Shades Marathon Training

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01/11/2012 at 14:51
Bootsie see you at Brighton - what time will you aim for?
Edited: 01/11/2012 at 14:51
01/11/2012 at 16:24

sub 2 hours.. that will do me for now.. would love sub 1:55 but will see! what about yourself?

01/11/2012 at 16:34
I'm doing the Brighton half too next year. Has anyone raced it before? Hoping there aren't too many hills! Hear the part along the coast can be quite windy. Last year they got the distance wrong (was too long) but hoping will all be ok in 2013!
02/11/2012 at 06:47

bootsie - that sounds fun but tough!

That's good that at least 3 of you are doing Brighton Half, you can meet up.  

Still no run today as my cold was terrible yesterday, think I'm on the mend today though

02/11/2012 at 07:00

((Shades)) - I hope that the cold gets better today.

02/11/2012 at 08:47

slowkoala its lovely!! not too many hills.. bit of a lift up towards rottingdean but nothing too major.  Its a lovely race if you get the weather for it! If not wrap up warm!

Will be good fun to meet up before the race!!

Shades.. take care and inhale with Vicks!

02/11/2012 at 08:52
Bootsie I have my first half marathon later this month and will try to run it at a 2hr pace. I will plan a Brighton pace based on this experience.

Looking forward to meet you and Koala before the start
02/11/2012 at 08:53
Ps my first 10k was in Brighton earlier this year and we had gusts in excess of 35 mph as a headwind for half the race lol.
02/11/2012 at 15:52
Well done on the Dublin marathon Shades, you truly are an inspiration to us all.

There is another half in February which is just 2 weeks before the Brighton one. It's quite local to me so I am keen to enter but do you think this would be too much? Would interrupt the schedule of long runs and I'm sure I would race both of them rather than treat them as training runs...!
03/11/2012 at 07:03

I hate running in the wind, I find it hard as the wind forces you to work harder.

Emmy - cold is getting better, still no running though.  But RHR is decreasing now so hope to be back training by Monday.

Slowkoala - I think you recover quite quickly from races, don't you? You can do both races, a half marathon race is equivalent to about a 16 mile long run and a gentle 10 or 12 miler on the weekend inbetween and you'll be fine.

Domestic weekend at home planned, am looking forward to it

03/11/2012 at 08:01

Shades - Lol i kinda had that problem on wednesday running to work. Blowing a gale and raining with extremely heavy downpours in there too which turned roads into large puddles in minutes until it eased off enough for the water to drain away again.

Lancaster weather forecast for tomorrow is 3C @ 9 rising to 7C @ Noon. Race starts at 11. Wind 6-8 from the ENE direction which will mean tail wind on the way out and headwind on the way back but should be light enough to be not a issue, The last mile odd being down wind.

Should be a fun race anyway and i have already calculated that 8:20's or less is sub 1:50 although the nearer to 8:00's i run the better.

03/11/2012 at 17:37
Another Parkrun for me today. Perfect conditions (if a little cold at 3C or so) - no wind, the sun was shining - and I didn't do quite as well as I'd have liked, finishing in 23:22. Hopefully once I get more regular miles going again I'll bring it down a bit.

Just booked my room for Paris. Have pushed the boat out and booked my own room as I'm going with friends but decided that for 4 nights I'd rather not have to worry about being tidy, not snoring etc. We're there 3 nights before the race so sleep is essential.

Going out for a long run tomorrow and will decide then whether or not to enter a half marathon in a fortnight. Not got enough miles in my legs I don't think but might give it a go regardless.
04/11/2012 at 07:11

Keith - good luck at Lancaster today for your PB attempt, conditions seem favourable although a little cold.

Clag - well done, another speedy Park Run.

I always book a separate room when I go away for races, as do a lot of my running friends, the extra expense is worth it.

04/11/2012 at 11:00
Thanks for the advise re halfs, Shades, might give both a try then but won't enter the local one until next year anyway.

Just completed a 14 mile run in the rain. Got really soaked, could have squeezed out a bucket of water from all my clothes. Very impressed with my socks though, they are Nike dry wick ones and despite having to run through some deep puddles and getting really wet, heavy shoes, my feet are fine with no soreness or blisters. Felt ok until I stopped and then felt really shivery. But a good one to add to the training, it's all good experience!
04/11/2012 at 13:09

Slowkoala - Socks that keep you blister free are so good.   Once I found the ones that suited me I stocked up in case they stopped making them.  Sounds like tough conditions for your run, winter marathon training is tough, you did well.

Emmy - I've done my entry for Berlin

04/11/2012 at 15:19

Shades: That's great news.

@Slowkoala - i've heard a lot of good things about nike dry wick ones. Where did you get yours from?

Decided to go out for a little bike ride today to look at some new possible running routes for the dark mornings/night. Where does Hubby take me? To the middle of a muddy forest with my racing bike.... :/ We came out looking like we had a mud fight between us! But all in all - I think i've found at least another two routes over 5 miles.

04/11/2012 at 16:18

A little cold lol it was perfect conditions if you exclude the headwind in mile 12 before turing back onto other side of river for the last bit

Didn't seem to have much in the way of speed in the legs and was barely going faster than my slow target of 8:20's. Once hitting the 6 mile mark and heading back along the main road i got slower but then it is kinda uphill along there and it was still sub 9 pace.

Had figured out from 10 miles done or so that 1:50 would be very touch and go as there was not a lot of speed increase being applied and what little i mustered up for mile 12 was negated by the wind blowing the other way. That and the route was along the side of the river with several right angle turns which would have cost a few seconds here and there.

Was really struggling along the last mile and despite finding some speed on entering the track and going as fast as i could manage around the bend and down the finish straight alas it was 1:50:03 on my watch so not quite sub 1:50.

I did kinda collapse in a heap at the finish and did not move until i had eaten my mars bar handed to me whilst my chip was removed Then i dragged my self up and headed to the car and home.

04/11/2012 at 16:27

Well done Keith - that's a cracking achievement in this weather! It's good to hear that they gave you a Mars Bar to finish with! That's a definite bonus for the race!

04/11/2012 at 17:56

It sure beats a bloody manky old banana any day

Splits

8:07
8:24
8:04
8:19
8:12
8:41 drink stop
8:36 up hill
8:55 more up hill
8:27
8:11 down hill
8:23
8:38 headwind
8:24
0:36 for last 0.09 @ 7:12 pace according to sporttracks

04/11/2012 at 21:47
Well done on the half, Keith. It's definitely harder going in this weather but your splits are quite consistent with a speedy finish! A well deserved Mars bar.

Emmy, I got the Nike socks from Sports direct a few months ago. Would definitely recommend them.
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