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Training for Windsor Dorney Half Marathon

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 10:31
I ran the EXTREMELY wet half marathon in 1:48:11.
I was really pleased and I think I could have knocked 30 seconds off in the last lap if I hadn't been soaked through and running in a jacket!

Training for Windsor Dorney Half Marathon

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 17:26

Mrs Hog: Many thanks for the response!

Last week I managed a 3.90 miles at 9:11(some high intensity), then 13.14 miles at 10:54 (managed to run slowly for once! 2:23 was as slow as I could run) and finally 2.43 miles at 8:21 pace(some high intensity).
Last night I ran 2.46 miles but it was cold so I ran 7:08 pace.
Tomorrow I look forward to the same 13 mile or so route as last week! Tuesdays seem to be my Sundays due to shift patterns at the moment.

Does anyone have any advice for "race pace"? I'm not too sure how to make sure I crack the timing on race day! I'm concerned I might physically be able to run a 1:50 half marathon but not be prepared mentally and run too slowly!

Thanks for ANY replies

FIrst time ultra runner

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 00:54

Thank you Debra. A lot of people seem to be be saying that they wish they had tried longer distances at a younger age. Maybe I (age 22) will venture into some longer runs over the next year or so. I guess it's just a case of grabbing some gels, some water and running for as long as I can, right?

Training for Windsor Dorney Half Marathon

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 18:49

5 months ago I started running a few times a week. I loved it.

I have a problem. I can't get myself into a routine. Sometimes I'll not run for a week and when I go out again I can REALLY feel it.

My solution was to sign up for a race. I work 12 hour shifts with a 4-on, 4-off shift pattern which leaves me with few weekends free (and sometimes getting home from work has me reaching for a hot water bottle and pyjamas instead of trainers!). I signed myself up for the afforementioned half marathon on the 16th March.

Using mapmyrun on my iPhone I have run 12.5 miles in 1h50m (about a month ago) and 10km in 45 minutes (2 weeks ago). As I mentioned before, I would not say that I have really done any training.

Could anyone PLEASE advise me on the sort of training I should be doing over the next (eeeeek!) 3 weeks in the lead up to the event. I was hoping to manage a 1:50 but with my sheer laziness of recent weeks I'm not sure I can manage it.

Thanks in advance for any replies!

[Already posted this in the training section but thought I'd put it here because I'm a beginner!]

FIrst time ultra runner

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 18:27

I don't mean to hijack this thread but is it normal for people to go from half marathons up to ultra distances without doing any 26.2's? I'm 22 and have never run more than 13 miles at once and presumed I would have to push my distances a little more before attempting a long race!

Training for Windsor Dorney Half Marathon

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 20:08

5 months ago I started running a few times a week. I loved it.

I have a problem. I can't get myself into a routine. Sometimes I'll not run for a week and when I go out again I can REALLY feel it.

My solution was to sign up for a race. I work 12 hour shifts with a 4-on, 4-off shift pattern which leaves me with few weekends free (and sometimes getting home from work has me reaching for a hot water bottle and pyjamas instead of trainers!). I signed myself up for the afforementioned half marathon on the 16th March.

Using mapmyrun on my iPhone I have run 12.5 miles in 1h50m (about a month ago) and 10km in 45 minutes (2 weeks ago). As I mentioned before, I would not say that I have really done any training.

Could anyone PLEASE advise me on the sort of training I should be doing over the next (eeeeek!) 3 weeks in the lead up to the event. I was hoping to manage a 1:50 but with my sheer laziness of recent weeks I'm not sure I can manage it.

Thanks in advance for any replies!

P.S. Anyone else doing this race?

How to carry watter whilst running?

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 21:49

Hmm lots of replies, thanks everyone!

Interesting point about whether or not I should even bother carrying any. I will certainly try hydrating myself (?) better before heading out later this week.

Mr Puffy: It's not so much a bottle belt but a bladder pack waist pack (http://www.inov-8.com/New/Global/Product-View-RacePro-4.html?L=26). I use it with their horizontal bladder pack in it.

I think I'll try not taking anything and taking a 500ml bottle with a nuun in over the next few runs and see how they work out. If either of those do the trick then YAY for not spending more money on gear!

running in the snow

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 20:52

Throw on some trail shoes, tights and a softshell and get leaping through the stuff. Since the snow arrived I've been doing some short runs along footpaths through nearby fields and it's been great fun

How to carry watter whilst running?

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 20:49

I have only been running for the last 2 months but have recently found myself running a long run each week of around 20km. Last week I ran this carrying an inov8 bum bag  but it rode up from my waste and just jumped around. I ended up wearing it bandolier style across my chest but that still wasn't very comofortable.

I'm basically looking for a way to carry around a 1 litre water bottle or a bladder pack for runs of the aforementioned distance. Do the smaller running backpacks move around as wildly as I imagine they will? I get a bit dizzy by the end of 12 miles if I don't drink anything! :S

 

Thanks, Ben.

Injinji toe socks - anyone wear them?

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 20:43

Weirdly enough I've only ever had sore toes whilst wearing injinji toe socks but that was 15k on snow/ice in the alps over Christmas. Other than that I absolutely love them! I have 4 or 5 pairs now and find that they let me spread my toes out nicely when I'm running in my inov8 f-lite195's or mudroc 290's.

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