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P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:26

Cheers for the welcome all  

I'm focussing on a target race in the first week of December (Weston Super Mare Christmas Cracker) so concentrating on speedier stuff. Luckily, that sunday falls exactly 18 weeks before Manchester!

Had a 6 x 800m session with our Interval group which runs every thursday. Hit my splits within the right training zone which I was pleased with!

Anyone parkrunning tomorrow?

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 12:07

I used the Bupa Intermediate Marathon Plan for Paris. I've used Bupa plans with all my  race training cycles since I started running and they never fail to deliver a PB - Though I'm very early in my running career, so the same could have been true of any training plan. So its between a P&D plan and the Bupa Advanced plan. What I like about P&D is the fact its proven over and over. I'm probably overthinking things anyway!

I'm in Yeovil (South West) and have signed up to Reading Half as my tune up race, so will use that to judge my ultimate target Manchester pace, its just working out what pace to start the training at!

Yeah I know I need to strength train, and do core work. I've just not done it before But If I want to step up to 3.20 I know it'll be necessary.

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 10:58

Cheers Guys, I will hop on board that for sure

Thanks for the advice though. Just looking around really trying to find a suitable program and want to understand them all before committing 4 months of my life to one!

In general though I've always found McMillan to be pretty bang on with my conversion times, and they did for Paris. But I think sub 3.30 will be my primary goal.

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 22:43
Hi everyone. I've bought Advanced Marathoning as I am looking for a training plan for Manchester 2015. This will be my second marathon, my first being Paris this year which I ran in 3.59.16 And I'm currently averaging about 40mpw

I'm looking at the up to 55 plan and have a question about just what my 'marathon pace' should be. (It may come up later, I've only just finished chapter 2)

I've got a half time of 1.35.57 (set on Sunday) with (according to McMillan) 5 and 10k times that fall just about in line with that. So my fitness has improved a lot since Paris.

McMillan says on current fitness I should be able to convert a 3.21 mara. But with an 18 week program I'd expect my fitness to improve a bit more too, along with shifting the extra stones weight I have.

Should I consider my marathon pace to target a 3.21 or a sub 3.15? Would that 6 minute jump (and conversion from my half time) be achievable with the up to 55 plan?

Any advice gratefully received!

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:38

Cheers Jim - Now Grmin is auto connecting to Strava I'm using it a lot more and loving it. Will give you and the other guys a follow now I'm strava'd up. Will heed your advice. Keep the mileage steadily building up. (y)

Garmin HRM - The newer strap that came with the Garmin FR220 is very comfortable. Never had a chafing issue. Not sure if you can just get a new strap and swap the removable module?

Good luck to all running loch ness. If you see a very tall sandy blonde haired south african wearing 2 knee braces, say hi! Thats Jan from my running group!


Sub 50min 10k/Sub 1h 50 half marathon

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 21:33

Rich - I signed up for Paris as my first marathon, with a slower half time than your Bristol time and achieved a sub 4h. Don't do yourself a dis-service, a careful, balanced training plan and you can definitely complete, with a very good time!

Bob - Sounds nasty, glad you are relatively unscathed.

Dan - I've always fancied going to Scotland for a race - looking forward to hearing abut it seeing if its worth a mini-break next year!

Nicole - Good training, keep up the god work, just remember to listen to your body and ease up if you get a niggle.

Katy - Looking forward to seeing you convert those excellent 10k and Half times to a marathon time! Sub 4 is well within your reach

I'm in the ballot for London, but I've already paid and signed up for Manchester the week before. So I'll probably defer it UNLESS the OH gets in too, in which case I'll run it with her. D-Day next week I think!

Sub 50min 10k/Sub 1h 50 half marathon

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 16:51

I feel dirty.... We're talking festive and it's only September.

Sub 50min 10k/Sub 1h 50 half marathon

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 16:17

Well we're definitely getting a Cider in Weston then as I'll be there too! I was a bit all over the place too what with family support and was trying to liaise with them to get my clubmate Simon home, as his folks car had broken down!  

But in answer to Q1 - absolutely normal. My legs are ruined!

Yeah I'm going to opt out of the leaderboard stats now but am sticking around for moral support and mutual advice!

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 15:37

Cheers all!

Yeah still a lot of the time achieved is just from losing weight. Still about a stone and a bit until what i'd call ideal race weight. So hopefully a bit more to come yet. Other than that I've just been consistently increasing weekly mileage using a nice balance of quality vs easy, and now I'm running 6 days a week.

No Paris for me unless I'm lucky enough in Asics 26.2, if they run it this year. Will be looking for sub 3.30 in Manchester instead, and possibly, depending how winter goes, a tilt at sub 3.15. 

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 18:18
Delighted to report that I smashed it! 1:35:57 for a 12+ minute PB! Over the moon
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