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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 08:20

MF, yeah it's a special song for me.  It's the song that got Claire and I together back when we were both 16, and we had it at the first dance at our wedding.  I also had it played in full at her funeral so there are mixed emotions these days, but it's still a great song for me and I still listen to it now and again.

At a slightly different pace, I'm going to be trying to get Adele tickets today, but I think her first two London dates sold out very quickly so we'll see how I get on there!


I got 6-miles in yesterday evening, and ran past the takeaway to pick up my meal on the way home  I don't gets takeaways very often, but just fancied one last night!

Rest day today, and then I have the Cockington Christmas Caper tomorrow which is "approximately 8-miles" of off-road and it's hilly.  I think it's going to be quite muddy as we've had some rain here but I'm looking forward to it

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 10:35

Shades, don't tempt me!    You're right that the challenge is to continue as normal but I think going on holiday and not even being "allowed" a glass of wine would be a bit odd for me.

Cal, I'm also going to cut out cake/biscuits for January, apart from on the 13th Jan which is a friend's birthday.

In other news, I think I've mentioned that one of my favourite bands of all time is Guns N Roses?  Well, they've been doing a world tour which has been sold out and is getting great reviews, and they announced they're coming to London next June.  My mate managed to get a couple of tickets, so I'm going to that.  Although they're a favourite of mine and I have seen a lot of bands in my time, I've never seen them live before.  The gig is at the Olympic Stadium and although I went to London for the Olympics I didn't see any events in the stadium, so that should be good too.  Tickets were bloody expensive though - it's the most expensive ticket I've ever bought at nearly £100 - but I'll be staying at my mate's place and other expenses will be low, so that's how I justified it to myself...!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 13:47

Shades, I was really tempted to go to Alicante in January, on my own.  The flights were very cheap from Bristol (£25 return), and I had found a hotel that was good value and the intention was to go for 4 or 5 days and do some running in the warmth.  I'd even sorted out some running routes!  But, I would have had a few drinks over there, so I thought I'd rather do the Dry January and save the money at the same time.

A few friends are in the early stages of sorting out a weekend away for early next year, and I've asked them to try and avoid January too....

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 12:04

Shades, I remember you saying a few months ago you were no longer chasing the numbers, but it's good you have that 500 goal in the back of your mind

I went out for a nice 12-mile steady run, and I really enjoyed it  I went out in just shorts and a T-Shirt (although I was wearing gloves) and it was great to be out in relative warmth.  I'll run tomorrow too (probably 6-8ish) and then I have an off road race on Saturday.  I won't be going "eyeballs out" on that one, as I'm just intending to enjoy it....and the cake afterwards  

Also, I'm intending to do a "Dry January" month.  I'm writing here, so it's somewhere in black and white so I can't get out of it!  I asked a couple of mates if they wanted to join me, but they kind of looked the other way.... 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 10:23

Shades, well done on winning that award in 2003.  Was that mainly for your first 100 marathons, or something else?

I had a couple of unplanned rest days as I picked up some kind of bug.  It's seems to have gone now though, so went out for a short run today - just 4.5 miles.  It was nice to be out though, and hope to have a slightly higher mileage this week overall if I can. Training was going well, but the last 3 weeks haven't been so good with no runs over 10 miles!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 12:33

Shades, hot off the press (i.e, I've just uploaded it to the Trotters website), but HA won an award at Teignbridge Sports Awards on Friday.  There is a small section about it here, if you're interested.  I think MDA will be running quite a big piece about the evening, so not sure if my bit will get in this week anyway.

Cal, well done on that run.  You have indeed come a long way.  Well done!

Jugula, sorry to hear about that, but like you say it's good you've got a diagnoses.  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 12:14

Shades, the cheese is called Reblochon.  I made the recipe once with the proper cheese, and I got it from Tesco.  Asda/Sainsbury's didn't sell it at that time (about 3 years ago).  It is very good   I think from memory it's one of those cheeses that is banned in the US.

Yes, that route isn't my favourite, although I agree the views can be nice.  The race route was slightly different this year since I last did it.  Do you know usually when we cross the fly over just past Finlake, and turn left to go towards Chudleigh?  This year, we went straight on there.  Not sure why that's been changed, except I know if there are cars on the original route it can get a bit hairy.  

As it happens, the John Scott Trophy the club puts on in Nov/Dec starts at Sandygate Inn and runs back along the route for 2-miles up that hill (that we run down at DMV), before turning around a strategically placed cone to go back to the pub.  I wasn't able to do the race this year, but it's a good handicap race as the out-and-back nature of the course means that you see the faster people behind you who you want to try and keep behind, as well as seeing slower people ahead of you who you want to try and catch up.    I had a storming run there a couple of years ago - really surprised myself!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 17:15

Shades, when I've been in France skiing, I've seen these stickers around on cars/bikes etc  I've only been skiing a couple of times, but eating tartiflette on the slopes is a highlight!


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 11:06

Thanks everyone.  I had a good day on Thursday, at least partly because the Xmas market had Tartiflette.  And I like Tartiflette.    In case you're not sure what it is, it's basically a hot dish of sliced potatoes, lardons, onions and cheese - and it's lovely!  I've had it a few times when in France, and they've had it in Exeter Xmas the last couple of years too.  

Iain, sorry to hear you've got an injury.  Best take it easy, as you say.

As for my running, I had a rest day yesterday and went out for 10 this morning.  Nice and steady, and felt okay.  My leg is okay, but my foot on the same side is a bit tender on the outside.  It's OK to run on I think, but is a bit sore afterwards.  I'll keep an eye on that.  It was warmer than it has been, but quite a strong wind still meant I needed my gloves etc on.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 10:01

Shades, yes my slight light-headidness could have been food.  I ran later than intended and ran through what time I usually have lunch, and ended up having food at about 2:30pm.  Feel fine this morning and just got back from a 6-miler with no issues.

MF, great pacing there.  Well done again.

It's my birthday today and a couple of people are off work so we're going to Exeter for the Xmas market.  Should be good  

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