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The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 19:02

Thanks for advice AGF,i know exactly what you mean about finding the balance,ive had a few days to think about it and your right i can find a decent balance to keep everyone happy,so on that note im going to enter Dundee half later tonight.

RE going for long runs with the buggy,i would happily do it but as i do all my long runs early doors i dont think the wee fella would appreciate getting up at 5 am,he loves his kip too much.LOL

First run tonight since Saturdays half,nice easy 4 miles,@9.30 pace.Braw night out there for it

The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 12:59

Hi guys long time no see.

Still been knocking out 25-30 miles easy weeks,so felt i had too step it up 6 weeks back as i was getting a bit bored with all the steady stuff.I decided i wanted a half marathon pb as my old one is a bit soft (for me) at 1.49 .03.

Cut a long story short,the 6 weeks structured training had me in good shape for a pb attempt.

So i raced Loch Leven half yesterday and managed a nearly 3 minute pb in a time of 1.46.26.Absolutely delighted with that for now.

Now here comes the tricky part,some of you may remember my partner was pregnant when i last posted,im happy to announve she gave birth to a baby boy called Leo.Its changed my life completely and i just love being a daddy for the first time in my life.I had mentioned to mrs YC that if i got a pb yesterday then i would finish with long distance stuff ,still run 4 or 5 miles for fitness but that was going to be my limit.However as we all know when i crossed the line yesterday my first thought was,"erm i could do that faster".so maybe thinking of Dundee half in July too see if i can still keep chipping away at my half time.

Yesterday the plan was to keep 8.15 pace all the way round,went a wee tad faster than that in the first half and the last 3 miles where i felt really strong i just decided to take a risk and really go for it,the result being the final 3 were all sub 7.45s which surprised me a wee bit and also leaving me wondering how far i can possibly take this running malarkey

Marathon without gels

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:44

How many elites do you see ripping open SIS packets through the streets of London ,Berlin etc?Im certainly not an elite but ive ran my one and only marathon in 2012 on only water.

Personally i think they are gimmicks that are very well marketed and most people fall into the trap of they must have extra fuel on board for marathons..anyway this is only my opinion

2013 Marathon Thread

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 23:45

Hi guys,

Not been around these parts for a while,just checking in to say im still alive and kicking,cancelled my Nessie plans for this year due to Mrs YC expecting our first baby mid October.

Running wise ive still been going out every week and getting in between 25- 30 miles a week,didnt have any plans for races this year  until a young lad i work with wanted to do Dundee half in July,hes never ran much before and im glad too say i give him advice on building up sensibly and on the day i paced him round the half in 1.57 xx,he was over the moon with that and so he should be,as i soon as i crossed the line the old racing buzz came back for me and have been thinking of entering the great scottish half in early October to see how close i can get to my pb (1.49.03).

Mrs Yc is fine with this even though its quite close to her due date so gonna make my mind up this week.

Consistent easy mileage has even put a little bit of pace back in my old legs again so alls good

2013 Marathon Thread

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 20:20

Hi guys

Not been on here much since my injury(metatarsal fracture) in December,finally back running pain free again after an all too eager comeback and not listening to my body(lesson learned there) in March.

All easy miles for me at the minute and dont even wear my garmin as all my runs are done by perceived effort and im quite enjoying just building up the miles again.Up to 20-25 miles and its all feeling good.

Loch Ness is cancelled for me this year as Mrs YC is  expecting our first baby at the start of October,shes had a rough time of it these past few weeks so i have decided to put the marathon plans on hold till next year  and  devote my time to making sure she is ok because i know the long training runs take their toll on my energy levels so i dont think it would be very fair on her.

Tek- thanks for your message on Fetch(only seen it last week ) lol.And best of luck for Sunday mate,you put the effort into your training at all times so you deserve to get a good result


2013 Marathon Thread

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 12:50

Hi guys,

Well ive finally got the all clear from the consultant to get back to work and resume training again.Heading to the gym later for some "easy" aerobic stuff on the bike and some circuits as well(no squats ,boo)

Its been quite a quick six weeks tbh and at the moment ive no other focus than just to get some form of fitness back.Still been doing my core/medicine ball work at home but its no substitute for getting the old lungs really working again.

Alloa half in March is cancelled for me,id probably get round the course with no problems but this was one of my  "A" races for the year so im not going to enter unless i feel i could do it justice.

Still a bit of discomfort in my foot but apparently a metatarsal fracture takes 10-12 weeks to fully recover,so in the meantime its on the dreaded bike i go#arsecheekscuttingteeth

MP3 players in races

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 20:43

Take the irresponsible ones to the Tower of London and give them the Sir William Wallace treatment.Job done

2013 Marathon Thread

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 20:26

Jason,i do like Marathon Talk but im afraid it would make me feel a bit down about no running at the moment.

So daytime tv it is for the time being

Are you noticing a difference in your strength/flexibility with the medicine ball sessions?

Training paces

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 20:21

Ed google Mcmillan running calculator,type in your current half time and it will give you the full range of training paces from there.

Good luck mate

2013 Marathon Thread

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 19:26

Jason, Russian twists with an added overhead press with the medicine ball are the way to go fella

Wake,20 min circuit,eat,Homes under the hammer and other assorted daytime tv crap,20 min circuit ,eat lunch,hobble to shop and back,dinner,more nightime tv crap ,then bed.

The disciplined life of an athlete is good

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