Snowdonia marathon 2013

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02/03/2013 at 20:54
Brer enjoy you nutter
02/03/2013 at 21:35

thank you all for the good luck for the half tomorrow. I've had a nightmare at work this week , I hope my increased stress levels will make me run faster!! Will catch up properly tomorrow.

02/03/2013 at 22:35

Brer - will look out for you tomorrow  Haven't done this race before, but it looks good so thought I'd give it a try.  Mind you, I'm under no illusions that I'll be one of the back markers .... leave some cakes for me 

03/03/2013 at 12:38
Llanelli Half

Ok, not a total disaster given the following: 1. my lack of running for the last 2 weeks, 2. the fact that the new course includes around 6m of trail running along a grit path 3. the fact that it was -4c at the start and +2c by the end, and 4. it was out and back and there was a headwind on the way back- not too strong, but FREEZING!

That's the excuses out of the way, but the bottom line is that I am not where i need to be at this stage. I did lead the race for the first half mile- lol! but finished in around 1.23.xx

Lots of speedwork coming up over the next 5 weeks to sort it, but otherwise I am not forking out loads of cash for VLM to make up the numbers....
Jenf- hope you had a good one
03/03/2013 at 14:10

Well I'm sitting in my recovery skins, feet up, drinking tea n eating chocolate!    I agree with jasons report on the weather n course, but I'm a very happy person as I managed to stick to my planned dream pace, and got a new PB  1.54.38 (by my garmin)

Just caught up with all the posts I missed,

TR41, excuse my ignorance, but what is excalibur, other than Arthurs sword?

Panad, comute/cycle/ hills... then race?? wot are you like!

Brer,SD hope your race went well today, Do you get served cakes at the end? I like the sound of that!

03/03/2013 at 14:26
Jenf- excellent! Must be all those Parkruns
03/03/2013 at 15:11
Jenf - you can see why I fit in with the rest of these nutters then ;-p

Excalibur is an off-road marathon (ultra? as it's actually 27.xx miles) centering around moel famau in the clwydian hills, and it makes snowdonia look easy if you ask me! - TR41 and I did it last year in 5.5hrs compared to sub 4hrs each at SNOD....

Well done on your pb at llanelli,
JD hope you manage to get where you want to in time for vlm..
03/03/2013 at 17:39

panad- thanks

Well today's frustrating Half must have loosened my legs up- just ran my quickest recovery run for a while for the same effort 6.53m in 52.45

03/03/2013 at 18:41

Well done all..Jenf peeee beeeeeJD..that is still a cracking time bud, what were you hoping for? My little fell run was superb, very hot and sunny in the High Peak..a bit of a hill to contend with but lush cakes and soup at the end. Bimbled in at about 1hr 27 mins...didnt take Garmin as just wanted this to be a gentle enjoyable trot. Just as well there wasnt a time target as overtaking was impossible and many stiles to contend with. Have sun burn now..taper time now...again!

03/03/2013 at 19:14
Brer- given a perfect course, conditions and preparation, I would like to be around 5 mins faster..... Well done to you on your bimble
03/03/2013 at 22:00

Just a quick post to say that I prob won't be posting for the next 10 days,  I'm off to Abu Dhabi to visit my daughter ,  catch up with you all on my return.

 Happy Running everyone.

03/03/2013 at 22:05
Jenf- enjoy the trip and the warmth!
04/03/2013 at 22:56

My LSR last week was supposed to be 20 miles but I've been too busy with work and missed it.  Instead went out today for a 22 and will then go up to the 28 next week, as planned.

Outward 11 1:43:56 (9:27 miling).  Found it very hard keeping up the pace on the return leg.  Despite a valiant 9:18 last mile I ended up with a "positive" split of 27s . Left upper arm still very sore when I run - the shoulder really doesn't like the running action, nor even supporting the weight of the arm for 3+ hours.  Also some nerve pain cut in at one point which made me yell rather loudly.

Also ran past the point where I had cached a pint of water for the return leg so had to do the last six miles without any water.

 

Getting there, though.

06/03/2013 at 19:56

T Rex- nice run, but i hope the pain settles down soon

My plan was to run 15m with the last 5 faster tonight, but body and mind overruled plan in favour of 12m without getting faster. Can still feel Sunday's half and supposed to do a tempo session tomorrow, so easy does it 12.05m in 1.28.12 (7.19 av)

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06/03/2013 at 20:47

Onwards and upwards T Rex..it all sounds very painful and annoying for you.

JD, I wish I could run as fast as you in training..did 13 miles last night in 2 hrs..ok, last bimble before Sunday's marathon so had to be steady, but it takes a fair chunk out of the evening when job/life/family have to be juggled. TBH..I should really not have gone that mileage so close to Sunday but had to try out my new Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 trainers...they are superb

Spin class tomorrow, 4 miles on Friday..then off I go to Bolton..with forecast of light snow....on Sunday.

06/03/2013 at 22:53

Talking of trainers .... have always run in Asics GT series and have had no problems up until now.  Unfortunately, Asics have "improved" and  "refined" their latest shoes and I now get cramp-like pains in my right foot when I run more than a few miles in them, so I've had to revert back to my old shoes.   Could be the most expensive dog walking shoes I've had in a long while    Why do shoe makers have to alter shoes so frequently (don't tell me, I think I can guess!) 

08/03/2013 at 20:41

Hey, what's going on? We've slipped to third page. Everyone ok??

08/03/2013 at 21:55
quick hello from me, reading but not posting much as have been sulking about a sore butt. Better now so able to read without scowling!
Fab running as usual - not sure I can compete with the mileage you guys rack up but reassuring to read the steady pacers can pull off PB's.
TRex - at least your water will be there for next time! Glad shoulder is healed enough to run but hope it gets more comfortable soon.
still dreaming - agree with marketing ploy for trainers. It has the opposit effect on me as I try and hang onto my shoes until they fall apart rather than risk a change. can you try a different lace pattern rather than give up on them yet?
Round the Lakes 20 a week tomorrow (16th) which will be fun if the weather turns colder as forecast.
09/03/2013 at 12:01

T-Rex Hope shoulder eases up my friend, good run though.

jenf well done on pb matey

Well not much running done this week due to work was starting to get cabin fever!!, that was soon remedy this morning with a very impromptu Excalibur recce with panad. 11 miles of fell and trail in misty, muddy conditions 2276ft of climb some great descents and lots of big puddles!! Loved it

Hope everyone has great runs this weekend.

09/03/2013 at 13:13

TR41-sounds fantastic Off to Bolton now to do a trail marathon across the Pennines tomorrow, getting quite fond of these cross country jaunts. Have a great weekend all.

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