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Posted: Yesterday at 23:15

Swittle! Huge congratulations at your amazing milestone  In awe as ever mate. In awe.

JT, Strangely, Jack- amazing mileage and training going on. JT- that is incredible mileage, and I'm not surprised you're a little sleepy  Jack- your running school sounds interesting.  JT, I love them hill too (), although mine does not sound quite as picturesque as yours.   Thanks for the advice Strangely and Jack.  My friend is doing P & D, but she is a very experienced *young*marathoner aiming for sub 3.30.  It is a bit advanced for me I think as an old bird and a first timer.  I do like the idea of being able to do several 20 mile runs though, if only for confidence. 

Today was a very easy 3 mile recovery run. 

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Posted: 30/01/2015 at 14:19

Thanks for advice Jack. I  am going to go for a lower mileage next week and a shorter long run. I have 12 weeks to go, but clearly I need to fiddle a bit with my plan... useful to remember to keep it easy every 3rd (4th?) week..

Today it was a 15 mile run which was a challenging distance for me. The thinking about it was probably worse than the doing it, but I *did* feel that last mile or two.  Interesting and varied route took in Walthamstow Marshes, the river Lee, the Olympic park, then fairly non descript roads home.. spotted a particularly large and ugly looking rat down by Clapton by the river.  Average pace was 9.49 which felt fairly comfortable.. and I *think* I'm happy with.  In coming weeks I may start to think about doing the maths and working out a target for my marathon time.

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Posted: 28/01/2015 at 22:33

Swittle- nearly there!

Strangely- bizarre that I can inspire you- am humbled!  You should see me stumbling up and down that flipping' hill every Monday evening and I think would be un-inspired :-/  Training is going well thanks.  I am ahead of the schedule I was following- I have upped the miles a little because I was feeling a bit frustrated... don't know if this is a good idea or not but I feel strong.  I've added on a fifth session in the week and the long run feels fine.  I am kind of thinking that if I carry on increasing the long run by a mile or two every week, that I will be up to 20 miles in a few weeks.  Then-- what do I do?? Cos it will be a while before the big day... do I consolidate? Or do I have weeks with a lower mileage? I'd be interested in advice..

Me- 4 mile tempo run yesterday, pace is gradually, slowly increasing I think. Then tonight another pacey and very sociable outing with the club, around 7.5 miles.


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Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:56

Great running SB- sounds like you're pretty close to your target.  I can only dream of that type of pace..

Swittle- am pleased you did not encounter any heffalump traps

Me- usual Monday evening hills, 9 reps

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Posted: 24/01/2015 at 23:05

Very nice milestone swittle.  I am impressed, as ever 

Me- 3 miles recovery run.  Legs feel tired and I am ready for a rest day tomorrow

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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 19:46

It was flipping cold here in London today. Around -3 when I went out for my run this morning (with gloves) . did 14.5 miles, mainly by the River Lee. First bit on my own, then my friend joined me for the second bit, which kept my spirits up.  Felt OK.  Then, mentally, after we'd picked up our kids from school, went to the olympic aquatic centre with same friend for a swim with the 3 kids... Now I am very very hungry

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Posted: 21/01/2015 at 23:10

JT- impressive mileage indeed and impressive bird spotting

Birky you continue to make me green eyed with snowy runs

Swittle- icy sand sounds cool

Me- 6 ish mile club run. Was a bit of a slog for some reason

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Posted: 20/01/2015 at 20:14

Haha love it Lily! My husband is not as bad, but he goes through fads of sports... the set of golf clubs has been gathering cobwebs in our porch for the last two years and whenever I have the sheer cheek to suggest he puts them in the garage or loft, he tells me he's going to go and play *soon*...

Jack- welcome back and enjoy Barcelona, it is one of my favourite cities

Birky- am jealous of your snowy running. Not at all jealous of Strangely's icy running, which is truly horrid

Me- 4 mile tempo run- snuck out from work. Quite nice and speedy


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Posted: 19/01/2015 at 21:38

9 reps of the usual hill tonight for me.  Bloody cold out.

Dan- great pic.  Re- your marathon training post a few days ago- I wonder if we're in a similar position?  I too am starting from a fairly strong base of having been running for around 6 years pretty regularly. I've done about 10 half marathons and two 16 mile races as well as lots of other stuff, but the marathon distance is new for me.  My base is average of I guess 25 miles a week just to keep things ticking over. When I train for a HM I will increase the long run a little but my long run is usually 10-12 miles with the rest of the miles spread out over the week. I run 4-5 times a week usually.  I'm doing London at the end of April and the plan I"m following has the long run increasing gradually and alongside that two quality sessions (hills, tempo / intervals) plus two easy sessions per week.  The last few weeks have just been as usual, as the plan suggests about 10 mile LSR, but I've done a bit more cos I've felt like it.. Are you suggesting that I increase the LSR more significantly / more quickly, and get more miles from that, and less from the shorter ones?

Sorry for the length, TIA!

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Posted: 18/01/2015 at 22:12

Hi all

Dan K- I  am going to come back tomorrow to quiz you more about marathon plan.  

Exhausted ATM after a part great / part appalling weekend that involved a day trip to Paris, shopping, walking and eating with the old man (great), and getting stuck due to the fire in the tunnel, having to sort out emergency babysitters etc etc and spending 8 hours getting back today (CRAP)...

Lily- get a pair of trail shoes.  For mild mud I just leave them but for the really heavy stuff I hose them down outside the back door and scrub them with my shitty running shoes old brush. Stuff them with newspaper and pop them on the radiator to dry. I do that at least once a week and they're still great after I guess about a year and lots of heavy use

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