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2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 10:58

Nothing like a LT Session to kick off the plan

Tek, a tough interval session well done

Ollie, well done getting through day one of P&D

SM, as long as you get the key sessions done, I know it can't be easy to fit the running around your work shift patterns 

Cal, a good 5 mile run, good luck at the weekend

OH, well done with the training and solstice swim 


Getting back into it slowly a 5 mile run on Monday and 4 yesterday, everything still a little tight in the lower legs so I am not going to push the pace or run hills this week, 

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 19:59

SM, well done with the 10k another sub 40, 

Tek, a good 7 in the big smoke, 

Ollie, I hope parkrun went to plan, enjoy the long run tomorrow

Sub17, well done good going after your marathon

Cal, to be honest sometimes you just can't put in the performance you would expect, just keep doing the sessions, eat well and get plenty of sleep, the improvements will come, 


First run in almost a fortnight, it went ok no pain in the back of the knee but the Achilles is still a little niggly in the first half mile, but it is a lot better than it was, a few easy training days should see me right, along with the stretching

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 20:13

Cal, Sorry to hear your race didn't go to plan, I have had a few races this year that have gone south from the start, good luck with the 10 mile race, I am sure you will enjoy it

 SM, nice 8 with parkrun in the middle, 

Tek, a good double day today

Ollie, a rapid parkrun and well done getting a second place

Yellow, good to hear the leg is on the mend

NN, a cracking MP run, sub 3:30 shape surely


I might get out on the bike for an easy cycle, 

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 10:36

good luck racers this weekend, I am looking forward to the reports

some quality training and racing already this week, unfortunately nothing from me, I have picked up an injury to my popliteus muscle at the back of the knee so no running since Monday, very frustrating to say the least, I am hopeful I won't be out of action for too long, but I won't be rushing back and risking a longer stint out.


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 19:53

Nairn 10 Mile Road Race

Another week another race, I think I have probably raced more this spring than I did for the whole of 2015.  It was another glorious day in the Highlands, the sun was out and not a cloud in the sky and a lovely cooling breeze.  A 2pm start, which seems to be the norm up here, which meant I would be running at the hottest point of the day, I decided to wear a cap for the first time to see if this would help keep the sun off and the sweat out of the eyes.  Arriving just after 1pm I got registered and went for a short warm up before, just about 2 miles, which is just about right for me.  The plan if there was one was to go out at a comfortable pace and not worry about others passing, it was a very small event I think there was only around 80 for the 10 mile race, a lot more for the family 5k which went off after we did.

At 2pm sharp we were sent on our way, the first mile went by fairly easily, it was very warm for me but I felt a lot more in control this week, 8:12.  Running along a farm road with a few twisty bits a few locals out on their sun loungers drinking pims in the sun, a little slower in the second mile I put that down to walking through the first water station 8:27.  Mile three was a bit more rolling but I did enjoy this section and caught and overtook a few, 7:59.  The breeze was now at coming in from the side and it felt nice and cooling but I knew I was due to turn into it for the first time 8:13.  Mile 4 was into the breeze it felt okay and I could see the fun runners ahead turning down the same lane we done earlier, half way now 8:10.  Turning right and a gentle descent and then some flat over the next half mile or so I took on a gel, more for the placebo effect and turning right again just before the 6 mile marker 8:18.  It was starting to feel tough now the breathing was a little laboured but I just tried to keep the tiring legs turning over, another right turn and another rolling section of road 8:13.  Another half mile and it was back onto the same road we came down through miles 5, turning right again and up a short hill, the legs were struggling now but I got to the top and maintained the effort, two miles to go 8:34.  Mile 9 was the slowest, it was hard on the legs more than anything up the final incline before getting back into the town 8:43.  The final mile, I got a bit of second wind coming back in but could reel anyone back in, I was running by myself from around half way, the run back onto the High Street was good there were still a good few 5k fun runners out and the crowds were very supportive, final mile in 7:43, it measured 0.95, so around 8:05 pace. Finish time of 1:22:32 on the watch and a small PB, around 30 seconds.

Another good event and I hope one day to actually like racing in the sun.

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 17:57

NP, another good run at parkrun yesterday, followed up with 10 easy miles, 

MG, well done with the 800 repeatsand your 15 mile run yesterday, I hope the IT band isn't causing you to much bother

Ollie, good totals for the week and well done with the easy 10, I'm sure you will enjoy those quality session once there done

Tricia, well done getting some running done in the heat, and good luck with all those races, a busy Summer by the looks of it

SM, a wise decision, Frankfurt is the goal race, I take it you'll be gunning for a sub 3:15


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 15:13

OH, Nice run and tasty ice cream yum yum

Cal, well done at parkrun this morning 

SM, a good session with the club good pace too

Ollie, a good run at parkrun this morning, it is good to have some to chase down


5 easy miles earlier, nothing tasty on my run, in fact I felt like Mother Hubbard eating flies!

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 10:38

Dr Dan, a packed week of training and a hard trail 10k I hope the legs are feeling better, enjoy the taper

Ollie, a great combination cakes and running are,

NP two races within a week is going to hard on the legs, good luck with the new routes on the trails 

OH, loved the report, it was a great event and I think I'll go back and do it again next year, well done with the wet and cold 8 miles, and I'll make sure the laces don't come undone

Tek, well done with the easy 4 and good luck with the club handicap today

SM, a good week's training, I wasn't surprise the legs were feeling it during your interval session, good luck with the club session today sounds like ot will be a hard one.

S17, good luck with the marathon.


I've been AWOL again apologies, I did nothing on Wednesday the calves were still feeling battered, 4 on Thursday and 2 before body balance last night, so nothing of substance this week and no hills, I'll get out later for a 5 / 6 mile run.


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 23:43

SM, enjoy a few easy days after your epic racing at the weekend, you have earned them

Yellow enjoy the holiday and don't worry about missing a session or two

NP, nice bit of racing, and fair play getting third after a hard 10k, the weather has been excellent, I just wish I was better running in it

Ollie, a huge month of training 

MG, I hope the stretching has helped the IT band


5 miles at lunch today, it did feel a little weird running on a work day, another hot one here, my calves are feeling a little tender after the sports massage, I'll be back in a fortnight to see if they have loosened up 


2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 09:32

OH, Congratulations on your PB and well done with the 13 mile MLR, I am not surprised it was hard going

NN, I hope the ankle is feeling ok after your swim and trial run

Ollie, the recovery miles will help.

Tek, hope you're feeling ok today, you have had more than your fair share of illness this winter/spring


a very easy recovery run down along the canal to Dochgarroch and back, 7 miles in total, followed it up with a good stretch session at body balance.

Sports massage today, my calves are really tight and a bit achy so a good mashing is in order.  

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