Training for half marathon/marathon? Over here!!

(55 Posts)
tiredemma Fri 19-Apr-13 20:27:39

A few of us ( evertonmint, golemmings etc etc) have lost the plot and decided to sign up to half marathons/ marathon between now and next april.
This is our 'virtual support' thread. Please feel free to join, cry, moan, elate, share joy, share pain, share milage.

All welcome. Pull on your running shoes and join us.

evertonmint Fri 19-Apr-13 21:59:27

Thanks tiredemma! Marking my place and will be back tomorrow to say a bit more - too knackered to think straight and off to bed now. Good practice for marathon training I guess, being knackered and going to bed early smile

golemmings Sat 20-Apr-13 20:56:12

Yay! Well started!

I went out on a lovely run in the hills this morning. Little over 13km but very steep in places (steep mtb routes). The weather was gorgeoes and even on the hill tops it wasn't cold.

Going somewhere flatter and hopefully faster tomorrow. It's so long since I did a straight, flat run I have no idea what speed I can run at which makes idenrfying a pace for tempo runs quite hard.

Anyone else out this weekend?

Belugagrad Sat 20-Apr-13 22:33:57

Well done golem! Blue skies all day today! I have a 10 miler in 2 weeks and pondering marathon... Did 7 miles today as my lovely mum babysatsmile was lovely and could have kept going but wine was waiting...

sallysparrow157 Sat 20-Apr-13 22:38:19

I, having only started running just over a yr ago frm a fitness level of nothing, have signed up to the great north run (and a couple of 10k'sbetween now and then). Did 8 k in the smaller of the two parks I run in today thinking it would be quieter, there was a bloody funfair going on and the student population of Leeds was sunning themselves..... The strong smell of pot was an interesting one to be gasping in in a breathless fashion as I ran past them!!

onedev Sat 20-Apr-13 22:44:24

I've signed up again for the Great North Run this year too - really enjoyed it last year but got totally out of training over the winter period so need to get myself sorted & fit again!!

Thanks for starting the thread! smile

tiredemma Sat 20-Apr-13 22:57:46


we are here!!

im doing a few (about 4) 10k races between June and end of sept. Then im doing a half marathon in derbyshire on 6th October.

and....... im going to apply to do the London Marathon for next year but realistically know its unlikely that ill get a place so im going to go for the Brighton Marathon - spured on by evertonmint.

I did a 10 mile race last august (of which the first 5 miles were up the hugest hills I have ever seen) and then I did the Great North Run in spetember.

I LOVED the GNR - but decided not to do it again this year- its a great event but so massive that the logistics of getting there and getting home are so stressful.

Im in a running club and do 3 miles on a monday, 3 miles on a wednesday (both 'tempo' runs to imprive speed) then also go for a run on a saturday morning. Im not doing more that 3x a week because IO dont want an injury. I think that 3 x a week between now and next april is a reasonable amount to get towards 'Marathon prowess' ( i hope!!)

Clure Sat 20-Apr-13 23:51:16

Hi I've just done the Brighton Marathon, first time marathon! Fantastic, training was tough as I have coped with ongoing injury. Now having to rest before I can resume running - and chomping at the bit.

Clure Sat 20-Apr-13 23:57:39

off to bed now but will put a bit more info on about the training plan I did it is based on 3 quality runs a week

tiredemma Sun 21-Apr-13 04:34:42

look forward to hearing your training plan! well done!

Pleaseputyourshoeson Sun 21-Apr-13 08:21:42

Well done Clure! I hope you're not too sore the next couple of days!

onedev Sun 21-Apr-13 09:10:17

Well done Clure, that's fab! Hope you feel ok today.

In definitely interested in hearing your training plan as I only really have time for 3 quality runs a week too & need to get back into it (although only a half, not a full marathon!).

I'd like to find a training plan aiming for a half time of 2hrs 5 mins - anyone know where I can find that?

golemmings Sun 21-Apr-13 19:15:04

Yea. I did a flat half in about that. Will dig it out when I get back. Just feeding DS and putting him to bed then I'm heading out for a trot around the block.

onedev Sun 21-Apr-13 21:39:16

Brill, thanks Go.

YoniRanger Sun 21-Apr-13 21:44:39

Hello! I ran Cardiff half last year really slowly (2.45) so obviously signed up for it again and Race the Train in August too.

Have to confess I am bricking it about Race the Train because of the course!

I can only do 3 outside runs a week but I have a treadmill so I'm hoping to top up with intervals.

golemmings Mon 22-Apr-13 00:30:01

Lovely run this evening. Clear sky, moon, view of hills, primroses in the hedges...
Only ran 4.3 and averaged 9.44. It was pretty consistent though - 17secs between by fastest and slowest miles.

