Sub 3

For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world

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06/12/2012 at 12:26

Njord -- which marathon will be the quick one in 2013, if you know -- VLM? And did you mean it about arthritis or is that just general codger-dom?

NtS -- I'm very paranoid about getting ill now. I wash my hands always before eating; at work, I dry my hands on a paper towel and then use it to operate doors until I get back to my desk (bit OCD!); and if any of the family get sniffles I start using Vick's First Defence, echinacea and Zn supplements just in case they help. I haven't had a proper illness for ages now so maybe some of that helps.

SL " No triples for me the wife would go mad at the extra washing" -- you must have much higher standards than me about reusing kit for a few runs!

AW nice reps yesterday.

sills -- welcome! I'm on for a 50 mile week this week but that is unusually high for me out of marathon training. I did a sub-2:50 on 40 mpw average (but with some big weeks and some small); my record is 65 miles in a week. I'm known as a lightweight mileage-wise, though if anything it's edging up now, so I'll be interested to see if it helps.

Al_P -- geek alert -- if you're to catch up on a flight, is that on-board wi-fi or some neat means of caching pages for offline reading?

Third commuting double day in a row, and my legs seemed a bit reluctant this morning. Also I was heavily clad in layers and big gloves, carrying my usual 2kg rucksack, and wearing super-grippy studded trail shoes to cope with the icy patches... what I'm trying to say is that I have every excuse for only averaging 6:02/M in my 8x{0.5M hard, 0.5M light} reps. ; -) (Total 10M in 69 min.)

06/12/2012 at 12:36

Sills I am currently averaging about 40 miles a week. I have a 30 mile race on 01/01/2013. Will be looking to do no more than 60 miles a week as I get ready for a marathon next spring.

06/12/2012 at 13:39

Tim - looks like your best bet is to claim the streets of Newcastle and Durham. Doesn't look too hard to wipe them slow moving geordies off the map. 

What is truly amazing is the complete absence of ANYONE in Sunderland using Strava.

06/12/2012 at 14:09

Tim - 30miles on new years day!!! rather you than me.  ;-)

CW - looks like a good workout.

Anyone doing the Gloucester marathon?

Cheerful Dave    pirate
06/12/2012 at 14:23

CW: Obviously SL runs harder than you and sweats more, hence the extra washing.  You need to put more effort in!

Decent enough 6 miler this lunchtime.  Perfect conditions: no wind, nice & crisp without being icy, felt really good.

06/12/2012 at 14:45

Tim - 30 miles on new years day puts me to shame, I was proud of myself for doing the Somerley 10k in the midst of the festive period last year!

Thanks for the mileage updates, I'm currently at around 25mile p/w but looking to start bring this up ready for the spring. Compared to those achieving similar HM times I would also say I seem to be a little light on the miles.

CharlieW - considering the commute approach but 15 miles each way seems a little far, how do you find the 10M commute?

06/12/2012 at 16:09

sills I have run commuted on and off for the last 4 years. The distance has never been a problem, any where between 4 and 11.5 miles, The two main poroblems are pack weight (4.2 Kg) and the time to walk home afterwards before school chucks out.

An icey 7.7miles with 2 hills this morning for me.

06/12/2012 at 17:25

Thanks postie. Whilst my work laptop is "ultra performance" it's certainly not runner friendly wieghing in at over 3kg, a macbook air it is not! For me to take the plunge, I definitely need mrs sills to be onboard...30 miles in a day is bigger than my average weekly milage at the mo, I fear a lift home may be in order!

06/12/2012 at 17:25

the threads are busy, must be my favourite time of year with all the competition places thread and then the alternative places threads !

Its not all the washing that bothers me, I save all mine up and do a couple of sports kit loads at the weekend, and include the kids footy kits etc (The SPO insists on doing their cricket whites though). Its all the changing that takes time. Some days at the mo I need a load of layers for a 6am turbo, some other dry layers for a frosty MTB commute, then get changed to swim (or the odd 5M run)  lunchtime, then get changed back into the MTB commuting gear after work !

06/12/2012 at 19:39
Hi Sills, I sometimes commute the 16.5 miles home from work but not sure I'd run both ways. I tend to cycle in at most. I think 30 in a day when you Have no history like the guys on here is playing with fire.

