KK - Teeth most definitely gritted. Clapping a bit half hearted too
Thank you for that link. It sent an icy shiver down my spine until I realised that it would be too far away for me to do on a regular basis. I can carry on in blissful ignorance as to just how slow I would be on a 5km race. It is a bit close for comfort though. I hope they keep quiet about it and no bright spark gets the idea to start one up around here.
Shades - The idea of an ultra is kicking around at the back of my mind but I want to gat my marathon time down first. I really REALLY want to get under 3:30 and I'm focusing on Cognac in November to try and do this. I am useless at following a plan but if it means achieving my goal than I'll just have to. How can I get faster? I'm looking at your level 2 plan and thinking of doing all the speedwork sessions but I'm not sure of paces and I also like to run pretty much every day so how would that tie in? I also need to lose some weight. Looking at the girls who came in before me on Sunday, they were all sinewy looking - which I'm not I'm 58kg which is about 4kg too much. I'm starting to use MFP again and some of Big G's cutting down carb ideas. That should make a difference but it's not going to be easy.
Big G - I was harbouring a few doubts to be honest.. you've reassured me nicely there, thank you
KK - Well done.. you came so close to your target! It's so frustrating when you fade at the end, especially when the start has gone so well. I was exactly the same at Royan - I felt invincible at the half way point, as if I'd had loads in the tank.. to then lose energy after the 30k point is infuriating! I guess that's the marathon for you.. onwards and upwards for Liverpool
Jocelyne didn't race on Sunday. I thought it was a bit odd that I didn't see her name on the inscription list as it's one of her local club races. However, just as we were about to set off the starter asked us over the loudspeaker to applaud the recent achievement of a club runner who could not participate in today's trail - Mme Jocelyne T... who had the day previously completed her first 100km in a respectable 10h34. Thus I found myself smiling and clapping along with everyone else. The woman obviously hasn't come to terms with her last crushing defeat against me and has now decided to change the goalposts. I'll have to leave her where she is for now as I can't get past 42km without being convinced I'm going to keel over and die. Later, Jocelyne, later....
Keith - Well done on a mammoth weekend. I hope you haven't got any races coming up soon.
Shades - That's interesting about your shoes - I would love to have some proper advice but there's nothing really round here. I just stick to what I know but would like to try something new. I like the idea of a lighter, more minimalist shoe but am too wary of picking up an injury - especially with distance running. My trail race shoes are light and I love them. LOL at you keeping your new shoes dry this morning. During Sunday's race I made some massive leaps over muddy bits - nothing to do with speed but to protect my beautiful, favourite shoes!
Hamstrings still tight but been out for a recovery hobble and everything still working.
That sounds like a good weekend away for you Shades, if a bit tiring with all that driving. Are you buying more of the same model of Hokas or do you change models?
Big G - Great that you had a good time in Aberdeen and got some scenic running in too. Did you manage to stick to your Paleo eating when you were up there..?
SK - You were FIRST! Brilliant - and from where I'm coming from 21min for an off road 5k sounds pretty good too. Hope your legs are ok after all the racing you have been doing.
I did my 23k trail race yesterday. If I hadn't already posted the entry I wouldn't have gone but I'm glad I did. I finished in 2:19:29 lopping off a whole...wait for it...4 seconds off last years time. I feel ok on the whole about that, not brilliant, but ok. The course is extremely steep, climbing up and down the valley sides of a river along tracks a mountain goat would look twice at. I tripped and really jarred a nerve or something behind my thigh around km15 but although I could "feel" it, the pain didn't get any worse so I kept going. Just a dull ache now when I stretch my leg out. I fell flat on my face at km19 but that didn't hurt much even though I had a fair bit of blood running down my leg which impressed the three year old no end. Not much left in the legs for the last few km but overtook a couple of people at the end when I realised how close I would get to last year's time and, on principle, I really wanted to beat that! Finished feeling fine and enjoyed a couple of Cognac Schweppes sitting in the sun. hamstrings bit sore today but can get down the stairs facing the right way which is a good sign
Hope your dog's not ill or anything Mowzer.. maybe at this time of year there's more wildlife around to sniff after.. or maybe he's heard on the dog grapevine that he's getting above average exercising and it's his way of slowing you down!
Shades - My HRM turned up in the three year olds sock drawer
Loch Ness sounds a fab idea but if I do London next year not sure if finances would stretch to two trips away. Definitely on my list though now.
Not a great couple of days running for me. Had been planning to get out on Thursday for a long run - bank holiday again here (Ascension) but didn't manage it and I'm blaming OH. He found an old mobilette buried in the back of someone's barn, brought it home, took the engine or whatever apart and got it going again. This thing is ancient (circa 1962),looks like an old black bike and is really noisy. The boys tied a cushion around the parcel shelf and with the 12 year old driving and the 10 year old clinging round his back they have been off round the track and fields having loads of fun. Thursday, OH has to go to work, boys are up and out on the bike soon after when the inevitable happens... they take a corner too fast, (apparently a chicken got in the way ) and it all ends in tears. Nothing swabs of gauze and germolene won't sort out but two dying swans lying on the settee for the rest of the day and me playing nurse meant I couldn't get out for my run Went out yesterday morning and awful run. Needed my ventolin a lot and had to walk most of it even the FLAT bits Fabulous.
Anyway.. wittering on.. Shades, KK and Keith have a fab marathon at Windermere tomorrow! - looking forward to those reports already
Big G - It sounds like you need a reporter to keep you all up to date with internal "goings ons" at your club How much do you use your club now.. I seem to remember you used to do their weekly speed sessions. Have a good time in Aberdeen (flying there?)
Pegasus -I've just googled the Loch Ness marathon and it looks fab. I was almost tempted to enter it myself! You've left yourself plenty of time to train and a half in July sounds perfect timing too.
SK - I've only ever messed around on those park gym machines when I've seen them so hats off for getting a proper workout too. Bet you'll beat that dad easy. Just make sure he gets to hear of your London performance and he'll be too scared to turn up
Shades - My McMillan easy pace was only achieved because I wasn't wearing my heart rate monitor I couldn't find it before I went out (and spent the run worrying that I'd shoved it in the washing machine) so just ran on feel. I was surprised to find that around 6 min/km actually felt ok. Well for a bit anyway....