Carl- yes, got in my 20 miler on Sunday last week. Went fairly well! So last three weeks, I've done 17, 18 then 20... not bad. Good to hear from you- keep it up- and I think you're being wise with your goals! A 10k sounds like a great thing to aim for and the marathon place will still be waiting for you next year! Your running is going well.
Nick- you should deffo do your track night, they're really fun!!! I liked the 1500m the best. And yes I did my 20 miler. Happy days!
Rob- don't worry too much- you've done SO many races including marathons and ultras that you will be fine despite some training set backs! Experience is so valuable! Thanks to you too for asking about my 20 miler- it was good!
IBB- Miami Beach?!
So since I last posted... I've got in some good runs! I did indeed do my 20 miler last week on Sunday at 9:39 min/mile pace on a pretty hilly route. That was good. Monday I did 4.65 miles with a new work colleague who's also a runner. Nice to chat and run.
Last night I did a local race. Put on by another Glasgow club. 4 miles, mainly on canal path/trail. Really beautiful night to be out, if a bit hot, but the race was FAB.
I came in at 28:24 and was the 2nd female over all! Never happened before in my life. I was delighted. Tomorrow I'm running in the morning (gulp- I never do that!) with new colleagues again... a lot of teachers at my new school run...
Weekend I will do a parkrun and then long run on Sunday. This week have planned 16 as a step back from last week's 20. So that doesn't sound too daunting. Still haven't entered the marathon- may be a last minute decision if I do!!!
Carter- HAVE A GREAT WEDDING and speak to you afterwards. Enjoy yourself. See on fb that you're already having lots of lovely travels. Great stuff.
Rob- thanks for the advice. I think I can probably do it if I want to. Going to try for 20 miles this weekend! Think if it goes well I'll feel I can do the marathon... When is Kent Coyote?
Nick- it's a small marathon which I don't THINK will get full so safe on that front. And price is fairly low- £28 including chip timing/T shirt/all the usual stuff, so I think that's pretty good. Well done on your parkrun. That's a great time. You are more of an all round sporty person than lots of us on here- who only do running really. I mean I like my gym too... but I don't think that's really a 'sport.'
This week so far I've ran a couple miles on Monday night, then it was my club track championship on the Tuesday night. I ran all the races, just for fun. 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500. It was tough but I really enjoyed it. When we got the results I looked at last year's and was pleased to find my times were faster in all races except the 200m where somehow last year I was faster. I was also pleased that in the 1500 my time came down by 20 seconds which is quite a lot. The 1500 I did in 6:12 which I know I could do a bit faster, if I hadn't raced 4 other distances beforehand... lol. But I really liked it! Used two guys to pace me round three laps then ran off and bolted the last one.
Last night did 4 recovery miles nice and slow in the evening sun. V pleasant indeed this weather isn't it. We haven't had enough in Scotland up till now haha!
Rob- as ever, great running and racing. Your 10k sounds all in all a good one despite not feeling 100%, I know that feeling well, and well done to Elle too! I'm glad she's still enjoying her running. Laughing at the picture of you with giant jugs of ale all day.
Nick- Gauntlet games sounds like a fun way to get a workout in with friends, if nothing else. Nice one. Always a good atmosphere these types of things.
IBB- that is such an awesome achievement. Well done! I can't believe you carried all that!!! Did you have to do much research in advance, places to camp etc?
Last night I did a club speed session, which was great. 1 mile warm up, 1200m, 800m, 400m, 800m, 400m, 1 mile cool down.
Today I rescheduled my weekend's long run... normally I'd run long at the weekend but I have my best friend's wedding on Saturday and celebrations on Sunday too.
Today I ran 18 miles at 9:21 min/mile around city/canal routes. It was miserable. Like truly miserable. Raining and windy and really really cold. But it's done.
OK so now I need your advice. The marathon I really fancy doing in October is 9.5 weeks away. I've done over the past couple of months long runs ranging from 10-14 miles, and then last week a 17 miler and this week an 18 miler.
I'm not sure whether to enter this marathon. I really fancy it. Lovely route. Quiet. Much smaller than ones I've done before. BUT I am worried in case I go back to work (back to school tomorrow) and fail to get in the long runs. So I'm holding off entering.
Is it silly to keep aiming for marathon training over the next few weeks but hold off entering the race? I would like to see if I manage a 20 miler next weekend at least before entering.
