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2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 16:02

Gaz, a quality long run, well done

SM, another great session with the club, I hope the leg isn't too bad but judging by the pace it looks like you are managing it.

Fiona, a good run and bike session, and a speedy threshold run today enjoy the marshalling tomorrow, hopefully it doesn't rain

Ollie, congratulations on the course record today enjoy the recovery 3 later

Cal, another good run at parkrun today

HM, I hope you avoid the cold

S17, another consistent result at parkrun, shame about the timing mixup

NP, it is good to hear you are off the pain killers but not so goo =d that the calf is still giving you some problems, and at least you can still get out on the bike and into the pool.

Dr Dan, a good 10 mile run, good luck with the 10k this weekend

NN, well done with the 15 mile MLR, even an easy run is tough in the heat

Tek, I hope you are feeling better soon


Another comeback run today and it went well, I decided to go to the park and do short jog intervals, 2 minutes jog of a one minute walk, just over 3 miles in total and no calf pain, a few twinges in both Achilles but nothing really to worry about, I'll continue with the short jog intervals looking to increase the running time.

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 20:43

OH well done mate, looking forward to the report

Tek, good miles this week well done

SM, did you get out for a run 

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 16:31

Fiona, I seen your cycle on strava well done with the QOM

SM, It was my first half way back in 2014, it is a little more challenging than the 10k as the first half is off road with a few single file sections, but a fast road finish as it follows the same route as the 10k, well done with the gym session enjoy the run later

Cal, sounds like you have got over the groin niggle, I am sure a bit of stretching and foam rolling will sort out the hammy

NN, some good sessions over the last few days good totals for the week

HM, good luck with the 10k plan


Not long back from a cycle out to Foyers, a stiff breeze on the way out nice to have it at my back on the way home, the good thing about cycling is you can stop to have tea and cake, very civilised

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 20:31

SM, I have signed up for Aviemore half in October, which will give me three weeks or so to get over this niggle

NP, sorry to hear about your calf hope it recovers quickly

MG, sounds like an encouraging run, sounds like the IT Band issue is clearing up

OH, good luck tomorrow

Tek, a cracking pace at the club handicap race 

Ollie, well done with the 11 and 6 today including parkrun I hope you took it easy 


Well the comeback run didn't go to plan, it started fine enough but by the time I got to the swing bridge on the canal the calf was starting to tighten up again, looks like another week at least with no running, I'll probably get out on my bike tomorrow,  

2016 Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 22:37

Tek, I bet the legs were glad for the easy run today

NN, some good sessions, I think this time round you will be fine you are a lot stronger and have had a solid year of running since your PF issues, just remember to keep up with the strength work and stretching as the miles goes up.

Yellow, I hope the shin is ok

Ollie, well done a rapid 10k with a few miles added, 

Cal, well done with the yoga and 6 mile run today

Gaz, no need to acclimatise then  

SM, a cracking session with the club, 


Been AWOL again and I have been feeling a little sorry for myself, I had a setback with the calf, it tighten up and got sore when I was out for a run on it last week, not in the same area and it has been a bit sore and tender for a dew days, so I haven't been up to much, I was away with the family over the weekend and this week has been just doing some body balance and gym work last night and I got out on the bike after work tonight for a 20 mile cycle, the good news is the calf is starting to feel better and I hope to get out for a run over the weekend.

I have decided not to do a marathon this autumn, so I'll look to target a HM in October, I'll probably follow a P&L plan

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.

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