Shades Marathon Training

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12/07/2013 at 09:56

The t shirt for the race has arrived and it's HUGE!!! No way am I wearing that, it's more like a dress!

12/07/2013 at 10:10

SK - use it as a nightie!

12/07/2013 at 12:16

Grr, that is annoying for you SK - I always find the same with unisex T-shirts - as a midgety type they are always like bin bags on me  Can you wear one of yours in a similar colour instead?

Flossie, hope your run goes well, sounds like you're getting back into it well

Shades, I am struggling to get my head around doing ONE marathon, let alone 300... definitely a massive achievement.

Molly, hope the calf continues to be compliant, good luck for your 12 miles.

I have just done 18 miles - was hot and hilly!  I was panting my way up the hill, pursued by a million flies and calling down curses on the poor unsuspecting fell runner (tip, as a novice, never take route advice from a very successful fell runner!) that suggested the route to me, when I suddenly came out at the top and there was the most amazing view of the whole of Lower Weardale.  Stunning run!  Hard work for sure, but totally worth it (I may avoid it on very hot days, however...)

12/07/2013 at 13:09

SK - I seem to remember last year that anyone petite was swamped by the shirts...LOL, hence my previous remarks

molly - that's good news about the calf

Madbee - if you can run 18 miles in this weather you have nothing to worry about when it comes to doing your marathon

12/07/2013 at 16:41

Shades your marathon count is just crazy and amazing Well done - so close to 300 now

I have not run at all in ramadhan. Wife's family are all here as her sister decided to give birth at the hospital near my house. Consequently i've been looking after the twins at the only time i could have run - the hour before breaking my fast. Not too bothered though. Am super tired.

Molly - running at the beginning of the fast would mean spending the rest of the fast thirsty and hungry I'd rather get that way at the end of the fast. Also timings would make it impractical. I finish eating at around 3am (so get up for breakfast at 2.30am) and then start eating and drinking again at around 9.20pm.

12/07/2013 at 17:16

"running at the beginning of the fast would mean spending the rest of the fast thirsty and hungry"

Khani - I hadn't thought of that  Enjoy the twins!

12/07/2013 at 20:56

Had a good run yesterday evening along the river  - flat and partly in the shade - but with 2 disappointments. About a mile and a half from home (on the way back) I got a pain under the ball of my left foot, nothing there one second, really hurt the next. Carried on running, but when I got home I couldn't wait to get my shoe and sock off. It felt like my toes were squashed and my foot was twisted . Hurt all day today, so had to hobble around, then this evening the pain disappeared . Had a day off today as didn't want to aggravate it. But what was worse.... I ran past the river café on the way out (as I hadn't run enough miles), and I'd remembered my money and was really looking forward to a cream soda float on the way back BUT when I ran back they had closed . I was soooo disappointed.

Day off work tomorrow as it's grand-daughter's naming ceremony

Shades - good luck at Tenby - you could go for a dip in the sea afterwards

12/07/2013 at 22:46

Did some 400m reps tonight on a track. Did x10 at just under 6min/mile pace. Quite hard work and exhausting given only about 2.5 miles in total. I'd quite like to do these regularly but the swimming finishes next week so would mean sneaking into the big posh school and hoping no one notices!

Madbee, which mararhon are you doing again? I cant imagine doing more than 10 miles in this heat so 18 miles is brilliant. It's weird how in marathon training you regularly knock out long runs of 16/18 miles plus but then a couple of months later and for me anyway, 9 or 10 miles now seems long! 

12/07/2013 at 23:07

Shades – if you’re definitely entering Stur Half, I’ll come and cheer you on.

Marathon Molly – Flossette’s expecting a girl and she’s late.  Funny that, Flossette’s always late...  Glad to hear that calf is behaving.  

Madbee – what an awesome run you had today.  I love adventures like that.  Mind you, we see some pretty wonderful wildlife round here, sadly my cheeky heron wasn’t standing in the big pond today. 

Mowzer – hope you’re foot is much better and that the naming celebration goes well tomorrow.

