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13/04/2005 at 21:00
James dont do it, training gets even harder then!!!!!

cooling down this week, rest today, 8x800 yesterday, 18 ish tomorrow, guess i will be on my own on sunday:-((

got a sore knee at the mo, too late to panic now!
13/04/2005 at 21:32
Hi everybody - Hope your training is going well.

Ian - I had a sore knee on Monday night after hill training. I sat on the floor and with legs straight on the floor I used ankle weights to strengthen the medial ligaments at the side of the knee. Do you ever use this method. It is said to get rid of chronic knee condition (chondromalacia patella)

James - A rest can help - you'll be more eager to get at it again.
Kenny - I did 10 miles this evening and I felt good - I'm watching Liverpool now - They're doing well - they're into the final minute now - I hpoe they hold on.
13/04/2005 at 21:38
Kenny - A great result for Liverpool. They could now win the Champions League as they'll be considered the underdogs for the next two games. Their defence was great tonight and Baros could have scored in the second half - a great result.
13/04/2005 at 22:25
Hi all, a bit pathetic beside your suuper long runs I know, but I did the Queen's Round the River 5k tonight in 26 mins - 8m 22s mile pace which is the best ever race time for me, so I am pretty chuffed!
13/04/2005 at 23:04
Hi VanFan - That's good running - if I was running at that pace I'd be very content.
14/04/2005 at 09:35
Hi VF well done, 5K's are tough you have to push all the way. Its a great feeling when you have had a good race gives you the boost to keep going.
Baldy I been waking up all week with pain any little twinge at this stage makes you worry that you will have to pull out of the marathon. Hope its just a twinge and goes away.
Seamus when it gets to the semi stage anyone could win it just takes a couple of good perfromances and a bit of luck. Was your 10 miles on the road or the tread mill.
I ran home last night 9.5 mile was very lucky just got in the door as the rain came on.
Hi James did you do your 14 last night. Your going to have to teach Angela how to drive again.
14/04/2005 at 14:38

Hello everybody

is this knee thing contagious or something? Did 21m on Tuesday morning - went really well - took a drink on your advice Kenny and some jelly beans - but within minutes of finishing had big pain behind left knee - couldn't manage the stairs for a day, and then it went away....haven't run since because of work (and the fear I'll find out it's serious and the end of my first attempt at a marathon) - but will be out tomorrow with fingers crossed.

Glad to hear everyone else still going well.
14/04/2005 at 14:50
21 should see you round hope the knees ok good luck tomorrow.
I was reading about someone who takes 26 jellybabies with him on the marathon and eats one every mile. When it comes to 20 miles he then decides which one is next for the chop. This gives him something to think about during the last 6 miles when the going gets tough.
14/04/2005 at 16:39
14/04/2005 at 21:22
knee thngy is always contageous at this stage, legs are always tired and knock on affects everything else. then comes the two week taper where you feel slow, everything has a niggle. all sposed to be good signs!!!!

that said Chris, make sure you swap which side of the road you run on, the camber really takes its toll on your knees if you stay on the same side for long runs.

VF, great running, wish i had been there, come and do it all agen on sun at the Laganside 10k:-)
16/04/2005 at 21:16
Hi everyone great event today Feet across the Foyle 10K. Went across the Foyle on the ferry 5K in Greencastle back on the ferry to Magilligan for another 5K. First race over a hilly course second on over a flat course, everyone was glad when one of the marshalls turned the runners at just over 2K so it turned into a 4K. Good event first time I've raced twice in the one day. Second race was realy tough. James ran two good races finishing 6th in both.
14 miles tomorrow home in time to see London.
Good luck to those running Laganside.
17/04/2005 at 15:00
Hi everyone what about Paula this morning even with a pit stop she still wins easily. Loads of jellybabies slaughtered in London today.
14 miles this morning weather was terrible wind and rain struggled round after yesterdays races. Thanks to James for pulling me round. Hope its not like this on marathon day.
Well Baldy how did Laganside go?
17/04/2005 at 18:43
Hi Kenny - Conditions were terrible this morning. I went out with a cotton T Shirt under a jacket intending to do 20 miles. After 5 miles and running into the wind and rain both were soaking and I was feeling very cold.

I had to take off the T Shirt and continue with the jacket and was still very cold. I will never run in the rain again unless I have a waterpoof jacket on me. Ended up doing 15 miles as I was scared of taking a cold if I did more.

But after an hour or so back at home you feel good at having done it. My time was 2 hrs 22 mins. I think that'll do me for long runs up until the Belfast marathon.

I'll run about 30 miles this week and run 8 miles in the week before the marathon.

What is your schedule for the next couple of weeks Kenny?

How's everybody elses running going?
17/04/2005 at 20:29
the weather was no better in belshaft either. The laganside was tough with the wind, dont mind the rain. Cnat really complain though, new PB 37.41 so something must be going right. Winner did 29.39, outrageous, he was tiny, thought he might fly like a kite inthat wind.

good training this weekend everyone, Im doing 13 or so tomorrow night aiming towards 14/15 next sun with a few hills and a bit more speed work in the middle.

glad you enjoyed yesterday kenny, we ahd snow in north down on sat what was it like up there?

seamus, dont be getting all sickly on us now!!
17/04/2005 at 22:20
Well done Baldy good time in those conditions. Yesterday was dry with us but cold.
I got very cold today and even after a hot bath it took me a long time to warm up. Have a bit of a cold whish I hope clears up quickly.
Seamus I don't think I could have run 20 today your a brave man trying. You need a good coat in those conditions. I am begining to taper now. Rest day tomorrow, Hill session on Tuesday, Circuits Wednesday, 6 miles Thursday, 6 miles Friday, rest Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday doing very little the following week.
18/04/2005 at 13:14

Hello all

Did 10 on Saturday - knee held up fine - on sunday I was in the middle of explaining to my eight year old daughter why runners don't need to go to the toilet during a race because they dehydrate and other plausible theories when Paula stops and does her thing - Dad now officially rated "stupid" and no more questions have been asked about running and marathons. Will attempt 19 tonight, and then start the taper - does anyone rate the taper recommended in the latest RW?
18/04/2005 at 13:41
Good luck with the 19 tonight. It raining away here at the moment perhaps it will ease off. I am following the taper on this website.
When I ran London I drank that much water because I didn't want to get dehydrated that I had to stop quite a few times. Glad to hear that the knee held up. When you've got to go you've got to go even if its live on TV.
Had quick look at the long range forecast its to be cloudy with a chance of rain and 10 degrees with the wind from the N. Lets hope they have got it wrong.
18/04/2005 at 15:02


Thanks for that link - at this stage almost everything I read frightens me that I'm doing it all wrong. Oh well, too late now. Tried to get long range forecast out of our weather woman Angie in the office here, but she refuses to commit herself beyond five days in it could yet be cool and calm on the second.
18/04/2005 at 16:19
Yes James had a quick look sent one to the papers interested to see if they print it. I still have your CD will bring it tomorrow.
Whats your email address.
Chris can you not get Angie talked into running the marathon.
18/04/2005 at 16:23

Kenny - Angie was talking about the London marathon along the lines of failing to understand why anyone would want to do anything quite so stupid - so it would be a bit of a task to talk her round. Interesting challenge though!
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