2012 Marathon thread

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08/11/2012 at 09:52
Just about to head out the door for an easy 6 miles with a few strides.
Fiona I was doing doubles on a Tuesday and Thursday with a slow medium long run on the Wednesday. If you are going to do them don't just jump in split your run for the day and add a little the next time. I found that doing 2x4 building to 2x6 or 2x7 worked well for me. I also did one as a tempo and one as a recovery run. The first year they where both at tempo but it was a little to much.Fiona that's why I wear plasters on my nips is bloody sore in the shower otherwise lol.
HM4 have you any races planned?
Jason I saw your splits on Fetch that was a great tempo session.
Teknik, nice running looks like your legs are getting back to normal.
OH I can see Scotland from the top of my hill across the Irish Sea.

Will get a run round the Mall on Saturday as I'm going over for the Remembrance Day Parade.
08/11/2012 at 12:41

Lots going on!

The road to recovery here is slow but a can see a very dim light at the end of that tunnel!

I am only running a couple of times a week, if I am up to it. I have just done Sundays planned 7 miles today as my children are taking part in the Rememberance Day Parade on Sunday.(Eldest has been given the privelage of carrying the flag for the Girl Guides) Nice and easy and all ok,  apart from my old back injury being a bit 'nippy'. No problems with the other issues so hopefully things are settling down.

08/11/2012 at 19:53


All the races have been done for the year.  Next year I'm back to my usual races (2.5 miles in May, 5 miles in June, 5k September and club championships 10k in October)


08/11/2012 at 20:16

7.00 miles tonight, with 5x 0.52 miles @ 6.25,6.25,6.24,6.20,6.17 ave. 2 minutes of (very) slow jogging between. I'm not paying to use a track so I just ran between 2 lamppost down a flat straight cycle path, hence the 0.52 miles thing... Wasn't as bad I expected it to be.

I've had a bit of a think the past few days, and have decided I'm going to to spend the 1st half of the year doing the shorter stuff before doing Loch Ness in September again.

08/11/2012 at 20:38

6.76 miles tonight
Still no concrete plans for next year

SM6 Kaz keeping the running going through the dark days ...

08/11/2012 at 21:13

Thanks NP, that makes sense. Every time before I've tried doubles I got injured as I jst threw in extra runs. This time I'll build the miles, split the runs then build again.  Enjoy London.

Good to see you getting out again kaz.

Nice reps Stuart.

OH/kaz you'll be even darker than here in Inverness

6 miles easy tonight on the TM. Was to be reps but tired so thought 6 miles easy better than no miles.


09/11/2012 at 18:38

HM hope you're better

F nice treddie sessions yesterday and today.  I think I've now got a permanent scar from the HRM...

NP nice 6m. Hope you enjoy the jog around London tomorrow...might see you on the telly on Sunday, then?

Kaz glad you're on the road to recovery...hope the kids enjoy the Parade

Stuart good interval session

OH well done on the 6.76m yesterday


Short 5m recovery for me. Knee a little better. Think I'll start my new streak now...

09/11/2012 at 19:40

OH - Does it actually get light during the winter for you! Given that I work constant nights, I see next to no daylight during the week anyway.

Fiona - Nice run

Tek - Hope the knee is ok


Gym today, just done some weights. Planned to do a short run on the treadmill, but legs are a wee bit sore, so didn't bother.

7 w/parkrun, 4 and 12-13 planned for the weekend

09/11/2012 at 19:57

In midwinter it gets light about 10, dark again at 3pm. On an overcast day it never really gets light. Dark when you go to work, dark when you come home.
... but in summer, you can continue outdoor activities until gone 11pm quite happily
or if you are Kaz, start running at 4am in daylight

09/11/2012 at 20:10


My voice is coming back and I managed 90 mins on the phones today.  I'm so pleased I'm not working tomorrow.


Well done on everyones training.

09/11/2012 at 20:29

Tek, Just got around to watching your video. Nice One. You certainly were looking strong there. A lot of folk around - must have been lots of dodging folk all the way around?

Like the Pic too NP. Enjoy your time in London at the weekend. 

Well done on everyone elses training too...people all seem happy enough at the moment and planning for next year.

Things are good here. Looking forward to the weekend. Running, Football, Beer and Food. Happy Days   ( I am a simple man ) 

Edited: 09/11/2012 at 20:30
09/11/2012 at 20:34

Back to the hospital today gor a nice new blue cast on still got to go back next week not sure if they will pin it or not.... Went out the door for my hill run at 5pm as I fly to London tomorrow So Teknik look out for the Fire Officer with the blue cast.

SM6 Nice interval session.

OH nice running.

Teknik glad the knees getting better.

HM4 shhhhhhhhhh.......

Fiona agree 6 is better than 0





10/11/2012 at 07:41


Enjoy the weekend.

10/11/2012 at 10:56

OH - must be light before 4 in the summer? I was up at Fort William in June, and it was (what I'd call) light by the time I woke up at half 3. And you must be nearly a couple of hundred miles north of that. Depends on your definition of light, I suppose...

HM - Hope you're feeling better

AGF - Sounds like a cracking weekend Enjoy!

NP - Hope you enjoy London!


7.5 miles w/20.44 parkrun this morning. Shiny new PB to start the day 

I keep reading that the benefits of interval training won't kick in for a few weeks. Which I guess could be true, but the mental boost of being reminded that I can actually run faster than I think seems to help me straight off the bat.

Gym later on still to come.

Edited: 10/11/2012 at 11:22
10/11/2012 at 11:40

SM - Congrats on the shiny new PB

As for daylight, it usually is 'light' here, where you can see all night towards the end of June beginning of July, but it is proper daylight at about 3.30-3.45am. The best time of the day!!! Especially if there is low lying mist/haze, it makes for lovely early morning running


10/11/2012 at 13:02

OH blimey, hope you don't suffer from SAD

HM enjoy the day off

NP I'll look out for you!

AGF thanks - it was less packed than it looks, although the 50m section leading inside was a bit cramped.  Enjoy your week-end! (All men are simple)

Stuart great PB. Well done fella!!

Kaz...running at 3.45am?


6.5m with the club this morning...all ok here


10/11/2012 at 13:19

Yip TEK, I love early morning running, plus it frees up my evenings for dog walking and gardening.

I did tomorrows planned 7 miles this morning just as the sun was rising. Lovely views from the top of the hill out towards Hoy, although very guttery as I couldn't see where I was going!!  I must get a new head light that actually gives me some light!!! The one I have is just plain useless. If anyone has any suggestions??

10/11/2012 at 13:46

Kaz "guttery" - suspect I'm the only one who recognises that term on this thread
I hate running with a head light - I prefer to let my eyes get used to the available light - although often hampered by headlights on passing cars.
Agree the early morning light is often lovely but I've yet to get up to run in it!

SM6 - congrats on new PB

Edited: 10/11/2012 at 17:57
10/11/2012 at 21:52
Some great running going on well done, managed three laps of St James park all sub 7mm nice to stretch the legs.
11/11/2012 at 07:25

Good news is I'm getting there.  My voice is much stronger & I've now got a cough which is completely usual for me.  Will just have to see how long this will last.

Well done on everyone's training.



Have a look on Amazon at the reviews.  That should give you some idea.

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