Halstead marathon

Am I being stupid.

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21/12/2012 at 19:39
3miles approx for tonight's session

Fartlek training I suppose it's called;) really didn't want to push it too much as its been a bit of a hecktick day! Think a cold is on the horizon for me

Usually happens around christmas, I think the body shuts down when working stops. Could do without it this year!!

Next runs Sundays LSR, I think 10miles is on the cards, hmmm shall have to see about that one

Nice bowl of spag bowl to wrap the night up and chilling out wrapping the OH's presents with the pooch
23/12/2012 at 13:40
LSR out the way for today

Really enjoyed the scenery so just got lost in my thoughts! Sounds wierd but I really did

It made me realise why i run, and why I enjoy it so much. Felt brilliant when I finished its really set me up for the day
23/12/2012 at 20:15

Hi jason, nice going. be careful with that cold if it comes out!

It was lovely out there today. I ran 16.5 miles at a local park.

23/12/2012 at 22:27
Thanks David I feel fine

Doesn't feel like crimbo at all does it?? Good going on the mileage sounds like a big park, trainings well under way then?

Got little running this week, might go out for a cheeky few when I get the chance. Definitely know I've got 10 miles on the 30th but shall see what I can fit in on the others
28/12/2012 at 16:26
Breaking in new trainers 2day. Got to admit wasn't an easy run. Loving the ASICS nimbus 13s. Although the reviews are pretty useless and very negative.

As I've been stuffing myself senseless over the past couple of days, just managed a couple of miles in them (well don't want to push it too much do I)

Plenty of runs in the pipeline though for the next couple of days, another few miles 2moro then 10 on Sunday so not too bad progress so far.
28/12/2012 at 16:40

Somehow managed over 40 miles this week despite having 2 days off. Halstead is 20 weeks away come Sunday so still in base building mode at present. Haven't been in this shape at this time of year 19 years!!!

28/12/2012 at 22:39
Good training David, ill be kick starting mine in the new year. Got a training plan to follow soon as would love opinions on it

Hopefully building up to a respectable mileage a week
29/12/2012 at 23:20
5 2nite at steady pace still breaking in the new trainers.

All feeling fine so far. LSR 2moro, 10 miles is on the table ATM but could be more plenty of people going I've heard so should be good fun
30/12/2012 at 17:45
LSR out the way 2day. Lovely weather for it

Managed 10miles in just over 1hr 30.

Topped it off with mince pies and Tea. What more could you want from a Sunday morning run
30/12/2012 at 19:10

Evening all, I'm tempted to have a go at Halstead this year, I'm almost certainly going to do Great Bentley Half in Feb and Essex 20 in March, so would be able to fit them into marathon training I reckon.

I've been concentrating on shorter distance races this year, so have improved my speed nicely, just got to build the endurance back up again.

30/12/2012 at 19:47

Hi Sweep - I'm tempted by the Great bentley half as well as the Essex 20. Although I live in Kent they are ok for me and I know the area well.

Good work Jason. Coming along nicely!

Had a rest day today having run for the past 4 on the trot. Will do around 10 tomorrow.

Halstead voted 4th best UK marathon in RW. In this months copy! Hopefully, we can get quite a few following this thread. helps with the motivation, especially with so many doing London, this will keep us going for the extra 5 weeks after everyone else is relaxing!

31/12/2012 at 15:52
Hi sweep I'm tempted to do the Essex 20 aswel, should be good for marathon training I've been told

David that's great to hear, there's got to be plenty of people out there that haven't read the thread yet should be loading my training schedule on soon for the new year.

On a rest day today as the groins playing up should be back on it 2moro, 6 or so miles sounds good to me to start the new year off.
31/12/2012 at 16:58

Hi jason,  be careful of that groin. They can easily develop into something nasty and a couple of easy days now will be worth it rather than picking up a really bad injury.

Managed a steady 7.4 miles this morning in horrendous conditions - very, very windy and heavy rain!

Speak soon. Enjoy the NY celebrations everyone!

02/01/2013 at 18:51
Right here goes......

Name: Jason Wintin
Age: 23 (24 on the 18th)
Weight: 10st 2
Height: 5ft 8

Training plan as follows

Monday- steady/slow 2-4 miles including 1 mile warm up and cool down, can always add some speed work but depending on Sundays events

Tuesday- slow 2-4 miles (running with a larger friend)

Wednesday (club training)- anything from 5 miles including 2 mile warm up, then 2.4 mile race (14.44 seconds so far)
Hill training- up to 7 miles sometimes
Interval training anything goes pretty tough though!!
Fun trail run (usually once every 5week month) around the 5-6 mile mark.
-updates on Wednesdays will be on the day because each week is different.

