Sub 3:45 Group
Paid my £53.65 and have entered Octobers Glencoe Marathon.
Badger, plenty time to sign up n be a real man.There are marathons.Hard marathons.Then this backpack carrying mountain goat marathon.
Roll on Hell.
Good work, Stoker. Doing an autumn marathan will mean long summer runs in the heat. No ta!
Brighton marathon training is a mixed bag at the moment. Have had a sore throat and cold symptoms of varying degrees since the start of january. Running in hurricane and monsoon conditions can't help.
Have done LSRs of 15, 18, 16, 20, 15 over the past few weeks, all at around 8,14 pace and they all felt dead easy.
Have concentrated on hilly runs around the office to build leg strength as well as speed. Did a 7 miler at 6.55 pace on Monday which had over 400ft of uphill running. Did a spinning class after a core strength session at the gym on Tuesday and yesterday went out for a flat 8 miler in horrendous conditions but still managed 6.57 pace.
Two days of rest now before another 20 mile plod on Saturday. Smart training is the new black!
10 miles tonight on the treadmill at 7.54's with the last mile at 6.53's.Then a row. Thats a Steve Redgrave row, not a wife row.Love life back on track.400 ft of climbing? So 130 metres? Glencoe is over 1600 metres of incline! Badger you are the alternative name for a kitten.Do you carry luggage in the spirit level Brighton Marathon?Is there a section opposite the nuddy beach called The Devils Staircase?!Is the course record 3.44???
Sounds peachy to me Chopper.Yep, I certainly needed to get the wallet out to give me something to target this year other than the usual 3 halfs. Yesterday I left Braemar and not a flake of snow. 5 miles later just before the Glenshee Ski Centre, my foots hard on the floor in 2nd gear struggling to keep 20mph, then I stopped in a mini blizzard. Had to make a huge detour as the snowgates got shut.£$%&*!@?#?!Went to the gym tonight n did 12 sweaty miles, with the last 2 getting ever faster peaking at 6.39 pace. Heart rate of 170 at the end according to the treadmill. Got a daft wee app on my phone that measures my heart rate. Lowest resting rate so far is 47. I'm pretty sure when I helped with some heart research at Ninewells Hospital a few years ago, the sassy nurse was very impressed as it was 43 back then.Never really understood all that heart zone training malarkey, and never worn a heart rate monitor. Just happy that its relatively low and seemingly health...uuurghh...heeelllppp...mmeee... uuurrrghhh...gurgle...thud.
The policeman who sternly got out his land rover to tell me to turn around when I got stuck in the snow, had to chase his car down the hill n jump in the driver seat as it slid down the hill with the handbrake on.
That tickled old Ernie.
Nice going, Stoker. My resting HR is 43 at the moment, although the fuzzy head suggests I'm not 100% healthy as I can't shake off this fugging head cold bug!
Nearly binned my 21 miler on Saturday but managed to get out and run with a mate. Kept the HR nice and low, averaged 141 for the 21 miles and at 8.17 pace. Treated myself to a couple of sub-8s on the final 2 miles. My legs are still feeling strong, unlike any previous campaign.
We had a car adventure too. Came to a big roundabout at around 7 miles and heard a car tooting its horn. A hot-hatch with two hooded chaps inside had stalled and they looked agitated, desperately trying to restart the vehicle. The car behind them came around the front, blocked them in and an extremely irate asian chap got out and immediately kicked their wing mirror off, Jackie Chan style. He then started to punch the window and kick the door. For some reason the chaps would not get out to have a conversation with the other driver. I can only assume the lads had pulled a stroke on him further up the road and he became mighy miffed.
We carried on running as there were plenty of other witnesses around to tell the Police who were speeding towards the junction a couple of minutes later. It wasn't our argument either, so best not to get involved as we don't know who is in the wrong.
Who says running is dull?
Oh, hello to anyone who remembers me from 2010... when you all successfully motivated me through a 3.43 in the first VLM. Here I am again with a ticket for for 2014 VLM and all was going well until I woke up this morning with a slightly puffy left ankle following a horrible slow 19 miles around Norwich ring road on Sunday. Great to see some familiar names like Stoker and Badger. Anyway, I'm still working in Woking, running in Windsor and hoping for another sub 3.45 in April if the ankle behaves. I will scroll up now through 3 years to see what's what!
