ASICS Target 26.2 - 2013

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14/03/2013 at 18:55

Nice splits DS2! 

We've had odd weather here too. Yesterday I went out and it switched 3 or 4 times between very bright sunshine and a blizzard! It wasn't even that cold. What next? Hot hail? Flash Gordon finally a reality?

I had my sports massage on Tuesday and my diagnosis of tight hams (and calves) was confirmed. I'm booked in again for next week. 

The massage together with more stretching seems to have helped. Did a good warm up yesterday and had no troubles on my 10 miler (with 4 at HM pace). Did 5 at MP today too and no tugging. There is still tightness there but it's very gradually improving and it always improves into a run. So I'm on 21 for the week and have a 20-21 miler planned for Saturday. 

I'm just so pleased to be where I am with only this bit of tightness. In previous years this is the point where I've crumbled but I feel so much stronger this time round. I reckon the extra midweek miles has been the key and also keeping the speedwork down. I still have time to do 3 more long runs before tapering too!

Sarah - ha, they do make them hard up in the North East!

I just noticed that London is the same day as my race in Wales so I guess we'll be tapering at the same time. Are you still planning a 3 week taper?

I've never done a taper before because I've always been injured


14/03/2013 at 20:11
Great news Malcs. You are looking good mate. It's a careful balance now - need to push hard but not get injured. Make it through to taper in one piece and the easier schedule should take out any remaining niggles. Just remember to put some quality in during the taper so your legs don't forget how to run.

I had my osteopath in this afternoon sorting out his pension. I spoke to him about the tightness in my glutes/hammys and he recommended a sports massage with his colleague rather than anything too harsh from him. Funnily enough he is based in Orpington.

I feel remarkably good tonight. I really enjoy this part of the training when I know the groundwork on endurance has been done.
14/03/2013 at 23:43
fabulous reps DS2.

I did 6 x 800m aswell tonight with 90 secs recoveries. No idea of the time they took to do but my pace on the reps was 6:49 except the last one which I did at 6:40 min/mls.

Glad to hear that its nothing serious Malcs and your back into the long runs. I think I need another massage, no idea when I will be able to book in for it though...running out of time!

Im having to do a 3 week taper as 4 weeks before im in france and will only manage 15 k which will be my long run for that week!
15/03/2013 at 06:33
That's a great session Sarah. I had 2 minute recoveries jogging. One of my favourite sessions. I like mile reps most though.

Not long to go for most of you now.
15/03/2013 at 11:22

Sarah it it colder in Yorkshire! I used to live in northumberland on the coast and yes i was cold but then I moved to Whitby and it was BLOODY FREEZING!!!!

Oh and you guys were right, it was my IT that has been giving me jip! I have my 20 miler on sunday then I think Im going to having a break from running ( if I can!) I'm sick of it being there just niggling away! just concentrate on the bike and swimming for a few weeks, maybe, but back up to half marathon at the beginning of May, What do you recon or am just worrying about nothing? on occasions like this I just wish someone else would take charge!!

Saying that just off to run to the pool! before tonights pj party, I have port, cakes and making some yummy pasta! then get drunk sit and cry at the sob storys on comic relief and cuddle my babies extra tight!

15/03/2013 at 20:37

Tigger - good to hear you've identified the problem. I definitely don't think you're worrying about nothing. However, you don't have to take a break though. You could still run and manage it with a combination of regular stretching, foam rolling and a trip to the sports massage therapist.

I can't remember - how long has it been troubling you? If it becomes a long term thing and the above doesn't help then you may need to look at other things that may be the cause. I had pain in my calf and achilles for over a year. I could manage it with stretching etc. but it was always there. Then I changed to a shoe with a little support and it was gone. 

Port and cakes - mmmm. 

16/03/2013 at 20:55
Thanks DS2...I think im going to work on the mile reps after london to try to improve my HM time (after a little rest of course)

Have to agree Tigger whitby is freezing....I dont think i have once been there and survived with just short sleeves!

Can you get a sports massage to release your ITB?

Good luck with your 20 tomorrow.

What are you planning on doing tomorrow Malcs?
Edited: 16/03/2013 at 20:56
17/03/2013 at 14:30

Hi everyone! its good to be back! I had a fantastic time with my daughter  I've had a read back over missed posts, but there are far too many to comment on, so I'm starting again as of today!

Tigger, I would def recommend sports massage, It may be a bit painful (understatement) if the IT band is v tight, but it really does help.

Malcs, happy tapering! I look forward to cheering you on soon!!

Sarah, sounds as if you are running really strong

17/03/2013 at 17:16

Hi Guys,

Good to see everyone is on form..

Not been around much recently as work been a real headache (too long to bore you all with) but have tried to pop in every so often. My running has been going OK, but not really focussed on anything so need to set some targets. Did my longest run in a while this week (14.5) which was a hilly one in the Peak district- legs felt really light and timed myself at a 1:38 HM- not bad considering the first 5mi all up hill, then a 3 mi descent, then another 3 1/2mi uphill. Then went to work and found out they had cancelled my clinic without telling me

What is everyone planning this week??

