Lucozade Sport Super Six: Wotsit (sub-4:30)

Follow Wotsit as she embarks on her sub-4:30 FLM campaign (Mentor: Nick Anderson)

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09/03/2012 at 20:07

new job - so far so good! everyone is very friendly which took me by surprise - was used to no one speaking to me in my old job!! so once i have figures out what i'm supposed to be doing, it might work out nicely....

having severe mojo issues..... looked back at previous marathon plans and I'm doing ok - just feel like I'm not - and am struggling. 18 miler lined up for the weekend. am abandoning garmin for the time being as think that may be part of problem. am going to think miles not minutes for this one...

which half Abs? I;m thinking of the Kingston breakfast run on 1 april - have done it twice before and it's 16 miles which is a good yardstick 3 weeks out.

 right - dinner - time for a glass of fizz.....

11/03/2012 at 16:36
Was Cambridge Half - i did 1.55.50ish. Was a good course, little bottlenecked in places but once on the second lap, it was fine. felt strong throughout and managed to reel people in in the last mile which was nice. First mile 9.48, last mile - 8.32, averaged at 8.49 so very chuffed. Approached as a progressive run, did 7 miles hard side of steady, then a 40min hard threshold, then hung on til the end. Bit peaved as was chip timing and they took splits about 5 times, but confirmed time as gun time. Hopefully when results are up will be adjusted.

Glad job is going well, colleagues should be nice - how horrible to work somewhere and be ignored. I would not cope with that, am way too sensitive.

Kingston sounds good, is 2 weeks before brighton so prob a bit close to join you. Dont stress about training, sure it is going much better than you think. I look forward to cheering you on. Will be there again, though hopping to different places.
12/03/2012 at 20:06

woohoo Abs! I did think about you yesterday but forgot to log in last night and then have been at work today  - fabulous news - think you are definitely getting alittle speedy for us more mature ladeeeez! (sorry am unfairly lumping wotsit and tatty in with me!) like the way you approached it.

am doing a 17-18 miler tomorrow, will tollow your example and try and split it up a bit - first half very easy i reckon and then take it from there.....

15/03/2012 at 20:44

I am so very impressed and not a little jealous of Abs' fab racing.  Have you come down from it yet? 

I've been googling Fit Naturally - that looks interesting.  Has it been empowering having someone else set up your diet plan?  My weight is going in the other direction at the moment, given that a) I'm not running very much because my foot is playing up and I'm working too many hours to be very well able to fit it in and b) I'm enjoying a glass of wine/gin most evenings, as well as chocolate.  And cake. But my stress levels are ever so high, which makes my heart rate crazy high, which must mean my metabolism is sky high too, right?

And collapse.

 Sorry if I keep missing you posting - my email thing isn't emailing me when someone has posted any more and its ever so confusing!

Hope the long run went well Gladrags?

17/03/2012 at 19:35

oh yes - long run gradually expanded until it became 20.5 miles! avg pace was 10.28 with a negative split! all good. planning another long run on monday - but that's dependent on m being well enough for school - he has a flu type bug at the mo...

Fit naturally - not heard of it? Think a new programme can give a boost to weight loss? I've been doing well recently (just bought some size 10 jeans ) but wonder if that will suffer with the snacking at work......

hope the foot recovers soon wotsit - how irritating...

20/03/2012 at 15:20

yin and yang - after spending the whole week telling everyone what a great 20 mile run I had..... I then had a horrible 16 mile disaster yesterday.

Ireally messed up- failed to eat or hydrate properly the day before, wore far too many clothes on a warm morning, didn't set off until nearly 10am after having breakfast at 6, etc etc etc. struggled from about 12 miles until eventually I gave in and got the bus home. I have never done that before  - I think my body is just getting too old for these things......

am trying to be upbeat. main focus now is to get another solid ten days of decent training under my belt (max distance probably 10) before the Kingston Breakfast run on 1 April. Gah!

20/03/2012 at 16:44

What guff!  You just got the coordination wrong, nothing at all to do with your age.  And you know that its pretty common to follow an awesome run with a dreadful one and vice versa.  Chin up - you're my source of vicarious running!

Foot not so bad this week, but being careful with it.  Even the wrong shoes throws it all out.  Not doing brilliantly with the mental health at the moment either.  Struggling big time with the balance - so working more helps not think about stuff at home, but leads to not seeing kids enough, or having enough time to get stuff done, which makes me feel stressed, which is compounded by the extra work.... I need Easter in a big way - and for my in laws to have the kids for a few days so I can get on top of everything at work and home.  Really I need a magic wand.  Anyone got one?

20/03/2012 at 16:45
Does anyone else find that posting on this seems to crash the system?
20/03/2012 at 17:48

yes - posting = system error.... no idea what's happening.

magic wand would be great! impossible to get the right kids/work/relationship/exercise balance - as soon as one thing is straight, something else kicks off....... wishing you a magic wand right now.....

you are clearly right - what guff - am wallowing. will straighten self out soon.......

21/03/2012 at 19:38
Yep i have been getting the error message too and no longer get an email when anyone posts. Are they trying to tell us something - this thread most certainly cannot die until everyone has the 4.30 (not that it should anyway)
Have a crappy left knee that hurts when walking - going to see physio tomorrow but am convinced the marathon aint gonna happen.

