Ryan Snell

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Posted: 01/03/2015 at 06:17
Good luck to everyone racing this morning. Hope the wind holds off a bit for the Bath HM people

Fuelling while running - advice please!

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 19:27
I ran a PB at London last year using only lucozade sport and had no issues with it at all. My stomach is very sensitive when working hard. I did finally find gels that were ok : Torq gels. Taste good too

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Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:48
Muss - I would experiment lots with different gels, shot bloks, drinks etc. Find out what you can stomach and stick with it. Also, taking them on a leisurely run won't give you an idea of how your system will tolerate it when it's working hard. Took me ages to find something that agreed with me (Torq gels for the record). I aim for one every 5 miles up to 20 but have only ever got two down and then drunk lucozade or whatever was available.
Having said that, training and honest assessment of fitness are by far the most important factors in my opinion.

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Posted: 25/02/2015 at 20:38

Muss - Agree with TR - sounds like you just set off a bit too quick for your level of fitness and faded a touch towards the end.

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Posted: 25/02/2015 at 19:13

Muss - Very impressive marathon debut and I like your ambition for Berlin

 I think that part of the challenge of marathon training is that you can't do everything. You can't do intervals, threshold, long, medium long, MP workouts, overdistance and easy running all in the same week so some sort of compromise has to be made. There are loads of very fast, fast and quite fast people on here who pretty much all have their own take on the best way of marathon training so it's a great source of info. I think that most would agree that mileage is king, and the  most you can do without getting injured will almost certainly give good results. There are quite a few proven training methods: Canova. P&D, Hansons, Daniels etc. Some will work better than others depending on the individual.

For me, I started with Higdon, then P&D improved things a lot, and now I have written my own which is loosely based on P&D but includes bits and bobs that I have picked up from people on here and from my running club.

Good luck!

23m yesterday at 7:15avg followed by a very gentle 7+7 today.

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Posted: 22/02/2015 at 11:08

Toro - Good luck at Brighton

Philpub and Jools - Nice running in massive fields

TR - Big mileage, no matter what the intensity.

Woke up with very tired legs this morning and wasn't sure about going through with the planned session but got out the door early and felt better once I got moving. Did 5 to warm up, some strides then 3@MP which were 6:04 avg. Then 2 easy to recover and get to the start line of the 10k. Ended up 5th in 36:06 on a pretty hilly course which I was pleased with. A couple to warm down made it a tough but rewarding 17m.

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Posted: 20/02/2015 at 23:47
ON7 - Tough luck with the knee and a crappy decision to have to make. Complete rest isn't always the best solution but only you will know what's best.

PP - Nice meat munching pic

Been very sedate for me post-Bramley. 3 days of jogging, a slow 15 and then a day off today. Another slow 15 planned for tomorrow and then a session on Sun including a local race which will be 3@MP, a little recovery and then the 10k race.

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Posted: 16/02/2015 at 10:51

Bainspj - I haven't read back far enough to know what your issue was, but it seems like you're getting back to it nicely.

Al_P - As I said on Strava, great execution of the plan. As a side note, I thought the start was further back than previous years, with the finish in the same place; I know that GPS watches aren't 100% accurate but all the measurements on Strava were 20.1 or 20.2!

SL - Great run and good discipline to back off.

Philpub - Up until now, I'd been thinking that 2:39 was already a touch ambitious but it's definitely on now, in light of Bramley. I might adjust the target down nearer the time, provided I get some further indication that it's sensible from the 2/3 'B' races that I have planned.

Legs a touch stiff this morning but feel much better after a little 4 mile bimble.

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Posted: 15/02/2015 at 15:52
Joolska - Nicely executed

Selbs - What a nightmare but hopefully some good will come out of a little booze break.

Bramley went just about as well as it could have today. The plan was 20@MP and I had arranged to run the first 10 with a friend from Winchester. We planned to go through halfway somewhere around 61:00, but definitely no faster to hopefully allow some acceleration. We got ourselves a bit too far back at the start but quickly picked our way through and probably stopped us starting too quick. Settled into a nice rhythm and knocked out some good solid miles. Went past Al P around 2/3? miles while he was warming up! He came screaming past a few miles later at an alarming speed during some of his MP miles and we only ever saw him in the distance after that.
Went through halfway, feeling good, in 61:30ish which was just about perfect. Gentle acceleration at halfway but felt fully in control. 15m was were the work started but we were averaging under 6:00/mile for the second half by then. At 18, my club mate eased away and I thought about trying to hang on but thought better of it. Crossed the line in 2:01:25 for a strong -ve split and felt I had another mile or two in the tank.
Very happy

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Posted: 14/02/2015 at 17:35

Selbs - Jesus! Hope you get it sorted.

TR - Thanks - I'm shooting for quite an ambitious target so will be delighted to get close to MP to be honest.

Ambled the first couple of miles at the Parkrun then did the last mile at what felt like marathon effort - it was 6:18 on a muddy surface so probably in the right area. It was also lots of fun reeling people in on the last lap

Weather looks good for tomorrow so good luck to everyone who's racing, particularly at Bramley.

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