2013 Marathon Thread

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13/05/2013 at 08:40

Nice to have a plan IJ.

The thing about the weight is I don't think being at racing weight is sustainable year round. It is really good to chill out for a while and eat/drink what you want, mentally as well as physically. By the time the world chaps come round you'll be as thin as a rake again NP!

Will you be back to 100+ mile weeks for the autumn campaign jason?

Good luck OH!!  Blowing a gale here today and just freezing, hate to think what it's like at Cape Wrath - it didn't get that name for nothing!

Looks like you're about to overtake the bloke in front of you Stewart!

NN our gym is great value too - £17.50 a month for everything, classes, gym, pool, track, jog scotland. I think a family membership is about £25 a month. My sister has entered the ballot so fingers crossed for her. She did say never again......!!

Should get a run later, will have to juggle training around this week; flying to Birmingham on Wednesday, back Friday but the running gear will be first to be packed!

13/05/2013 at 08:50

I have never been at racing weight fiona  Enjoy your travels this week. 

OH - good luck with your races this week sir !!!

8 Miles this morning. Its harder running in the morning 

13/05/2013 at 10:46

OH enjoy your race, look forward to the report. 

AGF well done with the 8 miles this morning.

Fiona enjoy your trip don't forget to pack the trainers I don't normally eat burgers or chips. And that type of stuff but for some reason I did whilst away and my sweet tooth kicked in  it won't take much to shift now I'm in to day two of my diet

NN and Fiona that's great value I pay £24 just for 10 swims gyms here start at around £30 plus a month.


13/05/2013 at 10:47

Jason that's great milage again your right back into it now

13/05/2013 at 11:06

Stuart hope you enjoyed your day off

Stewart nice recovery 6 and well done to your eldest.  Great piccie

NN nice 11m and glad the ankle's holding up

Fiona nice hill walk.  That's quite a long break from running for your sister!

IJ good plan - just don't go too mad on those races so soon after the mara

NP well done on the turbo.  Sorry to say what everyone else said, but a STONE !!!

Jason congrats on the first vet on your hilly 10k.  Well done on the mileage re-build.

AGF lol.  Nice 8 miler.


Another recovery 3m this morning plus some strides.  New streak has started.  I'm planning a few weeks of easy running, then I've booked a series of races - from 3k to 10k - to have some fun each weekend.

Edited: 13/05/2013 at 11:07
13/05/2013 at 14:09

1:58:31 just PB'd by about 20s (but last PB was on flat course so well pleased.

Windy but dry.

Horrendous forecast with 49mph wind and heavy rain

Light dusting of snow on hills overnight.

Strong gusts of wind the night before and heavy showers during breakfast.

vest , long sleeved top, waterproof and hat in order

However winds were moderate and mostly favorable and stayed dry for most of race. ( Horizontal hail now! )

Deer crossing the road as we headed out in 3 minibuses to start.

Met up with UTC from Scottish runners thread before start

First 2 miles were head into wind but still managed 8 minute miles. Across the wind at the head of Loch Eriboll then turning up the glen with the wind behind us.

The sun came out. The waterproof came off and my wife Elspeth swept by ...
...despite her recent injury

Easy run back up the glen. Passed 7 mile mark at just under the hour and realised sub2and PB were possible although all the hills were still ahead.

Wind was really only a problem at one leg of the hair pin bends where wind was channeled right against us. Last 1.5 miles were tough into the wind too.

Mile markers were quite optimistic and there was a clear half mile to the finish at the 13 mile mark.

Crossed the line at 1:58:31. Well pleased

Pub Quiz tonight.

Short off road "hill" race tomorrow.

13/05/2013 at 14:11

the races I'm doing are part of my club's road runners' league: the first 10k will be a time trial to see if the last 10k was a blip, the 5k will be a hard-arse sprint and the next 10k will be a hard-arse sprint, though as it's June by then, the marathon will be long gone and nearly forgotten!

13/05/2013 at 14:43

OH, congrats on getting a new PB especially given that the conditions were not favourable, loved the report, good luck with the quiz tonight and the hill race tomorrow 

13/05/2013 at 14:51

OH - excellent result! Well done on the new pb!!!

IJ- good luck with the races

tek- thanks, but I was first last year, not this year Good luck with the streak

NP- getting back to it, mate

AGF- I find morning runs harser too, but not so bad when it's daylight....

Fiona- have a good trip

Just found this training plan- might give it a bash- looks like a nice mix  http://www.209events.com/file/253.pdf

13/05/2013 at 15:14

OH well done nice to PB on such a tough course.

Fiona trainers are even more important to me than hair straighteners when it come to packing..

NP I a sure the weight will drop off, thats one thing men seem to be able to get to grips with easier than women, thats why I would rather not put it on in  the first place ,I honestly cant remember the last time I had burger and chips..although I do like the odd cake and chocolate of course..

Tek 5k-10k fun ?!..nice to have a plan

AGF I dont know about harder to run in the morning, I find it virtually impossible, nice 8 miler there.

Jason I am sure that plan will suit someone like you good luck with that.

spinning later for me I will jog the long way round to the gym and back to get 4 easy miles done, 

Edited: 13/05/2013 at 15:23
13/05/2013 at 15:15

great link, Jason. I'm pleased to note that it's not too dissimilar from my plan, except that the numebrs are just bigger! I think the main difference is that when Mike Grattan says to jog for an hour, he means a 10 mile run whereas if I jog for an hour it's 6-7 miles!

- OH, well done, great effort in tough conditions!

13/05/2013 at 15:29

IJ- same as me then my 6.5 recovery runs are just under the hour- 52-54 mins

NN- enjoy the spinning and jogging


13/05/2013 at 15:42

Erm I will rephrase that..easy RUN to gym I am not a jogger 

13/05/2013 at 16:06

I AM a jogger

13/05/2013 at 16:32

runners wear garmins, shorts (or half length girlie leggings) and t-shirts, even in snow;

joggers wear headphones, hoodies and tracksuit trousers or leggings



13/05/2013 at 16:35

Wow - now theres a segmentation of the running market   ......... I best go buy a hoodie

13/05/2013 at 18:00

OH congrats on a great race - PB ! and a super report. Enjoy the quiz night...

Jason sorry - read it in a hurry this morning

NN enjoy the jog (sorry RUN) and spin

IJ and AGF

13/05/2013 at 18:10

Congrats OH, and good luck to you and Elspeth for the rest of the week.

13/05/2013 at 19:02

So does wearing my garmin HRM while spinning, and the only person who hasnt bought a softie cushioned seat cover for classes mean I have just spinned /spanned or spunned ? which is tougher  ?

I have just runned and spunned..or should that be just  ran and spanned  ?now eating steak !!

Edited: 13/05/2013 at 19:06
13/05/2013 at 20:26

NN- good rinning and spinning

Just over 6m recovery run for me this evening. First post London double day planned for tomorrow Was supposed to be doing Swansea Bay 5k tomorrow evening, but the weather forecast has changed my mind

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