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London Marathon 2012

edited March 2012 in General Charlton
When reading a jogging thread a few months back there was some people on there saying they were running this years marathon.Just wanted to see how everyone's training is going?I did a 12mile run on Tuesday my longest run so far and my back locked up?Still struggling now!Hoping it will ease soon and nothing to worry about as need to start running again soon.
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    I did nearly 15 miles last Saturday. Having a bit of a week off this week because I've got a cold. Supposed to be doing 16 this weekend but unlikely that will happen at Bournemouth....

    I'm doing better than I thought I would be though and lost a stone in 2 months too!
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    Hope your back sorts itself out!
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    kk - hope the back gets better, best thing I have found for back problems is keeping moving and it eases quicker. you may find you can swim for fitness without too many problems whilst waiting to get back running.

    I ran 16miles on monday, I had to dramatically rejig my marathon training as I lost the whole of january because of a calf injury so have through my original plan out of the window and have spent a month slowly building the mileage back up after monday I am reasonably confident of being ready although my plans for 3hours40 are long gone, will be happy with 4hours10 now. good luck to all of you running this year
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    overdid things before Christmas, jumped up from 45 to 60 mile week with 16 mile runs - and have reinflamed calf/achilles problem and ITBS - have to give up running for a few months and see if it settles down.
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    I will be out pounding the mean streets of Bournemouth before the game on Sat. Up to 15 now which is about right for me. This time around I have really struggled with an old football injury to my knee so not really able to do any quality/speed work in the week and am just concentrating on ignoring it and plodding on. Doctors for me in April to get it sorted out :-\

    If you see a bloke with a really bad limp who looks proper knackered chances are it's me...

    Good luck with the back btw. I've found that as the mileage goes up you get more and more niggles like this. A couple of days rest from training and anti-inflamatories should help ease it.
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    I am still going strong, found it tough with blisters as I've been doing 5 days a week with a 10/15 miles long one on a Sunday...good luck to everyone and I know how you feel, some good days and some days when you struggle to put one foot in front of the other
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    I am still going strong, found it tough with blisters as I've been doing 5 days a week with a 10/15 miles long one on a Sunday...good luck to everyone and I know how you feel, some good days and some days when you struggle to put one foot in front of the other
    Are you going for a time barstool? Five days out of seven is pretty intense. I've only ever done a 3 or 4 max weekly schedule and find that is more than enough for "a get you round" attempt.
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    trying to get under 4.30 and its a first time Bnmouth so a marathon virgin, pardon the pun
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    How's it going then everyone? Not long now but the next couple of weeks are not exactly fun are they.

    Up to 3:10 last weekend so should be somewhere around 19 miles by my reckoning. I haven’t ran a marathon since 2005 and somewhere along the way seem to have lost about a minute and a half a mile :-(
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    Got up to 2 hrs 45 mins (17 miles-ish) last weekend but have now done something to my knee...

    Physio booked for Weds evening to hopefully get an idea of the problem and whether a few weeks off will be enough to recover.

    Far from ideal, but if I can be confident that by resting it now means that I can start pain-free on the 22nd, then I think I will be still be doing it.
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    Good luck LeftFoot and hope all is okay with your knee.Im getting up to about 8 miles and my back is starting to play up again so I'm just hoping all will be well on the day?
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    Good luck LeftFoot and hope all is okay with your knee.Im getting up to about 8 miles and my back is starting to play up again so I'm just hoping all will be well on the day?
    Sorry to hear the back's still bad KK. You probably don't need me to tell you but if you're only up to about 8 now you've got a lot of catching up to do & you might be better thinking about holding it over to next year?

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    After a couple of poor weeks due to a cold I got up to 17.5 miles on Sunday. 2 more weeks of proper training then taper down for last 3 weeks.

    Good luck to all who are running.
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    Only at 13 miles, but that's all I did when I managed it in 2010. 2nd time is so much harder to get motivated. 16 this weekend at some stage and then maybe one more 13 and then taper off.

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    I am up to 18 miles so will try the 21 miles in acouple of weeks and then taper down to the big day, only 4 weeks and 5 long runs to go. Really excited, can't wait to get going

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    Managed to do 12miles when my back went about 3 weeks ago but after only 3 8 mile runs since I am beginning to worry! Is anyone doing the marathon in fancy dress?
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    Is anyone doing the marathon in fancy dress?
    I'm going dressed as an East Stand regular. Tartan rug, flat cap and a steaming mug of Bovril from my flask every mile :-)

    How I'm going to get 30,000 people running in front of me to sit down is a mystery...
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    Is anyone doing the marathon in fancy dress?
    I'm going dressed as an East Stand regular. Tartan rug, flat cap and a steaming mug of Bovril from my flask every mile :-)

    How I'm going to get 30,000 people running in front of me to sit down is a mystery...
    i wouldn't worry about it. Most of them will make their home after 25 miles to try and beat the traffic.
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    Did an 18 miler last night. Was in bits when I got home but feel ok today. I've got a 20 miler planned in 10 days then a half and then I'll be doing short tempo runs before the big dance. A big thanks again to offy and oohah for helping me get to my 2k target.
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    Well done on reaching your target of 2K.I intend doing a12 mile run Sunday if my back lets me?!
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    Got my 21 miler in today with an ascent of over 600 feet. Lovely weather, but not great for running in and in pieces by the end tbh. Got the Olympic park run next Sat, Bournemouth Half on Sunday then out my feet up for a bit.

