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19/03/2013 at 16:50

David, welcome! if running slow is for wimps, why only do 1:55 at Reading?


35 miles per week is a good base and on that, it wouldn't necessarily matter if you'd run more than 15 miles or not, especially if you have run that far before. In your case I would aim to get as much done in LSRs as reasonably possible, so if you're comfortable with 13 last Sunday, 16-18 steadily (9.30 to 10:15 pace) this week, and next, then a 20 or two. If you can't run more than 18 due to time, aim for two 15s in a week, so Sunday and Wednesday perhaps, or two twelves as well as your weekend LSR (e,g. 15 Sunday, 12 Tuesday, 12 Thursday). Just time on legs, really!

19/03/2013 at 17:40

I've really got Spring Marathon envy listening to all the talk of long runs.. I'm going to sulk in a corner!

20/03/2013 at 08:47

Don't worry Jenf, I'm not running one! still doing the training as if (though I'm not doing any more 20+ mile runs!) and hope to keep the form for an April half marathon sprint.

6 months today until my intended marathon, so might start some hardcore marathon training soon!

20/03/2013 at 08:50

Im going to run around the New Forest on Sunday, that should kill a good 15 miles!

And if I get too tired, I'll just jump on a horse back to the car.


20/03/2013 at 09:14

David, surely with those wild horses you'd spend another 5 miles chasing to get a lift?! have fun, hope the weather's better! I'm hoping to get down that way for a week's high intensity training (i.e. holiday at my sister's house!) in the summer, then perhaps for the Bournemouth marathon.

20/03/2013 at 09:53

Morning all,

5 mile tempo run for me yesterday and 8 @ marathon pace today.  Bring on Brighton!

David, with a 35 mile a week base you won't need too much to get you up to marathon fitness and I agree with everything Jimbo said.  Which one are you training for, sorry but I'm old and forgetful 

20/03/2013 at 21:09
Getting closer and closer all! Hope training runs are going well? Sounds like most are on track, I managed another 21 miles in snow storms on Sunday and a 6.5 mile tempo yesterday. Mum is over from France for the night so having to move today's run to tomorrow morning, I hate morning runs, my body just doesn't move right.
Jen, I wouldn't feel too envious, the long runs in the cold this year have been horrible!
David, I agree with the others, sounds like you have a good base for the marathon. Very similar to a guy I work with who is doing London as well. He has been injury plagued so has not been able to go further than 14, he is planning a midweek 12 and then 16 at the weekend followed by 16-18 the following week before easing up sure he will do fine (almost certainly faster than me still)
Keep running everyone
20/03/2013 at 21:51
Hi all,

i did a 'play it safe run' this morning of 3miles. Beating myself now with a foam roller and golf ball prior to a 5mile run tommorrow.

Have added motivation of new I am ready for wind and rain now! It all matches which is extra pleasing...i will have all the gear and no idea

Andrew...21miles thats brilliant.
Red are you now tapering for brighton?
21/03/2013 at 07:11

Morning all,

Brrrrrr it's cold again.  Intervals for me later in the day.

Fenn, well done for playing safe.  Better safe than sorry as they say.  I'll be doing a 15 miler this weekend then a gentle taper ahead of Brighton.  I usually do a 2 week taper but this time I'm doing 3 weeks 'cos I need to preserve myself for my streak which starts at VLM, the week after .

Andrew, well done for managing 21 miles in a snow storm!

21/03/2013 at 08:44
Redhead wrote (see)

Morning all,

5 mile tempo run for me yesterday and 8 @ marathon pace today.  Bring on Brighton!

David, with a 35 mile a week base you won't need too much to get you up to marathon fitness and I agree with everything Jimbo said.  Which one are you training for, sorry but I'm old and forgetful 

Actually I have to look up the full name because its quite the mouthful.

Its the Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon.

Basically a 26.2 mile jaunt between the stones of Avebury and the stones at a little place called Stonehenge.

All offroad, hills etc probably going to be  bit tougher than your standard run around London with Virgin signage everywhere



21/03/2013 at 09:44

ooooh, sounds like my favourite kind of marathon David.  If you enjoy that then you should pop a bit further down South and join in the fun at Beachy Head.  Now that's my favourite marathon of all 

21/03/2013 at 09:46

actually lets just see if I survive this one first before I even think about the next one ....... in all honesty I want to kind of head down the 'tri' route moreso than persist with marathons ......  but we'll see, who knows maybe you'll see me running alongside Mo Farrah in the VLM (well for the first 200 metres, before dropping back because Ive run flat out whereas for him thats just his normal pace lol)


21/03/2013 at 09:48

Pah, you'll easily outpace Mo over the distance - isn't he stopping at the halfway mark?

I've just checked my stats (saddo!!!!) and 15 of my 29 marathons to date have been off-roaders.

21/03/2013 at 11:38

Hard core Red.... 

5miles for me today.. felt actually really good whcih Today I did probably less than 1 mile off road.. it's soo much harder.

I imagine this will be my 2nd and last marathon, Its so much commitment and playing way too many mind games for me..just turned down an invite for Saturday night...because its the night before my LSR.

Although I know it will all be worth it on the day! I plan to do more 10K and half marathons and just focus on improving my times..

Although actually do think Paris would be a nice marathon to do... easy just to hope on the eurostar... never say never I guess.




21/03/2013 at 13:42
Final instructions for London came in the post today...very excited now!
21/03/2013 at 14:07
Same here fenn, makes it all feel so real. Really excited now.
21/03/2013 at 14:22

how you feeling bigeater... have you recovered from mondays run?

21/03/2013 at 17:34
Yes thanks fenn, recovered fine, did what you did yesterday and done a short safe 4 miles. Off to the running club tonight for a bit of company and probably 7-8 miles. Actually looking forward to it so see how it goes!
21/03/2013 at 19:39
Also had my final instructions, but also had an email today cancelling the half marathon I was meant to be running this weekend due to the weather, boo.
21/03/2013 at 21:54
7 mile run tonight at average 8.50 min miles. Bit of a struggle as the right hamstring was tight/sore. Only the 3rd time I've been to that running club and can't say their very welcoming, basically stick you in a group and then run away and leave you. Asked what min/miles I wanted to do I said 9 mins yet when I got back and asked someone what they ran, his average was 8.18 mins.
Anyway glad to get a run in and sitting with my hamstring strapped up, hopefully nowt serious.
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