Keith - Only sweat from 2 sets of running kit and my Baxters goodie bag was extra in my bag. The fudge was in my handbag, along with my Chanel which I forgot to put in my little plastic bag at the airport , hence a security search at the airport.....he didn't take my Chanel off me though
BBS - my forever beginner running friend is in Turkey for 2 weeks losing any fitness that she had...although she will tell me that they did loads of walking. We are making some progress but not much.
HY4 - you should be OK to enter Stratford early in 2010, but it does fill earlier every year as there's a strong RW and Fetchie following for this race now, especially for those that don't like VLM
LB - hope you're OK
VR - hope your cold isn't too bad
MrsMac - I'm sure you'll find another challenging event to replace that 100 miler. sorry to hear Mr Mac has the Nessie cold too.
Elspeth - hope the foot has returned to normal size today
Mr Bump - glad you're feeling a little better, but go and get that sick note ASAP
8 miles for me today, calf much the same, sore to stretch but OK to run.
Glad they didn't take your Chanel Shades!
Run intervals done (on treadie as it was very dark at 0600hrs), work next and then a turbo this afternoon - it's all fun!
Mrs Mac - work. Pah!
LMH - is your new coach/training regime working out? Do you think you are making progress?
Inverness security chap was lovely...I apologised, we had to finish packing in a hurry as we were late back to the hotel (after checking out time).
Gosh, can you imagine the fur that would've been flying if they'd took Shade's Chanel off her?
Sorry to hear you're still in discomfort Mr Bump - I hope you get fixed soon. And NO - you shouldn't rush back to work. Work can be a big enough pain in the ass on it's own! (not that I intend to find out)
BBS - you're getting out and DOING it! That's encouragement enough for now! Well done!
TBSIARF - welcome back to Shadieland! Told you that you'd be welcome!
I'm going for a little bimble later. HR back down nicely but there are some weird noises coming from my ears that sound like i've got water in them when I haven't. Any dizziness and I WILL stop. And then cry.....
Flossie: Thanks for the welcome back and for not being too hard on me. Bless you. I will try and pop in as and when I can to say hi and add my little contributions. Yeah, I was pleased with my 13.1 result considering my limited training. It's good to be back though. x
HY4: Sorry to hear you couldn't start your favourite race. What happend? Yes, I'm very pleased the way training is progressing but it's all still a gradual progression.
SiJ: I currently run my long runs between 70%-75% of working heart which makes for 8:30-8:40 miling. The more slow miles I can build into my weekly training the better, and this will hopefully bring these times down. I'm hoping to be at 60 miles a week come Xmas.
Shades: Thank you for the welcome back and continual encouragement and support - always very much appreciated. Did I tell you I have a place in the Brighton Marathon in April? Scary!
Elspeth Fay: Thanks for the welcome back and again thanks for not telling me off too much. You are all so forgiving. Really hope you feel better soon and you can get back to enjoying the evening Autumn training runs.
LB: Thanks!! Hope you feel better soon.....what's with the dizzy spells? Doesn't sound good so look after yourself.
Lb: Sorry, also mean't to say you are number 2 now in the RW top forum person thing! Woohoo!
Have to say I really love your "Blonde, unreasonable, high maintenance big mouth" - it really made me laugh when I first came across that....so funny .....
Shades - glad you got Chanel through safely. Good running. Knees hurt because virus is making joints ache, chest is bad this morning, sound like Les Dawson impersonating a woman and am still off work. Everyone reacts differently to these darn viruses and have been a bit stressed recently, which didn't help matters. It can only get better.
LMH - it's official! You're a superathlete. If I lived on the ground floor would have a treadie and a turbo - it would be great! However, because our flooring is so creaky and is nailed down chipboard instead of being screwed down, have backed off from this idea as it would sound like a herd of heffalumps running above the neighbours' heads. Next place will be different though - have already designed a gym-type flat in my head.
