Shades Marathon Training

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06/11/2012 at 11:57

morning all.. beautiful sunshine today

06/11/2012 at 13:25

Hells bells - i am 98 calories OVER my daily calorie allowance after LUNCH! Grrr.. oh well, better buy myself some extra calories with a run this evening. I hate running at night but this calorie counting business (which I just started) gives me extra motivation!

06/11/2012 at 13:26

@khanivore - how many calories are you trying to eat a day? 500? Or what are you eating... should perhaps be the better question!

@Bootsie - please send your beautiful sunshine to rainy, grey Belgium

06/11/2012 at 13:34

@emmy - let's just put it this way, I ate 1200 calories at lunch alone lol.

I am using and can not recommend it enough. I am still in the honeymoon period because I only just discovered it. What I like about it is that they have a great free phone app to accompany the free web site which makes entering data very easy. You can even barcode scan stuff and on the whole it finds the item! Even stuff it can not barcode scan but which you buy over the counter is generally there - e.g. Weetabix, Quakers porridge, M&S chocolate buscuits, all sorts of stuff.

You tell the app/site how much you weigh and how much you want to lose each week. It then generates a calorie target and you can watch it adjust as you enter food items through the day. You can also enter exercise and calories burned which obviously buys you back calories. It's brilliant.

06/11/2012 at 13:34

ps. my goal is 1410 calories per day to lose 1.5 lbs per week - with NO exercise. So, when I run I enter how much i burned and then i can eat more

06/11/2012 at 13:38

1200?!?! How on earth!? What did you eat? a double big mac?

06/11/2012 at 13:46

you will be shocked - it was so easy to get there. 

I had 

2 scrambled eggs (140 cal)

Smoked salmon (182 cal)

2.5 slice bread with butter (282 cal)

French fries (!) (380 cal)

2 skinny latte (216 cal)


I was planning on havin a LIGHT lunch at M&S But I had to take a customer out for lunch....

06/11/2012 at 16:27
Sounds lovely Khamivore!
06/11/2012 at 16:30
It was but the chips and toast were totally unnecessary and I wasted a massive 662 calories on them. By the way that should read 1.5 toast.

The dumb thing was that I only ate them because they were there. Had no need or desire to eat them really. Lazy!
06/11/2012 at 17:31

Khanivore - I think you might have to run another 50 mile week to compensate

Next time eat one slice of bread, no chips and one latte, need another drink have a black coffee...of course hindsight is a wonderful thing.

06/11/2012 at 17:32

Emmy - is your ankle OK now?

06/11/2012 at 17:34
SHADES wrote (see)

Emmy - is your ankle OK now?

Hi Shades - it's 99% ok. I was more concerned about my knee but with the new shoes they seem to really help with the ankle and knee support. I'm just trying to not do anything 'stupid' like fall over again 

06/11/2012 at 18:25

Emmy - good news.  Is the knee the same leg as the ankle?

It's easy to fall over, I tripped over my own foot and hurt my back in Sept amd missed a race...numpty

06/11/2012 at 18:37

Thats what i call a small meal

But then my eating habits are legendary and somewhat wrong for you

06/11/2012 at 18:41

Hello, I'm new - can I join in?   I've rather rashly entered next year's Brighton marathon and am trying to work out how I can fit training around everything else...



06/11/2012 at 20:59

Knee now almost back to normal - at least I can bend my leg now - but had another rest day and might try a short flat run tomorrow.

Nearly had a heart attack earlier. Just browsing through entrants lists for MK Enigma on Sunday and couldn't find my name . Entered last April though, so a quick e-mail to Foxy got it sorted . Noticed your doing Saturday Emmy, so I'll miss you if you don't hang around for Sunday. Keith, you're just a glutton (for food and races )

Welcome edna. Stick around here and you'll soon be as nutty as the rest of us.

VR - yes I remembered the last 2 Rutland Waters, which is why I thought a t-shirt and vest and gloves would be ok this time - it didn't seem so bitterly cold at the start. Unfortunately the mist never lifted and as the rain and wind increased it jus got colder and colder. Have sorted out my running clothes today though, dug out some leggings and long sleeve tops.

Shades - what is the base layer you wear?


06/11/2012 at 22:23
Hello all,

Shades I was wondering if you could send me a copy of your training plan please as I have signed up for the Brighton and Berlin marathon next year. Any advise would be great too.

06/11/2012 at 22:30
Keith, my mates call me homer

Hmm things didn't get any better at dinner It seems when I go off track I give up completely - resulting in chocolate biscuit consumption

I also missed my run today for the first time! I am going shift my plan by 1 day this week so at least I get all the runs done. Feel really crappy about that though. Was working really late
07/11/2012 at 07:12

edna - welcome, will Brighton be your first marathon?

mowzer - didn't realise your knee was that bad, take it easy.

Re base layer, standard Helly top is the bees knees and for tights I just layer up.

Luke - you need to PM me your email address and I'll send you the plans

Beautiful morning, no frost, had a gorgeous run

07/11/2012 at 07:35
Shades is it beneficial to run twice in a day when I have time? Should I add to the mileage or split my daily mileage in two? I read that it is more beneficial to do two 3 mile runs in a day than one 5 or 6 mile runs. I was wondering what your thoughts on this are.

The author says that by doing two runs you can work on different aspects of your running by making the two runs different types of session eg a hill session, recovery or fartlek or easy pace or repeAts.
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