Shades Marathon Training

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18/02/2013 at 12:56

massage helps me plus cold bath used to work well for the longer runs.. also doing a recovery run

18/02/2013 at 13:21

A quick Portsmouth Half Marathon report :

As I've only just taken up runnning, this was my 4th Half Marathon over the last 5 months, all with an aim to run the VLM. My previous times had been 2.10, 2.00, 1.50 and I was hoping to get a 1.45 to match an approx 8min/mile pace as I felt the Shades plan training was going well.

A couple of inury niggles, but nothing too major. My previous PB of 1.50 was in Gosport known for being PB teritory, but I felt a 1.45 was possible. Myself, my wife Karen and our 2 sons, Harry and Charlie had stayed down overnight and spent Saturday enjoying the sights of Portsmouth (Bowling, shopping and Italian restaurant !!! ) - I didn't feel great on Saturday a bit of an upset stomach - must have been all that fresh air , but got over that quickly, so no excuses there.

But I felt good on Sunday morning, hydration and nutrition plan all good, I'd planned to run with Lucozade Sport and have one gel at 8-9 miles - (practicing for VLM.)

It was a 10.30 race start, so had a resonable lay in, breakfast a 8am - nice!!

Weather was good too, so all was set fair.

As I posted above, the organsiation was not great, but was adequate, I planned to start at 8-8.10 minmiles and see how I felt after approx halfway. My mile times were:

8:12, 8:10, 7:52, 8:02, 8:23, 8:17, 8:21, 8:48, 8:24, 8:20, 8:15, 8:20, 8:32

There was a mixture of road/paths, some muddy sand parts (for miles 4-8) and a muddy field, looking at the above times, it was the coastal / sand / patr mud that stopped me getting to my target time I think. -  but it was OK. I'd hoped the really crack on for the last 2-3 miles and get as close to 1.45 as I could (I used my Garmin so realised that 1.45 was unlikely after halfway, but wanted to get as low as poss) - I ran as hard as I could, but the tired legs and headwind along the coast made it tougher than I thought. 

Overall I'm pleased with this, wanted closer to 1.45, but it means I've got to keep pushing on.

I wouldn't do this HM again, as I prefer better organised events, but the sun shone!! And I don't ache much.



18/02/2013 at 13:32

good work, Rattler. i enjoy following you as you're in the same position as me and it's nice to see how someone else is getting on. so what was your final time (i can't be arsed to add all your split times up. lol)?

i managed a 1.45:53 on my 1/2 in november, but looking back now, i'm at a complete loss to explain how! i did 18 miles at 9:50 pace on sunday and whilst i felt ok at 13 miles, i did think "would i have been able to run this distance at 8:00 pace?" and the answer was no bloody way. although in a race, who knows.

18/02/2013 at 13:42

'twas 1:48 - my mistake .....your 1.45 is decent for sure.

You can get dragged along at a faster pace in races, but for me the offroad parts seem to really sap my energy - it's what they're designed to do though

Despite the fact that my last few miles were slower than I'd hoped, my pacing was better than some as I was able to reel a few in and overtaking people always keeps me motivated. The promenade was really busy with non-runners too, so there was a lot of weaving going on - kept my attention

18/02/2013 at 13:55

i find that focusing on someone a few metres down the road doing the same pace and reeling them in before doing the same again, tends to get me round quicker than i would have expected.

i have a lovely lady with a very pleasant rear aspect to thank for my (almost) 1.45 time . she came past me at about mile 10 and carried me from a 8:10 pace up to a 7:40.

are you doing silverstone?

18/02/2013 at 14:08

Not doing the HM at Silverstone, but last time I was there I was racing (ish) a Ducati alongside the British Superbike Champs - but that's another story - my only other HM before VLM is the Reading HM on March 17th, not sure if I'm best to race this or just use for training - I'd best ask Shades 

18/02/2013 at 14:11

ooh, a fellow two-wheeler? what duc is it? and what's the story there?

i'm planning on using the silverstone as a practice for the first half of the VLM, or "doing a Mo" as it maybe should be henceforth known. although i'll be interested to see what advice you get from Shades.

19/02/2013 at 05:34

Brilliant reports everyone.. loving reading how you all got on!

Slowkoala - you rock!! what a blinding time! Are you going to change your goal pace for the marathon now?

Khani - fab fab report, I think you did really well when you consider all the problems you have had with your leg AND you were thinking about jacking it all in at one point! (Your wake up call really made me laugh too )

Bootsie - well done.. you did it in spite of your knee problems and a cold... sounds like you had a good support team as well!.

Clag - A fab PB and the course sounds good too (always wanted to go to Scotland)

Rattler - Well done on your time.. I would have thought that without the mud / sand /coastal wind and pushchair weaving you could shave quite a bit off that time as none of that should be a problem in London

My first trail run went ok, started right at the back and got frustrated when subsequently blocked behind people on narrow paths.. not sure of etiquette on overtaking people - found myself scrambling up sandy banks and leaping awkwardly in front of people while trying to give apologetic smile at same time. This did mean however that I had loads of energy for the last few kilometres and absolutely steamed back overtaking loads of people which was brilliant! Finished the 18k in 1hr41. Best thing learnt from this was the importance of holding back at the start as really enjoyed finishing with loads left in the tank

Other news is... drumroll... I have a Garmin!!!!! yesssss!!! (Thank you Grandpa)  It is on condition of my winning the Nantes marathon but this is obviously just a formality...Shades - can you give me some pacing advice and times please? Shall I pm you as I don't want to clog up your thread with my witterings??


