2013 Marathon Thread

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21/01/2013 at 20:36

AGF you are running really well, you've built up the miles and can get a few faster runs in, plenty of time and you have a great base! When you said you were eating too much I stopped and looked at my massive bowl of spag bol!  But finished it.  I'll try just to have one choc tonight. Love how Lulu bounds before she grabs her toy!

NP another great 'easy' day! A good recovery after yesterday's long run.

jason I always waken at the early time even when I switch the alarm off, it's really annoying! Hope you get a good rest.

Nice to get a change of scenery MG1.

6.25 miles for me tonight on the treadmill. Blowing a gale out there but no snow (yet). Just an easy/progressive one tonight. 


21/01/2013 at 21:08

NN, Another greater run and you must have been a little tired after three night shifts

OH, only a few flakes of snow here today, but the wind is strong and blustery

Carter, How's the marathon training coming along

Mace, hope you find a suitable stretch to run on tomorrow

AGF, Your dog is lovely, a bundle of energy

SM6, I hope you enjoyed the rest day

NP, good swim and run today, the cold bath is something I thought about.....but have always decided against it  the tea however sounds appealing

Jason, Enjoy the recovery week, that will be about 90 miles then

MG1, good run, it is nice just to get out there and enjoy it

Fiona, Good runs today the wind make it feel so cold.

Tonight's was a 60 minute, just over 5 miles recovery run, it was very windy and cold, but I got it done none the less, I was almost tempted to doing the run on the treadie at the sports centre, but as it was dry I battled the elements instead.

Stats for the run

60mins, 5.26mm, @11:27, avgHR 135(71%)


21/01/2013 at 21:11
Fiona- I will wake up- but I won't get up!
Stewart- nice running! About 90m? Umm... Thereabouts
21/01/2013 at 21:25


It's still pretty evil.  Parts are sheet ice and on the way home tonight one of the roads had black ice on it & unfortunately it's the main road into town from the A3M.


When it's safe I will be straight out there.  I'm itching to get out now - always a good sign !


Well done on everyone's training.

21/01/2013 at 22:14

wow 2 pages to catch up on...

Mace thanks. Still have to be careful with the knee. Well done on finishing week 6

NP monster 20 miler y'day. Good swim and recovery 6 today

Jason well done on your 20 miler too; that's a fine week's total. Nice recoveries today, and enjoy the lie in...

Stuart well done on y'day's 15 miles; good week's total

Stewart good progressive 12.5m y'day and solid 5 miler today

Fiona nice recovery and well done on the treddie this evening

OH cold baths are strictly for the summer, in my book...

MG well done on the 5 miler

Ksizzlepod there's a few HR slaves on here - good starting point is here http://www.fetcheveryone.com/article-view.php?id=434

NN fab 20 miler and well done on the HR improvement.

HM glad you're looking forward to getting out there again

Carter welcome

AGF great 10 miles with Lulu - loved the vid


3 runs today - recovery in the morning, then 3 miles to yoga, an hour's yoga (new class), and 3 miles home again. Total 9.5m, all fine...

Edited: 21/01/2013 at 22:19
22/01/2013 at 00:18
Fiona C, yes enjoyed the change of scenery but pavements were a bit risky, good running through the snow though in the parks, good run of yours on the treadmill.

Stewart C nice little run in the elements tonight.
Teknik nice days running and stretching for you.
22/01/2013 at 08:26
First snow settled - maybe get out this afternoon?
22/01/2013 at 08:59


Thanks & well done to you.


22/01/2013 at 10:09

3 runs is just showing off, Tek 

Stuart - some improvement there ?

Fiona - 6.5M on a tready is about 6M more than i can cope with .

Snow is thawing round here though still a bit slippery in parts and some really sneaky ice cold slushy deep bits

Headed out this morning for the scheduled 10M w/5 @ HM pace. Had to drop my niece off last night so drove around a bit trying to find some decent stretches but there was nothing really cleared enough to give me confidence.

On top of that, i've had a few twinges ( knee and calf ) since the weekend runs in the snow - i think it's probably due to the miles i did off road/cross country and probably just generally running in snow. So i ended up playing it by ear.

Did the 10, but only got about 2M in ( 2 x 1M ) at around HM intensity. And much of that was trying to run on the better parts of the road while avoiding traffic so not really an enjoyable run at all.

I think i'm probably going to take this week a bit easy and stick to around 70% HRmax as i think that's what my body parts are asking for. Especially so as it will be my biggest week @ 68M with a first ever 20 ( 21M  ) on Sunday.

