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manchester marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 13:37

Iansi - well done fella, a good winter of training and a PB is yours !

RRR/AM - from what I remember from last year, a couple of weeks before the race itself, the organizers said that there were about 8,000 runners but on the actually day I seem to recall there were only about 5,000 ? How many are they trying to attract for next year ? 

My Last Run

Posted: Yesterday at 13:29

JackHarris - sounds like a tough session where you will reap some rewards come race day.

DD - good luck with the PB.

Swittle - how long do you want your streak to last or are you just going to try and keep going for as long as possible ?

Birky - indeed it does make sense, or should make sense......

SB - aye, we are certainly having a good season so far but we all know it's early days and should keep our feet on the ground. It doesn't seem like things are that much better for your boys still.

8 miles for me last night. The 'easy' pace of 9:30 felt more like a tempo run again. The change to a high fat low carb diet leaves me feeling generally weak at the moment. Hopefully, when my body has adapted in about another 4 weeks, the running should be a lot easier again. In 10 days I've only had beers on one night which is a massive reduction for me; the 3 wheeled wagon is not doing to bad at the moment SB 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: Yesterday at 13:20


8 miles for me last night @ 9:30 per mile. Still far too much effort needed to run at that pace for my liking. I was blowing somewhat when going up gentle inclines which previously have not caused me any trouble. So. I've decided not to bother with Ladybower at the weekend; I'm sure I could get round but at what cost. I think the change of diet might also be contributing to the general feeling of weakness. Apparently, in can take 6-8 weeks for your body to adjust to the high fat low carb approach. That said, after just 10 days on the new diet plan, the clothes are starting to feel baggier already so it seems to be working. The next few weeks will be some easy running but won't be doing any particularly long stuff until the legs are back to normal

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 13:55

Canter - I've got some of the Asics Cumulus 14s and 15s and find them very comfy indeed. I always buy 'last seasons' model as you can get them for just about half the price of the latest model. No reason to change them if they work well.

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Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:00

Canter - weight loss is the main goal. I've always been a greedy sod so struggled with my weight. I thought running would help with the weight loss and it did at the beginning as I lost about 3st. Then, as the miles started increasing, I found myself thinking it would be ok to eat more and I've put some of that weight back on. It dawned on me in the Long Tour of Bradwell that if I wanted to make it easier for myself I needed to lose weight. Cracking 3:30 at Manchester is a major incentive for me.

Ali - Strava. You can track your runs using either a Garmin watch or an app on your smart phone. You get to see your time, elevation, mile splits, route so can be a good aid to your training. You can also follow your friends and join clubs. There are also segments which are basically short sections of runs where there is a leader board that you can measure yourself against. All good fun and really helpful if you like studying your running stats.

Nell - I didn't realize there were plans that didn't have much of a taper; wont you be starting the race too tired ? 

I'm going out tonight for an easy 10 miler or so which should give me an indication of whether I will run at Ladybower on Sunday or not. The running is still a bit tough but certainly getting easier. I think it might be also time to treat myself to some new trotters


My Last Run

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 08:06

Week 1 of my 'healthier lifestyle' done and dusted. Better than I was expecting and stuck to the plan all week (that included some beers on Saturday as I'm not completely on the wagon). The running is slowly coming back as well after a few weeks of being in the doldrums. Yesterday lunchtime was a 5 mile run at around MP, still tougher than it usually feels but a lot better than recent weeks. Haven't seen the sun around Sheffield for a few days now. I enjoy running at this time of the year as Autumn approaches and the leaves are falling from the trees etc. 

Who has got an Autumn marathon coming up ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 14:24

Carl - the right decision to defer Chicago until next year mate, very wise. Will you have enough time to train for Royal Parks with the intention of going for a PB ?

Nell - this must be your last full week of training before you start to taper ? How are you feeling ?

Ali - 'Pete and Rachel' are our Strava names ! How's the new job going ? And can you understand all those Glaswegians ??

PS - a great final long run and much better paced too ! "Painful and not too pretty at the end" is just how you should feel after your last long run and you start to taper, in my opinion anyway. Time to rest well now and get those legs feeling good for race day. Might I suggest, because you are feeling so tired right now, that your weekend run next week is cut down to say 10 or 12 miles rather than the planned 15 ? You aren't going to benefit by doing those extra couple of miles at this stage.

Canter - cracking pyramid session by you. I'm old school and can only talk in miles, pounds, shillings and pence etc. I just have a blank look on my face when people tell me about x mins per km, I haven't got a clue.

So, my first week of a healthier diet has gone remarkably well. In the past I have just aimed to eat less and failed. This time, I have removed bread, pasta, rice and potatoes from my diet. There have been no snacks, chocolate or crisps at all which is a miracle for me. I am not even going to attempt to give up alcohol altogether as I won't do. The aim was to have one day, Saturday, where I eat what I want and have some beers. It's basically some sort of high fat low carb type of option with a couple of tweaks. Anyway, I feel a lot better for it already. 

I went out at lunchtime and did 5 miles @ 8:13. This is not particularly quick for me, in fact it's slower than my marathon pace. However, with my running being a bit of a struggle recently this run signifies a big improvement. I've got my eye on a November half marathon so I'm going to start training towards that I reckon. Oh, and it's Ladybower on Sunday so I think I will still give the 20 miler a try.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 16:14

Bigeater - In my opinion, it depends on what you've been doing in the weeks before you start your actually marathon training plan. For me, I had already started putting in some longer runs (15/16 miles) before I started my plan. Then, in week 3 of my actual training plan I did my first 20 miler. This gave me a bit more flexibility later in the plan. So, if for some reason I couldn't do a long run one week I wasn't worrying about it as I knew I had time to fit it in later in the plan. If you are starting your plan as a relative new runner, your last long run should be week 15 of your plan (to give you a 3 week taper) so work it back from there. At some stage you would probably have to do 2 long runs in consecutive weeks but I didn't have to do that because of starting my longer runs earlier in the plan. 

Cake - if Reading has gone downhill that should produce a quicker time alright !

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 11:57

Robin - sounds like you've got it sussed. We continue to learn about ourselves and what works best for us all the time.

Iansi - got it and followed you too.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 10:38

Robin - do you think you would be able to get 5 x 20 mile runs into your training plan this year ? I've heard many people say that his is the number they try and get in and it makes more difference to their endurance than doing 2 or 3. I managed 5 in my training for Manchester this year and I felt ok towards the end of the race.

Cake - yeah, I've got my eye on Clowne. That was my first ever race 2 years ago so I would like to train towards that and see how much I've improved, well hopefully that I've improved ! I would also like to find a flat half to try and have a bash at breaking 1:30

Iansi - it's a strange feeling to be running for 18 months, work up to two great races and then suddenly you can't be arsed to go out for an easy 5 miles. I feel like I'm back on it again now although it's a bit of a struggle with the old legs but I'm sure they will soon remember what they need to do. Yes, I'm on Strava and I find it useful pouring over the facts and figures -

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