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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26/03/2013 at 22:59

Evening Buffy!

Glad you like the calculator … it’s fab isn’t it! I hate details and spreadsheets … except when they’re full of my running data – then I can’t get enough of them! I’ve found the calculator fairly good although it reckoned last year that I shouldn’t have been able to get my half marathon time from my 5k time … just goes to show there’s a bit of wiggle room!

Oh how irritating about missing the GFA by 8 seconds – argh!! Well you’ll have to nail it this year and then I’ll see you at London next year as we’ll both have a GFA!! (Fingers most firmly crossed!!)

I’m just going to stick to the 7:55 – 8 min/mile pace this marathon and try to nail this Boston Qualifier. I don’t want to try to go any faster and have the wheels fall off and end up dragging in on the sweeper lorry …! If I feel strong in the last few miles (does that HAPPEN in a marathon ever?!) then I might up the pace then but I’m going to stay as consistent as possible for this one.

26/03/2013 at 23:00

Evening Derrick,

Hope it eases off. Keep us updated...

26/03/2013 at 23:04
Tough mudder.... Isn't that that crazy one with fire etc? Isn't it really expensive too?
I think I'll try to find some of these XC that are 3 times shorter than Orion 15, that marathon coach Steve talks of, though I had always thought XC was a winter sport?
27/03/2013 at 04:58
Got.up.this morning and had to limp down stairs , not a good sign , I spayed some deepheat on it and put a compression strap on , let's see if it eases of through the day , it looks a certainty that I'll be having a rest day was a steady one as well , I enjoy them ones , well I enjoy them all but it just more therapeutic.
27/03/2013 at 11:43

RRR - just looking in to check no bizzare calamities have hit you this week. Not locked in car park...check. Not chased by wildfowl...check. No run ins with cyclists...check. So nothing bizarre but damn, something completely mundane - those pesky cold germs have got you! Can't believe you've been struck twice in one training campaign. 

I hate colds - I mean I really hate them. Just hope it's a short one for you. It should be, you are as fit as anything so your body should be up to the fight. At least you are in taper so no need to worry about missing those easy runs. As Steve says, better to have it now and get it over with. 

If there's one thing I do like about a cold it's that after it's out the system, bizarrely I always feel quite energised. So rest up well and look forward to that final build up towards the big one - which, by the way, you are going to completely destroy! 

27/03/2013 at 12:32

Its a calf injury to be precise steve.

27/03/2013 at 13:50

Derrick - that's really bad luck, do you think you have torn it? Personally I'd put ice on it as opposed to heat. If there's a tear, no matter how big, then ice will help reduce any swelling and aid the healing process. 

27/03/2013 at 16:20
Cheers Malc , I have iced , I would I know what kind of injury it is , I was running and I felt my calf tighten up followerd by a slight pain .
27/03/2013 at 16:45

Derrick - I'm not a physio so I'm just going off experience and what I've been told or read. An acute injury like that, where you feel something go, is most likely to be a muscle or tendon strain. They can be accompanied by a muscle spasm which sounds like what you're describing. The fact that it was slight (as opposed to severe) pain would suggest that it was a minor strain.

R.I.C.E. is the first thing to go for. Maybe see how it is over the next day or so. If the pain eases then you can avoid the cost of a physio visit. But ideally see a physio so you get a correct diagnosis.

27/03/2013 at 16:50
Hi Derrick, I would agree with Malcs- sounds identical to what happened to me last year- only difference being I thought it was just tightness and proceeded to massage, deep heat, foam roll it, which made it worse, not better. RICE and see a physio to tape it for u to protect it from further injury.
I'm 6 months after it happened and I still get tightness in the front of that leg since the calf is weaker, so don't do what I did- go get some help!

Good luck!
27/03/2013 at 20:57
Thankyou for the advice Malc/Angela , I've iced it twice rested and kept it elevated, it does seem to be easing down , I've tried pinpointing just where exactly it is and it seems to be at the bottom left hand side , I remember a couple of weeks ago that when I prodded it it felt like a bruise , I have booked a appointment for a massage for Saturday but until then I will use the method RICE.
27/03/2013 at 21:02
I'm hoping after all this hard training that I'm going to be fit and well for the VLM ,
27/03/2013 at 23:15
Hi Sarah, sorry to hear that you have picked up a cold. I hope its nothing like last time and if you have any doubts get to your doctors early to get antibiotics. Most doctors would give up antibiotics easier knowing that your doing a marathon in a few weeks time.

Did you manage your long run at the weekend. I couldnt see a report but I was playing catch up with being away all weekend so could have easily missed it.

Ive finally bedded my new trainers in...the turning round point was on Thursday. I decided to wear them on an 8 mile run with the club and they were surprisingly ok. After that I wore them in france and for the race on sunday and they have continued to be ok. Such a relief after my old trainers suddenly felt un-cushioned.

I think you jinx the weather with saying that the days are getting longer and the weather nicer last week!! Only kidding.

Hope you feel better soon.
27/03/2013 at 23:28

Derrick, maybe that spot you felt was a bit of tightness that hasn't eased up and instead has torn under stress? 

Sarah O is the one with the medical credentials, what do you reckon Sarah?

29/03/2013 at 09:17
Well my calf as just about disappeared ( the ache /pain), I think I'll give it another day and do some light stretches and go to the coast for a walk , I might as well wait until I see the sports massage on Saturday . How are you Sarah have you been out running
29/03/2013 at 09:53
Hey RRR - how are you?
29/03/2013 at 14:15


If Ruth lets you have 1 Creme Egg over Easter than have this one.

Hope tapering is going well.

29/03/2013 at 20:24

Evening Angela,

Yes Tough Mudder is the one with the fire, ice and the electric shocks. It was a good giggle and I chatted the whole way around although I kept my mouth shut during the very muddy parts! J It was good fun but I think every single person was bleeding by the end. I did it in May, although I think ‘proper’ cross country races are during the winter. Seems a bit sadistic though mixing ice and mud!

29/03/2013 at 20:24

Evening Derrick,

How’s the calf feeling now? Nope … no running for the last week. Have been feeling exhausted and just absolutely worn out … have antibiotics now so hopefully that’ll start making me feel a bit better.

29/03/2013 at 20:24

Evening Malcs!

No duck maulings, attempts on life by cyclists or weather disasters so far this week … but unfortunately also no running! Stupid sinusitis … have been prescribed antibiotics … again!! Grrr at winter weather and colds! I’m definitely hoping that I get the energised feeling afterwards that you described … at least I’ll get a nice easy taper I guess! J

How’s the TR24 training coming along?

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