2012 Marathon thread

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26/12/2012 at 08:35

Glad to see you didn't let Christmas get in the way of training!!

I actually managed to get out at 4am for 5 miles(after telling the youngest to get back to bed as she wanted to get big sis up so she could open her pressies!), but the second run was replaced with walking the dog. Off for a brisk walk with dog now, then 7 miles before boxing day dinner with BF's children, so really a repeat of yesterday dinner since they are over.

Got an extreme weather running jacket from BF, guess what its mild outside!!

26/12/2012 at 10:26

NN welcome - great running over Xmas

F - great early run yesterday. Hope you're felling better.

MG well done on the 9m

NP great intervals yesterday

HM hi

Kaz- 4am! . Good luck for today's 7m


3.5m yesterday in the pouring rain, then 8m this morning in the sunshine. Knee appears to be ok for now, HR still crap.

26/12/2012 at 12:05

Nice Xmas running MG1 and NP another quality double!

Hope the MLRs go well NP and NN. 4 miles recovery this morning, sunny and bright.

kaz I suspect you'll be able to use it later - we never get consistent weather up here in one day!

Teknik good news on the knee and the HR will follow, must be your body fighting off all the Xmas germs! I am feeling a lot better thanks. On the chocolate gauge of 'wellness' I had a Quality Street yesterday out of duty and actually wanted a toffee one after breakfast today (although one was enough) but a definite improvement!  Planning to head out later for a fartlek but off to stretch now....


26/12/2012 at 12:56
kaz1 wrote (see)

Glad to see you didn't let Christmas get in the way of training

Um it has !!  feeling fat and sluggish today and we still have New Year to get out of the way  I think we should either move VLM a few weeks back OR move Christmas a few weeks forward .
Whose idea was it to follow a P&D schedule ?? oh yeah...mine.

Mid week medium long run done 12 miles in 1.55, stuffed tired and very slightly hungover only had 3 glasses of wine yesterday but that is all it takes for me 

Tek take care of that knee 

Fiona seems you are luckier with the weather than I am I got drenched ...AGAIN !!

26/12/2012 at 13:17
Kaz well done on the dark o'clock run with Santa
Tekniik glad the knee is ok well done on the two runs no sun here today and very cold again, it was blowing a gale during the night glad the wind had dropped for my run this morning.
NN well done on your mid week medium long run these do feel easier later on during the plan....

Just over 13 miles for me this morning on my MLR.
26/12/2012 at 14:10
Good running as always here- especially kaz with that 4am run!!

Combination of 25m on Monday and zero exercise yesterday left my legs feeling very stiff! Decided to scrap the planned 13m run in favour of 2 shorter recovery runs. Loosened up nicely by the end of a VERY WET AND WINDY jog
26/12/2012 at 14:43

Well done on everyones training.

Yesterdays excercise consisted of crutch hobble to my sis in laws table from Mrs YCs parked car.Then spent the next five hours lifting a wine glass and budweiser bottle to my lips.

Today a 1.1 mile hobble to the paper shop and back.

All good for the aerobic development and subsequent sub 4 mara attempt next autumn


26/12/2012 at 17:06

YC that 1.1 miles must be a killer on crutches.

Not surprised the legs were a bit creaky jason!

NP nice MLR.

NN I'm a bit of a lightweight with alcohol too, nothing yet this week but may have some bubbles tonight!

7.2m fartlek this afternoon. Went an undulating route so fast on the uphills and jogged downhill then just head down and steady on the long slow hill at the end. Working on breathing and arm swing and think that both helped - it just needs to become a habit now.


26/12/2012 at 18:29

Well done for getting out today FC NP JSN Tek NN Kaz
No running for me since Christmas Eve.

