Shades Marathon Training

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10/05/2013 at 13:18

VR - I expect Keith is out training hard for DD, ready to push you in a hedge

molly - 6 miles a day is a good regular mileage and will pay off.   You lucky thing seeing the Giro outside your office, must be so exciting.

Emmy - 75km is not a practical commute for training!

I drive to work every day and it's about a mile

Slowkoala - well done to your nephew.   There's some seriously good cyclists in the IOM so he did very well.

10/05/2013 at 14:04

Molly - lol at your "dry run"..!! Yes, you are right, it is amazing to be running again - at the moment every time I go out I appreciate every moment (think my all time low was when someone told me that a nerve injury meant I would never run again and should take up Nordic walking instead! )

Shades - thank you for the advice (and reassurance )

Slowkoala - you have some speedy genes in your family!

Emmy - with your recent triple I thought you would laugh in the face of a mere 75k commute!

I commute on bike but only live 6k from work...

10/05/2013 at 14:26

Molly - You do sound a little like a crazed fan

Shades - I know. I'd love to cycle it one day to see how I get on but never on a regular basis. I think if I use the cycle routes - I could reduce it to 60km but we have no showers at work so it's another negative. 

Mama - I'm not crazy

Edited: 10/05/2013 at 14:27
10/05/2013 at 14:31

Emmy - more like a downright nutter.....and it's not even for me..but for my Dad! I'm hoping to get an autograph or a photo......

10/05/2013 at 16:13

Some pics would be great...Wiggo has just crashed!

10/05/2013 at 19:10

Mission accomplished! Poor bradley though came off in terrible conditions. That last descent is where i go running on weekends and there are some very tight bends. Wiggo is a top bloke, despite being shook up and grazed and it was chucking it down,i got an autograph a photo of him and a signed drinks bottle. Must have been the last thing he needed but he was ace. Then ran off to see cavendish who was on the podium....and he turned round as soon he heard my broad yorkshire accent in amongst the italians and again, despite being shattered and soaked i got an autograph for my dad and a photo. Well chuffed is an understatement and really admire these 2 athletes.

10/05/2013 at 19:11

Sk - well done to your nephew! I love hearing about young athletes coming on.

10/05/2013 at 19:24

Wow Marathon Molly, what a great day you've had. Autographs from both AND a signed bottle, very jealous. Your dad will be so chuffed. They are both great role models for kids, far superior to the x factor z lists that fill the papers.

My nephew is doing great and has won lots of national titles but still young so a way to go. He'll be so lucky if he is able to make a living from doing something he loves, even if only for a few years.

10/05/2013 at 20:10


reporting for my verbal bashing

not training though as been busy working and it still hurts not that i have had a chance to run often enough to try and make it hurt enough to be able to go to doctors and have something to point too

Not doing DD as it would be silly to try it in this state, not had a response yet from the person top of the back up list though...

VR it worth skipping that and emailing roger direct to see if he knows of someone wanting a spot being its 4 weeks away?

10/05/2013 at 20:42

Oh that's a shame Keith  I was looking forward to seeing you 

hope you get it sorted?

yeah email Rog even if its just to let him know you can't run.

10/05/2013 at 23:12

Hi Shades - any thoughts on a plan for the next 6 weeks from 13th May, prior to my Half?  The third week will have very little running and the end of the 6th week will be race day.  Most Wednesdays will be the club hill/speed session and this is about 5 or 6 miles total, with 2 or 3 miles of efforts.

Advice on training paces, long runs etc, would be appreciated.  This week has been an easy week (3 sessions, totalling about 15) and I'm not carrying any real injuries at the moment (right achiles is a bit sore, but doesn't seem to be holding me up).

I feel I've lost a bit of speed in the last few weeks so to have a chance of cracking 1:40 I feel I have some work to do and it may not be possible (which means my sister-in-law will probably be beating me....).

A quick reminder of recent times from March:

1:42 at Bideford Half

43min at Exeter 10K (this is probably more like a 45min 10K on a fairer course).

