A great prize & challenge
Thanks Sarah, a good plan there. I find it so frustrating cos I want to be faster NOW!
Good racing Clive!
your dedication for such an early morning run is commendable Malcs! do you have breakfast before you go? how do you fuel such a long run otherwise?
I had a great day yesterday marshalling the Llanelli Ultra. I met some lovely people and even ran a few miles at one stage when I went looking for a lost runner! I have great respect for ultra runners now. I may even get tempted...
Glad its not just me that needs 40mins after breakfast before I can run! Never thought about going back to bed though, what a brilliant idea!!
11th Lady when not racing? Wow, well done!
Yes, very happy with my first 20 thanks. I didn't sleep after breakfast - just went back to bed to stop me from freezing. That said, I could have happily nodded off. I can easily eat before sleeping but eating just before running is a different matter!
I think you have a raw deal with the ladies toilets. The mens ones have a much faster turnover due to the amount they can pack in. Were you on red last year? I was on red 5 I think. Made a terrible mistake though. I was in the pen quite late to avoid standing around. Suddenly realised I'd left my freakin' gel belt in my bag!
Pegged it to the truck and had the immense embarrassment of asking one of the packing people if they could dig out my bag. As you can imagine, with all of them exactly the same and a load having arrived on top of mine in the time since they were not best pleased. I got lucky though - they found my number within a minute. I would have been dead without my gels and salt tabs.
Remember that Jen is hard as nails Sarah - she does power squats for fun after all
Great going everyone! Malcs - brilliant getting the first 20 out of the way!
Clive - you are obviously a true racer. It seems to bring the best out of you!
Sarah - I reckon you should convince your hubby that another year of running before kids wouldn't hurt. I reckon you could go Sub 3 by next spring!
I got my first 20+ miler in on Sunday (actually 20.85 in 8:19mm). Didn't feel right from the off but never really struggled. By the afternoon I had gone down with a cold so no wonder I struggled for a few days at the end of last week. Haven't run since but hoping to be well enough tomorrow. Will not now race the Surrey Spitfire 20 on Sunday. Will run a progressive run but not sure at what pace yet. I have discomfort when I eat so hoping I don't have a virus. Hopefully, will see you there on Sunday, Malcs!
DS2 - Sorry to hear about the cold. They are pesky little buggers and I personally think they should be banned
Wow, as good as 21 miles at 8:19 and not even at full fitness - that's very good going. Good to hear you're positive about being well enough for Spitfire. I'm really looking forward to it.
I have a little niggle at the back of my knee which cropped up doing a tempo run yesterday. feels like where the hamstrings insert onto the lower leg but it's hard to pinpoint. I ran through it and by the end it felt fine but it's tightened a bit over night - just doesn't feel quite right. I'm icing so hopefully it'll clear up quickly. Not overly worried but as you all know any little thing at this stage sends you paranoid
I agree with your suggestion for Sarah. You're on a really great improvement curve. It would be a shame to step away now when much quicker times look very much within your capabilities.
Evening everyone! some great running... I'm going to have to get my act together this weekend for my half marathon to keep up with you all!!
Clive - I have to admit to having a sneaky stalk on the ulta threads
The belvoir challenge looked really good Sarah, well done on your placing.
Malcs/DS2 good luck for weekend. hope the niggles/virus come to nothing.
Thanks Clive and congrats on your 5th placing - very impressive!
Jen - many thanks indeed and best of luck for the Llanelli half. Don't get carried away at Parc Y Scarlets and swallow dive over the try line
Sarah - maybe that incident with the coughing kid will persuade you to do another year's running?
Yes, red was the general one (not the charity one). Did you notice anyone shoot off out the pen in the wrong direction just before the start? If so that was me. And yes, the bag lady (not sure that's the appropriate term) was livid. I only felt slightly less of an idiot when another person rolled up with exactly the same problem.
Niggle is lingering a bit. All I can do is look after it and hope it's ok by Sunday. If it isn't then I'll just do one lap with Ady as a pace maker
No wimping out now Malcs!
i did 9.26miles at 7:57mm this morning but within about 400m I got a spasm in my back and it's a bit sore now. I get these fairly regularly (too many years playing hockey) but it should be fine for Sunday.
Sarah - you must be thinking a sub 3 is within your grasp over the next 18 months? have you asked Minni what she thinks?
Jen - enjoy the race!
Don't worry, I'll be there. Just a question of how long I last .
I think deep down I know that this isn't anything too serious but marathon paranoia is a difficult thing to overcome. Hopefully it'll ease off as the run goes on but if it goes the other way and tightens then I might have to make a call at the 10 mile mark. We shall see.
That spasm sounds nasty but if you say you're used to them then hopefully you'll recover in time.
The coughing kid and the kids I see in supermarkets puts me off for another 5 years, let alone 1!
I saw someone run in to a bollard in the first mile and fall over it head first, I felt quite sorry for him as he laid out on the floor with hundreds of people jumping over him and running round him....looked like it smarted!
Least you wasnt the only one with the bag!
I didnt realise that the spitfire was two laps. I hope your little niggle is gone by then. Whats were your plans if well and fit?
DS2 Im over the mood that you think it is but at the moment im just aiming fo a sub 3:25 in April.....walk before you can run and all that. Everything seems to be going so well at the moment, its too good to be true, im sort of waiting for something to go wrong. If VLM and York go to plan, then you never know . Minni was thinking sub 3:15 for York.
Another speedy run by you today. Sorry to hear about the back but fingers crossed it will settle as quickly as it occured especially if its a recurrent problem. What are you hoping for on sunday?
I did my LSR today 20 miles @ 8:33 min/mls on average. Have a 9 mile race on sunday so I decided to take today more steady. Adding in MP miles next week all being well
Hi Sarah - I'm thinking of running Sunday in four 5 mile blocks @ 7:45mm, 7:30, 7:15 and (possibly) 7mm. Although running at 7mm at the end of a 20 miler is rather daunting.
I think the idea of you running sub 3:15 at York makes every sense! Don't constrain yourself by what common wisdom says. I think you are exactly the right age and enough experience and miles in the legs to be peaking over the next 18 months. Also, many good club marathoners are good because they work very hard not because they are genetically gifted. You may be one of those that is gifted and if you are their rules don't exist in your world. You'll only find out by trying..........
Malcs - I agree. Better safe than sorry but i'm sure you will be fine for the 20!
The back spasm seems to be subsiding. I asked my secretary to walk on it (etc, etc) but she refused. I told her that her contract says she will do anything asked of her by the Directors. Luckily all that political correctness nonsense doesn't exist in our little company. Don't ask me to repeat that when she takes us to a tribunal!!!!
DS2...will that be you racing on sunday or using it as a training run?? im guessing it the latter with the paces you normally do and your race times? Running 7mm at the end of a half was tough enough....but hay its only another 7 miles.....you have my respect!
I hope I am gifted....although it wouldnt stop me from working hard aswell to reach my potential. Im quite competitive (think most medics are) with myself as well as others.
In theory both my parents were good runners so I should have the right genes!!
Glad to hear that the back is on the mend....You just cant get the staff these days!
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