Iain Love

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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 17:35

Afternoon Shadies, Hope you are all well. Looks like spring is well and truly here. (finally). It has been a while since i last posted but i have been lurking in the background. 

2-3 weeks ago I tentatively decided to join a friend of mine on his MWLR, (Shades it's the friend that i gave your plans to) as this would be the first proper run since injury.. we did 10 miles but at a 10min/mile so not my usual pace but it was an eye opener for me as i had to really focus on running slowly and i was able to feel the road and how i was running rather then just thrashing out the miles. Along with gym sessions for core work i have resumed training (thankfully) but i am allowing things to settle down so i am removing all pace out of my runs till i feel ready to pick up where i left off..just glad to be back on the road..


Sub 3 Tom: #asics262

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 17:22

afternoon folks hope you are well and enjoying the warmer weather!!

Malcs wrote (see)


Iain - Gotta agree with Tom, 6:20 pace for a second half is unbelievable. I'd have thought that would be a one way ticket to the wall but clearly you nailed it. Amazing stuff.

How has this official week back been so far for you training wise?  


Malcs - About 6 weeks before my marathon i was beginning to doubt whether i could get near the 3hr mark and then i went out for a run with one of the faster club guys and we did 17 miles at around the 6:20 pace. that allowed me to feel what it was like to run at that speed for a prolonged time so when i ran with that guy in the race and he said he would pick it up to 6:20 i knew i could do it...Training has be ok, only run twice so far this week but total milage is 18 miles so far and i hope to run tomorrow and a longer run on sunday, hopefully end the week on 35-40 miles

Golfer - under most circumstances i would never consider a negative split marathon but i felt strong at 13 miles to thought what the heck.

I put the lack of hitting the wall, down to a new fueling strategy. The beginning of the week of the race I slowly started increasing the amount of carbs i consumed and then by thursday i fueled up as normal till lunch time saturday and then ate what i would normally eat. i prefered the week of carb loading rather then 3 days of heavy foods as i didnt feel as bloated and heavy..i will confirm whether it does work after my next race as ill be adopting the same plan... 

Sub 3 Tom: #asics262

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 07:56
I think what helped me to my sub 3 last year was the fact that I tagged onto a group of slightly faster runners and at Half way one guy said he was going to break away and run at 6:20 pace, so I decided to stick with him which I did till 23 miles mark.. The result was a 2:58 Marathon with a 4 min negative split and 19 min off my previous PB..Just hope to replicate it this year.. I think Tom is well on his way to a fantastic result..

Sub 3 Tom: #asics262

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 13:34

Tom - I got my belt from sports direct. I never had an issue with chaffing before, only thing I find is that if I don't pin the strap to my shorts, it ends up riding up around my waist rather then on my hips.

Sub 3 Tom: #asics262

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 23:00

Tom- I have a belt that fits snug against my body with a small pouch in the front which I can fit 3 Gels in And nothing else...it works for me rather than having them flopping about attached to my waist.

Sub 3 Tom: #asics262

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 08:20
Morning folks... Some awesome running by everyone.
Tom - glad you got your run in with no calf issues.
Steve - well done on sticking with your run and getting the miles in..

Well today training resumes albeit at a slower pace. I'll start with 25 miles a week and see how I feel...

Sub 3 Tom: #asics262

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 22:05
Malcs/Tom - you are both right... if I use my head rather then my heart i wouldn't run paddock wood.. I guess this injury has taken the wind out of my sails and since I ended last year on such a high I am itching to get back to the firm is was on...

Sub 3 Tom: #asics262

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 17:33

Tom- sounds like pulling out was a wise choice. last thing you need now is an injury..l am almost getting impatient wanting to see how you get on in Paris. 

I had my first structured gym session yesterday where I started some core work..can't believe how weak my core is and how much I ache today..I am determined to get back to where I was and beyond. possibly might follow your training plan. Still not 100% sure if running paddock wood will be a good thing...

Sub 3 Tom: #asics262

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 19:10
Wow Tom, golfer, Mike and Steve fantastic running. All look like you are well on your way to having successful races.. Im looking forward to getting my training routine back up and running...

Sub 3 Tom: #asics262

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 22:12

Evening folks.... I'm so envious of all this marathon training going on but I know I'll be joining you all soon... I did head out for a good run on wed, did 10 miles but at a much slower pace and I felt good then today I got to the gym today and did 7k on the treadmill and did Some core work... Got a PT session focusing on injury prevention on Tuesday so that will be good... Enjoy the weekend running..

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