All the best runners do a 3.43 in their first London Marathon.Tickle, dont go n copy me on the 2nd London Marathon though, n eat dodgy fried chicken the day before.....My mate has got a late place for this year, so on Sunday I went out with him on a long run. Havent done anything over 14 miles for over 3 years, so was fairly pleased to accompany him around 18.67 miles without any problems, albeit at 9.15 pace. This was his longest ever run, so bodes well for him managing one or maybe two 20 milers in before the big day.I plan on running all his long 'uns with him.Badger, the silence re the Glencoe Marathon from you is deafening !!!
Since getting drunker than I have in 20 years 3 weeks ago, I havent touched a drop. Got a party on the 8th of Feb so will have a Guinness or 2 then.
Ha - that's planning ahead if you are thinking about a party on 8 Feb! My aim is to beat 3.43 this time round - training has been going very well until now, i have not run since 19miles on Sunday as I have a sort of puffy feeling upper ankle thing going on. May jog this evening for 20 mins to see what happens. Is it just a few of you left on this thread, what about GymFreak and some of the other 'ladies'...
Welcome back MT!! Good luck with the ankle. How did the test with it go tonight? I have a pal who has a similar condition. He had to pull out of an 18 miler after just 10 miles tonight as the ankle played up. there's a lot of it about.
My training is going OK. I did Paris last year and did 3.23 (PB) and am hoping for more in Brighton this April. My LSR runs have never felt easier. I've put loads of emphasis on hills to give strength and it seems to be paying off.
A big couple of days big for me. Did 7 miles at 6.41 pace yesterday. Set my target to try and get a full set of sub-7s and managed to do it despite some breezy sections.
Today I had a day off with the kids today. I say kids, they're both lazy teenagers so don't get up until the clock is close to pm, so I snuck out for a cheeky 10 miler first thing. The idea was to try marathon pace for the full 10 miles. Ended up doing it at 7.21 pace which is a tad quicker but I'm pleased with that as my legs felt tired after yesterday's lunchtime quick run and last night's spinning class.
With all this hill work, Glencoe would be far too easy. Think I'll swerve it for something more challenging.
pleased to report ankle is fine, false alarm, done 18 miles again on Sunday and a quick 6 miles this morning before work. Got Bath Half this w/e which is flat but I will miss those additional miles, so was wondering about running on the sat as well to ensure I am not tempted to try for a pb. People are noticing some weight loss which is interesting. I wonder what I would look like if I stopped drinking beer! Hello Jack - 19 miles at that pace is good stuff, good to get that in the bank (sounding like a vet though this is only my 3rd marathon).
Glad to hear the ankle is looking good MT. just a couple of running rules for you.
1. Always drink beer, that's why we run!2. races are there for PBs, go for it!
Good luck in Bath, I hear it's a cracking course and PB-tastic!
I've had some training fatigue hit home this week. Legs have been weary, then I realised that last week I did 53 miles in 7 days.On Saturday I added a couple of miles to my 18 miler so ran 20 with a view to doing a smaller LSR this week (15 miles) in order to taper for the Surrey Half next weekend.
Funny how things develop. I've run most of my 20 milers at around 8.14 pace this year with a nce low HR (141-ish) and perceived effort is dead easy. yet, a few years ago that pace would have been my race target.
Just seen that the Surrey Half have pacers, so I'm going to run with the 6.52 boys to have a pop at my PB and break 90 mins. Current PB is 1.30.28. so a PB by 29 secs will do me just fine. Not sure I'll be able to do it though as my focus has been the Brighton Marathon in April and the long runs have tired my ageing pins, we'll see.
Congrats on the PB, Jack!
Looks like you've been doing some fine running.
The Surrey half is this Sunday. Tried to do a mini-taper this week but my legs are heavy so I'm not sure I'll be able to execute my cunning PB plan. Second target will be to try and do 7min/miles all the way round, I'll be happy with that.
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