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The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: Today at 16:13

NP - hope you make it

MG - enjoyable but difficult to get any sort of rhythm going. I did 5 @ easy and 15 @ MP

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: Yesterday at 13:22

NP - brilliant sub 17 !!!

Stewart - good news re your son after a tough time. Nice reps

MG - good to get some MP in

OH - nice long 'n

Nurse - VMLM

Gaz - fair bit of climb there, well done.

The wind is depressing, Tek After running the Thanet 20 on Sunday with a hefty headwind from miles 6-15 i've had enough of it for now and did my 8M on the treadmill this morning watching breakfast TV

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:57

muddy - good question, i forgot to mention the fuelling ...

I'm not sure that i've ever felt any benefit in taking gels, certainly not the boost that some speak of. In the past i've used SIS ones but because of the stomach issues i had at Brighton, I decided to give the more watery High 5 Isogels a go so stuck 2 in my pocket.

Took one at mile 10 but can't say it did much and then forgot about the other one until mile 19. Maybe my brain was telling me at that point i needed something but it was too late by then and i felt ok without so didn't bother. So, none the wiser really.

I did also shove a ZERO tab in my pocket ( again because of the cramp issues i had after Lydd Half last year and then at Brighton ) and took that in a bottle of water. No cramping at all so i may use them for future Marathons.

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:49
Skinny Fetish Fan wrote (see)

Well it is about 12 miles to golf which I start at about 7:20am so one of the options is getting up at 5:30 and running to golf having dropped all my clothes, clubs etc at a mates the day before.


Perfect !!

madbee - hope you get sorted


We were discussing a possible newcomer to our club at our run last night. He's actually the chap who i caught and overtook for 3rd place at the Thanet 10 in December. You may recall me saying in my race report at the time how excited i was taht i almost wet myself.

Anyway. apparently he's mid 30's and started running in March. He trains Mon-Fri consisting of 5 runs of 15-15-15-15-15 !!!! He recently did a 2:52 Marathon and followed it up shortly after with a 2:58. I spoke to him on Sunday after the race ( without knowing who he was at the time ) and he was complaing about having knee pains .... He raced Sunday and is doing another 20M race this weekend.

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:25

Skinny - i wouldn't take the day off before the long run for the reason you state, sack the golf off for a few weeks

Skinny Fetish Fan wrote (see)

Now that was a bit more fun this morning than LT runs and massive long runs.

Fun ? You're sounding like our very own Zebedee ...

In other news, i picked up a trophy ( 3rd male team ), a medal ( 3rd V40 ) and another medal ( 2nd male team Kent Championships ) at the club run last night


Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:06

Oh FFS i haven't gotta write all that again have i, it took most of my lunch break ?!

Summary - Thanet 20

Race organised by my club in memory of Ricki Savage, a fellow Thanet Roadrunner, who died shortly after completing 2013 Dublin Marathon.

Route is from my hometown of Ramsgate along the coastline to Broadstairs, back along coast to Pegwell and back again to Ramsgate.

5 easy running East with a tailwind av 7:18

10 MP after the turnaround running West with a headwind av 6:43 ish

5 MP back east with a tailwind av 6:25 ish ( including mile 19 uphill 6:36 and a last mile 6:14 )

My HRM played up from mile 6 so i had to go on perceived effort as it's a fairly up and down course so difficult to get a rhythm and there was no way i'd hit MP into the wind and still be alive at the finish.

As i have no HR data to go on, the course is completely different to London and the wind was pretty horrible ( we heard somebody say after " i'm not doing that again it's all up, down and bloody wind ), it's difficult to say but i reckon i should be capable of 6:30-6:35 with a decent taper.

Overdone it?

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 12:51

I missed Tommy's 5k pb, TITS !!!

Nice one Tommy  


As well as a medal for 3rd Vet40 we got a trophy for 3rd Men's team

McF- difficult to say for reasons i'll elaborate on but yesterday felt about right and i'm fine today. As for the 14@MP, i did pretty much that yesterday but will have another go in a few weeks on a flatter ( more VMLM-like ) route. I was looking for another 20miler to have a crack at but being so far out of the way down here there isn't anything about and i could get the run done in the time it would take me for a round trip.

I don't go in for all this Run Britain malarky or Strava, sounds like too much bother to me worrying about what everyone else is doing. I can just about cope with Facebook.

Lit - i think you're probably right re Garmin weather.

Overdone it?

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 09:34

Skinny -  2 good traing runs for you and i guess what you're trying to say about the LT   run is if you'd done 6:25's as somebody suggested then you'd have nailed 7 miles

McF - well done and a nice strong finish suggests some in the tank.

DT on a confidence boosting pb. Over the next few weeks i'd concentrate on how you can eliminate your race day toilet issues ( don't forget, if there's no loo roll you always have a pair of socks ) and get some decent LT sessions in using your new stats. I found the Daniels LT reps in the Autumn both enjoyable and raised my fitness.

Charlie - well done on the long run milestone

Bob - sounds like a good analysis of your time and why it wasn't quite what you'd hoped it would be. So many variables involved including that we can't always perform at our best all of the time.

muddy - great work on another sub 80 and i want one of your race reports


I did 6 easy and 14 @ MP for a 2:16:04 at Thanet 20 which got me 12th place and 3rd V40. A nice hard training run and i'll post a report later.

Overdone it?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:15
Big-Bad-Bob wrote (see)

Lack of sleep is without doubt my biggest failing. I train purposefully, consistently and (mostly) sensibly, I stretch, go to pilates, gave up cricket as it wasn't compatible, have cut right back on the booze and eat well, but no matter how much I tell myself I'm going to address the late nights it just doesn't happen. Any tips, Mace on what helped you make the change? I get really frustrated with myself, but there's always something I find to distract myself well beyond midnight most days. 

Bob, it's just a change of routine and is perfectly normal for me now. My wife has always been an early riser, she gets up at 5-5:30 as she likes to get up and sort things before the kids are awake. She used to complain at me going to bed so late because she can't sleep until i go to bed. So she was getting fairly knackered.

One day she just asked if i'd start going to bed earlier and run in the mornings instead of evenings. I'd tried this a few times previously as i don't particularly enjoy running on my own in the evenings but, although i enjoyed the early mornings, i didn't have any energy  . So, i gave it another go and gradually got used to it and made sure i did have the energy needed by going to bed early.

I'm at the stage now where i almost always beat the alarm. If you wake up like that then you can't be too tired to train, surely !? On the rare occasion the alarm wakes me i assume i'm too tired to train so i'll do it at lunchtime or evening or can it depending on how i feel.

The 2015 Marathon Thread

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 12:45

NP - sounds like you're melting into the pool don't lose too much more as i want to be able to find you in London

Stuart - that's a decent chunk of weight to lose

Stewart - how is your son now after his op ?

Nurse - be careful with the cramming, i've done the same this week and really started to feel it. I think i've just about got away with it, touch wood 

Plodding along with P&D 70-85 here and as mentioned i've front loaded this week's miles as i have a 20M race on Sunday which i want to do as 5 easy then 15@MP or something like that. The effect of the miles really kicked in on Tuesday night when a MLR 14M felt quite tough towards the end. That was 97M racked up in the previous 7 days and a very slow 6 + 4 yesterday meant that i hit 100M from 7 days Thurs-Weds, without realising it until this morning.  Will now have a welcome mini-taper with a day off tomorrow ( first for nearly 4 weeks ) and an easy 5 with a few strides on Saturday.

Keep up the good work everyone and hopefully enjoy some warmer weather and a bit more daylight

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