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11/02/2012 at 15:14
VikW wrote (see)

I feel a bit bad that some of the others have relocated to the just finish thread as they think I'm too speedy  I did put on my pitch for the forum six that I was eventually hoping for 4.30ish

I'm still here  and there!!

You go girl, if you can get 4:30 that's blinkin ace  I shall be happy with anything that starts with a 4 ....even 4:59:59 .....but of course I have a slightly better time in mind

but nothing like 4:30

oops edited to say I have LSR'd 13 miles in 2:20 which is 5 minutes quicker thatn my first half mara in 08 that I "ran" and today I ran/walked, hw mad is that!!

I wore 3 pairs of gloves and my hands were toasty warm for the first time

Edited: 11/02/2012 at 15:16
11/02/2012 at 15:41

I keep popping my head round the door too - but I can't keep up with my blog, FB, and the other threads I post on regularly - oh, and work , hence my sparse attendance in here. A finish with a 5 at the front would do me fine. Finish is the important word for me. 5:01 might annoy the hell out of me though

I know I couldn;t run the paces you're turning out, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be running them. As long as the paces you've been running are not too fast for how you're feeling, then I'm sure you'll be fine and be 4 something with ease.

I'm hoping that tomorrow's race is on, otherwise it's 20 miles to find - and for once I'm excited rather than nervous about a race.

11/02/2012 at 15:51

what's the race Helen?

So you're doing 2 x 20 mile races 

11/02/2012 at 16:07

No, tomorrow's race is Stamford and is 30 k - 18.6 (ish) miles. It was 20 miles on the training plan, but I've been let of the extra if I race Stamford - a race being harder than a LSR.

Only 1 x 20 mile race at Ashby (followed by pizza) with one more 20 mile long run before Ashby. Yes, it is a fairly high mileage plan, but that's what I liked about it. I will have done 3x18 and 3x20.

11/02/2012 at 16:13
HL- is this your first Mara?
11/02/2012 at 16:17
Vik don't feel bad about being speedy!!! It's just I need to be realistic, that's all. It's still good to read your progress and be inspired and encouraged!

For the record, my 12-mile run splits were as follows for today:

11:14
11:06
11:27
11:18
11:02
16:55 (this mile was up a 20% hill so walked + ate a gel...)
10:52
10:24
11:08
10:03
10:23
10:36
Average 11:22, including silly hill. Average of other miles, 10:52. Very very pleased with that. Total time was 2:16 so that'd be a sub-2:30 half if I'd have done the extra 1.1 mile at a similar pace. When I plodded round a 10K in 1:08 before Christmas (11:00ish pace) I never thought I'd be able to double the distance at a similar pace!

Hope everyone wasn't too disrupted by the weather today. Just cold here and for once no wind and rain
Edited: 11/02/2012 at 16:18
11/02/2012 at 16:23

3x 20s blimey  mind you I should do that really!!

well run miti

11/02/2012 at 19:35

Yes.  I'm having a novel mid-life crisis and turning 40 just days before running my first marathon in Brighton. I was worried H would throw a surprise party - and I'm not a fan of parties at the best of times. So I decided to "mark" rather than celebrate the event by doing this. OMG why did I think that a good idea

Race tomorrow cancelled - but club is out in force for a run, so will get the miles regardless.

Nice running there Mit. Nice pacing too. We will let you off silly hill!

11/02/2012 at 19:50
Helen Liz- looks like I'll be at Brighton for my first mara too, as you may have guessed, a slightly later mid-life meltdown, and a bit of a last minute decision.
I had 4 celebrations for my 40th, but then I organised them all! I am a fan of parties and am always looking for excuses..maybe I could have a "I just ran my first marathon party" if I do it, especially as in 5 years of running, I have always said "NEVER".
11/02/2012 at 21:18

My best friend bought me a fabulous Radley bag when I ran my first marathon

I'm turning 50 this year and having said never to a marathon and heading towards my 5th I'm debating entering the JW Ultra next year

11/02/2012 at 21:35
Spence wrote (see)

My best friend bought me a fabulous Radley bag when I ran my first marathon

I'm turning 50 this year and having said never to a marathon and heading towards my 5th I'm debating entering the JW Ultra next year


Quoted, so it's there for posterity. Spence wants to do an Ultra - it's in writing.
11/02/2012 at 21:42

hahahaha I'd already e-mailed my crew Meldy, XB, Far Far to make sure they'd do it with me before I mentioned it on here!!!!

