Shades Marathon Training

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18/07/2013 at 19:06

I did a slow 10-miler after work today. It was very hot, but the fact I found a crispy five pound note on the path put a spring in my step

18/07/2013 at 22:45

That's Mine! 

19/07/2013 at 07:13

When I was in Ireland one of the 10 in 10 runners said his run had been much better that day as he'd found a 10 euro note, which was then promptly snatched from his hand by his OH who'd dropped it when going ahead to buy the ice creams at the garage.

SK - glad you're recovering.   Would be great if you see Paula on Sunday, I saw her on telly commentating at the athletics and thought she looked really well.

VR - you at Chudleigh tonight?

19/07/2013 at 07:19

Forgot to say I had an email from Cork marathon yesterday asking for my bank details so they can pay my prize money to me.   I had a terrible run there (2 days after DD) , so maybe the pain  was worth it

19/07/2013 at 07:44

I bet that was a nice surprise Shades 

butler is Marshalling at Chudleigh. I might pop down, I haven't entered it so may see you there.

19/07/2013 at 08:10

VR - you can enter on the night, at the Town Hall, but not if it's risks your foot injury recovery, of course.

I've hired the car for next weekend, unfortunately I didn't hire one with air conditioning as it was an extra £15, but we still might get AC if we're lucky.   Hope it cools down for next weekend

19/07/2013 at 08:58
SHADES wrote (see)

When I was in Ireland one of the 10 in 10 runners said his run had been much better that day as he'd found a 10 euro note, which was then promptly snatched from his hand by his OH who'd dropped it when going ahead to buy the ice creams at the garage.


Ha ha Shades.  That has bought back a memory.  On the rare occasion my Dad found any money on the floor, before it could reach his pocket my Mum always grabbed it out of his hand saying something like "Oh great, I'll take that", with a grin on her face  In fairness, it would end up going towards a treat for us (fish and chips, or something).

19/07/2013 at 17:03

SK - Sunday sounds exciting, look forward to hearing all about it. I'd love to be able to run with Paula & Victoria!

Shades - congrats on your prize money  - no pain no gain 

Big G/ VR - enjoy marshalling on Sunday, hope it's not too hot for the runners as the course sounds pretty tough

KK - that was so funny reading that link!

No running for me until Mon I reckon. I swam yesterday and got up today at 630 to cycle 1.5h this morning before work. Cycling again tomorrow and going to try swimming in the sea for the first time on Sun aft. Poor fish

Have a lovely weekend x  

20/07/2013 at 06:01

molly - how does the calf feel now, on the mend?

I'm not a keen swimmer but my preference is always to swim in the sea, hate swimming pools.

Was race referee at a local 6 mile race last night, VR behaved herself (and ran well) so no incidents to report.

Weekend at home, lots to do though

20/07/2013 at 07:40

Molly - you are going to be superfit if you keep going like that! Hope your swim goes well. Sea swimming much more fun than in a pool - do you have big waves on your part of the coast? (Why do I feel like I am 6yo asking that question?!)

KK - Thank you for that link 

Shades - Hope hamstring enjoying the weekend off! 

Been for a good 10k this morning in some lovely new kit I bought yesterday - and very nice I looked in it too! Unfortunately everyone asleep when I left house, asleep when I got back and saw no-one when I was out. Dogs appreciated it though!!

20/07/2013 at 08:52

Hi Everyone, thanks very much for all your lovely best wishes.  Been a bit busy as you can imagine.  However, while I was at work yesterday, Flossette got rushed into hospital with haemorrhaging and could be in all weekend.  Waiting for scan to see what’s wrong and possibly down to theatre to sort it out.  Flossetta and Dad all A-OK, thank goodness.  This has been a week to remember.  Finding running a bit hard in this heat, but powerwalking will suffice for me until it gets a bit cooler.  If you’re training or racing this weekend, all the best and have a good one.  Bit cooler this weekend. 

20/07/2013 at 12:10

Flossie, hope Flosettta is OK and gets home from hospital soon.

Just been to see some of my running club doing a marathon around a track! One of the guys is turning 60 and is about to finish his 100th marathon on the track. One guy started early and has already finished. He got a time of 2:41 which gets him a championship place at VLM and makes him the no.1 over 50 vet for marathons in the UK. Very impressive, but no way could I attempt a mara on a track! They were lucky that it's so much cooler this morning.

20/07/2013 at 22:05

Slowkoala - take my hat off to all you guys running in this heat, especially the vet you mentioned in your last post especially on the track. 