Am I realistically going to be fit enough to do a marathon in 9.5 weeks with the long runs I've done so far, if I keep up the momentum?
Has anyone entered a marathon fairly last minute and felt like it all went OK?
Nick- the squash has been keeping you busy what are the gauntlet games? Great parkrun effort.
Rob- I suppose as you've run a few marathons/ultra recently you probably don't need to worry about long runs before the next one? I imagine it's not like you can lose much endurance? Your race plan sounds great fun to me, a real variety in there, I've said it before- I'd love to do a mile! You mention Dublin doing two races? How come?
washwood- great to see you again. Making a return to form- well done! Good start to racing and you've kept your fitness up. Racing on holiday sounds like fun.
This week I went to the gym a bit but didn't run much till the latter part of the week. Wednesday/Thursday couple short runs with running friends. Friday night did a 10k I was targetting. I did it last year in 45:47 and reckoned I could beat that as I'm faster now across the boards...
However I just felt quite tired on the night (Friday evening race) and didn't quite have the resolve... I ran the first half on target but slipped a bit in the second half, just couldn't quite keep the same pace. Finished in 46:25 which is still what I consider a decent time for me just now (PB is 45:06 I think at the mo). It was tough but I did enjoy it really and it was a really nice event. A friend of mine not from my club was there too and ran in just over an hour. I ran back the final km and ran along with her for the last bit, so that was really nice.
Saturday I was on pacing duties at parkrun which I just love. I volunteered to be 24 minute pacer and came in at 23:50. I love pacing- I treat it as a steady run for me; easy enough that I can keep a good rhythm and encourage those around me who are following, hard enough that I still feel it's a worthwhile workout!
Today I had an epic 17 mile run which I really enjoyed. I ran 5 miles from my flat in Glasgow out to Milngavie to the start of the West Highland Way. I met a friend there and we ran 12 miles on the WHW together. It was TOUGH for me... my legs were tired already, and running on the trails of the WHW is a lot tougher than road running... but my friend encouraged me along (as she was on fresher legs than me having got to the start by train instead of running).
I had to walk up two steep hills but aside from this kept a steady pace. Never fast on that kind of terrain. Overall pace for the 17 miles was 9:47 min/mile which I was totally delighted with for that type of run. Hope everyone's had a nice weekend.
Carter- well done on getting back into it... and as for the weight, you've lost it before, you'll do it again. Wedding soon- so exciting. Wishing you a lovely day! Yes, you saw on fb I did do a sneaky climb of Ben Nevis... it was hard work but I definitely felt fit for it and it was easier for me and my friend (both runners) than for many other climbers! We were up and down in under 5.5 hours including stops for food etc whereas a lot of people told us 6-8 hours for the full thing. As to the marathon Carter... yeah I'd like to get a PB, and the course is meant to be pretty flat and all on roads... but I'd really like to enjoy it too. Will keep you updated if I enter.
I ran my 7 mile race yesterday, and boy was it a tough one. It was 7 miles of trail, verrrrry hilly, but really beautiful too as lots of it was along the coastal path in Fife, so up and down through fields above the sea and some bits right at sea level. It is called the 'Donkey Brae 7 Miler' as it features a big hill called the Donkey Brae near the end, which was basically a fairly short but very steep hill with steps which lots of people walked up... I must say I did run but questioned myself as to why, because I could have walked quicker, lol.
My mum who has been chronically injured for years and not managed to run 'fast' for more than 5k without immense pain felt up to racing this one... so it was a big 'come back' race for her...
We started out together and stuck together till about 3.5 miles. I pulled ahead but only ever so slightly. I had a bit of a second wind the last couple miles of the race and pulled away.
After the Donkey Brae hill there is a lap of a bloody field to do before an uphill finish on grass... I was gasping... crossed the line in a sprint finish with another lady in just under 55 minutes.
My mum came across 30 seconds later. I am so proud of her. 58 and almost outrunning me again...soon enough she'll be back in front of me. The results were mucked up as I know the woman who finished just in front of me and two 'extra' runners have been put in between us on the results... but I know organisation at the end was a bit chaotic and it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Very enjoyable race. Also- when you do something, tough, gruelling, hilly, there's always that feeling that hopefully it will make your 'ordinary' road running a bit easier in comparison? Well given I've got a 10k this Friday I'd like to do well at, that's the idea
Rest day from running today but did go to the gym. And then out for a huge dinner.