Shades Marathon Training

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08/04/2013 at 11:22

morning all .. Khanivore.. just think how good you will feel after!

Iain you will do great

Clag! well done

08/04/2013 at 11:49
Clag - was a shame not to see you I understand about wanting to stay in the warm! Well done on a cracking race!

The race was great for me. My hip started hurting at 10 miles and I was getting very worried but taking it a little easier and some painkillers worked well. A friend I ran with had a few knee issues so we walked for a bit until she got her knee strapped and then we just enjoyed the route and chatted to everyone. I'll upload some pics later on and I think you can see how much fun we had en route

I had such a great time and loved every single second. It's now become my favourite marathon. I had a great celebration in Paris with some forumites and came home late last night.

If you want a great marathon - head to Paris.

RE: getting over the line - we were at the back and it took 1 hr not very good but it managed to allow the course to flow easily.

How did everyone's run go this weekend?
08/04/2013 at 13:09

emmy well done!! soundsl ike a great place to be

08/04/2013 at 13:16

Well done Clag & Emmy. I know what you mean about those underpasses! glad you both had a good time!

Slowkoala - I tend to pop blisters straightaway

It's my birthday today but I've been in floods of tears since I opened my dad's card and my mum's name wasn't on it. Pretty obvious but it really upset me. I did a 30km on Sat and will run home from work this evening to let some good mood vibes start working for me!

08/04/2013 at 13:30
Well done everyone on your races... happy birthday Molly.
08/04/2013 at 13:32

((((Molly))))) Happy birthday x

08/04/2013 at 13:36
Molly happy birthday. Your post has left me feeling really emotional, I hope it gets more bearable, if not easier, with the passage of time. You poor thing

Emmy well done another marathon. Almost scared to ask when the next one is as I'm guessing it is only a few days away - you seem to do so many!
08/04/2013 at 13:42
Meeting cancelled - means I can get home and attend my conference call (which I listen in on and don't talk on) while running. With any luck I will be home before the vampires can come out and get me.

I'm seriously in the danger zone right now.

- running less due to taper so feeling fidgety - I tend to snack when it is like this
- wife and kids are away so the house is silent - I tend to snack when it is like this
- (happy/excited) nervous about the marathon - I tend to snack when it is like this
- lots of work to do - I tend to snack when it is like this


danger danger danger!
08/04/2013 at 13:50
Khani ill pop on over and help you worth the cupcakes. So envious of all you VLM runners...god luck to you all. I'll be there on the side lines shouting you all on...
08/04/2013 at 13:54
I'm seriously considering sipping a free Lucozade every 5 miles at the VLM instead of taking the high 5 gels every 45 mins. This will cover me for fluids and energy and seems better than taking gels. Any thoughts?
08/04/2013 at 13:56
Iain you better hurry Don't see them lasting very long
08/04/2013 at 14:05

i'm wondering the same thing. i used my mixed gel/water bottles on the silverstone 1/2 and they were great. those combined with some jelly babies in my runnnig belt pocket and the isotonics on offer meant i was fine energywise. although it was only a 1/2.

i think i might take the belt with bottles and jelly babies on it. if i don't use it all, it's not an issue.

i don't mind carrying stuff on a belt, but carrying water bottles all the way round training runs, distracts me. of course you don't have that problem in a race as you just throw them away. but now i've got used to using my gel/water. hmmmm, tricky.

as i say,  think i'll take the gel bottles and if i need to top up en route with lucozade, i can.

08/04/2013 at 14:06

Molly - Happy birthday  - must be an emotional time for you xx

Emmy - well done on having a good marathon in spite of your injury worries - it sounds like you had a good time, looking forward to seeing those photos!

Khani - lol - Personally I would eat a cupcake at every 5 miles, much more enjoyable!



08/04/2013 at 14:28

I'm looking to use both Lucozade Sport (sipping as I go along) and Lucozade Elite Gels every 45 mins.

I've been practicing this on my long runs and it seems I haven't been drinking enough (I'm a sweaty git).

It'll be blisteringly hot (most likley as all my training has been in the freezing cold!!) - so will need to keep my hydration levels up.

I'll be wired!!!!! 

Happy Birthday Molly - take care.


08/04/2013 at 14:45

true, it will probably be 30 degrees knowing our luck.

08/04/2013 at 14:49
My California long run taught me how negatively the heat effects me - will chug water and hope for the best if it is hot Rattler I think I may end up doing the same as you but using high 5 instead of Lucozade gels as they are more watery.
Edited: 08/04/2013 at 14:49
08/04/2013 at 14:56
Khanivore wrote (see)

Emmy well done another marathon. Almost scared to ask when the next one is as I'm guessing it is only a few days away - you seem to do so many!

Its Antwerp in 2 weeks same day as london

Khanivore wrote (see)


danger danger danger!


((Molly)) Happy Birthday for today and I hope that the run improves your spirits.

Photos have been uploaded to Facebook as you cant upload them to here. I've tried getting some links... give me some time

08/04/2013 at 15:01

 Wine stop #1

 The Finish

 The bling and finisher shirt.


08/04/2013 at 15:35

(((Molly))) - happy birthday

Clag and Emmy - well done on Paris, glad you enjoyed it. That's a great time Clag .

Shades - no, not Sussex. Did that last year (been there, done that, did NOT like the steep hill at the end of each lap, and not really on my list to do again ).

Coventry Way 40 yesterday (had done it two years ago, but enjoyed it so signed up again). Must say I didn't remember that it had so many kissing gates (1st half) or stiles (2nd half), plus a couple of really muddy bits near the end where we spent ages trying (and failing) to find a 'safe' route through. Took over an hour longer than last time (eventually finished in 10:38), possibly because I ran with some friends and spent a lot of the first half running slowly, walking or waiting. They picked right up in the 2nd half, while I found that my legs then ached and my feet hurt. Also I don't feel as fit generally as I did a year ago. Anyway, the weather was good, the route enjoyable and I greatly enjoyed running with company. Fell over once (was only walking at the time), but I was lucky in that I missed the barbed wire on one side and the flooded (with disgusting type water) path on the other. Great day out and we spent quite a bit of time watching the young lambs playing - in one field there were about 20 lambs running round and round a telegraph pole . Stayed over in a b&b, so glad I didn't have to drive last night, ate an enormous breakfast this morning and have done nothing since getting back. Recovery run can wait until tomorrow .

08/04/2013 at 15:48
Happy birthday Molly

Well done Emmy and Clag, like the photos.
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