2012 Marathon thread

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07/12/2011 at 21:01
Thanks NP. I was kinda hoping for a magic potion...were the 10 milers at a slow pace?
08/12/2011 at 08:59

6 miles this morning very windy very wet and cold... nice!!!!!!!!! out again tonight for another one.

Teknik my run the day before my long runs is a very hilly run with 4 miles uphill and 4 miles downhill with 2 on the flat.

08/12/2011 at 09:06

Teknik- if you find a magic potion for the last 6 miles can I please have some?.  I did my first mara in Madrid in April and slowed to a crawl in the last 6 miles (admittedly it was all up the hill from then on and ridiculously hot).  In Amsterdam (my second one) it felt like a crawl but actually managed to keep the pace quite well considering... Not sure what I did differently.  I think it was just a combination of more training and easier course- no hills/ cooler weather.   Both times did around 7 x 20+ milers with a couple of around 23-24 miles and one 26 miler (I know, I know, not clever but I got carried away). 

This time will definitely do more running at MP and follow a schedule for the first time. 

5 recovery miles last night.  9 miles with 5 @ tempo tonight running home from work. 

08/12/2011 at 09:11
NP- how long have you been running for?  How many maras?  Just wondering if there's a chance to getting to 3h in this lifetime...
08/12/2011 at 13:12
Did my first a few years ago, done 8 now, first was done whilst going though a divorce and wanted to drop a few pounds in weight and get fitter, got to the half way stage in 1:30 but finished hitting a wall around mile 22 and finished in 3:52 I said never again. I stopped running and put back on more weight about two years later I came home from a holiday in the States and saw a photo and thought AAAHHHH Where did the fat man come from!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...... So i started running again that was 26/09/2008 I did 3 miles as a run/walk and it took 30 mins and killed me. Since then I have just run more and watched what I eat, I will never go back to being that big. I am now down to 10st 11lbs and feel 1000% better I was close in 2010 with 3:02:20 but got under that magic 3hrs in April this year. I'm now 50 and a grandad and think I can still go faster. I do very little interval/sprint work as these seem to cause injury but I do think tempo runs and long runs with the last few miles at marathon pace are the way to go.......Building up to doing doubles is a great way to increase your milage. I used to think 50 to 60 miles a week was a lot, now I aim for up to 90.
08/12/2011 at 14:09

NP- very inspirational.  Well... I did my first mara this year in exactly the same time (3h52min) so who knows what I'm capable of....  Will perservere.

I think it's one of the main things I like about running.  You see people improving all the time and it doesn't seem to stop until you're well... I don't know how old you have to be to start slowing down.  Some of the guys in my club are in their late 60s and still way ahead of me.

Mental note:  lots of tempo and MP.

08/12/2011 at 15:45
No Pain -   Incredible - Well Done!!
08/12/2011 at 18:50
08/12/2011 at 22:24

Hi Gobi you joining the fun next year...

Second 6 mile run done

08/12/2011 at 22:47
Yes NP but don't like to contribute really until 2012 so I will be on the old thread mainly until January.

My first marathon of 2012 is on the 8th of January.
09/12/2011 at 08:30

Wow NP thats amazing! Dont think I could ever get to your standard, you definatley have to be very determined.  Where "up north" are you from?

My foot is still sore, the last time I had gait done was when I first started so about two years ago now! Maybe thats what I should do.  Also though I have to wear steel toe capped shoes for work - and I think these could be contributing to the problem.   Core conditioning was fantastic really enjoyed it.  Its ran by a young lass who obviously knows a thing or two but is great at supporting weaker members (thats me!!)

09/12/2011 at 09:07
No marathons for me until 25th Feb. I'm trying to be sensible and train properly for a spring marathon so only 1 warm up marathon. Bit boring really. There's a few good ones over christmas / new year I would like to do.
09/12/2011 at 13:01
What was it with the wind last night....  My tempo turned into 'let's try to move forward rather than backwards' pace and get home somehow...
09/12/2011 at 16:06


Got our park 10k on Sunday ( Tatton, Cheshire) then can start to think in detail about the marathon; missed doing long ( for me) runs the last couple of weeks.

Have a goodweekend you lot

Rob K

10/12/2011 at 06:47

First long run this morning since Berlin. 4 miles down to meet my running club, 6 miles in the woods, and then 4 miles back uphill to home. Campaign starts today! 

10/12/2011 at 10:07


Just popped in for a nose - hope you don't mind!

Happy running this wkend and hope the weather's good 2 you!

10/12/2011 at 11:51

Nice One teknik, Good to get started.

Now I am at 29 Miles this week, it starting to feel like I am building too....Keep this up during December and then push on again in January.....

10/12/2011 at 19:12

Friday 50x25m front crawl and 2 Christmas dinners just over 10 miles this morning including my hill long run tomorrow.

Rachael a small town called Carrickfergus north of Belfast.

Gobi and Spoons nice starts to the new year.

73.34 miles for the week

10/12/2011 at 21:43
21 miles for my week so far
10/12/2011 at 22:09
I'll be on about 60 after my long run tomorrow.
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