Mamafox – you name it, they get dressed up. So far this term, we've had several non-uniform days (which are at least easy, as long as you remember them), national dress day, superhero day and pink day (not great if you have boys like me). Coming up, my eldest has dress as a roman or a celt day. Already ordered a costume on ebay for that one. We haven't even got to the Christmas nativity costumes yet. I am hoping that this year at least the youngest will be able to wear something recycled. I have a star, king, shepherd and donkey costume. He'll probably be a bloody angel! Looking forward to the race report when you get a chance to finish it.
Iain – well that's a very good excuse for a new bike I think!
Shades – I hadn't realised it had already happened. My husband is Cornish so I know the terrain well. Very sensible decision not to run by the sound of it. I really need to try on jackets – it's very hard to buy one over the internet when you are not sure of sizing or weight. I know what you mean about waterproof ones being heavy so it’s a bit of a balancing act. My 24hr ECG apparently had my heart rate as low as 30bpm (presumably when I was asleep). I guess that's what he meant. Fitness is all relative though, I can run a long way, but on the odd occasion I do a gym class, I'm rubbish!
SK – that branch falling on you must have been scary. I must admit, most of my runs are in and around trees/woods so I am quite wary in windy weather. I've been discharged by the cardiologist, although he did say that my heart valve (which is causing the murmur) may narrow further when I get older and I might need follow-up then. Apparently its making a noise because I am pushing so much blood through it. At the moment, it's of no consequence.
Intervals on the treadmill and some token weights today. Rather dull but necessary.
Sorry for the absence - I seem to be lurching from one domestic crisis to another. If it's not something going wrong with the house, it’s a child related problem. I swear the number of events/dress up days we have now are ridiculous. Youngest son is however sleeping much better (hope I haven't just jinxed it!), but eldest son (who has special needs) is being really difficult to make up for it.
Mamafox – reading your jitters beforehand – it was very similar to how I felt prior to Abingdon. You smashed it!! Very well done, hope the legs are ok. Must have been a very odd day given the events of the night before.
Iain – Ouch. You were really lucky not to have seriously hurt yourself after that fall. Do you think it was a problem with your bike?
Shades – so glad to hear you are feeling back to full fitness. When do you have to decide about the Cornish marathon? I'm sure you will find some good classes at the new gym. The number of things they put on now is quite incredible.
SK – that must have been very scary – I assume you have had no recurrence of the pain? I don't think I've said on here but I had a period of dizzy spells and that combined with a parent who had a near heart attack at an early age provoked me into getting checked out. I wasn't really worried but then it turned out I had a heart murmur and I was referred to cardiology. I ended up having a 24hr ECG and echocardiogram. I've been given the all clear (the cardiologist wrote to my GP and said I was very fit!) I guess the point of telling you all this is if you are at all worried, and you want to be checked out, I am sure a GP will refer you for some tests just to rule it out (especially as you are a marathon runner). Fortunately for me, the cardiologist I saw also ran marathons so he was entirely sympathetic.
King Kenny – I've got much the same plan as you for December! Do you have any idea which spring marathon you are going for?
Mowzer – am I right and you've done 3 marathons over the past 2 weekends??? The Norfolk one on the shingle does not sound like fun to me! I have a friend who finished 3rd vet woman in the A20 one, she really enjoyed it. But then she seems to like the hillier courses.
SteveMac – I think we forget how much the wind can sap your energy! I got caught out by that this week as it’s a while since I've run in windy conditions. You were only just over a minute out which isn't much given the conditions.
BigG – how is the writing course going? I do like the sound of pie street, if I'm ever in Totnes, it will be top of my list!
Middlesex marathon medal was pretty rubbish – not worthy of a pic. Just building mileage back up again, did a 10 miler on Sunday and it was pretty easy going. I am going shopping on Friday and top of my list of things to look for is a new running jacket as mine is only showerproof, and is now too big anyway. I'm going to get it for Christmas but I need to be specific about which one I want otherwise god knows what my husband will buy (the cheapest one, probably ).
Back from holiday, things are a little manic but I'm going to attempt to catch up
KK – super run. I have to say that I don't (yet) understand the appeal of hilly marathons, but perhaps when I've exhausted the flat ones I may change my mind.
Shades – that sounds like a really nasty bug , so glad you are back out running though. I can only imagine how much you've missed it. Running shoes vs bank forms is a no-brainer really. My Christmas wish list contains many running related items!
BigG – you sound extremely happy with your decision and it sounds as though you have some very exciting plans. It must have been a brave thing to do, but it sounds like it was the right thing for you.
SK – I do like the fact that your holidays include winning the local park run
Iain – welcome back! That’s a great time for the GSR. Did you enjoy it? It was my first proper race and I was quite impressed with it. 800m intervals are brutal – I don't think I could do 8 at the same pace. I keep meaning to try and do some though – I was hoping to do some Yasso sessions to see whether I was on track for my goal marathon time but never actually got around to it.
Emmy – glad to hear things are still going well on the running front, hope you feel better soon though.
Mowzer – Herts hobble sounds like an "interesting" course. Hope the blisters have gone now. Well done on Snowdonia too.
Mamafox - "I can't see that jumping around pretending to be a flamenco dancer is going to help me cross that finishing line any quicker." That is exactly how I feel about zumba! (Basically I'd rather run, or swim). You sound like you are in good form for Cognac. You just have to believe that the training will pay off. I know I felt similar before Abingdon and didn't know how I was going to run at MP for the entire race but something kicked in. I break the race into blocks if I'm struggling (similar to SK) and talk to myself a bit as well. I also try to visualise how I will feel if I cross the line with a sub-goal time.
MrBojangles – I remember you posting about Bournemouth – that's an amazing first marathon time on that training. Well done! Would you recommend the course? I nearly did it this year but missed the entry deadline and ended up doing Abingdon instead.
Welcome SteveMac – I'm also doing Brighton next year.
Ian5 – I think you have loads of time to train for a spring marathon – I hadn't run more than around 12 miles when I signed up to my first and just followed Shades' stage 1 plan from the start. I agree with the advice to start a couple of weeks early as there is always a point when you get ill/busy.
So my semi-exciting news: Abingdon Marathon included three county marathon championships, and I was entered into Middlesex as it's my home county. Whilst I was away, I picked up an email from someone at Middlesex Athletics Association informing me that I was 3rd lady. I was a bit confused about this as when I looked at the results, I was 4th. However, it turns out that the 3rd place lady declined the medal as she wanted to run in the Herts County Marathon championship in the Spring and you can't run for 2 counties in the same season (apparently). So I get a 3rd place medal by default. This would sound like an amazing achievement but the reality is that only 5 women entered! Still, a medal is a medal.
Ran a couple of 5 milers while I was away (lovely by the sea). Want to slowly start to increase the mileage again before Christmas and the start of
Yes it's F20. Wokingham is one of the halves I was looking at so its good to know it's flat! I'm sure I will do some hilly races at some point but not just yet. You are clearly in demand if you are getting free places!!