2013 Marathon Thread

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22/01/2013 at 22:25
Good man, NP
Nice double, Fiona
Right, bedtime- and no morning run
22/01/2013 at 22:29


Like others have mention, reading this AND the P&D thread really inspires and encourage me to get out the door when I don't feel like it, at least I have been able to do every run in the schedule so far without having to resort to a treadmill like some of you.

Fiona, a good days training, you seem to get doubles done on a regular basis, very impressive

Jason enjoy your well earned recovery week..

NP you seems to slog out every session in very bad weather gritty running, inspirational indeed..

AGF , I loved the clip of lulu..what energy she has..fantasic..

Tek 3 runs.!!! .well done you..

Recovery week in the P&D schedule..ONLY 55 miles

 Nice easy 8.2 miles with a few strides in 71 mins , very cold and windy with light snowfall, the first for us here..



Edited: 22/01/2013 at 22:32
23/01/2013 at 08:41

Nice easy run NN and I noticed that you have done really well sticking to the schedule. Great to get an easy week.

4 miles easy again this morning and not as creaky as last Wednesday after the run and weights.  Planning my MLR later. -4 this morning so might be 2 pairs of gloves tonight!

Hope the weather is improving for everyone.


23/01/2013 at 12:28
No improvement here, Fiona!
Just got sent home early due to sudden and heavy snow- and it was touch and go getting the car up my hill! Looks like I'll get to try out the Yaktrax on today's run!
Edited: 23/01/2013 at 12:29
23/01/2013 at 13:01
Jason hope you enjoyed your sleep in
NN well done on the easy run in the light snow, funny you said you get inspired by the training threads I think it's great and has the same effect on myself it's great for motivation the way everyone supports each other.
Fiona well done on your first run of the day after last nights run and weight session.
I got the OH to drop me off in Belfast again with two hats on and two pairs of gloves, for the first and last couple of miles there was ice under foot so I ran most of the 13.5 miles at or around MP
23/01/2013 at 13:03

Enjoy the recovery week Nurse - i spent most of mine (last week) stressing about snow, as i'm sure most did.

Hope it warms up on the MLR Fiona

jason, i'd be interested to know what you think of the Yaktrax as i was contemplating getting some myself.

14M MLR this morning and i was shocked to see so much clear pavement. Not complaining though, and the run was much more enjoyable than yesterday's 10M dodging traffic / sliding about. Ran it a bit easier than i normally do and felt good.

23/01/2013 at 13:06

NP x-post, totally agree ; when i wake at 5am i always look on here and have a read which makes it easier to head off out the door in the dark.

23/01/2013 at 13:46
Splits for today's run: 8:20 7:42 7:11 6:49 6:26 6:25 6:23 6:32 7:30 7:14 6:45 7:33 8:14 5:07 very happy to get some pace into a run this week
23/01/2013 at 14:07
Mace- nice 14 miler
Nice running, NP
Off out in a bit- nothing like as fast for me- loads of fresh snow now....
Edited: 23/01/2013 at 14:08
23/01/2013 at 14:09
Waiting a while on second thoughts- just until the white-out conditions pass.....
23/01/2013 at 15:01

Hi just got up..

Fiona , yes I have managed to do every session so far..only had to shuffle things around a bit over Christmas and new year,as I said  fortunately the weather isn't quite as bad in this part of the SW as in many other areas.

Jason I used yaxtrax a couple of years ago great aren't they once you get confidence in them, sounds like you have alot of snow to contend with today 

NP nice run.. I too wear 2 hats but one of them is a swim cap...seriously really toasty.

Mace nice ML run..

12 miles for me later

Edited: 23/01/2013 at 15:02
23/01/2013 at 16:53

NN- Hope the 12 went well. Today was my first run in yaktrax- i now LOVE THEM!!!

13m ML run done and dusted- hard work through blizzard conditiomns. Fun not worrying about pace and uneventful ..... until 2m from home when I stopped to watch a Transit van coming down a back road hill, thick with snow, fail to make the bend, mount the bank and land on its side! Had to clamber on top to open the door to help the driver out. Luckily, no apparent injuries and he was more concerned about his van - what a plonker!! Left him with some onlookers to wait for the ambulance I got them to phone to check him over. Only problem was, when I ran up the hill to the van, I forgot to start my Garmin

23/01/2013 at 17:00

lol jason

When i read the word "plonker" it made me think of Only Fools n Horses and i imagined you arriving on the scene of the van crash in your running gear like Del and Rodders in their batman and robin gear.

Rescued the van driver then ran off into the blizzard


I'd imagine, as Nurse says, the Yaktrax are great once you have confidence in them ...

23/01/2013 at 19:33
Jason. A local white knight. Good for you fella. Good deed done. Well done on your MLR.
Nice running too NP.
Thanks NN, hope your run went well
It seems today is MLR day... Well done Mace - top work. I laughed at you vision of Jason.
Fiona, hope yours goes well too.

A cut back week for me this week as last weeks cut back did not happen. Hence only 8 today... But I mixed the 8 up a bit !!
23/01/2013 at 19:48
NN hope your MLR went ok.
Jason well done on the 13m run and for stopping for the plonker, a couple of years ago I was called out in near blizzard conditions I had 360 blues on the Fire car flashing head lights, two tones and snow chains on, in fact they where on for near on three weeks. I was going as fast as I thought was safe for the conditions as some idiot passed me only for me to pass him about a mile up the road, when he went off road........
AGF well done on the mixed speed session.
23/01/2013 at 19:49


So do I.  I was hopeful today as it was 1C getting into the car at 7am however we had snow/sleet on the way home and it's going to be -2C tonight (the warmest it's been recently).


Sounds like it brought some excitment to the run - hope the driver recovers quickly.


Well done on everyone's training.

23/01/2013 at 19:57

NP nice 10 miler in the snow, and today's 13.5m at those splits looks like a tough day out!

OH well done on slugging through the 11 miles

AGF nice tempo yesterday, and well done on today's 8m

Jason LOL at the van story.  Was it this time last year you were throwing yourself into the hedgerow to stop in the ice...enjoy the Yaktrax

Stuart well done on that cold 8 miler

Stewart nice running with the JS group. Hope the 1m intervals go ok...

Fiona nice double with intervals yesterday, and well done in the cold this morning

NN nice easy 8 miles.  First snow!!   Hope the 12 goes ok

mace good running with the 14 miler. Lol at the Delboy vision...

HM hi


I went out for an easy 3m this morning in case everyone CBAd on the club run tonight. 

Of course, everyone CBAd because it's icy in patches here, so I ran on my own tonight. It was supposed to be a 6 mile subLT (MP) run, but it was too scary, plus I could only find 2 miles of safe road, then I turned home.  So 4m at 75%max rather than MP, and 7.7m for the day. 


Edited: 23/01/2013 at 19:58
23/01/2013 at 19:59

Rest day for me.

I once saw a similar accident through my car mirror with truck hitting the verge and turning over on its side. Driver unharmed. It was later written up in local paper as driver having taken evasive action to avoid a bus (I saw no other vehicle!)

23/01/2013 at 20:42


I have a place in the 2013 VLM, and I am not a long distance runner - in fact I am not a runner of any sort lol 

However I have been training hard and on Sunday I reached 14 miles in 2 hours 17mins - so my question is as a none long distance runner is this time okay ?

And also when I am in the marathon will it be okay to run and walk ?



23/01/2013 at 20:45
Ag- yes to both!
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