The 2011 Marathon Tread

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08/01/2011 at 19:35
I will Jason.  Bud has said steady and relaxed so I shall make sure I am able to sing along to my music
08/01/2011 at 21:51

Paddy thats a fantastic time and a massive improvement from 2009 which I see was another great time and sub 3hrs. I would be happy with 2:59 but I do have another time in my head if everything is 100% on the day. My pb is 3:02 which I did last year and this will be my last chance before the big 50. But there is a lot of people over 50 running sub 3 hrs. I liked the video from last years Dublin Marathon great for watching club mates.

USB not much in RW about the super six but plenty about another group of runners doing other marathons, think your in a couple of photos.

Jason nice running mate.

08/01/2011 at 22:13

Just entered Chester and Snowdonia

3 weeks apart

08/01/2011 at 22:44
NP - i think this issue would have gone to press before they announced the result.  I had a look while in Sainsbury's but haven't got mine through yet.
08/01/2011 at 22:47

New to runners world and looking for a bit of advice. I have set myself a couple of challenges for this year the Leeds half marathon in May and the Chester marathon in October. I currently run twice a week, a 5-8k and a 10-15k.  I also cycle to work 4 or 5 times a week (when it's not snowy/icey), 20-30 miles per day.

 I have been looking at training schedules for half and full marathons and they all seem to assume that you are not really doing any other exercise, unless they include a bit of cross training, especially on rest days when in reality I am likely to be cycling on rest days. 

 Does anyone have any tips on the training schedule and how I should account for the cycling and other exercise?   

09/01/2011 at 06:39
Morning Andy and welcome. Most people (including myself generally feel running is the best training for running and X training will help your overall fitness and also reduce your chance of injury. There is a cyclist at my work who cycles loads and only runs around twice a week. He does the occasional half marathon at around 1:40 time. This is obviously built around his cycling training, although when I say he cycles loads I mean LOADS.
09/01/2011 at 10:45
Update: went for a little jog this morning. I felt fine so finished up at 16.5 miles. I had a couple of very minor chest twinges so I'll ring the doc's tomorrow.
09/01/2011 at 11:55
Hello Andy... Is it possible to cut out one cycle as you add one run? That might work?

Mr spoons... Nice long jog.. Hop all goes well at the docs....
09/01/2011 at 12:08

Hi Andy & welcome to the thread.

Mr Spoons,

Well done & good luck with the docs appointment.  Hopefully they should be able to get you in quickly.

09/01/2011 at 12:58
Hey Paddy, good to see you over here

NP: wow, that is serious mileage. Respect.

Bridget: about time someone got back to you.

Hi Andy and welcome.

Another 19 miles d&d today. Was a truly rubbish run but it was my own fault as I did lots of things yesterday that you shouldn't do a day before a long run (hill reps, leg strength and lack of food). We were out and about most of the day and it was either bad food or none. As I'm trying to lose weight I opted for the latter. Bad mistake. Legs were sooo dead it was torture. Anyway, it's done. I just hope the next LSR goes better!

Do you guys take sports drink on the long runs? I wonder if I should - right now it's just water and no nutrition (can't stand gels ) but I think I may have to work on that a bit.

69 miles for me this week. Happy with that.
09/01/2011 at 14:06

Just tried to drive & couldn't initially open the car door but once it was freed off could do.  Managed to get the seat belt on with some discomfort & turn the car on but when it came to moving the wheel had problems turning it to the right so that didn't progress any further.  As for typing with both hands that is proving to be very painful even for this short bit so back to the docs tomorrow (should be able to get an appointment fairly quickly) and one handed typing.



If I'm doing a lsr of 6 miles or more I will have a sports drink otherwise it's just water.

09/01/2011 at 15:11
Good luck at the doc hy4
Well done with your long Run chick. It sounded like a tough one. Yep I use energy drink over 2 hours.

A solid 8 miles today. Happy with that!!
09/01/2011 at 15:22


Thanks.  I bet you're happy with the 8 miles.

09/01/2011 at 15:24

HY4 and Mr S- good luck at docs

Mr S- nice little jog!

AGF- good run

Chick- nice running- all miles in the bank. I try to use the same sports drink as the event on LRs and gels.

20.33 for me today (20 lr and 0.33 warm down) 8.05 av pace for the 20

09/01/2011 at 15:24

HY4 frustrating indeed

Hello Paddy, SL and Andy

Mr Spoons definitely worth getting checked out. Hope all is well.

chickadee at least you know why it didn't go well. I have decided to try and use something on my LSRs mainly because I don't want to suffer stomach problems again like I did at Newcastle. Although I think part of it was the stress beforehand but still I want to try and toughen my stomach up as it is something that I do seem to suffer with.

USB hope your niggle is improving.

Gave the parkrun a miss yesterday as the wind and rain made a lie in a better option and just went out for a steady run later. Two and a half hours this morning in much better conditions. The longest run since Newcastle and felt good. Total 59 miles for the week including my obligatory rest day

09/01/2011 at 15:25
Weekly stats: miles run: 81.81, alcohol consumed: 0 units, weight: -4.25lbs  
Edited: 09/01/2011 at 15:25
09/01/2011 at 15:38
The mileage is jacking up nicely for people on here

My 49 sounds a bit poor really compared

But - this isn't a "who can do the biggest mileage competition" ... Or is it....

Just water and gels for me now, as that's generally what I'm having in races. I will often have half before and half after though.
09/01/2011 at 15:57

Did you decide on a schedule Mr Spoons or you own plan? Not just the miles but how you run them that is important I think.

Well done on the weight loss jasond - that is a lot in a week.

09/01/2011 at 16:02
Hi Zion - I'm still on my own to be honest. These schedules all look a bit constrictive to me. I do have a vague plan and I make sure I get in some intervals, hills, speedwork, long runs etc. I'm not very good at all that "I must do this session on Tuesday" type stuff. What do you do?
09/01/2011 at 16:16
Sounds just like my plan. Only set session is my rest day on a Monday The rest of the time I go by how I'm feeling, the weather to some extent and what life is throwing at me. Like you I have a rough idea of what I want to do but none of it is set in stone.
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