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2017 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: Today at 14:21


Thought I'd join in the fun now that my marathon training plan has kicked in.  8 slow miles on Sunday - quite happy to have managed fairly even pace when it's downhill out and uphill back (although nothing alpine), and it's the longest run for nearly 3 years!

Plan this year is Inverness half, Stirling, Fort William and Loch Ness, with a couple of 10ks thrown in just for fun   Big birthday this year, and the logistics/cost of an overseas marathon put me off, so 3 Scottish ones it is!

StewartC - I think we have been trading flowers on Fetchpoint

Race Fees

Posted: Today at 10:00

I've entered 2 marathons and a half for this year so far. 


£28.50 for the half, £48 and £55 for the marathons.  I've another marathon to enter which is £45.


£49 for a half seems steep, and the British 10k at £50 was just laughable (but it was better value than the London Marathon, and soooo much better organised, and the London Marathon people were crooks, and you got to see so many London landmarks and Michael wotsisface was wunnerful even though he was uncontactable and..and...and...)

Trump & Clinton

Posted: Yesterday at 12:33

Wise and benign - except for Vetinari.

Trump & Clinton

Posted: Yesterday at 10:39
JT141 wrote (see)

On the plus side I've spent most of my life feeling somewhat apart from people. I used to think it was my deficiency, my reality failing me. I'm gradually persuaded it's probably them.

I've posted this before, but it seems apt:

And then he realized why he was thinking like this.

It was because he wanted there to be conspirators. It was much better to imagine men in some smoky room somewhere, made mad and cynical by privilege and power, plotting over the brandy. You had to cling to this sort of image, because if you didn’t then you might have to face the fact that bad things happened because ordinary people, the kind who brushed the dog and told their children bedtime stories, were capable of going out and doing horrible things to other ordinary people. It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was Us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.

— Terry Pratchett, Jingo

Midnight Sun Marathon, Tromso

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 11:11

Useful info on the Coeliac UK website about travelling to Norway:

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 11:02
Screamapillar wrote (see)
Blisters wrote (see)

Why is the telly news so infatuated with Trumpton. 

Because he's got a serious personality disorder that makes him liable to launching a nuclear missile in a fit of childish pique. Plus the fact that he's a crook, a misogynist, alleged sex offender, racist and bigot with no respect for the office he is about to take or anyone that opposes him.


So, we'll put you down as "undecided" then, will we?


Perhaps we should open a book on what his first major gaffe will be. I'm going for pinching Theresa May's bum on camera.

Washing running clothes.

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 11:46

Putting them in the freezer for a couple of days (in a plastic bag, so you don't contaminate your vegetables) appartently kills the bugs that makes them smelly.

I sweat profusely in Scotland.  It's 10degC here today.

Improving my time

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 09:38

33 minutes will not make you anywhere near last at parkrun.  Check the website and you will be able to see the finishing times for every run.  My local one, which is flat, often has finishers around 45-50 minutes.  By its whole nature, it is inclusive, friendly and fun.

Is This Safe?

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 19:33
Every run is different, and the same run at the same speed in the same conditions can feel brilliant one day, and really hard the next time. As long as you are only doing a session as hard as that a maximum of once a week, and your resting HR isn't drifting (which could indicate overtraining or the start of an illness) it should be fine.

If your calves are still sore half way through your next easy session, be careful as DOMS should ease with a warm up.

Obviously if you feel light headed, sick or have chest pains - stop!

Is This Safe?

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 16:55

Stats are great for monitoring changes over time, but if you don't have the full story, they can be misleading. 

How have you calculated your max HR and your training zones?

How did you feel? How do you feel now?

Do you mean "safe" as in are you going to die, or "safe" as in are you going to injure yourself?


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