Gloucester Marathon

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13/01/2011 at 21:49
Hi Gobi.  So would I have been, only at a slower trot than you!  But have been out of running for 2+ months with achilles tendonitis.
13/01/2011 at 22:10
Sorry to hear that Rex. Is it improving ?
13/01/2011 at 22:41
Bad news Rex, takes time for that injury! Hope it's not to serious.
13/01/2011 at 23:06
No ruptures, just  bad pain and tight calf muscles.  Can't run at the moment.  Can hardly walk properly.  I'm taking it easy  -  I don't want to make it worse by aggravating it - and having deep tissue massages which are outrageously painful. A slow improvement, I think.
14/01/2011 at 10:42
Rex - deep tissue is torture indeed. See you soon, maybe Snowdon this year.
14/01/2011 at 18:00

Hi all,

I've signed up for this one again after doing the marathon and 50k there for the first time last year. Infact they were my first at those distances. Thoroughly enjoyed the events last year and was hoping to improve on my 4.40 50k time this year. Due to those weeks of snow and ice my training hasn't gone as i would have liked it to so i find myself running a 22 or 24 mile run in the morning. Not the best kind of tapering!!

If i remember correctly, did we not have coaches to take us back to the sports center after the marathon? Is this the plan for the 50k this year also?  I don't recall reading that buses have been laid on.  I sort of feel like i know some of you guys after scrolling thru this thread and previous race threads that we have completed in. Would be nice to put some faces to the names on the day. It's always a bit of an anxious wait hanging around before the start.

Hoping to get around under the 5hrs cut off although really i want to do a pb. Here's hoping.

Take care all x

14/01/2011 at 19:57

Hi, Vicky.  Good luck with PB attempt, but winter training not been much good for most people.  Says shuttle bus every 20 mins from Peregrine Close (over bridge on LHS).  Or 15 min or so walk.

Gobi - yes, I'll be at Snowdonia.  Also Dingle and Abingdon this year.

14/01/2011 at 23:38
excellent, maybe this year Iwill enter in time :¬)
15/01/2011 at 21:45

T Rex, if the deep massage hurts ya getting a good one worth while, keep it going. Kills but its the most important part of training. Hopefully see u at Abingdon and Snowdonia, Usually do dartmoor Vale on same day as Abingdon but I am planning on going for a PB in Berlin so gonna use Abingdon a fast backup incase it goes flat in Berlin.

Vicky, good luck on PB, im only doing marathon, saving my ultra of the year for Dartmoor Discovery, LOVE IT!!

 Gobi, Snowdonia entries are open now.

16/01/2011 at 20:07

well i've been getting in as much training as possible since my flu and hope to finish ok but don't think it will be wise pushing for a pb. did 15 last sunday, spin and run 4 times this week with 12 today and spin tomorrow, maybe run wednesday or thursday just to keep the legs spinning over then rest for a couple of days.

Having the 3 weeks off realy knocked it out of me and my confidence aswell.

Hope everyone has a good day.


16/01/2011 at 20:46
Paul, looks like were in same boat, confidence thing, I am just gonna start as I would like to do and make a decision early either way on how it's going, always another marathon. Just get through as comfortable as we can
17/01/2011 at 07:41

Hi all. I'll be on the start line but not in the greatest shape- like most of us training wasn't as good as expected during the winter so it's a case of taper this week properly, turn up on the day and see what happens!

I'm actually doing this as my last very long run for the London Ultra 50K in Feb so my main goal is to get around maintaining a constant steady pace. I've done two 20 milers- but they jumped straight from a 12 miler in tthe snow so no gradual build up with 14, 16, 18 milers . Did a 12 miler yesterday and that's it now. Just a couple of short runs this week. In my build up to VLM I was much more sensible

Looking forward to it though- just running a different route will be interesting!

17/01/2011 at 11:12

Hi Ladyfe not seen or heard from you since IM would be good to catch up, if I miss you all the best.

T Rex  have you tried Eccentric Achilles tendon / calf exercise?  it worked wonders for mine, I started in the second week after the injury and was fit enough to run Dublin 4 weeks later. Unfortunately the website I got the exercise from is down at the moment but this is similar to the  type of exercise I did. The web site I followed said if the exercise wasn't painful  add weights in a back pack.  Good luck and I hope you are back at it soon.

Good luck with the PB Vicky

Edited: 17/01/2011 at 11:13
17/01/2011 at 11:31

Thanks for input, woody2run.  I'm gradually increasing my knowledge base on this injury and grateful for any advice.  Contracting the tendon/calf muscles or standing on tip toe was the very thing my physio told me to avoid doing!  In any case pain from the tendon prevents me balancing on tip toe on the injured foot, even leaning against a wall.  Whatever muscles needed for that exercise don't seem to work.  I'll look at your "proper" website if you'd kindly post a link when it's back up and running.

Best wishes to all runners on Sunday.

17/01/2011 at 12:36

Hi woody!  I've been busy since IM. I have a blog on realbuzz through which I gradually made a lot more contacts and we also swap training news via facebook!  I carried on training for the Brentwood marathon but had to pull out a few days before due to an achilles injury which was a bit pants. First ever running injury. I found the 'stair exercises very good for that. Since then I've run a 15K and got a pb miraculously. But then concentrated on rebuilding mileage for my A race the London Ultra. Of course The Snow happened so it didn't go as smoothly as wanted. I decided to enter the Glos marathon as it fits in nicely with the long run schedule for the ultra.

I'm also planning to do Grizzly in March and Edinburgh marathon in May....

My return to IM won't be until next year at the earliest...still need to sort out my swimming properly!

17/01/2011 at 21:57

might come along and spectate and cheer u all on

 see hows things go

17/01/2011 at 22:49

Cheers MnP will be good to see you both

T Rrex the website is being updated if it comes back on I will post it, failing that, I did print off the info so could scan and email to you if you wish.

Sorry to hear about the injury but glad you have been busy Ladyfe, good luck with all your races and I'm sure you have got it in you to master swimming .

17/01/2011 at 23:22
Its looking like the weather conditions could be good sunday!! fingers crossed!
18/01/2011 at 19:29

Many thanks for shuttle bus info T-rex. Also thanks to muzza and woody2run. It's real comforting to read your names and makes me feel real excited about the race.

Sadly, weekend run didn't go to plan as a tight lower right calf muscle reared its head and i found myself having to stop on many occasions to try and stretch it out. My fault really as my orthioics have long over-due needing replacement. Podiatrist informs me calf muscle over-working to try and counteract pronation that i have quite bad in that leg. Anyway have new ones to begin training in post run when i do my 40 miler on my 40th birthday mid march.

If you catch a woman hobbling around then chances are it's me!!! I fear sunday may be a painful yet euphoric day. Thank goodness i have a good pain threshhold.

18/01/2011 at 21:22

Take hat off to you for giving it a go, hopefully adrenaline will get you through it! Good luck! Planning on a easy week and stretch till I almost snap, so far it's not going to plan, just like the training schedule, but.... Running is a funny old game, isn't it weird what a sound of a gun does to a runner!
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