ASICS Target 26.2 - 'On A Plateau'
Hi, just realised that I havent yet been on your thread yet despite chatting to you on the asics 26.2 thread.
What was the great wall of China marathon like? Ive always wanted to walk it for charity (in addition to walking up kilimanjiro and walking the Inca Trainl....but my OH says no)!
I dont know if I could eat the food in China, think I would be more like Karl Pilkinton with monster munch!
I would say I'm a seasonal runner so I tend to stop in the winter months as I'm from a tropical country. However, this year I found a great couple of friends at work that have motivated me to keep on running. Specially one that has inspired me to enter my first ever half marathon. How on earth can I make myself find the right attitude to put the trainers on and go out in the cold and wind? What's your first thought when you see out of the window and it's all gray and dark?
Evening Ady! Yes same here - lunchtime runs are great ... so long as you have a shower at work! Definitely re-sets the day though if you have a run at lunchtime - feels like you're starting fresh again in the afternoon!
So true....it's like you're doing two days of work in the same day.
The worst thing though is when you get back after a run and realise you forgot your towel.............the feeling of drying yourself with your wet running clothes is as dirty as I'd imagine the walk of shame is on a Sunday morning.
Just a photo to go with my Great Wall of China post earlier. This was in the early stages of the race before the vomitting started!
A nice white shirt to accentuate the vomit dribble too! And with matching white long socks...oh no, my bad, they are just your legs!
Thanks for the message. The picture above is from the Great Wall of China Marathon....still fresh faced and bushey tailed! If only I knew!
I do run with a Garmin (it's probably the best present my wife has bought me - I'm not sure if this comment would annoy her or not!). I'd be lost without it to be honest. I use Garmin Connect as well (http://connect.garmin.com/) to analyse and view my workouts. I have a morbid fascination for doing this and it's really good to see where I started to go slower and if I should have pushed harder when going up a hill, etc.
If you're only just starting to run, then I'm not sure if it's a definite accessorie to have immediately. You could always use a website like www.mapmyrun.com to work out a route near you, and work out exactly how far you want to run. Then you could just use a stopwatch. (Garmins aren't the cheapest stocking filler to ask for )
I did use a similar phone app when my wife and I did our Lands End to John o'Groats walk, so we could keep a record of exactly how far we walked.....but like you, it kept freezing......plus it wasn't the best when going through parts of the country with poor signal. We just used mapmyhike (like mapmyrun) to figure out how far we'd gone.
But yes, if you have the spare cash, Garmins are excellent pieces of equipment (and remember, you can use them for more than just timing yourself - you can measure your heart rate as well). I havent used mine for this, but reading comments on RW makes me realise how useful this is.
I hope this rambling has helped you. If not, some other Target 26.2 runners were talking about it at http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/spring-marathon/asics-target-262---2013/230129.html forum page
HEY.........leave my legs out of it! I'd only just emerged from a harsh cold winter
Thanks Paul.......and Xyloid......it's amazing what a coke spillage can cover up!
While I might have looked in control (thanks for those words Paul!) in the last picture.......this photo is probably the angriest I've ever looked.
I ran London 6 days after getting my PB in Boston (I never thought I'd get past the ballot stage of London, which is why I had already committed to Boston before I found out). As I like a challenge, I thought 'what the hell'....I certainly wasn't thinking that at this point!
and this was Boston 6 days earlier....what a difference a marathon, lack of jet lag and rest can make!
Haha,......thanks Ace. The London photo isn't one of my best that's for sure, but I was absolutely shattered.
My time in London wasn't anywhere near my best. I finished in 4hrs 30mins (give or take a minute or two). I suppose I had done my 3:44 PB only 6 days earlier. I wasn't feeling too bad for the first half of London. I passed halfwway in 1:52, but walked for most of the last 10 miles.
It was a good experience, as it helped me mentally for my first Ultra.
This was the reason I had a rest day on Saturday............
..........well a rest day from running. I swear, playing for 4 hours straight with my niece leaves me feeling more exhausted than any marathon I've ran........you can tell I don't have children yet!
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