No magic wand here but agree that one would very useful. Balancing everything is a pain in the a*** at times and virtually impossible. I really hope things get better for you Wotsit - sending big warm hugs.

Fit Nat plan is fab - has made me start eating properly and stop skipping meals in favour of fatty snacks. Easy to follow, and very varied. Most meals are ready within 30mins and ideal for whole family. She has been brill with pre race nutrition and long run nutrition advice too.

Gladrags - you still have your best marathon to come, def nothing to do with age - sometimes that run just happens. You will be fab.
21/03/2012 at 21:57

poorly knee - oh  no - fingers crossed that the physio visit goes well - you are so due to smash the 4h30 mark....

the supporters groups are all back up again. am feeling a little bit of that old excitement.... wish there was just a little bit more time as ideally would like to get another 20 miler under my belt before kingston.... but am sticking to the thought that it's better to be undertrained and fresh.....

right. another day at work tomorrow and then 6 miles tempo on friday. actually looking forward to it!

21/03/2012 at 22:06

oh and you knwo my disastrous 16 mile run?

finally looked at the garmin splits and average pace was only 4 seconds per mile slower than the fab 20 miler......


23/03/2012 at 18:18

Ha!  All about perception.  You are going to be fabulous.  I loved Kingston when Ali and I did it a couple of years ago.

Hope the knee is getting well rested Abs - am sending huge healing vibes your way.  Nightmare.

Foot still on the mend... fingers crossed.  Bit stressy after a killer week, but the weekend is upon us and it is sunny AND there is only 1 more week till the easter hols.  Hurrah!

23/03/2012 at 22:59
I am still here Abs, how is the leg? Sending huge healing vibes your way. And a huge WELL DONE on the weight loss, I am in awe. Mine has gone in the wrong direction and about 10 st 7 (ugh!) but I think I have it under control now. Was doing lots of binge/purge when I was marathon training but attempting to diet...yes, I know! The marathon training is, well, completely knackered due to 5 weeks of virtually nothing doing. Got flu, then couldn't seem to shake it off, then got pharyngitis and a chest infection that has seen me signed off work for the week! So I really doubt that I am going to even start. It is 5 weeks on Sunday!!!

Anyway, enough with th moaning!!! I will stop being such a lazy moo and get on here much more often. FB is not enough to keep in touch properly.

Wotsit,, yes, hooray to hols!!!

Gladrags, great long running
25/03/2012 at 18:31

yay to Abs on the 4 miler.... everything crossed...

tatty -sooooo nice to have you back! sorry to hear about the flu.... can you defer your marathon place? sending hugs....

have had a v drunken weekend - 2 hangovers in succession  - been a while since that happened!! but am going to sober up now for this last push.

25/03/2012 at 20:05
Sadly no deferral for Shakespeare But I am transferring my place to someone who is raising money for JDRF and didn't register on time, doh! And she is giving me my entry fee back, so happy days all round. Feeling stronger every day so will hopefully be OK to attempt a run later this week. Am very cautious about starting back again in case I get poorly!

Shame I can't get out for a run too - could really do with one right now. Walking is OK to clear my head. I had a miscarriage last week, you see. I haven't told anyone else apart from hubby. I am on Clomid - first cycle for a while last month. The pregnancy obviously didn't take for whatever reason and I started bleeding heavily the day after my positive test (would have been 4 weeks gone). Had been spotting for about a week before that so was a bit on edge anyway. On the positive side, I know it works for me. I have one last round of tablets to take before I have done my maximum of 6 cycles on it. I feel a bit numb and detached about it all because I suppose I didn't, have chance to get excited but I still feel like I need to grieve somehow Weird. What is meant to be will be though!

Onwards and upwards!
26/03/2012 at 09:34

oh tatty - hugs..... am a big believer in the need to let things out - I have spent a lot of time crying and talking to myself over various things. Best to do that when you're alone! Hope that you have a calm week to get your head together a bit. Thinking of you.


26/03/2012 at 19:59
Oh Tatty, sending huge hugs your way. I know how much you wanted this, a loss is a loss regardless of the time. It will happen for you again. Sounds like a wise move re the marathon, there will be others, i hope you are feeling on the mend now from your infection.

Gladrags - do you have your number etc, i will keep an eye out. Not going to be at Mile 17 but will be other places if you have any requests.

Fingers crossed that Brighton will still happen, will try another run tomorrow and am back to see physio on Friday. He is keen that i still run but keep it gentle (nothing long fast or hilly!!)
27/03/2012 at 21:21
Thanks guys, hugs much appreciated Hoping to get out for a run in the next day or two as well and start my comeback!

Abs, have you been running today? How is it?
28/03/2012 at 10:18

well done Tatty - think gentle run the Spring sunshine can be very cathartic.

Abs - how goes it? Brighton- yay or nay??? Do you have a good support team lined up down there? Am thinking if you need an extra jelly baby/gel stop that I could come down? Would be lovely to see you on the way round..... where are you planning to stand? I guess for me, the really tough bit is out of docklands and down through that tunnel - but I can see why supporters wouldn't stand there!

I have predicted my time (via the fridge magent that they now send out!) as 4.45.21. Ideally it would be about 6 mins faster than that - but if it's hot, it will be  slower...... Don't know if that's any good for you - depends on who else you're spotting?

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