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Old 22-12-2012, 01:22 PM   #41
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yes, simply run when you feel like it and with Christmas here now it is good time to enjoy oneself



Have a great Festive Season

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Old 07-01-2013, 04:04 PM   #42
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Hello and Happy New Year!

Just a quick update from me; I'm not going to be online much for the next few weeks but will keep at the training - you've given me the tools I need to progress so thanks a lot for that.

After a 10-day rest with a cold, I started running again (easy) on Christmas Day, as my wife had bought be a GPS watch and heart rate monitor and I was eager to try it out!

Since then I've gradually eased back in. Ran a 10k over the break in 51:03, so another 2mins 30secs off my previous time - very happy with progress! Also ran a half-marathon distance on Saturday and did 2hrs 0mins 36secs. Got my first 'race' at the start of March (half marathon).

Tried a speed session on New Year's Day. Not recommended with a hangover! But just about managed 6x1k at 4:35/km (more like 4:26/km for the first three). So all good, really - a few aches after my 21.1k Saturday but otherwise fine. This week I am taking it easy after my long run. Probably leave speed work until next week.

Thanks again.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:09 AM   #43
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nice to see you fine LG

always a pleasure to see your progress

all the best for 2013

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Old 17-01-2013, 02:36 PM   #44
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Hello, me again, back with more questions!

I'm booked in for a half marathon race on 3rd March and just working out the best way to use my last few weeks of training before then.

I've now run a half-marathon distance in training. It took me a shade over 2hrs, so I've at least convinced myself that I can finish! I'd now like to work on quickening up as much as I can over longer distances.

I've done 5k at 4:45/km pace, 10k at 5:06/km pace and 21.1k at 5:42/km. In my 1k speed intervals I'm down to about 4:30/km.

I think I'd like to attempt to get to running the 21.1k in something like 5:25/km or thereabouts on the day, which would have me over the line in something like 1hr, 54mins (i.e. aboout 6 mins quicker than my training run). Is that a realistic target? Or could I aim for better than that, even?

Anyway, I'm thinking that I might try my longer run this weekend as 15k, aiming for 5:25/km pace and build a little from there over the next three or four weeks, before tapering off in the last two weeks. Am I right to try and make my longer runs at race pace for the next few weeks to build up the speed over longer distances?

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Old 19-01-2013, 10:21 AM   #45
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LG .. with the long run you only truly need to get up to 18k in training

the 2k session will assist in making the overall pace of the 21km easier

the better your 2k session the easier the 21k pace

please ask questions for clarity

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Old 05-03-2013, 01:02 PM   #46
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Hello again,

Just checking back in briefly to say thanks once more for the advice - still progressing OK here.

I ran my first ever half-marathon race at the weekend in Llanelli and was fairly happy to get over the line in 1hr 50mins 26secs. Ran a nice, even pace between 5.10/km and 5.15/km throughout, so very content really!

During my training I also made it past another 'goal' - broke 50mins for 10k (49.35 I think it was).

Having a few days R&R now, then off we go again. I'll probably do a couple of 10k races over the next three or four months and then maybe another half in the autumn (possibly Cardiff). Then I'm sorely tempted to go for the full 26 mile job!

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Old 05-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #47
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nice going LG and thanks for the feedback

great to hear about the progress

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ps.. always best to get a full year running behind you before looking at a marathon, that way you have a little more experience to cope better with the distance
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:47 PM   #48
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Hello,

It's been 18 months since I last posted here. For some reason, I've been looking back at my running to chart where I was at various points, and found this thread!

No real reason for this post other than once again to thank TheEd for putting me firmly on the right path when I started out running in 2012.

As of now, I have:

Run two half marathons in 2013; I ran 1:50 in March and then 1:46 in October. Also ran a 49:00 10k race. At the end of teh year, I joined a local running club.

In 2014, I've run the Greater Manchester Marathon in 3:56. I've also run three half marathons this year - 1:45 in March, 1:44 in July and now a best time at Cardiff last weekend of 1:40.

I also ran the Cardiff 10k last month in 45:34, and am currently at 21:17 for a best 5k time at Parkrun.

So... looking back two years I'm delighted with my progress from the sofa to here. And I'm now quite confident that I've got a bit more to come!

Thanks again for the support you gave me at the start of my running journey!
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:54 PM   #49
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wonderful news to hear, and great feedback

congrats on your progression

please do keep popping in to say Hi

even a marathon run

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