RW Forum Six - Sub 5.30

Iron Min v Soup Dragon

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28/01/2012 at 09:33
Thats  a great idea Helen. I might do that, if I'm on the pavement not in anybody's way it should be fine I suppose.  Don't want to be accused of gate-crashing the race for free.
28/01/2012 at 11:19

well what a jolly trip out it'll be

If anyone shops in Tesco you can use the vouchers at Ask

12 miles done  poached eggs on toast, eaten

28/01/2012 at 20:26
Hello!

Forum newb here, but think this looks like my kind of time bracket.

I'm training for the Manchester Marathon on 29th April. It's my first marathon, previously I've run 2 10ks, and they were the furthest I'd ever run. I'm pretty slow, 10k best is 1.02.

I'm running on my own, and have been following begginners/get you round plans, I definitely want to run the whole way and would like to hit somewhere with a 5 in it.

Training has been going ok, I'm gradually upping the distance, but everywhere I look people seem to be doing longer long runs than me already. I'm worried that I'm a bit behind, but also don't want to ramp up my miles too fast and end up injured.

Pacing is also a bit confusing, as I run so slowly, that doing long runs at slower than marathon pace puts me 12+ mins per mile, which seems very slow. Do the same rules for pacing apply at the slow end of the spectrum? If I'm honest, most days I seem to run as I feel... Somettimes fast and sometimes slow!

I'm managing 3 runs per week, sometimes 4, and cross train on one day too. I have a toddler and a job, so between them that's about as much as I can manage!

Managed 12 miles today and felt pretty good for my furthest run ever ), kept the pace quite even throughout, and managed 11.18 average/mile, which for me is something to be pound of!

Apologies, rambly post, but looking forward to meeting you all and hopefully some people as slow as me!
Beck x
Edited: 28/01/2012 at 20:29
28/01/2012 at 21:17
Hi Becks, Ashby would be perfectly timed for you too
28/01/2012 at 21:20

Hi Rebecca - you are more than welcome to join us on here but we mostly just rabble on about stuff now. We started a year ago with the lovely Iron Min getting me to a 5:30 finish at Brighton which I nearly got (well near enough anyway) and I'm now concentrating on triathlon.  The others have become speedier sub 5 potential and my running has got slower to 13.5 min/miles but I keep on plodding and we still chat with Min popping in now and then to say sage words.

I'm sure there will be other people slow at Manchester - there always is in big city events. 

You might also be interested in Len2 and Bridget's thread - aiming for a just get round at London which times well with Manchester I think.  Linky thing to Len2s thread

Edited: 28/01/2012 at 21:22
28/01/2012 at 21:21

Ooo yes - Ashby 20 would suit you well.    Good thinking Spence. 

Rebecca - do you like pizza?  If so you are in the club;

28/01/2012 at 21:31
28/01/2012 at 23:29
Thanks for the link- i'll check the other thread out. Still, it's nice to know others have started from where I am and made it, and gone on to bigger and better (and faster!) things!

And I love pizza- had it for dinner tonight as a post long run treat. Prosciutto, Parmesan, pesto, jalenpenos, anchovies and olives. Mmmmm, pizza.
29/01/2012 at 08:29

Ashby 20 !

I've only been running a few years Beck, I'm never going to be speedy but my first marathon was Windermere in 5:25 when I did it the following year (2011) I did it in 5:02 so following plans & listening to advice on here works !!

29/01/2012 at 09:04

*waves at Rebecca*

I pop in here too! I'm looking at finishing my first marathon (Brighton) using Shades' plan in something beginning with 5. Been running on & off for ~ 6 years, but only started plotting a route to marathon summer before last.

Depending where you've got to in training, and where you are, oakley also have a 20 mile race that's agood marathon prep. Its 2 weeks later than Ashby, so makes it too late for me, but might fit your heading to a May marathon a bit better.

Not that I'm saying don't do Ashby, but it's another option to consider.

29/01/2012 at 12:33
But it wont have us lovely peeps and pizza !!
29/01/2012 at 22:13
Cheers for the race tips Helen & Spence, plenty of races to take a look at..... I'm thinking of doing the coniston 14 in march- not quite as far, but it's a pretty hilly (although all road) route. Fab scenery always helps too.

Spence, well done with your marathon times- awesome improvement! I'd be over the moon with 5 and a halfish for my first time, hills or none!
30/01/2012 at 07:09

Morning everyone.

Back to work.   My horrid boss has been difficult again and I don't want to go.  She breezed into the office last week and announced that I had to pick up the work of 2 extra consultants.  My immediate response was that I can't do it but she just flounced out with I've got to do it and report if I get behind and by how much. I put in a greivance and met with her and her boss and she was just awful, contradicting what she had said.  Even claimed I hadn't asked for annual leave for July and told me off for booking unauthorised leave.  This is my Outlaw week!!! What happened is she wouldn't sign it off because she hadn't set up her spreadsheet on the computer.  I've asked her twice for it going back to last October but she flatly denied it all. I said I'm feeling victimised for leaving the earlier job. Bottom line is I've got to think about how much extra work I can take on and I'm being referred to occupational health to discuss stress.  Apparently I shouldn't be feeling stress at being told to literally double my workload.  

Anyway, I did a fab bike ride yesterday.  It kept me sane, and think I would be in a fit of depression now were it not for the fun of biking.

Sorry for rant............need to get it off my chest. Better get ready to face the dreaded day I suppose.  Swim tonight. Then a bike and a run tomorrow.

30/01/2012 at 08:56

Aww Soupy that sounds really rough - what a complete b*tch your boss seems to be.........

Glad the bike kept you sane though - I didn't get out yesterday as it was wet where I was and supposedly around freezing where I was going plus probably wet and I didn't like the sound of that combination so had a completely lazy day and only did one short dog walk.....

When I was a young kid doing a lot of gymnastics (county squad) our coach used to get us to really stamp down on the springboard fo vault by telling us to imagine it was the face of somene we didn't like!!   Wasn't very PC (didn't exist in those distant days!) but it sure was effective......  Maybe you could find some similar version for your boss - it sure makes you feel good

30/01/2012 at 15:50

Podds - I have a similar useful stress tactic. When I go to the bottle bank with my empties I name each bottle with a thing or person who is bothering me and slam it into the bank as hard as I can so it smashes.  I think i might have to have a bottle of wine tonight to give me an empty to dump.

Day survived.  The bitch has suggested we meet weekly for the next 3 months to resolve our working relationship. She then asked me to sign a blank occupational health referral form to say she will fill in the details later.  My signature was to agree to the referral and where the information goes and to confirm that it had been discussed with me so no way was I going to sign it blank. She has no idea.

30/01/2012 at 16:12

Blimey, how did she get the job in the first place Soupy!!?

I'm very lucky with my job and the folks I work with.

12 x 200m for me today

30/01/2012 at 16:33

I like your stress relief Soupy

Only problem if I were to try it is that I don't drink enough to cope with all the people who annoy me................

30/01/2012 at 16:43
Better get drinking then Podds.
30/01/2012 at 17:10

Don't think I could ever drink enough for that Soupy..........but if the only other alternative is to develop tolerance and love for my fellow man.........

<shudders>

<looks distinctly peaky>

<decides to go home via the offie>

01/02/2012 at 18:22
Hmmmmmmm Pizza or Plodders? Anyone remember the chips or daddy? advert?

Whilst I'm sure you're all sparkling, witty, wonderful human beings there are easier ways to meet people than dragging myself around 20 miles worth of hills for the pleasure of your company - the pizza wins every time

Hope the stressy bits are lessy
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