Sarah Osbourne with Minni
Angela Isherwood 2 wrote (see)
Malcs, I would definitely agree about getting ur arse in gear- would be so much easier if it wasn't counteracted by sitting down most of the day though.
Too right! Mine is parked on a seat most of the day too which is why I think I have to will it into action when I'm running. When it kicks in though it really makes a difference. Not quite like putting the afterburners on but significant nevertheless.
Sarah - sorry, might have missed this but are you doing a race in France or is France just a short break and the race is back in the UK?
I'm also planning a shorter long run this weekend after last week's 23. My usual Saturday slot is looking a bit dodgy though as I'm going to a gig on Friday and will find it hard to resist having a beer or two. Not the best prep for a long run the next morning.
Thanks for your comments. When I first started running regularly I did get conflicting advice - some people said I had a slight pronation and needed shoes with support, other said I needed neutral cushioned shoes. I certainly feel like I need decent cushioning because I am quite heavy footed. On the size issue my shoe size is 8 and I have generally had running shoes in a 8.5 but with my current (and previous) Asics ones I found a 9 more comfortable - I don't know if it's a general issue with Asics.
I guess four weeks from a marathon is not the time to start experimenting but I'll pay a visit to Sweatshop afterwards - I have one very close to my work. I guess there is a danger when subjecting your body to the punishment of a marathon training schedule that you can mistake what is a perfectly natural reaction to the stress being placed on your body for something more profound.
Anyway, last night I did some hill reps - 12 x 2 mins run uphill (at the best pace I could manage) and jog down. It was hard work but good for building up stamina. Tonight it's a 9 mile slow run home from work again.
Good evening very busy on here this week.
Is it resistance training today Sarah? I can't help but think of a roomful of people in berets with comedy French accents when you mention it.
I went to our club on Monday, bit of a fartlek session over 6 or so miles, then rested yesterday before tonight's 8 miles at 8:30's. I felt a bit stiff and ungainly tonight, I came out of work with a bad headache and hoped to run it off and to some extent I did but I still feel a bit nauseous.
Saturday is last long run
I'm surprised we have more hills down here in East London/Essex than you do in York, but then although I've had some holidays in Yorkshire I've only been to York itself for one day so can't pretend to know it very well. Mind you, we'll be there for a few days in October so I'll get a chance to find out! Are looking to stay in York or move somewhere else?
My run last night was OK, my legs were a bit tired from my hills the previous evening so I took it relatively easy (about 8.35/mile). I did 4 miles at MP this lunchtime as well so that's my weekday quota out of the way.
Mr P - my schedule has 22 miles on Sunday, then it's 20, 18 and 12
Hi Sarah, I've tended to find with marathon training that my legs almost always feel tight for the first 2 miles of any run. I think its just the constant overload we put on ourselves. Bit frustrating at times though, as it does make you question sometimes whether you should be out there.
I've become a terrible runner,,, well, i claim to be a runner, but that would suggest I actually run. So I was at home today as I had to go and see the asthma nurse. So I did run there, but I left A bit late to get in 6 miles before (as it was 2 home after), and I totally underestimated quite how hard my first run after my race at the weekend would be, and I was conscious that I needed to get an accurate blood pressure reading, rather than show up just having sprinted there and fob off the high bp with a 'well u did just run here', so, I only managed 3 miles before the Dr Surgery, and it was 2 miles home. A total of 5. If its any consolation, I did seem to loosen up in those last 2. I also have just had a sports massage, and he worked on my lower leg, where I've been getting all those problems. He thinks its caused by a tight gluteus medius, and also tightness in my hip flexors, and interestingly, he said that he doesn't think I should use a foam roller- apparently they haven't been proven to work
So in summary, my week has been recovery from my half, adn tapering for my 15 mile XC on Saturday, which I may not even be able to get to because snow is forecast again. IF I WANTED SNOW ALL THE TIME I'D LIVE IN THE ARCTIC
Sarah - have a great time in France! Hope the race goes well.
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