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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 10:08

Hi all - it's been a busy weekend for me, but I managed to squeeze a run (7-miles) in on Saturday AM.  

Saturday I went up to Manchester for an evening out with a load of people from that Widowed and Young group I've mentioned.  There were 32 of us there and it was a good night out, and I caught up with them for breakfast on the Sunday before travelling back on the train (5hrs each way).  It's quite hard to explain really; people are enjoying themselves, but also the reason we all know each other is because of tragic circumstances, but there is an openness amongst the group that is really refreshing.  No topic is off limits, whereas at other occasions I sometimes can't say what's on my mind for fear of bringing the mood down etc.  It's really good being around people who "get it" and who understand the swings where you can be happy one minute and upset the next.  Some people were very early on (2 months) and some much further along (10 years) but it was good catching up with them.  For me it was nice seeing people 5+ years along as it shows it is possible to get through this and rebuild a life (albeit one they weren't planning), as I have to say that sometimes I do have my doubts.  I had never met any of them face-to-face before but it's a really active Facebook group, and I'm glad I've found it.  They have lots of events planned, but I think my next one will be Bruges in December with a load of them.

I travelled back yesterday, and I've just been "packing" (i.e, chucking stuff into a suitcase in quite a haphazard way) as I'm off to Sri Lanka today!  Really, really looking forward to going as it looks a great place to visit, and I've never been before.  I am taking my running stuff, but running won't really be the priority whilst I'm there.  If I can get a couple of runs in, I'll be happy but I suppose I have to be reaslitic that I may not even manage that.  I'll see how it goes, and I hope I don't lose too much fitness or put on too much weight over the next couple of weeks but I am really looking forward to the food there!!    I obviously knew I would have this gap in training when I entered the October marathon, so I'll just have to do my best when I get back  

I may not post too much over the next couple of weeks or so, but happy running everyone!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 18:08

Ankle appears fine, so I went out for a 10-miler today and really enjoyed it.  I did it an easy pace, except I did two hills quite hard and did the 8th mile in just under 7mins.  It was a great session, and now the rest of week's running will be at an easy pace.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 17:38

Shades, thanks for the info on the bridges.  I'll pop over there at some point.  I like the Summer Lane run near Stover anyway.

Mowzer, well done on on finishing what sounds a tough race in the circumstances!

I went out for a 10-miler today, but ended up only doing 6.  I tweaked my ankle very slightly and as a precaution I cut the run short.  I think I probably could have carried on really but I was aware I was limping very slightly (even after stopping to gently stretch it) so I didn't want to risk it.  I strongly suspect I'll be fine tomorrow though.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 10:25

Excellent work there KK - well done

Shades, let me know what that new foot bridge is like.  I may have to venture out there at some point.

I got my final run of the week done this morning (7 miles), which takes me to 51 for the week.  That's the furthest I've done for a good couple of years, so I'm pretty pleased.  It's all been at a steady pace, apart from today where I did 2 miles in the middle at about 7:45.

Not sure what the plan is for the coming week, but it won't be as much, mainly because I'm away in Manchester on the weekend.  If I can do 4 runs totalling around 30 miles I'll be pleased, but I'll see how I get on.  The two weeks after that will be very little mileage though.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/07/2015 at 10:07

I went out for a short (just 4-miles) run today, after yesterday's run.  I didn't really feel like it when I got up, but I'm glad I went as I'm feeling okay now.  

I'm marshalling at a race today, which is a tough off-roader.  It's always amazing to see the front runners on this type of terrain as they just see to kind of glide down the rocks etc, whereas plodders like me tentatively make their way down.  Looking forward to it although I hope my marshall point is in a bit of shade as it looks like it may be a bit hot today.  And, all marshals get a free burger at the end  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 17:51
Hi Jugula - how're you getting on?

I have a running 'bum bag' that fits a 500ml bottle (as well as other bits and pieces) so ran with that today. I've found I don't need water for anything up to around a 2hr run, but knew I would be out for longer than that today so took the bag.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 16:11

Good running there SK

I had this afternoon off work so got my long run in and did 20-miles.  I have to say, I feel tired now but my pace was pretty consistent which is good.  Toughest run so far, but quite some margin - the 18 miles last week just felt far easier.  Anyway, it's done.

I know I said the other week that I was pleased that I didn't need any water for runs up to about 10-miles, but I was gasping today although it was fairly warm (but not scorching, by any means).  I did have a bottle with me and the route I did have taps en route, so that was good.

weight not dropping - hit a plateau

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:28
seren nos wrote (see)
VDOT51 wrote (see)

Seren, running will not make you thin but being thin will make you s better runner.




 very true...........until you go too far and dont fuel your body enough and then go down with one injury after another........but that is rare..


For me, this was the thing when I noticed I'd had a change of mindset.  Initially, I was running to help try and lose a bit of weight.  Then, after some time I realised I was trying to lose a bit of weight (or at least maintain my weight) to help with the running.  

The second scenario is preferable to the first, as running (as opposed to weight loss) became the focus which made it more enjoyable, whereas before the primary goal was weight loss which can make the running a bit tedious and/or a chore.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:21

HI Shades, yes - the issue is partly sorted now.  I'm getting 5MB which is better, but there is still some issue that they're tracking/tracing.  Hopefully sorted soon.

I'll see how I get on at Brussels first and then decide from there.  The way it's going and my recent Half time, I'll be bitterly disappointed if I don't get under 4hrs at Brussels, so that's my main goal at the moment which I really do think is achievable, with possibly even nearer a 3:45 in my sights.  I need to keep injury free and hope to keep getting the mileage in when I can, knowing I won't do very much at all for 2 weeks.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 10:43

Hi Iain, sorry to hear about your OH's Nan.

Shades, good news on you Mum's flat.

I have broadband issues today, which are very frustrating as I'm supposed to be doing some online presentations later on.  The issue is being looked at as I speak, so I hope it's sorted out soon.  It's remarkable how I/we have come to rely on technology such as broadband.  I literally cannot do my job without a decent/fast/reliable service.  I remember when I started at Uni in 1995 I had a 14.4k modem and was so chuffed when I sent and received my first email (which, incidentally, took ages to set up and configure).  Now I cannot work with out at least an 8MB download speed (ideally I prefer a lot higher than that, but I can at least work with 8MB)!

Anyway, I got another 10-miler after work yesterday.  I was supposed to be doing a recce run of a club race that we're putting on this weekend that I'm marshalling at (a tough off-road race called Hayer Heller), but in the end I decided to run on my own to get a few extra miles in at the pace I wanted.  I have to say, I do think I'm getting stronger; I did 10 after work, and then went for quite a long walk afterwards with a friend, and can honestly say I didn't feel tired at all.  It's a good feeling.

I'm planning 20 either tomorrow or Saturday, and then maybe another 10 on Sunday.

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