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My first Marathon and first log log

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  • Mini taper.

    Started the week of with a 3 mile run
    Tuesday I slipped in a 5 mile with strides
    Yesterday rest
    Today rest

    Tomorrow calls for a couple of easy miles

    Saturday DCHM

    Before training for this year's marathon i had only run one race in the last 30 years.
    2017 half marathon at Newbridge house, no training plan then so just ran it, had a cold that week(I think everyone in the country did) and had to walk 6km to just get to the start line. On the plus side the route was through North Dublin, loved it, and loved seeing the smile on the other half and pups face when I got to the finish line.
    Finished it in 1.56

    Depending on heat and humidity Saturday morning I am aiming for anything from 1.45 to 1.50 this time around.

    Will be tough, 8.00 to 8.10 pace for 13 miles

    Hopefully the excitement will give new a little boost




  • Easy 3 mile tonight,

    Half marathon in the morning. Good luck everyone




  • Best of luck.




  • Just figured out how to get the chip time for today,

    1.46.19

    Nice day for a run, fairly wrecked at the end but enjoyable. I don't really remember the race mile by mile but there was one section leaving the park at about 7 miles that was bloody hard, a long drag up a shaded residential road. Now I can focus on the big one in five weeks.

    Well done everyone, looking at the novice thread it looks like there was some amazing results. All down to the training.




  • Since Saturday,

    Sunday, 2 km parkrun with the little one at 8.20/mile and hr at 145 then 4 mile recovery at 9.45/mile with HR of 139

    Monday, 5 mile easy at 10.22( stopped for a little chat)/mile with HR at 129

    Tuesday rest

    Wednesday, 10 mile easy at 9.45/mile and hr at 136

    Time is ticking


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  • I love running in the rain this time of year, not yet cold enough to be uncomfortable. No civilians on the paths.

    Sneaky 6 mile, absolutely drowned half a mile in and rained for nearly the whole lot.

    5 easy and last 1 at marathon pace

    9.30 / mile average

    Rest tomorrow then the big one Saturday morning. Going to fuel for marathon. My plan is to eat some toast and have a cup of coffee, relax for 90 minutes, 30 minutes before the start take a gel, bring 250ml bottle with half high 5, other half in pocket. Gel at 30 minutes then every 45 minutes running and refill bottle from 9 miles every 3 miles .

    One thing about fueling I have discovered is that the early gels are most important because as the run progresses and the core heats up the body moves blood away from the digestive tract/stomach reducing the bodies ability to take in the carbs. Don't leave the fueling too late.




  • marathon19 wrote: »
    Just figured out how to get the chip time for today,

    1.46.19

    Nice day for a run, fairly wrecked at the end but enjoyable. I don't really remember the race mile by mile but there was one section leaving the park at about 7 miles that was bloody hard, a long drag up a shaded residential road. Now I can focus on the big one in five weeks.

    Well done everyone, looking at the novice thread it looks like there was some amazing results. All down to the training.


    Bit slow to reply, but really well done, marathon19!




  • biketard wrote: »
    Bit slow to reply, but really well done, marathon19!

    No worries, much appreciated our.




  • Saturday LSR

    20 mile at 9.48/mile and he ticking over at 148.

    I enjoyed this one, no drama or niggles. Apart from being thirsty as a mofo from about 5mile this run was slow and easy.

    Pizza and amarone tonight yum




  • Easy recovery

    4 miles at 9.47/mile and HR at 135

    Nice evening for a run,


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  • October has arrived

    Monday was a rest day

    Tuesday I did an easy 6.3 miles at 9.47/mi and HR at 133

    Wednesday I scheduled a 10 miler, this was 1 easy at 9.48, 8mile at PMP in and around 9.00/mi then a cool down mile at 10.00/mile. Felt uncomfortable because I ate wrong and late for lunch. Not the first time since I changed to evenings. I miss the morning runs.
    HR at 143

    Thursday I slipped an easy 4 miles in, was stiff from the day before but nice all the same, pissy weather kept the civilians of the paths.
    9.40/mile and HR at 139

    Rest today and 18 miler tomorrow.




  • Lovely morning for a run

    18.1miles at 9.56/mile and HR at 140

    Just one slice of toast and a coffee an hour before the start for this run. No other fuel.

    Strava is acting up again, after the odd time/ distance loss at the half ive noticed more small differences between the watch data and what gets updated on Strava.

    Today I purposely ran for +3.00 hours(3.00.11) because I'm a bit OCD, when the watch app data transferred to Strava it showed only 2.57 and 17.9 miles ,a bit annoying .

