Edinburgh Marathon

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24/08/2012 at 08:16

Dave, 2.03.59 won it this year so you'd definitely have been in the mix for the sprint finish. Bloomin' incredible time for that course. Normandy sounds like an amazing trip. I suspect Greece is going to be seriously warm. Enjoy.

Have managed to run the last 5 days including Belper so feeling pretty knackered. Rest today and then 16 on Saturday. 

Have a good long weekend, all.

27/08/2012 at 17:24

Blooming English weather... Saturday we dressed for pishing rain...3 hours of running and nothing...not a drop...today, the waterproof jackets were left in the car (which we'd driven down to town ready for when we'd finished our run at Starbucks) and waddayaknow it tipped it down the whole time... still managed 9 miles though  didn't get  my pancakes in Starbucks though...they'd run out  had  to settle for a hot chocolate & slice of banana nut loaf...yum!!!

Oooooh chaos will reign supreme in the Palmer household soon then if Noah is on the move...so marathon training is basically going to consist of jamming as many miles in as you can whilst Noah is at nursery then Dave???

How'd the 16 go on Saturday GE??  We were down for 20 but cut it short at 17 as the weather didn't quite behave as we were expecting.

27/08/2012 at 20:25

Dave, who said being a parent was easy! Hope the training in Greece goes well, it would never happen for me though - plus 25 is my limit, and even that limit is run begrudgingly!! Caz, well done on the 9 miles, for me rain is a gift to be enjoyed - just love running in the wind and rain. Got 8 in today, different route with a 40 metre climb in 0.2 of a mile, went ok managed to get round in 8:35 a mile, but want to be running  under 8:25 easily for my longer runs so some way to go yet.

27/08/2012 at 23:29

Caz, well done on the 17 and the 9. Weather is a pain though. The shoes are never dry. Ended up doing 17 Saturday and  then another 12 tonight. But they've both been  towpath runs and I need to find some more hills.

Phil, my long runs are at 9:30 miling and that's quite quick for me. Usually I'm up around 10. You'd have loved that 12 miler tonight - plenty of wind and rain.

Really want to push through some miles this week so I can have a bit of a step back next week - half mara at Lake Vyrnwy on September 9.

28/08/2012 at 11:40

Hi Guys

Glad to hear everyone ticking along nicely.  Fab tattoo Caz.  I like the fact that they all tell a story or to log a significant event.  Will have to start planning the next lot now.

Well done GE.  Your training/racing is going really well.  And good to hear you are starting to find your mojo Phil.  And at least you won't have to worry about the heat in Snowdon Phil.............that I can guarantee.  Pretty much expect everything else - but you can leave the sun cream at home. Lol.

Really do not know where the time is going.  Think I should have booked a few more races in to keep my mind focused.  Work and life is so busy I don't feel like I'm giving training the attention it requires.  This last week has been jammed with customer appointments or helping our good friend refurb and finish one of the local pubs which re-opened on Saturday.  He's done a fantastic job and has secured a great chef so at least we won't have to go far for a good bar meal. 

Hence my long run was moved to Monday AM this week.  13 clocked so gradually building again.  Felt good and could've done more.  Also trying to include lots of hills.  My plan will enable me to include 2 x 20 miles and 1 x 18 in the next few weeks before Snowdon.  So should be OK but I cannot afford anything to go wrong.  No colds/illness/injuries.........or I'm scuppered.

Good luck with Noah Dave.  Loved the toddler stage myself but you do seriously need to develop eyes in the back of your head!!  All good fun though. Give me that stage anyday over the teenage/young adult stage.  Hope Jo was not too down going back to work.  Talking to her in Edinburgh - I know she wasn't looking forward to it.

Oh well.  Let's get on with some work I suppose. Take care all. x

29/08/2012 at 12:39

Hi Fi, good to see you back here, that bloody work thing cropping up is a regular theme - where's my bloody lottery win!! Sounds as if you are running well and I'm certain you will be in fine fettle for Snowdonia, like you my training has been unconventional for this one, haven't done a plus 13 for ages but will be hoping to get a 15 in next Monday, and then ramp up from there.

GE your running well mate by the looks of it so fingers crossed all 3 of us will get around that hill Good luck at Lake Vyrnwy, never heard of that???

30/08/2012 at 08:32

Well done on the 13, Fi. I'm sure you'll be in top shape for the end of October.

Good luck for the 15 Phil. Lake Vyrnwy is in Snowdonia although amazingly as the race goes round the edge of the lake it's pretty flat. So not the best prep for the mara but I'm hoping to give it a good go and try and get under 1:40 for the first time. We shall see...

01/09/2012 at 08:27

Flat route...1:40 will be a breeze for a serious afferleet like you GE... *waves pom poms* GO Goldeagle!!!  Whoooo!!

*crosses arms and glares* 13 miles jumping up to 2 x 20 & 1 x 18miler in the next couple of weeks??? FIONA!!! I hope to goodness 13 hasn't been the longest distance you've covered recently young lady.  I'm sure you'll all be fine though, are you planning on staying together seeing as how you're all much of a muchness or will it be gel belts at dawn and let the best man/woman win???

I have a new plan with the diet after a few weeks of struggling to stick to the plan (WeightWatchers Points thingy)....Saturday I don't point at all (well, I do my long run on Saturdays now) but then Sunday - Friday I stick rigidly to my daily points...managed to lose 1.4lb this week  only 1.1lb to go and then I'm back down to my optimum training/racing weight.

