2013 Marathon Thread

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25/03/2013 at 20:03
Two excellent days of running Stuart. Well done sir !!
25/03/2013 at 20:27
SM6 well done on the 18, I am only doing a two week taper as well my
last long run is planned for fri or sat this week, time will tell after the 14 th if it was right or wrong I guess
NN well done on your run yesterday, I think you would be fine cutting into the 3 weeks of your taper but I am know expert
Tek good little run today hope your left foot improves quickly
AGF nice shuffling earlier
25/03/2013 at 20:47

AGF - Cheers, legs are a bit tender now! Still got last weeks farcical half in them, as well as yesterdays race.

MG - I think I'll do 20 on Sat/Sun and finish up with 5 on Monday, so a 13 day taper. But I expect to do very very little running in the 2 weeks leading up. The taper mileage on the P&D plans looks mental to me. I really only expect to run 25-30 miles in the 13 days leading in. Probably do a lot of swimming though.

25/03/2013 at 20:56
SM6 was thinking the same sort of thing myself with plenty of crossing training and a few runs to keep ticking over. Looking for 20 -22 as the final LR
25/03/2013 at 21:02
Owe yes, nearly forgot, hour of cross training and intervals on treadmill for me tonight
25/03/2013 at 21:56

After reading the advice I think I shall probably go with the 21 ...SLOWLY on Tues as this week is mad shift wise, she ( matron ) kindly stuck me on an extra night shift tomorrow to completely bugger my week up..plus I have the eldest son and grandsons staying the rest of this week till Fri...oh for Christ sake whose idea was this ruddy P&D schedule 

Went for swim today not much just half mile but nice stretch out.

AGF I am truly gutted for you you were running so well I do hope things improve soon

STEWARTC  re the MP  run I would do it P&D style as part of the 16 , I did 17 with 14...you could do 16 with 10/12, dont do it instead of the speed work do it as well just to make it real hard core..THEN next time round you can do this fricking schedule

SM6 have you run a 20 just 2 weeks out before in marathon training ? mind you mine has a 17....yes this is a tough schedule to follow, thinking back to the beginning of December I was so excited and couldn't wait for it to start...BUT NOW !!! after 15 weeks and  over 850  miles run over the coldest windiest crappiest winter in 2000 years I really have had enough only and if I dont get a PB I will actually kill someone 

MG1 how can you nearly forget intervals ?? nice days training well done

TEK I take it you were in the purple top ? well done again 

Intervals tomorrow   800s ?  no far too easy ,1k reps ? no still too easy ..dont be silly 

6 x 1200s  !! and done as part of an 11 miler...oh what fun 

Edited: 25/03/2013 at 22:07
25/03/2013 at 22:47
8 miles along the old railway this morning
Walk around Buttermere this afternoon.
Finished having pushing card in snow ... !
25/03/2013 at 22:53

OH all that snow and you are still smiling 

25/03/2013 at 22:58

That should have read "Finished up having fun pushing cars in snow" (B!**dy smart phones!)
Yes still quite a bit of snow but quite pretty

26/03/2013 at 08:07
Teknik great race report, well done for not going off with your mate at the start and well done on a great PB again saw you in the purple top on the video The girl next to you was nice lol.
SM6 well done on your long run yesterday not long to taper.
MG1 same here for the last long run this weekend.
NN 20 on Tuesday will be ok you have got more than 90% of all the sessions in so your in great shape.
OH well done with the run and snow, I ran, walked ,climbed my hill on Saturday and went through drifts of 4 to 6 feet deep they are now up to 12 to 15 feet deep.
Yesterday I took a day off from training I didn't swim or run after my long run on Sunday I felt crap chilled to the bone and woke yesterday feeling the same. Feeling better today and about to go out for 7 miles
26/03/2013 at 08:13

 Its still very cold but the sun is shining !!

NP a day off will have done you good, I felt loads better after an extra rest day last Friday.