(((VR))) - I'm sorry, think you've got my cold. Get well soon.
(((Mr Bump))) - another sick note for you if you can't sit down yet.
SiJ- glad to hear that kiddies are well again. They bounce back very quickly. Still off work.
Molly - nice one and a free DVD - excellent.
BBS - well done for getting out there last night.
Elspeth - honestly don't think you gave VR your cold. She saw me last week. Shadies are getting northed and southed between us. Whoops!
Mrs Mac - sure you'll find another ultra somewhere in the world soon. Hope Mr Mac feels much better soon.
LB - take care today with that bimble. No records today!
That Boy - oh bless you! Brighton, eh? Bring it on, you'll stomp it the way you're going.
tbsiarf - please forgive me, not ignoring your return just eternally rushed and forgetful. Building the mileage steadily as you are should definitely lead to great improvements and longevity..
Flossie - sorry to hear that you're still suffering. If I get a virus it tends to affect my joints too - I think they have a way of seeking out your weak points. I think you can get away with a turbo in a flat (I know a few people who do) but the treadie is definitely a no-no. To be honest I don't like treadie running, don't think it's very good for me as it makes my stride too even so I'm not naturally compensating as I do when I run outdoors but needs must. I bought mine about three years ago when I sold my last motorbike. I wouldn't have had time to go to the gym to do my intervals this morning and have breakfast with Mark and get to work on time.
Shades - he's pushing me further than the generic training plan I was following would have and when I do sessions from rested (not often I have to admit) I can see progress and I've not broken yet so I think we're doing ok. I would say that I'd find out on 5th December but there are so many things that can affect your day that wouldn't be fair. I can say that I feel as if I couldn't be doing much more to prepare and that I'm giving myself the best possible chance.
LMH - no forgiveness necessary. I know exactly how you feel with the rushing etc (sounds like we have similiar lives!)
Building mileage is definately the best way forward at present. Really hope to build a HUGE aerobic base.....keep on plodding.....
10.14mm very comfortable after averaging 9.50 on Sunday. 5 more miles in the bag! I know it's not a long way - but I AM supposed to be tapering now....
Achilles have settled right down so don't know if I actually NEED to see the fizz at the mo...
Be warned essay time
Loch Ness Marathon 2009
Shockingly despite never bothering packing until Saturday morning I still left on time around 9:30. Stopped at Tesco’s in Carlisle for some sarnies for the drive up plus the porridge for my breakfast. Somewhat windy, especially when zigzagging to the west on the A9. Hit a headwind and speed plummeted by 10-15 mph going up the hills. Still managed to arrive a little after 3 which was near perfect timing being you can’t check into 3 at a Travelodge anyway.
Back to my room in time to catch the second half of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King which was nice. Didn't really manage to sleep after that though so was channel hopping trying to find something to sleep in front off. MOTD and some naff comic on afterwards. The latter worked as I was asleep by midnight.
Once GP was over went and got on a bus, handily I picked a MegaBus knowing full well they have loos on them An hour later and still having failed to move it was time to squeeze past the extra people in the aisle (several people per bus to carry those who had no bus turn up I think) and naturally just as I finished we were off which was very handy timing as its ever so slightly bouncy in the loo at the back.
Eventually got to the start at 10am which was when we were meant to be setting off so the start was pushed back to 10:50ish in the end. Nipped into the bushed shortly after getting off the bus before depositing bag on baggage bus and then meeting up with Fetchies. On returning from a final bush visit Shades said go back to Santa as she was aiming for a 3:57. This I did joining up with Santa, Sophster, Flip and a few other fetchies. Not entirely sure standing at the 3 hour marker was a good idea though especially once the bagpipers moved through and we ended up not exactly far from the front.
Seemed to have a spate of on pace miles here which was nice then I hit mile 8 which had a steep downhill bit meaning I erred to the fast side a tad again. During mile 10 I noticed my left ITB was being a bit of a sod so I eased the pace of a little to see how it was going to behave.
