2013 Marathon Thread

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30/01/2013 at 17:46


He looks cute and trouble.  Is he a Great Dane?


Today has been quieter.  On tomorrow's day off I'm going to be reasonably busy however if I get chance I'd really like to get out.


Well done on everyone's training.

30/01/2013 at 18:16

2nd run for the day. A few sprints up the local hill. Nice to be back running after a couple of days off

30/01/2013 at 19:49
Just a steady 4 miles for me to tonight tough against the wind but nice with it behind need to rest as legs feel sore.

Hope everyone has enjoyed the battle in the wind!
30/01/2013 at 19:50

Good running, everyone!


4.5 miles @ 9.35 this evening. Second half into a pretty strong headwind, almost bringing me to a standstill in places. Still, it was much less breezy than it was yesterday/this morning 

11 or so tomorrow evening or Friday morning.

30/01/2013 at 19:52

Fiona- nice running in the wind. Same problem here. seems that a lot of us are battling the elements at the moment Especially those in the North- heard it was pretty grim up your way, OH.....

Stewart- nice 5m

Tek- well done on the breakthrough- great when you get those!

NP- nice 14m and a good pace too there

AGF- well done on the double

Somebody was smiling on me this morning as I drove down to my usual morning run route- it threw it down with massive hailstones, covering the road in seconds and my wipers were struggling to cope. I felt pretty anxious sat inside in my shorts... by the time I ran it had turned to rain and stopped within 10 mins of my 6.5m recovery. PHEW! This evening my achilles were still a bit sore after Sunday's bashing, so i treated  them with doing my 15m ML run on the nice soft track. They loosened up enough for me to be able to run the last 6m at pMP, fairly comfortably. Very happy with this run 15.01m in 1.41.24 (6.45 av) splits: 7:10 7:19 7:21 7:23 7:08 7:08 7:12 6:58 6:48 6:13 6:10 6:07 6:10 6:09 6:02 4

I love it when a plan comes together

30/01/2013 at 20:34

OH blimey hope everything's nailed down at home

AGF nice dog run and well done on the hill sprints

NP nice MLR today

Fiona well done in the wind and hope you got out again tonight

Stewart thanks

HM good luck for tomorrow

MG nice 4m

Stuart well done for battling through on the 4.5m

jason wow - nice recovery and nice splits on the 15m!  Running track?!


2m warm up and down tonight and 10k at around 80%max as a MP test - came out at 8:20mm, so pretty happy at this early stage...

30/01/2013 at 20:47

Well done everyone for getting out there. Fantastic MP jason and Teknik the HR running is really coming together!

AGF sounds like you have a spring in your step after the rest! MG1 you'll be the same after a rest.

Stewart did you run or go to the gym; it looked busy last night.

Decided rather than battle the wind to do a hill session on the treadmill. Ages since I've done that so quite happy with it, 6 miles done.  Looks like it's going to calm down later tonight and hope it stays that way for the weekend!


30/01/2013 at 20:53
Tek - nice run! He track was softer on the joints and minimised the effects of the strong wind
Fiona- same idea here about wind avoidance. Just the track is slightly better than the treadmill well done on the 6
30/01/2013 at 21:36

MG1, a little TLC for your legs NP will recommend the cold bath, and trust me that's a different sort of pain

SM6, well done for getting out and it will have been tough in the windy conditions

Jason, the weather gods played nice for a change, another great run in the bank

Tek, are you planning running at 80% for your marathon

Fiona, well done for the hilly six on the treadie, I decided to give the run a miss, the plan for today was to do some 800m repeats at the track but it was just to blustery, so for a change I went to the gym, did some weights, ran on the AMT for 25 minutes and did a little core and stretch session.  JS tomorrow so I look to get the 800's done on Friday


30/01/2013 at 21:46
Stewart C, the cold bath doesn't sound too appealing but as you say NP is a believer which is good enough for me, 2 days rest then looking for a 20 m + LSR on sat morning, never run further than 20 before so will be a challenge
30/01/2013 at 22:24

Quick post..will read back properly during my long break later

My 14 tonight went like
managed to run progressive despite wind..which was more of a side wind than anything else..but really strong..

