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Almost beginner to marathon in a year?

Posted: 26/04/2007 at 00:48
StetsonUK - v'course you can go from couch to 26.2 in 1 year; but it'll take all of that year in effort. the biggest risk is doing too much too soon and getting injured.

add a bit of strength work to the running (gym stuff and core strength training) and that should keep the knee twinge at bay and keep you on the roads.

the RW schedules are good but don't stretch to more than 3-4 months so get yourself a copy of Advanced Marathoning by Pfitzinger & Douglas - don't be scared by the title! The best bits in it are the long term schedules which are quite bendable to an individual's requirements

good luck - 26.2 is the best!

the bat

Why do you run?

Posted: 26/04/2007 at 00:33
i started running for the vain cause of shifting some beer weight. after a few months of treadmill plodding i realised that running was the highlight of my gym trip so took it outdoors - outdoors in aberdeen, i might add!

after 8 years, what i love about it now is the pure honesty of the sport. with work, anyone will get to the top of their potential and deserve it.

my first race was the 1999 BUPA 10km at balmoral and i was chuffed to finish and in 52mins. then came some GNRs and i got a half mara time of 1:45. from then, i dug in to do a full marathon and in 2006 got my ultimate goal of a sub 3:00.

apart from reminiscing, what i want to convey is that i found something i love doing, that gives me confidence, discipline, a fair bit of ego boosting but mainly a refuge and a means of grounding. whenever i feel crap, the old me would go to the pub - now i go for a run and feel 100xbetter every time. that outlet will always be there even if the times stop improving.

the bat

How have your times changed since you started running?

Posted: 07/09/2006 at 14:03
getting an HRM was a good move for me in getting my times down. before I got it, i ran mono-pace and usually too fast. the improvements in my times pre and post HRM are...

10km 42:10 pre-HRM, 39:01 with HRM
1/2M 1:32 pre-HRM, 1:19 with HRM
mara 3:13 pre-HRM, 2:56 with HRM

Those are improvements over three years though, and reading up on the subject and training smarter certainly made a big difference too

the bat

Sub 3

Posted: 20/06/2006 at 10:53
TBSIARF - pretty cr@p news fella. Wish you only good luck in getting through/ over it.

Like Tmap, I've often found myself in a bit of a prolonged grump after focussing on a race. This year is probably the worst and I managed to hit my target time.

Maybe its the lack of something to focus on or more likely, the lack of something to distract from other non-ideal things that are present. Either way, getting out for a run does help.

the bat

Sub 3

Posted: 09/06/2006 at 16:41
best of luck to the Edinburghers - looks like its a day to run for your place and not for your time. time to dig out the 'foreign legion' style hats too!

the bat

Sub 3:00 FLM 2006

Posted: 07/06/2006 at 17:31
marco boogers?

Sub 3

Posted: 07/06/2006 at 17:23
just checking in at reception for the new 'Sub 3' thread.

Wow, didn't think I'd be in the top 10 list for the year. Given that I'm not marathoning again this year, I expect to bumped out in the autumn.

the (migrating) bat

Sub 3:00 FLM 2006

Posted: 07/06/2006 at 15:28
can we get the moderator to change the title to 'sub 3:00 2007' but still keep all the messages?

pretty lame running to report. Managing about 4 hours of wombing a week, mainly to arrest the weight-gain that arrived within two weeks of easing off the running but not easing off the food intake. And I hate running in the heat - i'm a scottish bat so much prefer a sleety January evening run to a warm summer's night womble by the river!

the bat

Do you ever get jealous or feel guilty....

Posted: 02/06/2006 at 09:37
BT - i heard someone mixing their metaphors (or is it similes) by saying "does the pope sh!t in the woods?" Took them a while to figure out what they'd said.

Sub 3:00 FLM 2006

Posted: 25/05/2006 at 11:45
What ho'!

Dan A - would I have seen you on Putney Bridge last night at about 7.30pm? I was coming off Lower Richmond Rd heading south and saw a Dan A shaped figure (as spotted in RW) heading north over the bridge? You were a bit too far away to shout to and as we've not met, I assume you'd not've stopped anyway!

the (stalking) bat
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