Halstead marathon

Am I being stupid.

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28/02/2013 at 15:01

Hi all,

Some usual nutty training from jason going on. I can't believe you did that trail marathon the other day and now doing a 20 this Sunday as well.

I've been under the weather for a few days but ran well this morning and doing the Surrey Spitfire 20 on Sunday.

Oirish - that coast to coast looks a fun ride. Been thinking about it myself, but want to get Lands End to John O'Groats out of the way first in August!

Angela - still thinking about the London 100 mile ride. I am, also, rubbish at swimming!

Happy running everyone!

28/02/2013 at 15:44

Yipeee!!! I gave in... I went to Sweatshop and I bought some Adidas boost!!! Hopefully all my problems are now solved!!!


28/02/2013 at 15:59

Careful wearing them around the house I'd hate for you to knock yourself out on the ceiling  I have my shoe fitting saturday so we could both end up with a pair. Like twins 

DS2 - It has been organised by my best mate over there, he kind of backed me into a corner over it. I am really looking forward to the whole trip as I usually go over for Paddy's day but this year I am running my hometown HM instead. 

28/02/2013 at 16:05

oirish - I love the country! Used to get over there for a golfing break fairly regularly. Love it down on the West coast. A good friend of mine was a Priest down in Kilkee before he found a woman!!! We still get over there and spend time with a few other priests and use their homes as a base.  Where is your hometown?

I ran in new shoes today - oh, they felt lovely (Asics Gel Kayano 19)

28/02/2013 at 16:33

New shoes are always a great feeling aren't they? Like Angela I am living in Colchester. I say hometown but pffft I've been around here there and everywhere to really call it home home

DS2 - I usually go over for the 6 nations and a couple of times more during the year, I've skipped the 6 nations trips this year as I have a few trips up my sleeve potentially later in the year running overseas events that are in the pipeline. Plus I'll be ther for the bike thing early June and possibly the Dublin marathon.

Angela - That reminds me The Bournemouth marathon, the organising company, price and route have taken a right pounding on the forums. Apparently the company running it are a bit hit and miss with their events and having looked at the route they have jusr released and knowing the area as I do it isn't great. I am most likely switching to the Dublin marathon now. I'll have a place to stay and with cheap flights booked early It'll probably work out cheaper for me.

28/02/2013 at 16:56

 u just want to put me down on a day I bought new shoes Oirish!!! Just coz you're jealous!!!

Hmm, Thanks for the heads up on Bournemouth.  I don't think anything could match the annoyance and disappointment of the NYC marathon last year.  The only holiday I've ever booked a year in advance, and well, I was dreading it when I found there would be no chance of a bag drop, and that as one of the latest coaches arriving at the start, due to booking thru a travel company, I would still be waiting for 3 hours before starting the race...  which then of course didn't happen.

Least in the UK if anything goes wrong I can just go home... Its not like Bournemouth hotels are £100s a night...

The BOOST are soooo snug, its nice... they're very light too, but still with loads of cushioning....  I used to use Asics Kayanos, but version 18 put an end to that,they were just too hard for me.  Now I'm a Nike Lunar Eclipse gal.... but perhaps I'll be a boost convert.  I'll use them for my gentle run tonight... 

28/02/2013 at 17:49



Angela Isherwood 2 wrote (see)

 u just want to put me down on a day I bought new shoes Oirish!!! Just coz you're jealous!!!

I'm a little jealous maybe but come saturday I will have a pair of boxfresh trainers and you'll will just have your stinky old pair to get by with 

Besides I'm not jealous I'm childish that is different.


Edited: 28/02/2013 at 17:50
28/02/2013 at 20:31
Boing boing bouncy boing.....boost boing... 4 miles easy, about 30s per mile faster than I usually do easy..... Was it the shoes or 3 days rest? Hmmm
01/03/2013 at 08:42

morning all, havent posted at night as SKY has quite nicely decided to mess with the internet connection 

DS2 thanks i must admit ive been very random with my training, i always get the "because of your age" talk at the club. Seems to be working well so far though 

good luck for your 20!!

Angela- didnt think you would crumble that quickly and give in to the boost!! sounds positive though, i'll stick to me Asics for now, im a massive fan of all their stuff .

Oirish- Dont give in to them  you are stronger than you think!! 

01/03/2013 at 09:36
Yeah, no one else should get boost... The I'll beat you all in Halstead!
01/03/2013 at 11:18

Thats actually an intresting point Angela, can you be the guinea pig and let me know the data side of things . does it make a massive difference etc?

im hopefully after the marathon going to transition into minimalist shoes , hopefully one day ill be barefoot running!

01/03/2013 at 11:35

Jason - enjoy being your age! You can do things people tell you you can't. Proving them wrong is half the fun i used to do all sorts of mad running things at your age - just did what I felt like doing.

Now I have to be much more careful and considered in my approach but i still get a kick out of doing things people don't think I can still do.

I love Asics as well. The Kayano's are quite a hard ride though, as Angela says.

Managed a steady 9.26 miles at 7:57mm at 6:30am this morning. Seem to be back in it after the cold issue.

Good luck this weekend to all.

