2012 Marathon thread

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14/12/2011 at 22:43
Again Spoons thank you for your great advice - in fact reading through this thread has given me lots of great tips - as I said in a previous post I hadnt a clue what I was doing but decided to do the Dublin Marathon in 2005 around my 40th birthday. I just went out and plodded the pavements night after night with no plan or pattern. I got round in 4 hours and couldnt walk for a week afterwards. Would like to do it right this time so all advice is fantastic - thanks
Edited: 14/12/2011 at 22:44
15/12/2011 at 09:05

Welcome Lou.  Which mara are you doing in Jan?  It's close now...

Gary- based on your 10k time you should be capable of 3h45 according to mcmillan.  However based on my experience and other forumites' opinions his predictions tend to be accurate up to a half marathon distance.  When it comes to a mara he tends to be on a slightly optimistic side.  If I were you I would be aiming for 3h45-3h55.  My 10k time was very similar to yours before my first mara and as I said I managed 3h52 on a hilly and hot course (Madrid).

15/12/2011 at 10:30
"im aiming for 4:30 .my 19 miles took me 3:05"

The reason I asked Loula is you ran the 19 mile training run at QUICKER than your goal marathon pace! Therefore - either you're training tpo fast or your goal marathon time is too slow!

As it's your first marathon I would stick with the 4:30 goal and set off at 10 min mile pace, aiming to finish strong. I know your real goal is longer than 26 miles so this will be good practice for that.
15/12/2011 at 14:40

thank you spoons..as you say this is my first mara so i want to just finish and feel okim not too fuseed abt my time. when i decided to do the mara i just went on 4:30 based on my  HM times and adding on extra time for the last miles with possible fatigue. if i finish faster thn 4:30 thn its a bonus but i agree with you and will still use 4:30 as my aim.

hi Mon77*waves* im doing Gloucester..if i cant travel there due to bad weather then i may opt for cotswold mara which is 4 weeks later

15/12/2011 at 14:58
Spoon worship :¬)

Lou - he is correct about you running too fast, if you are fatigued at 19 miles and slowing from 16 you may well carry on slowing and even miss 4.30. You meed to be backing that pace on the long runs down by a good 60 seconds a mile. Doing a training long run I would expect fatigue YES slowing down NO.

I have my first long runs of my 2012 campaign this weekend and will see people at Gloucester if all goes to plan.
15/12/2011 at 16:04
 i consider myself told Gobi..*sits in naughty corner*
15/12/2011 at 17:18
15/12/2011 at 20:03
Lou- it's a busy corner
15/12/2011 at 20:18
jason d wrote (see)
Lou- it's a busy corner


ohhh dear..what have you done Jason?...*moves up on naughty bench to make space*

15/12/2011 at 20:24

Gobi i have just gone back a couple of pages..oo you are scary......im going to bravely admit that on the weeks i was supposed to be doing 13 and 15 miles i was doing 15 and 18....*waits for smacked wrists*...never the less , you are a good mentor

spoons you are a good mentor too...and you scare me lessmwah x

15/12/2011 at 20:26

lou- not me, I've been good at running slowly

See you all in 2012

15/12/2011 at 20:27
i run slowly too...i think..
15/12/2011 at 21:02
I don't lol it depends which camp your in
15/12/2011 at 21:22

NP- I don't all the time- it's all about periodization See you in 2012 for a new mesocycle

15/12/2011 at 21:33
ok, that was one big word too many
15/12/2011 at 21:41
Safe to say I don't run slowly all the time either ..
15/12/2011 at 21:43
looked at my watch for the time/pace of last sundays run...17miles/average pace 9:40/2hour 41
15/12/2011 at 21:49
I run slowly all the time!!
15/12/2011 at 21:51
loulabell wrote (see)
looked at my watch for the time/pace of last sundays run...17miles/average pace 9:40/2hour 41

kaz, i run slowly too...im never going to be at the front of the pack LOL i talk too much to use the energy wisely
15/12/2011 at 21:52
I don't talk I just sing along with my ipod and scare all those around into running faster!!!
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