Shades Marathon Training

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12/11/2012 at 18:57

The only thing that hurts today is my foot, sore on the top of my left foot. Not the first time though so not bothered with it. A bit of a ache in the shoulder too.

Somewhat hungry today.....

Food at the weekend was
Friday weetabix, 2 greggs corned beef slices, chicken burger and chips.
Saturday rice pudd for brekkie, erm 3 smarties cookies, 2 mars caramel, fish and chips, honeycomb and toffee popcorn cheesecake.
Sunday rice pudd for brekkie, the other 2 cookies and other 2 mars caramels, chicken burger and chips. A several pints of lager shandy over the 3 days too.
Also a few bits of cake during the race nabbed from the table

Not a huge lot by my standards, weetabix and a litre of milkshake for brekkie. A rolo cookie at tea break, chicken and bacon mayo bagette for lunch (was here i kinda noticed i was hungry as i could havve had 2....) then stuffed crust pizza for dinner.

That'll be it for today as i cba to move from the sofa

12/11/2012 at 20:36
Emmy, I think in running as in life you learn more when things don't go to plan as you know how to do things differently next time and you gain strength from knowing that you can cope even when things get tough. I don't have any races booked for the rest of the year but have a timed 5k this Saturday with my club. Next year I have Brighton half, maybe Watford half, probably finchley 20, VLM and BUPA 10k.

Shades - I think you are right (as always!) re not pushing it too much with training right now as avoiding injury is the main goal. My thighs feel fine today but I have had the same niggle two Sundays running so will go easy this week.

Annoyingly, when I put my trainers on yesterday my fingers went through the side seam at the front so now my left toe is almost poking through the shoe! I think I have run around 400 miles in them so probably time to go shopping. Frustrating though as they are really comfy (saucony) but I don't think they make tem any more.
Edited: 12/11/2012 at 20:38
13/11/2012 at 07:13

Keith - sore foot maybe where your shoes are laced?   Usual disgusting food I see

slowkoala - maybe new shoes will get rid of that niggle on your Sunday runs.   You might be able to find a pair of your Saucony shoes if you trawl the internet.   Or call a couple of the bigger running shops, I've managed to find shoes like that before.

Lovely mild morning here, great for running

13/11/2012 at 08:17

Emmy - Thank you for the tip.. def easier backwards . Am feeling much better today and contemplating next run.

Mowzer - thank you for the welcome, would love to hang around!

Shades - I want to do another marathon in the spring but haven't actually entered anything yet, similarly to Slowkoala am planning to start proper training plan in a month or so and in meantime will continue with regular running through week and hope this will be ok.

Can anyone recommend a good watch / timer? (not sure of proper word )Someone lent me one in the run up to my race which gave distance and speed but I would like one which gives heart rate, plus something more compact as the one I had was enormous and felt like I was carrying a brick around on my wrist.

13/11/2012 at 10:17

mamafox - garmin 405 - love mine

hill reps today.. very mild here too

13/11/2012 at 11:00
A very very boring 1 hour at the gym on Sunday and just an easy 4 miler this morning before work and no issues. I have a club session tomorrow so looking forward to that.

Mamafox - as Bootsie says, the Garmins are very good. I have the older 305 which I use for every run, although I don't often use the HR strap, but it's there if I want it. You can set up a free account on the Garmin Connect website where you can upload your training and it maps your routes, elevations etc. I haven't checked recently but Amazon sometimes have a deal on Garmins so keep an eye out there. My wife has the 405 also and likes it too.
13/11/2012 at 13:06

Mamafox - I have a Garmin 305 which I love and use the heart rate monitor every day, bought mine from Amazon.

Yes, recover at your own pace and ease yourself back into regular running.   there should be plenty of Spring marathons to choose from.  

I'm so glad you have decided to run another marathon....of course I hope you realise that you're now at the mercy of a terrible addiction to marathon running and will probably end up just like most of us on this thread

Big G - was it you I saw running at Forde Park this morning?

