Cobbles & Red Wine - Sarah’s Paris Marathon Plan: Sub 3:35

Asics Target 26.2 - Previously lardy girl goes for a Boston Qualifier

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26/02/2013 at 17:33

Poor you!

I haven't run for over a week now as I've been down with something like flu and I'm still trying to recover. I might try a slow 3 miles tomorrow and see how I do. I feel exactly the same as you about running - it cheers me up and makes me feel better- so not being able to do so drives me mad!

get well soon.

26/02/2013 at 17:39

Afternoon RRR

Sorry to hear you're still struggling   Get well soon.  Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in over the next couple of days.

You still hopeful for Silverstone?

26/02/2013 at 19:21


Linseed in porridge and small handful of nuts as a snack would be great. We can discuss  in detail at weekend . Willing on a speedy recovery!

26/02/2013 at 21:23

Evening Steve Marathon Coach,

Ok, I’ll play it by ear and keep you updated. Hopefully it’ll start to go once the antibiotics kick in and I can get straight back to training.

26/02/2013 at 21:27

Evening Buffy,

Thank you. Sorry to hear you’ve got the lurgy too – get well soon! Let me know how you get on with your run tomorrow – hope it goes well and you’re feeling better.

Although on the plus side ... all this non-running means I may finally have a set of 10 toenails again! Woo!

26/02/2013 at 21:28


Evening Andy,

Thank you. I hate being ill – I get very grumpy when I can’t run! I must be an absolute pleasure for everyone to be around ... um ...!

I don’t know about Silverstone. I don’t think my chances of a PB are looking terribly good on the strength of this last week of running …! I’ve got bootcamp on Saturday so I’ll see what Marathon Coach Steve says about it.

I’ll be there to support I expect whether I’m running or not so you WILL be able to lap me after all!

26/02/2013 at 21:29

Evening Ruth!

Ok great! I’ve bought some nuts and some seeds when I went shopping and stocked up on yoghurt so I’ll add these in. Also I’ve got some linseed for the porridge. Also got some more sweet potatoes … I’ll make more of an effort this week. My food hasn’t been very good recently – I tend to eat worse when I’m not feeling great but that probably doesn’t help the recovery at all!

See you on Saturday!

26/02/2013 at 23:10

RRR yes probably not worth going for a PB at Silverstone and if you decide to do as the illness and missed training will mean you won't be in the shape you were a few weeks ago, it might just be worth doing at marathon pace. Birmingham session was not going to be hard so you could race hard the next day

27/02/2013 at 15:05


Being ill is a pain - both for the patient and their nearest and dearest. My wife hates it when I come down with man-flu

I can fully understand you won't be in tip top form at Silverstone & your attempt to get your excuses in early has been duly noted. I suspect I'll still be buying the coffees as last one in

27/02/2013 at 16:53
Andrew Mitchell 14 wrote (see)

I can fully understand you won't be in tip top form at Silverstone & your attempt to get your excuses in early has been duly noted. I suspect I'll still be buying the coffees as last one in

.... and drinking the coffee through a straw, once Sarah gets hold of you for that comment 

Let's hope the cold wind has died down for Sunday!


Edited: 27/02/2013 at 16:54
27/02/2013 at 21:35

No run tonight - just not well enough yet.

Hope your recovery is going better than mine!

27/02/2013 at 21:45
Hi sarah, thankyou for doing a little dance for me at the weekend. Really enjoyed Belvoir challenge and would certainly do it again. Enjoyed getting muddy...again, beats road running, but its much tougher and slower!

Just wondering have you lost any weight since starting marathon training or have you ate enough to maintain your weight? After reading your thread im trying like you to eat more carbs and protein, but its so difficult (if were not counting fruit and veg as carbs). Think my evening meal is the one that puts me to shame.

How are you feeling with the antibiotics?

Hope your feeling better soon.
27/02/2013 at 21:48

Hi Andy,

One of my male friends tried to tell me quite sincerely on Saturday that men DO get flu worse than women. It’s amazing how fast he could run when chased with a blunt instrument …

27/02/2013 at 21:56

Evening Tenjiso!

Hee hee!! Heed this wise man Andy!

Yes, there has a been a cold wind although it looked quite nice outside today. Don’t know what the forecast is looking like for Sunday though … fingers crossed for a bit of March sunshine!

27/02/2013 at 22:01

Evening Buffy,

I'm really sorry to hear that. I’m feeling a bit less tired today but still coughing like mad. Have you got the awful tired feeling too? I think it’s meant to be a bit warmer tomorrow. Hopefully you might get a chance to go out then?

27/02/2013 at 22:02

Evening Steve Marathon Coach,

Yes, I’ll see how I feel and aim to complete it at marathon pace. It’s disappointing, but I’ve got to tell myself it’s not the goal race … there’ll be plenty of time for half marathons after Paris …

27/02/2013 at 22:02

Evening Sarah!

Yep! Me too! Will take a trail race over a road race any day! Although gosh those Cross Country people are SO quick!! Like a whole other breed of runners!

No – my weight has stayed almost exactly the same! Although I have got smaller as I’ve put more muscle on and lost a bit of the padding. I’ve tried to eat better too although I’ve struggled a lot the past week as I tend to eat worse when I feel worse. I probably won’t fit into the lycra after this past week … I’ve been pretty awful.

27/02/2013 at 22:05

Week 11 Update

Ring the bell. Paint a cross on my door. I seem to have developed the plague.

I’m feeling breathless, drained of energy and I’ve got a cough to rival any 60-a-day smoker. All I want to do is lie in bed but I can’t even do that without coughing. I’m not getting any running done, but my stomach muscles are getting lots of work from all of this hacking and coughing. My legs feel like cooked spaghetti and I’m sulky, grumpy and feeling sorry for myself. So altogether, I’m wonderful company right now.

I’ve been given a round of antibiotics and been told by Marathon Coach Steve to lay off the running for a week. I’m sulking about not being able to run and about not being able to train. 

However … I still seem to be doing better than the boyfriend who has the same thing and ended up at midnight going to walk-in clinic at the local hospital. He got prodded to within an inch of his life and they shaved bits of him for an ECG. With his hangdog look and now patchy body hair, he’s ended up looking like a chimp destined for the lab. I know I should be more sympathetic but I’m using being poorly as my excuse to be unsympathetic. And to snigger at his new pie-bald look.

I just want to run. When I don’t run I feel crap. I can’t quite get my legs to understand that running now will make me feel worse, not better. My body is in revolution – my brain wants to sleep, my legs want to run and my stomach wants to eat crap food. We’ve reached an uneasy truce. I give my stomach crème eggs and ignore my legs and brain.

Although all this non-running is giving my toenails a chance to grow back. I wouldn’t say that my feet are ready for non-runner eyes just yet, but they’re probably past the vomit down the front of your shirt stage now. It’s all glamour, this running lark. 

27/02/2013 at 22:40

Hope you make a quick recovery. I didn't say don't run for a week - you just have to take it on a day by day basis but it is best not to run until you feel you have made some sort of recovery and it won't make you worse. You can take anti biotics and run but some feel sluggish when they do.

27/02/2013 at 22:45
Thanks Steve. I'm feeling a bit better already. Not quite so tired so I'm going to have a quick - well short - run tomorrow and see how I go. I've got all of my pessimism out of the way in the update above Ready to crack on now.
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