Angela I

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Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 17:49


I got accepted!!!  Boston 2016, here I come!

I couldn't have done it without you lot!

Chicksta, it was a tough cut off this year- you needed to be 2 min 28 seconds quicker than your qualifying time to be accepted - I feel for those who didn't!

I can understand that you must be anxious about running a marathon with your heart condition, but presumably you are accustomed enough to listening to your body to stay safe?  I know we forget it on here (and I am forgetting it the most right this moment), but it is just a marathon, so if you don't feel right, remember that and do the right thing.

Malcs, I see your point about the glutes, but if he's like my sports masseure, it'll feel nothing like a bloke rubbing your arse, and a lot like torture of a very pointy thing (elbow) grating a knot against pelvis.... but deeply relaxing once released!

Incidentally, I had the worst run ever today!  Was meant to go out for 8 miles steady, but kept putting it off so only had time for 6... which i didn't even manage as I had to keep stopping to walk... Clearly I've not replenished my glycogen stores since Maldon half on Sunday, and running in the midday sun wasn't great either.  I have a feeling all my runs in the next week or so are going to be superb though!!

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 08:41

Malcs, what about a sports massage? Sooner rather than later?  Might be enough to set whatever it is straight?

Sorry about your cold Mr P, have you been put in an isolation room?

RR and Malcs, I'm hoping you can be sympathetic about a different kind of maranoia.  I've not experienced it for a little while since gaining GFA for London, but I am going absolutely MAD waiting to hear from Boston!  They seem to keep moving the goal posts- Sarah A heard just a couple of days after she submitted her entry, but she's super speedy.

Because they have had more qualified entries than places, its the fastest qualifiers first.  With 4 minutes and 13 seconds of leeway, I'd be quite surprised if the result was negative, but I am still going crazy, and checking the website constantly.  They first said that I would hear by the middle of this week, then they changed it to say they will START telling people on Wednesday this week, and now its becaome 'emails will be sent out from Wednesday afternoon'.... so in boston time, that means I'm waiting until this evening!!!  I will probably get my London magazine before then!

So, in conclusion, I would say that maranoia is a waxing and waning condition, kind of like the fever associated with malaria . . . 

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 19:20

Yes, alcohol fuelled running is my think Malcs... but I'm having a non alcohol fuelled end of Sept, first half of October to give me maximum chance for Oxford Half marathon on 11th Oct.  I have Maldon Half this weekend with Sarah A, but we're both using it as a training race.

Chicksta, enjoy taper time... next on my calendar is 3 half marathons. Maldon this weekend as a training run, then going for it at Oxford 2 weeks later, then going for it again at Norwich in November.  Then nothing in the calendar until next April, when hopfully I will be jetting my way across the pond to Boston!!!  I'm currently in that horrid limbo of waiting to find out if I got a place, and apparently applications are very high this year!

Stan, MdM tends to be on the same weekend as Bacchus... unfortunately, now I've found Bacchus, I doubt I would ever go through the faff of going to France, but I guess either FRance or Surrey are both quite a long journey for you! 

Tigger, There were a few boring folk on the half marathon who came rushing through when we were toward the end of our first lap, who must have been finishing the half in around 90 mins, although one of the speedy guys in his club vest did stop and have some wine at the 11 mile point when we saw him!  But yup, mainly fancy dress  

Well done in Coniston! What a beautiful place to swim!

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 23:26

That's a pretty awesome parkrun Sense!! Not sure I'd manage that time at the moment.  There's a very vulnerable muscle that starts just below inside knee, runs up the thigh on the inside and crosses the groin to join in the abdominals... Called Gracilis... So a hip adductor- seems your problem has been going on far too long for stretching to solve it- but it is a constant source of tightness for me caused by running.  In fact, back when I was a rower (not tower as I initially typed), my coach asled me if I was a runner as tightness in the same place shortened my rowing stroke length by well over a foot... I had lots of 'ministry of silly walks' type exercises to solve it...

cycling.... The potential for really really bad injuries scares me a bit too much.  I'd probably be ok on a closed road TT but ultimately that would be pretty boring too.  I'm not a super chatty runnwe, but did enjoy the company at events like TR24... 

