Latest posts by Big_G

1 to 10 of 2,177

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:53

Good luck at the half KK!

I got my 16-miles in and I feel great, so I'm really pleased.  I did stop at 10-miles as I found myself at the beach, so stopped for a cuppa tea and and ice cream for 10-mins, and then ran home  I really enjoyed it.  Average moving pace (so not including the stoppage) was 9:45min/mile.  I haven't yet got a plan written, but in a way I think that's the first long run ticked off.  I hope the rest go as well!

I may do a short run tomorrow, and then it's off to beer festival with friends in the afternoon.

RAT Cornwall

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 07:49

I haven't done it, but there was a pretty good video from last year of the 64-miler.

How he ran 64-miles I can just about begin to fathom.  How he ran it with a selfie stick, is another matter  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 07:43

I (hopefully!) have the afternoon off today, so planning a long run of 14-16.  I ran on Tuesday and Wednesday, but had a rest day yesterday as I was feeling a bit tired, but I'm not feeling too bad today so hoping my run will go okay, as long as it's not too hot.  If it gets too hot, I'll cut it short I think and hopefully try again on the weekend.

Went to a BBQ last night, which was really nice.  I had my usual burgers/sausages/chicken/crisps/coleslaw/etc etc, and there was a left over veggie burger and sausage that I also had.  They were awful (but I still ate them)!  

Someone had made chocolate brownies, which were lovely  Was that little lot ideal pre-long run food?  Maybe not, but it was nice and I at least I didn't drink alcohol which is pretty much unheard of for me at a BBQ.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:13

Mr B, I've heard it said that the marathon starts at 20 miles, so if you're feeling good at mile 20 you can pick the pace up a bit then.  One way to confirm that you know what pace to go out at is to do smaller races in the build up, and adjust your target marathon pace from those if needed, using a realistic pace calculator.

I think Shades has a stat along the lines of every minute per mile you run too quickly in the first 6 miles can cost you something like 2 or 3 minutes per mile in the last 6 miles (maybe a bit out with the actual details, but the essence is there anyway).

Nipping into the bushes

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 10:26
TheEngineer wrote (see)
Big_G wrote (see)

That little episode ended up being about a 20-min mile.  I'm pretty slow, but not that slow!

If anyone can boast a faster time then make yourself known, or I'm claiming the world record for the "thousand metre curl-out" at 5 mins 10 seconds. 

The thing is, I wonder if we're looking at this wrong.  It could be argued that the world record should be the longest time needed to clear the system, not the shortest.  I consider it a test of endurance, and it certainly gives a good test to the thighs and glutes.  The phrase "shaking like a shitting dog" springs to mind.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 09:32

Mr B, I'm no expert but I don't think that would be a viable training plan.  The best option is even splits, or even a negative split.  Emmy from this forum has a phrase of "bank energy, not time", which I think most people think is a good motto for a marathon.  I think SK did a great PB at London with near even splits.  I think that plan is what people tend to do - i.e., go out too quickly and then slow down at the end (I've done this myself and it's not pleasant!), but to plan to do that doesn't seem right to me.

But listen to what Shades says  

(edited to add that I typed the above out and then saw SK had already posted something similar....)

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 08:06

Shades, thanks for the paces.

Maybe sub-3:30 is a goal for another time!  I'd really like to crack the 4hrs first, and then go from there I think.  I need to stay injury free too, which is what has scuppered my training in the past 12 months or so.  It's 14 weeks until the marathon, so I've got time to slowly build up the mileage.  I'm going to try 14-16 this weekend (as long as it's not too hot) and see how I feel and then have a think about a little plan around my holiday commitments etc.  So it won't be a "perfect" plan, but I can only do my best  I'd really like to get a couple of 20 milers in (minimum) but I'll see.  Sunday's race was the furthest I've ran in quite a while.

I did 7 last night and 6.5 first thing this morning and legs feel fine, so all is good.

Nipping into the bushes

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 12:38

Whilst running, I've been caught short twice.  The first time was the most memorable as a herd of cows were very inquisitive, wondering what I was doing in their field.  I think it was 6 cows all within about 5 metres of me, staring.  Staring, and chewing.  

There was a bull nearby looking particularly angry and if I hadn't already been shitting myself, I probably would have done soon after anyway.

That little episode ended up being about a 20-min mile.  I'm pretty slow, but not that slow!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 08:12

Keith, not an ultra but my club do a tortoise and hare race around Christmas.  I did it last year and really enjoyed it.  I think it was just about 5 miles, but it was an out and back course so you could see who was just ahead or behind you at the turn around point.  So I was trying to catch the person in front, but also keep the person behind from overtaking me - but of course everyone else was thinking the same thing  It was a good laugh and I think everyone finished within about 5mins of each other, which would never have happened on a normal race.  Good luck with the triple!

Shades, Brussels is Sunday 4th October.  If you get time, could you remind me again of my paces based on a 1:39 Half?  Up until now I've been doing the vast majority of my running at 10min/miles (with the occasional speed session or parkrun) and am happy to continue doing that of course, but just thought I'd double check.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 20:20

Just recalculated and actually the second half was only 30secs slower than the first half, so that's not so bad I suppose.  I thought it seemed odd when I posted it last time, but I'd made an error.

Anyway, yes, I've entered Brussels marathon  Not 100% sure how the training is going to go, as I've got a couple of holidays booked but I'd like to get under 4hrs, which would be my main goal - I haven't done that before, but it should at least be possible off of a 1:39 half....I hope!

1 to 10 of 2,177

Discussions started by Big_G

Apple Watch

Any thoughts? 
Replies: 20    Views: 797
Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 12:59

Newbie inner tube question

Replies: 2    Views: 496
Last Post: 13/09/2014 at 00:19

Can I just file this down?

Wheel rim chip 
Replies: 15    Views: 819
Last Post: 10/09/2014 at 15:10

Bike lights

Replies: 10    Views: 522
Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 00:15

Knee injury

Replies: 0    Views: 235
Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 11:01

Screen name changed

Replies: 3    Views: 710
Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 17:27

Estate agent

How to make a complaint? 
Replies: 13    Views: 821
Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 04:09

GFA times

Do all official marathons count if a London GFA time is achieved on that course? 
Replies: 10    Views: 502
Last Post: 30/09/2013 at 14:39

T-shirts and printing

Replies: 0    Views: 298
Last Post: 11/06/2013 at 21:30

Race for Life

Replies: 25    Views: 1226
Last Post: 22/05/2013 at 14:06

Intensive bouts of exercise

Andrew Marr illness 
Replies: 5    Views: 558
Last Post: 14/04/2013 at 20:11

Uploading a picture from an iMac

OS X 10.8.3, Safari 6.0.3 
Replies: 0    Views: 324
Last Post: 21/03/2013 at 10:13

Looking for some half-marathon training advice

Getting below 1:40 
Replies: 1    Views: 450
Last Post: 07/03/2013 at 14:46

"Eat, fast and live longer" Horizon program

Any thoughts? 
Replies: 15    Views: 1345
Last Post: 04/12/2012 at 14:42

Dartmoor Vale Half - I managed a PB

...but what went wrong in miles 10-12? 
Replies: 15    Views: 748
Last Post: 24/10/2012 at 14:44
1 to 15 of 17 threads