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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 19:14

I very rarely do 2 sessions in a day, but I did 10x45 sec efforts off of 45 secs recovery this afternoon. Unplanned but enjoyable and all finished in under 25mins including w/u and c/d  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 10:00

5 miles late yesterday afternoon and 6 miles this morning.  Legs feel fine, which is good

I'm out with some friends tomorrow, where we are taking part in the much talked about, but never executed, "Wetherspoons 7".  This means having a drink in each of the 7 local drinking establishments, and only surviving on their fine food throughout the day.  Depending on how it goes, there is the option of extending the challenge to "Wetherspoons 11", but we'll see how we get on....

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 10:09

Shades, regarding DMV I was wondering if they've had to change the course slightly, as part of the course I did is now basically a private road I think.  Yes, I remember that day with the rain.  I was on the second loop of the course, and running along the top with no one in sight ahead of me and no one in slight behind me and I was totally soaked and getting cold.  At that point, I'm afraid I did have one of those "what the **** am I doing?" moments.  For me, that was the worst marathon moment I've had, and to top it off I cramped up badly too.  I hated it!  

Just a quick note about the winner of the Ladies 10K.  She's the lady who works at Paignton Lidl and has cracked out a couple of sub-3 marathons, and has a world record dressed as some kind of film character  A bit naughty of the Herald though, as they haven't credited the Trotter photographer with the photo I sent, even though I asked them to.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 08:46

Shades, yes my next marathon is Palma, on 16th Oct.  Not sure what I'm going to do on that one yet.  I may do the same as what I did in Barnstaple (i.e., just enjoy it) or I may go out at 9min/miles and see if I can get closer to 4hrs.  Not sure at the moment, and I think part of my decision will be based on if it's too hot for me there.  Also, if it is too hot for me, I may well drop down to the Half when I register.  That has always been an option for me, so I'll see when I get there.  I've checked and it's 26 to 28 deg out there this week, which is hot for me for running.

I am also thinking about our local race, Dartmoor Vale, at the end of Oct but I haven't entered that one yet.  However, I know I don't particularly like that course, so I'll see what I feel like after Palma and decide then.  It seems a shame not to do it, as it's so close to me.  I was toying with Cornish marathon towards the end of November, but I haven't done enough hill training so I have discounted that one.

For next Spring, I need to target one and train better for it and aim for a PB at that point.  If I get into London, I may target that race, and if not I have Davey's race booked on 29th April which would be an okay one to target.  I'm even turning down weekends away with friends with the hope that I'll be able to train a bit better and get some consistency, although I do have plans the weekend before London.  Well see.  

Yesterday, I entered the First Chance 10K, which is on 8th Jan.  It's a really popular and well organised local race and a good tester to see how much fitness I've lost over the festive period  I had to transfer my number this year, as I had one of my chest infections that set me back a bit.

Eleta, good luck with the diet and the PT.  Stick at it and I'm sure you'll get there.  Just a quick one about MFP - if you use it on a phone, they've got a "scan" feature, where you can scan the barcodes of items and the system knows what those items are.  So it saves typing things in, if you use that.

Jugula, well done on getting the last long run done.  You've come a long way since your injury woes, and I hope you have a better experience in Bilbao.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 10:11

Shades, that report did take a little while to do, but I did a bit of it on Sunday, and then just sat in a coffee shop writing the rest on Monday AM, so it was no problem  I do my best, but often people notify me of something too late for the report, and once I've submitted it I don't re-edit it (unless I've accidentally got someone's name wrong, which I have done on occasion ).  I do quite enjoy writing them, and a nice thing for me is that most people in the club know me now (well, certainly those that do some races).  Also, I do really like hearing about everyone's races, and their goals etc.  I do wonder though, in the age of Facebook etc, if the reports are read widely as people post details of their races immediately after finishing, and I don't tend to get the report out until Monday lunchtime ann then it isn't published in the papers until later in the week.  

Also, I do not chase people for info as it's down to them to tell me things by a certain time, and I'm quite clear on this.  So I don't trawl Facebook looking for things - people need to email me if they want something included, which I think is fair enough really.

MF, great news you're back running and the injury appears manageable.  Good luck with the prep for the next marathon.  You're right, the removal of a time goal does take the pressure off!