11/05/2013 at 07:04

Emmy  - that would be a good commute, but if you had a rotten day at work and the weather was awful the thought of the trip home at that distance might make you sleep at the office.

molly - wow, you did well, the lip gloss (and the Yorkshire accent) must have worked.   I'm a great fan of both especially Mark Cavendish.

Keith - sorry to hear you're not doing DD.  You can always offer your place to next on the list, I'm sure with DD you can choose who you'd like your place to go to and if the guy on the top hasn't bothered to reply then he can't be that keen.

Big G - Have any post marathon aches all gone now?   I will give it some thought and put something together on Mon/Tues.  

I'm short on time today, hasty shop and library for my Mum, then pack and I'm driving to Essex for Halstead marathon tomorrow and probably won't be home until 9pm tomorrow night.

11/05/2013 at 08:28

Essex is a long old drive from Sunny Devon! I lived in Ipswich (up the road in Suffolk) for a few years for work before I got the opportunity to move back here. Good luck on Sunday! How's the ankle?

Regarding aches, I'm still a bit tired but feel ok. I did a quick-ish 4-miler yesterday and it was harder than usual but I feel ok, although hammies felt a bit right afterwards. The left knee niggle seems to have cleared up, but right achilles issue is still there but doesn't cause any problem when running. 

11/05/2013 at 11:17

Big G - you're recovering well.

My ankle seems OK, I've taken it easy this week.

I have a long motorway drive next week so think I'll go the scenic route today and either go A35 or A303.   Can't avoid the M25 though!

Am signing off now until Monday.

Have a good weekend all and good luck to all racing, especially VR who's going to Ireland to do an ultra.....without me....not sure how that happened

11/05/2013 at 17:31

Shades - good luck at halstead! I was very close to joining you. It's good to hear that your ankle is doing well.

my commute is hell every day. I normally work from home until the jams have passed and then go to work and come home vice versa. this makes for some very long days! I'm lucky that I can work from home occasionally but I hate my commute. It's one reason I looked at cycling. It's still going to take me roughly 2 hours but I could be there at 9 and home at 7. It'd still be quicker than my commute With the car!

i overslept today :/ and have been at a kids party all day so I'll run tomorrow morning

good luck to VR in her ultra And anyone else running!

11/05/2013 at 20:11

i couldnt imagine a 2hr cycle each way everyday.

i was ment to do a run tonight but the allure of chicken enchiladas was too great.. getting paranoid about getting another injury. starting to watch every step i take, so scared to go running. getting excited now.

12/05/2013 at 12:33

Sheffield Half mara.      

did not feel tat good today got there in plenty of time and had a good warm up.  set off at 1:32 pace, but by mile 5 knew that was not going to happen so slowed down to do a sub 1:35 pace.  Went ok but was very tired at mile 8.  Made a mess of the pace I needed to run to do a sub 1:35 but did not realise until mile 12.  Did the last mile in 6:30 but did not quit make it and finished in 1:35:07.  

Should be happy really as last time out in Sheff I was 1:44 and beat my PB of 1:38 in the GNR, but for some reason I feel a little deflated.

oh well I will stop moaning now and watch the F1 with a couple of beers

12/05/2013 at 15:00

Well done S32, that's a great run so you definitely shouldn't feel deflated, especially given it's only been a couple of weeks since your marathon. I'm sure next time you'll be able to shave those 7 seconds off no problem.

I did a 10 mile run this morning mainly at easy pace. But managed a 7:16 mile at mile 7 as this guy overtook me so tried to keep up with him for a bit


12/05/2013 at 16:44

well done S32 fantastic time..with 2 weeks left before my marathon i am terrified that if i run ill reinjure as i still feel a slight twinge as i run and i cant afford to tear my calf again. would it be detrimental to my marathon if i dont run for the next 2 weeks and substitute it for cycling and walking? 

13/05/2013 at 08:11

Well done S32! That's a great run! I agree with Slowkoala - it's not been that long since your last marathon. Give yourself a break

Iain - i'll postpone any comment to Shades

I went out for an absolutely beautiful run yesterday. I loved every single second of it. Admittedly it was in the rain but you can't have everything!

I've seen on FB that VR had a good time in Ireland (and a cracking medal!).

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