19/02/2013 at 06:57

Well I've had a marathon session jsut reading back all the great reports of the weekend's racing, some great performances.

Big G - glad you slowed down for your long run, the more work you do at your slower paces the 'easier' your marathon will feel.

Sofaboy - how are the legs/feet now?   Was it the cold perhaps, or shoes not as comfy as they should be?

Slowkoala - fabulous time, brilliant running.  And you are so right, a poor night's sleep the night before your race will not affect your race performance.   As long as you've had some decent sleep in the week leading up to your race.

Rattler - well done on the PB, a trail event is not ideal for trying to PB as the nature of the course will always make it slower than road or tartan track.

Bootsie - well done and good news on the knee.

Khanivore - a lovely race report and photos.  Considering your recent training troubles you did a great performance.   How are the legs now?    And next time put the alarm clock just out of arms' reach!

Clag - I knew you were running well, a great PB.

Lucy - a nice warm bath after your long run, dress warmly and keep moving around with a little stretching and you'll be fine

mamafox - that is great running for an off road event with tough terrain.   And well done on the Garmin.

Yes, of course I will help with the pacing, you can post on here if you wish, if not mail me.   Don't use your race time as a base figure for me doing your paces, an off road event of that nature is not ideal.   When your legs are fresh again, maybe run a 5 mile/10k time trial

19/02/2013 at 07:05

Well I had a superb weekend in Ireland, marathons 280 and 281 completed, just 18 to go now before 11th August to reach my target.

I can highly recommend this event,  beautiful course, superb organisation and although I did say that after this year I don't want to do any doubles I think I will find it hard to stay away next year.   I did hear a rumour that they might do 3 in 3 days

19/02/2013 at 08:00
Well done on the double Shades. Sounds like you had a good weekend. You somehow make 18 marathons before August sound like a walk in the park. Makes me feel a wuss for worrying about just one!

Mamfox, well done on the race. Sounds challenging compared to our very flat road race.

Mamfox, I'm not thinking of changing my training paces (unless Shades would advise otherwise) or marathon targets. I am tempted to try a 8m pace or 8:15 for London if I can do this comfortably. I don't have an endurance background though and really want to enjoy my first marathon.

Thighs still a bit sore, might try a short recovery run tonight to see if that helps.
19/02/2013 at 08:23

Slowkoala - a short gentle recovery run will help. be kind to yourself though.

I have recalculated your paces but won't tell you (unless you want to know).   I think you're wise to focus on enjoying your marathon and I think your goal should be a GFA time which is great achievement for your first marathon.   

As long as you're feeling fit and well I think you should set out to run the first half of London at 8 min/miles, for the 2nd half run as you feel, you can't do any damage then should you even decide to speed up.

19/02/2013 at 08:50
Wow, Shades! You're a machine! how are you feeling this morning?
19/02/2013 at 09:23

it can't have been the cold that caused my feet and calfs to hurt as it was the first time in god knows how long that i've been able to get out in a single layer. it was absolutely lovely weather. i can think of two things it may have been:

quite possibly overly tight lacing. i might dig out that post about various lacings and try the one that gives you more room in the front of the shoe.

amybe a bit of dehydration? not for the feet, but might that have affected my muscles? as i say, it was quite warm and i might not have drunk enough.

19/02/2013 at 09:56

Shades - well done on your double marathon! Have had a look at that link and it looks absolutely beautiful... will be scouring ryanair for (hopefully) affordable flight prices next year.. can always dream! When I last looked, August is only 5 months away.. roughly a marathon a week then to fit 18 in ????!!! Sometimes there are no words...

Am continuing with plan this week so will do a 10k run and give you times.. have a 21k race in 2 weeks and would like your advice on what sort of pace to go for with the aim of doing about 1h45.. (using NEW garmin she says smugly!)

19/02/2013 at 10:01

1H45 would be bang on 5:00 kms or 8:00 miles. assuming you do even splits.

19/02/2013 at 10:36

morning all.. coughing and spluttering here with a cold.. what kind of fun training can I do when feeling run down with this cold, without making it worse

19/02/2013 at 10:41

Just rest bootsie, you dont want to be training when not well.

Great race reports well done all,  that looks a fantastic event Shades and well done on the double

19/02/2013 at 10:49

Shades that course is stunning.  One of my friends got married in dunmore house hotel which is near there couple of years ago.  WE used to go to Clon a lot when we were younger and its very beautiful!

19/02/2013 at 13:31

Emmy - I feel fine, legs are OK...I can't stop eating though

Sofaboy - it's more likely then as it wasn't cold that your feet swelled a little and your shoes became too tight.   Looser laces or alternative lacing, I use lock lacing on a couple of pairs of shoes that I have.   My race shoes have elasticated laces (the laces with the bobbly bits) and I find those great.

mamafox - re pace, excactly as Sofaboy says, aim for even pacing but of course if you feel you can then speed up in the last mile!

bootsie - S3200H is right, no training at all as it could make your cold worse.   A gentle walk in the fresh air might make you feel a bit better.

We ran past Dunmore House Hotel, it looks lovely, is closed for February I think.

We also ran past Castlefreke castle, now partially restored, very beautiful

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