    Apart from the technical problems this was a super session.

    Love running.

    Now my only worry is to get to the start line healthy, flu/cold season staring




  • Quick update

    Sunday did the usual, 2km with the little one and 4 mile easy

    Monday rest

    Tuesday 4 mile a bit quick, not quit PMP but close
    Wednesday 6 mile easy
    Today 6 mile easy

    Tired but not bad

    Rest tomorrow then 14 mile Saturday

    Getting close




  • Been slow on updates lately, getting mighty close to the big day

    Taper time

    Saturday 14mile at 9.36/mi and HR at 139
    Sunday 3 mile recovery at 9.32 and HR at 137(bottle of wine Saturday night contributed to this)

    Rest yesterday

    The excitement is building, generally I keep things close to my chest but the last week or so I find myself going on about the marathon to anyone who will listen. Odd




  • Keeping it simple this week

    Easy 3 mile Tuesday
    Easy 4 mile Wednesday
    Easy 4 mile with 6 strides Thursday

    8 mile this morning easy

    Taper madness




  • This will be a long week,

    Every dry throat, sneeze and chesty cough is filling me with dread.




  • So the day is almost upon us,

    2 mile easy Tuesday
    5 mile with some PMP Wednesday
    3 mile easy Thursday

    2 mile easy tomorrow morning then that's it.

    A massive thanks to everyone who contributed to marathon threads especially the mentors. You should be very proud of yourselves.

    Marathon on Sunday




  • Best of luck on Sunday. You did a brilliant job of sorting out training paces and taking advice on board. Please God you get the result you want.




  • skyblue46 wrote: »
    Best of luck on Sunday. You did a brilliant job of sorting out training paces and taking advice on board. Please God you get the result you want.

    Thanks very much, the advice and knowledge hereabouts is phenomenal. I'd given up on boards years ago as the lunatics have taken over the asylum but after immersing myself in the athletics forums i certainly have much higher opinion of the site as a whole.

    You lot are awesome




  • marathon19 wrote: »
    Thanks very much, the advice and knowledge hereabouts is phenomenal. I'd given up on boards years ago as the lunatics have taken over the asylum but after immersing myself in the athletics forums i certainly have much higher opinion of the site as a whole.

    You lot are awesome


    Oh I dunno if we're completely sane around here either, but at least it's a shared madness when it comes to running :pac:


    Best of luck on Sunday, hope it all goes to plan for you!


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  • Best of luck, marathon19. You've got this!




  • Best of luck tomorrow.




  • Best of luck tomorrow:)




  • Best of luck tomorrow




  • marathon19 wrote: »
    Thanks very much, the advice and knowledge hereabouts is phenomenal. I'd given up on boards years ago as the lunatics have taken over the asylum but after immersing myself in the athletics forums i certainly have much higher opinion of the site as a whole.

    You lot are awesome

    Yep... A/R is a great little corner of t'internet.

    Best of luck tomorrow!




  • 3.59.22

    Job done,

    Now to some 5 and 10k targets




  • marathon19 wrote: »
    3.59.22

    Job done,

    Now to some 5 and 10k targets

    Awesome. Well done, marathon19!




  • I’ve never had the ability to retrospectively pick apart runs and I’ve sort of been dreading writing this report
    For the sake of the log and just in case there is anything of value in what I remember I will lay it out below.

    A bit of backstory
    The log has most of the details of training but the short of it is that I decided to do the Marathon when I moved banks to KBC and was told there was cheap tickets for the Dublin Marathon to be had. Anyone who runs to any degree will have the big one at the back of their mind.
    I've run a bit over the past 3 or 4 years, never going beyond half marathon distance but in truth I like running, really like it when I have some fitness.
    I’ve started and stopped a lot. Had a minor procedure on my right leg in January so had six weeks of recovery with no running and not much from Feb to June.
    That's when I decided to look at the boards plan, anyone who had used boards in the past knew there was a novice plan and when I looked deeper into the forum I was pretty sure this is where I would find any or all information to help me with training. Pretty quickly decided on the boards plan 2019, apart from a few top-up miles (worried about stamina) and two week makey up on holiday-plan I stuck to the basic outline, great plan by the way.




  • The Marathon

    Slept well the night before and got up at 6am, made the daughter her breakfast, she still loves her daddy so this is a nice time :-). Had two slices of toast, one with peanut butter which I hadn't planned but that's what I felt like when I woke up. One nice illy coffee to top it off and then sipped away on a half high five in a glass of water.

