Shades Marathon Training

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06/12/2012 at 08:49
Shades, no - I hadn't seen that. I had a quick search but couldn't see it either. Could you post a link and I'll take a look.
06/12/2012 at 13:08

Big G - this is the thread

post on there and they'll give you the link to the mileage's on my PC at home.

We try to beat those Fetchies each month, although I've dropped out for the past few months but when you're doing a streak it's an added incentive knowing you have to log your mileage daily.

06/12/2012 at 21:39

Hi Shades, thanks for sending me your plan and following this up with specific pace plans for me. I've just reformatted the spreadsheet to make it fit my fridge - and I'm really looking forward to working the plan. I'll start it next week as I'll lose a week when skiing and want to do all 18 weeks.

A quick question, I have 2 HMs lined up for 2013 that coincide with the Sunday Long 20 milers in Feb and March, how should I mod the plan? Switch the 2 x 14 milers for the 20s to enusre I keep the mileage up? Or increase mileage across all Sunday runs to accomodate the reduction (of the 2 races?)

Thanks, Tim 


07/12/2012 at 07:17

RR - It is important that you do some long runs of 20 miles, it's a significant distance, physically and mentally will prepare you for the marathon

If you are doing Level 1 then swop the step back weeks, the 14 milers for the 20 milers.   If you are doing Level 2 you only need to do this with one of the runs as there is a long run of 22 miles,  so missing one 20 miler won 't have such a impact on your training.   A half marathon is equivalent roughly to a 15 or 16 mile long run in the effort required.


Wild and windy today, not very pleasant but better than tha nasty ice and frost.

I found Kettlecise tough last night, VR was flinging an 8kg kettlebell around, I'm still on a 4kg.   Since I dropped to only one session a week I've really noticed a decline in my fitness...extra sessions already booked for the next few weeks

Edited: 07/12/2012 at 07:19
07/12/2012 at 07:53

Thanks Shades, it is Level 2, so I'll swap a 14 with the 20 (that coincides with the HM) to keep my mileage up. Many thanks...

"wild and windy" - sounds like my youth

07/12/2012 at 08:01
Morning Shadies, if I could show you a picture of outside of my window it's a winter wonderland! Lots of snow (and ice).

Went for a 5 miler last night and because I was running a little "bunched" up I've got a few odd aches. Am planning to do my LSR today around lunch in the hope that it'll be warmer...

@Shades - do you feel a lot better in your core with the kettlecise?

How is everyone else getting on?
07/12/2012 at 08:22
Rattler Rattler wrote (see)

"wild and windy" - sounds like my youth



Emmy - I just heard on the radio that you had heavy snow over there and UK flights are affected.  I can't run comfortably in the cold and ice either, makes me tense my muscles

Re Kettlecise, I did but has worn off a bit when I dropped to one session a week.   Next week I have 2 Kettlecise sessions and one Supertone.  

In the new year they're starting this

looks like fun

07/12/2012 at 08:36
Ooh - that's looks interesting! I wish my gym would offer some classes like that!

That's my one worry I guess. I want to get in my long runs but don't want to injure myself because I'm running differently/ more awkwardly. If I could commit to running the time on a treadmill I could consider that but my gym has a 30 min rule that they implement quite strictly... Must stop complaining
07/12/2012 at 08:52
Personally, I can't run for long on a treadmill. Anything longer than about 30mins I start going delirious with boredom. Also, although my gym does have some aircon I get very hot.

I saw a very sad running sight yesterday. One runner with his two dogs (off the lead) were running up a hilly lane. The elite looking man and his whippet were bouncing along at the top. The slightly overweight labrador was looking thoroughly miserable at the bottom....
07/12/2012 at 10:24

Ballycotton 10 online entries open today!!! fingers crossed!

did intervals last night.. 10 * 1 min with alternating rests of 30seconds/1 min.. got up to 15.5 on the treadmill !!

07/12/2012 at 11:05

I was gearing myself up for a squashed dog under a car ending Big G!! Phew.
Poor labrador They do like their food!

I think I'm paying for lifting a heavier weight last night at Kettlecise. I tweaked my back dancing first thing with the radio on.  Damn.

Emmy - Cant you put a pic on here of the snowy scene?