05/09/2012 at 20:13
Evening all; got 15 done in 2:25 in warm conditions so have to be happy with that Hope Lake weird name went well GE ! Next stop is 18 miles for me.

Caz its none of my business but you really do not look as if you need to lose even an ounce - just sayin ! Your perfect as you are
06/09/2012 at 08:27

Phil, well done on the 15. As Fi says, there's not much chance of it being warm round Snowdonia at the end of October. Lake Vyrnwy is this Sunday so I'll let you know how it goes.

I agree with Phil, Caz. You'll be burning all the calories in the running. Especially now you're increasing the miles again, No need for the weightwatching!

Got a hilly 20 done on Saturday and felt not too bad at the end of it. 2 of the next 3 weekends are taken up with half marathons so needed to get a long run in. Time's flying by and with 27 October only 7 weeks away that only leaves 4 weeks to do the hard miles before the taper.

09/09/2012 at 21:02

I'm home 

11/09/2012 at 08:04

Welcome home Dave. Hope you had a great time.

Got round Lake Vyrnwy (literally) in 1:40:20 so the sub 1:40 is going to have to wait a bit longer. Slightly disappointed I couldn't have found 20 seconds from somewhere as it's a pretty flat course apart from the first mile which is uphill and the last which is downhill... But happy with the way I feel fitness wise and I can have another bash at the New Forest Half in 2 weeks. That'll be a bit tougher I think. Anyway, a good race and would recommend if you're in the area next year.

My daughter finallly had the plaster removed from her ankle yesterday. Going to take a bit of time for her to learn hoe to walk again but it looks like things are heading in the right direction.

In the office early today despite being up until 2.30 watching Andy Murray. Great performance and well deserved. Sport in 2012 just keeps on coming. Bring on the Ryder Cup...

12/09/2012 at 08:21
Hi Dave, hope you had a great time in Greece: )

GE what a superb time mate, you are inspirational mate, a true example of discipline and dedication: ) unfortunately for me my running has been interrupted by bloody course prep I am embroiled in before it starts next week, so due to its intense nature I don't expect to run for the next 2 bloody weeks!!! So that leaves a month before Snowdonia in which I need to get at least 2x 20 miles in! Frustrated is not the word.....
12/09/2012 at 13:54

Good to see you guys all busy doing abit of running too! Been up Snowden, Welsh Peaks etc on hols and done over a 1000 miles this year so keeping fit slow speedy stylee. Off to the GNR this weekend to see a few stars run on Saturday and then have a go at no3 GNR on Sunday. What a year of sport! I dont include footie of course.

12/09/2012 at 23:32

Phil, that's a real pain with the course prep. Hope you can find a way of fitting some running in.

Hi mcs, good to hear from you and that you're keeping in good shape. Good luck for the GNR.

15/09/2012 at 07:50

GE so close and yet so far....20 seconds...gaaah!!  You'll get it next time for sure.  Hope your daughter is getting the hang of the walking again after getting the plaster off.

Philby don't work understand you've got a marathon to train for?  For goodness sake aren't these people happy that you just turn up occasionally???  Hope you manage to fit adequate training in.

Have fun at the GNR mcs.

We learnt a valuable lesson last week....on warm days when doing an 18mile run remember to take some money with you....the ice cream man can probably catch up with you if you try to run away without paying...so as much as I wanted an ice cream we had to wait until we got home

15/09/2012 at 16:07
Caz I know its bloody frustrating but i plan to run 2 x 20 and 1 x 22 with the time left after the 28th September, not ideal but it is what it is. Really expect 4:45 will be a spectacular time but in all probability given with my shiiiite prep getting under 5 will be a fliiping bonus but i will finish come what may
Edited: 15/09/2012 at 16:09
16/09/2012 at 19:37
GE, good result today
16/09/2012 at 23:24

It was a win, Phil, and that's about it really. It's rebuilding time so need to be patient.

Take it nice and easy with the planned long runs. I'm sure you'll get round. Already looking forward to that first beer in the pub afterwards....

19/09/2012 at 13:43

....GE - you'll no doubt be on at least your 5th beer by the time I crawl in

Never mind - you'll have Shaun and Gill to keep you entertained.

Why oh Why does time go so blooming quickly? (except when you're waiting for another holiday) Snowden prep was going to be so organised with loads of steady long runs.  Reality is, once again, trying to cram in what I can, when I can without getting myself injured.  Phil and I have already discussed carrying each other around - all joking aside - it might come to just that.  Last Saturday was up to 17 miles.  Very hilly route so my legs were shot by the end of it.  Then I took Shaun out for the day on a mystery tour as it was his birthday.  Lots of walking - which with hindsight - actually probably helped as I didn't suffer any stiffness at all.  Recovery run last night.  Only 5 miles but pushed the pace.  Legs are tired though - had to work for every step.  This weekend I'm planning a 20.  Drop a bit the week after.  Another 20 the following (flat this time though).  Rest for the week then Cardiff half - which is two weeks before Snowden.  Work continues to be bonkers - so what will be will be.  We'll have fun whatever - won't we guys?

GE - excellent run at Lake Vyrnwy.  Can understand the annoyance at 20 secs - but a fantastic time just the same.

Caz - 18 miles. Woo! Hoo!  sounds like your training is well on course for Vegas.  Still think you both deserve a medal just for the travel element - never mind the small matter of running 26 miles whilst there.  Fair play to you both.

Dave hope you had a good holiday?

Take care all. x

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