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04/05/2010 at 19:10

I'm in the ballot also.  Got in via the priority place thing for rejectees that Suze mentioned.

1st run today since the marathon.  All a bit strange really, I felt directionless - should I run fast, slow, or inbetween!  In the end did a bit of everything, and it felt much harder work than it should have done for the pace.  Oh well, got to start somewhere!

Caf
04/05/2010 at 19:58
Hi All
Interested in what anyone can advise about fast Autumn marathons (or any time between now and then). Really liking the sound of Amsterdam "flat, flat, flat". Had a really disappointing day at London. Was aiming for sub 3:15 and eventually finished in 3:56 (after a 1:35 first half but guts going totally crazy in the second!). Now I'm just a little desperate to prove to myself that I can complete a marathon somewhere in something like my target time (ran my first marathon last year in London but with a chest infection so was a mile off-target then too).
Any suggestions much appreciated.
Scuba - you're not the only one feeling like it's harder work than it should be getting back to running - the "speed" session I attempted yesterday definitely made me think that for me further R&R is required!
04/05/2010 at 20:06

Hi all,  Suze could you let me know how you get on with the skort, i tried them on the other day to run the London in but it felt restricting, i wonder how comfortable they are to actually run in.

Scuba Runner, hi, i felt the same on my first run last week aft the London, i am power walking as well at the mo, so i power walked 7 miles yesterday and ran a very hilly 3 tonight cross country, i must say i am aching from the power walking, it just goes to show the different muscles you use. I plan to do a 3 mile walk tomorrow and then a 6 mile run on thursday, busy busy !!!

I'm eager to book myself in for another race, but not sure what i want to do !!!! 

04/05/2010 at 20:55

Just off to read back.  Meanwhile:

Photos of Mudchute madness as promised

Edited: 04/05/2010 at 20:56
04/05/2010 at 21:00
I seem to have lost all the lines and boxes on here so everyones posts are merging into one another??!!!

Just did 5 miles but ended up as an interval session with 4 x .5m repeats at sub 8mm pace..............ooooh my leggies ache a bit now!!

And little pinks has hijacked my treadie - he did 20 mins at 9.30 pace and that was after 10 mins bike and 15 mins rowing - don't you just hate it when they do it so effortlessly?!!
04/05/2010 at 21:03
Sorry I missed the Mudchute fun Hash - didn't see you! Thanks for doing it though you're a star!

Scuba, a friend from club is an exercise scientist and she's invited me to her lab for a heart-rate max test and Oxygen uptake (VO2max) test which is done on a treadmill with lots of bits of kit hooked up to me for monitoring purposes. Sounds fun! It's tomorrow eve so I'll post back and let you know how it went...I reckon it's going to HURT!
04/05/2010 at 21:13

Dublin is nice if you can ignore Americans saying 'Good Jawb'

Had an evening of seeing people tonight.  Lucozade Emma before the race, Kim in the start area and at the finish, Rod cruised past me partway round.  Oh yes ........... and I got a PB   Watch says 53.57, official might be 53.58 to allow for the time it took to start my watch.  Nice thing is that as that includes however long it took to cross the start line there is a bit more to come

04/05/2010 at 21:42
clarkinator wrote (see)

Hi all,  Suze could you let me know how you get on with the skort, i tried them on the other day to run the London in but it felt restricting, i wonder how comfortable they are to actually run in.

I ran the LM with a Skort from Sugoi, loved it, not restricting at all and the pocket on the back was in the right place and the right size.


mitiog wrote (see)
Scuba, a friend from club is an exercise scientist and she's invited me to her lab for a heart-rate max test and Oxygen uptake (VO2max) test which is done on a treadmill with lots of bits of kit hooked up to me for monitoring purposes. Sounds fun! It's tomorrow eve so I'll post back and let you know how it went...I reckon it's going to HURT!

So jealous I want to test HR and VO2 max too

Atumn marathon update;

Dublin Marathon 25th October Sprakly Bridget says "Dublin is nice if you can ignore Americans saying 'Good Jawb'"

Amsterdam Marathon 17th October Gatton says; "flat, flat, flat, flat"

Mallorca Marathon 17th October Gatton says; "would be good family weekend"

Loch Ness Marathon 3rd October

Casablanca Marathon 24th October

Do you know anything about them? Ideally I would like a flat course and fairly warm temperatures.

04/05/2010 at 21:50
Florence in late November was nice.  Initial downhill but you never have to go back up.  I was able to wander around with just an extra t-shirt prior to the start and didn't feel cold
04/05/2010 at 21:51

Helloooo gluttons for punishment

 I also entered the ballot this morning after giving it the old "I'll only ever do one..." chat months ago... I just felt I learnt too much doing my first one to let all those hard-learnt lessons go to waste!

Totally agree about the charity places though; I've raised £2000 (and more to come in) this year and really don't think I could do the same a second year in a row. I think also, once you've done your first, in other people's (non-runners) eyes doing a marathon isn't such a big deal anymore and it becomes just a thing you do...

Mitiog, that test sounds great, look forward to hearing back.

What about alternative spring marathons to London, any nice flat ones? Did anyone on here do the first Brighton? I am LOVING the clear list making going on on this thread, thanks Zaba/List Fairy

04/05/2010 at 22:02

Hi all, just back from the first race in the East Midlands Grand Prix Series at Silverstone,  my first 10K race.

Firstly it was lovely to see you there Bridget and  Kim plus Emma was there too..