07/12/2012 at 13:35

VR - I tweaked my back too last night but don't have the heavier weight excuse!  Is OK but was sore by end of my run

Big G - I feel for the overweight labrador

07/12/2012 at 13:38

bootsie - is it a ballot for Ballycotton?

Emmy - forget your long runs for the time being, you have plenty of miles in the bank and you're not PB chasing for a while are you?

Easyjet flights to Berlin are out but no good for us, we think we'd better book with Lufthansa from Brum before price increases any more.  Any advice?  I see the new airport won't be open in time, so no hope there.

07/12/2012 at 14:08

I dont know what they are doing wtih the online entry .. its the first year of it but I have registered myself and my brother in law for it! ! happy christmas to him!

07/12/2012 at 14:52
Hi all,
@VR - I'd love to post a picture but I'm on the iPad and can just about reply to threads on here without problems... I wish that they'd update their UI so I can actually use this website properly on my iPad.

@Shades - I think you're right. I'm going to do some decent stretching today. I was kindly given some stretching notes and ideas from someone at work so am trying those out. Have you looked at Bristol for flights to Berlin? Or alternatively have a look a for different routes/airlines that might work.

When I get on a proper computer I'll let you know.

I did 10 miles as I combined it with some other errands I needed to run... Cold and my hamstring didn't like it but am happy that it didn't feel like too much of an effort. I was definitely slower as I was more cautious but overall - it was ok.

Today is mince pie attempt #1.... I offered to show some colleagues what 'real' English mince pies tasted like (they thought meat was involved) so I have a relaxed evening in the kitchen ahead of me.
07/12/2012 at 17:20
Hope everyone is surviving the cold and Emmy the snow.

5 mile temp for me today which I really enjoyed except my ankle hurt at the end. Nothing serious, just bruised, I think it's as my new trainers are quite stiff around the ankle and may be rubbing a bit. Will try wearing another pair this weekend.

Shades, you were right re gym, they've said I can have rest of December for free and the 60 quid a month for jan and feb! And still need to pay a 30 quid induction when all I want to use is the treadmill! Doesn't seem worth it. I have membership of a local pool which has a gym so may try there but it's a drive rather than a walk.

Do any of you wear different shoes when it's icy or snowy?
08/12/2012 at 06:47

Emmy - I tried skyscanner and the only cheaper flights are the London airports which is extra cost and time for us so Brum looks the best option, will book this weekend.

Hope the mince pies were OK, they're not easy to make as the mincemeat boils so quickly.  Small amounts of mincemeat and rich pastry is probably best.   I don't eat them much but am happy to eat bought ones.

Slowkoala - hope the ankle is OK. 

Re the gym, that's a better offer and if we were going to have weeks of ice and snow would be worth it.   Let's hope we don't have weather like that.

I have the cleanest car in town, garage came and took car away for a good clean, they even washed the tyres.

Shopping etc today


08/12/2012 at 06:49

Slowkoala - no, don't have special shoes but probably choose ones with the best soles.  

 I have a pair of spikes but they are for walking to work in the ice should i need them, so far unworn

08/12/2012 at 08:07

Slowkoala, I joined the gym this week. Got mine for ??21 a month as it's a local authority deal. Not bad though as I can use any of the gyms or pools.

Went to my local one for work on Tuesday. Quite a few blokes in, one of whom nipped out the fire door regularly for a fag! Met the staff in the corridor on the way out and complained. They then caught him in the act, so hopefully that's been knocked on the head. Bit of a poor do if you can't go without for an hour while exercising!

Been a bit snowy here. Wednesday was fab. Lots of crispy snow and a lovely evening run - I wear yaktrax on my shoes Slowkoala and they're grand. In combo with the sealskinz socks I have dry and cosy feet. Should've run on Thursday but was feeling lazy, so went to the treadmill instead and did reps. So much easier than doing the same distance at an even pace in the gym. Meeting a friend for an easy 5 this morning, then off to do a 10 mile Turkey Trot tomorrow. Don't plan to race - just going to use it as a training run with company.

Emmy - hope the mince pies turned out well.

Shades - glad to hear the car's okay.
09/12/2012 at 07:26

Clag - your training is going well.   Gym membership is a good idea as you usually get quite a bit of ice and snow that far north.

No frost here today, so looking forward to my run later today.

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