Badoo aka RachelPhillipa Francis aka PipEmma Mcglynn aka EmmaCregmallin aka BecciBlack & Tabby aka Lucy
Rebecca Chappell aka Becky
Emma- those eggs and picallily (sp) sound yummy
Hannahsmum - how scary nearly being run over, glad you are o.k
Littlebylittle - I'm still having the odd glass or two
Fitnaturally - thanks for all the advise and great recipes
Aber - hope you enjoy your kid free night
I've been away for the Easter weekend, but managed to fit a 13 miler in. I went to see my brother who is in the army, he took me on one of their training routes which included something called heartbreak hill , yeah thanks for that bro this is meant to be tapering !. I also probably pushed it a bit faster than I wanted to, my pacing is all over the place. I ran the whole way but was only a little faster than when I run/walk - so bascially I'mdefo going to run walk which will hopefully stop me over doing it !
I also now have chaffing in very unattractive places - thank goodness for vaseline.
Glad everyone is enjoying their tapering and eeeekkkk - less than 2 weeks to go.
I am slightly worried about kiwi's obsession with mankinis
depending how this one goes maybe think about Llanelli marathon next spring ..... watch this space
I'm only after a reaction Philippa and boy did I get one.
Speed-10, It can be. Depends really.If you aim to do your first marathon at about 20 minutes slower than your projected GMP you will dramatically increase your chances of finishing your first one and if you do a second you will do a PB. Food for thought. Also if you make mistakes in your first it is a great chance to rectify them for your second. You will be little more street wise and will know what to expect.
My first marathon was an absolute disaster. Every single thing you could do wrong I did., I ticked every wrong box from training to tactics and to the actual run on the day, also diet -THE LOT. I managed to muster just enough to jog over the line, it didn't end their either.I am just glad my wife was there ( she is in the medical profession) to stop me form going under completely. I was totally hypoglycaemic and was on my way under, which in rare cases can lead to a coma, think of diabetics. So I have been there done it !!
However , not to be put off, I went through everything I did wrong and rectified it all and ran my second marathon 14 minutes faster.
Don't be put off by what I say. I did everything wrong. You guys have not. You have a much better idea of how to run your first marathon than I ever did. I just wish I knew what I know now. However !! If this did not happen I would not have experienced what can go wrong and may not have made the effort to dramatic try and improve things for my second. So in some funny way I don't have any regrets. Sorry, aboutcthis being long winded , but SPEED, you cancertainly run faster in your second marathon. That is if you want to. You may always just be happy to finish again which is fine. Just an extra thing. If you want to start improving times the training is a little more intensive. Lecture over !!
having a bit of an odd evening just feeling I don't know if I can do this, probably because people keep asking me about the THE BIG DAY mr pipity being really organised about the day. Anyone else feeling like this...hopefully it will not last, I know I have followed my plan, taken lots of advice and hopefully listened to it but keep thinking what if this or that goes wrong and really I should be getting enthusiastic and excited. Anyone else feeling or felt like that....... I know just say 'pull yourself together '
Just pre race nerves Philippa. Just think, what can go wrong. You run too quickly you'll struggle.If you go into this with a positive mind set you will be fine, as you will anyway. You have done all the right training. Go slow and you will finish. Instead of telling yourself things will go wrong try and say to yourself that nothing should go wrong because you have prepared properly, you will run slowly on the day and you will get round. End of story. Tell yourself that if you want to walk you are allowed to This helps too. There is plenty of water, gels and electrolyte drinks on route. So really everything is stacked heavily in your favour to finish. If you are really worried I will be at the expo with my wife on the Saturday and we can go through any last minute bits and pieces if it will help. I don't want to ram it down your throat, just to help.But I think you should be thinking positively and telling yourself nothing will go wrong. As we have said once you get to the start line the odds of you not finishing are practically nil !! as long as you take it easy.
Remember this. 'Respect the marathon, but don't be in awe of it'. It is not insurmountable and will be beaten!! Also say to yourself' Millions and millions of people have attempted their first marathon over the years and finished. Why are you any different. YOU'RE NOT !! and many , many of these will have run it much slower than you will. On the day the atmosphere is so electric and it will blow you away so you will find yourself embracing it. It is something that many people will never do. One last thing, tell yourself that when you finish that it will put you in the top 1% of people who have EVER run a marathon ever . That makes you a winner.
wise words thankyou
RunningRaRa you may well be right
After being away for easter, I'm just about to try and catch up (I was going to say 'get up to speed , but I decided not to ) In the meantime, just read this quote on Twitter from a fellow VLM-er
"If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed"
Hi all! I've not been on for a week and I'm about 12 pages behind to catch up on!
Hope everyone is enjoying the taper. I had to take 6 days off with a cold, had my first run back on Sunday. Did 12 miles in 1:42:33 which for a long run is quick for me! Ran 9 miles at marathon pace and the final 3 at a faster pace. Was nice to get back out there.
Got some intervals tonight, a track session tomorrow and a 4 mile tempo run on Thursday before the final Sunday run of 8 miles. Then that's it!!!!!!!
I'm a little scared as I havent sorted exactly how I want to carry my gels, the belt I have keeps falling down and I look a right plonker pulling it up all the time, I did check out a bum bag in TK Maxx on Saturday and that might be needed!
How are everyone's last few weeks of training going?
Stay cold/injury free!!!!
James - you have my sympathy for the cold. Hope you're feeling better now - run times sounds like it! Spent easter surrounded by my in-laws, all of whom seem to have / be going down with a lovely cold. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping!
Pip - do change your name! Pippety Pop would be a great forum name
little by little
bought my ribbon from a little tardisof a shop that sells fabric/wool etc bargain price about 26p per metre bought more today wider stuff to put round my waist
B&T don't know how to change it
Hey peeps I too am feeling a bit deflated been really struggling in training even though the mileage is going down pace is all over one day I feel good and pace is ok ( still not up to my best due to stupid leg) and then the next time its soooo slow its untrue. Think I have to get over pace and just concentrate on finishing the dam thing but really nervous about it and had a few I dont think I can do this momnets.
And to cap it all off spent two hours in a ane e yesterday, me and a hand blender had an argument so I now have a fetching banadage on my index finger !!!!At least it wasnt my toes !! Might take the pain away from the leg though . Off for 3 cheeky miles now then physio on Thursday Fingers crossed ( or not so crossed in my case ).
You might have to drag me round by my blue ribbon !!!!!
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