Another 2 miler knocked out this afternoon – fastest of the week so far.

13/07/2013 at 06:58

Khanivore - trying to run whilst fasting in this weather would be really tough anyway so best just to leave it for the time being.

mowzer - ouch, hope that doesn't happen again with your foot.

Going for a dip or even a paddle after Tenby is tempting.  It won't happen though as it means walking all the way back down to the sea and I have a 4 hour drive home, it's going to be a slow marathon in the heat anyway so will need to get on the road ASAP.

SK - that's fast

Flossie - we shall have to refer to the baby as Flossetta, how late is her arrival now?

Well done on your fastest run of the week, you're doing well in this heat.

I will enter Stur sometime during the next week, I'm home next weekend and have a lot of paperwork to catch up on, race entries etc.

13/07/2013 at 13:15

Do you know how I said I thought Barnstaple parkrun maybe 30 secs quicker than Killerton? Turns out I was wrong! I did Barnstaple today in 21.29 whereas last week I did Killerton in 21.32. It's a nice course though and I'd do it again. 

Just having a refreshing beer in the sun

13/07/2013 at 15:28


i managed to improve on last weeks time to 25:42, thats either 2 seconds according to my watch or 20 secs according to parkrun who i cant be bothered pointing out there is a error in their times somewhere

harder work this week as i was struggling to keep going in the heat. still a few seconds off every week and i'll get there eventually :P

13/07/2013 at 16:51

Keith, have you been doing parkruns for very long? I'm fairly new to them (today was my 5th in 6 weeks) but I'm definitely hooked!

13/07/2013 at 18:30

not really done them as its only been this year since we had any within a few hours drive of me

carlisle started in jan and i was going once a month when i visited granny, workington started a month ago and is a 15 min drive away so will be going there fairly often

13/07/2013 at 20:52

Shades – enjoy Tenby!  Flossetta is a great thread name for the little one, who is now 5 days late.  There will 4 generations of us Flossie’s soon: Nana Flossie; Flossie; Flossette and Flossetta – it’s getting quite busy here!  I’ve earmarked Sunday, 4th August to see you at Stur Half. 


15/07/2013 at 06:53

Hope Tenby was OK, Shades? I attempted a 10 mile run yesterday but had to stop at 8 as was so hot and I think I was a bit dehydrated. Can't imagine doing a marathon in that heat! Today have woke up with really bad sore throat Grrrr

Flossie, my mum's dog is called Floss. She is mad!

15/07/2013 at 07:04

Big G - that's a long drive for a Park Run.   Are you doing the race at Chudleigh on Friday night?

Keith - when's your next marathon?

Flossie - I will enter Stur Half this week

SK - hope the sore throat comes to nothing.


Tenby was hot, very hot, but not as hot as last Monday's marathon in Ireland.   But my blister on the ball of my foot hadn't healed up so flared up again and had to walk quite a lot, so not a good time 5:50.  I had forgotten how undulating this course was, but it is a lovely race.  Anyway no. 298 done and dusted.   I'm not racing this weekend so will have time for the blister to heal properly

15/07/2013 at 08:18

Shades, my wife and I decided earlier in the week that we wanted a weekend away so we booked a hotel Friday and Saturday night.  We both wanted to give Barnstaple parkrun a try so as we like the area anyway, it seemed the best location for a weekend break  I found a hotel about 0.2 miles from the start line of the parkrun but also less than a mile to the town centre.  

I felt very much in "holiday mode" after the weekend....back down to earth with a bump this morning though.  

I am not doing the Chudleigh race.  However, this week's Wednesday club run is a "recce run" of the Haytor Heller, which I am marshalling at on the Saturday.

15/07/2013 at 08:36

Shades - Er no idea right now, just taking my time returning from injury. 18 miles last week 16 the week before. Did manage 36 miles on the bike too last week.

15/07/2013 at 11:38

My 12 miler turned into a 2 miler . My calf started to tighten so I had to turn back. Will now rest it for a week and I'm off to see a sports physio tomorrow after work. Only 2 1/2 months to Berlin, I'm starting to panic.

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