Shades Marathon Training

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29/06/2016 at 07:46

Great results, Steve! So you ran a 10K the day after a hilly marathon? You nutter!

(And I thought I was crazy for signing up to two half marathons on consecutive weekends in the Autumn!)

29/06/2016 at 08:32

Iain - have fun finding some varied races to do.  'diddle', are you posting from your phone?

Ian5 - glad you enjoyed your first run at new training pace

KK - time to rest up a bit ready for next week, I'm sure you can get that half PB if the weather is kind to you

mowzer - glad the blisters are healing quickly.  Thanks for the info on the food, as I often find it hard to eat in ultras I'm always interested in what other runners eat.   Custard is good as hydrating too.

Are you off on another mammoth run/trek or a restful holiday?   (I think I might be able to guess that one)

Big G - that'll be a bit of sprint training, although you're used to the 5k's always extra pressure as a relay event.

Steve - a very successful weekend for you.   Congrats on a very good marathon and 2nd place, despite stopping to be patched up, excellent.   You are very well disciplined and don't get carried away, as a lot of folk do.   Very good time at the 10k too.   One of the good things about off road events is that there should be less post race soreness that you can get from harder surfaces.

We all have a way to go before we catch up with mowzer's mileage

Cal - although this thread was initially for training on 3 to 4 runs a week, it seems to attract folk that enjoy their running so much that they want to do more events and then as frequently as possible

Very quiet when I went for my run this morning, saw 2 deer which crossed a path in front of me, the 2nd one was only about 4 feet away from me, beautiful  with their shiny summer coats.   Looked like it was going to be sunny but got darker then a little rain, very dark now and more rain.

29/06/2016 at 09:46
I've signed up for the August Thames meander half as part of the training for Bilbao marathon.
29/06/2016 at 11:02
Well done Steve - some great running there, and some high mileage weeks too!

Shades, the problem with these shorter distances is that if I go out even slightly quicker than I'm actually capable of, the race turns into a disaster. I really like to try and be consistent in the splits, but be hanging on at the end if that makes sense. Howevwr, I've done so many positive split 5Ks in my time, you'd think I'd learn

Problem is I have no real idea what pace to go out at, so it could either go really well (unlikely), or it could go badly wrong (more likely). Still, there's food at the end and it's only 2.5 miles - I'll have to remember that when I'm blowing with 1 mile to go

Having said that, when it does all come together at a 5K, I do really enjoy them. The key to a good time for me is a good warm up, I think.
29/06/2016 at 11:20

Jugula -  that is good news

Big G - pacing in a race is the most difficult aspect of our sport.   I agree you'd need a good warm up so you can go straight into your planned race pace.

29/06/2016 at 14:01

Cal - Yes I did although I didn't race either of them, so just back to back long runs really. 2 half's on consecutive weekends should be OK if you are not planning on racing both, I'd pick one to focus on as a PB attempt.

Shades - Thank you Must say I really enjoyed my first trail event, so relaxed as you do not focus on time/mile splits.

Big G - I think for the shorter races the warm up is the key. I always notice the VERY quick runners at Parkrun will be the ones warming up before the start. I'd suggest going out at 5k pace and seeing what is left after 2 miles perhaps?

PSC    pirate
30/06/2016 at 07:30

happy birthday to HY4 if she is still around..

30/06/2016 at 07:42

Steve - I think that's one of the reasons that folk enjoy trail races so much as there's not the same emphasis on pace.   Ultra races, even road ones also have the same relaxed atmosphere as the target is to complete to your own satisfaction, not race the runner next to you.

Light rain this morning, very pleasant for running.   Lots of baby rabbits, so cute

30/06/2016 at 07:50

Good morning PSC - haven't seen HY4 on here for years, I think she just disappeared.

30/06/2016 at 07:59

I wasn't able to get to the club session last night, so I did the session I was going to do, but did it on my own instead.  6x0.5m reps, with 90secs recovery.  Ooooph.

Splits were: 3:16, 3:17, 3:14, 3:09, 3:30 (across the grass, as there was a group of people ahead), 3:16.  Quite pleased with that in terms of consistency, apart from the 4th one but that was a reason for that.

I did the same session on a similar course back in February, and the splits then were: 3:36, 3:11, 3:16, 3:06, 3:19, 3:09, so something to compare against.