Yesterday is a sacrosanct family day but weather remained good today so had short kayak (4miles) while weather lasts. Bright sun on mostly calm seas.
More gales forecast for Friday (which may affect travel for daughters again).
Not sure if 6pm JS group run will happen tomorrow as a lot of folk (not me) are free through the day
YC plenty of room for improvement then

Edited: 26/12/2012 at 18:30
26/12/2012 at 19:24

Happy days! 8 miles in hail showers this afternoon - You were right Fiona!!! Jacket very cosy.

BF also got me kettlebells so they are going to get tried out tomorrow am, before a run later in the day after work.

I think BF has finally accepted this running lark!!!

YC - Crutches......so hard!! My daughter soon learned to manage them and get pretty fast but the blisters on her hands were so bad....

OH - More gales..........

26/12/2012 at 19:44


Good news about BF .


Was going to get out today (back to work tomorrow).  However it's rained solidly all day today

26/12/2012 at 20:12

Fiona,Kaz,OH - Being honest the 1.1 miles on the crutches wasnt the easiest thing ive done.

Ive decided that rather than go stir crazy cooped up at home for six weeks off work and no driving at all,i would rather try and do a little excercise every day.So the plan is hobble to the shop and back in the morning and do some core work in the afternoon.Mrs Yc got me a new medicine ball for xmas and ive already been trying out some seated excercises that i can do with it along with some dumbell work.

Dosent replace the cardio buzz from a run but it will have to do in the meantime.Rather that than watch Homes under the hammer ,Jeremy Kyle etc

Alloa half mararthon in middle of March where i hoped to get a new pb has been shelved with me just focusing on recovery and then when im fully mobile again hit the bike in the gym for a few weeks and then take it from there.Im confident of making a full recovery from this and be back running again in  10 weeks time

26/12/2012 at 20:31
YC you can get a cover for the foot and get in the pool I had one for my arm it only cost ??12 and the plaster never got wet once. You could do what Paula Ratcliffe did and do aqua running it would help.
26/12/2012 at 20:52

Fiona.. I sorry only recently joined the thread so would like to ask how often do you run twice a day ? seems a few on here do that .

YC there is nothing wrong with a bit of daytime telly.. I convince myself of that quite often on my days off work. 

26/12/2012 at 21:03
NN you should listen to episode 121 of Marathon Talk the interview with Nell McAndrew in that she explains about upping the miles to 80+ a week and running twice a day interesting listening.
26/12/2012 at 21:04

NP re aqua running ,i take it theres no impact on the foot when im doing this excercise?

Night Nurse- i think im going to have to get used to whatever crap is on tv during the day.

Im keeping my spirits up and if ive had an injury in the past then i tend too stay away from the forums as it got a wee bit depressing knowing that i couldnt run.But this thread has been great for me in the past year and i would miss popping in from time to time to see how everyones doing

26/12/2012 at 21:09

NP my schedule does have a couple of doubles a bit later on but I cant decide whether or not to try it maybe I will, I wondered how much difference it would actually make. I can see how much difference it made to Nell wow !! but she is another league altogether 

YC excuse me but Jezza is not crap. 

Hope the injury improves soon

Edited: 26/12/2012 at 21:12
26/12/2012 at 22:08
No she is not in a diffrent league she just trained the correct way but you should start doing the doubles now and build them up in milage rather than jump in and not be able to do the second one or second set as they take a bit of getting used to.

YC no impact as you do it in the deep end so your feet don't touch the bottom of the pool. I first came across this on holiday a few years ago when a group of French runners did it every day in the pool.
26/12/2012 at 22:38
Hate to disagree with NP, but Unless you're running more than 70 miles a week there's no need for doing doubles regularly- maybe once a week-? At lower mileages you're better off sticking to singles ( as a marathon runner- different for 5k specialist) and building endurance. At the moment I'm doing 3 double days at 85m and will peak at 4 doubles per week on around 110m
26/12/2012 at 22:42
Sorry but disagree as you can also build your speed sessions around doubles that's the good thing you can recover with the shorter runs not every one can get out and do 100+ miles or even 7x10 mile runs a week.
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