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2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 16:15

NP and Stewart good to see you both still building the miles. 

Stuart hope you have a great time, might be a bit chilly! 

Stewart I don't have a specific turbo wheel and just use whatever old tyres I have. My summer bike has good Campagnolo wheels but as last year I'll just switch tyres. The only thing I do make sure of is to keep changing the chain as a worn chain wrecks the cassette. I check after 800 miles or so but think its a bit like changing trainers, everyone is different.

A progressive 45 minute run this morning and rest day tomorrow.  Was looking back through training diaries and due to injury, for my last 2 marathons I have hardly run the 2 weeks before the marathon (3 weeks before VLM 14) so hope that the fact I am still running will make a difference! 


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 18:57

Gaz good to hear the achilles has settled.

HM4 also good that you can focus on your recovery plan.

OH nice mix of training and it certainly getting dark now. 

NP pretty wet here today too but I managed to avoid the rain for a change!

Cal I agree, I think you definitely need a rest day sometimes mentally more than physically. Nice to chill! 

Stewart I leave next Friday (direct flight from Aberdeen). I hope your calf behaves but good to see you starting to run again.

Sub17 are you now going to focus on Parkruns?

Dr Dan I hope you can dodge the germs!  Well done getting a VLM place  definitely beats all other marathons i've done! Ha ha like the way you're thinking with the weather in Frankfurt. 

You'll have loads of time for reading now Ollie without all the miles that you normally put in  

Intervals for me yesterday, couldn't be bothered but happy once I did them  two sets of 400m * 6. Did them on the treadmill so 6:11mm pace. also managed a turbo and today was a nice run in the woods, avoided the rain, then got soaked on the mtb and stayed dry on the turbo!! 


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 20:43

Cal well done on the 10. Shame about the gun time but great to get  PB  you know you can go sub 1:30 now!

Sub17 a great time for your marathon but as NP says you would take lots of time off by pacing more evenly but a great result nonetheless. 

Gaz I hope the achilles has settled.

Stewart it was a cracking day for the bike yesterday. Have to make the most of these nice autumn days! 

Ollie not long now till Abingdon! 

Stuart good that you can still get some running in to break up the boredom of cross training. 

NP the weight will soon fall off once the training starts again! A good reminder there about pacing too - thanks!! I guess the second half is where to up the pace if feeling good on the day...

Hope all well with you HM4 

OH New Zealand hill?? 

A nice easy 6 miles on Friday for me then my last long run was on Saturday; an hour easy then an hour at MP. Probably my worst run of the campaign  it was rainy and cold and the legs just felt like they wouldn't move by the end. I managed a decent enough pace but felt rubbish but I don't do well in the cold/wet. If the weather's like that at Frankfurt it will be a miserable plod!

Sunday was a lovely sunny spin and a coffee/cake stop  A nice easy 30 minute run today followed by a pedal on the mountain bike then a half hour on the turbo tonight. 


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 19:06

Good to combine a bit of strength and conditioning into the run Ollie! 

Another good session Sub17.

NP great that you're back and you will soon be back to speeding around the Parkruns with Buddy!  

Dr D not long now; I'm quietly panicking about mine being 18 days away. Well done on the close to MP run. 

An hour on the turbo this morning with gradual increase in cadence and a few sprints at +150rpm. Run later was 80 minutes with 3 mins threshold/3 steady eight times. Felt tired but think it's because I cycled earlier. Should have run first but it was so dark! My rest day tomorrow 


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 21:38
Stewart great to hear you're out running again. It won't take long to build back up but as you say just great to be out!
Stuart I entered Frankfurt with the aim of getting GFA (just running It easy) but the closer I get I'm thinking that the ankle is bearable so maybe sub 3:15 is doable so was basing MP on 7:26mm but will have to have a think about what I can realistically do. Not easy!!

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 19:13

Stuart good to hear you can run again and very wise decision on Glen Ogle. My GFA expired as 2014 was my last marathon so no London place for me either in 2017. Hopefully get back into it for 2018.

HM4 sorry to hear about the knee.