26/03/2013 at 08:24
I know it won't hurt and have banked loads but isn't it funny how you feel even just missing a short recovery run......I also think I've got to the stage where I am ready for my taper the weather just isn't helping. I will feel a lot better after I have been for my run
26/03/2013 at 08:51

Tek - not as good a finish as FRANKFURT where you nearly took off  Well done again mate, a well deserved obliteration of your pb

First running day of taper for me NP ... 7 recovery w 8x100 strides ; i feel like a right lazy fecker already

What's the general rules on quality during a taper ? I assume it's ok to chuck some MP miles into the remaining long runs ( 17 + 13 )  ? or do you run them MP +10/+20 ? or just slow ?

26/03/2013 at 08:55

NP - hope whatever it was is out of your system mate and i'm sure you can afford a little break.

We've been very lucky round here, hardly any snow to speak of but bloody cold. I know how you feel as i think i'm ready for taper. I feel ok but the weather is just a right downer.

This time last year was shorts and T-Shirt weather !!!

26/03/2013 at 10:01
NP hope the run does the trick and you feel better.
NN here they are saying not to run that far so close to the marathon. I got the scientific explanation and it makes sense. My last long run is normally a 24 but I'll go for a 17/18 instead.
HM4 well done on the press ups.
AGF and OH I hope you both make a speedy recovery.
Teknik and Stuart well done on the PBs!!
Stewart you'll be pleased to be tapering.
Mace MP in the long runs is good for the last few weeks.
Jason well done toughing out the 10k. Sounds horrid!
Doing a track session of 8 400's the day after a 2:33 20 miler not the best idea and yesterday my hip was really unhappy. Managed to hobble round 5m in the morning then skipped the hill session in the afternoon for a 4m easy run. Have done a sunny 5m along the beach this morning and all being well should get a longer easy run this afternoon. Felt a lot better today but still not 100% so decided not to do the 5m race tomorrow as I really want to do a good last long(ish) run at the weekend and reach the VLM start line in one piece!
I hope the weather improves for everyone, it sounds dire.
26/03/2013 at 13:26

Stewart - I'd do as AGF says - Sat parkrun as the "tune-up" race, Sun do the LR 16 with X @MP.  I'd also be tempted to drop the V.02 the following week and replace it with a MP run.

Stuart well done for slogging out the 18.3m

HM I sooo hope so

MG well done on the cross training and treddie intervals

NN yes that's me in the purple vest.  Nice swimming.  That intervals session sounds brutal.  In fact I know it's brutal.  Good luck!

OH well done on the 8 miles

NP I don't know what she was doing - if you see the start line she's right up there with the elites. Not fun letting 160 people go past you!  That Saturday run sounded hardcore.  Enjoy the 7 miler

Mace LOL.  Nice 7m plus strides.  Yes I think it's ok to add some MP miles, just don't go nuts.

Fiona that sounds like a really busy week. Hope the hip is easier this afternoon.

AGF - how are the aches and pains?


6.7m this morning, a bit on my own then through the woods/mud/snow with the club.  Left foot still sore but better than yesterday.


26/03/2013 at 14:20
Mace keep the quality in your runs just reduce the miles lol at the lazy fecker.
NN hope the sun comes out and stays out.
Fiona great running while you have been away in the sun, I hope you bring it back with you
Teknik hope the left foot is ok well done on the run in the woods.
Not to impressed with my run this morning still not feeling 100% so will run again later but all slow until Thursday when I will try some more speed work.
26/03/2013 at 15:32

Help fiona why ?? I think its the only time I will get to fit it in now 

Very impressive pace for your 20 miler Fiona  I went full blast at all the sessions there and actually came back from that trip knackered lol, so yes skip that race !!

NP be sensible hope you feel better soon

Mace have a good taper, no snow here either....all winter !!

Tek sounds like a couple easy days and that foot will be fine still VERY early since your race

Edited: 26/03/2013 at 15:47
26/03/2013 at 18:49

Well done guys.

26/03/2013 at 19:33

Second run of the day done in and around MP. Felt a little better

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