2013 Marathon Thread

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04/04/2013 at 08:50

Andy/mabel - welcome

Sydeny - welcome. Like jason says. do your shoes fit ok ? Try different socks maybe ? I just use Tesco F&F performance sports socks, decent padding in toes/heel and rarely have any problems. If your shoes are decent and fit well then i don't reckon the socks are that important.  I've read Sudocream is good for treating blisters, and of course salt water shifts them pretty quickly.

Tek - re pushing yourself, are you doing any intervals at the moment ? Great pic !!

AGF - sounds nice and relaxed, take care.

Stuart - great swimming

MG - well done on the dreadmill

NP - sounds, err, fun !? You're a fireman aren't you ?

jason - LOLOLOL


Snowing as i left the house this morning and the wind was horrible. Seriously thought about canning my intervals but i haven't missed a set yet so gritted my teeth.

3m w/u , 3 x 1m @5k, 1.5m c/d

6:26 .. 6:25 ... 6:26  off 3min recoveries .

I do them on a half mile stretch along the promenade which was comfortable with the wind but murder back into it and was dry heaving  after the first one and thought that was my lot but the recovery got me back on track.

Enjoyed a bit of speed and it's made me feel less fat

Edited: 04/04/2013 at 08:52
04/04/2013 at 09:46

Morning, not had time to read back yet, will do later.

Bit concerned about a niggle in my ankle and a sore spot on the inside of my knee, both on the right leg, so skipped yestedays 12 miler in favour of some cross training I did my pilates class , an hour on the AMT trainer wow what a work out, then went to AB Attack class last night, good grief !! non stop the woman who took the class is insane, and she is running Taunton (local) marathon on Sunday, she did promise that she was resting after last night, mmmm a 3 day taper .lol

I just hope this ankle sorts its self out scared to run on it glad it taper time but..I will be gutted if it is still a problem this time next week, in the mean time I will carry on with the cardio classes/workouts they have just put our membership up so at least I will get my monies worth

cath up later 

Edited: 04/04/2013 at 09:47
04/04/2013 at 11:04

Tek - great picture

Sydeny Only time I have ever had blisters is when I had a hurried preparation before HM and laces were not properly adjusted.

Strange weather at present - bush fires on Skye reported today!

04/04/2013 at 11:18

((((Fiona))))- Right.. take a deep breath- there is plenty of time to sort your piriformis issue. Keep the stretches/ massage going. Personally, I wouldn't rest it, but would keep it moving with GENTLE recovery runs-??

NN- take care- hope the ankle is more in the mind than in the foot- these niggles ALWAYS appear at taper time...

mace- excellent going on the intervals- know what you mean about canning them- I felt the same, but I was on a track, not a prom!!

NP- seriously, hope you have a good rest and recover from  last night's ordeal

Primal diet is going well- i lost another 0.6lb yesterday, but seem to have MORE energy A new one this morning- breakfast was smoked salmon on a bed of rocket with a lime juice and olive oil dressing! Never had salad for breakfast before, but TOTALLY recommend it now!!

My "interesting" breakfast worked well- 7m including 5x800mtr intervals (splits-2.45, 2.44, 2.43, 2.45, 2.44) done and dusted  Pleased with that- especially as it is blowing a freezing gale again! Out for a few slower ones later on


Edited: 04/04/2013 at 11:18
04/04/2013 at 16:56

Knee seems better, but now I have a dodgy ankle/calve. And possibly a cold coming on. this taper isn't going well.

Didn't run today, just done some weights. Managed to do some lower body stuff at last, but just kept it light. I want to run tomorrow, but I'll need to wait and see.

