All Aiming for 3.45 - 3.59
OG well done for yesterday, like NFS says, it so fantastic to hear such positivity, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the run and feel so good.
I had a rollercoaster of a run yesterday at Uttoxeter. Its a great route, but very hilly! I went out too fast and my injury was painful, then 2 of my fellow lady runners caught me up and no offence I thought, oh dear! I know it sounds bad but I even thought about dropping out, and not finishnig my first ever race, I just felt like I wasn't running my normal style.
Anyway, I hung on to Jane and Wendy, to be honest I thought they were going too fast, so just kept behind them then after a couple of miles they were slowing. We then had the dreaded hill that goes on and on, round bends etc at mile 7 and I knew my Dad was going to be at the top. A lot of this run I do on my training runs for London, so once I got to the top and saw Dad I seemed to get into my rhythm and pull away. Then in mile 11, I got the most awful cramp in my calves which cased me to stop quite a bit! Anyway, the finish was at the racecourse, and I finished in 1hr 41.20, 14 seconds quicker than last year and 9th lady overall.
We got ladies first team prize too, with positions of 4th, 9th, 16th and 18th. We won tutbury crystal wine glasses!
My legs are so sore today...I'm working today, so went for a swim before work to try and loosen them up...think I need to rest for a couple of weeks now!!
Next club league race is 27th May.
Well done you, it takes a lot of guts to hang on to people when you feel you are below par......................obviously that virtual bum rub did the trick then .
NFS - yes it did the trick I have learnt alot recently when running, it really is a mental challenge as much as a physical one. It's amazing what you can achieve!
So true. At mile 24 in this years VLM, I really felt 'all in', and then spotted the 9mm pacer with his lollipop in the distance. I thought ''If I could catch him that would assure a sub 4hr, but there's no way I can catch him, I'm so tired'', but somehow mustered what seemed only a fraction more speed and realised I was catching him and his gang up, and I overtook them in mile 25. I think sometimes the extra surge has to come from an outside source (like your dad or my 9mm pacer) because in your own mind you just can't do it?.
Can only say this year's 3 Forts was one of my worst marathons ever. Wasn't up for it beforehand - never even had pasta last night. It was freezing cold - 7 degrees in May! - and, not possessing off-road shoes, I was slipping and sliding all over the place. The lack of training since the Stinger - particularly long runs - really caught up with me after 15 miles. The only positive aspects were that the knee was ok - I couldn't have run it 2 weeks ago - and it's another marathon ticked off.
Will now buy some trail shoes!
OG, point taken. Two questions - will you wear the Roclites at the SDM even if it's bone dry and - if you buy them online - what about sizing? I take size 10 ordinary shoes, but my Mizuno Waveriders are size 12.
On a positive note, am really pleased - and relieved - the knee seems fine now. It could - and did - seriously interfere with my running - very unusual for me!! The other aspects, like wearing the right trainers, learning how to Chi run and - dare I say it - losing a bit of weight are much more easily sorted.
Off to Sardinia tomorrow - with my trainers, of course!
Great news re the knee
Re the shoes, no, I'd wear road shoes on the Downs if it was bone dry. I was worried about sizing too, but based on the reviews they appeared to be 'normal' so I ordered the same size as my road shoes (Brooks Adenaline) and they were fine. The toe box is nice and wide (which I need), apparently this isn't the case with all the Inov8s. They may not be right for you, but I am mightily impressed. FYI, two of my clubmates did the half on Sunday and they were both in Roclites as well, one of them new to the brand. Their feedback mirrors mine.
Have a great break - will be nice to escape the weather for a bit !
Thanks. Which version of Roclite did you buy?
SDM, I believe OG had the Roclite 319s from Sportshoe.com
Correct - SDM they are the ones in the link I already sent you..........
... no posts for 2 days - is that a record ?
Southdownsman - re the purchase of trail shoes after 99 marathons - I really like your style . I have been threatening to buy myself some trail shoes for ages but have not as yet got round to it - that said I am still wearing the same running top I bought 10 years ago ! I beleive I am the only woman in Cheshire who hates shopping .
Well done on your half Claire - what a great time and a great mental recovery !
I have nothing to report I'm afraid, I have had a cold for a week which has been annoying as I wanted to run over the BH weekend - still looking on the bright side at least I didnt catch it 2w ago !
I went with my club for the first time since October, ran one of a series of road race events. Only 5 miles but on a almost flat course, I clocked 38.25 at an average 7.6 min miles. With some of our quick runners out for various reason, I was 2nd male for the club and would have been first but for a guy some 20 years my junior passing me in the last 300m. I think I paid for it at night though, I kept getting cramp every time I bent my legs in bed.
well done you, that's a really good pace for us 3.45's.
hope the cold's better soon, I'm sure the enforced rest wont do any harm being a very fit duck .
I'm hoping to do a long'ish bike ride this weekend to get used to a few hours in the saddle....ouch!.
Viking - well done - that's really quick !
Hope you're well enough to get out for a run this weekend QQ. What's next on your list of events ??
Busy weekend ahead, including an all-day football tournament on Sunday. Thinking I might, for once, not get up early but poss try to sneak away from the football for an hour between matches to do a little bit (tournament is at the foot of the South Downs within easy reach of some great trails, so no excuse really)
Thanks OG - am hoping I might fit a run but it may be a struggle between kids activities ! Hope the weather's kind on Sunday if you're out in it all day ! Also am not convinced I've completely got over the cold yet as not feeling at all like a fit duck at the mo. Thinking about it I remember feeling very unfit soon after prev marathons - like " how did I ever run 26 miles 3 weeks ago ?"
Viking - great running - well done !.
Enjoy youre running/biking over the weekend all !
I will enjoy my weekend at work, not
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