Mostly running but some walking for the next few miles until the big hill at mile 19. Walked up most of this as it’s as quick to walk as it is to run it unless really flying along. Got to the top and started running down the other side intending to use the next mile or so of downhill to regain some time but barely a few hundred meters into the downhill my right knee was giving me some intense pain and even hurt walking down the hill.
Walked mostly to the bottom of the hill before being molested, well ok hijacked, by VR and off we ran for the next few miles. The drop around 22/23 miles was a bit of a sod as that was making the knee bad too so I walked the steeper bit before catching up. Going along the flat into Inverness however I was suffering again and was struggling to walk at a decent speed let alone run.
Splits for the race I think next showing my dodgy early downhill mile times
7:43 too fast and not exactly downhill8:09 better but still too fast8:32 about right allowing for the downhill9:25 walked to drink9:01 bang on8:59 ditto9:09 ditto 8:19 oops too fast down the steep downhill9:14 better9:34 eased a little cos of ITB10:16 ditto10:33 and again12:15 walked whilst massaging ITB9:5710:4614:56 knee been a bother now too10:4912:3414:00 up the hill13:05 downhill with knackered knee1:17:28 for last 6.2 miles @ 12:30 pace (watch only holds 20 lap splits)
Overall not too bad considering, not exactly sensible to clock 3 miles in the exact same time as my 5k PB though, even allowing for the downhill. Thru 10 miles 2 mins ahead of schedule isn’t to bad being its downhill to start with. Half time is my 3rd fastest ever as I timed that as 2:02. If bang on pace that should have been close to a PB pace which merely shows that I need to do a half to get a more sensible half PB
Back to the TL for a shower and a quick posting of times on RW. Also a quick check to see where precisely the restaurant was and a gander at the menu. Down to the restaurant via the station car park and unsurprisingly being food was involved I was first there Dinner was Cream of mushroom soup, half a roast chicken with crushed potatoes and haggis jus, followed by a scrumptious chocolate fudge cake with cream.
what a fab race report. Will have to do LN mrathon next year.
If anyone has 3mins to waste have a look at the video of the race i did on sunday. See if anyone fancies a go next year, it's actually 19k but very good fun.
LMH - thanks for that, so turbo is possible in the flat. Know what you mean about the treadie, takes away that reality completely and there was a time when I used to come off it and feel funny walking on the cement again for a few seconds - bit like getting off a boat when you've got your sea legs, but it doesn't last. Treadie's good if it's snowing or treacherously icey. Your coach is preparing you extremely well for this IronMan event. You say you used to have a motorbike - they scare me witless and I take my hat off to you for riding one.
Keith - brilliant report, but felt for you with the ITB and hope your knees are feeling a lot better today. Do you know how to eat or what? LOL
LB - good news about the achilles and well done on your 5 miler.
Molly - very well presented video - what a nutty race, but it looks so much fun. Wonder if we do one like that over here?
Keith, like you said, you didn't do too bad considering, shame about the ITB and knee problems. Great report and I promise not too molest or hijack you again well......til next time
Went for a recovery run, a light gym session, physio/massage today. Legs feel better for it but my cold is a lot worse today. Might have to have a nap
VR - you haven't read back yet have you? I'm so sorry....
Molly - found our version of that nutty Rome race, but it's real 'get down and get dirty stuff'. They call them Hellruns and have just watched a video and seen people walking through a muddy stream up to chest height and then getting on with the rest of the 10-12 miles www.hellrunner.co.uk - see what you think.
Molly - That race is bonkers, where does the archery bit come into it?I would love it
Mrs Mac would love it with all those steps probably not now though, been for a run yet Mrs Mac?
Flossie - The Commando Challenge we have nr Exeter is similar. Sorry to hear your not feeling well too.BTW my youngest did get the part in Evita
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