The 2011 Marathon Tread

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01/01/2011 at 10:32
Zion - are you doing Wymondham?

2010 total - 1323 miles

December total - 142 miles

Goals for 2011:
1500 miles
Marathon - 3:29
Half M - 1:38
10km - 44
5km - 20

Hangover is not too bad considering. I may be doing a 1 mile fun run with the kids later!
01/01/2011 at 10:45

Round up of last year:-

215.39 miles ran, approx 8 of those were done in races and 2 races entered with 2 pbs (5 miles & 5k) with  time lost due to injury more than last year.  Compared to 2009 I've ran 56.02 miles more so despite the time out I've not done too badly considering.

Goals for this year:-

Join a club
4k pb
5 mile pb
10k pb

I think the easiest goals are a new 10k pb as this way out compared to my 5 mile race time & it was set in 2006 and joining a running club.  I'm not really aiming for a 5k pb this year however wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be a byproduct of the 10k training.

01/01/2011 at 14:38
Did 3.34 miles this morning before taking charge at parkrun.  Great turn out of 102 runners
01/01/2011 at 15:20

Mr Spoons it was indeed Wymondham. Have you done it before?

So first race of the year completed and given me a good indication of where my fitness is at present. More people than I expected, 400 plus easily, which led to a bit of a congested start as it started in a small country lane. At least I didn't start too fast but got a bit of a shock when I saw 4.55 for the first km Panicked slightly and upped the pace to then see a steady long incline, ok perhaps not, and slowed down again.

Somehow things then just clicked and I got into a nice rhythm, halted temporarily by a small stitch but tried the breathing out on the right foot and it worked I just felt strong, not fast, but strong. Normally I struggle between 5-7k but today I was slowly constantly overtaking. A nasty climb in the last k made this a perfect little race I think. Would definitely do it again.

Big pluses of the day, I beat two ladies I wasn't expecting to and wearing a club vest I got lots of shouts of support. I'd forgotten how nice that was

Wymondham 10k

6.23m   46.55   avg   7.32

7.42, 8.00 (hill), 7.21, 7.21, 7.33 (stitch), 7.24 (pleased with this one including the last hill), 6.44.

After the last few weeks this will do as a starting point. Looking forward to seeing the results too.

10 miles run for the first day of the year and legs feel fine always an added bonus.

01/01/2011 at 15:22

Good luck with your goals HY4.

Nice to see that you managed a run today as well as organising USB. I can imagine that there were plenty who went as part of their new years resolutions...

I still have the very last bits of my manflu, but decided to wrap up warm in all me new christmas presents running gear and go for a Jog. Ran for 50 mins and feel quite good now. Was my first run outside in 3 weeks and first run in a week. Nice. Heres to a good 2011...

01/01/2011 at 15:34




Well done to those who've been out today.

01/01/2011 at 15:57

Happy New Year and good luck to all with goals!

Well done on the 10k Zion. Was the stitch when going downhill? They always get me on the downhill!!

Went 'exploring' in the woods today, fell over a fallen tree and pulled a calf musle - so clumsy (and muddy)!! Still managed to hobble 8 miles so not that bad. Hope it's ok for tomorrow!

1942 miles in 2010. Still have to add up time etc. Half PB of 1:32:51 and mara PB of 3:20:56. Would love to go sub 3:15 at VLM.

Good to hear the water's back jason!

Any opinions on whether adding say 3 turbo sessions a week would improve running times?


01/01/2011 at 16:14
what sort of turbo sessions ?
01/01/2011 at 16:17
Good running Zion. Nice race report too. You have set standard for everyone else this year.

Sorry to hear about the calf Fiona... Hope it clears up for you.
01/01/2011 at 16:23

Took a rest day today as I ended up working a little later than I wanted, but legs feeling great for tomorrows LSR.

Zion great race report first of the year well done and it sounds that all the miles you did last year are paying dividends.

Jason glad to hear the waters back on.

Fiona hope the calf is ok and well done on your run today.

Gobi nice 9 miles mate.

01/01/2011 at 16:39
NP - pretty poor and impressive at the same time really
01/01/2011 at 18:52


Ouch, hope you recover soon.


Had Chris' parents over for a present exchange and in addition to having a hissing cat (she doesn't like the smell of other cats & they have 3) I had the best Christmss pressie.  A Lush gift set with nice warm spicey fragranced smellies.

Well done to everyone who's got out for a run.

01/01/2011 at 19:35

Zion- well done with the 10k and great report

USB- well done on Parkrun

NP- the rest will probably do you good

Fiona- hope the leg's better in the morning

HY4- out of your targets, i recommend the one about joining a club- it will probably help with the other targets

6.36m recovery tonight for me

01/01/2011 at 19:54


I think that's going to bethe easiest one as I've got a club in mind and would have already tried them out if I hadn't of broken my shoulder.  It's a club based in a neighbouring village and sound really flexible.  My 10k pb is 1:24 (was running with partner who hadn't done any training) so that should tumble very easily especially as my easy run pace is about 11:30 min miles.

01/01/2011 at 19:56
HY4- sounds like a plan to me
01/01/2011 at 20:13


Definately.  I'm not planning on doing any races with my partner again unless it's a really short race & I can run quicker than him or it's just at the limit for his body as he beat me by 1 second and I had more or less carry him round. So he sure as hell isn't going to beat me again.

Edited: 01/01/2011 at 20:16
02/01/2011 at 09:18
Zion - nice race report. No photo though? Well done on the 10km. I have never done it and probably never will unless I give up the booze 100%.

I had a rest day yesterday. Went for a lovely long walk with whining children, had fish n chips, watched fireworks display and went to the pub! Easy 3.5 miles for me this morning. we're off to the panto this afternoon. (cue more dodgy panto jokes, he's behind you)
02/01/2011 at 09:49

FionaC - I thought it was just me but I have noticed stitch coming on after running downhill and thought it was either due to my bad form or my dodgy SIJ. The right side of my body is definitely weaker which is where I always get stitch, although I think this is the most common side. I have been doing regular exercises and yesterdays stitch was very mild compared to usual and did shift pretty quickly on breathing out on the right foot strike. Hope your calf is ok today.

Mr Spoons enjoy the panto

A couple of hours done this morning with no after effects from yesterdays race. Just over 53 miles for the week including a rest day.

02/01/2011 at 10:34
Well done on everyone's runs yesterday.
02/01/2011 at 11:36

Mr Spoons - oh no you aren't

8 miles for me later, need to go to the supermarket first to stock up on basics.  

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