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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 22:43

 Cal - great parkrun PB and very envious of that pacing.

Shades - can I come round for tea, that pumpkin dish sounds delicious!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 22:39

Also, just to add, if you look at the plan as a whole, it can seem quite daunting because of all the speed sessions. But I found it's easier to just take each week at a time as there's usually just one tough session a week and sometimes you may want to replace these with a race or a parkrun.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 22:33

Big G, sorry for late reply, we travelled to Tenby today where we are staying for a few days. I'd recommend the P&D plan. I don't think it's that drastically different to the Shades level 2 plan in that it includes a long run, a mid week longish run and varied speed sessions, with easy runs in between. I didn't find the marathon pace runs too bad (although for the one with marathon pace in a 20 mile run I used a 20 mile race). The sessions I found really hard were the ones with half marathon pace included. I really struggled to get the pace I needed for these, but I do think they really help with half marathon times (good idea to book a HM a couple of months into the plan as I think you'd have a good chance of getting a PB). I think for a lot of these sessions I ended up doing a couple of the miles on the track! This year I also missed out a lot of the intervals in the final bit of the plan as I had ITB problems and didn't want to risk it. I saw these final sessions more as the icing on the cake and I think as long as you follow 80 per cent of the plan, that's OK. A lot of people on the P&D thread follow the 55-70 plan but I think I would break if I did that many miles. But I did up the distance on a couple of the long runs as I like to get lots of 20mile + runs in.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 16:59

Big G - yes you are right of course, much more important to foster a love of running, especially when football is always more popular. (But holding hands in a race?!!)

Shades - what do you do with your pumpkin? I've found in soup it needs a fair amount of chilli but I think the only other thing I have put it in is risotto.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 21:31

Good luck Jugula, hope you have a good trip and race.

I went to watch my 10 yo in a borough XC championships yesterday. He ran a good race, staying in 4th place for the first half mile (out of about 60 or so boys). Then he and a friend took the lead, they just had about a quarter of a mile to go which involved going up and then down a hill. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw them holding hands going up the hill! My son said he was helping his friend who was tired but then in the final sprint his friend took the lead and Max (my son) came 2nd. Still a good position but I think I need to encourage more of a competitive spirit!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 12:59

Shades - he loves yoga! He used to do it at the end of school and I found he was always more relaxed and in a better mood on that day. I've always got on better with Pilates but I know yoga is very good too.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 12:00

Well done on another great marathon Mowzer!

Steve - as I said elsewhere, I reckon your legs are still recovering from Berlin, so I'm sure you'll be smashing the PBs again soon once you've taken it easy for a bit.

I've not been to the club track sessions for over a month now and reckon the rest has done me good. I think I just needed to get back into doing more easy miles and the track night was just leaving me too tired. I've not run since Sunday's race as it was my youngest son's birthday yesterday and I thought it would be nice to have a cosey night in instead! But managed 11 miles this morning - my son now has 3 before school activities (cross country, indoor athletics and yoga!)  which works well for getting in to work early or going for an early run!

Cal - I always find I need long sleeves before tights. I tried running in my running tights the other day and really overheated!

Shades - be careful running in the dark! 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 21:48

Big G - kudos for even starting a marathon in that heat, let alone finishing it in a respectable time. I hope you can relax now and enjoy the sun before coming home. Sounds like a good crowd to travel with.

Ian - well done on getting closer to your PB. I can never run HM PBs outside of marathon training, they just seem to feel easier when you're doing longer distances.

Cal - I'd forgotten you were doing the CP10 too! I probably saw you finish as was cheering on some of my club around that time. I think it's my favourite race of the year. The reason they only have chip timing at the end is because they are only allowed to disrupt the traffic for a couple of mins at the start so can't put a mat down. I actually didn't start in the pen but sneakily waited by a shop until they moved people forward. Did you see Paul S-H, the parkrun founder starting the race? And we spotted Scott Overall warming up. I finished in 65:46 which was a 4 minute PB as I haven't had an official time for 10 miles in a couple of years. I won 75 pounds in cash, 12 bottles of craft beer and a cabbage for being first in my age group! I didn't think I'd won anything so didn't hang around for the prizes but luckily some friends from my club collected it them for me. I love this year's medal - I much prefer it to the shirt which is like a tent!

Another London Marathon ballot rejection

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 07:36

I think the guaranteed place after a certain number of rejections made sense when people had to get the form from a running shop and then queue up at the post office to get it sent off (not sure why, but I recall my dad doing this). But now it's online, there's zero effort involved, you can enter in about 2 mins. As a result there are loads more entries and bringing back the guaranteed places becomes unworkable from a numbers point of view.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 20:57

Jacky, that's what I love about the ballot, the excitement you suddenly feel at the prospect of it all! Definitely a good time to put over plans and kit too! My friend ran for charity this year so I'm not sure she'll be able to raise the cash again.

My Royal Parks charity have sent emails and messages thanking me for my 'support'. Makes me feel bad as I paid nothing for the place (just 3 pounds postage for their vest!) and have got loads of goodies, a vest, t-shirt and medal!! I did but some raffle tickets though. 

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