2013 Marathon Thread

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19/01/2013 at 21:07
SM6- nice parkrun +
Mace, Fiona and MG- well done on leading he charge on the early weekend long runs
NP- glad you enjoyed the snow in- hope it doesn't get in the way too much....
AGF- the snowman was great fun- but glad I didn't have to run through snow which, as you know, is HARD! But hen again, so is 16 on a treadmill! Lol!
OH- sounds like you've got he best of he weather! Bit grim further south in the Glen Coe area I hear from a friend who beat a hasty retreat from the mountains.....
Bit of a quiet day for me- an easy paced 8 this morning and an even easier 6.5 this afternoon
20 planned for tomorrow Then a RECOVERY week in double figures
Edited: 19/01/2013 at 21:08
20/01/2013 at 07:58
Well had my breakfast and waiting for it to settle, more snow dumped from the sky last night so running long in it soon
20/01/2013 at 09:01


I do.  When it's safe to run!  Although it looks as though we're going to get some more snow today.


Well done on everyone's training.

20/01/2013 at 10:03
Yes not good news from Glen Coe Jason.

Rest day for me I think. Still no snow
20/01/2013 at 10:42

Nice 18 milers OH and MG1 and good that the new Brooks behaved MG1. I love my Brooks GTS11s. Enjoy the rest day OH.

Stewart sounds like fun yesterday. Nice to get a change of route.

AGF great mileage there adn 45 in 3 days is a lot!

SM good to get the gym work, I must get there this week for weights as didn't go last week.

NP and jason hope the 20s go well today.

HM4 running in the snow is fun.

Did my 5m recovery now in the office for the day.



20/01/2013 at 11:02

Fiona well done on bagging another 20m. Nice recovery today.

Mace good thinking on the LSR. It's pretty bad here now...

MG good 18 miler. Well done in the slush

NP good running y'day. Hope the long run is going ok

Stewart hope the legs feel better. Well done on breaking 50 miles!

AGF great week's total. Enjoy the rest today.

Stuart well done on the weights. Is your resting HR up too?

Jason well done on the 14.5 miles y'day and good luck for the 20m.

HM lol

OH enjoy the rest.


Snowing quite a bit here now.  Today was supposed to be a club race but that was canned as the roads and pavements were too icy.  Ended up doing a trail run. 7.9 miles for the day, and another 60m week..  A hot bath is calling me...

Edited: 20/01/2013 at 11:02
20/01/2013 at 12:00

Well doneTek, solid mileage again, and i notice you haven't mentioned the knee for a while so trust that's all in the past.

I'm soooo glad i did my long run yesterday as it's been snowing constantly here all morning and my scheduled 5M recovery was a very very slow 4M ... but then i reckon a very very slow 4 is better recovery than a very slow 5

That's week 6 and the endurance phase of P&D done for me with this week's 54M recovery week.

Let's hope we all have a nice thaw and some warmer stuff next week.

Edited: 20/01/2013 at 12:22
20/01/2013 at 14:14

OH Well done on the 18 miles.

MG same for you well done getting it out the way.

Fiona well done on a super 20 and another great week of training.

AGF nice to see a mini battle going on on page 2 between you and Fiona

Teknik another nice run and good week of training

Mace well done on your recovery run and 54 miles for the week.

Well did just over 20 miles this morning but suffered running into the wind for the last 5 miles, ran through a bit of a blizzard and a good 95% was through snow, legs a little on the heavy side now. It would of been impossible to do any miles at MP I did push as hard as possible over one mile and only managed 7:15 pace but it's another 20 in the VLM Bank. Hot bast was needed to defrost






20/01/2013 at 14:29

Good grief NP  well done. !!! its hard to believe looking out my window that you all seem to be suffering with such bad weather...its bone dry here...verrrry cold yes...but dry and no wind..

off for 20 now

Will read back properly later..

20/01/2013 at 15:02

OH- Didn't realise news was so bad

Tek- well done on the trail run- a lot of races cancelled today Good week, too

mace- enjoy the LT phase I'm a week behind you, so looking forward to my recovery week

NP-Well done on toughing it out- amazing what difference the weather can make

I can sympathise with NP as I was supposed to do 20 with 10 at MP today, but my legs felt really heavy in the subzero temperatures and the last 10m were into an Arctic wind Managed a couple at MP, but it was far too hard and gave it up for another day - still a solid 20 though, so happy enough 20m in 2.18.31 (6.56 av) with 1.3m warm down for afters 


20/01/2013 at 15:10

NN - Enjoy the 20. You seem to be pretty lucky with the weather, not that it's particularly bad where I am either.

