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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 08:43

Shades, I messaged my two non-running friends who I'm going to Budapest with to suggest we all do the marathon together.  Let's just say they swore at me, and then questioned my sanity  

I did about 6-miles yesterday and my usual 1 mile warm up, 1 mile target race pace, and 1mile cool down today.  Felt okay, so let's see what happens tomorrow at Bridgwater Half.

Good luck to anyone racing this weekend!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 16:36
Mowzer, yes it's organised by the club. Every year they have a foreign trip, and this year it's Brussels. I've never gone on a foreign trip with them before and I'm looking forward to it. I think we're all in the same hotel and I'm sharing a room with a clubmate to help keep the costs down a bit. Having said that, I think they were initially looking for a youth hostel but they couldn't find one that would take them.....thankfully!

It's going to be a mad couple of weeks as I'm going to Budapest with friends the weekend after. Never been there so looking forward to that as well.

MF - definitely do the race

SK - good luck with the relay race! I'm sure you'll be fine.

KK - funnily enough, I've just booked a wine tasting evening for 4 of us on my birthday weekend. I was at a festival recently and got a voucher for a good price (??29 for 4 people) and we get to taste 12 decent wines and get a complimentary bottle too. I'm assured there is no pressure/obligation to buy any at the end of the night either.

Shades, I hope the funeral went okay.

Unplanned rest day for me today. Feeling quite tired so decided to rest, but I'll do a run tomorrow.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 11:18
Hi mowzer., I'm doing Brussels marathon on 4th October. I'm going with about 30 from my club and I think roughly half are doing the marathon, with the rest doing the half marathon.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 09:49
Thanks Shades. I feel ok today too, after the run yesterday.

Last night there was a Teignbrige Trotters party in the memory of the clubmate who died whilst out running a year ago. It was really good and well attended, at a site overlooking the river. There were party games, a BBQ and *lots* of cakes, a live band and fireworks. It was a great evening.

September is gong to be a strange month for me, as it's coming up to 12 months since Claire and Jay died. I do have this feeling that something big is looming. I can't believe it's nearly 12 months; in some ways it all feels like it happened yesterday, but in others it feels like so much has happened and that I'm almost a different person now to what it was then. It's hard to explain.

Anyway, back to work today after a great BH weekend. At least it's a short week

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 12:26

Hi Shades, yes I've been over that bridge and along that path.  It's very good!  It's great to see some wildlife too.  I'm doing Bridgwater Half Marathon - it's a good race, but the website talking of "uni-sex" showers at the end, and reminding people to take their swimming costumes if they intend to have a shower is a bit off-putting!

MF, I have the same sort of thing with my non-running friends.  When they ask me how long it takes Mo Farah to do a 10K and then they ask me my 10K time, they always have a look that implies "why are you bothering?"  

I have been looking around for a 20-mile race to run at target MP, but I haven't found one in the run up to Brussels.  So, I prepared yesterday as if I was running one today (i.e., I ate relatively well and kept well hydrated) and I went out for a 20-miler and did it a bit under my target MP.  I have to say, it's given me a bit of a confidence boost.  I know it's not really in any training plan but I just fancied giving it a go, and I felt I could have carried on as well.  The terrain was a bit flat really to be a totally fair test, but I'm still pleased I've done it after the 20-miles on Saturday and the race on Friday night.  Also, I used to to practice my race fuelling as I don't take anything with me on other races/training runs so that was good too, as I had no ill effects.  

It's 5 weeks until the marathon, and I have the Half next weekend which I strongly suspect I will race.  The weekend after I'll try and do another long run (at my LSR pace), and that's it for the long runs.  I "just" have to stay injury free and illness free!  Fingers crossed.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 13:17

Shades, I remembered I didn't answer your question about my "rival", but no he's not running in Brussels.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:03
Well done Jugula. I also didn't know your race was this weekend. Was it a dog on an extendable lead? If so, they are definitely a pet hate (did you see way I did there?) of mine whilst out running!

I was briefly toying with the idea of doing my half marathon at target MP, and tagging a few on to make it up to 20. I think that would give me a confidence boost if I managed it, but I also want to see if I can do a good time at tha Half. I've reverted back to Plan A, which is to give it a good crack. The ony reasons that would change is if it's rubbish running conditions, or I'm just not feeling it on the day.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 11:14

Just got back from a 20-miler.  I'm pleased I did it, but I have to say I'm shattered!  It was at my slow pace (10min/mile), but I still feel quite tired and my legs seized up a bit too.  Hopefully a couple of beers and  burger will help revitalise me  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 06:59

Hi Shades, I got 37:17 last night (unofficial), so just over 90secs off 2013.  Really pleased with that, but I still couldn't run all the way up that blasted hill at the end!  I have a new friendly rivalry with a chap at the Club.  We're mates anyway, but we've noticed that we're currently running at about the same speed.  I was ahead of him at the Torbay 10K (my first "win" over him) but he beat me last night - it's all friendly competition though  Anyway, it does show I'm running quite well so fingers crossed I'll be able to give the Half next week a good go.

MF, as Shades said stick to your fuelling strategy.  It obviously works for you!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:14

Sounds like a good idea to defer Shades.  

I have the Forrest Flyer tonight.  I checked my result from 2013 when I did 38:39, so that's the time for me to beat  

Then, all being well, a long run tomorrow (18-ish, hopefully) and then I'm seeing some friends for a few beers in Exeter tomorrow afternoon.  Sunday nothing planned, but Monday there's an anniversary event (music, BBQ, fireworks) for that clubmate of mine who died out running, around this time last year.  

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