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Audio feed back linked to GPS watch?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:02

Also, depending upon where you're travelling to, and whether you have an unlocked smartphone available, it might be worth buying a prepay SIM for that country, or stick £10-£20 on a GiffGaff SIM - the EU data roaming charges at least aren't too bad nowadays.

Audio feed back linked to GPS watch?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 15:56

Most phone running apps will still work without a data connection as the actual tracking relies on the GPS chip not the cellular data. Expect to lose some features that rely on the data connection like maps and live web-based tracking, but expect the app to work for time, distance, pace and recording co-ordinates that you will be able to see on a map once you do eventually get back to wifi or home to a data connection.



10 week training plan - Marathon

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 17:19

I assume you've had a recovery week since Bournemouth with mostly rest days and maybe a few easy pace runs?

Jumping straight back into a marathon training plan (especially part way through one) does increase your risk of exhaustion and injury. If you feel that your last plan worked, then the simple rule of thumb back into a schedule is to start with a reverse taper, eg if you had a 3 week taper for Bournemouth, then mirror the weekly volume and quality of those final 3 weeks over the next 3 weeks in order to ease you back in gradually. Then with the remaining 7 weeks until Portsmouth you could pick the final 7 weeks from a marathon training plan - whether the same one as before, or another if you want to try something different.

Hal Higdon plans work for me, that site has a more detailed guide for getting back into training after a marathon:

See you at Portsmouth 

Abingdon Marathon 2014

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:37
Nayan wrote (see)

I haven't run Abingdon before- can someone tell me more about this Underpass of Doom? Does it have like trap doors and spikes?

It's here:,-1.283526,3a,75y,278.06h,65.57t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s89fXtVvAuGHK6iEr_Tt1ng!2e0

When I did this race, there was a marshal at the entrance to the underpass calling out "left at the end", but I don't recall seeing a left turn sign at the end of the tunnel - if there was then I missed it. The field was pretty strung out by that point and the closest runner in front of me was already long gone by the time I entered the tunnel, so if I had not heard the marshal then I would have wasted valuable seconds on the other side thinking about which way to go.

Looking at the Google Street View it seems pretty damn obvious that you should turn left and go up the exit ramp and not right up the steps, but after 24 miles it didn't seem so obvious to me, so be warned!

Predicted times

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 13:55

In case an example around similar times helps:
After a year of regular running - mainly 5 to 10K, building up to 4 runs and 20-30 miles per week - I managed a 1:28 for my first half marathon when McMillan would have predicted a 1:25 off of my 5K time.

That was with 3 or 4 long runs of 12-14 miles during the couple of months beforehand. So my legs had some familiarity with the distance, but I was still very much undertrained for racing the distance well.

If my 5K had only predicted me a 1:30 at that time I suspect I'd have ended up with about 1:34.

Or if my long runs had all been a few miles shorter then I suspect I'd have ended up with about 1:34, or injury.

Or if both of the above then I suspect I'd have been looking at about 1:40.

The following year when I did more sensibly structured training - double the weekly mileage above - mostly following Hal Higdon's training plans for Half Marathon ( ) and Marathon - that's when I ended up with a 3:04 first marathon and a HM time that bettered the McMillan prediction from my 5K.

Other training plans are available...

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 20:04
I'm in too

First marathon

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 20:49

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon, by any chance?

Self training or join a club???

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 19:23

You can still join a club and follow your own training schedule, but incorporate the occasional club session where it fits in with the rest of your life. Most clubs I know of wouldn't have a problem with this.

Turnaround for Strain or "Twinge" in Pelvic/Groin Area.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 16:39

I picked up a strain in that area in a XC race in January, and it was a strange one that seemed fine within a couple of days, but after every race or hard session I could feel some soreness/tenderness again, but it didn't seem to be slowing me down. I carried on training, racing and PBing for months despite knowing something wasn't quite right, and it wasn't until after I had 3 weeks off for paternity leave in August that it healed up properly.

So not that I'm suggesting it is a good idea to ignore an injury, but it is possible to have a niggle like that. However if there's pain and/or if it's affecting your running form then get it checked out.

Moving Target

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 10:46

Last year my training went well and my goal crept from 3:15 to 3:10 to 3:05, and I managed that with 20 seconds to spare so didn't regret it. Another local runner I know of a similar level but with faster 5K and HM PBs and a lot more marathon experience, went for sub 3 but couldn't sustain it and ended up being overtaken by me at 25 miles and not getting even getting sub 3:05.

The HM next weekend will help to judge how much of a stretch a given goal would be.

Only you can judge how disappointed you'd be if you gamble too hard and blow up and end up with a worse result than if you were more conservative. Given that you don't have a GFA riding on it then you might not be as gutted as the guy in my example above was.

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