Shades Marathon Training

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02/09/2013 at 10:18

SK - Well done on the Trophies

mamafox - How did the Trail run go ?

mm - Good Lsr by the sounds of it, always nice to get the mental boost
when things feel good.

What an amazing weekend, headed down to Oxford on Friday night to my Mums. Spent the day with the wife showing her the sights of Oxford & a few pubs etc in the sun just a nice relaxing day that we've not been able to for too long. Then up early Sunday (out the door just after 6) for an 18 miler, wanted to do 20 but ran out of time. Feeling good at the moment and struggling most of the time to keep my pace down, Averaged 9:52 & felt like I could have carried on to full marathon distance no problem. Getting worried about getting carried away in Berlin now! , starting to think sub 4 is do-able, but know in reality i'm not ready so it wouldn't end well. 4 weeks ago I was thinking 4:39 , that changed to 4:29 & now thinking 4:19. Go out at 9:45min/miles and see what happens.

Then an hours drive to Salisbury to go jump out of a plane, feeling very calm, we sign in & do the half hour 'training' , then it's just a waiting game until you're called. Quite a few classic cars & bikes turn up so have a wander round those, then trying to get score updates from the Liverpool game (get in!). Soon enough we're called in to get suited up & harness on & then meet our instructor who we'll be strapped to. First onto the plane which means I'm last out, wife is in front of me. Still feeling relaxed, then up we go to 10500ft and it sounds like they cut the engines as it goes dead quiet & the hatch opens. A little less relaxed now as one by one the 10 others jumpers get sucked out the plane, I say good luck to the wife as she dissappears out. We shuffle up & he says head back so just as I start to do this we're out! holy sh** those first few seconds are something else, spinning and rocking about before getting into the freefall position, that's over far too quickly and the chute is out and then a gentle float down with a few spins on the way, perfect landing which I was worried about. Then I give the wife a big hug & try and take in what just Now I just want to know the footy score & find out we've beaten ManU 1-0, top of the league ...perfect day. Will be back to do that again for sure, from 15000 next time.

Bit of a come down today though, back at work, at least all the Utd fans here are quiet..ha ha.

02/09/2013 at 10:27

Kingkenny - a great write up of the jump. I know what you mean about the engines cutting out - its quite scary! I couldnt believe how quickly the freefall went as well. Did you manage to steer the chute?

02/09/2013 at 11:03

Yeah he said here have a go & handed me the ropes! was a little nervous at first to pull them hard but going into the spirals is really fun but get fast very quickly..but took my mind off the height we were at!


02/09/2013 at 11:52

KK - that sounds a great experience and weekend!  Kind of related, but did you see that news item a couple of weeks ago about two school girls who are now world record holders for the youngest people to "wing walk".  Scary stuff!

02/09/2013 at 13:17

Wow that's a great story, not so sure I'd like to see my daughter (12) doing that! . I wouldn't do it either, I'd start thinking way too much about what's holding me to the plane!


02/09/2013 at 13:18

KK - glad you enjoyed your parachute jump - great experience (for those that have the nerve!)

Kent Coastal yesterday - one of my favourites, this was the 5th time I've done it. First time I did 4:43, then 4:31 and the third time despite having injured my back (on painkillers, but was ok to run, just couldn't bend afterwards) I did 4:13. They changed the course slightly last year which means that instead of the hill out of Margate being just before the finish you now have still a mile and a half to go. Had a really good run last year, but had to stop for an extended loo-stop and I finished in 4:13:47.

