2012 Marathon thread

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22/11/2012 at 20:31

No run tonight.

Been down to Inverness for development day and plane was 1h late getting back.

Jason - fast

Tek - sounds err fun

22/11/2012 at 21:52

That must have been a good massage NP, hope the legs are recovered and the speed will soon come back.

Good that you are taking it easy kaz, lots of time in the New Year to build the miles again and come back stronger.

Nice track session jason and hope you are not flooded! Some scary pictures on the news.

Teknik, glad to hear the knee is improving.

Stuart work sometimes floors me too but I tell myself an easy run is always better than no run.

OH shame about the late flight and Inverness airport not very entertaining for any delays!

An easy 5m run for me Tuesday (tired) then a tempo run last night, 8 miles with 6 at 7:07mm pace and an easy 4m tonight. Can't stop eating now, been eating lots this week and still feel hungry. 


23/11/2012 at 11:42
Rest day for me today and out tonight with a couple of running buddies we have a run planned for tomorrow which should be fun after a night on the grog.
Fiona that was a very good Tempo session.

Out of interest what is everyone's tempo pace compared to MP? I would like to get my Tempo pace up to MP less 40 seconds (MP = 6:45 Tempo 6:05 or better still 6:00) Which on comparison with the pace of my PB's for the marathon and half are 6:48 and 6:08 (40 seconds).
I know that I'm not in that shape right now and the VLM is 21 weeks away, training for 2011 marathon involved 3 or 4 sets of Tempo runs a week and not only did this get me a PB in the half marathon but also in the marathon. For 2012 I cut back on the Tempo runs and did only 1 a week but also included .5 mile intervals which I managed to get up to 6x.5 miles at 5:10 pace

So what is best for me, as I never made the start line last year due to the stress fracture I don't know but what I do plan this time around is 2 lots of Tempo runs and 1 interval session, I also plan on slowing the speed of my midweek long run but keep in the running of the last few miles of my long runs at MP on alternate weeks. I also plan on adding a little more core work and strength work in the base period.
23/11/2012 at 13:02

I have 2 paces - slow and stopped!


23/11/2012 at 17:02


HM thanks

Stuart good speedy run y'day

Jason hope the car's ok

Fiona nice tempo pace!

NP: OK "tempo" for me is 7:20, or MP - 82 secs!! Or HM -30...Still a long way for me on that curve flattening, methinks


3.83m recovery, feeling a little easier today.

23/11/2012 at 17:54

NP- tempo pace is supposed to be between 10m and half marathon race pace. My half pace is 6.04 and I suspect I can do a flat 10 in around an hour (6.00pace). This is the pace in Daniels up to 20 mins, but then pace should be slightly slower for longer tempo runs. My marathon pace will be below 6.15 by April 21st As I've done nothing apart from train for one marathon or another (except for the odd ultra) for the last 2 years and have got stamina in aces as a result, my plan is to concentrate on reducing my LT threshold and  run weekly tempo session for next few months while running around 60-70m per week. Then build mileage in a 12 week P &D plan for VLM, but keep the tempo runs in the initial base period.  

Tek- car IS ok for another 12 months

Fiona- no floods here thankfully. Enjoy the food

23/11/2012 at 19:59


Depending on the weather I'm planning on getting out either tomorrow or Sunday.


Well done on everyone's training.

23/11/2012 at 20:14

6.8 moonlit miles tonight
No floods here and weather relatively clement

24/11/2012 at 08:09


That sounds a delightful run.

24/11/2012 at 08:59

Love the talk about paces and planning. If only we knew the magic formula! I guess when we look back at the diaries perhaps there were other changes like diet, rest etc that could have a big effect on the body.

My last marathon (a year ago) was 7:42mm pace, PB 7:39mm but I aspire to 7:26mm! For tempo runs I go by Daniels pace chart based on my 10k time (VDOT between 49 and 50)  tempo pace is 6:53mm adjusted for longer runs (per jason's post) gave 7:07mm for a 40 minute tempo and that felt ok!  So if true tempo pace is around 7mm then marathon pace should be faster.  All the charts say it should be so maybe I need to believe that.

I think I will be concentrating on much the same as you NP; I'll do more tempo runs - a tempo interval sesion, a longer tempo run and an interval session to keep the legs moving. Easy runs will be slower as the charts show based on above they should be 8:30 - 8:40mm and also MP in the long runs from the P & D schedules.

Last night went to the gym for my strength and conditioning work - squats, deadlifts and some lunges (they were just with the 15kg bar!!). The glutes and quads knew they were being worked!

Hope today's run not too tough NP!

Teknik good news on the knee.

Stunning day here, better get going on a nice slow run.


24/11/2012 at 09:31

Fiona- sounds like a good plan to me

Nothing like a morning track session to blow away the cobwebs 1m warm up, 5k with 20 secs recovery after mile 1 and mile 2 (hard and hurt!) and 1 m warm down. 5k was in 17.33- happy I could have held that in a race, which would have given me a shiny new PB Breakfast now! More slow miles later

Have a great day everyone- don't get blown away or washed away!!!


24/11/2012 at 09:36

Impressive run jason, a well earned breakfast - just heading out, need the sunglasses!


24/11/2012 at 09:42
More chance of been frozen here Jason nice session bit of a late start here, heads a bit sore and swear ill never drink again....... But was a good night the others are coming here for 10:30 for our run up my hill want to take a few photos a video for Marathon talk.
Fiona sound like the gym bunny in you has been let loose, funny how we are all so different when it comes to the sessions and time difference between each pace/PB but that's why I love running. What other sport could a 50 year old push and beat people in there 20's....
24/11/2012 at 11:08

NP: Bowls? Good luck with hangover hill

Fiona - enjoy the run in the sun

jason -wow that was some track sesion - well done

OH nice night run

HM I think you might drown out there this week-end


9.26m this morning, including a XC club run. Cold wet muddy but nice to see everyone, and I got given some "sub-4" cufflinks


24/11/2012 at 12:02
NP- darts? Dominoes? Hop the head's getting better!
Tek- nice running! Like the cuff links, you'll have to post a picture
24/11/2012 at 12:11

hi Guys....Sorry I have not been around much. 

So whats Tempo pace I tend to do all by running at 70% + one session a week at 80% + 1-2 shorter races each month ( eg parkrun or similar). Just trying to do that and manage 40-50 Miles each week is tough !!!

This week I Joined a running club ( spa striders). Today I ran 16 miles slow ( I am always slow)  and now I am off for fish and chips lunch !!

Happy Days !!

24/11/2012 at 13:05

Lovely morning here too short swim followed by 6 mile warm up in very pleasant soft sun.

AGF - sounds like you've earned the F+C

Teknik - yes cufflink photos obligatory

Jason that's fast

HM4 hope you get a good run in over weekend

24/11/2012 at 13:20

nice running AGF!

Here's the prezzie from the club



24/11/2012 at 13:22

OH cross post, sorry - good morning's training!!

24/11/2012 at 13:32
Nice one Teknik!!!
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