Steve, as others have said, that's a great report and it sounds like you've thought about it a lot but it doesn't sound like you could have done anything differently on the day.  Well done for giving it a crack, and I'm sure you'll get closer to your goal in future events.  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 14:00

Shades, I had wondered if you'd bumped into ET.  I put something in this week's report about her new record  I'm not really sure why, but a few times the Herald hasn't published my reports, even though they've checked a couple of details after I've sent it to them.  Not sure why that is, although I imagine it's a space issue in the paper.  I don't get to read the Mid Devon Advertiser so not sure if they've appeared in there or not.  But here is this week's report on the Trotters site which includes a pic of ET

As you know, I loved Budapest when I visited and will keep it in mind for next year.  I can't commit to it just yet, but I am definitely interested.

Ian, you're right that a headwind is tough.  Often, I've been out running and hadn't realised I'd even had a tail wind until I've turned around and ran back, and it's always far harder into the wind!  I'm really not sure why this is - there must be a mathematical reason for it, to do with wind resistance and mass, or something.

I know I did a 10-mile race a couple of years ago, in what were very windy conditions. I am quite tall (6ft3) and a few runners were running right behind me using me as a wind break.  Bar stewards 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 09:21

Iain, that's really interesting about your diet and how you were able to perform so well, and not feel hungry during or after the race.  You may be aware that I had some success with something similar a couple of years ago, but I let it drift and have pretty much gone back to a 'normal' diet now.  I'm still happy with my weight, but I am back on the carbs again...  

Eleta, what that app does is it allows you to put in your meals and any food you eat, and it calculates the calories you've consumed.  It also allows you to put in any exercise you've done, and shows how many calories you've burned.  Then, you can tell it you'd ideally like to lose a certain amount per week, and based on your height/gender etc it shows you if you are over or under your target.  It's basically a calorie counting app, which I know isn't for everyone, but it also takes into account exercise.  I know a lot of people have had success with it, and it's really easy to use as it lets you set up regular meals so you don't have to type in all the ingredients every time.  I haven't used it for a some time now, so there may be some other similar/better apps available.

Jugula, sorry to hear that about your job, and I can understand where you're coming from with the worry having been there so long.  I hope you enjoy any break and find something again soon - you never know, you may find the job of your dreams.  Well done on the run by the way.


I led the 6-mile social group last night at my Club, and my legs felt fine.  I didn't do a recovery run yesterday morning although I did go for a gentle 4-mile walk, which I think helped too.  Of course, I didn't race the marathon, but I'm still pleased that my legs feel okay and I was able to easily lead the session last night.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:29

Thanks Mowzer.  And well done on another Ultra!

Iain, I was going to ask about the low carb diet.  Did you eat anything during your Ultra?

Eleta, I too have struggled with my weight in the past.  I have had it more-or-less under control for the last few years, but I do have some understanding of how hard it can be.  One thing that was key for me was that exercise (unfortunately!) burns quite few calories in comparison to foods that we eat.  I mainly got this from using My Fitness Pal - have you tried that, or apps like it?  Also, at one stage I realised that rather than "running to lose weight" I was actually trying to "lose weight to help with the running".  Looking back, for me this was quite a big shift, as then running became more enjoyable and was more of the focus, and the diet kind of looked after itself.  Good luck with it all.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 09:57

Really sorry to hear about your Dad's friend, SK.  Awful news  

Well done on your 1st lady though, and breaking the age category record is great running!

Iain, a great time by you too.  Sounds like you've got a goal to get your teeth stuck into there!

Cal, 1:58?  Surely, 1:55 is your next goal  Seriously though, well done.  Another 40secs off is brilliant.

Steve, sorry to hear you had a bad run.  I hope the beer went down well! 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 17:30


One of our quick runners hasn't done a marathon before, but he's done a sub-1:20 Half recently and he was looking for sub-3 here.  I was talking to him after the race and he went through Half in 1:27, and was on target at 20-miles.....but came home in 3:41.  He said the last 10K took him 1:21.  Oooooph!

In the right conditions it could be a quick course, but in the wrong conditions it could be a bad course!  It is very exposed in parts, mainly running along a wide river.  We were lucky today, really.

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