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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 18:04

I did my club's handicap race today and really, really enjoyed it.  I've never done a handicap race before, but basically people submit their times for a 5K or 10K and then the organiser works out what their handicap is, with the slowest runners starting first and the fastest runner starting last.  In theory it should mean everyone crosses the finish line at the same time, or at least within just a few minutes of each other.

Anyway, I surprised myself.  It was 3.8 miles on an out-and-back route (this was good because you could see the slower runners running towards you, but when I turned I could see who was chasing me down).  The route was uphill on the way out so downhill on the way back, but it is runnable.  My splits were 7:14, 7:34, 6:33 with the 0.8 at 6:38 pace, for an overall time of 25:58.  I'm really pleased with that and I felt pretty good as well, so something to work on.

Then it was to a pub for Secret Santa (I got a bottle of wine, which suits me just fine!) and I had a carvery as well so no cooking for me tonight, although I am making a bread and butter pudding at the moment

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 12:08

In other news, I have discovered that I am now called a WAYWOK.  Sounds like something out of Star Wars, doesn't it; Widowed and Young Without Kids.  Marvellous!

I have come across this Widowed and Young group though and I think it's going to be helpful to me.  They meet at a pub regularly and the people there are all in a similar position to myself, so I think they "get it" a bit.  My friends and family have all been great, but of course they don't understand what I'm going though.  This isn't a criticism, but they don't understand; how could they?

I'm usually okay with words I think but I am struggling to get my thoughts across to people.  I say things like "I'm missing her terribly", "she was my soulmate" or "on occasion, I just feel very lonely".  These words are just words though, and they don't convey what I'm trying to say.  I think if I'm with people who have been through it, they may know what I'm going on about even if I can't actually find the words.

I have had what I think is atrocious service from various people, even government people.  I got the results of the postmortem which meant that I could then register the death.  I was asked to ring and make an appointment, which I did.  I had built myself up to do it and I was sitting at the desk holding back tears when the registrar said that she couldn't do anything as she hadn't received the paperwork from the corner's office.  So a) why on earth did they book an appointment if they knew they didn't have the paperwork?  b) why hadn't they got the paperwork when I was told they would have?  c) why hadn't the person whose job it is to send the paperwork to the registrar done their job?

It's all incredibly frustrating and I am not going to swear on here but I was very angry/upset; not with the lady in front of me as it wasn't her fault, but just with the whole situation.  They booked another appointment for me two days later and it was all sorted then.

I did get a letter from the coroner's office saying he was very apologetic and that it shouldn't have happened.  It was nice he took the time to write to me apologising, but people basically aren't doing their jobs and it's driving me mad.  When I think of Claire who was so diligent in her work, it's making my blood boil that the people dealing with her are so incompetent.  I know to them it's just a job, but we're dealing with someone who has died!

Anyway, rant over.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 11:45

KK, well done on the PB.  When I got my PB earlier this year (on a flat course in perfect conditions) the splits were 6:33, 6:48, 6:40 with an average of 6:39, so you can see that my first mile was the quickest as well, although I did finish at 6:01 pace for the 0.1 so I suppose that means that I finished strong and hadn't totally detonated.  When I read my splits back afterwards I was disappointed with that 2nd mile, which I did find very tough!  Usually when that happens, I end up getting slower in the 3rd mile but I remember I was in a group of other runners and I managed to hold on to them in the third mile and finished quite strong.

I remember really trying to not let the first mile be the quickest, as my previous attempt had been like it as well.  It's hard though, and I suppose pacing correctly comes with practice.  On previous attempts I had gone out waaay too fast and ended up with a poor time, but then other attempts I held back a bit in the first mile but then felt I hadn't got the time I was capable of.  It's a juggling act isn't it?  I think that's why I like the distance so much actually.  I think I've said before, but I'm obviously never in any danger of not being able to complete the 5K distance (unlike in a marathon, where I always have that doubt that I may not complete the race) but the results can vary massively depending on how I run it!

