2013 Marathon Thread

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18/01/2013 at 10:28


Mace, I've done a few hill reps and a hilly run recently and got the HR up to 188, so I've used that, I've not been enjoying running to HR over the last couple of weeks, seems like I'm fighting it and as a result I'm not relaxing, I'm still keeping the pace slow 11mm and I'm checking the HR after the fact.  I think I'm adjusting to running more miles quite well up from 30+ to 40+ a week, the majority of this is easy.

18/01/2013 at 10:31

NP,  At the moment my training times etc do not match up to a GFA attempt in brighton. My best recent race times give a Macmillan predictor of 3:19. I need at least 3;15 and i do not convert well over longer distance.  Its also a mind set thing. I am going to "go for it" but that means improving my 3:34 as much as possible. I do not want to be "dissapointed" witha 3:24 should I get it - as that would be a 10 min PB.  That would be crazy to be disapointed. However training times/miles are better than my PB so I am optimistic that I will see a good improvement.  The key to it all is to lose another 1/2 stone between now and race day despite havinga weeks holiday panned in the sun !!

Fiona, No - I do not sneak out. She has to Learn that I am "top dog" so to speak.  She gets plenty of exercise compared to many dogs and has to learn that sometimes I go out without her   I do however sit down with her for 5-10 mins before i go out and calm her down ( she lies back down in her basket ) from her initial excitement where she thinks she is going out.  Also if I just disapear then she goes looking for me and gets worried that I have left her. If she she me go then she does not really worry - just sighs and sulks....   ( sorry too much info )

18/01/2013 at 10:33

Stewart - i'd say replace the trainers mate. I think 500M is a sensible replacement milestone especially so if you're getting some niggles. How have you been coping generally with the mileage ?

18/01/2013 at 10:40

Good, I'm having to stretch and foam roll a lot more, the calves especially apart from that I feel I'm adapting well, with my paces being so slow it does take some time do get the miles in, fortunately I have a understanding partner

18/01/2013 at 10:42


Stewart - you do seem to be building slowly and if you're running all easy then it could well be the trainers need replacing.

Re HR, maybe that 188 is on the low side which is why you're fighting to keep it down ? I did a max when i started HADD and got to 173 ... 6 months later i hit 181 in a HM. Could make a fair difference to your zones.


AGF - sent you a message a few days back, don't know if you've seen it ?


Edited: 18/01/2013 at 10:43
18/01/2013 at 10:55

Another X post

Mace, you could be right about the HR and it is worth looking into, I think 11mm is about right for my slower runs given my HM time in October 2:03:xx and my goal of getting a sub 2, it will be interesting to review my HR readings running at a given pace over the next few weeks, 

18/01/2013 at 11:09
Mace well done with the cold 10 mile run, not nice out.
AGF well for what it's worth I think with the increase in miles and base fitness you can do it
Stewart I use the foam roller every day better prevention than cure, also use more than 1 pair of trainers at a time just to allow the cushioning to improve between runs.
Swim this morning 54x25 m front crawl no change with the wrist.... Weight down just dipping under 11 stone
18/01/2013 at 11:26

Thanks for the Confidence NP.   I was hopingto swim today - but gym has closed due to H&S  ( due to snow )

Edited: 18/01/2013 at 11:27
18/01/2013 at 11:37


I did get out this morning however I got sent home when they found out that the A3M was really bad.  Unfortunately where I live only has 1 main road to get to work.  However there are loads of little country lanes you can use but if the A3M is a struggle then you have no chance with the lanes.


Well done to everyone getting out running & well done for everyone's other training.

18/01/2013 at 15:39

Kaz: Let's hope it's the end of it all now

HM hope the larder is full!

AGF great day's total y'day. Shame about the dog run...

NP well done on the 2 x 7m y'day. Nice swim and impressive weight loss.  Enjoy the race tomorrow!

