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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 09:03

Thanks Shades, I do indeed feel much better, although I was coughing a bit on my run this morning (4.5 miles, steady pace).  It's not a productive cough and if it was I'd stop running, but I think/hope I am okay to carry on.  But a nagging doubt is that I should stop until the cough has totally gone, which I suppose may be another several days.  Hmmm.

But my run this morning had a couple of slight inclines in them and I was actually okay on those.  Today, my cough was mainly in the first half mile and the last half mile.

Anyway, I'll have a rest day tomorrow and then see how I am on Saturday.  If okay, I'll have a trot around parkrun, and then decide about the race on Sunday.

Regarding Dublin, I see there is a government-ran 3-day pass, which I may get.  It includes transport to and from the airport, a walking tour (which looks very interesting from the reviews on TripAdvisor), entry to a museum and also allows me to use the buses and the "hop on and hop off" bus for the duration.  It's €33, but I think I'd easily make it pay.  I've just emailed them asking them to check when the ticket starts/stops, but if I can use it to get both to and from the airport I think I'll go for it as my flight times would make it viable. Then I wouldn't have to worry about getting around the city as it'd be sorted.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 17:34

Thanks for that, Shades.  I'm staying less than a mile from that road  And thanks also for the link about busses.  

After my run this morning, the weather was beautiful so on a whim I took a drive up to Dorset to visit a couple of National Trust places.  I had a wander around Corfe Castle and also some trails nearby, and then went to a place called Kingston Lacy, which is an old house set in gardens with a trail path around.  So I've walked about 5-miles today as well as my run (all at a very, very steady pace!), and I do feel okay.   I hope to get out for a run tomorrow AM.....fingers crossed!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 09:27

Shades, I've found a guesthouse in an area called Donnybrook near the Royal Hospital - do you know it?  It's just outside the main city centre.  I haven't looked for running routes yet, but there are a couple of parks near to the guest house and it's also close to River Dodder so I'm hoping there are some running routes nearby.  If you know of any routes, that'd be great

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 08:53

Shades, yeah it's definitely getting lighter in the mornings and also the light is lasting longer in the afternoons.  Good news

Ian, it sounds like you're up for the challenges you've set yourself this year, after your lay off!

I went for a shortish walk yesterday (stopping at a cafe for a nice coffee and some soup...!) and felt okay, and also was fine throughout the day so decided to go out for a 3-mile very gentle run this morning.  It was just a flat route and was purposefully slow and steady (over 11min/miles) and it went okay, although in the last 1/4 mile I was coughing a bit.  Let's see what I'm like tomorrow - if I feel okay, I may do a 4 or 5-miler.  We'll see.

Yesterday I did, urrrrm, "accidentally" book a trip away in March (after my marathon).  I was casually looking around on SkyScanner for flights from Bristol (not a good idea with a credit card in easy reach) and I've booked 4 days in Dublin, and then fly to Venice from Dublin for another 5 days  I'll be in Dublin on my own, but I'm meeting up with a friend in Venice who is there for a conference beforehand, so we'll be sharing the driving to/from Bristol airport as we fly in and out on the same day.  I've been to Venice before but never Dublin (never been anywhere in Ireland, actually) so I'm looking forward to it and I've found a well priced hotel so it's all sorted.  I'll be taking my running stuff

There really are some absolute bargain flights once in Europe.  For example, Sofia to Milan for £8.  Flexibility is the key (i.e., not really having specific destinations in mind, and also flexibility on days to travel) but I couldn't make that work for this trip, but maybe I'll sort another one later in the year.  However, I got my three flights (Bristol-Dublin, Dublin-Venice, Venice-Bristol) for under £90, so happy enough with that.

