Shades Marathon Training

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08/01/2013 at 13:32

@Shades - I must admit that I've signed up for the Enigma golden ticket so that I can run 7 marathons in the next year... and I get priviledged entry into the quadzilla in 2014.

How are you getting on? Are you all ready for Gloucester?

I have a few colleagues like yours. They think I'm absolutely crazy for doing the distances that I do... but i'd much rather be happy and healthy than struggle to walk up a flight of stairs.

08/01/2013 at 13:39

most definitely is shades!

5.4 miles done today.. in 9 min mile over al but did 1 mile warm up , 1 mile cool down and then 6*800 metres at 8 min mile. tired now but at least i have lots of calories over for my fitness pal!

08/01/2013 at 14:00

Went to physio today. She doesn't think its a stress fracture (although wouldn't rule it out completely). Inflammation still under the heel and left calf is much tighter than the right with some very painful knots. Physio said it seemed like the 'stronger' leg - it's my clutch leg, so must be all that driving to races . Had massage, ultrasound and now all taped up. Have to ice at least twice per day, stretch calves (although not heel drops yet as they put too much strain on the heel) and lots of rubbing, massaging and rolling. Any suggestions as to the best foam roller ?

Also restarted the gym, and good news is that, besides my core exercises I can use the stepper and x-trainer without puuting any strain on my heel (hard work though ). Gloucester is definitely out and even February is looking a bit doubtful .

08/01/2013 at 14:02

Emmy - your report was a brilliant read Well done! There seem to be a lot of pirates on your thread! I give you 2 years before you enter your first Ironman

Todays run was a 5 mile plod focussing on 10 mins per mile pace. Stopped for a quick stretch 1 mile in to the run which totally free'd up my slightly sore hamstring tendons. Enjoyed the run. Came home and stretched for 15 mins - had to keep telling myself it is necessary Will continue to stretch hamstring tendons gently - may hit the turbo trainer tonight. 

I am thinking of doing some turbo on tues,thurs,sat with some swimming on weds and fri.. or something like that anyway.

08/01/2013 at 14:03

Mowzer I really feel for you I hope you get well soon.

08/01/2013 at 14:24
Sorry to hear that it's going to take longer to get you back running Mowser.
I have a plain white roller but there seems to be a lot of choice out there nowadays!
I do have "The Stick" absolutely brilliant for rolling out the calves. You can feel the knots as you roll it up and down. Hamstrings as well.

Great report Emmy I had a golden ticket a couple of years ago. Well worth it!
08/01/2013 at 14:28

@Mowser - get well soon. I have the tigertail and gridroller. Both are fantastic for sorting out knots.

@VR - This weekend was the first time I actually enjoyed the lake... are you doing any of the upcoming Enigma's?

08/01/2013 at 15:19

I quite like the look of the enigma Emmy, i thought they were running another double in June this year but it 2 in one day.    my do the double next year

Mowser sorry to here you are still out, hope you are back running soon.


08/01/2013 at 15:29

@S3200H - They have the summer double I think.... But you'd need to check. Their Facebook page has a lot of info on it. I can really recommend it - really friendly crowd and PB potential course.

08/01/2013 at 15:38

jsut had another look     they have a double in the Enigma Summer Festival but the event is full 

08/01/2013 at 15:44

Put your name on the reserve list - a lot of people drop out. It's how i've got in to a lot of their events.

08/01/2013 at 17:26

Emmy - I think you are going to be a challenge to your sub 4.30 mentor, he'll have to confiscate your credit card to stop you entering more races!

Gloucester is not a key event for me, I'm only doing it as Berkeley was cancelled and I was offered a place in lieu, also our club AGM after the race. But it will be nice to do a bit of socialising at a race.  I don't like running marathons in the winter

mowzer - oh dear, let's hope you start healing soon

08/01/2013 at 19:09
Evening Shadies,

Mowzer, at least you have a diagnosis from the physio, for some that's half the battle. You can focus on recovery now and and getting back to running soon. I use the 66 fit roller from amazon, I think it's fairly basic - doesn't have the knobbly bits on that some have. Someone on the forum posted a ten pound off voucher for sweatshop - could buy one from there?

Shades, at least your colleague doesn't run too - they might want time off for the same races!

Khanivore, glad you stuck to just 5 miles today but sounds like your stretches are working which is good.

5 easy miles very early for me which was fine. Have 8 miles to do tomorrow which will be hard to squeeze in as have to work in another office early so will have to do in evening after kids have done all their activities. Pilates class will have to start next week.
08/01/2013 at 19:36

Has anyone seen blogs / reports of newbie VLMers who are following a training plan and reporting their progress?

I'm keen to understand how some might handle the plans and how their training either changed / adapted / improved as they went through the plan?

I searched this thread back quite a way (and others on RW), but couldn't find anything obvious.

Thanks, Tim

08/01/2013 at 19:49

I couldn't run 5 mins in May and I am trainging for the VLM. You can see my blog at and see if that has anything useful for you.

08/01/2013 at 19:55

Thanks KV, I'll check this out, your story is impressive for sure, even if you don't always do as advised  - glad your running is back on track and you've found a way of managing the injury.

Ideally I'm looking for a blog from someone who's completed the VLM in previous years and so I can track my progress against theirs.



08/01/2013 at 19:59
Ahh if you find an interesting one please do share it.
08/01/2013 at 22:44

I've found the below that has loads of V:M Blogs

Need to search through to find a comparable runner and plan though. Tim

09/01/2013 at 07:15

Slowkoala - if my colleague ever wants time off for a marathon I too will need time off to be treated for shock.

Rattler - try any of the Super Six on RW forums, there are loads of threads.   Doesn't need to be VLM, the training is the same be it VLM or Paris.   I would think they are under Training as Spring Marathon is a fairly new grouping.  The runners were mentored by Steve Smith, Liz Yelling etc and were reporting back at least daily on their training progress and discussing any problems etc

09/01/2013 at 09:17

@Shades - I prefer Forum6 

@Mowser - Get well soon

I'm off out for a swim tonight before heading to Frankfurt tomorrow for 2 days and some quality running.

How is everyone else getting on?

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