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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 12:28
Emmy - I've had no issues following the session last night so I'm pleased about that.

KK - you're right that I just need to take it steady. I am doing that by very slowly building back up again and doing no speed work at the moment. Fingers crossed!!

There's a good piece on Jo Pavey today in the paper. Jo Pavey for SPOTY? If she's not nominated by the BBC I think I'll need to write a letter of complaint!

I'm seeing Claire's Mum for lunch today. There's a new French place in Torquay that Claire wanted to go to but didn't get the chance so I think we're going there.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 09:55

I'm having issues accessing this thread today.  I was getting the "oops, something went wrong" message a few times.

Shades, thanks for the tip about Birmingham Half.  I hadn't seen it so I've just downloaded it to watch later.

My pod appointment went okay.  He explained the results of my scan and in summary there is still (or was, at the time of the scan which was a few weeks ago) some inflammation there but nothing that warrants any intervention/injections etc, which is good news.  He again said it is a slow process but to keep doing the exercises.  He didn't give me any new exercises to do, but has kept the appointment open for another 6 months.  I told him what I was doing with the running (i.e., building up slowly and nothing too quick) and he was fine with this so I'll keep doing what I'm doing and see what happens.  

SK - I have no real tips for a 5K apart from to do intervals quicker than your target 5K pace.  5x1K intervals or even 5x1mile intervals (this is a tough session!) at a consistent pace I think are partly what brought my times down, with the last interval being a challenge (to say the least!) to maintain the pace.  I also think some of the off road stuff I was doing made me a stronger runner as a flat, road 5K seemed easier in comparison.  Obviously I'm saying this from the injury bench, but I think my injury is mainly due to me racing too much.

I went along to the club session last night and I enjoyed it.  It was just over 6 miles at a steady pace with lots of regrouping and it was good to get out with them again.  I have done three or four 5-milers on my own but this is the longest I've gone for a few weeks and I feel okay this morning.  Everyone at the club were very welcoming to me which was brilliant and I enjoyed the session.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 17:58

SK, funnily enough my 5K, 5M, 10K and Half times were more or less in line with Mcmillan.  My marathon time is pretty weak though 

My 5K time is 20:36.  I'd love to get that time to below 20:00 but we all know that knocking 37 seconds off a 5K takes a bit of effort.  37 secs off of 3.1 miles sound easy, doesn't it?!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:46

Shades/KK/Iain- talking about the shorter stuff I genuinely think I'd get as much satisfaction of going under 20mins for a 5K (for example) as I would getting a marathon PB.  For me, when a 5K or 10K goes well I find it really enjoyable (does this make me odd?)!  

I think it's because you're on the edge of your ability so have to be very realistic of what your ability is.  A few seconds a mile too slow and then you know you haven't got the time you're capable of, but a few seconds a mile too quick and you can detonate making it a very horrible experience indeed!  For some reason I quite like that about a 5K in particular....!!  However, I know even if it all does go horribly wrong I know I can finish a 5K whereas for me there is that element of doubt going into a marathon which adds to the stress.

If/when this injury clears up properly, I have been thinking about trying to do some 5K specific training, but I don't real know what that entails at the moment.  Please don't banish me from this thread!!!  ;)

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 13:32

Shades, it wasn't Plymouth Half Tommo did.  It was Plymouth Armada Half and he did a 1:15:26.....!  Like I say, there are some brilliant runners at Torbay AC so he's in with a good crowd.  He was a Trotter for 20+ years I think but has been doing other things for a couple of years or so.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 09:56
Sorry to hear that Jugula, but glad you're feeling a bit better now.

Moore - sorry you had a bad run yesterday. I must say I've always fancied having a go at Abingdon as it can be quite a fast course can't it? I'm no longer doing the Trotter reports but I believe our male V50 record went yesterday with a 2hr50 which is pretty inspiring really.

Shades - speaking of quick runners Tommo has joined another local club so I'm guessing he'll be back on the scene again. I think he finished 2nd at Plymouth Half so he's obviuosly still got it!! He's joined Torbay and there are some very quick runners in that club.

SK, a great PB - well done!

My 5-miler went fine so I'm pleased with that. Depending on what happens today I'm planning a 6-mile social run with the club which will be my first 'proper' club session for some time. I'm a bit nervous about it in terms of how I'll react but they all know what has happened and are wishing me well too and want me back. Fingers crossed I hold it all together. I have my pod appointment today as well.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 11:01

Shades, I'm afraid I also didn't make DMV.  I was up in plenty of time but I started thinking about the words for the headstone and before I knew it I was running very late so decided not to bother going.