04/04/2013 at 17:30
NP, an interesting shift well done on the 12
Tek, nice run and a great action shot
AGF, good to hear you're back at it
SM6, nice swim yesterday I'm also hating this tapering lark,
Jason nice double 5's yesterday and intervals today, will it ever warm up
Fiona, hope the niggle gets sorted I'm sure the physio will sort it out,
Mace, another great session well done with the speedy intervals
MG, nice session on the treadie
NN, everyone seems to be falling apart, hope the ankle is ok
OH, must be all the hot weather we have been getting, all kidding aside we haven't had any rain or a while

Some good news and bad, the bad news for me is I'm no better, no run since Monday and I'm going stir crazy, the good news my new trainers arrived and garmin are going to replace my HRM and strap
04/04/2013 at 17:56


Hope that's not going to be the case.


Hope you can get back running soon.


No press ups from me today. It's been really cold and we've had snow so I've now got a wheat bag on my shoulder. 

04/04/2013 at 19:42

6.4 miles done with JS group on a very pleasant evening.

04/04/2013 at 19:47

SM6- Watch out for the taper madness!

Stewart- I hope this weather will improve- no sign of the wind easing here yet though! Hope you're back running soon

HM4- snow????

OH- well done- glad the weather's better with you!

6.5m recovery run done tonight- howling gale!

04/04/2013 at 19:53

Hi all, joining a bit late in the season. Aiming for the Chester Marathon in October but with a few halfs along the way. Selected new races this year to liven up my running a bit.

Hope to pick up some useful tips and shae thoughts over the coming months. Good luck to anyone with races coming up soon!

04/04/2013 at 20:49

AGF glad you're back running

Stuart nice swim yesterday. Glad the knee's better; hope you shake that ankle/calf niggle and avoid the cold

Jason nice double yesterday. Lol at the breakfast. Nice intervals this morning and well done in tonight's gale.

MG well done on the treddie 6k

NP nice 12m MLR yesterday.

Sydeny welcome

Fiona sorry to hear about that niggle. Rest and roller will help I'm sure...

Mace thanks.  I'm not sure what the problem is - I was happy if breathless at 7:10 pace for my Half, but my breathing doesn't feel right at 8mm - and I know from past mistakes MP needs to feel comfortable.  Not sure what to do but I'm hoping a change in route will shake the chimp. Nice intervals btw

NN oh no, more niggles!  It truly is taper madness time!

OH thanks, nice 6.4m with JS tonight

Stewart sorry to hear you still have the lurgy. Yay to Garmin!

HM hope the heat eases the shoulder

Doc Pete welcome


Total CBA this morning. Supposed to be a 14m MLR but I couldn't get out of bed in time.  Did a 7m progressive treddie job, then did another 4.65m on the road tonight to make up for it. Snowing again here. HR has dropped again...

Edited: 04/04/2013 at 20:50
04/04/2013 at 21:03

DP Hello and welcome from another DP!

Teknik wrote (see)

Total CBA this morning. Supposed to be a 14m MLR but I couldn't get out of bed in time.  Did a 7m progressive treddie job, then did another 4.65m on the road tonight to make up for it. Snowing again here. HR has dropped again...


Is TekNik becoming HumanNik?

04/04/2013 at 21:17
OH Lol
04/04/2013 at 21:18

Thanks guys, got a physio appt for tomorrow at 1:45pm.  She does the local (Premier league) football team so knows her stuff!

mace nice speed session, well done for getting out in the snow - brrr!

NN you have my sympathy! Caught up with NP yesterday. I'll message you the meeting details for Saturday.

OH it has been so dry, lots of fires down Lochaber way - scary!

jason well done on the running in rubbish weather. Stunning day here. I'll see what the physio says about running and might get out for an easy one tomorrow.

Stuart I hope your ankle/calve are ok.

Stewart good news on the garmin, I'm sure you'll feel better soon. Just in time for Lochaber.

HM4 I hope the heat helps the shoulder, not good for the press ups!

Welcome DP!

Sounds like a decent days training Teknik. Shame that you and others still have snow.





04/04/2013 at 21:34

NN the RW messaging service did not seem to work so emailed you on Fetch!


