All Aiming for 3.45 - 3.59
Hmm, seems almost to good to be true! However I am definitely going to give it a go. Fortunately, apart from occasional AT, I don't seem to be injury-prone - at least, not until this year, but I would still like to get back under 4 hours for a marathon, perferably without having to do agonising speed sessions.
I like to keep Saturdays free for my LSR and other activities, so am planning a 1-to-1 session with Michelle next month. I do try and lean forward - when I remember - but seem to end up looking at my feet or the ground just in front - rather than something more attractive!
Of course it all costs money, despite my frequently reminding Mrs SDM that running is a cheap sport.
You must be leaning from the waist, not your ankles. Exactly the type of thing the course will fous on. If you're not prepared to give up one LSR/day to learn about it, it's probably not for you to be honest - I've 'ruined' tons of runs to focus on technique in the last year........it's not an immediate fix.
OG, I am planning to see Michelle on a Friday, so I don't miss the LSR.
Good luck Claire - I had a look at the website, looks like a really great run. Let us know how it goes !
Forum cripple report.....
1 week post op and things are going really well I'm pleased to say. It helped sharing a room in the hospital with a chap of similar age who had the same operation so we were able to egg each other on. The nurses were pretty too! 1st day was a drug induced high and we had a laugh. Once the IV drips were removed in the afternoon we celebrated with a couple of beers that his wife had snuck in, then blow me down our dinner arrived with a 25cl bottle of red wine on the tray....gotta love the french! We did a few crutch races up and down the corridor but it was a bit awkward getting around as we had fluid drain catheters in.
Day 2 am we had the catheters removed which was a very strange sensation (bit nauseous!) but as soon as we got over that moving around became a lot easier and I pretty much walked out of the hospital without crutches that afternoon.
This week has been, rest, ice, elevation, compression and loads of gentle exercises to extend range of movement. I can now straighten fully and have about 90 degrees flexion. Walking gait not bad now either - obviously the red wine is doing wonders. I thing an aggresive pre op physio program has helped enormously. I don't think I'll be running anytime soon but will hopefully be able to do some stationary bike soon.
back from Cyprus, I tried running out there, waited until 5.30pm as it was hot during the day only managed around 4 miles because it was still very warm. I like running in the sunshine, but this was too much, average daytime temp was 35 degrees but it cool down to 21degrees at night, I will probably catch a cold back here. We stayed in Protarus about 14km from the Ayia Napa, it came on the local news that 5 people had been shot/executed in a car in Napa.
Hope you recover soon AdyP.
As it's so quiet, how about a mid-week teaser?
I've been hobbling around the garage for a few days and have produced this....
Question is - what's different about it and why?
Winner gets an e-beer!
I had a terrible marathon on Saturday, my worse to date - I "bonked" apparently, had nothing whatsoever in the tank!
Great course though, really great course, I recommend it.
Ady where's the clothes peg and the folded up cardboard??
Bad news Claire, hope you feel better about it soon.
We're off to Greece next week Viking, it was too hot to run last year but I'll take my stuff anyway.
Claire, it proves you are mortal like the rest of us. Use the experience to your advantage, learn from you past training runs and races. Make changes, rest, recharge your batteries and come back better and stronger.
I did a pot luck pair race last night, over a 3 mile course, you had to predict your own finish time and then you and a partner are drawn out of a hat. You all start at the same time and your times are combined and the times you gave are combined +/-. I ran an easy 5 mile on Tuesday the first run since the hot one in Cyprus so did not feel at my best so I gave a conservative 22.30 for 3 miles. There is one restriction, you are not allowed to wear a watch, so you are running blind. I finished in 23.06, my partner predicted he would finish in 27.30, he finished in 26.31. Our total +/- was 25 seconds and we won by 3 seconds.
Mr P, if I was going to run, I would do it early morning, that's if the beer and vino allow you too.
AdyP, you've not put the stabilisers on.
Claire - there's nothing wrong with "bonking" !
Viking - I need stabilisers with my knee - I'll post a pic to orrow when the bandages come off!
Gears Mr P! I've put a Mountain Bike rear derailleur and larger cassette on the back of my road bike to make hill climbing with a dodgy knee easier! I win the beer.
I'm guessing OG is a bit busy at work at the mo!!
Morning all.......yes busy, but no more than usual. Glad I'm a humble compliance officer in a different part of the organisation. Keeping head down time methinks.......
Claire - we've all done it, just part of the learning process isn't it ? Hop[e you're OK now and ready for the next one.
Mr P - your last post is spookily accurate.....had a really interesting time on Saturday evening acting as a 'pacer' (more like 'company') for a clubmate who was doing the South Downs Way 100 mile ultra. Waited with her husband ('road crew' !) at the 54 mile checkpoint for a couple of hours until she arrived, then ran with her to the 70m mark approx where we arrived just as it got dark (and another clubmate took over from me). Fascinating to experience a bit of such an event. There are some serious nutters out there. There was a 30% DNF rate and the effects on some individuals wasn't great to witness. The clubmate is a police sargeant and her husband a retired officer as well....hence the spookiness. This has whetted my appetite for going longer - the pace was really relaxed and I think is the secret to doing such things (as well as fuelling, and being slightly mad). Can honestly say the 16m was effortless - didn't break sweat really despite the hills. She did brilliantly, finishing in 25 hrs 32 mins around 7.30am Sunday. Link to the event website below which might be of interest - check out the winning time - unbelievable.
Good few days walking in Scotland last week, including an epic trek of 27 miles climbing 3 x 4,000 foot peaks in the Cairngorms with 6,500 feet of ascent in just under 13 hours last Monday - fantastic experience in untypically glorious weather.
A sub-3 hour marathoner friend did the SDW run in under 20 hours, although he says never again. It seems impossible to contemplate, but I guess like any big task the key is to break it into manageable chunks - sorry for the management-speak.
OG, suggest you try some of the LDWA ultras like the Gatliff, Winter Tanners and Punchbowl - fantastic value-for-money and excellent organisation.
SDM - I've looked at one or two of theirs but I really am not interested in anything where I need to navigate or have a realistic chance of getting lost (apparently a couple of the SDW 100ers were seen in Lewes at one point........maybe it was deliberate !). Will have another go at the Downland 30 hopefully in a couple of weeks but it'll be next summer before I contemplate anything more serious as I'm fully scheduled up to then - difficult to fit in more than one big run per month
My only experience of the SDW run - apart from chatting to a mature lady hasher who completed it at a steady pace - is a few years ago when I came across the checkpoint on the A285 when driving to Petworth. I just asking one of the marshalls what the event was when a runner arrived saying he was splitting blood! The marshall had a quick look and said he had only damaged a tooth at which the runner said, 'that's ok then', and charged off up the hill!
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