Flossette is in the pink and out of hospital - phew! 

21/07/2013 at 07:42

Flossie - that was a bit of a scare.  Great that all is OK and Flossette is back home again.

mamafox - I love shopping for new running kit.   We all spend quite a lot of our time running and think new kit is well deserved, might sneak a look on the internet later to see if there are any bargains

Do you take the dogs running with you?

SK - my friend and I discussed SP's marathon event on the track last weekend (and why we weren't doing it), would have been tough in the heat, tracks can be very warm.  

That's an amazing time for a V50.  But not the fastest this year, Derry marathon was won by a V50 in 2:30, but he may not appear in the rankings if he doesn't have an EA licence, not sure what the rules are for Northern Ireland, would have thought they were UKA?

Weather feels a bit cooler today...hope it stays that way, I'm so fed up of this horrible weather.

21/07/2013 at 07:56

SK - good luck for your race today with Paula and Victoria

21/07/2013 at 11:46

I started at 7:30am this morning, which is quite early for me.  It felt much cooler as well, and I'm pleased I got 20 miles in at 10min/miles.  That takes my weekly total to 45, which is a record for me too

21/07/2013 at 23:43

Thanks Shades! Had a fantastic day. The start was a bit narrow and congested which was frustrating but I suppose fairly predictable. But at mile 3 I ran with and then overtook a heavily tattooed young lady who I soon realised was Mel C - Sporty Spice!! Then at mile 4 I ran with Victoria P and her trainer for about 0.25 miles. I then overtook them as they were slowing a bit. Going into the tunnel before the stadium was epic - chariots of fire music plus steve cram's commentary of Mo's final lap in the 10,000m in 2012 (when I was last in the stadium) but there wasn't much oxygen. And then finally onto the track where we could breathe and enjoy the crowds for the final 300m. I finished in 35m 28s which I was pleased with given congestion at start. Paula was 3 mins ahead (probably just a gentle jog for her). Apparently as I was finishing she was running around high fiving runners finishing but I missed this. Gutted! But I did get Mel C's photo at the end and she signed my race number! Apparently she does triathlons and she was really friendly. I don't always like these mass events but I really enjoyed this experience today. One I will never forget. Finished well as my nephew became national champ again for MTB cycling (he has already won the road title) and then seeing Froom tonight win in Paris just made the day even better!

21/07/2013 at 23:50

Shades, they were very lucky re the track marathon as the weather was quite cool until about 12 and some started early so had quite good conditions. There were about 30 runners in all. That's amazing re the Derry runner - I won't mention it though! But in any case, his priority was the championship time and he got this no prob.

22/07/2013 at 07:10

SK - fantastic time and a great event with all the true running celebs too.   Is that a PB for you?

Well done to your nephew, how old is he?

Big G - well done doing 20 miles in this weather, but you did get the best weather of the day


Very humid this morning and we've actually had a little rain during the night, sadly not raining now

22/07/2013 at 12:36

slowkoala - well done and a great time  well done to nephew koala too.

I walked /ran Shotley Penisula on Saturday. Started off with the walkers at quarter to 9 and within half an hour this wet stuff was falling out of the sky! Yup, rain - only light and not for long, but it happened a couple more times too. Lovely . Weather was actually very good for running as it was overcast and not too hot for the whole day. Nearly all off road, but good underfoot with lots of paths and tracks etc. Loads of checkpoints - some outside, some in village halls and a couple inside churches! - with plentiful supply of snacks plus a light meal at one. (Herts/Essex LDWA definitely do the best food spreads) I won't list what I ate as it would be far too long . Written instructions were very good at start, but became a little bit 'iffy' towards the end. Luckily I ran/walked the whole way with a member of the 100 MC, which was a life saver for me when it got dark (last 5 miles). Great company too and we had some nice chats. Finished in 14hrs 18mins and after a long sit down, cup of tea and cornflakes (I didn't think I could manage the beans & egg on toast) I decided to drive home rather than sleep in the hall. Got home and after a shower (I was covered in dust!) rolled into bed at 4am. Yesterday was a very lazy day Have strange red marks about 3" long and about 1" wide on the inside on each ankle, just above the shoe level but below the top of my sock. Yesterday they itched like mad but today are just red again. Might be an allergy to all the bits of seeds, grass and dust I seemed to accumulate inside my socks and shoes

Early this morning I was woken by the crashing of thunder - we had a short thunderstorm with rain. Did my recovery run (no aching muscles this week) dodging round some rapidly drying puddles. Very hot again now though.

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