the Marathon of the North

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03/03/2013 at 08:22
Hey all
Awesome running Lily - how was the X country Shielsy?

Long run for me yesterday - longest planned for training of 24.5 miles. 3.40 time wise - was a challenging run for various reasons (tough work week, limited sleep, poor diet etc etc) but was pleased it gave me some more experience of having to dig deep and suck it up.
Knowing it was my longest training run helped as well. Phew. Rest day today (aka cake and coffee )

Hope you're all good and training is working out...
03/03/2013 at 15:47
Thanks Adrian and very well done on that long run. Hope you enjoyed your coffee and cake I think long runs in training are harder than race day when you will be carried along and boosted by the support. I am aiming to do an 18 mile this week as well as 6,8 and 3 laid down in my plan.
03/03/2013 at 16:28

Gosh Adrian - you are well ahead of the game training-wise.  If you're up to 24.5 miles now, what are you going to do in the coming weeks?  Be careful you don't wear yourself out!

Lily - well done on your 13 miles.

Alnwick cross-country was tough - what I'd call a proper cross country course .... very uneven terrain, small stretches of really thick 'almost take your shoe off' mud (I am so done with mud now!  I've had nearly 6 months of it in X/Cs), running through forests where you have to keep your eyes peeled for tree roots, and then a very steep run down a hill, which sounds like it would be a lot of fun, but the ground was so uneven that one misplaced foot and you're at best twisting your ankle or at worst doing unplanned somersaults down a hill.  4.11 miles in total.  One of the tougher courses, but very enjoyable.

Went out today and did 18 miles.  I was shattered, but I suppose it's good training for running on tired legs.

Now all I have to do it pack for my holidays on Tuesday - yippee!

03/03/2013 at 20:34

Adrian great mileage. What will be your longest run?

Lily good running as well.

Shielsy listening to your description of XC makes me glad I am not in a running club

Did 14 miles on Friday on way home of work and broke my 10km and HM PB 19 miles yesterday was a little tougher after my speed session on Friday. But very pleased with the run on Friday. Even allowed myself a decent portion of red wine to celebrate last night  

Edited: 03/03/2013 at 20:34
04/03/2013 at 06:52

Great running Tim and I bet the wine tasted good!

On a different note can anyone advise me how to upload an image for my profile? I have been trying to put up a photo from my camera via my pc and it keeps failing. Too big? Thank you.

Poorly daughter today but hope to get out for a 6 miler later.

04/03/2013 at 13:20

Some seriously good runs out there! I'm obviously a bit behing schedule on my long runs compared! I'm trying to resist the urge to jump up in my long run length too fast though, tempting as it is to try and make up for my lost training weeks. Have done that before and it did more harm than good.

Haweswater half marathon was good yesterday. Hilly but very scenic and lovely friendly atmosphere. Best time for a while too, just nipped under 1hr 40. Steady week now before the Dent 14 on Saturday then to creep up over the coming weeks towards that 20 mile training run.

Have a good week all and enjoy your well earned holiday Shielsy.

04/03/2013 at 20:20

Lily you need to resize the picture there are some free online tools such as (I have not used that though). I do know that this free software will work if the online does not work

Good running Dave. I had a friend running at Haweswater as well.

04/03/2013 at 22:23
Thanks all. Wasn't planing on going above 22 but got carried away! Seem to have a bit of a bug so it may be a imposed break for a bit. Think my knees will be happy!
Will keep on 20 miles at weekend long runs and may squeeze a full mara in....that's TBD
Keep going everybody!!
06/03/2013 at 16:22

7 miles this morning, my side hurt and my legs were like lead but I got round. Will rest tomorrow but hopefully get out for my 18 miles on Friday. Thanks for the links Tim, managed to get a photo down to 11.1 bites (max is 12) using resize your image but RW still wouldn't accept it. May have to stick with male silouette for the mo!

08/03/2013 at 16:02

Did 18 miles this morning, toughest and scariest run of cars heading towards me on one road sent me leaping onto the verge as they did not leave any room for me, then barked and snarled at by a pack of tethered dogs, one breaks loose and chases me but fortunately only barks, I was terrified and could barely run for a while with my jelly legs! Then I kindly stop and climb onto verge to let a car pass on a narrow deserted road and the driver winds down his window and says something to me about not stopping. Scary again. I am relieved to be home to recover before I brave another run again!

08/03/2013 at 20:23
Good work though!!! Hope you had a nice piece if cake as a reward
08/03/2013 at 20:37
Hi all. Didn't know this was here. Looking forward to marathon, which will be my 3rd. Training going really well (fingers crossed). Actually doing less mileage than for my previous marathons (most i have done is 40miles in 1 week) and trying to focus on quality rather than quantity.

Upto 20 miles for my long runs now and ran Haweswater half last week and knocked a chunk of my PB.

All good stuff, just hope it continues. Looking forward to a 'home' marathon as I live in Middlesbrough.
08/03/2013 at 20:46
Welcome!! Good to see new people - I'm sure I'm boring all!!
09/03/2013 at 17:34

thanks Adrian, yes chocolate cake and orange aero pieces and then a snickers, folowed by red wine and I felt better! Legs ok today and I have been on my feet at work all day too. Resting now till Monday.

Hi Brian glad your training going well.

Picked up useful tip from Manchester thread, a pack from amazon, less than £8 and containing 14 hi 5 gels plus other bits. Think there will be this make of gels at M of N? A great bargain. The link is there is a bar and drink sachets/tablets in it too.

Hope everyone's weekend runs are going well



Edited: 09/03/2013 at 17:35
09/03/2013 at 17:55

Well zipped up the mansuit and did my long run this morning. Been up early with the kids, seen the rain and wind and really didn't fancy it. But got out there and knocked out 20 miles and felt brilliant for doing it. Even managed a fast last mile as well. 

Got back to watch the Cross Country champs on the TV as well which had some brilliant running. 

Hope everyone either has a good one today or tomorrow. 

10/03/2013 at 17:50
Good work man, feels great when you smash it.

Week is going pretty poor here. Went out last Saturday to the local food festival and both of us got a touch of food poisoning - mrs b is worse but mine is increasingly making me feel rubbish day on day.
Training wise, middle length run on Thursday was shortened to 10 miles (instead of 13), 'speed' run on Saturday was slower and today's planned 20 miler was 19miles and slower than my last 21 miler. Sigh.

I just want to feel better

Hope everyone else's training is going ok...
11/03/2013 at 10:05

Ticking over. Not a great week for me. I had a mini virus infection as well. 

PS Sick of passing miserbale gits that don't even nod when you smile and say hello when greeting fellow runners!

Edited: 11/03/2013 at 14:44
11/03/2013 at 15:51

20 miles brilliant Brian Hope Adrian and Tim you are both feeling better.

I braved it out running today after my scares on Friday. All went well desite running on snow in a blizzard! 5.75 miles, due to do 13 tomorrow

11/03/2013 at 23:02

Tim, you should try running around the town moor. Loads of runners out at the moment probably due to the GNR ballot results. It's only the older people that acknowledge you.

11/03/2013 at 23:06

LOL well that is me a V45 granddad, sounds like I am being too sociable I don't race often but when I do it is great to hear the young uns cursing under their breath as an old fart like me comes sailing past 'em

Tough session on Penshaw hill tonight snow, ice and biting cold wind

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