2012 Marathon thread

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27/12/2012 at 19:14

SM6- good to get a race entry in- a great motivator

4m to round off the day here 

27/12/2012 at 19:27
SM6 nice.
MG1 nice Gym session.
Jason another great days training for you, miles in the bank.

Nice recovery 6 miles for me done and dusted
27/12/2012 at 19:56


It's been horrible this morning, especially on a dark drive to work this morning with 1 headlight out and wipers having to be on double speed.


Well done on everyone's training.

27/12/2012 at 20:42

Hi everyone, hope you had a good christmas.

First run since christmas eve today. Missus got me a 610 so decided to go 4 miles and have a play with the HRM.

Started with 2 miles easy at 8m/m as a warm up then battered out 2 miles averaging 6:45m/m, above what i normally do as a tempo pace at 7m/m. Averaged 130bpm on the warm up, then 140bpm on mile 1 and 179bpm on mile 2 which was a slight up hill the full length. Max heart rate ended up 188bpm. Didnt feel the benefit of the run like i normal do but was good to mess about with the new toy

27/12/2012 at 21:27

MG1 and jason nice cross training.

Stuart, a nice early entry, great to have that in the diary.

Sounds like you had fun Spark.

More miles jason and NP!

A very icy evening run for me with the run group so we headed off road and ran up to the mast, in the woods it was a quagmire and my poor road shoes will never be the same again - mud came thro' socks and shoes!  Running downhill in the dark dodging the ice was like being a kid again!  6.65 miles with 280m of ascent, 230m in one mile.


28/12/2012 at 10:03
Spark enjoy your new toy and well done for getting out.
Fiona nice running just think how strong your legs are going to get with all that cross country running. It's also great to jump in the puddles feel the wind in your hair get muddy and feel like a child again, I think a lot of people would benifit from a great session like that.
Off to the pool now for my swim pity no slide or diving boards like in the pool when I was a child
28/12/2012 at 11:18
Just wondering how you all manage hunger in the morning with running. Going back to work shortly and Wondering when and what to eat before an early run. Finding I can't run before 10 just now as by time I get up and eat then let it settle.
28/12/2012 at 11:26

Jason/Np - soem seriously good running over the festive season. Great work. 

Spark. Like the new watch. In terms of eating I now have trainied myself to run in the morning on nothing ( or at most a few grapes or choc biscuit ). The first two miles are very slow but by mile three your body kicks in as normal  !!  I think those runs have helped my body learn to burn fat more efficiently ( probably wrong ). 

Fiona - nice to see that you have stuck with the running club. Sounds like your fears of being the slowest have not turned out correct and that you are having some fun doing some runs you may not normally do on your own?  Your nicely set for a good 2013 of running PB's

A relaxed week for me. Only 21 miles so far and do not plan much over the weekend other than a couple of smaller jogs. Back to the 50+ miles next week and hope that this weeks "rest" will help in the long term.  Enjoyed an hours progressive run today. Love running with the dog - but today was just good on my own.

HM4 - Hi

Tek - hope the knee is OK?

28/12/2012 at 12:26
Spark, up coffee dressed and out have breakfast when you get back home for Medium long runs have a banana and coffee. Yum yum......

AGF nice running without Lulu won't take you long to get back up to 50+ weeks.

I have a race tomorrow 10 miles off road this is done in pairs so will not be running at full speed as my mate is a little slower than me but not much then another race on 1st Jan again off road but this will be done as fast as possible and it will count as my weeks speed session.

54x25 m front crawl done this morning out later for an easy 6 miles.
28/12/2012 at 12:54

jason enjoy the medicine ball

Fiona nice double

NP good running and great swim...enjoy tomorrow's race

MG good gym session

Stuart well done for signing up for Nessie - like Jason says, it'll get you up and out running...

HM get that light fixed!

Spark enjoy the new garmin. I normally get up and run before breakfast if I can...same logic as AGF

AGF good to have a cut-back week.  The knee is ok, but I'm still just building the slow miles (no subLT runs for a month or so, I'm reckoning).


