Great North Run 2013

Come one, come all; everyone welcome on this year long build up to the GNR

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22/04/2013 at 14:02
Thanks Shielsy, yeah I'm sure once I get started all will work out. The gels I ordered were the High five summer fruits 1s so I'll just give them a try. 16miles? Lol, can't c me ever running that far, I did do an 11miler the other day at a nice comfortable pace in 1.35, furthest I've ever ran. I think all my years of being a middle distance runner have helped in that my fitness is coming back quite easily but I have found I have to change the way I've ran for a good 15yrs due to upping the endurance. Basically learning how and when to ease of the pace.

Good luck with ur 4miler LFC hopefully the foam roller shall sort u out my friend is a sports therapist and he swears by them
22/04/2013 at 14:20
XL- I am local, Gateshead. So gunna give Saltwell park one a whirl unless I chicken out haha, nah I'm sure ill not.
22/04/2013 at 14:32
XL-man wrote (see)

Aagghhh, the idea that less than 16 miles is a shorter run, mental !


Well, technically anything less than 16 miles is a shorter run - shorter than 16 miles anyway 

I just meant that I don't need (or rather try not to take) any sustenance for runs that are shorter ... unless it's a half race.

MeShell - if you can run 11 miles in 1:35 comfortably then you will have no bother with the GNR.

22/04/2013 at 14:34

Thanks Shielsy. I've been using some the roller on other parts of my legs and back to see what effect, if any, it has for my legs in general.

Best of luck for the weekend for your marathon.

Good luck to Vixx as well doing the Manchester Marathon.

22/04/2013 at 14:38
Afternoon. I did a whole big post this morning which seems to have disappeared.

xL - good park run on Saturday. Do I slow Pengywn down or something? She never does that when I'm there!

meShell - you should come to the Townmoor, we have a forum pre race meet up (well me, XL, and Pengywn) most weeks. You should be able to do 1:50 with that sort of 5k time and it sounds like you are well up on the mileage already. Regarding gels I don't use them now for that kind of mileage in training but occasionally take them in a half marathon race. Like shielsy I find the High5 Isogels fruit flavour the best. Probably a good idea to try them out now and then you can use them if you need to.

Bear - was so worried about how fine I was cutting it, that I had to ditch my water in the last half mile so I could use both my arms to work a sprint(ish) finish just to make sure.

Shielsy - all the best. I might try and cheer you on if I can figure out where I'm going.

LFC - foam rollering is great

Mr SJ - maybe you need to ease off a bit for a while to get the fatigue away.

Stringy - was thinking of you and Mr K at 24 miles yesterday.

Vixx - did you enjoy your VLM experience then?
22/04/2013 at 14:41
Hopefully I will be fine, I've enough time to get my head around it and my miles up - other than that all things are going in the right direction bar the nerves. Lol...

I really can't imagine doing GNR then turning around and doing it all again AKA a marathon lol. Good luck with it though, sounds like u will be abso fine.
22/04/2013 at 14:50
Hi Fiona, yea it was my 1st 11miler last fri, this week iv just done a 6mile speed sesh n gunna do a relaxed 9mile on wed with hills then rest n do the parkrun sat. It will be the 1st competetive 5k for many years in that I'm not just running 5k on my own as a time trial so interested to see how I do 2give me an understanding as 2where I'm at.

I think I will just give the gels a little try on my 11+ mile runs (not goin much further) lol n see how I feel n if they work 4me, if not then hey water will do I'm sure.

Glad I joined this forum, nice 2 chat 2 ppl who are equally into running
22/04/2013 at 14:56
MeShell - you'll get plenty chat on here. Whether its useful is another matter!

Most of us also in the north east so plenty of local running chat.
22/04/2013 at 14:57

Fiona - Oh yes, foam rollering is great - it help's if I keep telling myself that whilst I'm doing it. 

MeShell - I don't bother with gels at GNR, the people standing and supporting everyone come out with all kinds, such as jelly babies and orange slices along the route.

