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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 10:33

We all had a good time in Bruges, and we're flying back home later this afternoon.

I was at the hotel bar last night with the last of the stragglers and this pic was taken.  For reasons that remain unclear, the chap on the left (Wurzel) was in that position for about 10mins....  I can't stop laughing when I look at it.


So it was a great weekend away with the Trotters.  It's a shame I couldn't run obviously, but I'll hopefully be back out there running very soon.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 07:49

SK - congrats on going under 40mins at the 10K!  That must feel like a big step forward.

Shades, good news on getting the probate forms done.

It was errrrrrm, "interesting" last night.  There were 26 of us in a restaurant, and getting the food ordered and the bill settled at the end was a bit of a challenge.  We got there in the end though.

I happened to mention Bruges in passing, and now a load of us going there this morning, travelling up on the train.  You may remember that I have been there many times, with the last time in February and I happen to be going again with the WAY group in December.  Hopefully it will be a good day, but keeping everyone together just won't happen so I'll probably do my own thing and if anyone wants to tag along with me that's fine   

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:49

Just lost a post.  Grrrr.

Anyway, race spectating is over.  It's hard work spectating  I managed to get a pic of most of the club, and the runners seemed to enjoy it.  Although I'd rather have been participating, I made the right decision not to run.  My cold is getting better, but not quite right yet still.

From a spectator's point of view, it was a good race.  The first man did it in 2:14:39 whilst the first lady did it in 3:05:31, so I suppose not totally world class.  

There were a couple of issues which involved runners tripping about 25 metres from the finish.  There was a red carpet and with a breeze it lifted and tripped runners up!   Then the poor marshal was busily trying to secure the carpet with gaffer tape with dozens of runners trying to get past.  Also, there were some spectators trying to get from one side of the street to the other, including a chap on a bike.  One runner ran into his back wheel and she went flying.

But it was a good day out, and we're now off for some beers  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 09:00
Shades. Yeah it was great to meet her.

I'm sure you know Skins and Steph R? I was talking with them quite a lot last night, as they were both fast runners in their time (Steph still holds the club records for 10-miles and Half). It was interesting talking to them about the current crop of runners and the use of gels etc. They both never used any gels at all and seemed a bit bemused by it all They were saying that Steph was always very laid back before races and still is, whereas Skins was a nervous wreck. I saw them again this morning and they were the last to leave the hotel - Steph said 'what's the point in getting there 10mins early - what will I do for 10mins?'.

I'm sat in a cafe near the finish having breakfast and seen the 5K winner win in about 15mins. I think there are some good Kenyans here for the half/full marathon so it'll be interesting to see what they do.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 15:29

Hi all, here is a pice of Emmy and I at Grand Place in Belgium

She says "Hi" to everyone.  The Internet policy at her work has changed and the forum is now blocked so it's much more difficult for her to post these days.  She knows I'm about to post this, and she's had some great news as she's 15 weeks pregnant!  She's still running, but no marathons for the time being.  She showed us to some nice little places in Brussels and it was good to meet up with her.

Shades - I was out with Chair until the early hours, but he was sick this morning   He was jokingly trying to blame me as I showed him the delights of a beer called Kwak, but of course I pointed out that I was fine this morning (but I did have less beers than him...!).

Jugula, I also didn't get into London.   

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 08:27

We all made it out here - there are about 30 of us here, most doing the marathon.  We went out to the expo (which was rubbish) and I asked if I could defer or get a (part) refund, but I had no joy.  So I picked up the goodie bag for the marathon, and got the T-Shirt, which I feel a bit of a fraud about.  But I won't get the medal at the finish, so maybe I shouldn't feel bad about the T-Shirt?  Would you wear it if you don't run the race?  I didn't want to leave the goodie bag behind as technically I have paid for it.  

Because I know the place quite well everyone seems to be following me on the Metros etc....hmmmm.  A few of us are hoping to go up to Bruges on Monday, but we'll see how that goes.

Emmy has been in touch and we're hoping to meet up with her for lunch today.   I haven't met her before but we're friends on Facebook, so hopefully we'll get to meet today.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 06:31

Hi all,

I've woken up this morning and I'm not noticeably much better, so I've decided I'm not even going to take my running stuff.  The marathon is definitely out, and on reflection jogging around a Half marathon doesn't really give me anything, apart from it may knock me back a bit.  Plus, I know 3 or 4 other people are travelling but not running so I'll just spectate with them.  It's frustrating, but it's the right decision I think.

I had no post at all yesterday, so I don't know if I'm in London or not.  Occasionally my post gets delivered to a different address (our surnames are similar) so I suppose my post may be with him.  

Anyway, I'll go away to Brussels and just treat it as a bit of a break and try and get some rest too, and hopefully come back fighting fit  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 09:19

Hi all, I'm feeling *slightly* better and I did sleep quite well last night.  I'm still not sure if I'm going to be able to do the marathon though, and I don't want to do it and get a crap time due to being unwell/wheezy.  I don't see the point in that and it would probably do me more harm than good anyway.  I've found out that I can drop down to the Half or 10K when I register at the expo, so I may consider doing that and just jog around one of those if I feel that I can, so I can get a bit of the atmosphere.  Or I may just spectate.  I feel okay, but it's my chest which is a bit wheezy.  I've done all I can to keep warm, eat well etc but it hasn't shifted yet.

Shades, yes I'll have to have a look at another one.  Dartmoor Vale is the obvious one  on 25th Oct as it's local, but not a quick course.  Also, I had kind of decided I wouldn't be doing any running in Budapest the week after the marathon so if it will then be 3 weeks with little or no running at all, which isn't ideal.  It's a shame as I was running well with my recent Half time, but this cold has knocked me back a bit.  Very frustrating, but such is life!

I've decided to cancel my Sky subscription to a) save the cash and b) I wasn't using it much anyway, and it's such a time waster.  There is a recording of Question Time on the Sky box that Claire and I were in the audience for and we were in shot quite a lot, so I'm trying to get it off there before I lose it at the end of October.  I had a couple of failed attempts yesterday.  I think I'm going to have to call Sky as I have read that they may have to enable something on the box to allow me to get the program off onto a DVD.

I've seen on Facebook that the London Marathon mags are being delivered locally today.....

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 10:31

Hi Shades, the cold is not much better  It's a head cold, but also a cough.  I walked into town yesterday which is a flat walk, and I was knackered/wheeezing when I got back so not a great sign.  

MF, I usually work from home in any case, so no issues there.

I hope it clears soon and I can still run, but at the moment it feels like it's 50/50 at best

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 22:36
Sitting here sneezing my head off, a tad worried about this marathon I'm supposed be doing next weekend..... Will be gutted if I can't run, but fingers crossed I'll start to feel a bit better later in the week!
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