My First Marathon...

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12/02/2012 at 18:03
Well done, I did not make it out at all today.  I had a large dose of CBA and warm comfy bed as the excuse, but it did snow over the ice, so didnot want to take any chances. Even Mr Steady agrees that me running when icy is asking for more broken bones, which I don't want.
12/02/2012 at 19:40
Ah, no ice or snow here. Apart from one small patch on the final stretch that nearly caught me out. I have been very lucky with the weather for training actually. It is still really quite mild.
12/02/2012 at 19:50
I'm doing my first marathon in April...the hull marathon...
I took up running again at just the beginning of December last year..
Just bought myself a Garmin 205 running watch and I reckon its the best $90 I've ever spent....

It's like an on board coach and I've got a far more accurate know of my current ability now..
I try and keep my runs all at 8-9 minute mile pace...
(If I'm on a flyer ill maybe do one at 7-8 minute pace)
(But as a rule they're at 8 to 9 minute miling pace)

As that's the pace I want to be running my marathon at I guess...

Last week 44 miles
This week 50
13/02/2012 at 10:57

Oo, flippin' heck. That is some big mileage for your third month of running! What else do you do Daniel? You must be super fit and sporty... oh, just noticed the 'again' bit of your post. On first read I thought you were starting from scratch

Still, it's a big build up. 

I'm hoping to just get around at the end of April. Ideally sub-5 hours, preferably sub4:30. In a perfect world, 4 hours. But I realise that I am not used to this mileage and have already noticed my general speed slowing down from the increased mileage in training.... plus, I don't really need the extra pressure of time as well as distance so I'll just keep going. 

I've got a 301 - super old and clunky now, but it still does the job. Though the HRM appears to have given up. Either that or the last battery I put in was really rubbish.

Rest day today! Lovely!

13/02/2012 at 15:01
Yes I'm having today off as well...
I did a 6 mile race yesterday and then another 4 to make it up to 10...
No,I've just lost enthusiasm a bit the past few days and found myself going a bit slower.
So I thought,maybe I need a day off or two...
13/02/2012 at 15:13
Well yes I'm an off and on runner...
The majority of my running diet is made up of steadg 4's at 8-9 minute pace
(Twice a day normally)
I find that easier than doing one long run of 8 !!!
13/02/2012 at 15:19
It's a good system I think cos if your going crap and don't really feel like it on that day...
You can still manage 4 miles pretty easily and call that it...
Wheras if your feeling good and strong you can go out and do another one...
There's nothing worse is there than feeling crap and forcing yourself to do 12-15 miles or summat just because its Sunday...
So,I prefer to run on feel more than anything else really...
(Otherwise I 'throw my toys out the pram' and chuck it in altogether....
13/02/2012 at 15:23

Ha ha , indeed JEvaNs, I have lots of time to train for a half. I'd be looking at Bristol or Cardiff though as those are the closest. Will have to see what happens.

Nice to see you're not training for a specific time as such but I'm sure you'll surprise yourself and 4hrs'ish marathon is most probably in your grasp.

Daniel - Sounds that you're doing well but not sure if you should be running all your training runs at the same pace, you need a combination of paces and most of your runs and definitely your slow runs should be at a slower pace than what you're aiming for in the race. Time on your feet versus fast pace. Good luck with your first marathon!

Edited: 13/02/2012 at 15:25
13/02/2012 at 15:29
You do need to do the longer runs as well, as you know, and it's better to build them up gradually. After all, at the end, you need to run 26.2 miles in one go and you need to build your stamina and your body to cope with it.
Edited: 13/02/2012 at 15:30
13/02/2012 at 15:50
i know,im just slowly getting there in my own little way,cheers.....
13/02/2012 at 15:56
Don't get me wrong Daniel, you're obviously doing really well and putting the miles in and lots of people get through a marathon with very different training. And who am I to talk anyway having never done even a half mara...
13/02/2012 at 18:27
Ah, but mikasa.... you could have a half under your belt by July! Is south Devon too far?
18/02/2012 at 15:53

Missed a few runs this week because of work, but have managed to wrestle it back to not too bad a training week. 13.5 mile long run - I was hoping for 15 or so, but I was running to work and couldn't find my camelbac and left the house about 20 minutes later than I had hoped I would, so I didn't have time to add loops of the park on at the end. Still, I felt good after the 13 miles.