Fiona nice treddie sesh. Hope you enjoyed the rest today.

jason nice recovery runs. Sounds like you're kitted out for the MLR today

MG well done on the gym work

OH nice 4 miler...good luck on the LSR

Stewart well done on the runs y'day; hope you get out tonight.

mace I'm really impressed with that 70% pace


90 mins hot yoga this morning. 5.15m recovery this afternoon. Snow is settling now; pavement starting to be dodgy but the roads are ok.

18/01/2013 at 15:51
Teknik well done for getting out blizzard conditions here so ran an easy 5 km on my treadmill, looking forward to running in the snow tomorrow trail shoes at the ready.
18/01/2013 at 16:01


It is now .

18/01/2013 at 16:14

Can't run but have managed to walk 10 miles today instead, although not in one go!!  So definately on the mend.

Hope everyones alright in the snow.

18/01/2013 at 16:15

Hello. I've been lurking here for a few months and am about to take the first (and possibly last) marathon plunge for Cologne, which is an autumn event. This is mainly because I'd booked a few shorter events for the earlier part of the year and wanted to concentrate really heavily on the Cambridge Half in March and then spend much of the summer doing LSRs in the evening sun and finally shedding the paunch once and for all. Keep writing and I'll keep being inspired as you tick the days down to April!

18/01/2013 at 18:00

Welcome sevendaughters - from your name you have your hand full for the time for marathon training Whats your target for the HM?

Well done for getting out Teknik. and for the 90 Mins of Ygoa - you must be as bendy as a bendy thing !!

Sensible decision NP - Enjoy your run in the snow tomorrow. 

Nice to hear your out and about Kaz !!

Feeling smug here after 10 miles late afternoon in the snow. Quite tiring to be honest - it certainly makes you pick your feet up on every stride.  

Have a good weekend folks and keep safe !!

18/01/2013 at 19:15

Good training guys, especially in the cold weather!


Upper body weights this morning, as well as ~ 5miles round trip on the bike and a couple of lengths of the pool. Put my running gear on an hour ago, then decided I wasn't going out! I have either Friday or Sunday as a non-running day so as long as I get out Sunday it's no problem.

Weight has dropped by about 3lb this week, providing thats a true reading I'll hopefully see my weight reach 11'xx next week. Would like to see sub 11 before Lochaber, but I think that's simply unrealistic.

18/01/2013 at 19:59
6 - 8 inches of snow here in Birmingham , it's either a treadmill run or taking to the pavements in the morning, have just bought some Brooks cascadia trial shoes so may give them a go instead of my normal Ghost 5.
18/01/2013 at 20:00

AGF: fortunately I don't have seven kids! Target for Cambridge half is sub 1.26. Ran 1.29 in difficult conditions at the weekend (sand for 7k, freezing temperatures, wind) and I've six weeks left to get some real quality training done. Target for first marathon is simply to compete and complete!

Well in on the 10M in the snow, that's dedication. It was a planned rest today for me, at least that's what I keep telling myself.

18/01/2013 at 21:46

Evening..late check in for me slept all day and ran before work tonight

AGF When is Brighton ? is it the same day as the half ? my son is training for and running the half..and I know its soonish.

Stewart it may be worth as mace says checking that MHR I got a higher reading during a very hilly 10k than when I tried doing it the usual way by running up hill on my own..

Tek ..hot yoga ? whats that ? or is that an obvious question..just normal yoga done in a hot room ?  sounds horrible ..lol

Seven daughters great half times..welcome keep posting...and training of course

Stewart well done on the weight loss...mine seems to stay the same even when marathon training..I am always so bloody hungry at the moment and cant ignore the pangs..

Commiserations to those who haven't been ab;e to get out on the road,...

not too bad here very cold with light rain..

MLR tonight 12.4 in 1.52 9.36..9.28..9.20..9.18..9,02..8.56...9.07..8.59...8.49..8.50..8.40..8.38..3.30

HR 135 - 153  ......AVERAGE 72.2% (for the hr stat fans...)


Edited: 18/01/2013 at 21:49
18/01/2013 at 22:15

 some snow would probably nbe an improvement here just wet/sleety, cold and windy - not looking very enting for an LSR tomorrow (or anything else for that matter!) 

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