I have a 10k in early June. Last year it was my first 10k and I did it in 56mins. I need to get below 9.30 if I want to beat it. With 6 weeks training I'd hope to be ok. In early may last year I was running 10:30s.

My dream is to run a sub 50ml or possibly a win-45 before I turn 40 in 14mo but that's probably a bit daft because I am much better at distance than speed... Hence the marathon plan.

One, I forgot to check for training plans. I think I got it from rw. not sure if you have to subscribe tho'. Can write it here but not on phone!

evertonmint Mon 22-Apr-13 20:11:36

Third time lucky - my phone has been swallowing the long posts I've tried to put on here!

I've got a 10k in 4 weeks so got a bit of a crash course plan to get some speed in my legs. I have enough stamina to get round but need to sharpen up a bit, so lots of short pacey runs planned.

Then I'll move onto a half training plan - need to find one in maybe October to aim for. And won't think about marathon training until that is done!

I have a fair bit of weight to lose after a 3 month lay off due to illness, crazy work schedule and miserable weather. I am such a fair weather runner - always fittest in September and unfittest in March. Part of my reason for taking on a marathon is to try and break this cycle next winter, but it's going to be hard. Think the psychology will be harder to crack than the miles as I have the stamina and doggedness once I actually get myself out running but I struggle to fo anything away from the sofa in the winter!

Clure Tue 23-Apr-13 21:54:14

I'm gradually recovering. I went into the marathon not being able to start my training plan on time due to a hip injury which is actually a degenerative (I'm 45). I had physio and built up my distance slowly in the first few weeks (prior to this I had run between 17-21k weekly) During the marathon at a bout 26k my knee went and so the latter part of the race was completed in pain!! I am walking fine again now but last night tried a short run to see how I was.....wrong!! too soon.

As far as my training plan I used "Run Less Run Faster" a book/training plan a friend had used for marathon training.
If you go onto Runners World website they have all the info and you can even tailor make your own training plan based on this here

Evertonmint, I know what you mean about running in crap weather, this winter has been tough as every long run and tempo run we did (myself and 3 friends) it was either sleet, snow, hail, rain, wind, frost, cloud. you name it we ran in it! Get a decent waterproof. We just chanted our mantra "Just get out, do it and get it done" well done though keep it going!

Mandy21 Thu 25-Apr-13 08:44:27

I did the London Marathon on Sunday and it was hard but really an occasion / experience.

I'd done a half marathon before, but not a full one, and my comfort zone was a 3 mile run round the block. The thought of 26 miles was really daunting, but I honestly believe if you put the training in and you are focused, think positive etc, its do-able for everyone (subject to injuries etc)!!

I followed a 16 week plan, if you google marathon training plan 16 weeks you'll see a link to marathon rookie with a timetable - its 3 short-ish runs during the week (a maximum of 5 miles, 8 miles then 5 miles - but you build up to that) followed by a longer run at weekend. It is quite a commitment, but I really enjoyed it. I did it in 4hrs 30.

onedev Thu 25-Apr-13 12:45:17

Well done Mandy - that's fantastic!

evertonmint Thu 25-Apr-13 13:49:20

That's brilliant Mandy! You must be so proud of yourself smile I hope I am in your shoes next year (well not literally - that would be sweaty and a bit gross!) and have achieved a marathon.

Your plan gives me comfort. I just did a 7k run with my running group which is already well within my comfort zone so 5m/8m/5m as the basic week at peak sounds fine. Now I know I only have to conquer my fear of the big runs, and at least I have time to step up to those rather than having to run 20 miles next weekend.

Running group was lovely today. It was sunny, and the countryside looked beautiful with wild flowers out and trees in bud. We did a few hills, including one short, sharp one which the elevation graph on my Runmeter app suggests was completely vertical grin It isn't, but it felt like it at the time and my glutes are feeling it now!!

Anyway, as I was going down a particularly boggy track, I wondered what sort of running the rest of you do. I never do road running, other than a few 100m from the house because I live at the foot of the South Downs so have muddy lanes, fields and stiles more or less from the door. But I know some people only ever run on roads. What sort of terrain do you all tend to run on?

onedev Thu 25-Apr-13 15:27:09

Only streets / roads for me. I could run in the countryside as its only 10 mins away, but it would still be country lanes & the traffic frightens me too much! I've done some 8 mile fun runs in that area & whilst its nice to nosey at the gorgeous massive houses, I find it a bit boring so I'm happily used to the streets now!