17/03/2013 at 18:15

Hi jen, welcome back. Glad that you've had a fabulous time with your daughter.

Congrats tigger on a fabulous 20 miler

Hi Clive how come they cancelled your clinic? What a way to waist money and increase waiting times!!! Dont get me started

Good run though especially if you havent really been training for anything, are you doing sheffield half on the 12th of May?

I had a good 20 miler today, first 10 miles my ave pace was 8:24 and the second 10 miles 7:27. Time on my watch 2:39:08

17/03/2013 at 18:25

Hi Sarah,

They cancelled the clinic as they thought I was at an inquest, even though I told them 3 weeks ago I was not needed so would be doing the clinic. Ah the NHS.... Going to hand in resignation hopefully in next couple of weeks as been waiting for job plan to be agreed and have to say can't wait. It is not a fun place to work at the moment, and some of my colleagues are being very difficult. I think they are vying for position to pick up a couple of the roles I have- they only need to ask as I will happily get rid

I'm on call on the 12th so likely going to miss it, unless I swap....

17/03/2013 at 22:03

Been busy today with mini rugby then company accounts - nice. Having to jump through hoops to report such a small amount of money is an absolute pain in the a***.

Jen - welcome back! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. Not quite at taper stage yet but I'm certainly ready for it.

Clive - good to hear from you. 14.5 in 1:38 is very impressive. How did you feel after it? Sounds like the sooner you can get into the new job the better. Best of luck!

Sarah - I'm getting a bit sick of saying wow to you! Good going to hold yourself back in the first half.

I'm planning an easier week after cocking up my LSR yesterday by taking a wrong turn. Don't feel too bad today though. Nevertheless easy going is the aim this week with a shorter long run at the weekend. Then the week after another 20 and we're on to the taper

18/03/2013 at 07:14

Hey guys!!

I have Marathon envy..... well I did last night... this morning I just hurt!!  I'v decided although it was fab that I completed the 20 mile race yesterday, without stopping and in a good time under the circumstances, that being I have only ran 13 once since my marathon last year, and only done 10 milers a hand full of times since christmas. It DEFINATLY not the way to go! AS I HURT LIKE HELL THIS MORNING!!!! As some of you may remember I said I would like to get under 3.19 well after a run in the snow.... yes snow... and an muddy slippy pit for the last 400m I finished in 3.22!  I shall be wearing my ashby hoody with pride today, and it's running club green!

So next is the Bosworth half on the 12th May if anyone fancies it??

Cant wait for TR24 by the way!!

18/03/2013 at 15:31

sarah - you are flying. Sub 3 next April!!!!

clive - sounds like you will be well out of it. good luck with the new job!

tigger - well done, well done, well done!!!! that is a truly couragious effort!!

I have had a rubbish weekend of training - or not training! Did a very wet, cold and windy 10 miler on Saturday which I rather strangely enjoyed but ended up playing hockey yesterday. First game for a year - in goal in the kent Cup Semi final. No injuries so no real issues but I must stop doing such things and concentrate on my GFA ambitions!!!

Anyhow, feeling more motivated now having found out for sure that next years VLM is on 13 April which is the actual day of my 50th birthday. What a way to celebrate!

18/03/2013 at 16:59

Well done tigger! Your legs will feel much better tomorrow I'm sure. So does that mean you'll be looking to do 4 laps at TR24 now?

DS2 - that's great that you have the chance to run VLM on your birthday! You have loads of time until Halsted so I wouldn't worry about having a little break weekend (why am I giving you advice? )

18/03/2013 at 21:43

Hey, that will be a brilliant 50th birthday bash DS2, I hope we all get an invite!!

Tigger, well done! legs will recover!

I did a really hilly 14.5miles on Sunday, my legs are heavy today. I have a lot of work to put in before I'm fit for SNOD!

18/03/2013 at 21:49

Well done Jen! You do live in Wales which is basically a whole country built on a hill so training for Snowdon shouldn't be a problem

I will write a letter to Sir Richard - we all need to be at VLM next year for DS2's 50th. A large cake at the finish line wouldn't go amiss either. 

19/03/2013 at 18:00

ok all you computer buffs, what key have I knocked on my laptop which makes all my posts come up in tiny tiny writing as I type?


19/03/2013 at 19:46

Thanks guys! to top it all I had a bug yesterday! Total Mess!! So not only could I not move without yelping but could not stop throwing up either! nice! so any thought of recovery run or swim totally out the window!!

Malcs - sod it lets make it 5 laps!!  haha yep...... I am joking!! although saying that I am feeling rather awesome about myself right now! did I mention that on sunday.....

DS2 50th Birthday Marathon the unknown race called VLM Love it!!  I definitely want to join in the fun!!  humm cake.... costco cake with lots of icing... down side would be that by the time I would finish you guys would have eaten the bloody lot!! grrrr

Jen my posts come up tiny as well.... spooky!!

Oh and I'm still struggling walking down stairs!! haha loving it!!

19/03/2013 at 20:58

I think they have been doing som site maintenance and screwed a few things up. Everyone has the small fonts and quoting is even harder than before. Also the messaging system complains that there is no message when you try to send. 

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