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Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 21:31

I hope Pete is not implying that I am not an elite athlete. 

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 19:40

If you plotted it on a graph, there must be an ideal point at which fast start & later slowdown cancel each other out and you run exactly the same time you'd have been capable of with even pacing. In a marathon, I think that is approx 2 minutes in the first half, i.e if you run the first half two minutes faster than you think you can, you don't destroy yourself and you maybe just have a slightly less fun last few miles for the same result. Which is worth doing just in case you turn out to be slightly fitter than you think you are.

P&D spring marathon 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 16:02

Tommo81 - iron problem was caused by (a) being a long-distance runner, and (b) being a woman. It was low ferritin rather than haemoglobin, which they don't normally test for (and runners need more than normal people anyway), so was probably also (c) borderline on the low side for ages, especially as I used to be a blood donor. The solution was taking ferrous fumarate in sufficient doses for several months.

I actually never take a drink with me when I run (except for track sessions, when I get a dry mouth between reps) and I also don't take any money because by the time I'm near a shop it's probably within 2 miles of my house anyway. I've never actually got unbearably thirsty. Those of you who carry loads of water, do you actually drink it all (esp in winter)? Or do you end up bringing most of it back home? I remember when I used to take some water because I was training for my first marathon and thought I'd better get used to drinking while running, and I used to just put 200ml of water in the bottle because I didn't want to have to carry the rest.

SQ - my mileage probably more relevant to you than HA's as we've similar PBs; for London actually wasn't as low as I thought but 53mpw for the 12 weeks leading up to London, and a few weeks getting from 0 to 30 before that. I managed 2:58 (and a 1:26 half in the build-up) but it was hard work!

P&D spring marathon 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 15:04

No, I did train properly for Chester though I couldn't start building up as early as I wanted cos it took me ages to recover from London (just got my iron back to healthy levels). London last year was the one I couldn't train for 'properly' as I'd been injured in November and December and had to spend January building mileage from nothing. The difference between 12 and 18 weeks though depends on whether you're doing 12 weeks marathon-specific training after a decent period of base-building (which is what the first 6 weeks of the 18 weeks would be, pretty much), or because you've only got 12 weeks!

P&D spring marathon 2017

Posted: Yesterday at 14:44

Lowest weekly average over how many weeks, SQ?

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: Yesterday at 12:05

Well, xc is different for me as I have never raced in a league that has men and women mixed in together, but you do get this in road races. My understanding is that it's generally considered okay to start near the front if you are likely to be one of the leading women, as prizes are awarded on position not time, so if you started several rows back you might miss out on your position even if you ran faster than women crossing the finish line ahead of you. You will get this in road races quite a lot (e.g. I recently did the Stirling 10k, which I was expecting to run in about 37 and a half minutes; I started just a few rows back, ahead of men expecting to run faster than that, but I needed to score for my team in the Scottish champs and they didn't). I and my teammates would normally start nearish the front but stick to the left, so we get a good start but faster men can overtake easily.

It's like a self-selected version of e.g the UKA marathon championships, where the champs women are obviously slower than the men in pen 1 of the blue start, but they get to start at the front anyway so they can race for championship places. We don't start in front of the faster championship men, but we do start in front of men who can run faster than us but are less competitive in their own category.

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:51

Yum, I love Stornoway black pudding (and indeed ate it after almost every long run when training for London last year; must reinstate that)! Agree that Mace will be able to run a lot faster after he loses that extra 100 stone.

I ran leg 4 of the Devil's Burdens hill relay on Saturday. Unfortunately it turns out that I am shit at hill running, so I lost a lot of time on the descent from East Lomond although I at least managed to descend in approximately the right direction through the mist and came out just a couple of metres to the right of the stile. Anyway, it didn't matter, as the winning ladies' team had a good 7 minute head start on me and their last leg runner was also quite fast, so I'd have had to do the fastest leg of the day to win (haha), and the third ladies' team was far enough behind not to catch me. So: second ladies' team and I don't think I'll be pursuing a hill racing career. Then I did 20 miles on Sunday which was very pleasant. Luckily having been so crap at the hill race meant my legs felt great.

Any reason to not just run 10k 4 times a week?

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 10:29

No, it's fine. I used to just go for easy runs whenever I felt like it and it was very pleasant. When I did decide to start racing (after at least three years) I started to structure my training, which has been differently rewarding, but I still remember how much I enjoyed just doing whatever I felt like, and it definitely got me fit.

Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 09:29

I have sprained my ankle twice while a runner (having previously sprained the same ankle several times as a child). 
(1) sprained while unconscious after blacking out in a race; I noticed my shoe felt tight (swelling) but had other things to worry about what with the nausea and hypothermia, so didn't really deal with it straight away. I took 3 weeks off anyway due to feeling generally rubbish; ankle pain developed into heel pain and I had to wear 2" heels to work as flat shoes were uncomfortable. After the 3 weeks, I saw a physio who gave me a rehab running programme, some soleus exercises, and a handy guide to what level of pain is okay to run and what isn't.
(2) twisted in a pothole in the dark. Hard to tell whether swelling had completely gone as still a bit larger than the other one from (1) and also I have tiny ankles anyway so my swollen looks like other people's normal. However. Felt fine to run on after 5 days and I started back training but developed pain in the other foot (not a coincidence) and ended up having to take the best part of 2 months off.

The moral of the story seems to be 'it depends' and 'don't rush it'.

Which training plan to choose/trust? (5k/10k)

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 18:32

Yay! Well done; love a story with a happy ending (though do think it's unfair how it's easier for boys. )

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