2013 Marathon Thread

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17/02/2013 at 18:06

Fiona cross post, WOW fantastic running and a great PB by 2 mins also on the plus side is it was after a poor nights sleep and  you also feel as if you could go again


17/02/2013 at 18:18

She (Fiona that is ) is good isnt she ?  amazing..

Nice 22 NP

17/02/2013 at 18:33

Thanks  very kind words.

Got 4 weeks til the next half and 9 weeks til the main event, we'll all be even faster by then!

Just tucking into a chicken curry (rendang) made with cherry tomotoes that had set up a permanent home in my fridge  


17/02/2013 at 18:36

Has anyone heard from AGF? Hope he's ok...


17/02/2013 at 18:58

Just had a look at your week leading up to the half Fiona nice sensible mileage, decided I shall drop the MLR 15 from my schedule before my half in 2 weeks and taper better ..I did one wed just gone and will do one this coming wed so not short on them

I am sure AGF will be here soon..its been a nice sunny day so probably enjoying the day with Mrs AGF and that lulu  it is strange though how you get used to seeing the regulars 

Edited: 17/02/2013 at 18:59
17/02/2013 at 19:25

AGF hasn't posted any miles on Fetch since Weds - I think he said on here he had a case of man-flu...

17/02/2013 at 19:41
Fiona and NN- great PBs
NN- good plan in the build up to the half!
Tek- great 20 from you too- nice racing!
NP- nice 22
17/02/2013 at 19:53

You've done lots of MLRs NN so sounds good. The shorter slightly faster runs for me (I think) were beneficial.


17/02/2013 at 19:59
Stuart 6 - good 9 this morning
Jason d - another good long run
Stewart c well done on the 20, agree on the confidence boost
NN - super PB !
Tek - another super PB
Fiona c - and again super PB
NP - great 22 with a great pace

Legs were a bit tight this morning so had a 2 mile walk along the canal paths to stretch the legs.

How time is flying, looking at the calendar there's on 5 weeks of full training left for me until the start of a 2- 3 week taper
17/02/2013 at 20:08

Fiona - That's an incredible time! Sub 90 next month? Or are you going to run that half at MP?

NP - Great run in tough conditions! Sounds like it's a bit wild everywhere bar Scotland

Tek - That's a great improvement! I take it you have an eye on 3.30 in May?

NN - Well done on the course best

Stewart - Great running, still plenty time to get another couple of 20s in and you'll be in great shape come race day!

Jason - Sounds a tough run, but as you say it's miles in the bank

HM - Well done on your run

17/02/2013 at 20:10


I don't do it very often so it ends up equivalent to cross training !  Well done on your race.


I did thanks  Well done on the placing..


Thanks.  Well done on your run.


Well done on the race.


17/02/2013 at 20:39

MG1 it's scary how time is passing!

Stuart; Inverness is a slower course so if I can get near today's time I'll be happy but I just can't run a race slower than my race pace so MP not an option.  No self discipline.



17/02/2013 at 21:04

Fiona - I know that feeling! I'm meant to be doing Alloa as a roughly 2 hour pacer for my mate, not sure how he'll like being paced out at 7.00m/m...

17/02/2013 at 21:26
NP, awesome running today, I'm definitely not over confident, but I'm hoping a couple more 20's in the bank should stand me in good stead.
Fiona, a 2 minute PB is an excellent result well done
MG1, hope the walk helps iron out those kinks
SM6, I know if it was me I wouldn't get past the 2 mile marker
18/02/2013 at 10:24

Hi Guys, I am safe and sound thanks. I stll have a heavy cold and have spent most of the last 3-4 days in Bed Not helped by the heating breaking last night and the bungling repair man causing a mini flood this morning !!   Yesterday I was busy celebraring the wifes 40th with relatives. I think I will be fine again in a day or two. It means I will have lost a weeks training - but hopefully it will not cause to much of a problem in the longer term.

NN -well done on the PB. Its a testament to your recent training regime. Congrats - hope you had a nice glass of wine to celebrate

Fiona - your race must be a fantastic boost. A brilliant time and PB. Well done - sounds like you paced it well and may even have a little more to give in the right conditions. You are well set for London and a cracking time. However look after that knee of yours - as you do not want it to hinder your big day in April....