Sorry, I pressed "send" too early.  Regarding warming up, my best results have come at a 5K when I've done a decent warmup similar to what you've done.  I.E., a mile or two of easy running, with some sprints and plenty of high knees, bum flicks etc.  When I've just turned up and ran a 5K with no warm up (usually because I'm running late) the results aren't as good.  I like to get to the start line with a bit of a sweat but breathing normally if that makes sense.  Even that can be hard to gauge I find, but that's what I try and do.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 12:59

35th parkrun today, which was in the mud!  I'm glad I went though.  I'm tail runner next week, which means I get to help out but also the run counts towards my 50 T-shirt.

A few Trotters are going for a run on Tuesday AM from Bovey Tracey.  I requested about 10-miles and the person organising it has said it will be about that, but it will be hilly.  Should be good

I am trying to get into a bit of a routine regarding running now.  The last couple of weeks I've done 4 runs a week, but with no real structure to it; in fact I don't even know how many miles I've done.  This week I'm planning on Sunday (4-mile handicap race), Tuesday (10), Wednesday (5), Friday (7.5) and Saturday (parkrun) so we'll see how that goes.  I am tempted by a 10-mile offroad race next Sunday (Bicton Blister), but I'll make my mind up much nearer the time.  I didn't love it last year actually, but I think a few Trotters are doing it so I'll see what I feel like later in the week.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 13:32
MF - I think I have the 55 mile 18-week plan somewhere in XLS format. I'll check when I get home and put it on Dropbox if I do have it.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 16:12

KK, it's much like what Emmy said but at my local one we're not allowed to take the dogs away but have to walk around the quiet lanes near the centre.  The dog walking times are 10-1 and 2-4, 7-days a week and you just turn up and take out a dog.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 18:08

Sorry Keith, can't help with that one.

Just got back from a nice 6-miler in the rain.  Felt pretty good actually.  One of the best runs I've had for a while.

I put something on the Facebook group and a small number of us have organised a 10-mile run on Tuesday AM, so I'm looking forward to that.  I've done a coupe of 8s recently but not a 10, which will be furthest for a while I think.  I'll just take it easy and I hope I'll be fine.

I'm marshalling at a club 5K this evening around an industrial estate...  Pub afterwards I think!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:51

Well, I’m now a registered dog walker at Animals in Distress.  There are some cracking dogs up there.  *must resist (for now)*

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 16:23

Regarding the long run pace, not that I'm any expert but those ranges always seem too large to me.  Over a minute a mile range is quite a lot, isn't it?  I always presume we should err on the side of the slower pace rather than faster for the long run?

I think I need to go back to basics and slowly start building the mileage again for me to see if I can regain some kind of running fitness.  Weight-wise I'm fine, but I just don't have any miles in the legs due to the injury and other things.  I put out a message on the Trotters Facebook group seeing if anyone wants to join me for runs in the week whilst I'm not at work, so we'll see if anything comes from that.  

I'm doing a "handicap" race on Sunday with the club, which I believe is followed by drinks and "Secret Santa" at a pub  I haven't done it before but I thought I may as well give it a go.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 10:03

What a great report MF.  Congrats again on your GFA time!  Speaking briefly about Jack Russells I have been thinking about getting a dog and was thinking about a Jack - we used to have one when I was a kid.  Either that or a Border Terrier.  I would like a dog, but on occasion I have to work away from home for a couple of days and I'd have to rely on people to look after it.

I was partly thinking about doing Drogo 10 today (not much commitment in that statement, is there?!), which is quite a tough off road event.  I did it last year for the first time and I think it may have been my first off road event, not counting parkruns.  I did enjoy it, but I looked out the window earlier this morning and thought "Sod that!" and went back to bed for an hour  

I'm doing 6-8 shortly by myself though.

A few of us went out last night, mainly to meet a friend of mine's new girlfriend.  On Facebook, he jokingly described her as "the mad, angry Irish lady" which was pretty accurate, although he should have added "sweary".     It was a good night though. 

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