I have noticed that he sole of my right running shoe is wearing quicker than my left one.  Up until this pair, it's always been my left one that wears quicker.  Don't know why that change would happen, but it's quite noticeable.

30/06/2016 at 08:21

Big G - good consistent splits.

Re your shoes, that must have been going around in circles at that lake

I don't know the answer but it's funny that shoes never wear out the same.

PSC    pirate
30/06/2016 at 08:39

Morning Shades, HY4 has a pretty low profile on FB too.  I hope she is still well and running.

Trail runs rock btw!  No time pressure, plenty of mud and lots of cake seem to be the consistent themes!

30/06/2016 at 09:34

Morning peeps.

After a light day yesterday (yoga), I woke up to heavy rain and thought, I guess today is a gym day. But by the time I'd had coffee and farted about on Facebook, the rain had stopped and it was a bit brighter.

Had a pleasant if slightly muggy run - 6.5 miles at a relatively easy but quickening pace. 10:43, 10:27, 10:14, 10:14, 10:09, 10:09 and 9:55 for the last half mile.


Jugula - great! If you spot me, come and introduce yourself. I'll be in my Chasers vest, as per my new profile pic.

30/06/2016 at 10:04
Psc - I agree about trail runs. First one was Sunday and there was an abundance of mud, cake ams no pressure to have a quick time..

Shades - yes I was on my phone lol
30/06/2016 at 12:10

PSC - I don't think HY4 was doing much running when she disappeared from here, maybe she's lost a bit of interest in running.

Cake, I must make some cake today, the cupboard is bare

Cal - lovely pic of you in your club vest

Muggy here now too, not very pleasant.


Went to Pilates to find the instructor was ill, they had found a replacement but she did 10% Pilates and 90% Yoga, didn't enjoy it at all.   She was very nice but too softly spoken, couldn't hear what she was saying and I have had no decent stretches that I normally get to do on a Thursday morning

30/06/2016 at 13:08

Won't be going for a pb (1:40:05) in the Half shades, just last years time to beat (~1:48), so I'll go off at 1:45 pace and see what happens. Not feeling confident at all! But have the rest of the week to consider so don't want to trash my legs on the first day, but don't want to go easy either.

We've been considering a dog for a while & one of the mums at school have a 18 month Lab/Whippet cross that they are looking to re home. Going to look at him tonight, I'm scared I'm going to love him instantly  

Enjoyed the report Steve, tough weekend.

Nice new pic Cal, I should add one on mine. I'll see what I can find.

Yes muggy here as well, has a thunderstorm feel about it.

30/06/2016 at 18:24
Finished work early today so thought I'd go for a run and see how my legs lasted.Managed to complete 11.5 miles so really happy with that just 5 days after my HM.
Good luck KK on the tour,looks like a good few days,seen a picture of last year's your and can see you in the bottom corner in a bright yellow top
30/06/2016 at 19:56

Thanks Shades. I actually shelled out for one of the official pics as I wanted one in my club gear plus I was actually smiling and not looking 99 years old, as per usual.

Sorry your class didn't go well. I hate it when replacement instructors just don't measure up.

Nice one Ian!

And KK, don't be scared, just get the damn dog already!

On the minus side, think I'm getting a cold. Slight sore throat, lots of sneezing. Bah! At least I don't have another event until August now.

30/06/2016 at 21:49
Evening all...
I have had a very quiet week running wise, only 2 runs totalling 11.8 miles. Will keep this ad am easy week cause my legs haven't completely recovered from Sundays race. Got very tight hamstrings and calves. Will book a massage for next week. Hope to try finish the week off with a couple of 13 milers sat and Sunday at a very easy pace.
01/07/2016 at 07:03

KK - sorry misread your post, I'm sure you can beat last year's time but doing that is not necessarily important as you want to keep your legs as fresh as possible.

What's your new dog's name?   I'm assuming you all fell in love with him

Ian5 - that's great recovery from your HM PB, another sign of your improving fitness

Cal - it's a very good photo, a lot of running photos (mine anyway) are not flattering.

Yes, shame about the instructor, but better than cancelling the class.   I know the instructor is taking a few weeks off soon but I'm assuming they'll have a pilates instructor to cover.

Hope the cold comes to nothing but at least it won't interfere with your racing.

Iain - you must have run hard to still have sore legs, hope they're back to normal soon.




Edited: 01/07/2016 at 07:06
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