Talkback: Lucozade Sport Super Six: Vicky (sub-4:30)

Follow the progress of Hashette live in the forums as she prepares to run a sub-4:30 marathon under the guidance of mentor Liz Yelling

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19/12/2009 at 13:41
Off road running is an option for ice and snowy days, I am going off road for my long run on Sunday. Just forget time/pace, it's a good all round workout in these conditions.
19/12/2009 at 13:56
The ventolin reference just clicked - are you asthmatic Rio? 
19/12/2009 at 14:08

Nice advice re getting motivated Sue.  Sorry to hear about your friend.

There's nothing like telling me I can't run to make me want to, and on a weekend when I can get out in the morning, it's not too bad.  The biggest hurdle for me is the evening runs though.  It's dark, cold, I'm tired, and the charms of the industrial estate by night aren't immediately obvious. 

I like the "just go out for 10 minutes" idea.  Get me over that first mile and I'll be trotting along quite happily.

19/12/2009 at 14:16

It does work.

I often tell myself - 'well, I'll get to the corner at the end of the village and stop and come back if I want to'

That has only ever happened once. Sometimes you just got to persuade yourself that you are in charge, not the schedule!!

19/12/2009 at 15:12
Yes hash it is my first marathon! Had a bit of a wobble for the last two weeks and running took a bit of a back seat but managed to get out yesterday to do a 6miler and was rewarded with brilliant sunshine over the Thames with its banks covered in snow- beautiful! But have a busy week at work so not sure how much i'll be able to get out so the whole idea of a break before the training starts in earnest does sound like a plan!
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19/12/2009 at 16:02

RIO,

You could have tagged along we me and my OH.........as my son didn't want to do the park run today as he was tired............we headed up the back mountain........our hour run turned into nearly 3:15 hours..........it was lovely up there but a bit hard underfoot............the view from the 3 trig points we visited were lovely...........we only managed 13.3 miles in that time but really enjoyed it.......

20/12/2009 at 06:15
Oooh both of your runs sound gorgeous.

I'm going to HAVE to get out there today, I haven't run since Tuesday and I need, need NEED to! It really is addictive isn't it? Peering out into the dark it looks like we've had more snow, but fingers crossed the roads might be runnable if they've gritted.

My running mate's ringing at 8 and we said we'd make a decision then.
20/12/2009 at 08:18
We're on
20/12/2009 at 09:42

OK, finally got you bookmarked so I can keep tabs on you.

Have a lovely run today.  It is gorgeous here and I'd just love to head out to Stowe Gardens but am going to be sensible and nurse myself instead.

Pix - would that mean minus 2 instead of minus 4 then?

20/12/2009 at 12:28

Morning Pix, have a good one. Or probably more like hope you had a good one by the time you read this.

Bridget fab to see you  Hope you're feeling better and good on you being sensible, get the bugs squashed in time for Christmas.

That was fantastic!!!!  What on earth was a being such a wuss about, it was gorgeous out there, and crunching through the snow in the warm (!) winter sunshine was just lovely.  Everything's so quiet and peaceful, hardly any cars about, and looking at the fields covered with snow was like running around a giant Christmas card.

Okay when I say "running" it wasn't really, more like speed-mincing as we needed to be a bit careful on some of the icy stretches, but it was lovely to have no pressure and just trundle along chatting and being glad to be out there.

20/12/2009 at 14:12

Well done for getting out there, speed-mincing or not

Our vans got stuck in the snow last night, so there was no hope of me running this morning.  Still, it looks like the white stuff is clearing now - though I'm on my hols tomorrow and it'll be much warmer for running

Will try and check in on your progress next week if I can find a net café in Malta

20/12/2009 at 15:39
cheers for the watford suggestion Hash. sounds like a good event but just abit to far away for me. Cheers anyway
20/12/2009 at 16:16

No worries Andy

Vicki hope you didn't have too much of a mission retrieving the vans.  We saw a few abandoned cars on our run, one in a ditch and facing the wrong way

Have a fab time in Malta - now that sounds like a way to spend Christmas!

20/12/2009 at 16:37

We managed to get the vans out eventually

I'm planning on doing some running & swimming when I'm over there, I still haven't mastered the art of cycling yet so I doubt I'll get out on a bike - will maybe look at the exercise bikes in the gym though.

21/12/2009 at 12:25
Vicki - our hotel in Malta had coin operated internet access in the foyer
21/12/2009 at 15:43
It's a balmy 1.5 here
21/12/2009 at 16:06

Hash - can we have some of your snow please?  The kids are gutted that everyone else seems to have some and we've just got heavy frosts and the odd sad flake.

Are you massively excited about starting the 'real' training in jan?  It feels slightly surreal that its a whole year since I was in your shoes, especially seing as I'm not running at all at the moment

Congratulations on your HM result.  Its my goal for this year.  Was hoping to crack sub-2 at Stafford, but I suspect its not quite enough time to fully get my knee all better.  You should do brilliantly with your sub 4:30 effort, with a sub 2 HM already behind you!  Fab stuff.

Hope you have a very relaxed Christmas and some lovely winter running and grab the new year with both hands & guns blazing! 

Oh, and I still haven't got all the way through my lucozade stash....

21/12/2009 at 20:12

Evening

Sorry for radio silence all day.  Ironically, after all my mimbling about running in the snow, my OH Big Blouse fell over on the ice on the pavement whilst doing his job (he's a building surveyor) got taken away in an ambulance, and I've spent the day running between work and A&E.  The hospital was a complete hell hole - at one point the duty nurse stood up and shouted that because of the number of injured people arriving there were ten patients to every doctor on duty, there would be at least a three hour wait and would anyone who did not need emergency treatment please leave.   Suffice to say that none of the perfectly healthy looking people with faces that looked like they were sucking a lemon moved a muscle.....Anyway, home safe now.  He's on rhino-stopping painkillers, his ankle's three times normal size and rapidly turning purple, but at least it's only a very bad sprain rather than a break.

Fab to see you in here Wotsit, and hope you have a lovely Christmas too.  I missed it, sorry to hear you're not running at the moment and what happened to your knee?

I'm somewhere between excited and apprehensive.  Excited because in ten years of running I've never had any form of coaching and suddenly - THIS!!!  Apprehensive because I'm conscious of the 2394 people who didn't get this chance, so I really want to make the target.  Some of the comments last year on here that were directed towards people who'd given it everything they'd got but didn't make it through sheer rotten luck were really unfair, and I'm not sure my skin is thick enough to deal with that.

21/12/2009 at 20:31

Yes it is Hash.

I don't think anyone could criticise anyone for not giving their all. And if they do - well, they're idiots and everybody would see them for exactly that. Jealousy is an ugly thing.  I was waiting for a bit of a backlash - how could someone like me get a valuable place on the Super Six? But there's a couple of bits to my story left out (my choosing) which explains quite a lot about my running and me but I will not justify it - why should I?*shrug*

You can handle it.

21/12/2009 at 20:38

Cheers Spinkletoes.  I think we all have to leave bits of our story out, although no doubt I'll end up spilling my all between now and April.   I did it in the interview in December, but thankfully Catherine was nice enough to not include it after I'd asked her not to when occurred to me that my ex might read what I'd just blurted out through nervousness!

I think this year is different in a lot of ways, not least because the six of us really feel like a team and are supporting each other from the word go.

Here's to the six musketeers

Edited: 21/12/2009 at 20:39
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