22/01/2013 at 13:06

MG thanks; hope you find some safe parks up there

HM thanks

mace lol.  It's not easy getting the tempo runs in at the moment. 


6.77m in the snow/slush today at 70%max (which worked out at 9mm downhill on the path, 10mm uphill through an ankle-turning cow field)

22/01/2013 at 17:26
Mace well done on the 68 mile week don't worry to much at this stage about hitting every intensity.
Teknik well done on your 6.77 off road cow field run

Was to do 7 miles with 5 at Tempo this morning but with more snow falling during the night and during the run I changed this to 10 miles with 3 at MP which was still hard to hit in the snow, out later for a short recovery run.
22/01/2013 at 18:14

Just in from first run (slow plod) in snow this year - 11 miles including our local hill with track covered in virgin snow.
Biting cold wind made it less pleasant in parts and the snow covered a variety of hazrds beneath.
I did (unusually) have a mobile with me today but thought did go through my mind on the off road stuff whether I should also have taken a survival bag. In the event of an immobilising injury, it would be a while before anyone found me.
Now back in front of open fire with cup of tea

Tek mace NP good to get out
hope you take the 21 in your stride this weekend mace

Seriously not safe to do any tempo work- we've got some sheet ice hidden under fresh snow too

22/01/2013 at 19:01
Hi all. Well done on today's and yesterday's runs in the snow. Really good work and dedication. I felt cnba earlier but read the thread and thought bugger ... Best do something. Ran 5 miles tempo (7.07) and then 800metres at 6:40 so pleased I did it and thanks for posting your dedication.

Glad you liked the video. She's part of family now. Also thanks for comments on doing some speed work

Keep fit
22/01/2013 at 19:48

3 runs Tek! Well done. Reminds me of my 4 on Christmas Eve so i could have Christmas Day off

mace- the others are right- building the miles is the main priority at this stage- well doen on the milestone week (in advance!)

OH- well done on the adventure- glad you got back ok

AGF- I like your idea of "Best do something"!!!! LOL! Excellent running there

Only 1 run for me  today: 10.21 very easy paced miles- it's my recovery week

22/01/2013 at 20:18

8.05 mile trundle for me tonight, probably should have run a bit faster. Can barely feel my fingers...

22/01/2013 at 21:58
Never got out for an easy 4 miles people came to look at the house fingers crossed. Will ad a bit extra on to tomorrow's MLR
OH well done on your 11 miles.
AGF well done on the speed all you need to do is extend the 800 m
Jason nice 10 mile run mate.
SM6 well done on your cold run.
22/01/2013 at 22:00
Tek, another controlled run, good triple yesterday
Mace, you're right to listen to the body, impressive totals for the week too
NP, some more good running today, in tough conditions
OH, that is a good point I never thought about getting hurt out in the wilds, hope you have finally defrosted,
AGF, great session well done
Jason, hope your enjoying the recovery week, you'll be back to triple digits next week
SM6, good run has the feeling returned to the fingers

JS tonight, a two mile run down to the sports centre, took the three mile group, introduced them to stratherrick hill, didn't here to much cussing, then a three mile run home, nice easy running tonight, will be a harder session tomorrow, 6*1m with 3min recoveries.
22/01/2013 at 22:04

Well done on last night's run Stewart, were you at js tonight?

Nice easy run jason, you really deserve this recovery week!

HM4 hope it clears for you soon.

Nice running Tek - 3 runs and yoga is good going.  Sounds a tough run today too.

mace good that you got 10 done despite it not being best conditions. High mileage too!

NP another good days running, all this snow running must have same strength effect as XC!

OH nice running and sounds ideal being in front of the fire! Not much snow here, hope we have missed it.

AGF you've been putting in the miles, well done for getting out. This thread also inspires me to get going.

Stuart hope you've defrosted.

Cold here tonight too. Did 4m easy in the morning the an interval session tonight, 6.5 miles. Then weights. Home late via the supermarket so tomorrow's early start will be a tired one.




Edited: 22/01/2013 at 22:04
22/01/2013 at 22:04
NP- careful playing catch up, mate.....
Stewart- nice running/ leading Yes, back to triple digits next week and building miles and pace- but going to enjoy this week while it lasts Good luck with the speedy session tomorrow
22/01/2013 at 22:20
Fiona another great double days training.
SC good nights training enjoy your speed work tomorrow.
Jason I will only be adding 1 or 2 miles to the MLR of 13 so not much
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