Shades Marathon Training

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02/09/2013 at 07:04

SK - I don't blame you for not using the new shoes at a club race, peeps expect you to run even faster if you have new shoes.

Didn't get to the gym yesterday, my gym is only open until noon on a Sunday and I ran out of time.   I only do upper body stuff, no aerobic except maybe 5 mins on the rower so not taxing even if I've been running.   I used the hotel gym in Longford last weekend the morning after my 39.3 mile race, certainly helped my recovery.

Big G - glad you Dad is OK.

Well done on your 20 miler, you are running strongly.

But put the light on next time otherwise you might end up getting injured by falling into your new bath!

No not going to Commonwealth Games, I spend all my spare dosh on marathon trips so will have to watch on the telly.

I only just finished watching the World Champs on telly

Lovely run this morning, cooler, still wore a vest but fingerless gloves too

Edited: 02/09/2013 at 07:05
02/09/2013 at 07:58

Shades - fortunately the "falling into the bath that is stored in the kitchen" incident won't happen again as the bath is now in its rightful place (i.e., in the bathroom)

I slept well, but I'm tired this morning 

02/09/2013 at 08:05
SHADES wrote (see)

SK - I don't blame you for not using the new shoes at a club race, peeps expect you to run even faster if you have new shoes.

Didn't get to the gym yesterday, my gym is only open until noon on a Sunday and I ran out of time.   I only do upper body stuff, no aerobic except maybe 5 mins on the rower so not taxing even if I've been running.   I used the hotel gym in Longford last weekend the morning after my 39.3 mile race, certainly helped my recovery.


I only just finished watching the World Champs on telly


I havent even started with the World Champs! You're ahead of me! I agree about using the gym after a race. I find it really helps loosen me up

02/09/2013 at 08:11

Emmy - but I have several Diamond League that I still haven't watched, watched the one from Oslo which was in June last night.

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.


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