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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 19:07
Hi Shades. I'm time keeping again at the marathon point this year at the DD. Hope to see you there. Not sure if you heard, but last year's winner and record holder has pulled out due to injury. I wonder if Tommo is in with a shout for the win?

MF, I have decided to not get a dog for now. I do have friends who have dogs and I walk theirs regularly, but I have some travel plans this year so getting a dog of my own doesn't really fit with that at the moment.

Pegasus, I hope the niggle clears up soon.

I had a rest day today. I had my running stuff on but realised I was pretty tired so decided not to go out. That's not normal for me, but I thought a day off wouldn't do any harm and then I'll be sure to enjoy tomorrow's run.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 09:53

Keith, that's a great report

SK, another great PB!

I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I got 11 miles in on Sunday AM, so that was 45 miles last week.  I feel pretty tired though, so will have a bit of a cutback week this week....probably 30-35 miles or so.

Other than running, a few of us went to Bristol to watch some cricket on Sunday and then went back to a friend's house for a great roast dinner and a few beers.  She lives in Beer (East Devon) and we all stayed over, so no worries about driving.  She has two lovely Golden Retrievers (Woody and Baxter) so we took them for a walk on Monday AM, and Baxter caught a rabbit and wouldn't let it go (the rabbit was despatched very quickly).  There were a group of the walkers and they were truly horrified about the whole thing and my friend was a bit embarrassed about it all, but not sure what she could do about it really.  After that we went to a cafe for tea and cake and then walked back to her place, before driving home.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 10:06

Hi Shades, this is the link KK posted a while ago:

I had a look at the time, but from memory I couldn't find the correct battery although I didn't spend that long searching.  If I have another go at it, I'll let you know.

My 305 lasts around 1.5hrs now, so it's no good for longer runs anymore.  It's a shame as I like them.  In comparison, the 405 is a pain as it's got a bevel around the edge of the watch which you use to control it.  It's not particularly intuitive, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 06:38
MF - I did wear a Garmin but I didn't look at it, but that's mainly because it's impossible to do even splits on that course.

Also, my own Garmin (305) is on its last legs now as the battery doesn't hold its charge. So I was using Claire's Garmin (405) for the first time. It's quite different to use and when I pressed 'start' I remembered she had it set to Kms, so that's no good for me anyway, so I didn't look at it again. KK gave me a link ages ago in how to replace a 305 battery so I'll look at that, but at least I have a back up for the longer runs. Strangely, I don't want to erase Claire's data though....It's got her 10K PB time on there. I'll have to save it somewhere.

I did 6.5 miles in the afternoon too as I had an hour to kill. I just took it very steady and enjoyed it. I think that's my first 'double', but I won't be making a habit of it.

I'm running this morning and then travelling to Bristol with friends to watch some cricket. One of them is cooking a massive roast afterwards and she's a damn fine cook, so I couldn't resist

MF - I hope the shoulder gets better quickly. Are you running with it in a sling then?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 10:21

23:43 at today's parkrun at Parke estate (the hilly, off-road one).  I'm pleased with that as it's a course best for me, but times are heavily dependent on conditions and today's were very good.  Still, it's still a strong course best with my previous best being 24:25 from Dec 2014.  I felt really good as well.  I want to get onto a flat course just to see where I am, but from that I still reckon it should be between 22 and 23mins - maybe slightly under 22mins if the wind is in the right direction

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 07:56

Shades, I'll never forget something quite simple that Tommo said to me on a training run once.  We were doing 5x1K intervals and he lapped me as I was on my last one (he did 6 or 7 I think).  All he said to me was "relax your shoulders mate, and follow me in" and I did.  He obviously slowed down for me, but was giving me tips and encouragement and I followed him for the last 300 or 400m.  That was the quickest I had ever ran at that time, even though I thought I was "giving it everything" before that.  It was quite an eyeopener for me.  Even now though I really have to consciously think about relaxing my shoulders - when I get tired they come up around my ears again  

I saw that bit in the Herald too.  He is in a much quicker club now so even though he is incredibly experienced, running with runners who are quicker than him must bring him on?  He was by far the quickest runner at the Trotters - I haven't checked, but I think he still holds all the records.  I'm friends with him on Facebook and he's always out doing things - Ironman (including a sub-3 marathon, I think), he's cycled LEJOG, all sorts.  Amazing really.

Keith, sorry to hear about that.  I hate the dentist and get a bit worked up about even going even for a checkup.  Good luck!

I'm off to do my hilly parkrun this morning.  Looks like ideal conditions for it  

Complete beginner here, running to beat depression.

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 13:16

Well done RunningNoob.  In many ways, I've had a pretty rubbish 8 months but running has really helped me to stay healthy, mentally.    I know a number of people in my situation (young widows/widowers) who do next to no exercise, and struggle immensely.  Good on you for keeping it going, even after your mate stopped!

Just echoing what NorthEnder said, and have a look for a local club.  Choose the right one and they'll be very helpful and more than happy to accept a new runner into their club.

Good luck!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:55

Shades, yes the Exeter Riverside course is mainly on tarmac, although someone told me there is a small amount of grass which can get slippery - but it's no doubt a quick course.  I just had a look at the times and the course best at Exeter is 15:08 whilst the course best at Parke (my usual, hilly offroad parkrun) is 17:06, which goes to show that my usual one is not a quick course (although it is very enjoyable!).  

Tommo (who you know doubt know) has done 17:55 at Parke and 16:36 at Exeter.

SK, I really would like to get it down below 20mins at some point.  I would guess that I'm currently at around 22-23mins on a flat course though, so some way to go before I'm back trying to do that!  I'll keep chipping away  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 14:06

Shades, yes there is a relatively new parkrun on Exeter Riverside which is very flat.  I haven't done it before, but I fancy a good effort on a timed course to see where I am with my speed.  I know I'm going to be way off my PB, but it'll give me something to work on.  I'm enjoying the running and I'm up to 35-40 miles a week again, but I'd really like to get that 5K time down at some point.  Unfortunately, I know from experience that shifting these 3 or 4 pounds will make all the difference with my speed, as much (if not more so) than any specific training!  So that is my main aim, really.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 11:00

My cunning plan of running the flat parkrun is thwarted, as it's cancelled this weekend.  I just checked the site and it's been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, so I hop everything is okay with the people organising it.  The page says it'll be back on 30th May.

KK, that's interesting what you say about not looking at the watch.  I know I'm guilty of checking it too much on a 5K to make sure I'm doing the pace I think I should be.  I may give that a go one day then, and see how I get on.

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