2013 Marathon Thread

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25/01/2013 at 20:16
SC easy day recovery for you nice
SM6 it's a lot harder running in the snow, hope you get rain soon, a few floods here now it's melting on the high ground.
Fiona hope you had a nice recovery day
Teknik for some reason I get the this picture of naked people doing this hot yoga
HM4 sorry to hear you haven't been able to get out.
OH you need a medal swimming in the sea in this weather
MG1 enjoy your long run hope the snow stays away.
Well lots of rain here, swam 1 mile this morning which included kicking drills then a recovery run this afternoon in the lovely warm rain as for the wrist the hospital is arranging some physio and I'm back on the 7th March, not sure if that will work as I have been doing as much as I can myself and its still bloody painful.
25/01/2013 at 20:31

Well still no snow here just more cold rain... off schedule today for the first time  instead of MLR 11 miles I did a very easy 8.5 as I am bringing this weeks LSR forward to tomorrow so I can run with my club, they are doing 16, and I know it will be nearer my marathon pace rather than my LSR pace (that's why I don't run with them often) no one seems to be able to stick to the suggested pace and if I don't keep up I get lost !!! it will be good hard run though, to get me out of my comfort zone 



Edited: 25/01/2013 at 20:34
26/01/2013 at 11:49

Fiona - Hope you enjoyed the rest day

AGF - Well done on get out with the dog

Tek - Hope you the weather hasn't gotten worse down your way!

OH - Swim must have been a bit cold this morning!

MG - Good work on getting to the gym, hope the LSR goes well today

NP - Nice swimming

NN - Good luck with the quick long run 


8.3 miles inc/ 26.26 parkrun. How I kept upright during that in an absolute miracle...

Gym soon, and weekly weigh in.

26/01/2013 at 12:03

HM did it snow again down there?  Froze overnight here...

OH sounds like a heavy weekend training

MG well done on another gym session...take care out there...

NP sorry to hear the arm's still painful

NN nice easy 8.5. Hope you survive today's Long Fast Run

Stuart well done on 8.3 including the ice-skating.  Hope the weigh-in goes well...

Jason - are you ok?


2m warm up then 6m trail run with the club. Really icy and slippery.  Hopefully it's going to rain later, which will clear the roads for tomorrow's club race.

26/01/2013 at 12:21


No.  It's nearly perfect winter running weather for me!  Sunny & 3C.  It could have done with being a bit warmer however you'd expect me to say that.


Well done guys.  1.27 miles in the bag for me this morning.  Depending on weather tomorrow (and how my legs feel as I did run a bit too quickly) may do 2 miles.

26/01/2013 at 12:36
HM4, well done on getting out hopefully that will be the worst of the bad weather
26/01/2013 at 12:44


Hope so.

26/01/2013 at 12:46
Pavements and roads were deadly this morning so went to the gym , 25 k on the treadmill is so boring but better than nothing I guess, not sure running that far on the treadmill is good for the legs.

Hope everyone has some good running this weekend.
26/01/2013 at 12:49

Nice running yesterday AGF, I hope your head cold is better?

Well done on the icy run Teknik. Very icy here in places today but a stunning day, blue skies.

Sounds like a fun weekend OH

Did you get the long run MG1?

NP another great hill run and amazing recovery pace yesterday.

NN hope the long run goes well today. No harm changing the schedule to suit, I just use them as a very rough guide!

Stuart well done on the parkrun and good luck with the weigh in - you should do it after a long run

Well done on getting out HM4, will be great to get another one tomorrow!

21 miles for me this morning, just loved it - so sunny! Chilly and breezy but can't get much better for January. A fair bit of black ice but stayed on my feet. Av pace 8:16mm and felt relaxed all the way round. Happy.


26/01/2013 at 13:28

HM well done for getting out

MG good long treddie run

Fiona fantastic 21 miler, great pace too.  

NP - forgot to say LOL at your yoga image...I have to say, the first week, someone turned up in a bikini.  Funnily enough, I haven't missed a session since...

26/01/2013 at 13:48
Fiona C no outdoor long run pavements, roads and canal paths too dangerous so 25 k long treadmill run, hopefully that's the last snow and ice for the winter.

