Halstead marathon

Am I being stupid.

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08/01/2013 at 22:14
Well I waited ages before getting a garmin- have been using apps on my phone for the last 2 years- but fairly certain I've made a lifelong commitment to running now, so seemed worth it- we'll see with the results at Halstead- I'm definitely getting out more reliably and I think it's because it really helps me go the right pace...
09/01/2013 at 09:16

ps- just got an email from Runner's Need..  Forerunner 210 is now £135, and the 610 is now 200.... u might be able to find them even cheaper elsewhere online- i got the best price from start fitness - then runners need store in london matched that price

09/01/2013 at 10:38

I must admit i do like the look of the 210! 

maybe ill see what the birthday brings  in couple weeks, might just go all out like you did and buy the 610 hehe!

does the GPS help you in training? im hoping with the constant pace thing it will pay off when it comes to races etc!

09/01/2013 at 10:59

I just realised that those prices are without the Heart rate monitor strap - I'm sure if u look around online you'll be able to get with the HRM strap - maybe Wiggle - if not just look at shopping results in google.  Runner's Need tend to overprice everything...

I find having the GPS on my wrist, rather than in my pocket on my phone really helps, as I can just look at it quickly to see if I'm keeping pace constant - you can set up this thing called training partner, and what pace you're planning to go at, and it will alert you when you're going too fast or too slow.  Of course you have to run at a pace thats comfortable, but I find I set it up for slow and try to stay slower for the easy runs, and then for the faster ones, i set it up faster, and don't beat myself up if I stay on the fast side.  Though I still try to keep it even.  I was going for a 9:20 marathon pace for my run on Saturday and ended up at around 8:55, which is fine by me, as I managed even splits throughout the run, but before I had the garmin, I probably would have done the first mile at 7:30 and then burned out for the rest of the run ending with the last mile at 9:00.  So in summary, YES, it is definitly helping me in pacing.

DS2 I downloaded the P&D book and read the first chapter... Its convincing me that one day I might have a chance of qualifying for Boston  


09/01/2013 at 11:56

Im not too bothered with the HRM i just want pace and how many miles completed so going on that i suppose the 110 would be ideal for me!

plus its only around the 100 mark ATM on amazon! 

09/01/2013 at 13:34

Angela - I saw your post on RRR's thread. I'm a great believer in setting your sights high. I have some very fit hockey playing friends who run 5 hour marathons because they don't realise they can run much faster. I believe your times for shorter distances are pretty good (I'm sure I read that!). You are an ideal age to achieve lots and it's good to be ambitious!

Now that I'm following the P&D schedule a lot of the content falls into place! Enjoy the read!

09/01/2013 at 13:50

Thanks DS2 I'm looking over all evidence of past training I actually have, and I think its been really intermitant/too much on treadmill- And also, I don't think I get out and race enough.  I had signed up for 6 races last year... 2 were cancelled due to weather (NYC mara and New Forest 10), one I couldn't find in time, and one I was a no show for personal reasons...so in what was meant to be a super sporty year, i only raced 2 half marathons,  and a sprint triathlon.  Both of the halves I considered training for NYC... grrr, so annoyed it didn't happen!

I'm trying to schedule in a lot more races this year, though some of them of course will be as training runs, rather than raced... hopefully I'll see some significant improvement this year, and make the training more regular.  Both the Garmin, and the January Dryathlon (no alcohol) seem to be really helping with this!

What does your typical year of racing look like?

09/01/2013 at 17:08

Well I'm looking out the window psyching myself up for my 5 miler, and its only just got dark... who knows, maybe next week I'll be able to do the first mile of this run whilst its still light...

30 mins to go till I'm out there... can't wait...

09/01/2013 at 23:03
Bit of a late post I know! 6.5 miles out the way 2nite!! A nice session with the club.
Lots of hill reps and sprints into recoverys ! All in all a good hard session.

Bit of a change to the schedule but I knew I'd be changing Wednesdays as its the club night

I can stick to the rest of the schedule as planned

Hope the 5 miler went well Angela
10/01/2013 at 07:54
Wow, sounds fun! Which club are u with? There are 2 in Colchester which I think are both too track focussed... Wondering about setting up my own road running club where I live but don't really have the experience..
My 5 miles was good fun, though my pacing was a bit off as I kept stopping to take photos - London at night is pretty beautiful- went along embankment from around monument to Westminster bridge, taking pics of the London eye and Big Ben, then crossed Westminster bridge to return along the south bank, crossing back over at Southwark bridge- as always struggled to find my office amongst all the other tall buildings around? Ha!
10/01/2013 at 08:20

Im with my local club GFDR! they are a fantastic group of people all mixed abilities etc.

were not very track focused, mainly stick to the road, trails and on the XC's 

sounds like you had fun then, i would of hated it, i dont do london it makes me annoyed with the amount of people around just bustling through to get home/work! admiration for running there though!

have to admit last time i went i was fascinated in the tall buildings etc and i took alot of pictures too (i dont get out much!!)

10/01/2013 at 13:08

aha, but that's why you run by the river... not that many people around at night, and safe for me (as  a girl).... in the summer I'll head to some of the parks.  Only real problem is that when I get out of my building (the gherkin), it takes me walking almost to the river before my gps connects with satellites due to the tall buildings, though, thats probably not a bad warm up after sitting at my desk all day long...


10/01/2013 at 17:18

its gona be a cold one tonight!! 1 degrees round here 

oh well atleast its just the 3 

10/01/2013 at 17:21

wrap up warm!!! the temptation will be to go too fast to stay warm if you don't!

10/01/2013 at 21:44
easy recovery run- as usual local out and back. It was f f f freezing- so I wrapped up warm and put my headlamp on. With the cold weather I decided to try my new trail shoes in case of ice. This was unnecessary and a bit of a mistake-strange stretching of lower legs due to the flat profile, but it felt good nonetheless. Looking forward to the 5 mile pace run at the weekend.

In other news, I entered the Bupa 10k- this will be just a couple of weeks after my next marathon. I'm hoping that the residual fitness from the marathon training will lead to a pb if I feel ok to go for it!
10/01/2013 at 23:13
Easy as I thought and yes it was freezing!! Luckily I was wrapped up enough!

I had that the first time I broke my trail shoes in for some reason, it went away pretty quick which was good.

I too am looking forward to the weekend but even more the rest 2moro!

Take the 10k easy if you don't recover in time don't want any unnecessary injuries after the big one
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11/01/2013 at 16:52

sorry  lardarse i dont get it 

12/01/2013 at 19:16
Another f f f freezing run- early morning in Oxford took a while to warm up, but the 5 mile pace went well- can feel that I'm getting fitter, as was able to manage the complete distance at pace...
Tomorrow, I'll be doing some of the route of the Colchester half for my long run- hope it won't be as cold...brrr
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