Cal that was a great 10k PB! I'm sure it will set you up nicely for the Cabbage Patch 10. Nice photo. I'm into the long tights too. Was -2 here yesterday morning. 

Ollie great to get the last long run done. I love taper time! 

Gaz that was a great hilly long run.

OH nice photos.

A good mix of training Sub17.

Enjoyed my long run on Saturday - 2 miles warm up then 13 at MP and a cool down. Went far too fast as the MP was 7:08mm, must try harder this weekend!  Sunday was a nice social pedal, a stunning day! Did some treadmill intervals yesterday (5 * 5 minutes threshold) followed by an easy turbo spin later and today was a short easy run and an hour on the turbo. Not keen on these dark mornings 


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 20:14

Gaz that was a great mixed threshold run - a nice way to pass the miles and good pace at the end.

Cal I hope that the achilles has settled.

Ollie is Abingdon this month? Nice training as usual and yes, it sure is getting chilly!

Stuart so pleased to hear that the run went ok. Bet you're glad to be outside  fingers crossed the improvement continues!

Nice mix of bike and run Dr Dan. Must take a bit of planning with the different gear!

An easy 75 min run on Wednesday followed by sports massage. Must be improving as he only had to haul me back onto the table three times! Should have been on the bike after but just too tired. Rest day Thursday (the painting saga continues) then an easy 45 minute run this morning. A stunning morning running across Culloden Moor. The ground was still white with frost - first run with long tights and two long sleeved tops!


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 21:42

You're running well HM4 - good timing for the club champs.

Stuart I feel so sorry for you on that machine but well done! At least the fitness will not suffer.

Nice 9 miles with 600's today Ollie - and the easy miles yesterday.

Dr Dan sounds like a great weekend - maybe the way forward to make all 20's easy!! 

Cal i love that medal - almost worth doing a 10k for!! 

Parkrun hope you enjoy the taper.

Gaz that's a big week - when is your marathon?

A lovely relaxed pedal for me on Sunday - 45 miles with 2 coffee stops. A stunning day!  A short easy run yesterday but was too tired to turbo at night and intervals this morning on the treadmill - five 800's with 15 mins at marathon pace either side. An easy 45 minute spin on the turbo tonight. It's getting dark so early. 


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 20:23

Great monthly total Ollie.Well done on making the bookshelves. I love proper books. The electronic stuff is good for travel but can't beat a bookshelf crammed with books!  Good luck with tomorrow's long run.

HM4 I hope the ear has settled and you are walking in a straight line again! 

Stuart you have my sympathy. I did months of cross training and it is so boring.  Hope there's some improvement today.

Enjoy the carbs Dr Dan! Are you cutting them out for run reasons or general health

Gaz such a shame that work is getting in the way of the training. Hope that the weekend is clear of work for you to get out.

Sub17 I hope the forecast was wrong and you got to the park run.

Cal how are the legs now?

Rest day for me on Thursday which was fine as it was torrential rain. Friday was just a nice easy 5.5 mile run. Today was a mixed pace 35k run - ended up 22.1 miles av pace 7:34mm - easy miles and MP miles mixed up then finished with 3k threshold (apart from the final crawl back to the car). Happy enough although I did stop to use the facilities of a supermarket and to grab some water - was so thirsty!! So that's my second and final 20 miler of the campaign - one more than I had thought.  Must have been a good one as didn't feel much like food for ages after.


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 22:22
Fingers crossed that the ankle settles overnight Stuart.
Nice speed session Ollie. I was going to ask how the reading was going on Monday! My reading had ground to a halt recently. Still have all the house window frames to paint then I can get back to it!
Hope the legs are recovering Cal!
Love the holiday photos OH.
Dr Dan I'm a fair weather cyclist. Well done with the commuting. I would be the same in bad traffic, can't beat the bike!
Yesterday was treadmill intervals; 6 sets of 6 minutes with 1 recovery. Just threshold pace. An hour on the turbo later. Today was an easy 9.25 mile run in the woods in tipping rain and 1.5 hours on the turbo tonight, a pyramid session. The ankle is best it's been in months Icing it for 15 minutes at a time and I think that's helping! F
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