2012 Marathon thread

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18/10/2012 at 21:12

Tek,legs are getting back too normal fella,been running slowly these last couple of weeks and quite enjoying the relaxed feel of it all.Need to get a better base before i start my half mara programme for Alloa in March.Ive got a fair idea in my head of what my plans are for next year.Two main targets are.

1 Get my half mara time down to sub 1,45

2 A better build up in prep for another crack at an autumn marathon.


18/10/2012 at 21:17

That looks like a tough run jayc, great pics but soft sand in a race is just cruel!!

6 miles tonight on treadmill with 5 lots of 1,200m at 15k/hr and 200m recoveries. Achilles hurts a bit now, might be the new shoes as that's a new one on me! Rest day tomorrow anyway.



19/10/2012 at 14:58

Great pics jayc

Thanks AGF...very tempted now

HM thanks and hope the arm's ok now

OH nice 8m

Fiona good interval session...take care of the Achilles

YC and Stuart. There's a great summary of Hadd HR training here on Fetch http://www.fetcheveryone.com/article-view.php?id=434. The link to the original Hadd doc is broken but you can get it here http://www.angio.net/personal/run/hadd.pdf.  Trust me, it's the best thing I ever did... 

Stuart - I don't think you'll hit 100% on a 5k (I last hit 96%). Better to do a flat out 800m then a 400m...


Rest day...1.5hrs of hot yoga

19/10/2012 at 20:08

kaz- go, girl!!!

jayc and fiona- nice pics

Fiona- rest that achilles.... I LIKE P&D worked for me so far

5m for me tonight and legs starting to feel like my own again.

Picture of bling!





19/10/2012 at 20:09

Don't look very happy though!

19/10/2012 at 20:22

Nice one Jason

19/10/2012 at 20:23


Love the bling.

Stuart & Tek,

Thanks.  My arm is feeling more normal however I've had some of the other side effects which I didn't have last year.  At least I can have a lie in tomorrow as I've booked the day off because I knew it was going to be a working Saturday and it's also Chris' birthday so thought he could have a lie in as well.

19/10/2012 at 20:39

Nice medal Jason

Evening blast on the mountain bike tonight, 11.9 miles, 1171 ft ascent in 1:03. A couple of cracking descents too

Planning on getting back to the Sunday LSR this week, will be the first run over 10 miles since NFM.


20/10/2012 at 09:26

Nice training jayc

Kaz hope you're resting, not sheeing the shights of Amshterdamsh

F - I tend to mess around with the P&D schedules too, but they fit together very logically...ditto re adding longer long runs

HM good luck for your 10k tomorrow (& happy birthday to Chris)


10m at MP, reasonably relaxed. 

20/10/2012 at 09:28


Thanks.  I'm feeling quite crap after the flu jab so I'm not sure about the 10k tomorrow. 

20/10/2012 at 10:45
HM4- hope you're feeling better today....
20/10/2012 at 13:22

0.5 mile swim (OW) followed by 7.5 miles with a friend of similar pace, each pushing the other on.
Bright and sunny after torrential rain last night

JCM - It took me a couple of weeks to get to back over 10 and enjoy it again post marathon

HM4 Hope you both enjoyed your lie in and that you'll be rejuvenated for tomorrow.

Go Kaz Go Orkney!

Teknik - nicely winding down.

Edited: 20/10/2012 at 13:24
20/10/2012 at 18:30

Jayc - Nice cycle

Tek - Good running

OH - Does OW stand for open water by any chance? You're a bit mad if it does! Nice run too


Gym yesterday, 2miles on the treddy and some weights.

Parkrun today - Was hoping to run sub 22.00 but considering my lack of running recently (I've only ran over 10 miles once in 6 weeks!) wasn't too confident.  Somehow pulled a 21.20 out the hat, on a pretty dodgy course too. Surprised my HR only topped out at 197 during it. Might try a proper test next week.

Hillwalking this afternoon, much better weather than last week! We could actually stop and eat our lunch at the top this time! 9 miles in 3h30, 2450ft elevation gain.

20/10/2012 at 19:25

SM6 Yes OW = Open Water
 ... and you're not the first to question my sanity on these forums. There's a group of us swim every Saturday morning throughout the year (admittedly during the darker colder days it becomes more of a dip than a swim)
Orkney Polar Bears
Envious of the summits (but not of the gym and treddy!)
Well done on the Park Run

Edited: 20/10/2012 at 19:26
20/10/2012 at 19:28

OH- Brrrr!

Stuart- well done on Parkrun- and the hillwalk.

A few hills for me next week and legs are starting to feel like they belong to me again. 6.38m easy tonight. 12-14 planned for tomorrow, then all easy before Saturday

Edited: 20/10/2012 at 19:28
20/10/2012 at 19:38


I enjoyed the lie in and did feel a bit better from it.  However it was a mistake to walk into town (1.5 miles round trip) as it really wore me out so it's looking really doubtful about tomorrow.  It's strange as last year having a flu jab didn't affect me like this as it was only a sore arm I had.


Well done.

20/10/2012 at 20:14
Thanx everyone

It's been a long day, but in Amsterdam safe, and all sorted although tired and stiff. Kids knackered too so an early nite - I hope!
21/10/2012 at 07:58

kaz- best of luck for today- weather's great here, hope it's the same with you

Having fun here with a calendar, plotting  my 12 week plan for VLM and picking out tune-up races along the way

21/10/2012 at 11:11

12.64m this morning, and that's me just about done until Frankfurt.  Pleasing run - nice easy sub70%max, which is now 9.09mm

21/10/2012 at 11:13

...and also it was a welcome return this morning for my obliques, muscles I haven't seen since my twenties...

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