I'm off out for a gentle run shortly and then seeing my Dad this afternoon.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 11:28

Quite a tough morning yesterday but again it's something I wanted to get sorted so in that way I'm glad it's done.  There were a small number of family there and I placed the ashes into the plot that was already prepared, which is something I felt I wanted to do and I just said a few words to myself.  For some reason I didn't want to put the earth back on after so the funeral director did that and some nice words were said.  The weather stayed dry as well, which was good.

Claire worked at a school called East Allington which is a very small village school.  She sometimes had cows from the neighbouring field escaping into the garden/orchard of her classroom, much to the delight of all the children!  Claire described one day when a cow came up to the closed patio doors, stared at the kids (who were inside the closed doors, laughing), mooed and later just turned around and sauntered back to the field it came from.  East Allington is quite similar to Coffinswell church with similar views, and during the service yesterday a nearby cow did a massive "Mooooo" (you know, one of those moos where the tone goes up at the end), which seemed apt somehow and made me smile

After that the family came back to my house for a coffee etc, and then out for a meal at lunchtime so that was nice.

I may look into a bench or a sponsorship of a zoo animal (it would probably be a giraffe if I did that, as that was Claire's favourite zoo animal).  I did actually consider both of these things but decided on an apple tree as I felt I wanted something that would grow.  There's no reason that I can't look into other things as well though, if I want to.

I'm getting a baaaad feeling about this probate process.  For example:

- Claire had some finance left on a car.  I have been in touch with the finance company telling them I want to pay the balance and keep the car and explaining that Claire's account is now frozen so they won't be able to take any more money by direct debit.  They then sent me quite a strongly worded letter telling me to fill out and send back a form as soon as possible.  However, there was no form in the envelope.  So of course that meant another round of phone calls to get through to the right person and I still haven't yet received the form.

- Claire's bank is one of the organisations that told me I'd need probate, so that's fair enough I thought.  I gave them all the stuff they needed and they then sent me a letter with a form to fill out.  The form they've sent me assumes no probate is required (even though it is them that told me I need probate), so again another round of phone calls needed to try and get the right form, which I haven't yet got.

It's all very time consuming and it's not filling me with confidence at the moment!  What I am trying to do is deal with the post on the day it arrives as that at least means I'm nudging it all along and things aren't backing up, but these organisations are wasting time really

Running wise, I was supposed to run at parkrun today but I didn't make it unfortunately.  I have a slight back issue at the moment (not running related) but want that to ease up before I go out again, which I expect will be tomorrow or Monday.  I have had back issues in the past and don't want that to come back again so I am always pretty cautious with any back niggle, no matter how small.

Shades, I may try to come along to DMV to spectate so I'll look out for you tomorrow.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 09:13

Shades/SK - I got up at a sensible time and had breakfast before I did anything else this morning, so I'm pleased about that!  I had my "usual" combination of eggs, avocado and tomatoes (and of course, a coffee).  That may sound a strange combination, but I quite enjoy it....!

I'm seeing Claire's Mum this afternoon, but I've got a meal planned for this evening which I'm pleased about and I will definitely stick to.  I'm then seeing a couple of friends from the Caterham club this evening.  

We're burying Claire and Jay's ashes tomorrow morning at the churchyard near me.  It is probably going to be another tough day, but one that I'm pleased has been sorted out as it needed doing and I wanted it sorted sooner rather than later.  The headstone isn't done yet, but I have the contact for that and that will be done in due course.  I'm just glad I've managed to get a plot in that particular church as it really is lovely and very, very peaceful.

I can't remember if I said but I'm also getting a tree planted at a place called Cockington in Torquay.  It's a lovely, picturesque park that Claire and I went to regularly and I've sent the forms off for that and hope to get that planted around December time all being well.  I was initially going to get something done at the zoo (which both Claire and I loved going to and are members) but when I contacted them they couldn't guarantee the area would be protected as they're fairly regularly building new enclosures etc, so Cockington was the next obvious choice.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 15:03

SK, the 5-miler went okay.  I had put my wet weather running gear on as it was raining hard when I left but within 5-mins I had to take it off as the rain had stopped and it was quite warm.  The achilles does seem to be getting better, but I am doing only steady runs.  Rest day tomorrow.  I do have the pod appointment on Monday so I'll see what he has to say.

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