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Highs and Lows of Marathon Training!! Hopefully more Highs!! by Ali_Dewy

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My Blog started as a diary of my 24 week London Marathon Training. I trained hard for 5 months for the London Marathon 2012 to become badly injur...

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    Nov1320143:47 p.m.

    Ey up you lot!! How we all doing? 

    I haven't much to say about my running since Snowdonia as I haven't done more than about 7 runs in last 2 and a half weeks. I had a bad back the week after but apart from that my only excuse is a lack of motivation and really feeling I needed some down time rather than forcing myself to run every day. I have made the most of it and socialised a lot. I do tend to find a lot of my friends feel neglected through my busy work and training schedule so I have enjoyed seeing everyone. 

    Next week I intend to get back on the training schedule as I have now entered the Northumbria Coastal Marathon in February and I think it is only about 14 weeks. To be honest I aren't going to push myself too much until after Christmas when I will mostly be focusing on London again. This is really what I wanted to blog about, Christmas and London....

    James, my boyfriend, very jammily bagged himself a ballot place for London. First time in the ballot and this will be his first marathon (please don't hate him too much)!! Anyway he hasn't got a running watch as he has only ever really run for fitness before. I know he would like one and I think it is a pretty essential tool when it comes to good marathon training. So this is a Christmas present sorted which is awesome as I have double presents to think of as he inconsiderately has a birthday on 23rd December! 

    James can be very much lead by style and has said a few times that he likes the look of the Nike Plus, however I have read a few shocking reviews about it. Anyone got any experience of it please? Do I just risk it as he said thatis the one he would get? 

    What watches do you all use, have used in past and have been unhappy or happy with? I use a Garmin, just the forerunner 10 and find it does the job really well but I think James would prefer more style. 

    Thanks in advance peeps. 

    Comments (17)

    • libbylaird 'Ditto on having some down time post Snowdonia and catching up on the socialising! I too feel I need this time before the madness of 2015 descends! With regards to watches I use an un-stylish Garmin Forerunner 205 which does exactly what it says on the tin and I love it but it certainly won't win any awards on style! Sorry not much help really!' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • hollywooddave 'I cant help you top ten ali but i just love saying top ten ali!! bye bye top ten ali:))' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • gaellebryant 'Enjoy the well deserved socialising time...friends are important... As for watch I was offered the garmin 610 and it is lovely, giving me lots of sats but what I like the most is being able to program my sessions very easily...' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • ShadowWalker 'I have the Garmin 410, the touch bevel is a complete nightmare. Especially in the rain. I would stick with non-touch screen. If I could justify the cost, as my 410 isn't that old I would buy the 220. The 220 does everything a basic runner needs but a couple of extra features when you are ready to progress with the instructions.' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • Alaistair 'Great running at Snowdon btw! I have a Garmin 410...clocked over 6000 miles with it, the touch bezel us no problem once you get used to it. ' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • Alaistair 'Had not finished...I would certainly have a look at the 610...' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • Jennymcc 'Hi Ali. I've been the same as you since snowdon - it's nice to run just for fun. I'm also going to ease off a little until the new year. My watch is also the same as yours and I love it but I can't offer any advice! ' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • LeightonSean 'Hello Ali - I use a Suunto Quest . The range has been updated since I purchased it and it has no GPS , it uses a footpod instead but it is very accurate and the footpod enables accurate cadence measurement. James is lucky , he gets in the ballot first time and he has the perfect person to get him ready for VLM - you :)' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • DaveCH 'Well my birthday is 24.12 so I have some sympathy. I would say get him a good practical watch and take care of the style some other way.' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • Rob_Barber 'Substance over style every time for me, Garmin all the way, there must be one he sort of likes the look of. Tell him everybody gurns when they're running anyway, so it doesn't matter how sexy your watch is :-)' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • DavidHaworth1965 'Yeah I agree with all the above, I've only ever had my garmin 410 (?) And it does everything I have needed. Who needs style?. Get him a stylish running shirt instead! Btw. I've done a grand total of two runs since snowdon! ' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • AngusMc 'I don't think my Garmin 205 is particularly stylish ( or sexy ) but it works really well and has never let me down. I would go for something similar and buy him those panda pants for some style ; )' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • crooxi 'I used to have a Garmin Forerunner 205 - efficient, but a bit clumsy. Then I won a Forerunner 210, and really love it - it's neat, compact, and does everything I need it to. Its battery life seems marginally shorter than the 205's, but that's only once been a problem (on a nearly 10 hour walk, and I don't do too many of those!)' added 13th Nov 2014

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    • moose10 'I'm a forerunner 10 man myself and does exactly what I need it to do so loang as i can see the screen I'm a happy bunny performance over style for me every time. enjoy the catch up time make the most of that down time and best of luck with the training ' added 14th Nov 2014

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    • bevlar 'Don't begrudge yourself for having downtime as much as running is a great way to keep fit and smash challenges all the training plan take over your life and friends/family/socialising are out the window! Well done to James on his ballot place - and how could I hate him as that was me last year. First ballot & in! 😄' added 14th Nov 2014

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    • gloshawk 'Nice to have some downtime, Ali, I reckon your body has earned it! Northumbria is going to be a fab challenge (emphasis on the word 'challenge' I reckon!). I'm an avowed Garmin man, and have very sadly had to buy a new one after 5000 miles of faithful service from the old one (I was so attached to it!). The new one is a 610 - style and substance, not to mention stats by the bucket load!!' added 15th Nov 2014

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    • HOBSCowboy '"I haven't done more than 7 runs in the last 2 1/2 weeks" - That's you being lazy is it? Blimey. I use a Garmin Forerunner 405. I have had the odd issue with the Bezel (swipey ring round the outside), but it is a good solid piece of kit. I don't do style so it suits me perfectly. ' added 15th Nov 2014

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