Shades Marathon Training

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08/01/2013 at 19:49

I couldn't run 5 mins in May and I am trainging for the VLM. You can see my blog at and see if that has anything useful for you.

08/01/2013 at 19:55

Thanks KV, I'll check this out, your story is impressive for sure, even if you don't always do as advised  - glad your running is back on track and you've found a way of managing the injury.

Ideally I'm looking for a blog from someone who's completed the VLM in previous years and so I can track my progress against theirs.



08/01/2013 at 19:59
Ahh if you find an interesting one please do share it.
08/01/2013 at 22:44

I've found the below that has loads of V:M Blogs

Need to search through to find a comparable runner and plan though. Tim

09/01/2013 at 07:15

Slowkoala - if my colleague ever wants time off for a marathon I too will need time off to be treated for shock.

Rattler - try any of the Super Six on RW forums, there are loads of threads.   Doesn't need to be VLM, the training is the same be it VLM or Paris.   I would think they are under Training as Spring Marathon is a fairly new grouping.  The runners were mentored by Steve Smith, Liz Yelling etc and were reporting back at least daily on their training progress and discussing any problems etc

09/01/2013 at 09:17

@Shades - I prefer Forum6 

@Mowser - Get well soon

I'm off out for a swim tonight before heading to Frankfurt tomorrow for 2 days and some quality running.

How is everyone else getting on?

09/01/2013 at 10:38
8 mile mwlr done - plenty of stretching afterwards. Kids went back to school today and it feels like routine is returning. Off to the city for meetings - will go to my first swimming lesson in 30 years tonight if I can make it back on time!
09/01/2013 at 11:03

Good morning boys and girls.... 

Been a while since i was last here so i hope everyone has had a good christmas and new year.

" new years resolution" get running shoes back on and enter edinburgh marathon... Done. The 6 mnth break from training hasnt been too kind on me as i have put on a bit of weight but i am all systems much so that santa brought me a super duper garmin gps watch (which i loooove) and have already found it invaluable in the few runs i have done..great for pacing slower runs..

well ill be checking in frequently and hope your new years running goals are reached..

09/01/2013 at 13:25

Emmy - have a good time in Frankfurt.  How are your legs?

Khanivore - I take it you can swim already?   This is the first step to your IM training I guess

Iain - good to 'see' you again.   How are the knees?

09/01/2013 at 14:12

Hi Shades... Knees are good thanks.(touch wood) have been on the bike mostly so fitness is ok and the 3 runs i have done have shown no signs of any discomfort so all is good. 


09/01/2013 at 17:05
Hi Iain, nice to meet you and look forward to your updates.

shades, I can swim but I am slow. This is not so much about ironman as it is about improving general fitness. I wanted to run more but with the state of my leg as it is I do not want to aggravate and create injuries. I have made the very hard decision to restrict myself to 4 days of running per week

So, I will augment my training with swimming and cycling. It may one day lead to ironman but the way I feel right now I do want to focus on running until I can do a 3:45 marathon (I realise it may never happen but I believe you have to set bold goals). I am really enjoying running more than I ever thought I would.
09/01/2013 at 20:05
Hi Shadies,
Everyone seems really focussed and motivated at the moment..must be a combo of marathon schedules and January goals.
Just did 8 miles easy. Was not looking forward to it as I am not an evening runner. But like all runs, once I was out there, I really enjoyed it. Am really loving running at the moment. I forget I have only been doing it for less than 2 years. Weird as now I really can't imagine life without it.

Good thing about slower paced runs is not having to wash running tops after every run as they seem less sweaty - is that disgusting?

Khanivore, hope the swimming lesson went well. I swim most weeks on Friday nights but have a rubbish technique (never had lessons) so could never do triathlons.

Emmy, how are you feeling?!

Iain, have just ordered a garmin too so looking forward to using it soon.
09/01/2013 at 20:21

Slowkoala, I never knew how much detail is saved so when i upload the map and details onto the pc i always am able to pinpoint the areas i need work on. I am one of these runners that cant do slow runs, i might start off slow but by the end of my run, no matter if it 6 miles or 16, i will have upped the pace to my race pace so the watch helps with setting a slower pace and i can see if i am behind or ahead..

Khanivore, pleasure to meet you too. if it werent for my cycling, my fitness would of dropped in my 6 mnth break from running but i dont think i could of added swimming to that too.. although i am tempted to try a triathlon some time.

09/01/2013 at 22:51

The swimming lessons turned out to be organised training rather than lessons However, the coach did give me some good advice that made a difference right away. It was a proper workout though. My arms are tingling - they have not been used so much for quite some time I plan to go regularly. It was really nice swimming with a group!

10/01/2013 at 07:18

Iain - I'm pleased to hear your knees are OK.   The Garmin will indeed help you to pace your runs in line with your training and not to 'race' all the time.

Khanivore - 4 days a week running is plenty, remember you've been running for less than a year.

The swimming session sounds really good.

Slowkoala - I can tell you love your running.  

I always shove all my kit in the laundry basket after every run, probably explains why I have the washing machine on every day and there's only me.


VR and I are going to our first BOKWA class tonight, and cause we think we're tough we're going to do a Kettlecise class first.  

Lovely run today in light rain

10/01/2013 at 10:06

Intervals today.. its going to be painful - first day back with trainer after christmas

10/01/2013 at 10:14

I haven't done intervals yet. They sound really hard. I think I will skip them in training for my first marathon Easy option I know! Good luck with them - hope you enjoy them!

I'm going to try a brick session - 1hr turbo trainer session (using to make sure I keep the intensity right) immediately followed by a 5 mile easy pace run.

10/01/2013 at 12:05

I did Hill reps last night. Soo hard  Enough said.


10/01/2013 at 12:10

VR - I was going to do that session, but thought better of it with my achilles, although that seems fine now.  I just did a slow 5-miler yesterday and enjoyed it.

So, I'm planning a 5 mile run tomorrow and a slightly longer one on Sunday.  If okay after that, I'm hoping to be back to "normal" training next week.

10/01/2013 at 13:06

VR - up that hill...lovely

Big G - very sensible, that hill is too steep for a niggly achilles.

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