2012 Marathon thread

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16/10/2012 at 22:03
Hm4 no that was plan executed
17/10/2012 at 10:42

Bit of an hard going morning session (well, compared to what I've done the past couple of weeks!).  2x 4km cycles (to and from the gym, obviously), 5k on the dreadmill and half an hour of weights. Enjoyable up til it started to pour down on the way home. Ah well!

Despite my complete lack of activity in the last 2 weeks, my weight has dropped slightly to 77kg

17/10/2012 at 19:19

It's been quiet on here today.  How has everyone been?

17/10/2012 at 19:40

I registered for the Paris Marathon today. What a nightmare!

No running for me today although I have walked the dog a few times instead. 3 miles tomorrow and 2 on Friday before leaving on Friday night.


17/10/2012 at 20:04

Fiona- well done on the result

Tek - great picture

Mace- improve on my PB? In Snowdon? Ummm, no!

6.4m for me tonight. Legs are feeling better after massage, but piriformis stretches coming up in a bit. Looking at the perceived effort on a slow recovery run, it's pretty clear that I'm not over Chester yet.... Not going to be doing the planned Gwent League cross country this weekend- like I say, I'm not reday to race and it's not worth the risk

On a positive, got my Welsh Champs silver medal through the post today for Chester marathon

17/10/2012 at 21:50

Must be fab to get a proper medal jason, well done!

What date is Paris kaz, early April? Is that your favourite marathon?

Nice session Stuart.

Medical yesterday so starving until about 2pm after blood tests done. So as 2 years ago...and 4 years ago...still 1/4 lard, still 51kg, BMI 19.5ish. If I did not have 2 stone of fat to carry around I'd be so much faster  but no matter what I do I can't change my fat %, beginning to think it's just how I am.  The thing is if I lose weight I just know it'll be muscle!

Great picture Teknik. A couple of me on Sunday at the link below.



17/10/2012 at 21:51

So for the photos, first batch image numbers 107 and 109.


18/10/2012 at 01:02
Nice one Kaz, a replica of this year with a better result. Nothing wrong with this year but you have a score to settle

Like the photos Fiona
18/10/2012 at 08:54

AGF - Thanx.....just hope I can settle it!!

Fiona  - 7th April. I have only done two marathons so not sure about favourite? Its in the school hols so means me and my girls a nice wee holiday!! One week for them in Paris, accomodation and flights all booked so just training to go............

A very excited household here..........2 girls packing for Amsterdam, as well as being high about Paris........this could be one very long day!!!

18/10/2012 at 10:01


Good luck for Paris.


Excellent.  Are you going to post a picture of the medal on here?


I hate those type of blood tests. 


18/10/2012 at 11:34

Thanks all for the comments on the piccie - didn't look so relaxed by the finish line!

Stuart - have done a max HR test yet?

YC how are the legs now?

jayc - well done at Studland and nice report

mace well done on getting back to training. If you stick to 50m Hadd weeks for base, you'll be able to do the P&D 12w/70m schedule...highly recommended if you stick to the low end of the HR ranges they suggest.

OH - LOL re S2S and well done on the 10m

Kaz - in case I miss you tomorrow, GOOD LUCK, go smash it up

jason hope you recover soon

F great piccies...both feet off the ground in both!

AGF - I'm thinking about getting a charity place for Brighton - I know it's quite flat, but does it get bunched up at the start?

HM hope you get out for that run today, and hope the arm's not too sore...


10m at 80%max this morning. Felt a bit rusty and sluggish. Still can't shake this cold....


Edited: 18/10/2012 at 11:35
18/10/2012 at 13:02

Hope you and your girls have a fantastic time kaz, very envious of you, I enjoyed Amsterdam last year. You have trained so well so go for it!  Looking forward to hearing how it goes.

Teknik I'm thinking of the P & D 55-70 18 week schedule, never used their schedules before so may just pop in a few extra 20's and swap some recovery days for cross training but use the quality sessions to structure my plan around.

Hope the flu jab went ok HM4!



18/10/2012 at 13:27

Tek and Fiona - Thanx......I am so nervous??? I have never felt like this before!!!

Forecast for Sunday is quite warm for me- 15 degrees but with an east wind, whatever that will mean!! Pacing wise I don't know whether to play it safe or push, and hope that all will be fine

18/10/2012 at 13:51

I guess you'll know on the day kaz or at least once you've settled into the run. Good luck but whatever you do enjoy it!


18/10/2012 at 13:56

All the best Kaz - Enjoy!


18/10/2012 at 17:38

I think Jason ought to post a photo of the medal. It's the nearest I'll get to one

Fiona - nice photos, good form airbourne in both!

Kaz - enjoy Paris and have a good race.

Couple of photos from Studland; looking reasonably comfortable at the 1 mile marker and then pushing hard for the line at the finish. Stupid idea, running on sand



I must work on a better 'game face'


18/10/2012 at 18:54

Enjoy Kaz,

Tek,  If you are in the red pen in brighton there is no bunching. To get in the red pen you need to estimate a time below 3:45. You should do this. In the red pen you can very easily get to within 10-15 metres of front if you really want to. But there is no need. I was about 50 metres back and had no bunching was all runners of similar pace. I have had more bunching in a feild of 300 runners comapred to 8000 at brighton. If you are in later(slower) pens that it can take 5-10 mins to cross the start line and it maybe a slight problem.

The course is flat. the first 7-8 Miles has a few slopes( up and down) but at MP these are easy early in the race. Then from 8 Miles onwards is pancake flat.  I think its a better PB course than abingdon as you pass through brighton centre 3 times and there lots of support. abingdon is sparsley supported and your on your own a lot. At 3:34 pace there was plenty of space but also plenty of runners around to talk to/ run off.

Can only endorse as a great race !!

18/10/2012 at 19:52


Didn't manage to get out and my arm is just starting to get back to normal.  Well done on the run.

18/10/2012 at 20:31

Some good pictures coming out of the drawers

8.2 miles this evening  (5.1 with JS group) and rest with Els as before and afters

18/10/2012 at 20:32

Kaz - Good Luck!

Fiona - Nice pics

Tek - Good running. Not done a HR test yet, actually not sure how to do one to be honest. I think I read somewhere that you can just about max HR out during a 5k race? So I was thinking gunning parkrun on Saturday morning and seeing where that got me. Or is there a better method?

jayc - Good pics, looks like you're enjoying that sand

HM - Hope your arm is better soon


5.9 miles slow for me this morning, was going to be 8 but didn't have time.

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