    Left the house around 7.15, found parking on a side street not far from the bag drop area at about 7.45 and mozied up. The closer I got to the area the more people and the better the buzz, amazing atmosphere. Decided to find somewhere to sit and watch the world go by, this proved to be a good decision, unexpectedly I meet some old friends from my home town, this made the wait a whole lot easier.

    Then it was time to go, up to the bag drop around 8.15, then another 20 minutes in the big queue to the jacks on the way to wave 2(green) only to discover when I went around the corner at 9am that the toilets at the wave start had virtually no queue, anyway the banter in the queue was fun.
    Took a gel at 8.30am and packed another 5 in my pocket. Forgot the high five tabs in the excitement but I always carry a 250ml bottle with a half one already mixed, this saved me many times during the race

    So I'm waiting to start at the back of wave 2 and decide it's time to drop the extra layers, the sun is shining, smiles are beaming and the crowd starts to move like a herd of buffalo on the Serengeti. Prepare and hit the button on my watch just before going under the start
    09.07am


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  • And we’re off

    I had a pace band prepared with a conservative start built in, just like the recommendation of the mentors.

    Mile 1 to 7
    9.20, 9.00, 9.28, 9.15, 9.12, 9.12 and 9.20.

    Perfect, feeling like I didn't even get started yet

    Then the part of the race I reckoned I could balance the books

    Mile 8 to 13, no bother, plenty of water stations, slotted in behind a tribe of people in bright blue tops with Castlebar Leisure centre on the back, they had just passed me and they looked like they were steady, pacing exactly as I needed, this is where my mind wandered, during these miles the mostly women in the Castlebar gang were fanned out like the pacers for Kipchogie a couple of weeks before, had a giggle to myself and sat in behind them. :-) dreaming of glory.

    I think it's at mile 10 but there is a serious hill during this section, slowly does it.

    8.43, 8.49, 8.46, 8.52, 8.59, 8.59,

    At half way I was in and around 2.00 hours, so I knew the plan was still on,

    Mile 14 to 20, tough miles, where did all the water stations go? Im positive some were dismantled before I got to them, bottles everywhere but no tables? And when one showed up it was ****ing cups, what eejit thinks cups are appropriate for runners! Still sitting behind the Castlebar tribe, not so big or compact a group here but still 5 or 6 ahead of me, these guy/gals were the real deal.
    This is where I discovered Jaffa cakes, why didn't someone tell me about them, I never eat while running, never, I'm careful to not eat much before running as it upsets my stomach and I get heartburn. I was famished around 20 miles and the gels didn't seem to be holding me up. The advise to not change nutrition before or during a run was playing in my head but I knew I was flagging so I took a chance. Took one, yum, then next offering took two and a mile later took another two, wow. These made the difference
    Mile 14 to 20
    9.03, 8.54, 8.51, 9.02, 8.52, 8.59 and 8.57

    There is a hill somewhere here, sneaky fecker ambushed me

    Now I went into the unknown, prior to this the longest I had run was 20 mile and at a much slower pace. I could still see the Castlebar group, diminished(I think some had moved on ahead) but still three or four in sight, will have a small cheer for Mayo next time they play the dubs, least I can do.

    This is the part that I worked hardest

    Mile 21 was a bit deceiving, felt good at 9.07 was right on the button, forgot it was the first of 6 left.
    Mile 22 was my slowest mile, struggles, hills, hunger, thirst 9.34. Everyone knows this one.
    Mile 23 was about getting back my mojo, I know this was the one that would decide the finish time - 9.20.

    At this stage I calculated that I needed the last 3 miles paced around 9 minutes per mile to do the sub 4.

    Mile 24 8.49, woop woop

    Mile 25 8.51, this was the mile I really felt like I was running a marathon, missed my girls :-(

    Mile 26 8.59, I'm going to do it

    Last bit, amazing

    Over the line with my watch time under 4 hours not 100% sure as I was tight but either way I didnt give a fiddlers as I was so happy.

    Receiving my meddle will stick in my mind forever, grabbed a small race shirt for my pup then gradually my body went into rigamortis, slowing, slowing and slowing till I got the goody bag area.
    Went to the bag drop and picked up my gear, changed into a dry top, could hardly stand and this is when the misses calls me, “well done, 3,59.22 amazing result” mind blown. Got a second wind and hobbled quicky to see my girls.

    What a day

    Jaffa Cakes and Castlebar both contributed to my success on the day, the rest was down to the boards plan and advise hereabouts, the misses and pup for their patience and my stubborn streak.

    Never again,


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