Sarah Osbourne with Minni
I'm glad you had a great time in France sarah.
Yesterday was my 22 miles. I have to say that right from my start my legs weren't feeling particularly fresh and by half way were beginning to feel a bit weary, and by about 16 miles they were feeling quite tired. Still, I managed to keep going at a reasonable pace and although the last few miles were hard work I was never seriously struggling and I finished in 3h 5m, which is 8:25/mile. I'm happy enough with that, especially as it was a hilly route and not the best of conditions - there wasn't too much snow on the ground but it was really cold and (at times) windy. It would have been nice to get round comfortably but the fact that I was able to keep going for those last miles with tired legs gives me encouragement for the last few miles of the marathon itself.
Wow Sarah!!! Massive congratulations on a great race result!!! 2nd, wow, that's awesome!
Its soo cold here in London today, that I just went out for lunch, and the cold air got me coughing
The problem with knitting is that although it makes you stay sitting down, it is not actually that effective at stopping you from drinking wine. I know this because I started knitting a blanket last night (a reaction to the cold weather), and there was a full bottle of white wine when I started, which was significantly less full when I stopped. Even though I didn't get up, it kept magically being refilled.
I suppose we could do something like yoga, or pilates??
Sarah - excellent result in your race. I have only ever been on a podium once before but sadly that was only on a tour of the Olympic stadium in Sydney Did they play any anthems and raise flags?
So, final week before taper. Looks like yours is all planned around that 22 miler. Hope it all goes well.
I also have my last longer long run this weekend. Bit unsure what to do. For once I appear to be relatively fit approaching the taper so I don't want to risk overdoing it.
I do have a bit of arch pain but it's manageable. I had foot problems last year. Could barely walk on it two weeks out but it eased off enough to be able to race. I really want to avoid a repeat performance!
Might go for 15-18 but I'd feel safer sticking to nearer the 15 end of things to lessen the strain on my arch. Ideally I'd want to be doing 20 max but I can't see that cutting it back will do me any harm - more likely to be problems the other way round. What do you reckon? Minni, any words of wisdom?
Andy - nice job on that 22 miler. Getting sore legs at 16 miles is quite demoralising but very good mental training.
Angela - well done on the XC. You get alot out of those tough races so I wouldn't worry that you found it hard going. Your body will adjust and you'll find the next one much easier (yes, you are going to do another, and you know it!). Take it easy with the groin.
You are of course right- there is much benefit to a tough XC- lets see if I feel it in my running this week!
And will I do another... the answer is, I'll probably end up doing Orion 15 again... I have to defeat it, rather than let it defeat me! Of course, if I do it next year, it will no doubt be 50degreesC and I'll suffer burns on my legs from running in the hot boiling boggy mud...
That was a great time on Sunday Sarah, just think what you might have done if your legs had been feeling good!
I certainly sympathise with you regarding the Orion 15 Angela, I don't do XC races very often and when I do I find it really hard because it's so different from road running. I certainly wouldn't have any expectations about finishing times, it's all about endurance and what the conditions are like on the day. I remember the first one I did - we'd had heavy snow the previous weekend which was now melting so the ground was really heavy and it was a club race so I was up against regular XC runners. I was absolutely dead by the end and waaaaay behind most of the other runners, and that was only five miles. So to actually get round a 15 mile course in difficult conditions is a pretty good achievement in itself, and it will certainly be good for your legs (groin strain notwithstanding).
I've not tried Yoga (Bikram or otherwise) but as I think I've mentiond before I do a pilates class. There is certainly no wine involved, although at 7.15 on a Monday morning I don't think I'd be tempted anyway, but I do find it helpful both for my running in general and for getting rid of any stiffness from my long run on a Sunday, and it can be surprisingly hard work. I don't think it would be as enjoyable (not sure that's the right word) doing it on my own with a DVD and in any case if you're new to it it is best to do an organised class so that the instructor can correct you if you're not doing it right.
It's going to be tricky fitting in my runs this week as I have my running club AGM tonight and a work leaving do tomorrow night, and Mrs A is out on Thursday. So I will have to do lunchtime runs today and Thursday (5 or possibly 6 miles) and run part of the way into work tomorrow (probably 8 miles). Not sure how fast, I'll see how I feel. Then it's 4 miles easy on Saturday and 20 miles LSR on Sunday.
Malcs - is it plantar fasciitis? Is so make sure you stretch it properly and especially before you get out of bed in the morning - this can make a huge difference.
As for your run this weekend. Sorry you won't like this but don't cut it to 15 if you can do 20. You will get a lot more out of a 20m run than a 15. Obviously if there are injury problems then then 15 might be better though. Is your marathon the same day as London? I think it is so why are you not planning the last long run next weekend?
malcs - doh, sorry of course this is the last weekend for a long run. I was thinking there was another two to go. Shit - I'm now in a panic!
LOL - yes, sorry to panic you London is on the same day as the Great Wesh Mara and yes, both are 3 weeks on Sunday (cue shot of adrenaline).
In all honesty I'd prefer to do another 20. You can forgive me being a little hesitant though when my last 4 maras have all turned up niggles in the last 3 weeks.
I suppose it could be plantar fasciitis (had to copy and paste that!) If I bend my big toe up there's a tendon under the arch that I could play like a guitar string. Reckon I could do a good rendition of Stairway to Heaven on it right now, but at a very high pitch
Feels like it's behind that tendon. How do you stretch that then? Maybe I need to google.
Malcs - yes google but definitely do the stretches before stepping out of bed in the morning. A towel or similar can be used to give it a good pull.
You should look to do some stretches on your foot too! Boom!! lol
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