2012 Marathon thread

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19/12/2011 at 21:50
But you never regret doing a run
HM4
19/12/2011 at 21:52

Decided to make the switch over to next year's thread and I'm going to be doing at least 1 race with the word 'marathon' in the title, unlike last year & the year before.  But need to get back into running a bit more before deciding fully what I'm doing as I'm having physio for a hip problem at the mo.

This is what I've got planned so far:-

Olypmic Park Run (5 miles) 31.03.12
Hook Fun Run (2.5 miles) 20.05.12
Purbook Ladies 5 miles in June
Denmead 10k in October

19/12/2011 at 22:08
Evening peeps

Good point Jason
19/12/2011 at 22:39

Hi, having properly read through all 18 pages, rather than just skimmed a couple whilst at work, I'd just like to say that this really is an excellent thread especially for those of us just tentatively venturing past the 'OMG it's 26 miles how on earth am I going to get round' stage of thinking. North Dorset Village or Neolithic I think, both on May 6th for my next one...and I am going to slow down on my longer training runs. Maybe sign up for Abingdon in the autumn to target a 4.45 ish PB.Great advice throughout for newbies like me, thanks again.

So I now know my training schedule needs fine tuning - having done no slower than marathon pace long runs, not enough of a total mileage base, only one 20+ mile longer run, nothing like enough weeks at a high enough milage total  - apart from this I think I got it spot on 

20/12/2011 at 07:48
I don't know Jason, there was this one time everyone advised me not to run and 600 metres later I couldn't run. I have more than paid for my stubborn stupidity. Here we are with 2012 approaching and I still regret that run. That said I put the location to bed on Saturday by running 105.5 laps round the track where it all went wrong so hopefully that means it is closed and I can go forward.

10.4 miles this morning and thats just shy of 80 miles in 5 days

Hello 2012 I'm coming to get you :¬)
20/12/2011 at 10:03
Ok, been lurking but going to jump in seeing as there's some familiar faces dotted around. I haven't got a 2012 marathon planned yet but Abingdon is always at the back of my mind so will see what occurs over the next few months and at Wokingham where I'm running the half again in Feb.

2008 was my last marathon in NY, ran 3:21 and then carried on at the same sort of intensity in training, done my knee in. An op a year later meant that it's only really this year I'm running injury free again.

So....

5x5 minute intervals early this morning with 2 minute recoveries and a mile wu/cd, maybe a tad quicker then they needed to be at 6:30 pace but I can't seem to hold back on intervals as I enjoy them too much. Funnily enough that means I've had my highest mileage month now for over three years with still 11 days left.

Followed it up with 13.5 miles on the bike. Looking good for 2012 so keeping my fingers crossed....
20/12/2011 at 11:36

Managed to stick to shandies last night and left before the Jack D bottle came out, so no ill effects this morning.

LSR of 13 miles this morning - slowed right down and did it in 2H22 (11' mile, although that included a few annoying stops and starts with my running club).  Not tired at all, no shortness of breath despite a heavy cold, so I'm hoping that was 100% aerobic !

20/12/2011 at 12:43
Hi Moscow - fingers crossed indeed!

Off to running club tonight. Mountains of biscuits, mince pies & quality street to get through first though.....
20/12/2011 at 15:09
For those who don't know I am a blogger

www.gobi70.wordpress.com talk about running quite a lot
20/12/2011 at 15:42

And, at completely the other end of the running spectrum, so am I! http://helenruns.wordpress.com/

Gobi talks about quite a lot of running (and biking, and training) whereas I talk a lot about the little bit of running I do.  I do a good line in weather reports  (it's been cold recently )

20/12/2011 at 16:33
Reads like a blog on running to me young lady :¬)
20/12/2011 at 18:17

HM4
20/12/2011 at 18:59

Helen,

Great blog.  That sounds a really good run, although I don't think I'd fancy the sea defences wall.

MoscowFlyer,

Good luck.

Tekniklaus,

Well done.

20/12/2011 at 19:12

MF- welcome, but why the intervals?

Tek- well done on resisting temptation and the rub as well

12m for me tonight at 7.58 av- all easy, all good

20/12/2011 at 19:34
I wouldn't bother running if I couldn't do my intervals, I love them too much. Plus at this stage I'm gunning for a sub 90 half and trying to bring my 5k time right down again so I do think I'll benefit short term.
20/12/2011 at 20:23
Jason - they are actually HMP efforts so not hardcore intervals or would be if MF would behave himself :¬)
20/12/2011 at 20:28
Gobi- wondering whether I should introduce some tempo yet- planning on running a half in Feb. But at the minute the speed at which I can run aerobically is improving fast with slow easy runs Leave it a while?
Edited: 20/12/2011 at 20:28
20/12/2011 at 20:30
Think I can answer my own question, if I'm going to crank up the miles over the next few weeks
20/12/2011 at 20:32
Jason - a few taps towards HMP if the reps are short enough should keep you high end aerobic so should be fine.

I like them as they let you stretch your legs a little
20/12/2011 at 20:42
I am trying to behave.... Just can't help feeling I'm cheating a bit if I don't do the intervals fast. It wasn't all out, I had to slow down from about 6:10 pace, but in time it will help me become disciplined with my pace.

Running slow is hard but I've actually adapted to that pretty well, my LSR is now at least a minute slower than it used to be. I'm sure the quick stuff can be tamed in the same way as well.
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