Posted: 14/12/2015 at 17:46
Boooo to no parkrun Malcs! No audiobook, although maybe I should! I’ve been complimented on my lovely voice many times! People simply don’t believe I’m from Essex! Thanks for buying the book- if you’re a subscriber to kindle you won’t have to pay for it, and I believe if you are a newbie to kindle you also don’t have to pay, but don’t worry, as long as you go and give it a 5* review, I don’t mind that you’ve fleeced me!
GM- Horrid means horrid - the one problem with coaching myself is that I’m an absolute wuss at prescribing myself the kind of sessions I should. I know I’ve got a 3:15 marathon in me, but at the moment I’m loving that I’ve qualified for Boston and actually could just run it slow to enjoy the atmosphere… So, the horrid sessions are things like 2 x 2 miles at HMP, then 3x2miles @HMP… You see it, and it looks harmless… and then you try to do it!
Sense, thanks for the congrats. I’m afraid this isn’t THE book. I got a bit overwhelmed a couple of months ago, and decided that I was better off getting something shorter out this year, and give myself next year, with hopefully a more disciplined approach to writing, to get the dream book, which is specifically focussed on the London Marathon and all its glory. I want it to be something that will sit on every marathon runners’ bookshelf, and for that, I want to make sure its really up to date- reading the latest research papers etc, to have a really spectacular book.
And yes, GM is right, there is no plan for Portsmouth other than to get round. Its a training run for his ultra in January. There’s no point going all out on that course, when he’s only a couple months into his disciplined training.
Well done for your plod Chicksta.. I did my plod on Saturday - 16 miles, usually I run long on Sunday but I had a Christmas party on Saturday night. 16 was supposed to be 18, but since my foot issue, I’ve been really scared to run too far from home! Instead, I have been doing my long runs with checkpoints - which means I run a loop, then stop home for some ribena and jelly babies - as such, the run I did on Saturday, I had finished a loop at 16 miles and CBA to go out for the other two, plus I needed to get ready to go out out!
Malcs, regarding all the work I’m doing, tell me about it!!! I thought December was supposed to be quiet, but right now I’m having nightmares about May, when everyone will be done with their spring marathons and I’ll have no clients. . . D’oh! No, seriously, I’ve been doing a lot of work on the business, and I’m currently reading a book, the e-Myth, which is making me question a lot of things, and hopefully is shifting my mindset a bit, so that I can actually delegate something. I’m not an accountant, and I’m shocking at admin, so I really should have someone else manage all the financial side of my business at least, so that I can focus on delivering a great service.
You are absolutely right, marathons, especially trail marathons, are just training runs for ultras. It’s about getting time on feet! Sarah and I did Giants Head Marathon at the end of june, our slowest ever in 6:15, but it did mean I was pretty well prepared when it came to TR24 at the end of July.
Sorry your foot has flared up again- did you try those exercises? There’s also one you can do with a mini resistance band - also what are your shoes like? Do they need replacing?