ASICS 26.2 Consolation Thinking

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03/01/2012 at 12:44
Just looked on runbritain.com - Cliveden has a rating of 3.5 - compared to my last 10k which had a 0.2 (the higher the rating - the harder the course.  Most are less than 2). Feeling a bit hardcore now even if I was only half way up the field - ahhhhhh bliss
03/01/2012 at 13:20

Sounds like you've tired yourself out for Tadley on Sunday then !! 

A tip for Tadley - arrive a little earlier cos there's a 10 to 15 min walk to the start (and back again at the end of course) but great sarnies and cakes after.

03/01/2012 at 15:16

Hey oscarr - thank you for the warning!  My legs are feeling surprisingly ok today but a wise owl once told me that you have to let yourself absorb the fitness after a race so I'm snuggled up in my study half-working- half-watching three blokes next door, dissecting the tree that fell down this morning! I'm due to start intervals on Tuesdays again after next weekend - should be interesting!  

Am looking forward to Sunday's picnic already!

You feeling fit and raring to go?

03/01/2012 at 16:16

SB - feeling OK - had an easy last 2 weeks with plenty of runs but all at a gentle pace and no exercises just to have a recovery period before the early year hard work starts - 6 mile easy run yesterday plus exercises (core, upper leg and knee strengthening) and today was a 7 mile hill run at a steady pace - tomorrow is hill reps (10),  thursday 4 mile gentle + exercises, friday tempo run then rest till Sunday.  Next 4 weeks for me is all about leg and core strength plus a mileage base which is why I like the XC events as well.  Then the Watford half on 5th Feb.  The strength thing is one of the aspects I think I need to improve on for the last 5 miles of the marathon.  My target marathon is now the Mar of the North in Sunderland on May 6th.

Look forward to chatting on Sunday.  Will hubby be taking the chequered flag again?

03/01/2012 at 22:05

Road season is coming up quick again eh! Good on you for doing all the strength stuff - I've never been very dedicated to it though I know it helps when I do some.  Still I'll keep doing bits after my Tuesday sesh (if I'm still able after my intervals) as that's my treadmill day!

Sunday - likewise - he's hoping to run (if he can get back from his course) so we'll see.... Water wings at the ready!

03/01/2012 at 23:53

Hi SB!

Just thought I'd pop my head back into this thread! Did you catch the Bootcamp video on the last RW email? The video crew seemed to like our group! 

04/01/2012 at 08:22

Hi RRR - hurray - nice to see you here. 

Didn't they just - maybe we were having the most fun! LOL

How are you?  How's your running going?  Any races/events coming  up?

04/01/2012 at 21:55

Hi SB,

Yes I'm back! All good this way apart from dramatic overeating at Christmas! Seem to have developed a bit of a mince pie addiction ....

Running has stalled somewhat - stupid ITB band problems. I'm stretching religiously, foam roller is on its way courtesy of ebay and more physio booked in so hopefully will be up and running (pun DEFINITELY intended) as soon as possible. Especially as have Reading half, Tough Mudder, Sports Relief and Liverpool already booked in for the next year!

How are things going your way? How's the running going with your dog?

05/01/2012 at 09:23

Oh no RRR - hope you're back in action. Know what you mean about the over-eating though - need to do a few extra miles myself!

Rascal's in season just now so she's confined to the garden for a few weeks.  We're going to try for a litter of puppies from her in the summer and then have her spayed!  Then she'll be able to run all year round.  She does love it so much!  As soon as I say "shall we run" she grins and sets off!

I've not entered anything beyond March yet (Fleet half) as we're due to move so am playing it by ear.  Have decided upon the Robin Hood marathon as my marathon for this year and now waiting for entries to open so that I can commit myself to it - I've even chosen the schedule I'm gonna follow ( a run britain one).

My new mission is to do a different autumn marathon every year until I've done them all! Will be nice to make a bit of a holiday of each one as we'll have to travel around a bit! I think I've got a nice periodised race calendar now worked out so that I run all distances: 5k, 10k, 10 mile, half, full and xc in different months so am going to give that a go and hopefully that'll be my formula for the next 10 years or so LOL

Let me know how you get on with your foam roller - I keep thinking of getting one myself...

05/01/2012 at 10:27
SB - I got a foam roller last year (about £20 online) when I needed to get rid of some knots in my ITB - it's great and can be used for all leg muscles and your back as well - tend to use it when I know an area needs some stretching and you can alter the pressure by how you use it
06/01/2012 at 09:34

Hey oscarr - they look really helpful - do you use it regularly or just when you feel you need it?

06/01/2012 at 10:31
SB - try to use it after my strength exercise sessions (2 or 3 per week) to help an overall stretch plus more on any areas I feel need it.  See you sunday.
06/01/2012 at 22:13

SB - Oh bless! Rascal sounds adorable!

Have heard good things about the Robin Hood marathon - read a good review of it recently too. What a fab idea too - to do every autumn marathon ... you don't do things by halves do you?

Foam roller has arrievd and already ITB feeling much better (I lost faith in using my plastic rolling pin - recommended by physio(!!)  - when I squashed it).

 Oscarr - when you had ITB problems did you find they cleared up fairly quickly after regular use of this? I'm getting so frustrated about not being able to do my usual speed and mileage. 

07/01/2012 at 12:59

Hey RRR - she can be (but she's also named very appropriately! LOL).  I do like to have a plan!  It takes the pressure off too as there's always next year.  I like the idea of doing more than one a year but I'm terrified of overdoing it and getting injured so I probably tend to undertrain these days! As long as I'm running I've decided it doesn't really matter whether I get a PB or not - though they're more likely than not if I persevere!

Hope the foam roller does the trick - think I'm going to get one and I saw a dvd to teach me what to do with it too!  Hang in there - heal quick!

Edited: 07/01/2012 at 12:59
07/01/2012 at 13:08
RRR  -  my ITB problem was fixed by a combination of 2 sessions with a physio at our club night massaging it (beware - it's painful !!!) and a handful of roller sessions after a short warmup run or row.  Plus, I worked on strengthening my quads and glutes with exercises as recommended by the physio.  Best thing is to go and see a physio to get the specific advice for you own injury situation.
12/01/2012 at 21:27

sooooo, who's opted for their free 1/2 place yet? Any chance of an ASICs consolation meet?

BTW - treated myself to some bargain tights and running jacket (or maybe two!) today. Tights were ASICs and they are FAB - shame we didn't get any of those in our goody bag!!  ;)

12/01/2012 at 21:38

Hey LJ

ooooh goodies - good for you! I've shredded my voucher as it's proven unusable because of the sales - but hey never mind - I'm loving the top and rucksack they gave us - both have been perfect in use so far!

Rascal sends Reg (I think) a big lick.  She's been in season for the last 3 weeks so we've had to confine her to the garden!  She's such a flirt it's so funny to watch but we've managed to keep her out of mischief!

I've already entered Fleet (if I'd waited for the freebie I'd have missed out as it was full before they got round to  us) so that's where I'll be.  Where did you opt for?  I think mcs has gone for the Cheshire one - Wilmslow? And there's a few heading for Reading....

13/01/2012 at 09:55
Watford and Reading halfs for me
14/01/2012 at 22:15
Hi LadeyJadey
Are you interested in the first ever Worcester marathon? It's being held on the same day as Paris (15 April). Not quite the city of love, but just down the M5 for you.
18/01/2012 at 10:49
Anyone doing the Droitwich Spa half on March 4th?  Just entered it.
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