Cobbles & Red Wine - Sarah’s Paris Marathon Plan: Sub 3:35

Asics Target 26.2 - Previously lardy girl goes for a Boston Qualifier

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11/01/2013 at 21:41

Evening Tenjiso!

Thanks! DS2 has spotted my typo though … lap splits NOT mile splits!! Whoops … a bit misleading there!

Got any more night runs in recently? I still can't get hold of an Alpkit headtorch!

11/01/2013 at 21:44

Evening DS2,

Whoops!! Just spotted the typo – lap splits NOT mile splits!! I wish it was mile splits!! I’d have that sub-20 5k in the bag!

How’s your Halstead training going?

11/01/2013 at 21:47

Evening Angela!

Oh how frustrating to be that close… It must have been pretty cool to have your engagement party there though. Any plans to head back to New York for the marathon again?

11/01/2013 at 21:50

Evening Sarah Osborne!

The banana pancake is AMAZING!! 1 banana and 2 eggs, whisk it up really well (a motorised whisk recommended and get it smooth as you can), pop it in the frying pan and ta-da!! (Jazz hands!!)

There’s a bit of a debate as whether to add sugar or salt but I add salt to the top of mine although I keep meaning to try peanut butter on them too. They are DELICIOUS!! And no wheat so RunningForChocolate can’t moan at me when I’m in Dorset!!

The session yesterday was 400m and each lap took about 90 seconds so I had about a minute recovery. Set off and then the 2nd lap was at 2 mins 30, the 3rd at 5 mins, 4th 7 mins 30 … I double checked the intervals with Steve too …

Yep - a build up run is a run that gets faster. I upped the pace every mile (on the lap timer) and tried to keep the changes quite even. Lots of room for improvement though for me! They're quite good fun although Ady says they're easier in the daylight!

11/01/2013 at 21:56

Evening SamMurphyRuns!

Great to hear from you! Yes, definitely got a confidence boost from the session last night. I didn’t know my legs went that speed!

Carbs? Aren’t they evil? At Ruth’s suggestions yesterday I went shopping today and now have sweet potatoes and cous cous in the cupboard. I couldn’t find any quinoa … resorted to asking one of the chaps in the supermarket but he just gave me a funny look and showed me the cous cous again …!

Does anyone know where to get quinoa from? Please don't say Asda - I might get the same chap again ...

11/01/2013 at 21:58

Evening Malcs!

Hee hee! No falling off cliffs please! … Although feel free to vomit and faint at the mention of quinoa and cous cous should you feel the urge! Preferably not on my – not quite so sparkly now – new white Asics though, please!

One of the fab running girls on Twitter earlier posted a pic of the freeze-dried food she was trialling – now that looked not only pre-chewed but pre-digested. Urgh!

Pearl barley doesn’t sound too bad. How would you eat it? Please Malcs … no ‘open mouth, chew’ type comments … do I add it to things or boil it or something?

11/01/2013 at 21:58

Evening Andy!

You might not get away with the ‘Not me, guv …’ excuse if you’re using your own name! Reckon those IT guys might spot it’s you …

Good luck at parkrun tomorrow!! Remember we’re expecting BIG things!! No pressure (cough, cough!). Are you wearing your new trainers?

11/01/2013 at 21:59

Evening Derrick Baldwin!

Great to hear from you! Nice that we’ve got similar sessions – I always find it encouraging when someone’s doing similar training – shared effort! Are you using MyAsics too?

I didn’t get into VLM this year … no luck on the ballot as usual. Did you make it through on the ballot or are you going down the charity route?

11/01/2013 at 22:33

Im using garmin sub 3:30 , this is it below.

Virgin London Marathon Schedules For Your Garmin

Its my first marathon....... I got in through the runners club ballot i was lucky

I was unsucessful in the general ballot... Ive been running for 3 yrs 6 months . Ive done 6 half marathons including great north run plus loads of other races 5k, 10k 10miles ect:... ive got parkrun tomorrow.

11/01/2013 at 23:28
Hiya, no plans for NYC mara again anytime soon- the problems reported at the start and finish look like a marathon that is overstretching for profit- can u believe there were meant to be 47,000 runners this year- 10000 more than London that has a big park to start and finish in and a road system that allows efficient luggage transportation even if the runners all start at the same time- I'm keeping my eye on it, but waiting for a time when the experience might be better- perhaps an alteration of the route. You got plans to do it one day?
12/01/2013 at 00:02
dont think I will be trying the quinoea....Malcs has put me off!
12/01/2013 at 00:06
How much flour did you need to use for the pancakes?

Thankyou for clarifying the intervals......I can add something like that to my schedule in a few weeks!

I quite like the sound of the build up runs, but I guess you will have to be disciplined to do it in stages.
12/01/2013 at 00:46

well done on the speed session - perfectly done. You have a good turn of speed and look to be getting stronger and faster too.   

12/01/2013 at 17:42
Great speed RRR......had a tough fell route this aft 19.3 miles was out for three hours and 11 mins and had to divert to a shop for some carbs as I was getting the bonks. Muddy hills and cross country all round from my village Monsal Trail, Chatsworth, Curbar Edge Froggart Edge, Grindleford Eyam then home dead now. So much harder than road running my quads are throbbing now. Walked a couple of hills as too long and steep for my legs.
Happy weekend and long running.
12/01/2013 at 20:32

Evening _ _ _ !!

How's t_icks??  Loving the banana pancakes idea will t_y that! once I hea_ about the flou_!

Well my swimming lesson was fab can't beat £10 for an hour and half in the pool! I have homework, which I intend to do on Monday and Wednesday then another lesson on Friday.  The more you put in, the more you get out and as I'm loving both running and swimming why not! not so much looking forward to that saddle on the bike much.....

Haven't booked my first tri yet as wanted to see how the swimming and bike go first but am looking at East Leake on the 31st March, which will be 2 weeks after my 20 mile race!  I am very excited..... understatement!

12/01/2013 at 21:48

Evening Derrick!

Wow! What a fab one to have as your first marathon! Apparently the atmosphere is AMAZING!! If they don’t put up the GFA for 2014 I’ll be in then!!

How did the parkrun go today? New PB?

12/01/2013 at 21:49

Evening Angela,

Wow … sounds as though there may be a few organisational problems that need to be addressed!! Eek! I’d love to do New York one day … although I’ve got Boston in my sights for next year …!!

12/01/2013 at 21:50

Evening Sarah Osborne!

No flour …!! Just 1 x banana and 2 x eggs!! Just mix it REALLY well or it turns into an omelette!!

12/01/2013 at 21:50

Evening Steve Marathon Coach!

Thank you for the great feedback! I was pleased that the splits were fairly even for a first try too!


12/01/2013 at 21:51

Evening MCS!

Wow that sounds a hard run! Bet it was rewarding though doing the distance out on the hills! Was really cold today as well. Did you take any pics? 

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