2013 Marathon Thread

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02/03/2013 at 13:10
MG, that seems sensible I'll take 2 with me
Tek, another good run, good luck tomorrow
Mace, hope the knee niggle turn out to be nothing serious, good luck tomorrow
Jason, hope you hae a good race tomorrow
NN, AGF, good luck tomorrow and I can't wait to hear how everyone has got on tomorrow evening.

6 miles with strides this morning decided to do the strides in mile 4, not sure when you're meant to do them but it was a decent stretch of canal towpath and into a stiff breeze, legs feel good apart from a little tightness in the left calf, nothing that a stretch and a foam roller couldn't sort.
02/03/2013 at 13:48
Tek good hill running this morning
Fiona C nice 7
Stewart C 6 miles with strides sounds good to me, just got into foam rollers, sem good for ironing out tight muscles

20 miles for me this morning, possibly the best conditions for about. 6 weeks, but still a strong north breeze to battle

2:53.54 with splits at 8.48 8.39 8.43 8.39 8.46 8.46 8.24 8.46 8.14 9.02 9.15 8.54 8.46 8.54 8.52 8.51 8.50 8.31 8.15 7.58 pleased with the finishing couple of miles
02/03/2013 at 13:58
Fiona I'm trying the SIS go ones, fingers crossed they will agree with me, well done with the 7, you running long tomorrow

MG, well done with the 20, finishing strong you are right to be pleased
Edited: 02/03/2013 at 14:01
02/03/2013 at 17:16

Just in from a nice easy 4m.

Stewart yes, planning a longer one tomorrow morning, probably down round the canal as it is nice and flat.  It was really breezy here today, well done on getting the strides done.

I have yet to find a gel that doesn't agree with me so hopefully you'll be fine!

Nice long run MG1, always nice to get it done. I'll be back to Saturday next week for mine.




02/03/2013 at 17:33

Spark - Nice tempo session, maybe use slightly longer recoveries? I was using 5 minutes, or half a mile.

Tek - Nice couple of runs, good luck tomorrow!

Mace - Hope the knee is ok

Fiona - Nice couple of runs today!

Stewart - Good running

MG - Fantastic 20, nice strong finish too


I ran 3.2 miles yesterday, would have done a wee bit more but decided to keep it short when I seen my heart rate was about 30bpm higher than usual when I went out...

Think I've done every bar run today Didn't sleep great (standard stuff for a Friday night) so took a non-running day and have done 6 miles of cycling, half a mile swimming and 8.5 miles hillwalking, with 750m ascent. 

10 and 20 back to back the next 2 days for me.

02/03/2013 at 19:12

MG thats a cracking pace over 20 miles, jealous.

Stuart cheers for that. I usually run that pace over 4 miles straight, Was trying to keep the recovery down to try and get back to what i was doing before. Im gonna try 1m warm up and 2x3 miles next week, ill keep the recovery longer then as you said. 

About to go for 4 miles easy before 15 miles tomorrow. Gonna pick a reasonably flat course for tomorrow. 

02/03/2013 at 19:30

Hi Peeps didn't get much of a chance to get on here yesterday up to my eyes in it at work, lots of reading back and some super running going on I'm looking forward to the race reports tomorrow

SC sorry I missed your Birthday 21 again

Well swam a mile yesterday morning at 7am and got out today for my hill run 16 down on my plan for tomorrow but might add a few on

02/03/2013 at 21:07

Well done guys & good luck to those racing tomorrow.

02/03/2013 at 21:36

So its me Jason Tec and Mace racing tomorrow, good luck guys

MG1 very nice long run splits and lovely strong finish ,one to be proud of well done indeed

StewartC 2 maybe 3 max gels for me on a long run, I dont know why they suggest 3 an hour  I take 4/5 during a whole marathon , have a good run

Spark have a good 15

NP I have a strange feeling you will add on .... mmmm about 6 miles ! why break the habit of a lifetime ?

Forecast for tomorrow is ok just a bit windy, so whats the betting an out and back course ? bet the wind will be headwind coming back !!! 


02/03/2013 at 21:51
Potentially slow course, lack of recent training....should mean that setting off for a PB is a stoopid idea.
Then again, I am stoopid! #crashandburn #couldbe messy # ugghhhh!
NN- I reckon that the wind will change direction so it's a headwind both ways, just getting stronger! At least, that's what happens round here!
02/03/2013 at 21:56

Jason thanks for that !! but yes a strange running fact isnt it either that or one of those even more annoying side winds !! as for PBs I have given up on them at my age so its course pbs and over 45 years old pbs I aim for now..

02/03/2013 at 21:59
NN- 45 here too
02/03/2013 at 22:25

I am not 45 now Jason..I will be 51 in an hour and a half !!  maybe I should now chase over 50 years old pbs ...

Edited: 02/03/2013 at 22:25
03/03/2013 at 06:31
NN- Happy Birthday!
Why am I up at 6 am on a Sunday morning drinking beetroot juice? Lol!
Have a good race/ LR everyone.
03/03/2013 at 06:56

Happy Birthday NN!

Nothing like a glass of Beet It jason!

Good luck all racers, I hope the weather is kind to you and look forward to the reports.


03/03/2013 at 08:24
Happy BIrthday NN welcome to the club but 1961 was still a better year
Jason nice t o have you back sir good luck with the race.
Fiona up nice and early must be going long
03/03/2013 at 08:27
Happy Birhday Night Nurse.....

Enjoy your long runs and races today....

I best get up !!
03/03/2013 at 08:36

Thanks for birthday wishes..

AGF getting up will be a good start  hope you had good hols have a good one today ! you will be surprised how the reduced mileage over the last couple of weeks will really help you today, I had one of my best half times after a 2 week holiday with just a few 4/5 milers to keep me ticking over..went into it feeling relaxed cos I didn't think I had any chance of getting a good time , which I reckon   also helps as I think we can waste a lot of energy getting nervous..

NP but 51 just sounds soooooo old  have a good run

Jason good luck  I havent tried the beetroot juice, has anyone else ? I do love beetroot though 

Fiona so is "just" a long run for you today ?

03/03/2013 at 08:40


Happy birthday.


03/03/2013 at 12:21

Llanelli Half

Ok, not a total disaster given the following: 1. my lack of running for the last 2 weeks, 2. the fact that the new course includes around 6m of trail running along a grit path 3. the fact that it was -4c at the start and +2c by the end, and  4. it was out and back and there was a headwind on the way back- not too strong, but FREEZING!

That's the excuses out of the way, but the bottom line is that I am not where i need to be at this stage. I did lead the race for the first half mile- lol! but finished in around 1.23.xx

Lots of speedwork coming up over the next 5 weeks to sort it, but otherwise I am not forking out loads of cash for VLM to make up the numbers.... 

Edited: 03/03/2013 at 12:21
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