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manchester marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 15:55

Ian - That makes sense   I found the P&D pretty unforgiving if you tried to play catchup.  There were a couple of weekends when i was at weddings etc and i did my long run on the Monday which should be a rest day and i always struggled doing the runs for the rest of the week.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 15:08

Ian - Is that in the 55-70mpw plan?  I don't remember any back to back hard days in the up to 55 plan at all.  There were normally only 2 hard days (LSR and 1 speedwork day) and they were never back to back.  For my half in October i followed a 12 week Bupa advanced half plan and that had 3 back to back hard days some weeks which was brutal and i normally ended up taking the middle day (wednesday) as an easy run instead of a steady (mara pace) run.  The tuesday was normally mile repeats and the thursday either lactate threshold or hills.  That plan was too much for me.

John

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Posted: Yesterday at 09:35

big - I'm on holiday for 2 weeks of December so that challenge is no good for me unfortunately.   Last year though i did the Jantastic challenge which was brilliant motivation in sticking with the P&D plan.  It also lasts from 1st Jan to 31st March so covers most of the marathon plan length. The marathon talk guys are running it again this (2015) year so ill be doing that again.

John

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Posted: Yesterday at 09:25

Ok ive joined the Strava group (and Strava itself ).  My totals are really poor last last couple of weeks with this annoying bug i seem to be struggling with.  Tapiriik syncs my Garmin activities to Strava so it should be quite light touch.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 16:43

Coop - 4 miles running and 10 on the bike i would probably go at 10k (running) effort.  Seems logical and would probably take around the same time.

I'm no Strava user either, Garmin and Fetch for me.  I think i do have a Strava account setup somewhere but never used it.

Ill be following the P&D up to 55 miles/wk plan again.  As i mentioned earlier in the thread this year im stepping down from 6 to 5 runs whereas last year i stepped up from 4 to 5 and only just hung on

For anyone wanting an excel calendar for P&D up to 55 in kms feel free to have a copy of mine from here

John

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Posted: 18/11/2014 at 11:03

Alan - I don't really have a target but assuming i feel better and legs feel ok i will probably run around 1:45.  Enough to make it a good run out but nothing too taxing (PB 1:35 so have quite a bit in the tank to run 1:45 quite steadily).  It was just an excuse for a weekend away and the climb up the Great Orme and a nice seaside run should be fun

John

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Posted: 17/11/2014 at 21:03

Evening All,

Alan B - Welcome to Manchester

Kirsty - Sorry to hear about the house   I hope things turn out for the best whatever that may be! Enjoy Paris you lucky thing!

Big - Congrats with the young one!  Great result.

Ive not been on here for a few days, Ive been ill (again!!) with something which has been really frustrating.  I'd been out on my LSR last Sunday and just felt rotten, i stopped about 4 or 5 times which is really unlike me and i just felt wiped out.  Spent the rest of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with a cracking headache and felt really weak.  Fever in the evenings which has meant not sleeping well.  So, again running took a back seat, kept trying to push it with small runs on Tuesday and Wednesday but as soon as i started running i felt drained and my HR went through the roof.  Today is the first day i have felt ok so went out for a 7.5k at lunch at about 10s/km slower than my usual easy pace and my HR was good.  Hopefully on the road to normality  

I have a half this weekend at Conwy, so i better be ready for that!  I'm not planning on racing it anyway, just an excuse for a weekend away and fitting in my LSR at the same time

John

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Posted: 08/11/2014 at 15:29

Rest up for a bit Pete, no point damaging yourself a month before marathon prep starts!

I just had a gentle parkrun at Wythenshawe this morning, another good little turnout too considering the amount of rain yesterday.

John

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Posted: 03/11/2014 at 09:10

Mc Hilly - Welcome to the madhouse   Accomodation is fine.  There are plenty of hotels around Salford quays (which is where the start is) and if all those hike the prices plenty of people decide to stay in Altrincham (its on the metro line which goes direct to Old Trafford) where there are a few budget hotels to choose from.  Its also on the half way point of the route so if you have family/friends with you its a good place for them to watch and then jump on the met to catch you again at the finish.  There's a few locals on the thread already so if you need anything just ask

John

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Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:39

Hi All,

Not been on here much this week, work has been crazy busy.  Have managed a couple of weeks of easy running since Arley and will pick up some speedwork from next week.  I've still managed 5 runs each week so only 1 down per week on my normal training.  Ran to Parkrun and back today which was a nice 15k although it was spoilt by seeing a body being pulled out of the canal on the way back   I'd seen the police arriving on my way out at 8:30 but didnt think much of it until the way back.

Regarding the long runs which we were chatting about when i was last on... P&D says to run the long run between 20% and 10% slower than marathon pace.  So for me training for a 3:30 (4:58min/km) i was meant to run between 6:00 and 5:30.  I ran most of my long runs averaging around 5:40.  It seemed to work ok for me and i will be following the same plan again, although i may push up a couple of the 17-18mile long runs up to 20s.  The hardest runs i found were the ones at marathon pace whereas now i feel marathon pace is actually quite a nice pace to run at.

I struggled around mile 21 at Manchester last year so this year i'm hoping the extra years training under by belt will leave me feeling stronger.  I ate more than i think ive ever eaten in the 3 days prior to the marathon and i really cant see how i could get more carbs into me.  Maybe i need to look at smarter ways next year which will hopefully see me through to mile 26 without bonking.

Jack - dont make any crazy changes on the back of one run (be it good or bad).  You will have runs where you feel like superman and others you feel like you have never ran before in your life.  Take both types for what they are and only start amending targets if you have a couple of weeks worth of runs where everything is easy or everything is feeling too hard.  heart rate measurements are also really useful for this.  those readings will tell you for sure if your body is pushing harder than it should be.  Sometimes a run feels terrible but your HR will show you that your body wasn't pushing any harder than normal which is reassuring. 

Pete - unlucky at Dublin mate.  Onwards and upwards to manc!

John

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