Shades Marathon Training

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04/07/2013 at 08:13

Khanivore, that sounds like Manchester!  I don't know it hugely well, but been for a few days/nights out there and it's definitely a 24 hour kind of place!  Hope you enjoyed your run

Koala, I find pilates really hard too!  Hope family are ok with your running plans - I often feel guilty for being off racing when Mr Mad is around and not doing anything in particular.

Emmy, are you not keen on halfs then?  It looks a nice race, might be worth doing even if it's not your target distance - I love the idea of 'home' races.

Shades, you want to be here if it's too hot where you are!  Cool, cloudy and drizzly start to today, though it's meant to be much warmer later.

Sooo I raced last night  Pitstop 10K.  3 laps round Croft motor-racing track.  It was flat, easy, and according to my team-mates really boring!  I actually really enjoyed it - I was aiming to go out at my (slightly ambitious for me) target pace of 8 minute miles, and just hang on there.  I did exactly this, slowest miles were 2 and 3, at 7:54, and fastest was mile 5 at 7:43.  I spent the first lap learning about the course, and working out where the slightly harder parts were, and where I could push it a bit - was a good strategy for me, as I like knowing what's coming because I am always very scared of burning myself out too early - if I know the finishing stretch is quite easy, I'm less scared to push it earlier on.

I tucked myself onto the back of a little group going around my pace for the second lap - had a brief chat with someone who was joking that he had established that he wasn't going to win this one!  Lightened things up a bit.  Was nice to see the rest of my club going round the hairpins as well - some in front, some behind.   Towards the end of the second lap, the lead bike pootled past me (really??  A bike for a race around a race-track?  Surely you cannot get lost??), and the front runners lapped me, but it was only a very short way before the line so I was actually more cheered than disheartened, as I used to generally bargain on being twice as slow as the winners, not just a third!  

Third lap I felt good still - ignored the water station as I knew it would just slow me down and I didn't feel I needed it.  I started to pick it up just a little bit, and lost some of the group I'd been running with.  Then I spotted a rival club T-shirt in front of me, and thought 'right, I'm having her!'  We ran along together for a bit, but by the last mile she was obviously having to work quite hard and I managed to push on a bit more and overtook.  Spotted the 9k marker, and moved up another notch.  Then I was an idiot!  I forgot that the start line was not also the finish line, so picked up the pace into it, then realised that everyone in front was still running quite fast - I had another bend to go to the finish!  So I tried to keep my speed up, but had to drop back a little.  Picked it up again as I saw my faster club-mates clapping me on near the finish, and crossed a line...  which again, was not the finish!  I was totally convinced it was this time, so slowed down a little, only to spot the finish line a few yards further on.  Reckon I stupidly threw away 5 or 6 seconds here, but it didn't matter, as I still got sub 50, which was my secret goal, and a massive PB of around 5 minutes!  Happy

04/07/2013 at 08:22

Shades - I know. I think it's trying to take it away from Fleet which is also quite close by. I like the organiser and if I can I might go and try for some speed.

It was a beautiful HOT morning here. 5 tempo miles in the glorious sunshine and i'm literally BURSTING with energy now. I love good runs!

Madbee - If i'm travelling home then it's normally for a marathon. I can't justify the cost for a half  Congrats on the new PB!! Thats a great report and I love your attitude: "Right, i'm having her!". 

04/07/2013 at 08:24

SK - could have been worse, Brighton could have been on his birthday.   What's the deadline for GFA entries? I thought it was much later in the year, but of course they could have changed it.

If the Pilates is tough I'm sure it will make you stronger.

Madbee - fabulous report and what a PB, 5 minutes is a huge amount of time to knock off, glad you made your secret goal too.

I like it warmish for my races, my preferred temperature for a marathon is about 18 to 22 degrees with low humidity and little or no wind.  But I don't like to be out in the sun day after day, need to protect my skin.

04/07/2013 at 09:47

VR/Emmy - well done, sounds like you both had a great time but by golly it sounds tough!

Madbee - fantastic running with a brilliant PB

Shades - After 2 months of speedwork and decent races - it came to race day and I couldn't get going. I've got no excuses, nothing wrong with me but i just couldn't run as I'd trained to do. I was aiming for 19mins 50 and I came in at 21.06 so I was well cheesed off  so after the race I got changed then wandered into town as mini & her cousin wanted to go shopping, I then got a call from my sister..."You idiot, we came second and I've had my picture taken on the podium on my own". We got a lovely trophy each and a €50 voucher so I missed my chance to get upon an international all the other teams must have done even worse than what we did.

Little brother took it nice & steady and just got on with it. He finished in 12.25 and was absolutely fine straightafter and the following day - very unfair. Amazing experience though - all sorts of met & women with massive bellies who you wouldn't bet 2p on came in without bother. Very inspiring indeed.

04/07/2013 at 10:37

madbee - great running and a great report

molly - well done on coming 2nd . You'll have to be airbrushed in for the photo

Shades - good luck for the races in Ireland

I seem not to have booked anything up for this weekend!!

04/07/2013 at 13:14

Emmy - like you I won't travel far for a short race.

molly - well done.   Don't be disappointed with your time, we all have days when that happens but 2nd prize and winnings too is brilliant.