I also don't listen to music whilst I run so enjoy people / traffic / house watching as I go grin

Mandy21 Thu 25-Apr-13 16:52:31

Road running for me - if you're doing 7k in the countryside with mud / uneven ground etc, thats got to be harder than 7k on the road. I still get the open countryside on my longer runs (lots of country lanes, but I still stick to the tarmac!).

tiredemma Thu 25-Apr-13 19:59:55

Mandy your plan is reassuring. I'm with a running club and currently going 3 x a week.
Evertonmint I'm going to do the Brighton marathon! Probably see you there!

evertonmint Thu 25-Apr-13 20:10:22

Yay! grin

evertonmint Fri 26-Apr-13 23:19:04

Did a 5k tonight - village has a monthly communal run, lovely evening for it! What's everyone's running plans for the weekend?

Belugagrad Sat 27-Apr-13 06:25:22

Well done on 5k everton.

I'm going to try and rest this weekend though I'm desperate to head out! Got my 1mile race a week today so need to pull back training. Desperate to get out though!

Love seeing this thread!

I have my first half marathon next Sunday.

Slightly nervous that I won't finish it..

The most I have ever done is 15km and that was about 3 years ago.

In training I have managed 10k. I didn't stop because I couldn't run further but because I had to get back for the kids.

Dh is away this weekend & I really wanted to be able to run but its looking unlikely..

Inspired by the marathon finishers well done you!

Belugagrad Sat 27-Apr-13 07:36:59

10 mile not 1 milesmile

Belugagrad Sat 27-Apr-13 07:38:25

Good luck for next Sunday girls! Are you tapering this week? And if so how much?

Last week I ran sun,mon,tues and Thursday & the Thursday was the hardest even though it was the shortest at only 6k..

Think it doesn't suit me to have many rest days?

tiredemma Sat 27-Apr-13 11:54:22

Im only going to run 3 x a week.

Mondays, weds and saturdays- with the saturday being my longest run

My friend finished her latest half in 40 seconds shy of 2 hours! Jealous!

Clure Tue 30-Apr-13 22:40:21

Yay! I ran again last night for the 2nd time since Brighton marathon 2 weeks ago and this time my knee didn't hurt!!! I decided to run on treadmill to be kinder to my joints
AND have also just entered the London Marathon ballot. Anyone else entered? x

Well done.
I am really nervous about this Sundays race!
I have entered the ballot for the London marathon too but apparently only 1/9 chance

Belugagrad Wed 01-May-13 13:07:44

I'm so nervous about Saturday! Looking for safety pins! Know I've put the work in just hope it pans out. Let
Me know how your race goes girls.

In the ballot for London. Fingers crossed! Long wait though.

evertonmint Thu 02-May-13 16:11:25

Good luck beluga and girls!

I did a hard 8k with my running group today - lots of fast repeats and chasing people down! It was glorious though - sunshine, bird song and frolicking lambs, plus the fields are now just fields rather than bogs of trainer doom smile

Sounds lovely Everton.

I went out to run last night & ended up phoning the fire brigade! Fire on the nature reserve & no one around. Flames as high as the trees, anyway that put the end to my run as had to wait to direct the firemen. Some were rather lovely though..

Was going to go tonight but no one in with the kids so I can't.

That only leaves tomorrow as want to keep Saturday as a rest day.

But breaking news: I found my safety pins! grin

Clure Thu 02-May-13 19:29:19

Good luck to you girls for Saturday.
Everton, loving the sound of your run!
Going to try a 10k tomorrow and see how the old knee holds up!

Belugagrad Sun 05-May-13 06:11:09

Woop woop good luck for today girls! My 10 miler went really well, 88 minssmile

golemmings Sun 05-May-13 07:52:21

Hello! I fell off the thread somewhat. Not been out for a couple of weeks;work has been stupidly hard and I'm exhausted. I NEED to run but working to 3am to meet deadlines means I can't sensibly run after work or before since I REALLY need those 3hrs sleep.

We're down at mil's for the bh weekend so I'm hoping to get out and run but I don't really have enough energy to get out of my own way.
This week needs to be better. I have a 33mi tri next sat. Been on a bike once in 6y, so it could be a challenge...

What's everybody else up to over the bh w/e?

Done ! 2.22.
In the queue for massage now grin

Belugagrad Sun 05-May-13 18:06:53

Well done girls!

Triathlons are so much fun golem! Overtake on the run?

Clure Sun 05-May-13 20:00:11

ooh well done, good times girls. Knee stopped my 10k run sad but did a 30k bike this morning, goooooorgeous morning, loads of cyclists out. Isn't it great when you overtake a couple of lycra lads out on the bike?!!

golemmings Mon 06-May-13 21:58:19

Well I got out. 6.7mi so just over 10k. I was under the misapprehension that somerset was flat... oh man! It wasn't steep but it was rolling, And went on and on... T'was stunning though.

Took me an hour to do 10k though which was disappointing given I want to beat 56mins next month but much quicker than this time last year. I think over the next month I can probably knock 5 mins off that.

