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Mainly posting just to commit myself to this endeavour. So marathon plan has started, it should be a bundle of fun like these meerkat I saw at the zoo on fathers day. Technically started yesterday but as I was at the gym then anyways I'm counting that as the circuit training. Wish me luck and any tips or thoughts are most welcome. I think this is going to be a challenge.

I hope Langley looper approves of my pretty fridge chart 😊

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Wow. One hell of a goal. Which marathon. Have you entered or are you training then finding one that suits? Are you going to do a half first? Good luck I will eagerly follow your journey. A half is a major goal for me πŸ™‚

pinkaardvarkGraduate10 in reply to Nwrkpak

I have a half in October and a 10k but this plan will see me marathon ready at the start of September so gonna play it by ear. Have a few I could do. Norfolk coastal trail marathon or Loch Ness marathon but making no decisions yet.

NwrkpakGraduate10 in reply to pinkaardvark

Exciting . Keep us all updated so we can support you on your journey. Looks like a good plan. Good luck πŸ™‚

Aw I really want to do one of the Loch Ness runs but they're in the same month as my other two halves. Why must they put all the events on at the same time! I hate having to choose. Next year maybe...

That's an impressive plan! We've all seen it now so you have to stick to it πŸ˜„ It's one of the things putting me off eventually doing a marathon, the fact I'll have to knuckle down and train to a timetable rather than just blasting about the place as and when I fancy. The idea of being organised horrifies me, and I know it's necessary for a full marathon 😢


Wow...I take my hat off to you & look forward to reading all about it pinkaardvark can do this πŸ˜‰


Respect! I have no doubt in your ability to do it though :)


Loving the plan Pink! Good luck with your Marathon will be fine, we have seen what you are capable of...

Go you!😎x

Hi pinkaardvark,

Wishing you a smooth build up with your marathon training.

Accomplished 5k/10K runner to novice marathon runner.

I am thinking MoFarah experience.

Had a quiet peep at the Baxter’s Loch Ness, notice it runs along the east side, Foyers side, although I am from the area never been, always the west side from Fort Augustus to Inverness.

I know you have not yet decided, and notice toward end of September,long established event I think, are all the midgies dead by then.

Whatever you choose,you will do very well, applying your knowledge.

I have to laugh and can only dream ,7 hours for a marathon minimum,for me that is,there is not enough daylight hours up north, lol.

I could not even carry your

I will watch with much interest and will be cheering from the side lines.

Atb., very good decision.

pinkaardvarkGraduate10 in reply to Tbae

Yes I have never been down that side of the Loch but I am used to the midge being from Morayshire originally :) (with a lot of deet I can manage them for 4 hours). I have just realised though that week 1 of this plan has me running 39km and maybe I should have gone for the beginner level version hehe. Oh well, gym tonight and an 8k run :O

Tbae in reply to pinkaardvark

That is so

You are a star.

Every success and enjoyment to you.

pinkaardvarkGraduate10 in reply to Tbae

I have just read that midge can't fly very fast. I should be alright then :)

Tbae in reply to pinkaardvark

But no hope for me then.

I’ll just get devoured/inhaled by the little

Not to mention

Enjoy it all Michael, maybe Loch Ness , if you choose, will be a bit like the conquering hero returns. clap, clap.

Happy training Pink! You will definitely do it, enjoy πŸƒπŸ»πŸ˜Ž


You’ll be fine as long as you get the training runs done πŸ˜ƒπŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

I have a marathon in November and begin training after after my next race on 1st July. I am slightly older than you 😁 but believe that you just train for it and hope for the best. I ran walked my first one, which worked well


We'll be watching your Fridge Plan like hawks you realise :-)

Brilliant plan!!

You'll inspire us all!!


Fantastic!! Good luck. πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼


Oooooo! A plan on the fridge! With boxes to tick! I am in heaven! I definitely approve.

Now all you need is a set of coloured pens for the different type of activity. I had purple for Pre-conditioning, pink for Getting Faster, red for Going Further, orange for Race Simulation...the possibilities are endless.

As for taking on a marathon, you have my utmost respect. I will be following your progress (and pain) to remind me I am not going to do one.

pinkaardvarkGraduate10 in reply to Langley-Loper

I think this plan is simpler than that, mid week runs you take easy and weekend long runs are more pacey. I find all the pace stuff far too confusing for me and I struggle to run at different paces anyways. So i'm approaching this as do the miles and run the race. This is the intermediate plan for people who have run 2-3 prior marathons hence week 1 being 39k, I will drop down to the beginner version of the plan as and where I need to. I'm not insane and wk4 I think is 50k :O


Fabulous...well done. Best tip I can think of is to factor in a rest week every 4, enjoy the running, eat, drink and sleep well.....


Good luck, Mike. I'm sure you can do this. I'm still in awe of anyone that can do a HM!

pinkaardvarkGraduate10 in reply to MikeJones68

Thanks Mike. I'm sure if you slowed down a tiny bit a HM would be easy if you could find the time that is 😎

Langley-LoperGraduate10 in reply to pinkaardvark

Hear, hear! Please slow down MikeJones68 for just one run to make the rest of us feel better...!

MikeJones68Graduate10 in reply to Langley-Loper

Hehe πŸ˜‚ sorry!

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