    Well done everyone still plodding on!
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    Guys I never did more than 12 apart from 2 halves but still did 3.20 despite pulling a hammy half way. But I was into serious sport that didn't involve running. I can't imagine any benefit from running more than 1hr for a one off marathon. Try fartlek and cross training like concept rowing machine. Not surprised so many injuries with long runs by slowish runners.
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    So actually you did do at least two runs of over 13 then? Fair enough HG and an impressive time for someone who has 'pulled' a hamstring at half way. No doubt you never did any revision for any of your exams either then ;-)

    Your advice about not running for more than an hour is of course ballcocks for anyone running a marathon, from Paula Radcliffe to Jade Goody (in fact she's a good example who probably followed your advice and ended up in hospital).

    You do know it's in 4 weeks time, which is why everyone is getting up to their maximum training distance?
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    Bournemouth, fitness is what you need to do 26 miles, and to run a decent time you need to concentrate on running style and leg speed. Flogging round a training run for a long time where you get over-tired is not going to help.
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    In that case I look forward to reading the book that you should write in training for a marathon HG.

    I've been running/racing for more than 25 years, have been coached by some very well respected & qualified coaches and done a bit myself. I've read hundreds of articles and books on the subject and seen more race training programmes than I could put a figure on.

    I have never seen a plan suggesting that you don't need to run for more than an hour in training even if you were already at a high level of fitness.

    Frankly, when people are at this point in their training they don't really need someone posting that are effectively wasting their time (especially when they are not!).

    How about little encouragment instead?
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    I can kind of see HG's point, although not to the extreme of not training for more than an hour. My first marathon was back in 1996 and my longest run was around 15 miles. I got through it and it wasn't as tough as I was expecting. I put that down to two things:

    1. I was only 21 at the time so my body was pretty much at it's physical peak

    and (this is the main reason)

    2. I was already training 5 times a week for other running I was doing at the time so that whilst I was not doing the mileage I think would have got me a very good (I am talking sub 3 hours) time I was perfectly able to cope with the rigours of a marathon because of my base fitness.

    For you average individual doing a marathon they would not be training at the intensity I was back then so would need to build up their training a lot more than that to get through a marathon. That said I am pretty sure that if you have been training for around 4-5 months before a big marathon you should get through it with a long run of no more than 15-18 miles (although it will be tough). I think a lot of it depends on your mental outlook. If you are a stubborn determined person then sheer bloody mindedness will get you round even if you are undertrained. Someone less mentally strong will require the re-assurance that have run at least one run of 20 miles plus to ensure they finish.

    I agree that overtraining is very easy for marathons especially if you are not generally very fit. This is also my problem with a lot of the generic marathon training plans out there. To me, a plan for this sort of event really needs to take account of the individual and for that you need a reasonably knowledgable coach. This is obviously difficult so it would be much nicer if the plans supplied to runners included a lot more on teaching them how to assess how hard a particular run is so to better tweak a plan to their needs.

    For example I really hate slow running so I tailor my plans to lower mileage but higher intensity work, although I will still get one or two 18-20 mile run in, but they are, to me, more about getting my mind right to run at the pace I want to race at.

    for those of you running london it is a bit late for me to offer training advice, but if anyone want some help with a training programme for future races then let me know I am happy to help.
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    I agree with much of what you say Kigelia particulary as I've been guilty of over training myself in the past and starting the race tired. Also the point about training plans not being the same for everyone but HG statement is patently rubbish for all but the most exceptional and naturally gifted athletes.

    I have known people who because of their background in endurance sport/good genetics/age/bloody mindedless, etc are able to 'wing it' and turn in a decent run on the day and I'd guess HG would fall into this group. Lucky bugger.

    For the rest of us mortals the mental side of it is just as important as is the physical and there is no way of getting your head around running through the wall than doing it in training.
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    Anyone on here looking to win the thing? Or maybe get a place?
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    Ive just done a 14 mile run and must admit suffered a lot of pain with my back but I did it! That's going to be my longest run now as I don't want to risk anything before the marathon.Will just do a few easy runs and then have a complete weeks rest before the big day and just hope it all goes well on the day?! Part of me is pleased I've managed 14 miles today but i was hoping for a lot further by now and have missed a months training so part of me very nervous as to how things will go on the day with my back and not being prepared?!
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    Well done KK! Probably best to give it a rest in the circumstances. If you dose yourself on the day with anti-inflams dont forget the immodium too ;-)
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