Shades Marathon Training

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22/11/2012 at 17:21

mowzer - are off to Italy tomorrow?

I have to be at VR's house at 3.59 a.m. on Saturday morning as we have an early start

22/11/2012 at 17:42
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22/11/2012 at 17:46

oh dear I was trying to paste the weather for Florence on Sunday but it's all a bit mixed up.

Best of luck to Shades, VR & Mowzer. The weather should be ideal and I hope you have a brilliant time. Italians will say "In bocca al lupo" which means good luck and you reply by saying "Crepi" and they'll be amazed at your knowledge of Italian

I'll be sat on the settee watching the race and hoping to catch a glimpse of you!

Enjoy yourselves!

22/11/2012 at 18:14

I love Florence - lovely city. Haven't been there since I was a student mind  

Shades - i took on board what you said and am leaving interval training out of it. By the way I signed up for another half marathon. So, I am doing half marathon in feb, half marathon in march, and full marathon in April. They are all almost exactly one month apart

22/11/2012 at 20:04
Evening all, hope you're all doing fine. I'm a tad chilly. Just back from reps, tough session of 5 x 1500 this evening.

Did the Fraserburgh half marathon last weekend Shades, and I'm delighted with my time of 1:48:17. That's not too far off my half PB which was set the month before my first marathon in 2008.

Race report:
Set off in the morning with my buddies, one of whom was running his first half marathon ever. In my usual style, i had enough kit to sort out at least another two runners - you can never decide what to wear until you get there (even if it is only an hour's drive away)! Anyway, it was pretty chilly when we set off, around 1.5 C. I had a mad notion of wearing shorts and vest.

A last minute decision led me to put on a base layer and gloves. Having had my usual raft of toilet stops I found myself near the back of the pack as the gun went off. A tad frustrating, I could hear Shades advice and reminded myself that pacing slowly at the start was no bad thing (and later felt smug as I passed and beat a guy I know who was aiming for a faster time but had overcooked it at the start).

So, out of the park and through the houses. Then along the road, off the main road and into the country. There was a wee section on the old railway line which was a bit muddy, but all relatively flat. As usual, I found myself running alone much of the time. I can never seem to stick with a pack. Pacing as follows:

8:25, 7:47 (making up for lost time), 8:13, 8:13, 8:15, 8:01, 8:22, 8:18, 8:21, 8:06, 8:34, 8:44, 8:11

I'd optimistically set my watch for 1:49 pace as this would give me a 4th club standard, having earned my short and middle distances earlier in the year. I thought I'd blow up earlier in the race, but went on the basis that it's the last chance this year. Struggled in miles 11 & 12, but think that was as much in my head as my legs. The voices in my head were swearing at me and telling me to hold it together as I could get the time. Really pushed it again in mile 13 and was so delighted when running the final straight to see 1:48 still on the clock that I was nearly in tears! Could hardly breathe on finishing. Totally delighted and feeling good about where I'm starting my marathon training from.
22/11/2012 at 20:43
@Molly - I read crappy instead of crepi....I guess that shows my level of Italian

@shades/Mowser/VR - have a great time in Florence! I'm so jealous!

Also - if anyone is interested: 7th May - Luxembourg marathon. Cheap entry and if you come to Brussels - I can provide transport to the event and a place to crash (within reason...)

@Clag - what a great race report! I'm so chuffed for you. 1hr 48 is a great time.

@Khani - which half did you sign up for? Did you see the advert for fleet half mara being posted?
22/11/2012 at 21:18
Ooh I missed fleet ad! When is that?

I have Brighton in Feb and Reading Mar. Reading was rip off expensive at ??33 IMHO but the timing is perfect for me.
22/11/2012 at 21:23
Have a look

I ran it this year as VLM prep and it was perfect timing for me. this year its 17th March and bills itself as VLM prep race. It has a really lovely crowd and marshals and there's a pub at around the 10mile point and it was the best part of the race for me. Kids running around playing, jelly babies being offered etc.

The medal is a bit poor but it's better than some.
22/11/2012 at 21:26
Argh it's the same day as reading and a lot closer to me than reading. Problem is, I've paid for reading now - just a couple of hours ago too. Bugger.
22/11/2012 at 21:30
Btw - forgot to say that I agree about reading. I ran it in 2008 and it wasn't "my" race. Maybe I just had a bad day but it left me feeling like I had missed out on something. That was the year that they ran out of medals

You get to finish in the majeski stadium and that was great. I also would applaud the organisers. My elderly gran came to watch that year. She had cancer at the time and really quite I'll but wanted to come and watch me run. I put her in the stadium and asked if one of the girls nearby wouldn't mind keeping an eye on her until must mum arrived. An official overheard and assured me that she'd be looked after. My gran said that she was moved to one of the VIP boxes to keep warm and given cups of teas and biscuits by the staff! I've never seen anything like it before or since but it definitely made me appreciative of the organisers and marshals in the stadium. That little bit of human kindness did wonders.
22/11/2012 at 21:31
@khani - can you see if you can transfer your place for reading? Maybe contact the organisers?
22/11/2012 at 21:32
Since I've paid a lot for it, and they don't do refunds or transfers, I will just stick with reading.
23/11/2012 at 05:55

molly - we will miss you.    VR is doing her first run in her 100 Club vest so all three of us will be in the same vests, which are royal blue with dayglo yellow inserts, my race no is 828F.   Thanks for the forecast, looks like it will be nice

Khanivore - good news about the half marathon, perfect timing.   So many races clash it's such a nuisance for a lot of us.

Clag - well done, a great time and really inspiring report.    You'll soon crack that PB again.

Emmy - ooh Luxembourg sounds good, that's a Tuesday though?  I already have a marathon on the 5th and 6th May, don't think I could get there in time.

No run for me this morning as food shop before work, then pack and faff tonight and early night

Kettlecise was tough last night, new abs exercises nearly reduced me to tears

Edited: 23/11/2012 at 05:57
23/11/2012 at 07:20
Clag great report Enjoyed reading it. Well done!

The cold I thought I was getting came to nothing. I did a 5 mile easy run last night and for some reason my legs are really sore. I think I had better spend some time on the foam roller today.
23/11/2012 at 07:24

Kettlecise was Fun!
Shades got a good ab workout as she was laughing too much 

Emmy - I thought Luxembourg was June 8th?

Well done Clag. Great report.
I have a half booked in March for a PB attempt. Eeeek!

Molly - Thanks for the forecast. I'll see if I can find some Italian news crews 



23/11/2012 at 08:17

VR - is that Bideford Half?

Khanivore - ease up for a couple of days

Back from Tesco's, lovely quiet time to shop there, just having a hasty breakfast then off to work

23/11/2012 at 09:22

Yes and I know its the same day as The Duchy!

23/11/2012 at 10:35

@VR - You're right - it's June 8th  I may have got a tad bit confused for months 

@Shades - That sounds like a great scene! You'll have to take some pictures of the three of you! Have a great time in Italy and I hope it's nice weather.

Awful weather here at the moment



23/11/2012 at 13:22

If anyone's interested in buying a Garmin - on Amazon they're doing mega deals at 50% and Garmin 310XT is going on offer at 2.45pm today but they run out quick as I was after a camera and didn't get one!

23/11/2012 at 13:44

Our work internet is rubbish, just lost my post on here

molly - slowkoala was asking about Garmins etc I think

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