Well done to your brother too, good time for an IM

Where's Khanivore?   I'm worried he might be in a club in Manchester since 6am this morning

mowzer - a bit remiss of you having a free weekend!   But as it's going to very hot probably a good idea.

Thanks, the 10 in 10 guys start today (at 5pm, I think).   I'm looking forward to the weekend, not looking forward to the tired legs on day 2 & 3.

04/07/2013 at 13:23

Shades -Good luck for the race - I'm a little jealous as i'd love to be doing it!

Molly - well done on the race! 2nd place is FANTASTIC! Well done to your brother as well. I'm really impressed!

Mowser - a weekend free? Are you feeling ok?

04/07/2013 at 14:31

I'm very happy having a race free weekend. I'm resting my foot niggle that really was painful after Giants Head.

Molly - Very well done indeed! Very impressive.

Madbee - 5 mun PB! Well done. Great report too!

04/07/2013 at 17:56

VR - hope the foot is getting better


Hot here today

05/07/2013 at 09:22

Right I'm all packed and shopping done.

Back on line on Wednesday

05/07/2013 at 10:03

Good luck shades  

Hope you are healing VR.

Molly... still a very impressive time, and coming second is brilliant!  Well done you.

13 miles for me this morning, lovely and sunny but not too hot yet - I would have enjoyed it if I'd had a proper breakfast and not been still a little tired from Wednesday's effort - note to self: eat properly before long runs!

05/07/2013 at 10:55

Shades - have a great weekend in Ireland! Hope that it all goes well.

Madbee - well done on the 13 miles!! That's a great effort.

I'll be offline for the next two weeks. First week on holiday and the second i'll be running back from Bratislava in relay. For anyone that wants to follow us:

I'll be posting videos/pictures on facebook and twitter as well.

Have a great time everyone and see you later on!

05/07/2013 at 12:42

Emmy - have a fab time! I'll definitely follow you. Enjoy both weeks and look forward to hearing about it when you get back.

Shades - good luck and have a lovely weekend

Madbee - I usually have porridge for breakfast before a run - I don't feel hungry during and doesn't give tummy problems either (whereas muesli & running don't mix for me)

No races for me but a 10 mile run this evening then a 12 mile run on Sunday as I need to start building upto long runs again.I can't just jump in and start doing 20 milers and I'm soooo looking forward to it!

05/07/2013 at 14:45

Lovely 4 and half miles this morning, hopefully up early tomorrow for a 10miler...will the first run in double digits since Feb!

Hopefully not too hot for anyone racing this weekend, I'll be diy'ing in the garden building a wall and finishing off a path all at a nice relaxed pace, with a beer or 3

Have a good one all.

05/07/2013 at 23:21

Madbee great race report Enjoyed reading it!


06/07/2013 at 10:11

Hmm not too bad i suppose, newest local parkrun in 25:44. Longest runn since er mid may too. PLus stone heavier which accounts for 8 secs a lb extra i lug round so thats at least a minute i can knock for being a fatty

That and distinct lack of training. Was expecting 27 mins to be hard to hit so perhaps i have some natural speed after all.

06/07/2013 at 11:06

Loved your report Madbee. Well done on smashing your PB! I often have fruit toast pre races if I can't stomach porridge. 

Emmy, hope you have a great holiday.

Good luck to Shades and everyone else racing this weekend. Don't forget to drink and wear sun cream.

Finally got my GFA place for VLM next year. Shades, the deadlines not until 26/7, but it's the first time they've done it online and was quite chaotic. You had to submit the scanned docs and then they sent an entry form but they seemed to have just one person going through 3,000 entries.

Did a timed 10k with my club this morning instead of the 5 mile race tomorrow as I think it's going to be even hotter tomorrow. Not sure of my time today as didn't stop watch but think around 44 mins.

06/07/2013 at 20:14

Well done Madbee - you smashed your old PB by some margin!

Good luck to Shades for some epic running!

Emmy - Have a fab holiday and run, will try to catch up and see how you're doing.

Speedykoala - Glad to see you are back on form again!!

Am still bumbling round base training. Dithering on whether to do an 11k hilly race this weekend.... did it last year so am tempted. Will be gutted if am slower though! 

07/07/2013 at 14:33

Manafox, did you do the 11k this weekend?

I must be mad as decided to run the 5 mile race today, after doing a timed 10k yesterday. Was really hot and kept wanting to stop. Time was just under 36 mins, not a PB but all I could manage in the heat. 3rd or 4th woman so pleased with that. And my 6yo won the under 7s 400m! He must have been one of the oldest running it but is thrilled to have come first!!

07/07/2013 at 20:33

Slowkoala - well done on your 5mile race... That may not be a PB for you but still fast in my book! Well done minikoala too... You must be well proud of him!

Yes I did do my 11k run - and was 30s SLOWER than last year aaaaargh!!! Trying to find excuse but there is none I'm afraid. Just not fast enough. Came in as second woman which mollified me a bit but before anyone thinks about being impressed please don't as the field wasn't very big (but that just stays between us..ok?!)

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