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From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 20:49

Maffetone method.

So I did it today, pride tucked well and truly below my buff, high HR set to 130, I decided to set the low to 117. So as soon as it beeped at 130 I walked until it beeped at 117. Distance was 5.25km 

Yes I felt a bit embarrassed, but,yes it also felt great fun and nice and relaxed, but I did feel I had a decent workout... The time was utterly abysmal, but that will improve over time so.. I did it

if you all want a laugh my average speed was something like 8:50 per km, yes km 

So let the fun begin for me.

Oh and I forgot to say longest I could run was around 260-270m before walking, by the end down to 130-140m at a time. Far cry from 50 miles, but I'll be back there  

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 12:18

late june did an ultra after that my silly knee gave out finally even more 9 weeks out.  First week back this week.  No races planned until a 24h race in May (well apart from a 6 hour race on wednesday, but it's 3.25ish m laps, and i'm going to jog/walk a lap as it's on the way down to my dads and i'll visit him for the rest of the day (I'm only actually doing it because it's on 23/11 hence a Doctor Who anniversary and it's a silly Dr Who medal)).

So very slow on from here to May. I keep talking about using Maffetone, and not doing it . So I really, really must do it now that i'm starting what almost feels like from scratch.

Hard Running

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 08:31


It does get easier, but then you might keep challenging yourself to go further so there are always going to be some challenging runs.

Don't make every run a 'race'  if you run 3 times a week you should only probably be running one of the quite hard if that possible alternate between a hard run and a hill run,  then a longer run, and a third almost recovery run. 

Be flexible on the day, some days you will feel worse than others, it's not the end of the world if you feel a bit below par and just put in a gentle plod. 

There are as many methods of running and plans out there as there are runners.  Some say run hard, some say run really slowly, some say put a load of miles in, others fewer but maybe harder miles etc....

Either just carry on running, and hopefully enjoying it, or look up a plan that you like, not necessarily to follow, but to give you an idea on the sort of things to do.

For instance if you were looking at marathon / half marathon plans. They usually have you building up over a 3 week period, then a drop back week so you can relax a bit and recover, and then build up a bit again.  So don't be afraid of easier weeks. 

A lot just run for the fun of it, but some of us find it's a bit easier if you have a goal at the end of it.  It doesn't matter what it is, just pick a goal maybe even a race that you want to do x time away and plan your running around that.  Or if it's time then start to read up on how to get x time for x distance that you want

One last thing, don't compare yourself to others, your an individual, none of us can say if your runs above are average, great, world beaters, or not, it's down to you.  So Enjoy it.

Trail Shoes for Marathon

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 19:57

Trail shoes tend to be neutral. 95% plus of them  

The simple reason is that your feet move a lot over trails and your pronation is pretty irrelevant 

so just get a trainer you like salomon speedcross, is a regular along with lots of inov8 shoes, ASICS do a few pairs in go outdoors for around £55 

also txmax nhad lots of brooks trainers in store at around £30 at the moment.

24 Hour Soloists

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 19:21

Do hardcastle24 that's not "boring" 

Karrimor Running Shoes

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 19:20

Same old shit

dear liar please sod off

Running watches

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 17:24

It's a watch.. that's it. It might have a stop watch. It's not a GOS style watch, or something that even just counts your steps. 

From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 13:24


So I had 18 months trying to fight through my bad knee that was completely stupid with hindsight. I just got slower and more laboured and didn't achieve anything except a series of PWs (Personal Worsts)

So I had 9 weeks of no running and feeling sorry for myself and putting on at least another 5kg (and I'd put on st least that over the last year before then sulking at my running) 

So I'm now heavier by at least 10kgs than I would like to be. So this week I've actually been trying to eat sensibly which is challenging, but slowly getting back into good habits

Running.... haha this it it, my first week back, I have ran a whole 7.2km so 4.5 miles, and it's hard work my heart rate is nearly up at 5km pb levels just to plod along slowly but we all have to start somewhere. So 3 runs 7.2km done.

Today was day 1 of week 2.

50 squats, followed by again a slow but really hard work 2.5km 

knee ached for half an hour after, but I think as much from squatting as the run, but it's now completely pain free again, which is fine, if pain stays then I have to do less but if it goes, then that's fine according to the hospital physio.

It seems a f***ing long way from here to doing an ultra again, hell it seems a bloody long way from here to running a half marathon but, ,I feel so much better, being out there and trying. So I'm back in the saddle, just bumbling along and enjoying it. (Maybe more after, then whilst actually doing the running at the moment)  

From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 13:15

Eeek just do your best and try to hang on to the slow end of the range it gives you  

From 0 to a Marathon in 22 weeks.

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 19:17

Well ran Diane, the odd or once a week fast run is great, but to be honest at this stage running as fast as you can most runs will lead to injury and time out, keep a large percentage as the slow sensible runs that you enjoy, just keep on 'plodding' and in the long run that will do you more good building  your base.

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