Did a couple of miles on the treadmill this morning to loosen up - don't seem to have seized up though, despite the lack of cold bath, so it's all good.

Have also done a 5 miler this week and will do a 7.5 mile one tomorrow taking the weekly tally up to 27.5 miles. Not too shabby. Rest on Monday, but might try for another 13 miles on Tuesday evening.

I'm still really pleased with how it is going and I am feeling quietly confident. Mustn't let myself get complacent though. 26 miles is still a long way off!

25/02/2012 at 13:41
oh my. 17.4 miles done this morning! I can't believe it! It was a long way and I did have a few "euw. Oof. Pwwuueurrr."moments. But I did it, and I can't wait to do it again! I am going to do 15 on Thursday and then I am away for a week, so I will have a bit of a rest, just doing a couple of 6 mile runs to tick over.

and when I come back I think maybe a 10 mile, 15 mile, 17mile build up before moving on to 19.... And more.

what do people think about a longish run in an evening, followed by a longer run first thing in the morning? I am just thinking it might be a way to practise the running on tired legs for weeks when I want to step back total mileage or can't fit a proper long run in....?
27/02/2012 at 10:20

Well done JEvaNs, good work!

I'm getting closer and closer to deciding to do a half mara. I think I need a goal to keep me on the right track. It will be Bristol though as I don't want to travel for it.
When you did your first half mara, did you do any over distance runs? Did you do speedwork? I'm only asking because I've been looking at training plans on runnesworld and they do have speedwork my most plans only go up to 10miles. I'd like to do bit more than that. Obviously, I still have ages to prepare and if I get to the stage when I'm doing constantly about 20miles a week before starting the training plan I should be fine.

27/02/2012 at 21:27
I think for my first marathon I did up to the distance once or twice, and a 12 mile run once or twice too. I have a photo of my training plan that I only chucked out the other week (it was a big wall planner thing).. will see if I can find it - though I don't know how to upload photos on a website. Perhaps I will just have a look and post again in a minute....!
27/02/2012 at 21:38

Found it! Randome dates and achievements now follow....

24th Aug - 13.3 miles done in 2hr 21mins
22nd Sept - 7x800m interval sessions@ 11.5kph
21st Sept - 10 mile run
16th Sept - 19.7km in 2hrs 7 mins
10th Sept - long run of 10 miles
12th Sept - long run of 10 miles
27th Aug - 7x800m @10.7kph

So yes - speed work there was! And not too much stuff close to the race distance. The race was on 3rd Oct (so you have an idea of how far ahead of the race these achievements were made!).

I'm not doing any speed work for the marathon though - which might be a bit daft, but I just need to know I can get around. I don't need any added pressure of time.

I still can't believe I ran 17 miles on Saturday!

So when is Bristol, mikasa? Is it October? How is your training going at the moment?

27/02/2012 at 21:39

This thread really is depressingly full of tumbleweed though, isn't it?!

28/02/2012 at 04:35
Ah bless you , Jen! I just spotted this! I have been busy moving countries with my family and settling into San Francisco. Delighted to see you are marathoning as well as triathloning (I do recall being responsible for talking you into the HIM!) Which marathon are you doing? I did my first two last year and my third is coming up in July. Life generally good though? And HOW ARE THE BIKE PANNIERS bearing up?
28/02/2012 at 07:20
MsE!!!!! Your name popped up in my email and I was initially delighted... then I remembered the HIM....;-)

I am doing less of the tri training since the HIM made me discover a passionate duslike (let's not call it hatred) for the bike. Commuting is fine - though I must admit that I haven't done any of that since the clocks went back... partly due to poor lights, but more recently because I would rather run. I was definitely getting my moneys worth from those panniers though and I am still eternally grateful for them!

But... San Francisco!!! How amazing! Tell me more! I'm going to New York on Friday, but that is only for a week.....
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