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M...eldy    pirate
22/12/2012 at 17:30

Good luck with this one Spoons ... what ever the goal ends up, I hope you achieve  

22/12/2012 at 17:45
Whoop whoop. Spoons will have to sober up now.
22/12/2012 at 17:55

I'm in the pub

Will rush back straight away.....

M...eldy    pirate
22/12/2012 at 17:56

Goodness .. I think you two will be well matched !!

22/12/2012 at 17:57
Stop at the off licence and pick me up some magners will you....
22/12/2012 at 18:31

Right then, I'm back from the pub and 50% sober. Let's get down to the serious business of marathon training....

Do you have a marathon?

Do you have a plan?

What have you done so far?

seren nos    pirate
22/12/2012 at 18:33

Oh dear..I seem to think this may be the problem thread or the year..i seem to remmeber that carterusm has some strange habit and fancies



22/12/2012 at 18:53

Plans?  Tonight is for celebrating not talking shop!

22/12/2012 at 19:39

I'm now approaching 75% but f*@k it - it's Xmas!

22/12/2012 at 19:40

Carter - long run in the morning?

22/12/2012 at 19:50
carterusm wrote (see)

OK, here goes.

Basically, I have no idea what I’m doing and I need help. This time last year I was a 44 year old fat bloke who started running to lose weight. 2 stone lighter my main reason for running has changed from weight loss to enjoyment and the challenges it brings. This change occurred at the time when I got my lovely little ball of fluff Springer spaniel puppy called Harvey (some of you may have noticed on another thread that Harvey has had a life saving operation after his bowel and stomach ruptured and is now laid up with a cruciate knee ligament injury so cant go out for walks I’m not going for the sympathy vote, honest but pictures of the little chap are available if you would like to see him). We started going for walks in the Peak District and I thought it would be nice to go running out there. Then I became hooked and now I try and go for a run in the Peaks as often as possible. For example, last Saturday I did 11 miles in 6-8 inches of snow and ice and I loved it. That should hopefully demonstrate to you that I am not a fair weather runner and will do my training regardless. After posting some questions on this website people gave me some great advice in my preparation up to my first ever race, the Clowne half marathon. My training used to consist of running as fast and as hard as I could on every run I went out on as I didn’t know any better. Obviously, this left me feeling drained all the time but with the forumites help and guidance I smashed my 2:00 target to come in at 1:47.

So, I have got races booked in for next year but looking at my schedule I sometimes wonder if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew: Liversedge HM, Grindleford Gallop (22 miles trail race), Sheffield HM, Howgills UltraTrail26, Lake Coniston FM, York 10k, Belper Rugby Rover (19 mile trail race) and the Ladybower 50 ultra. I also have a place in the Manchester marathon and that is to be my A race and main focus.

Nuttition could possibly be an area in which I could improve; currently, my pre-race food is a doner kebab, I take on Magners liquids during a run and my post race snack is a chicken madras.

So, with my ridiculous approach to training plus my diary for next year I am determined to finish every one of those races and have plenty of fun along the way. A mentor would go along way to helping me achieve this as I think I have set myself a very challenging year and will probably struggle and/or burnout if I am not properly organised. I have seen the Hal Higdon Advances 2 training plan and this has been plotted into my spreadsheet (I’m afraid I’m anal when it comes to spreadsheets !) but there have been many changes to it already so advice is certainly needed there.

So, that’s my pitch, please vote for me. Please. Go on, go on, go on, go on. Stop begging man……Anyway, I am off to start my eleven year training plan now.

Enough of my ramblings, I am off to make lots of money for charities, I have an appointment this morning  to donate a kidney and I can see an old lady who needs help to cross the road.

Good luck to one and all and happy running to everyone.

For reference


22/12/2012 at 19:53

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Where to begin?

M...eldy    pirate
22/12/2012 at 19:57

In the pub I reckon ...

22/12/2012 at 20:17

Why not?

I should add that I'm from Peckham although I've lived in Norfolk for 11 years so CarterUSM were local lads to me 20 years ago.

22/12/2012 at 20:19
I'm already in the pub so my training has got off to a good start.
Minni - I started celebrating Xmas yesterday and it will go on until 02/01, at least.
Seren - I hope you, like me, will be having mushy peas with your Xmas dinner ?
Spoons - yes I do have a plan. Here is an overview. Tonight - get pished. Tomorrow - get pished. I think you can see where this is going. My festive plan also consists of eating lots of kebabs but, as you say, feck it its Christmas.
Do I have a marathon - yes, Manchester.
What have I done so far - one half marathon a month ago in1:47.
Do I have a (running) plan - My running plan is on my computer so will post details of that tomorrow.
22/12/2012 at 20:49

Great stuff. Get as much drinking and kebab eating in as possible over the next few days. It's going to be a tough 2013

Edited: 22/12/2012 at 20:49
22/12/2012 at 21:02

Well done carterusm  Interested to know what your target time is as this thread has a range. I am doing Paris in April and am aiming for 3:45 so will be following you with some interest.

That is of course after you get all this Christmas excess out of the way ...

22/12/2012 at 22:01

Carl - 1:47 half should be around 3:45 ish. Have you done a marathon before? 

22/12/2012 at 22:15

This thread is going to be fun, good luck Carter

22/12/2012 at 22:53
Thanks for the good wishes.
When I ran my HM I set myself the target of 2:00 but finished in 1:47. Coming in to this I would like to crack 4:00 but it seems like the boss is setting me 3:45, same as carl. Do you have a race lined up SC ?
Spoons - I am up to about 80% on the pished scale now. Is my pacing ok or do you want me to speed up or slow down??
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