Minni v Dubai Dave
Thankyou Oompa and AG for the congrats and for seeing how I had got on. Good luck for your next marathon.
Im hopefully aiming for 3:15 for my next marathon in autumn aswell AG....not sure how im going to do it without my fabulous mentor though, Minni has been fantastic
Sarah - I have no doubt you'll do it!
Chick hopefully the quad will just be a little pull and nothing too serious! Podium sounds good
Hope the Achilles holds out on tomorrow's run Red.
BroI would have thought your mileage was higher than that. Barry might have a point about Berlin, I ran it last year off 40 mpw. You've bags of endurance that you won't lose by dropping a bit of mileage and swapping it for some faster stuff.
Are you running York marathon Sarah? You should be aiming for 3:15, you're a talented runner
Col it's good to hear that all of the race reports have helped to inspire you to enter Dublin The marathon is indeed a special distance - so much hard work goes into it, for one day, where so many factors can conspire to work against us and everything has to fall into place for it to go right. I've had some good marathons and I've had some absolutely shocking ones! But I keep going back for more!
I cross trained for London more than I've cross trained for previous marathons. Six runs per week plus one swim (only 1K) and one spinning class. Swim would most often be on a Tuesday morning before work, occasionally Thursday if I had to be in work earlier. The track session is on a Tuesday night and it could be psychological but I would always seem to run the session better after a morning swim.
Chickadeee made the podium!
18 mile LSR d&d today at 9:28 pace. Picked a hilly course. It was a lovely, albeit a bit warm day with blue sky. I think I may have caught the sun! I managed to pick up the pace a little bit in the last few miles but have got to admit my legs were pretty knackered by the end! Anyway, all in all everything is going in the right direction.
Here is my weekly mileage + long run:
At some point I'll compare my last three marathon build ups. Its hard to pin point what made me improve this time. Last year I would have said it was all the long runs. This year I think it was the mixture of lots of long runs and the speed sessions I did.
I will admit now (although I think I'd admitted it all along) that I found the speed session hard and I also found the MP miles a bit tedious compared to normal. There were times when I worried that perhaps I'd plateaued and possibly already reached my potential. But once again it all came right at just the right time.
Oh god I've just realised this will mean my paces will be adjusted.
I've been trying to catch up before posting, but this forum has been moving so quickly that it's taken several days , finally there!
First, all the marathon results .
There are so many of you I've been following for a few years, including Minni, Freemers, Chick, Carrot and AA and it was so great to see you all getting PBs and running some fantastic times . FRC, I've known for less long but your journey goes back much longer and well done for such a great time.
There are also some incredible stories to motivate in coming back from injury. Freemers, your injury was quite some time ago but you've done so well at beating it and putting it behind you. Oompa you did so well to get a good time in the circumstances (now rest that knee!), Barry your dedication in doing those 4 hour cross training sessions was incredible, many lesser mortals would have quite at that stage. Hope you can get to the bottom of injuries and fully put them behind you.
O4S, making the start line so soon after your operation was amazing. That's great news about the hand . Hope the 100 miles goes well and that your survive your students' questions.
Then Minni, KFC and Bro were all brave about your pacing and while it didn't work for all of you you've all shown that done sensibly it's a risk worth taking.
Finally, all the thread spirit really shone through in the way you all ran together, and a big thank you to Minni who keeps us all together as a community.
I've had two recent positives. First the physio gave me the go ahead to build up to my runs to 45 mins provided I build them up gradually. Secondly, I got a place in the Olympic Park run . It's the perfect target to have to get me training again (I lost motivation a bit when the stretching was taking longer than the running) even though my main aim is to be able to run that distance without any injury problems. I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one from the thread runnning so hopefully I'll get to meet some of you to confirm that you're not mass murderers!
Becs - some are mass murderers. You just have to work out who! Great news on the park run
Minni - did you have a shorter taper this time?
Re: cross training - I am intending to keep it going as much as possible. Some swim, bike, weights, gym, core, yoga etc. I suspect this is the key to avoiding injury plus making you a stronger runner. Even when I'm not injured I seem to be constantly plagued with aches, pains and niggles.
Not really Spoons but it does look like that.
Weeks 10 & 11 were when I was ill so dropped slightly. Week 14 I did a 10k race so no long run but I did my long run at the beginning of week 15, which is why it seems to jump up. Really I just did my 20 a day late.
Becs - great news from the physio! I'm in the Olympic run too (I think - didn't get an email but have a reference no and from their FB page there are lots in the same position).
Minni - Thanks for sharing. How much speedwork did you do each week and what type of sessions?
Just had a read back through the years and even though I knew you were all brilliant, I didn't realise how brilliant. Hoping I can be a worthy member of TM.
PS Really enjoyed the outing of a certain forum member who dissed the thread. Miaow!
Sarah, you've definitely got a lot more improvement to come. Well done. 3:23 was it? Superb.
CG it was me that asked about Mabelthorpe. Interesting. Lap courses I like. As for kettle bells, they're excellent for strength overall, flexibility & core. A kb swing done properly works hips, hamstrings, arms - perfect for runners.
Col. Dont give up on marathons. Try different approach. As for how I ran well 3 days after. Not entirely sure. Recovered well, massage, those heavy weight sessions? No races for 3 weeks now.
2old/ Redders and others - here is the article I mentioned. Makes a lot of sense to me, we are all different body types, weights, muscle mix. Sweet spot for mileage and number of days therefore different for everyone? Yet most plans have rigid mileage.
Good luck to Cooks. Someone else was doing a 10k also?
A real mixture CG but quite a lot of shorter stuff this time (short distance is my weakness) and once or twice a week. I've been getting coached by Moraghan for the last two years so he does the thinking and I do the running.
Oh Xpost will read back Minni's stuff.
Fingers crossed you are in Minni, that'd be great.
Well it's certainly working for you Minni. I think I read that your next focus is on bringing your 10k/ HM times down which should have a knock on effect on your marathon. Sub 3 next time,eh?
I have to say that I think to reach your marathon potential you have to put the miles in, and runner will only get so far on a lower mileage base. That might be as fast as the runner wants to get, which is fine. And the higher the mileage the easier the majority of those miles need to be - not running everything too fast.
Wow, a couple of days in the wilderness and so many posts! Still tied to my iPad so no race report yet. I cannot deface it. See, even that last sentence was mucked up by the auto thingy. FRC, please send me the guide you mentioned ages ago
Too many glasses of red for me to remember everything I've just read back. Loving the defacing of the Timex magnets. I also gave the bloke on the Timex stand a stern talking to about the lack of 2013 magnets and was told I was not the only one To complain........
Glad people are managing to get out and run again. I did a spin class today and will go for my first post-race run on Sunday, hopefully. I think my aims so far are no autumn marathon, but to try and lock in some races in the autum when the season kicks off again in Dubai. Then aim for 3:30 in Dubai marathon at the end of Jan.
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