It's very satisfying running home that distance tho, so good luck.
06/12/2012 at 21:18

sills -- I'm very lucky; it's only 3M by road to my workplace, or 4M along a beautiful river towpath, so returning is no problem. I do longer runs by going further up the river and/or looping round a couple of extra villages. If I'm in full-on training then once a week I do a 12-14M session with reps and/or tempo on the way in, but just do the minimal 3M jog home. I tend to run to work 3 days/week and cycle the other 2.

Also on the laptop front, I rarely carry mine, but sometimes leave it switched on at work so that I can remote desktop to it from a home PC via a web-based VPN, which works very nicely. That way I can also work with other equipment on my desk plugged into it. But if I do need to carry it, and know I'll only be using it at home, I remove the battery and CD drive to keep it as light as poss, and have a second mains adapter at home to power it (no battery needed).

06/12/2012 at 21:41

Essentially run commuting is about being organised with the right kit in the right places.

06/12/2012 at 21:58

If I'm lucky enough to secure a lift to work (rare since my car share got pregnant - how very dare she?!) I will sometimes run the 14 miles home from work. Can't run there - no showers. 

Sills - during marathon training I will start at around 60 miles per week and build to a peak of around 85. But I'm a girl, and I think girlies have to work a little harder for Sub-3.

07/12/2012 at 07:42

I find running home very motivating The first time I ran to work I was shocked at how less motivated I felt. it just did not feel right! 

I managed to get a lift into work into this morning. So tonight I am going to do a 10 mile run home. It will be the interval session I have been putting off all week because of snow and ice on pavements and paths(Or was that just an excuse?). Going to run 0.5 mile fast and 0.5 mile easy. Going to be of those sessions that will hopefully seem like a better idea once I get started  

07/12/2012 at 08:23

I'm starting to think an early drive in and a run from the office is going to be the way ahead. I only spend 1-2 days a week max in the office with the rest of the week with customers or working from home so will need to carry everything on me on the commute. Was just thinking about whether I could somehow make more of the half hour I spend in the car when I do head into the office.

Speedy Goth - a peak of 85, good on you! I'm planing on trying to get up to 60 before the spring.

Working from home today so no commute needed and an easy 7 miles at MP +30 done, now to get some work done


07/12/2012 at 14:25

CW - Emirates A380s have in flight wifi, actually reasonably priced at $20 for 100mb, which is fine if you don't download anything big...Saying that I'm now typing this on the train to Bath (to meet up with my better half, Al P minor and the in-laws for a spot of Christmas market shopping) as I ran out of time on the flight due to getting on with devising my VLM plan for the New Year  Got to go, just pulling into Bath now...

07/12/2012 at 18:01

6M for me today that makes it 8, 5+5, 6, 6 for the week. So 30M total as tomorrow is a non running day. We have two 2pm kick offs this Sunday though so in the morning I'm going to see if I can run further than the 10 of the Hayling 10 2 weeks ago,

08/12/2012 at 07:09
Tr - looks like a solid week and a good chance to nail a longer one on Sunday.

I've upped the mileage this week, should squeeze 85 out of it, legs seem to be coping well, although due to my daughter not sleeping well and Xmas parties I seem to be running on fumes!!
08/12/2012 at 08:01


SL - sounds like you're ticking over nicely at the moment, that was a grim old cold/infection you had a while back wasn't it

TR - good training (cricket looking good for England)

Dan - how's your OH getting on with Physio?

Not much to report this end, been a stop start few weeks really with more emphasis on stop. Top of left hamstring is very stiff after short runs and doesn't feel great when I'm running so I obviously hurt it more than I first thought. Rested and done a few short runs here and there but thursdays 40 mins seems to have aggravated it. So have had to bin off both NE xc champs and the fell race on sunday which is disappointing but while I can run on the flat (for a bit) both of those are totally unrealistic.

Heading for the pool (not a bad thing really)...........and aiming at MET league xc next weekend back down in London as 1st semester at Uni has finished. Hope everyone has a good weekend training.

Edited: 08/12/2012 at 08:08
08/12/2012 at 08:19

CharlieW - yep, VLM.  Was thinking about Frankfurt as a back up, but increasingly minded to throw everything at London. 

No sign of arthritis yet, but the body is definitely creaking and groaning more than it used to.  It takes at least half an hour every morning for the stiffness to go* and I tend to run with a limp for at least the first two miles of every run.  I get up from the sofa or desk at work and hobble around for a few minutes before every starts working again.  I've started stretching and getting regular massages, both of which seem to help, but I know I won't be able to train as hard as I currently am for many more years.

*Insert Frankie Howerd style raised eyebrows

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