2 hours 5 mins

ave hr 75.9% pleased with that..

Edited: 30/01/2013 at 22:25
31/01/2013 at 10:54
AGF well done on the two runs yesterday.
MG1 nice recovery day, I'm looking forward to tomorrow
Sm6 well done in the wind.
Jason fantastic running that's my LT at the moment.
Teknik nice running.
Fiona great running and past 300 miles for the month is fantastic well done
SC nice training session, COld baths are a must and make your legs feel great.
NN great running still not nice out in the wind.

Well just over 7 miles done in gale force winds this morning followed by a cold bath
31/01/2013 at 12:44

Fiona nice 6m on the treddie

jason - good thinking

Stewart well done in the gym.  I am planning a few runs at 80%, and when the pace/HR has settled (no drift), I'll notch it up to 83%. If I get a stable pace/HR for 10 miles, I'll notch it up again to 84%.  The last mara I ran 30 secs slower than my Hadd 83% level - this time I'm going to push harder...

MG enjoy the rest

NN another set of awesome progressive splits...

NP well done in the wind


Long run this morning of 19m - 9m on my own on the flat tarmac, 5m with the club on an annoying boggy hill route, then 5m home. Av HR 71%, av 9:33mm.  Quite a tough 3 hrs in the wind and rain.  Decided to take NP's advice and knelt (n.b.) in a cold bath.  After 5 minutes I managed to stop crying...

31/01/2013 at 12:50

Ooh month end

277m (+154m); av HR 73% (unch); av pace 9:20 (-0.37)

31/01/2013 at 13:35

Thats a Super 19 Miles Tek.  An excellent months training too !!! Well done sir !!

Night Nurse. One word. brilliant !

MG - Enjoy the rest days and then smash the 20 miler

No Pain - well done on your run. YOu have had a cracking months training. Hope the wrist is OK.

Fiona - 300+ miles = 10 Miles a day average.Those morning 4 milers all add up !! Keep up the good work !!

A small run for me today with Lulu. 

Monthly Stats: 281.73 Miles @ 9.01   Thats at least 50 miles higher than record month previously !!  


Edited: 31/01/2013 at 13:36
31/01/2013 at 14:14
Teknik fantastic 19 miles and a great months training but you need to sit down in the bath
AGF another fantastic months running
31/01/2013 at 16:12


Tek hey !! what a great long run and LOVELY low heart rate well done you !!!

AGF nice month great running..5 miles more than me and 5 secs average pace quicker than me ..

SM6 I hope its less windy for your 11 today

Stewartc ..it makes a change to do something different a nice varied gym session there

Fiona impressive treadmill run

Jason your plan certainly is coming together

NP do you have a cold bath after EVERY long/hard run ?

6 recovery for me later.


off to collect youngest sons car now its in for a service...I wonder how he will pay for it..?

Edited: 31/01/2013 at 16:13
31/01/2013 at 19:16

Well done on everyone's training.


Hope the service isn't too expensive.

31/01/2013 at 19:26

Hope you had a good JS run tonight Stewart, nice and calm out there.

The long runs are all about the right pace MG1, you'll enjoy it I'm sure.

NN great 14, you're running really well.

Great long run Teknik.

NP nice running, I hope the weather calms down for you.

AGF great stats and 50 miles higher is lots!

Knee a tiny bit niggly so decided to take tonight off to stretch and foam roll and will do tonight's run tomorrow. It'll be good to start the month with a run rather than a rest day!


31/01/2013 at 19:46
Tek - great long run and a great month of running
AGF - great mileage for the month
NP - nice run, I must try the cold bath treatment! Well maybe..
NN - more great mileage for the month

I am enjoying the rest with legs feeling a bit better.
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