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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 07:59

I wasn't able to get to the club session last night, so I did the session I was going to do, but did it on my own instead.  6x0.5m reps, with 90secs recovery.  Ooooph.

Splits were: 3:16, 3:17, 3:14, 3:09, 3:30 (across the grass, as there was a group of people ahead), 3:16.  Quite pleased with that in terms of consistency, apart from the 4th one but that was a reason for that.

I did the same session on a similar course back in February, and the splits then were: 3:36, 3:11, 3:16, 3:06, 3:19, 3:09, so something to compare against.


I have noticed that he sole of my right running shoe is wearing quicker than my left one.  Up until this pair, it's always been my left one that wears quicker.  Don't know why that change would happen, but it's quite noticeable.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 15:09

Scream, thanks for that link  Very enjoyable.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 11:02
Well done Steve - some great running there, and some high mileage weeks too!

Shades, the problem with these shorter distances is that if I go out even slightly quicker than I'm actually capable of, the race turns into a disaster. I really like to try and be consistent in the splits, but be hanging on at the end if that makes sense. Howevwr, I've done so many positive split 5Ks in my time, you'd think I'd learn

Problem is I have no real idea what pace to go out at, so it could either go really well (unlikely), or it could go badly wrong (more likely). Still, there's food at the end and it's only 2.5 miles - I'll have to remember that when I'm blowing with 1 mile to go

Having said that, when it does all come together at a 5K, I do really enjoy them. The key to a good time for me is a good warm up, I think.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 15:54
In stark contrast to Mowzer, I've got a 2.5-mile race coming up on Friday evening. It's a team event called Erme Valley Relays and my club have a few teams competing. I'm in the slow M40 team . I haven't done it before, so looking forward to it although I expect it'll hurt more than the marathon

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 11:55

Zouse, Lib Dems have pledged to fight for re-entry into EU.

How successful that will be is anyone's guess at the moment.  

Sorry if it's been posted before, but have people read what Clegg wrote, which was published the day *before* the vote?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 09:12

Mowzer, that's incredible.  Well done!

Shades, I'm not a football fan particularly, although I did watch it last night.  I'm no expert at all, but it even seemed to me that Iceland were playing as a team, whereas England basically weren't.

I had a rest day yesterday with no running or cycling, and feel a bit fresher this morning so will probably do a shortish run later.  

The Haytor Heller is coming up, and because DD has left for France, I've taken on his role as "sector leader" for one sector of the race.  Because the moors seem to change so often, I went up there yesterday and walked my sector so I know where I should be putting the marshals.  I was supplied with a map, but even with that the various trails over the moors don't always make the exact course that obvious.  There is a practice run in a couple of weeks, which I will do as well, so hopefully the runners won't get sent in the wrong direction in my sector on race day!

After the walk, I scrambled up to the top of Haytor which I haven't done for many years.  It was a clear day with good views, but very windy on top.  Then I walked back down and had an ice-cream and coffee


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 11:48

I woke up this morning and felt quite good, so decided to just do the Half and not turn it into a long run, and see how I felt.  I had around 1:40 in mind, but ended up finishing in 1:44:30.  Happy enough with that really, under the circumstances. First half was fine, but second half the legs felt really heavy and I did slow a bit.  I looked at my watch with a mile to go and saw a sub-1:45 was still possible so finished quite strong to get under that.  Last year's time was 1:38 but I'm fairly happy with today's time all things considered.

Steve Way was out there, and as I walked down to the start area I saw him warming up.  He was running up the street very quickly for about 50m and then walking back, and repeating.  Just looking at the results he finished 4th in 1:12:47.

I think I may have a cut back week this week, following today's race and the marathon last week.  I do feel I made quite hard work of today really, so that's why I think an easy week may be required.  If the weather's okay, I'll get some cycling done instead, but nothing too heavy.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 08:06

Shades, as a kid/teen I was a good swimmer (I swam for Devon at school), but only raced short distances and only in the pool.  I remember that in training we regularly used to do 64 lengths (about a mile).  This was mainly because I was tall but also quite strong for my age, with broad shoulders.  However, I remember a few years ago when I was running quite well and felt pretty fit generally I went to the pool for the first time in years and I really struggled to do just a few lengths!  Because of this, when people say you have to train in the sport you want to do well in (i.e, if you want to do better at running, you have to run more), I fully understand where they're coming from.

As it happens, I quite like the Torbay course, but I know many don't.

Well done on another PB Ian.  You're running really well at the moment and you sound like you're really enjoying it, which is the main thing.  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 11:26


MM, well done on your Ironman.  How did you find the training for that then?  Did you have a discipline that you were weaker in at the start of training, or did you find it all okay?  Have you got a marathon in mind that you're aiming for?

KK, I admire anyone who does or contemplates and Ironman.  At a push I could (possibly!) do each leg as one event, doing.  Certainly with training, the bike I think I'd be okay with as a one off event, and obviously I can run a marathon, but I think I'd struggle with the swim.  And stringing them all together for one event doesn't seem possible to me and isn't on my bucket list at all.

I did 5.5 miles yesterday on my own, and 7-ish this morning with my club followed by a coffee afterwards.  Torbay Half tomorrow, which won't be a quick one for me, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it nonetheless

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