Well whatever I did timewise would be a PB, I hoped for around 54 to 55 minutes.

I actually came home in 50.25 that was my Garmin time, I started from the back of the field there is no mat to cross at the start so I would have lost a few seconds, I soon got inot a steady paceand did the first half in something like 26.20 so the second lap was a lot quicker, I am very happy with that, there is a race in 2 weeks in Bedford, Part of the same series if anyone wants to meet up.

Bridget I hope you got your %k pb and Kim your sub 51, I didn't see you Kim so that means you were either behind me which is unlikely or you went sub 50, if so I would say at a guess 48.10

A good night all things considered I am going to do more of these over the summer to try and get my speed up.

I've seen the pics before Hash but there are some lovely ones there it is such a shame I missed it, dear oh dear

04/05/2010 at 22:13
well done Bridget and Rod. Kim, hope you had a good run out too.
04/05/2010 at 22:21

Bridget I am blind great stuff well done on the run

Must be my age or something

04/05/2010 at 23:25
gemmabee wrote (see)

What about alternative spring marathons to London, any nice flat ones? Did anyone on here do the first Brighton? I am LOVING the clear list making going on on this thread, thanks Zaba/List Fairy

I like list but I am not the brilliant Schmunkee, therefore I am copying her original list and adding my autumn list and a new spring marathon list.

Run To The Beat - 26/9/10
Suze78
VikW
Berry Nice

Berlin marathon - 26/9/10
Pip

Loch Ness Marathon - 3/10/10
marathonmummy

Southend 10km - 4/10/10
Gatton

Cardiff Half - 17/10/10
MadWelshWoman
Schmunkee
Troublesome Knees

Birmingham Half - 24/10/10
Basil Brush Mk II
Hash (if loads of us are staying over the night before, otherwise it's a bit too far to drive and run in a day)
Jenni-far-far
Pinkerbelle
Rod Goodwin
Gatton ( & Mrs G as spectator. Will def stay over night and will be first race as a pensioner )
Scuba Runner

Bedford Half - December '10
Hash
Pinkerbelle
Sparkly Bridget
Rod Goodwin
Gatton & Mrs G as a spectator
Pip

Autumn Marathons

Dublin Marathon 25th October Sprakly Bridget says "Dublin is nice if you can ignore Americans saying 'Good Jawb'"

Amsterdam Marathon 17th October Gatton says; "flat, flat, flat, flat"

Mallorca Marathon 17th October Gatton says; "would be good family weekend"

Loch Ness Marathon 3rd October

Casablanca Marathon 24th October

Florence Marathon 28th November Sparkly Bridget says; "was nice, initial downhill but you never have to go back up"

Spring Marathons

Rotterdam Marathon April supposed to be flat

Hamburg Marathon 24th April  supposed to be flat too

London Marathon April brilliant atmosphere maybe not PB course

More suggestions for spring marathons???

05/05/2010 at 06:35
WOW - well done Rod, Bridget and KIm!!! Fab running! Rod when and where is the Bedford one - I'll join you for sure for that and if you want a cuppa back at mine after? Kim/Bridget same for you.

Mitiog am v jealous about the test that sounds both fascinating and great fun!! Do give us a full report!!

Bridget I like the sound of Florence, tell me more! Budapest is end of September and supposed to be flat other than a few ramps up/down where there are bridges. Cheap Ryan air flights too. Zaba can you add that one to the list? Also anyone doing th St Albans half I think its June.

Anyone got a pic of the skort - I'm intrigued!! Sounds a good way to hide my behind, lol!!!

Hash - have you got the kettle on or have you and Rod finished the pot?!!
05/05/2010 at 09:29

morning all there was no time for Hash's tea I needed to be out early

The race at Bedford is on Tuesday 18Th May at Bedford Athletics Stadium, that is the HQ and I think the race takes place nearby it says on traffic free so maybe where we ran before Pinks?

http://mcs.open.ac.uk/mkac/The_EMGP.html

That is the link you can enter on the night I believe we just turned up last night and paid and ran, I feel good this morning and will probably try and do most of the series, it is something different for me and not too time consuming. .

It would be good if a few of us could do it it coincides with a club night but I think I want to do these competetive ones, if I am to get a faster marathon time in the future I need to mix it up a bit more.

How are we all today?

05/05/2010 at 09:50
Rod yes i will def do Bedford and yes its part of the run we did - nice and flat other than where it goes up and over the bypass.  If the Athletic stadium car park is full on the night its easier to park over the road in the cinema car park - Aspects - or at Priory Marina (where we stopped for our first toilet and goody bag stop!).  Its about a 3 0r 4 mile drive from my house - happy to provide cuppa and food after!
05/05/2010 at 09:51
BTW that was a stonking time Rod!!!
05/05/2010 at 09:58

Thanks Pinks actually i am pleased with myself as it is only 10 days since I ran London, my problem is I am a a very slow starter and with the shorter distances you don't have so much chance to claw back the time, need to work on getting to speed quickly and staying there rather than having to go for a negative split.

Still all things considered it was a good bit quicker than expected, I will do Parkrun this Saturday again and aim to be perhaps 1 minute quicker and work on a constant pace throughout..

I really enjoyed the whole race thing even though I can never win!

05/05/2010 at 10:12
Rod i am the same - well I think i am just not meant to be a fast/shorter distance runner so I need to work on speed rather than endurance.  Do you do a good warm up?  Maybe a mile or so easy before you start?
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