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London Marathon 2015 - 4hrs 22 mins 00 secs

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:02

Hi all,

I did the Fleet Pre-London Half Marathon today. Target was to do it in under 2:00 hours, and I just got a text saying my time was 01:51:33! I'm well pleased. Although this is not my all time half marathon PB, it wasn't really what I was aiming for today anyway so it's all good. It was a very well organised race, and a lovely day to top it all off.

Next week I hope to be hitting the 20M mark in the LSR. Ooooh!!


London Marathon 2015 - 4hrs 22 mins 00 secs

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 22:40

Thanks Kathy and Stylish. I will use my marathon shoes tomorrow for my Thursday run and on Sunday (18miler ahead!!)


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Posted: 08/03/2015 at 11:37

Getting close now isn't it?

I'm just about to head out for the long run (16M). Been having some minor knee and Achilles niggles this past week but hopefully they're just minor.

As an aside, when would be a good time to start breaking in the race shoes? I've got my lovely pair ready and waiting but don't want to break them in too early. Was thinking perhaps next week?

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Posted: 01/03/2015 at 21:30

Hi Kathy, I didn't do a half marahton race either! I was meant to do one on Saturday with all the best of intentions but I got my dates mixed up (since most races are on Sunday anyway!) and ended up doing Parkrun on Saturday thinking the race was today! Oh well. I did go out today for a 15-mile LSR so it's all okay, and I ended the week with a total mileage of 34.

Hope you manage to recover from your cold Kathy.

We're halfway there!


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Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:17

Hi Stylis - I hope everything goes well with your trip to India. Under the circumstances it is completely understandable that your training has to take a backseat.

I think I will use my Saturday HM in the same you're using yours - as a 'pacer' than anything else. Certainly not a PB or anything like that. My March HM I would definitely want to do sub2:00 but with this one I will just do it in marathon pace, as you will do Stylish.

I've already put in all my mileage for the weekly runs (5M Tue, 7M Wed and just did 4M now) so all that remains is rest tomorrow and the HM on Saturday (book-ended by a 1M on each end). Exciting!

London Marathon 2015 - 4hrs 22 mins 00 secs

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 20:35

How is everyone's training week shaping up? I just did my 'hard' run for today (5 miles in 41:52 mins). I can't really go with the way the training plan describes the hard runs so I end up mixing and matching a bit of impromptu fartlek with steady/fast pacing. So far it has been alright.

As I'm following the RW sub4:30 planner, tomorrow will be 7 miles (slow) and Thursday will be a 4-miler.

The planner suggests 15 miles to incorporate a half marathon on Sunday but the only fairly local HM to me is the Race Your Pace one in Windsor, which is on a Saturday. I've entered that so hopefully it should go okay. I'm not expecting a PB (not even expecting sub2:00 really) but would be nice to just get it done, and then there'll be the Fleet Half which I'll do in March.

I hope I won't burn out having 2 HMs prior to the full marathon but if that's what the planner suggests, then it should be okay.... right?

London Marathon 2015 - 4hrs 22 mins 00 secs

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:35

15M is still pretty good, Stylish. Keep up the good work!

What's everyone's week looking like? Here's my planner for this week:

Monday - rest

Tuesday - 6M (speedwork)

Wednesday - 6M (slow)

Thursday - 6M (steady - marathon pace)

Friday - rest

Saturday - rest or Parkrun (but will most likely be rest as I'm out on Friday night )

Sunday - 14M slow run


London Marathon 2015 - 4hrs 22 mins 00 secs

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:51

Sounds good, goji! I'm also doing the Fleet half in March, so if I don't get quite sub2:00 in 2 weeks then hopefully I can achieve that in Fleet.

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Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:01

How's everyone's training going? I did a half marathon distance long slow run today and ended the week with just over 30 miles clocked in. Well pleased with myself. 

I'll be doing the Windsor half marathon in two weeks. It's on a Saturday, so a bit unusual for races but hopefully it'll be a good one. Aiming for sub2:00.

London Marathon 2015 - 4hrs 22 mins 00 secs

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:32

Hi  Kathy,

Training going okay here as well. I went for the ASICS plan last week but I prefer my original RW one so I have gone back to that now. Sunday's long run was 12 miles, and so far this week I am on track. I'll try and do Parkrun on Saturday as most my Saturdays are "Rest or Parkrun" and I've always gone for the "Rest" option thus far! 

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