3m recovery jog after a very painful massage.  No yoga until the New Year

28/12/2012 at 13:25
NP- good running and swimming. Good luck with the race
AGF- enjoy the rest while it lasts!
Tek- glad the knee is ok, but glad you're being careful....
Spark- I often have toast and peanut butter or muesli before a long run. Shorter runs and it's just a glass of water. I'm lucky though cos I can run pretty much straight after eating
28/12/2012 at 13:25
12.01 very wet and VERY windy miles done in 1.23.44 today (6.58 av) splits: 7:20 7:34 7:34 7:16 7:11 7:15 6:41 6:41 6:37 6:33 6:29 6:31 2
Edited: 28/12/2012 at 13:26
28/12/2012 at 14:19
Cheers lads, hopefully since I'll be up earlier hunger shouldn't be an issue, crawling out of bed after 9 is leaving me hungry in the mornings.

Very windy 6 miles steady done there, tried a different route that brings me back up a steady 2 mile climb on mile 3.4. Realised that I'm really not good with hills, gonna replace Saturday morning easy with some hill work on the furlongs hill in Hamilton. Anyone that's ran strathclyde park will know it. That way ill not have to do any speed work after long shifts at work mid week.

Distance: 6 miles. Ave pace: 7:51. Time: 47:07
Lap1: 7:33 Lap2: 7:33 Lap3 7:47 Lap4 8:07 Lap5 8:11 Lap6 7:55
28/12/2012 at 15:59

No run today (working until 6pm) but nice faily walk in afternoon yesterday followed by 5.7 miles under the moon with Elspeth

28/12/2012 at 16:34

Good afternoon.. well its my morning really just slept off a night shift ready for another.
I will squeeze a 5 mile RR later though.

NP good grief running VLM with a stress fracture ? and still getting sub 3, I too
like to see how others approach their training..and I am open to new ideas as I seem to have reached a plateau and I guess as we get older we need to tweak things
here and there, not relying in youth to get faster, also what seems to work for one doesnt work for another..I think for me personally high mileage is fine although my high mileage is no where near that of some of you  I seem to be able to tolerate 50-60 miles a week without getting injured
Kaz respect to you for training at all with young children are you training now for a marathon ?
Tec nice run well and truly off the bench
Fiona thanks for the reply ..interesting to see how folk fit those 2nd runs in around work and other commitments, so does say 2 x 6 milers really have the same training effect as 1 x 12 miler ? 

Jason VERY nice 12 miler !! I guess when you are THAT fast you have time to run twice a day, impressive race times !!


Edited: 28/12/2012 at 16:39
28/12/2012 at 18:59

NN no the Stress fracture stopped me from running it this year could not run the length of my drive due to the pain. Hope you run went ok today.

Jason great running as always.

Spark well done on the 6 miles you put in.

OH  getting windy again here and it's heading your way.

Just over six miles for me tonight all very easy. looking forward to the 10 miles off road tomorrow.

28/12/2012 at 19:12

NN I don't think it would have the same endurance effect but if it means getting the miles in with less risk of injury then it's a plus.

Another nice day's training there NP. Funny how on last night's run that's the first time I've felt really strong and in control going fast on the downhill! Good luck with tomorrow's race!

I found out on Xmas day that I can run up to 12m on empty but will have a snack most times before I go out but like jason I can pretty much eat and run.

Your cutback week will do you good AGF.

Teknik hope the massage helped.

Lazy day for me, stretching, core work etc. Hope the wind dies down before tomorrow morning's run!


28/12/2012 at 19:14




I did don't worry.  Halfords fitted a new one last night !


Well done on everyone's training.

28/12/2012 at 20:16

Getting windy here tonight again, hopefully not a repeat of last weekend.

NN - yes I am doing Paris in 14 weeks,  so just really getting back to training after a few month easy due to illness.

Non running day here due to work commitments,  but I did fit in X training and core work A double planned for tomorrow, and then a LSR for Sunday as I have managed to get a half day instead of my normal 10hour shift

28/12/2012 at 21:47

NP..DOH I was in a rush and didnt read your post properly..I thought to myself I know no pain is your name but !!! really that would be going a bit far.And same here nice easy 6 done before work which is where I am now...honestly !! hope its not too muddy for your off roader unless you like that type of thing of course

Kaz you will love Paris if you haven't done it before ...just don't be too tempted by the wine at the final drinks station

Edited: 28/12/2012 at 21:48
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