Is This Safe?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 17:36

P&D say to warm up thoroughly, and then run three high-intensity 600m repeats up a moderate hill, jogging back down right away after each one.  They say that if you run these 600s all out, your HR should be within two or three beats of maximum by the end of the third repeat.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 09:39

SK, yeah it's really annoying.  Last Spring my marathons went up in smoke due to illness so I don't want to that to happen this year!  I am feeling a bit better today, but I've said to myself that I want to feel fine for at least one whole day before running, so on that basis it's going to be Wednesday at the earliest before I venture out again.  I do seem to suffer with these chest colds, and not really sure what I can do about it.  I eat well and I'd say that I look after myself generally, but I still seem to pick them up.  

On the positive, I haven't put any weight on this week, even though I've been hungry and hence eating basically what I feel like (I thought this was best - "feed a cold, starve a fever" and all that).  I do have this 10-mile race coming up this weekend, but obviously if I have to DNS it, or if I feel I should just use it as a training run, then I will do that.  Let's see how I feel a bit later in the week.

Ian, well done on that race time.  To get your second fastest time after your lay off is great running!

Cal, did the group say they would loop back to keep everyone together?  If so, I'd say that's really bad that they left you behind.  In my club's long runs, we never ever leave anyone behind; it is part of what makes the club so welcoming.  

Shades, good news the cyclist learnt his lesson 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 09:32

Still no running here.  Grrrr.  So after a good start with that PB last weekend, this week has been very bad from a running perspective (just 3.5 miles).  I did have a cold between Xmas and New Year which I thought had gone, but maybe this is a hangover from that.  Just feeling generally yuck, and my chest is wheezing so really shouldn't run even if I felt I otherwise could.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 15:21

Still no running here, and probably not tomorrow either.  Hopefully on Saturday, but we'll see.

I have, however, been buying stuff on t'Internet.  I bought a new Montane Minimus running jacket and also a couple of base layers to go with it.  I do have a light weight/thin jacket, but this one is hopefully a better one and will keep me drier in bad weather.  It has taped seams and gets good reviews etc, so I thought I'd splash (pardon the pun) out.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 12:19

Louey, no he's not a pro.  He's obviously got a lot of talent and I think he's working hard to maximise it, and is keen to see where it may take him.  Is he doing too much too soon though?  Don't know, but I do admire him for trying to get the best out of himself, but I suppose getting the balance right is a key thing for someone who is so talented. 

I've picked up another cold.  Grrrr.  There were a few people sneezing at the club on Monday, so it may be from that.  So no running for me today again  I know it will only be 2 or 3 days off, but it's frustrating as I just want to get some consistent miles in!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 11:10

Cal, the new parkrun near me has had over a certain amount for 2 weeks (I think 250 is the criteria), so they've qualified to get a second barcode scanner.  I had a bad night's sleep too

Shades, regarding that report I can't take much credit really, as I didn't edit the text at all from what he sent me.  All I did was add a few titles to make it read a bit like an interview, which is great for me  I've sent it to MDA and Herald Express and I hope they publish it.  For info, he knew I was planning to do this, and he is totally fine with it.

I'm having a proper day off today.  I feel okay, but I just feel I need a day off.  I did the walk yesterday, and led the club beginners group last night, so a proper day off is probably not a bad idea.  I'm going to have a Netflix/TV day I think, which doesn't happen very often at all!

I mentioned one of my goals for this year is to get closer to a 20-min 5K.  That new parkrun will be great when it's dry, but as I'm so rubbish on any off-road it won't happen if it's wet on that course.  That's evident really as my 10K pace from the Sunday was actually slightly quicker than my 5K pace on the Saturday, where the last mile of the 5K was slippery....  Anyway, there's a spring/summer 5K race series in Exeter that takes place April-Sept so I think I'm going to give that a go a few times.  It's the first Tuesday of every month so it doesn't interfere with anything else I have on really.  Off of that 10K time, the race predictor shows about 20:31 at the moment.

I think I do need to practice the 5K.  For me, it feels like a sprint and I have to be really aware of what I'm realistically capable of.  If I go out even 10-20secs too quick, I blow up and don't get the time I could.  But, of course if I go out a bit too slow, then that's not ideal either.  That's why I really like the 5K distance though, as it's a balance   Also, even if I do blow up, I know I'm still going to finish the race even if I have to jog in

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