This year the weather wasn't too hot and the sun remained hidden behind some clouds for most of the time. Quite happy with how I was going for the first half (even ran up all the hills) and got to the 13 mile mark just after 2 hrs . There was however an extremely strong headwind along the sea front from miles 13 to 19 which even made it hard to breathe. It also meant that I was leaning into the wind with my head down, so at about 14 and a half miles, and on top of the cliff promenade, when I tripped on a small piece of slightly raised tarmac I went down heavily . Luckily a runner just behind helped me to my feet and made sure I was ok. I limped off to the marshall who was only about 10 yds away. He apologised for not having any water or plasters but was able to offer some tissues and was a bit concerned that I wanted to go on. Looking at the blood dripping down my arm made me feel a bit light-headed, so I grabbed the tissues, said I was fine and mopped up as I ran through Margate. Rest of the run was uneventful. I even tried a gel (High5) but not sure if it had any effect. Slowed down a bit in the 2nd half but not too much, and finished in 4:13:47. At least I'm consistent .

Now have a bloodied elbow, knee and knuckles and I can feel a bruise on my thigh. Could say that all was hurt was my pride, but I end up on the floor too much for even that .

02/09/2013 at 13:30

Well done Mowser! I heard real mix responses about Kent Coastal yesterday. Dave Ross ran 3 miles extra as the Marshal had disappeared How are you feeling this morning with your injuries?

02/09/2013 at 13:32

Have had an interest spate of runs lately having been drenched through, almost tripped over by an inconsiderate dog owner and had my picture taken by some weirdo on a moored narrow boat.

Mowzer - will look out for you. Have been mainly running along the river in the opposite direction to you but will soon be changing direction as my runs get longer. Not sure where to head to as am a bit nervy after that jogger was attacked downstream from us. Hope you feel better soon and glad you managed to finish the course.

02/09/2013 at 13:33

Nice running mowzer , a fall in the middle and still a 4:13, got to be happy with that. Exact same time is weird though. What time did the fall cost you ? must have been stationery for a few mins at least. The event looks good, shame it's so far away in Kent. I'll add it onto my ever growing list anyway.

If I've got a bit of claret & some nettle stings at the end of a run it's been a good one

02/09/2013 at 15:45

Just got an e-mail about Berlin start time being brought forward to 8.45 plus other bits of info so KK check your spam!

02/09/2013 at 15:58

Yep - a few 'new' things RE: Berlin marathon. Hopefully it wont be affecting us too much.

03/09/2013 at 07:12

KK - wow that jump sounds so exciting, must have been an amazing experience.  And a good weekend's training too.

mowzer - ouch, that's a horrible thing to happen in a race but you still did a great time

Emmy - Dave Ross is well known for his poor sense of direction in races

Thanks for the Berlin info in your email, am really looking forward to it

Must have worked hard at Kettlecise last night as my abductors are sore this morning, quads and hammys aching a bit too.  But despite that had a pleasant run, but it's getting so dark in the morning now

03/09/2013 at 08:04

Shades - I know.. it's one of the reasons I like Hermes Running races. They do fantastic signage along the route!

This is from Facebook: "At 19.5miles I was in joint 2nd place with 3rd, 4th and 5th placed runners not far behind -there was no signage or marshalls to indicate the turning point on route so we all carried on along the promenade, resulting in doing a further 2.8miles. I finished in 3.17 for 29 miles when I should have been well under 3hrs in 2nd place....The excuse was that the marshall had gone to another Aid station to replenish their water supply so wasn't at the turn.The guy in the lead had a lead bike so he was fine. "

I'm doing a 30 day core workout with a few friends on Facebook and it's day 3 and i'm feeling it a little in my arms funnily enough. I think I must have worked out harder than I thought at the gym yesterday evening!

03/09/2013 at 08:13

A rest day for me yesterday, but will getting out later today.  I'm doing less miles/sessions this week, plus only doing easy-paced runs before a crack at a fairly flat and fast Half on the weekend.  We'll see how that goes....