Looks like you have had a great morning !
26/01/2013 at 13:53
NP, nice recovery run, hope the physio session help,
NN, enjoy the long run today, hopefully it won't be too fast,
SM6, good run today and it sounded like a tricky parkrun,
Tek, another good run today, good luck with the club race tomorrow,
MG1, nice dread mill session
Fiona, another good 20+ miler in the bank, well done
Tek, lol I'm sure the class is now over subscribed

I did parkrun this morning, it was the first since may last year so I was expecting a pb (31:xx) conditions were good, it rained last night, making the underfoot conditions slippery in places. I went out too fast 8:01mm slowed considerably too 8:45, 8:47mm

Finished in 26:17m, got to be happy with a PB
Planning a recovery run later, as I didn't have time this morning
26/01/2013 at 13:55

Well done MG1, this is the first year (so far...touches wood!) that I've not done a 20 on the treadmill. In 2010/11 I did 3 but it's still good training.  

NP/Teknik, had a laugh at the hot yoga image!

Done some baking....now to wash the car (never did get it washed over Xmas!)  


26/01/2013 at 13:57

Cross post Stewart, great PB!!


26/01/2013 at 14:19
Sat in waterstones drinking tea waiting on the OH getting her hair done then its shop till I drop lol
NN well done on last nights run
SC well done on the PB and extra miles
SM6 nice park run and gym session.
HM4 well done for getting out at last I'm sure 3 miles won't kill your legs tomorrow
MG1 well done on the dreadmill
Teknik well done in poor conditions, was it you in your manikini?
Fiona fantastic 21 miles in the bank conditions much the same here blue sky but very cold and the further up my hill the closer it got and lots of black ice. Your in your grove training wise at the moment

Hill run 4 up 4 down 4 undulating for just over 12 miles great view over to Scotland this morning.
26/01/2013 at 14:27


Great running everyone..

Fiona fabulous pace for that 21 well done you..

Stewrat congrats on the PB...especially if it was slippery

HM4 still chilly for you then..where do you live..?

MG1 impressive miles on the treadmill I dont think I could handle moe than 3-5 miles.

SM6  so is it still icy where you are ? hope the pounds are melting away even if the ice/snow isnt..

Tek just dont wear a thong !!

Beautiful day here at the moment in sunny Devon, lots of rain overnight though and more to come later.

20 miles done and dusted..2 hours 57 mins ..16miles  with club then 4miles on my own I managed to pick the pace up from 9s average with club ( which is a bit better paced than usual)  and managed  to do the last 4 on my own a bit progressive .9.06...8.52..8.45..8.38..



Edited: 26/01/2013 at 14:28
26/01/2013 at 15:31

Blimey - there has been some good running today. 

Fiona - Wow - Have you ever been so good at this stage of your marathon campaign. Brilliant running,

Night Nurse - another great one. Do you think it helped running 16 with others. Great to still have speed at the end too!!

No Pain - its sounds like your afternoon shopping is going to painful  ( for the wallet and min - lol ) Well done on your Sat hill run.  Your certainly running strong !

Great PB Stewart - Nice to see you smash expectations !

MG - well done on the treddie run. Needs must and that will certainly make you stronger !

Stuart/Tek, well done on your 8 milers. Souns like you both struggled with Ice etc. 

HM -well done for getting out and running !

I still have the head cold fiona, despite going to bed at 8pm last night .   That combined with very icy pavements etc made me decide to run indoors at the Gym. Banged out the 20 miler quite slowly as I wanted to run within myself. So probably all Under 70% MHR - but hopefully that means it will help with the body adaptions. Will need to do some Long runs with MP pace nearer the time !

Comfort food tonight. Sausage Chips and Beans Why not - earnt it

26/01/2013 at 16:54

NP - I think I got a PB today 2°C!
LOL at hot yoga
Well done on hill run in black ice today - hope the views were worth it

NN All our snow gone (into the sea perhaps)
Good you were able to get out yesterday
Today's 20 sounds impressive
(I never run as fast on my own)

SM6 still icy with you then? Well Done

Tek rain on our compacted snow made it lethal for a day

HM4 Good you've managed to get out

MG1 25k on dreadmill sounds devoted!

StewartC Well done on PB
(a while since I've done my one and only 5k - no park runs here)

AGF 20 mile dreadmill - devotion again!

Managed another 18 miles after my chill swim. All snow gone now but hail showers and a brisk wind to contend with.

Next round of Socialathon coming on ...

26/01/2013 at 17:34
Great running folks I've had a brief read but am struggling to take it all in at the moment as I'm feeling like crap last 2 days. Today I woke up at midday having turned in last night at 9pm !!! So ended up knocking my run on the head. Feeling well guilty now

21m tomorrow, just hoping this clears and I can man up.
26/01/2013 at 18:18


Petersfield (north east Hampshire).


I think I should be okay for 2 miles.  I've also got Monday & Tuesday off so I'm hoping to get out then.


Thanks guys & well done on everyone's training today.

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