13/11/2012 at 13:42
Shades - I wasn't on Forde Park today. I did a loop that I call 'the circle of doom' as it is pretty uninspiring

From my road, I turn right towards Penn Inn roundabout along the main road, under the roundabout and back towards the bridge by The Sloop (Kerswell Arch). I cross over the bridge and then run home. It's only a 4.25 miles loop all on the main road but it gets me out and means I'm never more than 1.5 miles from home
13/11/2012 at 13:44

@Mamafox - I have a Garmin 305 and love it. I'm looking to upgrade once it dies to a 405 or 910X but they are a tad expensive. I also got mine on offer from amazon for 90 GBP. Be careful... I started out wanting to run one marathon and i've done 5 this year...  I blame Shades 

@Bootsie - we've had a real cold snap lately. 2-3'c and a biting wind

13/11/2012 at 17:52

VR - what a fab article! I think your newletter is well interesting

Only five more until the end of the year I haven't even done 5 all year!!

Emmy - very well done at sticking it out. A "normal" person would have jacked it in so a massive pat on your back from me

mamafox - well done on becoming a marathoner I've got a Garmin 310xt and I love it.

Keith - well done for getting in the top half!!

Shades - I did 1.50.21 in the HM it's not a PB (1.47 in 2008) but it's the best I've done in the last couple of years so I'm improving. I've taken a couple of days of running as I feel a bit weary, nothing hurts I just feel like an old biddy.

I had a bone density test today and I've got osteopenia...I was told to do more exercise, drink milk ( I drink LOADS), get more sunshine (vitamin D) and running outdoors in Italy all year round I don't do bad sunwise and go to the doctor to get a supplement.

13/11/2012 at 17:54

Big G - I often run to Kerswell too now that the mornings are dark, usually turn off towards the Park Inn and then up past the shops and down Southey Lane.    Just wondered if it was you as I said good morning to the runner in Forde Park and he was tall.

Emmy - moi!!!!!!!!

Very mild here, about 14 degrees, lovely

mowser - I've sent you a text re Florence.

13/11/2012 at 18:07

@Molly - Thanks I'm sorry to hear about the osteopenia. I've been told that i'm likely to get it as both of my parents suffer from it. I was told soya milk is great for calcium.

@Shades - Yes entirely your fault *cough*..... let's put VR into that mix as well  I admit that I do enjoy every second AFTER it though!

13/11/2012 at 18:15

Nice to see i escape all blame there Emmy

Now does Belgium do hell runner style events? And if so when in the year usually? Tempting with a mini holiday there next year and if i can tag a race on too......

Naturally if i do do a race you can guide me round Damn there goes my blame freeness

13/11/2012 at 18:22

molly - still a great time for your half.

Bad news on the diagnosis, you'll have to do more running then!   And get that supplement from docs.

We're going to miss you in Florence but we'll meet up next year.

Emmy - just have to get you to (sort of) enjoy the race part too

13/11/2012 at 18:22

@Keith - I blame you for the honeycomb cheesecake... If it wasnt for you - that poor waiter may have gotten away without any harassment from our table! I think I still drank more than you, though

Yeah... they do - but it's normally 10km. I can send you a link of the race we did in September (race against nature) or may (spartacus run). There's one that's 12 miles in Zolder (a race track) but I cant remember when that is.

It's become a lot more popular over here. If you fancy a great little break - head to Berlin for the Fishermans Friend run. 12 miles of absolute german fury! 

We've been looking for that ultra race that your friend was talking about but can't find anything. Can you ask him to give us more info?

13/11/2012 at 18:53

He was getting hassled long before i got there Plus it was kinda hard NOT to drink more than me being i was driving

I'm aware what Zolder is Berlin sounds good being i didn't get into the marathon...

No idea what race he was looking for and i looked too

14/11/2012 at 07:13

Emmy - is Keith trying to lure into the cult of the ultra?

Lovely mild morning again, most enjoyable run

14/11/2012 at 07:37

@Shades - I hope not... although I do have a 'dilemma'. Im planning on the eco trail de Paris... and have two options: 30km or 50km.... what should I do? I was thinking 50km but I dont want to burn myself out for Paris a few weeks after that.

@Keith - you never know... a lot of people have no clue where/what Zolder is.

I need a kick up the ass to get out for a run.... anyone?

14/11/2012 at 08:06

Shades - Nope much worse than Ultra's Good old mud runs instead, bound to be better and cheaper over there in Europe.

Emmy - Sorry been for my recovery run already Be out again 6amish tomorrow though. May be try killing myself with Insanity friday, although i may need to work out what part of house has a high enough roof not to hit doing jumps....

14/11/2012 at 08:14

@Keith - I used to do the impact stuff in the kitchen with a gym mat underneath me. When I did it in the living room - the entire house used to shake :/

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