2013 Marathon Thread

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02/02/2013 at 08:39


I think a short month for you guys would be equivalent to about 6 weeks training as looking over previous years the max I've done in a month is about 45.


I know that should be the point however I've not even done 10 miles it's only been about 6.5 miles but I had only ran for 4 days.


02/02/2013 at 12:53

A 10 mile run today in the sun. Shorts, Sunglases.....and gloves/Hat n  Took it easy - very enjoyable !!

Hope everyone having a good day !!

02/02/2013 at 12:56

Well done on the 10  AGF...and hardly surprising you got plenty of offers to look after Lulu..bet she wont get quite so much exercise while your away  though 

Nice and sunny here too but still in tights..it has to be very warm or racing for me to get the legs out..

8.1 miles in 70 mins

21 tomorrow 

off to work now

Edited: 02/02/2013 at 12:57
02/02/2013 at 12:59

Great 11 miles NN, noticing the lengthening days here too. Love it!  Good run today too but I'm with you, still in warmest tights, 2 long sleeve tops, jacket etc.....

OH work does sometimes conspire against our run plans. Hope you have a relaxing weekend.

If you stayed closer I'd be offering to look after Lulu too AGF!  You could always just pop her on the Inverness flight!

Hope you get out this weekend HM4.

Sounds like a nice run there AGF.

Did my 22 this morning in lovely sunshine. A few slippery patches but conditions perfect. Such an easy run, had company & time flies when chatting. Saw you near the end Stewart, that was a big group out!


02/02/2013 at 13:00

Meant to add with all the foam rolling (agony last night ) my knee seems 100% today so back to the roller!


02/02/2013 at 13:07


I should do.

02/02/2013 at 13:23

NP, hope the race goes well today

Tek, Hope the legs have recovered and the massage has done the business

AGF, nothing better than a fish supper , another good run today

SM6, Hope the legs are better and your run went well today

HM4, you're now getting back into it so those totals will creep up

Fiona, well done on the 22 you both looked very comfortable, it was a mystery mile group run today, must have been around 30 of us, I plodded along at the back as it was a recovery run for me after last night's effort. I'm a fan of the roller too, I'll be on it later today.

NN, my mileages are increasing and the body is coping, so I've got to be happy with that, another good run at low HR, well done, enjoy the 21 tomorrow.

Interval session last night 4x800m repeats with 400m recoveries between, started with a mile warm up and finished with a mile cool down.  Another tough session and  I was blowing a little at the end, but I'm starting to see some improvement, from the last time I did this session back in September.


 recovery run today 5m in a little over an hour legs are felt better after the run. 49 miles for the week

02/02/2013 at 13:36
Fiona nice 22 today in the sun
Good recovery run Stewart C

Managed 22.25 my longest run ever this morning , was nice and sunny but had a biting wind to contend with, happy with time at 3:15 splits 8.39 8.36 8.42 8.42 8.43 8.42 8.45 8.44 8.54 8.13 8.49 8.55 8.47 8.42 9.02 8.56 9.01 8.58 8.56 8.58 8.47 8.57 8.45 8.39 , felt okay at the end although and could have kept on going, a good confidence boost.

Hope everyone has some good running this weekend
02/02/2013 at 14:14
MG1, congrats on the distance PB, consistent pacing well done
02/02/2013 at 15:52

AGF nice sunny 10 miler

Stuart hope the legs are better affter the day off

NP lol. How was the race?

HM it's a start

Fiona fantastic 22m today...glad the knee's ok

NN good 11 miler yesterday, well done on today's 8.1m and good luck for tomorrow's 21m.

OH nice running and swimming. Enjoy the weekend off

Stewart well done on a tough speed session yesterday; nice recovery today and congratulations on the week's mileage

MG super long run - do you know yet what time you're shooting for in Rotterdam?


9m this morning, all ok here


I've found hopefully a more stable place for the race list...click here http://www.fetcheveryone.com/blog-view.php?id=53497



02/02/2013 at 16:16
Tek, well , my initial goal was for 3.45 but it's into the unknown as it will be my first marathon . Do you think i could reduce that a litltle?
02/02/2013 at 16:47

MG if you're feeling good after 22.25m, and with quite a few weeks of training left, I'm sure you'll do very well. 

I would say, however, don't do too many long runs at a pace close to race pace - you don't want to leave your race on the training ground, and the required adaptations to the slow-twitch muscle fibres come from low intensity running.

Have you got a recent Half time?

02/02/2013 at 17:32

NN - Nice running. I think your son should easily clear 1.35, I ran 95.17 off a much slower 10k time last spring. I hope to be faster than that when I'm as old as 31 though

OH - At least you go something done last night!

HM - A little is still better than nothing

Fiona - Nice long run today

AGF - Well done on the easy 10

Stewart - Nice intervals, I really need to get back to 800s too.