04/04/2013 at 22:09
Tek good all round training
Stuart and Stewart, hope you injuries and niggles improve
Jason good training, your new diet looks interesting
Mace good speedy session
Fiona C hope the physio helps

Gym session with with trainer with core and intervals , rest tomorrow before final pre race longest run Saturday morning, looking at 9 miler with some race pace miles
05/04/2013 at 14:03
Hi Peeps not much chance of getting on here in the last 48 hrs or so just the nature of the job some times. Anyway it's lunch time now so thought I would aim to catch up a bit.

Welcome to all the new people
Fiona I haven't stopped since I talked with you fingers crossed that the physio will sort you out, I suffer from it now and again and you can get on top of it very quickly which is good news.
Mace that's some nice pace in your tempo run and looking strong
NN hope your ankle is ok and you are able to meet up with us on the Saturday afternoon, it's only two weeks and a day away now
Jason LOL at the bull shit, it's just been one of those shifts it just so happens to be my long week and when I got home last night all I wanted to do was eat and sleep.
Hope your wind drops as its been nice and sunny here but still very cold, sounds like you have a plan with the intervals and diet, cutting back on the carbs here as well as I'm now down to 10stn 8 lbs
I still think your on for a PB as you haven't lost any speed or endurance.
Teknik we all get CBA days but your well on your way to a massive break through in your time also running easy always feels harder than running at a good pace for me especially the closer you get to race day.
MG1 just keep a lid on your run on Saturday morning.

Well I fitted in a 12 MLR all at an easy pace on Wednesday at dark o'clock on the treadmill at work, yesterday was a 6 mile run with 4 miles at tempo 6:11 pace. Today I got to swim 1 mile before coming in to work and will do an easy 5 miles on the treadmill later. Tomorrow I will run the park run in Ballymena and add a couple of miles on either side. Sunday is a half marathon which I will run 9 or 10 miles at MP. hope to catch you all later.
05/04/2013 at 14:55

Stewart - Hope you're better soon

OH - Nice running

Jason - Good running in the wind

Tek - I feel like that most days! Well done on getting the miles in though.

Fiona - Hope the physio sorts you out

MG - Sounds a good gym session, enjoy the rest day.

NP - Good running/swmming the past few days. Good plan for the weekend.


3.1 miles for me today. Leg isn't much better If that wasn't bad enough, I'm most definitely ill. HR was 91 when I went out (it's usually high 50s/low 60s). And the inside of my mouth has swollen up.

I think I have a difficult decision to make in a couple of days...

05/04/2013 at 15:18

Just back from the physio and as you rightly say NP lots of stretching should do the trick. She did get into the glute with an elbow - ouch! But it really worked.  So jason I will be doing as you said and running easy for a bit. Back to it tomorrow as a bit ill overnight  some horrid work bug. Typical as I had taken today as a holiday and could not even run if I wanted to, such a waste of a sunny calm day.

Stewart I hope you are getting better.

MG1 take care on Saturday!

Nice plan NP to get the MP miles in the half (if you can hold back! ) You must be shattered after that long shift.

Stuart - rest! You may be ok if you do and can aways decide mid week.

So far first week of taper 8 miles. Oh dear - will get some miles in the next 2 days but it's not good.

NN hope you are ok.


05/04/2013 at 16:03
Fiona- don't forget to stretch it as well!!! Glute stretch AND piriformis. Hope you feel better now
NP- are you planning on tapering???
DP- welcome! Chester is a great mara! I have done it for the last 2 years. Wasn't planning on doing it this year as Snowdonia (3 weeks later) is the Welsh Masters Champs, but may be tempted after VLM to do both races again....
Another 0.5lb lost since yesterday and energy levels are great! Rocket and smoked salmon with olive oil and lime juice after this morning's 6m recovery run, avocado, red onion and tomato salad with smoked mackerel for lunch, plenty of fruit and a handful of Brazil nuts. Who needs grains??? Dinner will be pork chop, lots of mashed parsnip, carrots and broccoli. Also get a sweet potato cos racing our trail parkrun tomorrow
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