01/03/2013 at 11:48

DS2- thats what i like about it , im currently in Asics nimbus and love them, even though the reviews were pretty poor i still went for them!

As for their clothing im head to toe in the stuff !

looks like your back to health, which is good.

01/03/2013 at 11:50

If only the garmin had a magic way of knowing which shoes i was wearing for each run, and could then give me performance measures for the shoes at the end of each training block....

I thought running was supposed to be a cheap sport, but I have managed to make it very expensive over the last few months!!  D'oh!

DS2 the way you talk about Jason's age makes me feel like I am well and truly over the hill, and I'm only 26   I think I'd feel a lot younger if I didn't waste 2 hours of my life a day on a train into and out of London...

01/03/2013 at 12:05

i went into running thinking 'yeah fairly cheap, easy exercise'

little did i know i love buying running gear .

Wow 26 i didnt know you were that young . You do realise london ages you considerably .

01/03/2013 at 13:11

£115 on a new pair of running shoes this morning tells me running is not as cheap as all that.  Although they are amazingly snug, light and comfy, I may stop looking lovingly at them sometime soon.  Funnily enough the girl in the Runnersworld shop did make the comment about running being a cheap sport to participate in, shoes and a bra - optional for men, is where you need to invest everything else is just window dressing - as I always tell myself after every credit card statement is opened.

I'm with Jason on this buying running gear is compulsive.

I ended up with a pair of Zoot Ultra Kalani 3.0. a brand I had never tried before but from the moment I slipped them on it was meant to be. I was also told I had the perfect neutral gait, the girl refused to repeat the perfect bit into my phone so I could set it as a ringtone when I asked but apart from that the advice and service was excellent.

Jason/Hannah - when you get to the likes of mine or DS2's age you're are all whippersnappers as far as I'm concerned. I too did some nuts stuff way back when, that's what being young(er) is about. bizarrely I got into running when I developed asthma I was told to take one of those exhalation measures and try it before and after some mild exercise by my GP everyday for a week but not to exert myself, the first day was the day  I discovered I loved running and also my stubborn side surfaced being told not to run was like a red rag to a bull. Not long after that I did my first HM at 14, I decided on the day to enter so ran to the start, got told I needed parental consent ran home and then ran back to sign on and compete, an extra 5 miles or so. Did it in 1:51.

I also played a rugby match, 90 minutes of football and had a 6 rd boxing match in the same weekend once and just the once too! Nowadays I need to stretch before climbing the stairs. 

On another note I am listening to the cyclist Tyler Hamilton's autobiography on audiobook when I run and I am struck by how many times the word "boost" is used re doping.  Now I'm not saying that Angela's shoes make her as bad as Lance Armstrong I will just say there are artificial stimulants and there are artificial stimulants  

Oh and I ran 8 miles very easy this morning with my hungover girlfriend, it was meant to be a rest day but the two aren't really that different. 

01/03/2013 at 15:41
Another dig at the boosts oirish! Even with ur new ones!?!
So I have to go to Dublin for a few days on business- how safe is it for me to be out running alone at night?? Any parts to avoid?
01/03/2013 at 15:47

£115     well if they do look good 

just googled them and they look snazzy!! what colour you go for? thats alwas nice to hear a perfect being mentioned to you once and a while. im neutral too.

its funny as when i was younger (yeah its hard to imagine younger!!) i used to play footy all day, then go for some dinner then back out for more!!

love the description of your 'rest day'. im still resting up today then going out for a slow one 2moro night before the 'biggie'.

looking forward to my carb loading day  Angela just read your answer from the nutritional thread and seems ALOT of brilliant info in there. amazing how much she says your allowed in the day!

01/03/2013 at 16:33

Angela - Like I said childishness not jealousy  I meant to try a pair on to see how they feel but got sidetracked. They are a good looking shoe too aren't they?

Whereabouts are you staying in Dublin? I stay just outside the center in Malahide which is very quiet and has a lovely coast road which I have run, really scenic. I suppose if you are in the center of town you have the river to run alongside, the town center is all either pedestrianised or small, narrow roads and lanes

. Let me know where you will be and I'll ask some female friends who are runners over there where they run. Give me a location and distance required and I'll see what they say.

Jason - I went for them in black and yellow. I was undecided on the look but they felt so good it was a must. I was trying different shoes on with one on each foot and it felt like I had nothing on the foot I was wearing in comparison to the other trainers. Plus it is the perfect excuse to go out to get some matching clothing!!!

Although I joked about my rest day, I am quite happy that I am at a place where I can now tag 8 miles easy on to my schedule and absorb it fairly easily. Mind you I am on this side of my LSR so don't quote me on that just yet 

I think I have seen that Carb loading thread, was it me or did that just seem alot of food? Definitely OTT for a half even for a gutsy pig like me

01/03/2013 at 16:58

oirish-im sure 8 miles will be easily absorbed 

yeah i read with amazment what she allows for breakfast etc thats triple what i normaly eat and even then i think sometimes ive had 'enough'

yeah the paris marathon thread guys were loaded for their halfs the other day i havent got round to checking how they did though!

who knows maybe ill adopt that strategy and smash sundays 20 

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