22/04/2013 at 15:10
LFC - haha, yeah my Dad was telling me on Friday night (he did it 11times) 'Michelle, look out for the 4mile incline from around 8miles-12m - gud old John Reid Rd ... And, if ppl offer u sarnies - take them, chocolate, anything' hahaa I laughed but maybe shouldn't have

Well I've bought the gels now (20) so may as well try them if not then will pass them on 2 the Mr who may need them (at Sandhurst - Army Officer ) haha.
22/04/2013 at 15:15

Ahhh, the John Reid Road. I don't know who this Joh Reid is/was but there have been times running up that road that I've wanted to hit him. 

22/04/2013 at 16:38

Thanks for all the good words about the VLM.  I just got in under the good for age cut off so I can get a place next year too (although I'll probably defer it). 

I was going really well til 40km with a predicted finish time of 3:07 and the wheels fell off big time. My quads spasmed up and i had to stop running, at which point i fell to my knees and then needed 2 marshals to stand me up again.  So I jog/ walked the last 2km. To make matters worse, I fell to my knees again within sight of the finish ( the same finish I'd mustered a sprint over 4 yrs ago) and 2 more marshals got me up and then walked me a few yards before I tottered over the lin under my own steam.  I felt really ill and light headed and staggered to get my bag.  I think I underestimated how hot it was and didn't drink enough in the early stages of the race. Roll on 2015 .  I think my blisters and quads may have recovered by then.

MeShell- you might find that doing some races in the next 6 months helps with the nerves, although 30+ races in the last year didn't stop my heart going like a triphammer yesterday am! 

I always use gels in any race over an hour and aim to take them every 40mins whether I feel i need it or not.  By the time you are running out of energy, its too late!  You will need to practice taking them on your longer runs- which is why I'd be wary of taking something handed to me en route- unless you plan to practice with jam sandwiches, chocolate, beer etc.

22/04/2013 at 16:40

Afternoon all

22/04/2013 at 16:43

Afternoon Vixx!  Are you putting your feet up?


22/04/2013 at 17:11

Kinda, OS. I am not aching generally as I always follow a strict post race cool-down and nutrition plan, but I do have a slight ache on the outside edge of the sole of my right foot, so am icing as a precaution.  How are you feeling today? Fantastic that you got GFA, but it sounds like you had a toughie out there!

22/04/2013 at 17:19

So how did everyone else get on then?

Fiona - how close were you with your sub-4 then? Sounds close? Well done though - that's a fantastic achievement!

How did James do?

CC2 - I missed you at Fetchpoint! Were you there? Was I just so out of it I didn't notice you?

Mr K - how did you get on?

22/04/2013 at 17:37

Vixx- there was no way I could do any warm down running.  I took about 30 mins to walk to get my bag (typically the lorry was the very last in the line!) to get to more fluid.  I drank about 2 litres between finishing the race and leaving Horseguards and then walked up to Picadilly to where the Stroke Association party was.  I had a pint of lime and lemonade (and a massage- bliss) and still didn't need a pee til 5.30pm!  I think i'll count my walking up and down stairs at tube stations as a post race cool down!

22/04/2013 at 17:42

I don't run OS! I just stay on my feet, walking gently for 20 minutes or so, then I sit and have a stretch whilst I have a protein shake (I have the ready made ones), and then when I have finished that I get up and walk some more.  Then I start on an electrolyte drink because I cramp up in my feet at bedtime if I don't. I have another stretch at that point and then later, when I get back to the hotel (or home, depending) I have a warm bath and another lot of gentle stretching. Usually by that point I am about ready for food (2 hours or so later on).

My priority for me is fluid intake as food is not an option for me after a race. 

22/04/2013 at 17:51

That sounds sensible Vixx.  I didn't dare sit down after the race til we got to the post-race party, and even that was on a high bar stool so I could just slide off onto my feet again!  Getting around on the tube and then walking back to the car meant I didn'rt stiffen much on the drive home.  I've walked the dog today, avoiding styles where possible (they are more tricky than stairs ) and plan some gentle stretches this evening, lubricated by more fluid with hops and alcohol in.

22/04/2013 at 17:56

It's not like you haven't earned it OS!

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