The chap doing my bathroom has obviously picked up on the fact that I like fried eggs (call me a simple soul, but for me a simple fried egg with some salt in some nice white bread is up there in my list of culinary delights....).  Yesterday he brought with him 6 bantam and 6 chicken eggs, and today he is bringing 6 duck eggs as he has the free-range birds at his house.  My wife and I had the bantam eggs yesterday and my wife will be making a Victoria sponge cake with the duck eggs, so I'm happy with that

I've known this guy for a while, but it turns out he used to be a professional footballer.  I'm not a massive football fan, but he played at Wimbledon as part of the "crazy gang" years and shared rooms with Vinnie Jones etc.  I bet he has some stories to tell!  I only found out about it because the plasterer he arranged to do the ceiling mentioned it to me.  I asked him about it and he just says that it seems like a lifetime ago now and so doesn't really bring it up with people.  I Googled his name and he played for a lot of clubs, but Wimbledon was the "top" club he played for.

03/09/2013 at 08:21

Emmy - ah that wasn't the usual Dave Ross just running off route (as he has done before) wonder if the other runners are blaming him though, unfortunate circumstances.  Marshall should have marked the route if he had to leave his post.

When I used the gym last week at Longford, they had a couple of great machines that I'd never used before....for 4 days I couldn't use my roll on deodorant without wincing, ouch.

At Kettlecise last night (Mondays are usually a little easier than Thursday's session) he split the class into 3 sections so we did all the bicep/triceps exercises together until arms were like jelly and likewise with the legs.   He's a very knowledgeable trainer (bodybuilding) so he knows exactly what he's doing but doesn't tell us.  

03/09/2013 at 08:23

Big G - I love duck eggs and they make brilliant cakes.


03/09/2013 at 08:28
Big_G wrote (see)

...Yesterday he brought with him 6 bantam and 6 chicken eggs, and today he is bringing 6 duck eggs as he has the free-range birds at his house.  My wife and I had the bantam eggs yesterday and my wife will be making a Victoria sponge cake with the duck eggs, so I'm happy with that


Wow! He sounds like a really nice chap!

@Shades- why do duck eggs make brilliant cakes? What's the difference?

No, it wasn't a 'normal' Dave error. I heard a few reports at various races of poor marshals (Wolvo had marshals disappearing from the route after 4hrs 30).

I'm trying to build up my core strength at the moment and was given some new exercises and one of them is working my upper body and back. There's a few muscles that I never realised that i had!

03/09/2013 at 11:25

Auryana - I never heard about a jogger getting attacked . What happened and, more importantly, where?

KK - lost about 4 mins I think through falling, but it did shake me up a bit.

Managed a very short recovery run and 30mins in the gym yesterday. Think my thigh and my arm just above the elbow are the most painful though surprisingly neither have discoloured into bruises yet. Putting lavender oil on the scabs so I can still bend my knee and elbow .

Shades/ Emmy - Dave was going strong when I saw him on the first half and I was very surprised he wasn't up with the leaders when they passed me after the turn around on the 2nd half. Now we know why. There was only one marshall at the turn ( a quite deserted spot), but I don't see why he would have to go to another aid station - I think he probably nipped to the loo . The sharp turn was marked on the ground with a pink arrow but I guess those at the front were going too fast to notice it . I've done at least 3 races in the last year where Dave has 'gone wandering' .

03/09/2013 at 13:10

Hi I have just worked my way through all of the messages, as been busy this last week or so.

KK - Wow you are braver than me, I think that it would be a great experience but could not through myself out of a plane!  Too scared of heights

I did a long run on Sunday with my OH the same route that we did about 3 weeks ago and despite being windy we felt really good and smashed the last time by 8 minutes.  We did 11.6 miles in 2 hrs 07 minutes and we did 11.55 miles in 2 hrs 15 minutes previously.  I was so pleased with myself I couldnt stop smiling for the rest of the day.

Mowszer - well done you did brilliantly to get going again and to finish in the same time as previously, you must have been working hard.


03/09/2013 at 13:26

Emmy - duck eggs are richer and have large very yellow yolks.

mowzer - sound like you're still suffering from your fall.

Will you be at New Forest this year?

Perhaps Dave should go to Specsavers

Lesley - well done on your training run, is it the 15th Sept for GNR?   I shall be watching on telly

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