Shades Marathon Training

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08/02/2013 at 08:25

Slowkoala - I would imagine that as you are not a 'heavy' runner you are also very light on your feet so the Ghost should be fine for you.   I have a pair of Ghost and I've done over 200 miles in them and the cushioning is fine.  The link that bootsie put up was for the Ghost 4 so it maybe that the 5 is an improved version re mileage.

I keep my 'best' shoes for marathons and the odd long run, and do my shorter runs in my older shoes.

There's a big risk of injury with racing flats especially for marathons, shorter races not so bad, they tend to have little or no support and a lot less cushioning.   The newer training shoes are getting lighter all the time.

I wear my Ghost for short races as they're lighter than my other shoes, but for a marathon I need a shoe with a little support so I switch to GTS then

08/02/2013 at 09:14

Keith - Well done on the first one, good luck with the next 3.

Khanivore - Good to hear you're on the mend, keep it easy.

I need to go for a Gait Analysis, never had one done so could be building problems up that I don't know about yet...did run in Asics gt2160's & recently swapped to Brooks Ravenna's, like them so far but keep meaning to pop in somewhere. Will be in Chester tomorrow so might pop into Up & Running as I think they do it.

Planned 8 mwlr last night didn't happen, so I did it this morning instead. Just wasn't feeling it at all last night. Anyway better splits this week & could probably slow the first 5 down a bit more but felt nice and easy

9:32 9:30 9:30 9:30 9:29 8:56 8:50 8:51  , overall avg 9:16

15 tomorrow & that's week 8 done, weeks are flying by.

08/02/2013 at 09:27

shades, it is and had a bit of pain walking up the stairs again today so definitely the running causing it.. not sure what next steps should be.. wondering if just not training at all between now and sunday week would help? total rest?

08/02/2013 at 09:32

I'rn using the Asics GT2170s.  I seem to get on with them well, after a move from Brooks GTS 10 (or 11....I cant remember off hand).  I only moved from the Brooks because the shop didn't have them in stock when I went to replace them late in 2011.  I did buy a couple of spare pairs of the Asics recently as they were on sale on line.  I seem to get about 500-600 miles out of them, but after that they go straight in the bin as they're then no good for anything.

08/02/2013 at 09:35

Shades - Under Armour is on sale at Sports Pursuit today.


08/02/2013 at 09:55

physio appointment booked for monday

08/02/2013 at 13:27

KingKenny - the only gait analysis that I've ever done that was any use was at Exeter University.   If I do a short gait analysis test I'm classed as a neutral runner whereas I know I need some support in my shoes for over 10 miles or so.

Your training is going well

Big G - Asics 21xx series are one of my favourite shoes, am on the look out for another pair for training.  Where did you buy yours?

bootsie - rest, it seems like there's some inflammation there.

Khanivore - thanks, I just had a look.   I have one of the compression tops and they are brilliant, but can't really justify buying a 2nd!

What shoes did you buy?

List coming up..

08/02/2013 at 13:30

hate rest!

08/02/2013 at 13:35

My favourite marathons, not in strict preference


North Dorset
Loch Ness
Isle of Man

Non UK + ultras

Dingle Ultra
Dartmoor Discovery
Portumna Ultra
Connemara Ultra/Marathon
Longford Ultra
Boston 6/12 hour (that's Boston in Lincs!)

08/02/2013 at 13:40

I had my gait analysed at sweatshop and they said i should get a pair of neutral shoes as i slightly under pronate.... went home and from the first steps the shoe felt wrong so i went back and asked for a shoe with a slight bit of cusioning generaly used for over pronaters. got a pair of asics gel 1170's and they feel perfect for my feet so a gait analysis isnt always the best way of choosing shoes.. That reminds me i better get a new pair as these ones have about 200 miles on them and i am not sure they will last till my marathon..

08/02/2013 at 13:41

one day i will do the dingle ultra

08/02/2013 at 13:43

Hang on in there Bootsie!

Thanks for link Khani. Stuff I wanted was XS!


08/02/2013 at 13:46

Love the list Shades. 7 Irish ones

08/02/2013 at 13:47
I was trying to decide between brooks gt-2000 and brooks adrenaline when I noticed the asics kayano 19 was on sale at wiggle if you buy blue so I ordered them.

Thanks for putting that list together A nice mix!

20 pairs or shoes!? I shall call you Emelda Marcos henceforth
08/02/2013 at 13:51

VR - I wanted to put more than 7 Irish ones, Waterford was good and so was Limerick.

Khanivore - you will get a lot of miles from a pair of Kayano's and a very comfortable shoe too.   I don't run in them any more as they made some changes a few years ago that don't suit me, but a great marathon shoe

08/02/2013 at 13:53

Shades - I got mine from  I couldn't actually get the colour I wanted, but I wasn't overly fussed about that.

As an aside, I did my purchase via quidco and got 10% off and free delivery.  Quidco's offers do change, but the savings did end up in my quidco account after a few weeks so every little helps.  I just had a quick look and their current offer is 10% cash back.

08/02/2013 at 13:53

actually wondering if i need the physio.. could just use the money to buy new runners in case that is contributing? have only done about 250 miles since july i think because of the appendix thing so they shouldn't be but might be worth ruling out.. what do you think.. to physio or not to physio?

08/02/2013 at 13:55

Ooooh - North Dorset is on your list.  Looks like I've picked a good one then

08/02/2013 at 15:49
North Dorset is brilliant! It has everything a marathon should have in my book.
Great organisation. Friendly marshalls, perfect time of year, perfect course, scenic and not too many entrants. First year they let 200 run. Now it's about 400 I think. Oh and I don't have too far to travel to get there.
08/02/2013 at 15:53


Shades a lot of L marathons but no Luton i see

Todays marathon was done in 4:29:37 with a somewhat speedy last lap that took 35-36 mins and a speedy finish to get under 4:30. Not that anyway has asked but yesterday and wednesday it was chicken burgers for food and today it was a chicken new yorker. Minimal additional eating back here in the TL in the evenings, some chocolate and a hot cross bun or two usually.

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