Thursday- steady 6 miles but fartlek training included with speed phases and recovery


Saturday-haven't really thought about yet (suggestions please)

Sunday.........either racing (depending what's on)

As you may know by now I do enter everything I can and plus the Essex XC league is on at present. Plus doing braintree boggle (26.2 miles with check points in FEB)
Then any road races I can enter at any given Sunday


LSR consisting of 10 miles upwards as marathon training progresses

Any thoughts on this little training plan would be greatly appreciated and accepted
04/01/2013 at 13:57

Hey hey, 

I've entered Halstead marathon for the first time this year- I travelled for the disaster that was NYC marathon last year, and decided I wanted a considerably cheaper experience for my next marathon.  I live in Colchester, so its nice and local for me too.

I'm following Hal Higdon's intermediate 1 plan - I find when I add too much speedwork to my training, I end up getting injured and having to take weeks out - this one's good as the majority is done at easy pace, and the "speedwork" is just at marathon pace.  Jason, why not take a look at the Hal Higdon plans - they're really simple to follow -  I find a lot of training plans require u to speak a foreign language to understand them, and carry it with u to remember what you're supposed to do on the run!

I work in London, which means a very long day- I've devised a plan where I do a morning run before my commute, one of my evening run's is done in London beofre I get on the trian home, and the other is after getting home, but stays easy.  Then I run on Saturday and Sunday- usually in the morning, but I allow myself a lie in on both days if i need it.  When I used to live in London, it was easy to make my during the week runs a run home, but 60 miles is a bit far for a weeknight

From what I've heard the hills aren't that bad- given I live only a few miles away, I hope I can cope with the undulations, and hopefully get a marathon PB in this years race!


04/01/2013 at 21:50
Hi Angela, thanks for the advice I will look into the Hal higdon plans as have heard lots about them! I don't really need to concentrate on my speed I suppose, just get the miles under my belt for the time being.

Will change the plan accordingly as the weeks go along.

Had to adopt a rest run 2nite as ran a 2.4 mile race on yesterday and took its toll on the legs, weirdly!!

Hopefully lots more people like ourselves will be attempting halstead will be good to share stories and running diaries along the way
05/01/2013 at 11:57

I still haven't entered yet, looked the other night and for non affiliated it was £28.50! So I'm plucking up the courage lol ...I'm sure a few years ago it was under £20...think they're milking all the "uk's best ranked etc" stuff on here.

I've used Hal's plans 4 or 5 times, they won't let you down. Good, honest, solid. Especially for a first marathon. For my last I took the beginners schedule, copied the long runs and mid week distance runs, then added either one tempo or one interval a week and filled the rest with 5 mile easy runs. I chose an easy plan, with only one 20 miler as I'd done so little running in the previous year I was almost starting from scratch, but following my plan to the letter I still managed to get my second best ever time?!

05/01/2013 at 14:28

lardarse i thought that was the norm these days?

ive been having a look into the hal higdon plans and they do suit my running needs, will have to adapt my plan as and when i see fit 

i do a fairly mixed run during week nights as the club on wednesdays mix it up quite nicely. (as im still aching abit from wednesday now)

sundays will still stay my LSR and will gradually build up 20 miles soon anyway as i think im doing something called essex20 

even if i treat it as a LSR i dont mind! just be good to go that bit extra

05/01/2013 at 15:13

You certainly don't have to follow a plan, and with your age on your side you'll be able to get away with a lot more than someone like me who's old enough to be your dad! lmfao! Gulp!

However, it's good to use a respected plan as a reference, so you don't forget to build in rest weeks for instance and observe the distance progression, it's so easy to think you're superman when you write your schedule only to find you've bitten off more than you can chew 8 weeks down the line and something suddenly starts hurting, then you run different to compensate, then something else hurts...

I looked at the essex twenty but it was too close to Rome (marathon) for me, which is only two weeks after. If you fancy being a masochist and want to run two 20 mile races one week after the other have a look at the Tarpley 20 its at Bury (st Edmunds), I'm doing that one, going to race ten miles for a target pace at Rome and lsr the other ten miles. Gives me 3 weeks to recover

05/01/2013 at 15:40

everyone always says that about my age! i thought 23 was old to start running until i met most runners 

just looked at the running calender for feb-march i have got:

sunday 10th-braintree boggle (26.2 mile trail marathon with refreshment pit stops)

sunday 17th- XC in leigh on sea (usually around the 5/6 mile)

sunday 24th-XC hosted by springfield striders (same again mileage wise)

sunday-3rd march essex 20 

quite a nice month i think 

hows the rome training going lardarse?

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