TekNik, A super race and a cracking time. There is a direct correlation between your training your improved times. The thing about running is that its honest - you only get out what you put in and conversly the improvements that you have made demonstrate the dedication of your training. Be smug. be very Smug !!  ( ps we are even money who will do the better time in April....I dont care as long as we both do sub 3:30 )

NP/Jason/MG/Stewart, Well done on some super 20 (+) milers. Super marathon training !!!

Enjoy your long run today Stuart !!

18/02/2013 at 12:27

So there you are AGF it must be nice to be missed  sorry to hear about the cold, sounds as if you have had a busy weekend too, I am sure a few easy days wont have made any difference to your fitness.

just under 5 miles recovery run and then threw  a few weights around (dont really know why I do that )..lol but it keeps the bingo wings at bay 

Edited: 18/02/2013 at 12:28
18/02/2013 at 14:53

Top racing to you all .... a gutsy 20 jason, great ( and well deserved ) pb's Nurse and Fiona

Tek - great stats there, i'm not surprised you're feeling smug. Why couldn't you hit MP though as it looks like you were comfortable ? Was it in the head because you're worried about drifting ? Nevertheless, top running.

NP - crikey on another 22 ... your bank is fit to burst now, surely

Stewart -  on your first 20 ... glad to hear the boy is on the up

AGF - good to hear from you, hope you mend soon. Some of this stuff going round at the moment is horrible and you have my symapthy ..... my wife has just been diagnosed with mild pneumonia


Rest day today although i don't feel like i need it. Having said that, i've a record mileage week ahead so who am i to argue with Messrs P&D .... 


18/02/2013 at 17:04

AGF - Hope you're well soon!

NN - Well done on the run and weights! The weights are well worth doing I think, even if they don't directly help your running strong muscles will hopefully keep you more injury free. They're also an excuse to eat more, which I my main reason for hitting the gym

Mace - A rest day is never a bad thing. Hope the missus is better soon!


20.01 miles in 3.07.00 for me today. Off the top of my head that's 9.21 ave I think?

Really need to work on my nutrition/hydration on long runs, because my current method of maybe using 1 gel at some point isn't really cutting it. I was mega sapped of energy by 17 miles, and I'd have stopped there had the next 3 not involved a significant chunk of downhill. I actually stopped at 20, and walked about three-quarters of a mile home. Nevermind

54.2 miles (plus 3 gym sessions, and 20 miles on the bike) for the week off 5 runs is good for me, so despite a tough day today it has been a decent week 8 to go...

18/02/2013 at 18:42

NP really nice 22m miler on Sunday

MG hope the legs feel better today

Jason thanks

Stuart thx - just one eye on 3:30 (the gammy one...the good eye is still looking at 3:39)...well done on the 20 miler.  Maybe just a swig or two of glucose drink might be enough to convince your brain that it's ok. Good week's work.

HM lol 

AGF get well soon mate...hope the heating's on now (weather turning bad again after tomorrow).  You'll smash 3:30 at Brighton - not so sure about myself, although  there's still plenty of time for training gains.

NN nice recovery...lol re weights

mace - enjoy the rest day.  I don't know why I couldn't hit a regular 8mm - the average wasn't far off for the last 10, but you're right, my mind was fixed on the drift.     Luckily, with a few miles to go, I latched onto a couple of guys who were pacing themselves for an 8mm finish.


5.27m recovery jog at 70%max this evening. All ok

Edited: 18/02/2013 at 18:43
18/02/2013 at 19:39

AGF Nice to hear your getting over man flu, I just feel sorry for Lulu she missed her runs.

NN did not have you down as a bingo player.

Mace only halfway on the long runs hope you enjoyed your rest day.

SM6 Well done on the 20 mile run my last two long runs have been done with very little water, I think the more of these things you do the less you need, it also has helped with the drop in weight. Only 3 lbs off race weight now at 10st 10lbs

Teknik well done on the recovery run, how you getting on with the book?

1 mile swim (64x25m front crawl) this morning and just over 4 miles tonight recovery run all nice and easy.




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