Well done on the bike ride Clure!

evertonmint Wed 08-May-13 19:02:54

Well done on the races!

I'm off out with my running group now. Starting to rain and getting cold, but I have confit duck legs and roast beetroot to come back to so I have to run hard grin

PeggyO Fri 10-May-13 18:31:18

Hello, I would love to join in with you all! I've had to abandon my planned June half due to ongoing injury woes, most recently patellar tendinitis. But I am feeling happy today as the physio gave me the all-clear to try running again this week, and I have managed two days in a row pain free! Only 5 minute intervals followed by periods of walking, but it's a start...

At the moment my loose plan is to do a half marathon in September / October and the Great South at the end of October, and I have also entered the ballot for London next year (gulp!) I entered in one of those 'why not' moments, but now am really determined that next year will be my marathon year, so am thinking about back-up options. I like the look of Brighton, but don't want to enter and then find I have a place at London too! Does anyone have any idea how quickly Brighton / other marathons fill up?

Well done Belugagrad and girlsyearapart on your races!

Clure Fri 10-May-13 21:21:58

well done PeggyO. I too am having ongoing injuries which at the moment mean I am resting from running (cycling and doing other gym classes like spin, combat and circuits) I'm not sure how quickly Brighton fills up, I entered straight away last year and ran it for ClicSargent. I was like you in that the year before didn't get a place at London so was really keen to still run a marathon (my first) and so went straight for Brighton. Its a fantastic marathon to do!

montelusa Mon 20-May-13 16:28:45

Hello all - how's running been going this past week?

I did my 10k yesterday. Not trained as much as last year, so really gutted to miss my PB by only 3 seconds! Pleased I did better than I thought I would, but so unamused at being so close and spent all yesterday thinking what if I didn't slow down for water, what if I had started my sprint for the line 50 metres earlier, what if I had done an extra training run etc. Grrr!

I'm thinking of signing up for the Great South Run too PeggyO - it gives me time to get back from summer holidays and back into running properly, and seems like a good step up from 10k rather than doubling it to a half which slightly terrifies me!

evertonmint Mon 20-May-13 16:30:58

ooops - that was me, inadvertently outing myself with the new user name I used for a thorny problem last week! Don't tell anyone who I am smile

3ismylot Thu 23-May-13 16:53:04

Hi all thought I would jump in and join you all grin

I am running the 5 mile National Lottery olympic anniversary run on july 21st (so excited to cross the finish line in the olympic stadium!)
then I am doing the GNR in september for Clic Sergant and am in the ballot for London Marathon next year.
I am a complete newby to running, I finished c25k last week and have just started a beginners half marathon training programme that will take 16 weeks, I started on monday and its been a bit harder as I run 3 days in a row instead of every other day but am happyily managing 3.2 miles with an uphill sprint finish now smile

I have to get up and run at 530am as that is the only spare time I have but it starts the day off well so I cant complain. I have my longest run ever of 4 miles on sunday and I am both looking forward to it and nervous!

I have lost nearly 2 stone in the last 9 weeks but at 16 stone I have a way to go blush Hoping to have dropped another 2 stone by GNR though.

loopybear Thu 23-May-13 22:19:25

Can I join please? Started running in January did my first 10km last Sunday bit slower than I wanted but hillier than expected. Doing Windsor half marathon in September. Not sure how to get faster now.

MrsLyman Wed 29-May-13 09:01:46

Hi there, can I join? I'm doing the GNR in September as well, currently only managing a couple of runs a week but am managing just over 4 miles each time and have finally managed to get my average under a 10 minute. Will be upping the frequency now that the countdown to race day is really starting to kick in.

3ismylot my first (and only so far) GNR was in 2010 and I started the same way you did, up to 5K followed by 16 week half marathon training. I remember breaking the four mile barrier for the first time, felt amazing, hope your run went well.

cometherevolution Wed 29-May-13 10:14:42

Hi everyone, can I join you? I haven't had a chance to read all your posts yet but thought I'd just sign in and say hi.

I'm doing the Great West Run in October (half marathon) but I'm getting over a knee injury and I'm desperate to get running again. Today is the first day that I feel like I could safely run so I'm going to rest for one more day to be sure and I'll hopefully be out tomorrow night. It's only been a week but it feels like a month!

Right, I'm off to make a cup of tea and then I'm going to read the rest of this thread...

MrsLyman Thu 30-May-13 10:44:45

Hello again. Managed 5 mile run this morning, beautiful day for it.

I think really need to work on my technique though, I tend to drift off into my own thoughts quite a lot when running, but when I actually think about what I'm doing I lift my legs more and go faster, but then that only lasts about a minute before I'm distracted again!

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