MG - Fantastic pace for the 22. Looking good for 3.45, at least

Tek - Well done


4.1 miles this morning @ 8.59. Legs were having none of it, so bailed near my house at 4 miles as I had plans anyway.

A gentle hillwalk this afternoon, 7.0 miles, 430m climb in 2.45. Tempted to re-attempt this 10 miles tonight as it seems to have loosened my legs up a bit, and I don't fancy doing 10 tomorrow, then 20 on Monday. Not sure its wise though.


02/02/2013 at 17:47
Tek, last half in October was 1.40,. Agree I need to slow the long runs a bit

Stuart 6 that's a busy couple of days coming !
02/02/2013 at 18:28
Hi Peeps lots of reading back.
AGF nice running in the sun
NN nice 8 miles enjoy your 21 tomorrow
Fiona another fantastic 22 miles in the bank and its great that the knee/leg is 100% so happy for you as you have put some great work in over the fast few months.
SC well done on the interval session and recovery run, hard work but worth it
MG1 fantastic 22 mile run for you well on the way to a PB
Teknik nice 9 miles in the bag and nice place for the list
SM6 keep at it, I know it's not always possible to feel 100% give the 10 a miss tomorrow and do 6 with the 20 on Monday.

Well race report. Me and the OH travelled down to my sons as he lives about 15 mins away from the start line he was supposed to be playing football but it was cancelled so he and the grandaughter came to watch as well.this was a 10k trail race and I wasn't going for a PB or even push that hard, 244 people had turned up and I always seem to feel a bit intimidated by all the young fit looking people. Anyway after registration and feeding some sheep I got a warm up mile in before toeing the line. The gun went off and the race started after the initial rush which was up hill at the mile mark on my Garmin I counted only 13 people in front of me so I took the foot off the pedal a bit and settled down. Over the next four miles there where a few hills one which was done twice and after the second climb up this hill I was in 10th place with two young lads in front of me I managed to chase one down and drop him as I went past up a little climb however I ran out of trail and as the finish line approached I ran out of time to run the other one down. So I came in 9th overall and 1st over 50 male vet and ??25 better off. Time 38:40 so a good day all round some good tempo running off road and an age group win second half of the day was hard as after a shower at my son and daughter in laws I supported my OH in her hobby shopping........
02/02/2013 at 18:28
Forgot 22 miles easy tomorrow
02/02/2013 at 19:26
Tek, glad you got through the 9 miler with no issues,
SM6, the walk seems to have done you some good, enjoy the 20 on Monday,
NP, great race report, well done on the age group win, I admire your stamina, racing and shopping in one day. Enjoy the 22 tomorrow

I forgot to mention I partook in my first body balance class last night after my interval session and I actually enjoyed it, I'm definitely going to the class more regularly.
02/02/2013 at 20:55

Just got in from work , will have an early night then get up early do my 21 then go back to bed and try to sleep a few hours before tomorrows night shift 

Fiona , I am evious you got the 22 done and dusted today, well done  and in company, I was meant to be running 16 of my 21 with my brother tomorrow but he has a stomach bug so cant run, looks like a lonely one for me  I dont really mind once I get going,

Stewart nice interval session and with the mile warm up and cool down the miles add up dont they, I too am going to a body balance class next week with a friend for the first time, glad you enjoyed yours 

Tek nice 9 miler, oh talking of the race list can you add me in for Abingdon marathon 20th Oct, I entered it last night ( why why why ???) I just couldn't help it

MG1 I would think you would easily go under 3.45 with splits like that for a long run that leaves you feeling fresh , do you use a HRM ? that's the best way to tell if you running to fast or not as Tek says don't run too close to race pace

SM6 funny how you think 31 is old lol..you must be about 15 then...

NP fab racing good for you ..nice to get some cash too, don't you just live running past those youngsters, bet they hate it..how nice to make it a family day too

02/02/2013 at 22:11

10.3 miles today, partly minor roads, partly farm tracks
Brief swim with water temp at 4°C (main problem was getting in to deep enough water to swim as tide was out)

Tek hope you enjoyed your 9 miles

Teknik wrote (see)
I've found hopefully a more stable place for the race list...click here http://www.fetcheveryone.com/blog-view.php?id=53497

- only if you're a signed up Fetchie

AGF - where are you just now?

FionaC - good to get a 22 in - just figuring out when I can squeeze a 20+ in daylight hours

NN hope your long run goes to plan tomorrow, you too NP

LOL at SM6's concept of old age!!

MG1 looks like your 22.5 went well


02/02/2013 at 23:43

Evening all. 

Aiming to run the Endure 24 again in June and have challenged myself to run 2013km before the end of the year, currently on 120km.


Not really a long distance runner (typically run 10-15km), but hoping to do at least a HM at some point later in the year also. Will be keeping in touch to read about training plans and advice scattered on here.


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