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 16:41

Sense and Mr P I must add to everyone else's good wishes to help your injuries heal in time for Spring marathon training!

Malcs!  I can;t believe you laughing at my distaste of triathlons!  An even more bitter taste was left in my mouth when waking up at 4:30 in the morning to get into transition to pump my bike tyres and generally be ready for the 6:15 start, I realised that the money I had spent to do the race could have been spent on a rather luxurious spa day.... By the end of the next day, I'd arranged to do the Norwich half marathon with a friend, followed by a 2 day spa break in Norfolk soooo that will be a little more than the cost of the tri, but hey ho.

Stan, don't let me put you off tri!  Tigger's right, you need to have the time, and I mean shit loads of time to train for it - I was doing really well at the start of May when my training plan started, and coping fine with days when I would have 2 or 3 training sessions in a day, but a family bereavement then took up quite a lot of my time in June and July - and perhaps going for 100k at Thunder-run it wasn't the best idea to do a half iron tri a month later- distances were 1.9k swim, 85k mile and 21k run.  Strangely, in the race, I did quite like the swim, but I got sick of it on the bike, and then I remembered how sick of ride london 100 I got a few years ago - I just get bored on long bike rides, especially in tri, as its soo bloody lonely!

Hey RR I do remember you did get back into things quite quickly after your surgery,so it is possible that there is a bit of overtraining fatigue in there, or you could just be having a bad couple of weeks!

Chicksta, I reckon we should race to sub 90!!!! I don't see it happening all that soon.  I'm hoping I'll get a pb in Oxford half in a few weeks, but I know I'll be cutting it fine!

Sooooooo, I had WAY too much fun yesterday.... Me and my 2 pirate buddies kidnapped Superman and ran a marathon around the Surrey hills plundering wine and cakes and biscuits and sweets all the way around.  Was soooo much fun! and I didn't start until 10am, so I didn't have a 4:30 alarm  way way way fun  

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 09:47

Hello Everyone!! Looks like some activity is back on here, which can only mean one thing... It can't be long until the next asics 26.2 competition.

I learnt a few things over the summer:

1) I hate triathlons...

Oh, wait, that is it.  Completed The Vitruvian Half Iron tri on Saturday - hated it! I was sick of faffing around with swimming and cycling by August, which resulted in my pretty much not training the whole month.  So so so glad the tri is done now, because I can now concentrate on #operationsub90half

That's my next goal, so I'm planning on racing a half marathon every 6-8 weeks until I reach it.  My next half is the Maldon Half on 27th Sep, which I'm using as a warm up race to the first (hopefully) pb attempt at Oxford Half on 11th Oct

When is York Marathon?

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 09:03

Loved reading about Spitfire Scramble Minni- pretty sure I'll do that one next year- TR24 is just too much of a headache from entering (staying up to gone midnight to enter and not knowing if u got in) to actually getting there- bad traffic meant our journey time was about 7 hours not 3.5 which totally  messed with my pre-event fuelling.  I could drive to spitfire on the morning of!!

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 14:09

Here's my report of tr24 blogged

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 09:32

Well done on first female as well Sk! Must have missed that before- it's time for another bling off then?!?

rr we did have a plan which we mostly stuck to. Our goal was to do 10 laps each, so we alternated for the first 8, then we each did a double, bringing us to 12, then a little rest before starting to alternate again- we had completed 20 laps with 50 minutes left to go, but 4th wasn't gonna catch us and 2nd was too far ahead, and the weather had turned South, so we packed up our camps and waited forever for the awards ceremony at 2pm

the next challenge would be to do it without that break - if we had done that we would have got 2nd... If we (well me) had a bit more pace we could have got 1st.  Sarah was amazing her legs seemed to renew quite well but by 60k mine didn't want to recover- a bit over raced in the past few weeks

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 10:00

Malcs that is an incredible 5k time!! Amazing!! Hope I'm that fast one day 

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