Welcome to the thread all the new guys Hows the training going?
Chr1s & LlodR Looks like you both have a busy year on the Marathon front in 2015!
Bainspj The 3 years I have ran Berlin have been relatively hot considering it's the end of September. Don't know what the weather was like this year, but 2011 stands out the most as it was around 20 °C. I remember I found it really hard that year and struggled with hydration as all you get is small plastic cups at each water station, which are plentiful might I add, also this was a race in which I did my current pb (remember walking back to my hotel with 2 pints of the free alcohol free beer that you get at the finish). This prompted me to take my camelbak for 2012 & 2013 and I'll be doing the same next year. This method is good when it comes to just running through the water stations as they can get a bit congested.
Scooby3 I agree with you there on the dark evenings. I'm just trying to get out on a Wednesday and at Sunday at the minute and doing the rest on the treadmill. Last Wednesday I did my session on the treadmill as it was snowing and stormy. Just trying to maintain fitness at the moment as I will be starting my Edinburgh Marathon training at the start of January.
Meadower Looks like we'll be in the same race 4 times next year as I've signed up for Alloa as well. My 2 quickest Half Marathons have been there.
Just booked my flights today as they became available through Easyjet flying from Glasgow. I had booked my hotel about 2 months ago, with the option of a free cancellation in the event of not getting a ballot place, so I had opted for flying out on the Friday and coming back on the Monday. When I checked the flight availability today the prices were coming up as £131 for the Friday flight and £97 for the return flight on the Monday. Managed to get my Thursday flight for £50, so it is now cheaper for me to fly out on the Thursday and pay for another night in a hotel than it was to fly out on the Friday.
Managed a good 10K outside on Wednesday with a bit of intervals today and a 10 miler planed for Sunday. Hope everyone has a good weekend of training.
A 10 miler turned into a 6 mile run this morning as the chest cough that I've had for the past couple of days took it's toll on my running today. Started off ok then I noticed after about 2 miles that my heart rate was about 6-8 beats higher than normal. It was a sunny but cold day hear in central Scotland, perfect running weather as well.
Hope everyone else's weekend training has gone well.
TOIG, TFIW Sounds like next years Marathon is going to be a special one for you, which you'll really enjoy may I add. I really like training for an autumn Marathon as you can make the most of the summer nights. For my last 2 Berlin Marathons I really enjoyed getting out on a Wednesday night for my medium long run.
jr2408 Agree with you there, the winters seem long especially when its dark going to work and dark when you come home. I feel that training for a spring Marathon gives you something to focus on throughout the winter and keeps your mind off the miserable weather. I did London this year and really enjoyed my Sunday long runs.
Last weeks lottery draw solidified my running year for 2015 as I have now entered 5 races. At the moment I am just maintaining base fitness before I start my Edinburgh Marathon program which I'm starting on Monday 5th January. My first race of the year will be a local Half Marathon in March before I do the 10 mile Great Edinburgh Run which is now in it's second year. Quite a hilly race with excellent views of the capital. Then it's the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May. I'm then planning a short break from running (well nothing structured, maintenance really) before going on the family holiday at the end of June. Then it will be the serious business of training for both my 'A' races, the Great North Run and of course Berlin. Would really like to do a Half Marathon around early August just to see when the fitness is at.
So what's everyone else's plans for next year apart from the obvious? Where are we just now training wise? What other races do we have planned for the year? When are we starting our training? What are our race goals?