NP - Good running, must be tough going if you could only run 7.15 for the last mile

Mace - Nice total for a recovery week

Tek - Good run, and another good total

Fiona - Well done on the 5. I try to get to the gym 3 times a week (2 upper body, and 1 lower body session), but will probably drop down to 2. I can't really imagine not doing the gym work, even if only 2 x20 minutes a week. I do really enjoy it though


Following Mace lead from yesterday, I moved my LSR forward a day as the forecast looks awful tomorrow. 

15.0 miles @ 9.27, quite enjoyed that Heart rate was much lower today, which pretty much confirms my guess of lack of sleep being the reason behind yesterdays issue. Still, it was a wee bit higher than I'd have liked.

47.5 miles for the week, which is artifically (10 miles) high but i might try to maintain this total next week.

20/01/2013 at 15:35

SM6- Nice 15

Just checked my weekly stats: 107.84m in 13.29.23 (7.30 av). Looking forward to next week's cutback

20/01/2013 at 15:43

Jesus - great running in cold conditions Nice to see you've done more miles this week than I have totalled all year haha!


That's me signed up for Lochaber now, just need to get the miles in

20/01/2013 at 15:53

Fiona, hope you've fully recovered after the 20 on Saturday, hope you don't have to do to much at the office

NN, Hope the 20 goes well

Tek, the legs are ok tired after today's run but that's to be expected, good run and totals for the week

Mace, the decsion to move the LSR was a good one, well done on the slow 4 miler

NP, good 20 miler in tough conditions, I wouldn't hit those paces in my dreams

SM6, nice running today and totals for the week

OH, enjoy the rest day

12.5 miles today along the canal an out and back, cold with a very light dusting of snow on the toepath, almost perfect running conditions, today's run was this first with some HMP effort, and as expected it was tough, ran up the the Dochgarroch locks just a little over 7 miles and up the pace from there.

The first 7 miles @11mm, from mile 8 the paces were 9:44mm, 8:40mm, 8:41mm, 8:57mm(a puppy knocked me off my stride) 8:34mm the avgHR got up too 169(89%), the last 0.5m @ 11:20mm.

A tough run and it is going to be a big ask to maintain these paces over 13.1, but I've  still got 8 weeks.



20/01/2013 at 16:36

Another good mileage week banked Teknik jason and Stuart. Good to get the run done now Stuart before the weather turns!

Must feel like progress mace with first phase ticked off.

That sounds like a really tough run NP. The cold/wind etc really does affect the MP effort as I found yesterday! And jason a great 20 there too, another tough one done.

Stewart well done on the HMP session, these are really tough in training. Felt like I could have done another 20 today, legs fine as yesterday was easy pace. Just wait til I start MP!


20/01/2013 at 16:37

...and NN hope your 20 went well.


20/01/2013 at 16:43
Still snowing here in Birmingham, a good 8-10 inches on the ground went for a good walk earlier to stretch the legs, heading to Yorkshire tomorow for 4 days work, will pack the running gear which will hopefully get an airing or two .

Well done everyone who went out today.
20/01/2013 at 18:04

Hello all

you all seem to be seasoned pros at this, so I was after a bit of advice please

I have signed up for a full marathon this year, October 6th Bournemouth! After completing 2 half marathons last year in september and October and also in previous years.

I am now wondering if I should be using a heart rate monitor to help with my training?

Any recommendations or advice is all greatly recieved, 

Many thanks 

20/01/2013 at 18:21
Kirsty- hi! I don't use one and never have, but know a lot of the regulars do....
Stewart nice session
Fiona- fresh legs sounds promising!
MG- hope the snow sn't too disruptive....
20/01/2013 at 19:33
Welcome KIrsty, I only use one now and again to run easy runs and slow me down I also find it hard to get a good signal most of the time think Teknik is the HR expert.
SM6 well done on the weeks miles.
SC well done on your 12.5 miles, the pace will come.
Fiona sounds like your legs are starting to get used to the miles which is great.
My legs have just felt crap since this morning so filled the bath up with cold water made a cup of tea and sat in the bath for 15 mins, legs now felling a lot better, OH still thinks I'm mad so no change there lol.
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