steer clear of injury, and hope to get as close to 4:00 as possible. how's everyone else doing? could someone confirm whether drink is in bottle or cup? 

23/01/2013 at 23:09
Looks like everyone is on target, 17m on a treadmill is hard going but not much choice if the snow/ice is hear, luckily we have had it but its not lasted more than a day here in North Devon.

I was a bit gutted Gloucester marathon got cancelled Sunday but hey Ho, did a long hard spin session on the bike fri, parkrun sat and 10m jog home then Sunday 22 hilly steady miles. A good 16x400 today, parkrun this sat and a 10m hilly race Sunday then it's taper for me to Quadzilla.

Looking forward to some hopefully warmer weather in Barcelona, but not to warm.

Keep up the great work everyone, sure it will be worth it.
02/02/2013 at 20:49

Still on  the treadmill (1 week Gym membership left) then it is back on the road.

Today I did 18.5 miles in  2:42:30 - so I am happy with that

Bohermeen half on 3rd of March - I more long run to do yet (22 Miles) and then I wind down

05/02/2013 at 07:31
jim,that is a really good run on the treadmill. we managed 18miles Sunday ,which was much easier with out the snow and slush.much slower than you though.did 3.15.Muzza,your training sounds solid. We have more snow again today so hope it doesnt stay.Had vivid dream i did a 10k last night and realised i had 1 shoe on ,id lost one .i found one at the side of the road which was too big and ran in a nike and an asics?think im losing the plot..Going to travel in my race shoes ,dont want that being a premonition. what do people wear after?think ill pack flip-flop type shoe ,guess feet will be really sore after. Hope everyone is happy with training. nearly there!
16/02/2013 at 21:26

I did 33 Km today, my  last big run,  in 3:07 but I got progressively slower starting out at 5:30 per KM and ending up nearer to 6 minutes per KM - A little windy and cold and the first wek outdoors. I checked Dublin Marathontraining  times and I was 3:24 for same distance then but this training plan has long runs at race pace so today was a failure according to the plan - Time to ease up for the Marathon - need a 4 week taper at my age but still plan to do Bohermeen 1/2 in two weeks but will try to do it at race pace rather than flat out

17/02/2013 at 07:14

Melbow Good Luck for the Stamford 30K today. I decided not to run it. I ran a hard half last week. It was Liversidge and was really hilly. I was a little disapointed with my time at 1.52 but the conditions were not good too and I know I worked hard..

Well done on your run Jim. I think you are doing great . I dare not do a 4 week taper I feel I am not fit enough . I just know I need to know too to give me confidence I can get another 20 miles in.

I am starting to feel I have not done enough to be honest.The snow set me back .This week after the hard half I only managed 3 runs and one was only 2 miles as my legs so sore. I did manage 20 yesterday so happy with that but it was very steady.I have not done much speed work either. I am not going out to expect a P.B. though as with age and running for 15 years I do not think it will happen.

I have a hard week next week. 5 miles Mon,10 Miles Tue,5 miles Wed, 10 miles Friday and 20/22 on Saturday then taper.

Only 4 weeks today Yikes ! When is everyone travelling ? I am going on the Thursday and returning Wednesday. I came back on the Monday after Rome and decided wanted a little more time to chill after.

17/02/2013 at 09:47

I'm travelling Saturday Morning - I am going to my apartment near Perpignan on the Monday -fly back from Barcelona on Wednesday morning

17/02/2013 at 09:51

We fly back Wednesday too- Gatwick.

17/02/2013 at 10:17
Sounds like a great last week Crazy Lady! I've got my lad doing a similar week, 10m at marathon pace the day b4 a 20/22 is great! 21 days before the big day will benefit you for sure.

I did my 4 in 4 last week so I'm just hoping ill recover in time to give this a bash for a time. Legs are currently throbbing, run once this week but have done a few good hours on the bike.

We fly Friday and return Monday.

Good luck with your last weeks training and stay injury free!!
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