Hallam Blue

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Posted: 08/06/2011 at 11:11

Does anyone have any experience of the Aviemore Half. I like to look of it, but I think I might be pushed to get a train out of Aviemore afterwards at 2pm, which is the last I one can get. Apparently the race can start as late as 11.30am, which for me leaves me 15-20 mins to grab my bag and hobble to the station.

 Is this do-able? I suppose it will encourage me to keep the pace up


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Posted: 07/06/2011 at 15:05

Ardbeg half-marathon. Now that does sound fine! Errrr.... is there any running involved? I bet the energy drinks are good.

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Posted: 07/06/2011 at 12:03

Ahhh - go on. Speaking as someone who also has two little(-ish) kids, I would say its the perfect time - OK, when they are in bed.

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Posted: 07/06/2011 at 10:34

Grant - a criminal waste of a week in Islay. I hope the running was good there, but I think I would have been running between the distilleries. Ardbeg - yum. And personally, a relatively healthy choice of drink: I can make a double last all night!

 (Perhaps if your parents had named you after a better whisky.....)

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Posted: 06/06/2011 at 14:24

I have to agree that it is getting terribly repetitive, but to an extent, what do we expect? Do we expect the 'received wisdom' about running to change that quickly.

That said, I have a foolproof way of making RW much better. Just have a flick through a copy of 'Men's Running' - apart from some fairly blatant plagiarism of RW articles, it is truly terrible. It appears to assume that because we a male, we basically should ascribe to the values of something like Nuts / Zoo etc. I also recall an article claiming spinach was a source of protein (?), and an amusing page-long article that recounted someone going running, and taking a wrong turning. Oh, how I laughed.

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Posted: 04/06/2011 at 18:37
I think you are right - even psychologically I want to know I can nearly run it. Would you recommend the longest run just before the taper, or do what some other plans seem to do hit the longest runs a couple times late in the plan?

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Posted: 04/06/2011 at 17:50

Mr Spoons,

I think we are probably comparing apples and oranges: the plan is to get round in something under 4 and a half hours: I imagine your targets are considerably quicker? I think if I aimed for your training plan at my stage (running seriously for about 18 months, and just completed my first half marathon), I would run the risk of injuring myself.

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Posted: 04/06/2011 at 09:14

I'm not a complete advocate of the plan, but I really don't think it is a short cut, but a different way of targetting the run. The point is that you go out for a 14 mile run the day after another long run. In so doing, you in effect start 'tired' but your body gets used to running on (relatively) empty, but you reduce the risk of overtraining injuries (apparently). I really don't think it is a 'short cut' but I emphasise I am reading up these plans to target my first marathon, not as someone who as actually followed these, so I will have a look at the Pfitzinger book.

If you want to see the plan, have a look here:


I would really appreciate any comments if you have a look at it. (I actually note that it does go up to 16 miles)

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Posted: 02/06/2011 at 20:18

Thanks for the experienced review! The Runkeeper plan differs in that it splits the long run into 2 weekend runs: apparently this encourages you to burn fat more efficiently (which sounds good!) and emulates running 'on empty' (or nearly). But your longest single training run is only 14 miles, which slightly worries me. Any thoughts?

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Posted: 02/06/2011 at 19:17

Andy - Yes that's the one. I can't decide yet between this plan or one available on Runkeeper. I probably just need to pick one and stick to it. I'm also trying to lose weighting 'separately' from a training plan: 8 week fat loss plan; then a half mara plan; then the 16 week marathon plan.

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