The reason I decided too was I was wearing my JW Ultra beanie hat whilst walking the dog, & felt a bit of a fraud having only run 9 miles in the relay!!

11/02/2012 at 21:58
12/02/2012 at 15:52

hello lovelies!! Glad you are all still lurking away!

Helen- can you put a link on here to your blog I want to show it my my friend at work but having trouble with facebook and can't seem to find it there!

Well I'm back from the 19 and it was very cold and icy so I did two laps of bushy park and then a bit out and back along the tow path to try and aviod the worst of the ice

the steady 12 splits are 10.41/10.41/10.43/10.41/10.37/10.29/10.43/11.00/11.13/12.29/11.27/10.20

 the 7 mp + 15 secs are 10.20/12.11/09.48/10.15/10.24/10.55/10.12

I have no idea where the 12's came from I think one might be an icy patch and the one during the final 7 I have no idea.....  and I was practcing taking gels while still running so can't be that!

I think overall it wasn't too bad and I really enjoyed it and its given me confidence after that rubbish marathon paced run during the week that maybe it'snot too bad after all!!

How did everytone else get on? 

Edited: 12/02/2012 at 15:53
12/02/2012 at 16:00

certainly Vik - it's here: http://helenruns.wordpress.com/ it's hardly a rivetting read! I started it for me as a diary of training, so that I can look back on it when i've finished. But then people started reading it. Mum reads it & prints it & takes it to grandma?! I'm slightly bemused that people want to read it, including people I don't know and even go so far as to comment on it!

20 miles in 3:59. Happy, if tired. Will check splits later, but I know I set out too fast.

I am, however, rather worried about the person I ran with - she ended up barely able to walk. I'm no expert, but I know that isn't supposed to happen. I'm tired and I ache, but I don't hurt - there's a difference.

12/02/2012 at 16:40
Can I just pop by with a HUGE WHOOP WHOOP and YAY?!!

Race went brilliantly. Ran the 10m lap I was entered for in a PB by about 5 minutes!
Then a quick stop to move my bag to the 20m tent and wait for RP to catch up and ran on and did the second lap with him. Have to confess to abandoning him about Mile 17 as he was struggling I was feeling good.
Overall time 3.01 for the 20, average pace 9.05mm. Slowed it down when running with him which may have been a good thing. Last half mile was a bit tired but felt I could have carried on.
Fuel-wise, had a good carbload of cake and lasagne last night, 4 weetabix for breakfast, a banana before the start and 2 packs of lucozade jelly beans and a few jelly beans round the course. Didn't fuel after about 15 miles as was fed up of them and felt OK.

So looks like a yes to Brighton then! Limb wise, all a bit tight, would have liked a massage but queues were long and have one booked for Tuesday. Have stretched and had a hot tub plus off to local spa tomorrow evening so intend to swim and see what else I feel like doing to get moving and then an easy run on Tuesday if I can move!!

Grrr: Just typed the splits and deleted them Grrrrr.

And again:

Splits: Lap 1 9.11/8.37/8.31/8.24/8.32/8.40/8.31/8.32/8.23/7.56
Lap 2: 9.25/9.47/9.41/9.48/10.01/10.19/10.20/9.35/8.59 and a little SFTL: 250ft at 7.15!!

Really really pleased ;-)

Have now scoffed more leftover lasagne/jacket potato and hummus and a kitkat! And 2 pints of diet coke.


12/02/2012 at 18:50
Blimey Foxy
12/02/2012 at 19:22
Spence!
13/02/2012 at 10:11

Morning. That's fast, Foxy!  That looks to be sub 4 territory!!! *faints*

How's everyone doing after the long runs? I'm in flatish boots, but am actually locomoting reasonably well. Result!

13/02/2012 at 11:09
I'm feeling worryingly good. Did lots of stretching last night as my back was sore. Was tempted by a recovery bimble but the sun went in, sanity prevailed and I have cross trained with hoover and iron instead! Plus done more core and stretches as my back is my "achiles heel".

Time was, according to the RW calculator, the 10m time indicates a sub 4, but I suspect I have left it too late for that.

I'm off for a girlie evening at the local spa tonight so should get some swimming in and recovery 4miler tomorrow morning assuming I haven't seized up. Plus am all booked on my Purple Patch Marathon training camp next weekend

As for footwear, haven't got that far yet today but reckon I'll be good for heels. And managing stairs up and down and in the right direction!
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