Paris Marathon 2013

...and the beat goes on...

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19/11/2012 at 22:11

Running Rodent - And plenty of sheep. That 2.5 miles up the great orme was some test. But the thought of 2 miles downhill got me trhough it.

Tricky - the wife doesn't nag if I run as she prefers me to do that than go down the boozer! The bin lids are 8 and 10 so its easier. I would not have been allowed to do it if they were younger. I followed the ultimate sub 2 training schedule. So 5 runs a week, although if tired I would miss out one of the midweek runs. The difference I feel is the speedwork during the week. When I was posting my 2.05 to 2.08 times I didnt do any speedwork and just concentrated on distance. I now understand how important it is.

Felt rough today though - not sure that was from the run but the load of ale I had afterwards and a great big roast beef dinner.

Going to have a rest for a week. Then on to Paris Training. Although that officially starts on 18th December. But I do not want to lose what I have built up already.

19/11/2012 at 22:53

RS - Sounds like you had a great time. It would be really interesting to do a bit of cycling around there. I did a recce of the UK 70.3 course at Wimble-something (it was down south near clotted cream country) a few years back. That bike course is a bit of a killer.

20/11/2012 at 06:50
Struggling to keep up with the thread as it's so busy!

ATM - my experience of those street toilets was not good! Waited about 20 mins for one one day as a guy had just gone in. Didn't realise how long he'd be & it then took ages for my turn by the time it had the clean cycle, my husband went, it cleaned again etc. The other time I was headed for one a guy came along and nipped in just ahead of me. It soon became apparent he wasn't going anywhere quickly either so I gave up!

On a more positive note, ran 1:48:17 for a half at the weekend. I was delighted! That's just a minute more than my PB which was set in 2008 during training for my first marathon. I had a sub 2 in mind and was ideally hoping for 1:55 or so. Really had to dig deep the last couple of miles & was so overwhelmed it took all I had not to burst into tears on crossing the line. I'll save that for the marathon!
Dark Vader    pirate
20/11/2012 at 06:57
Cold, dark and wet. Blowing a gale out there....
20/11/2012 at 07:23

Are you in Wales, DV? 

Clag - that's a great effort

20/11/2012 at 07:27
Well done Clag. Where was it? Fraserburgh?
20/11/2012 at 07:48
Scorchio for me DV @ 28 degrees.....although you wouldn't know it as the aircon is turning the office into a fridge
20/11/2012 at 08:23

Clag - Well done. You're obviously in better form than you thought.

20/11/2012 at 08:29

Well done Clag.

BF really worried(so am I) about his elderly parents who stay in Comrie. Think he maybe going down to help them..........

Weather 'ok' here this morning, but that just means it isn't blowing a gale!!! 

28 degrees...........wouldn't llike that! Where are you SR??

Dark Vader    pirate
20/11/2012 at 08:48

Dannirr..   just going back to your recent runs..  10 + 18..   you will be fine at Goofy in January...   now, you just relax and plan the roller-coasters...


20/11/2012 at 09:02

I now have 8 connections on Garmin Connect. If they ever upgrade and add some of the Strava funtionalities, this could get interesting. I have a feeling that we are at the beginning of the next new thing for runners...

The strange thing is that you can't really tell what people can/ can't see about you (by the way Dannirr, we can't see anything...). I discovered that there is a nice summary of your achievements/ PBs when I saw Stray Runner's profile - but it seems mine was turned off. Turned it on through the "achievements" options at the bottom of the settings page.


Unfortunately it doesn't do a comparison vs other people like Strava does but I can see that SR has a lifetime mileage that is roughly double mine Now I just need to get that Marathon time so start with a 2

DV: why I started running: my GF wanted to start, and I didn't like her going out in the dark on her own, so I joined her. We completed the "start to run" thing we were following and she stopped (then got pregnant), and I carried on.



20/11/2012 at 10:10
You have better pb's though neilBE sure you will get your mara 2 prefix based on those....

Bangalore this week kaz. Hyderabad last. Home on Thursday night then I can run outdoors again
20/11/2012 at 10:33

The personal records thing's a bit iffy. My 10k PB is 44.49 from Nov 11, but my dashboard shows it as 45.20 from one I did in August, but it won't let me reassign.

In theory, if technology advances far enough, you could replace the virtual training partner on your watch with an actual person elsewhere in the country, so you both start a run at the same time and race each other, using the watches to keep track of the other's progress.

Edited: 20/11/2012 at 10:43
20/11/2012 at 10:55

Hi all,

@Stray Runner - that sounds like a hot few days!

@Clag - well done on the run! That's a fantastic time!

20/11/2012 at 11:07

Well done, Clag. And tears are a must at the Paris Finish. You can go all 'foreign' and wail 'n' kiss people. * No tongues, though. No need to go completely mad..*

RR, Finn did a Double Marathon , in Dublin, in memory of a friend, an ultrarunner, who died last year at the end of a race. She was First Lady home and eighth overall

Eggy, HS and DLR, I've emailed you a wee present .


20/11/2012 at 11:33

OK - I think I've fixed the profile thing - should be visible now 

DV - that's my plan - to do a 10 followed by a 18-22 the next day every weekend (plus about 30 miles during the week) in preperation for Goofy. I also plan on running, not racing, either day of the Goofy - it's just an "I've done that" kinda thing, and save my racing for Paris.

The Garmin Connections thing is pretty cool - it adds another dimension in learning about who we all are as we can now see where the runs are by changing the map view to satellite.

20/11/2012 at 12:17
Weedy Gonzalez wrote (see)

In theory, if technology advances far enough, you could replace the virtual training partner on your watch with an actual person elsewhere in the country, so you both start a run at the same time and race each other, using the watches to keep track of the other's progress.

Given the amount of social network connecting that happens (admittedly I don't like that - you get automated facebook statuses of "I'm out for a run, click like or comment and it'll cheer me on as I go") I'm surprised that no one has done this yet. It's more suited for a phone for now, I guess, but maybe in the future the watch thing will be a posibility. Great idea though.

My Garmin arrived today, got it on charge now, looking forward to giving it a go on a night run this evening.

20/11/2012 at 12:25

Daddsy - if that's possible, you could create virtual running clubs and virtual races, where dozens of people start a run at the same time, with a countdown to set you off. It could factor in elevation to create handicaps if needed, buzz your watch when the winner finishes, then post the results online as they come in.

20/11/2012 at 12:36

I could then maybe, have some running partners!!!

I had to cut my run shorter than planned in the interest of my own safety! I had to change my planned route due to other 'issues', so I ended up running on the main Kirkwall/Stromness road(which by you lots standards is not that busy)...........lots and lots of lorries which neglected to give any room, nor slow down any when passing. I got more than a little freaked out so when I saw my dads car at one of his friends house I was very happy. 10 miles done thou. I have got Thursday off to so may attempt a longer one then.

20/11/2012 at 12:46

Crickey Kaz, that doesnt sound good

I've come into work but am not feeling 110% so will head home shortly. I'm not sick - just tired... it's rather strange!

@RS- are you back to work and back in the swing of things? Your Lanza report is amazing!

How is everyone else doing?

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