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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 18:15

Shades, yes I hope so too about Vietnam.  I'd obviously pay for my flights and any accommodation I need outside of any volunteering role, but what I'm hoping for is that the project will put me in basic accommodation and feed me for the time I'm there.  We'll see what happens!

I've got a 14-miler planned tomorrow, with the club.  Cake will be consumed at the end  I'm currently going along with what we all the "C-Group" runners, which is the slower group.  But I think their pace suits me really for long runs.  The B-Group (and even the A-Group) have runners of my sort of standard in them, but I think they run their long runs too quickly.

I'm on car parking duty on Sunday, at a Cross Country event.  I'm going to be required for about 3 hours I think, as there quite a few different races being held, so different runners will arrive at different times.  The problem with car park duty is that I won't actually see any of the running, but never mind.  I'm hoping the rain holds off!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 09:19

Mamafox, the foot is much, much better but occasionally I feel it twinge a bit after a run.  I was supposed to be doing a Half this weekend, but I've deferred the entry to next year as it was a bit tender after the 5-mile race I did last weekend (not sure if I mentioned the race on here...?  ;) ).

Regarding being off work, I've found that I've settled into not having to work remarkably easily  It's been about 3.5 months now, and I have a rough of plan of getting to the Spring/Summer and hoping to do lots of running and also cycling - and also lazing about on the beach, reading.  The cycling and beach are weather-dependant, but hopefully it'll be okay!

I do have some weekends away booked between now and May.  Also, I'm at the very early stages of investigating if I can get over to Vietnam in August.  If I can, it will be a couple weeks of volunteering on a project, and then maybe a week or two exploring the country.  But it's by no means definite if it will come off yet.  I'm trying to say to the volunteering project that my management/IT skills are key to their project (debatable!!), but they aren't convinced at the moment!  If I can't get over there and use my skills for free on the project it probably won't happen as otherwise I'd have to pay for the volunteering aspect of it, which I wouldn't really want to do.

January was a bit of crap month for me, feeling pretty down, as seeing 2016 on the calendar makes me feel further away from Claire.  I am still seeing a counsellor and she reckons it's "normal" (whatever that is), but that doesn't really make it any easier and I have to remind myself it's still quite early on really (nearly 17 months).  But generally speaking, I'm delighted not to be at work!  Some people around me were worried that I needed the "structure" of work, but I know I don't need that - I have plenty to fill my time and I am glad to be out of a job I didn't enjoy!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 10:59

I had a really good session with the club yesterday.  I chose what was billed as "the hill training medley", and the session was split between 3 hills.  The first was quite a short, gentle-inclided hill where we did 10-reps, the second was a longer, much steeper hill where we did 5-reps, and on the last one (which was also quite steep) we did a pyramid session - 1-lamp post, 2-lamposts, 3-lamposts, and back down.  I really enjoyed it.

I had tired legs this morning, but it is a lovely day so I went out and got 8-miles in at an easy pace.  I do enjoy running on days like today - it's quite cold, but with the sun and blue skies it makes it really worth while.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 09:13
SHADES wrote (see)

French toast, bacon and maple syrup sounds divine, what happened to that paleo diet?


Ha ha, yeah, paleo isn't really working at the moment!  I have dropped the weight I put on over Xmas though, so I'm pleased about that.  I'd like to lose a couple of pounds more though for racing, which I will do.  In fairness, I am still eating a lot of fruit and veg still, but certainly not as strict diet as I was last year   

Club session tonight, and it's the speed or hill-rep session.  Looking forward to it  

Garmin "create a route" function

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 13:26

I have a Garmin 405 (and have had a 305 in the past), but seem to have an issue with the "create a route" function.  I was in Barcelona recently and created a route from the hotel in advance of the run and transferred it to the watch, but when I started running the route the watch didn't seem to want to commence the route even though I thought I was very, very close to the start point.  After 2 or 3 jogs up and down the pavement, the watch still couldn't seem to find the start.  Even when I knew I was on the route (i.e., maybe 1/4 mile up the road from the start point), the watch still told me I was off route, and was indicating I should turn around and go back to the start point.

I ended up ditching the route and just running to the sea front and back, but it kind of defeated the object of setting up the route in the first place.

For info, my hotel was in a fairly built up area (tall buildings around), but I've had a similar issue in open spaces too in the past, using the 305, but I suppose it could have been a GPS issue, but I'm not convinced by that.

Any advice on this?  Is there a setting somewhere I've missed?  The reason I'm asking is that I'm off to Budapest soon and would like to get a couple of different pre-planned routes in as opposed to just running back and forward along the river.

I hope this all makes sense!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 12:06

All this talk of pull ups reminds me of when I was at Uni.  I was at the gym with a few friends and, to be honest, we were all a bit crap at pull ups.  This chap came in who, putting it bluntly, was a real show off and thought he'd show us how it was done - and after one pull up claimed he'd done his shoulder in, and used that as an excuse to say he couldn't do any more.  But just a couple of hours later he was playing a vigorous game of squash, using the shoulder he apparently had just tweaked.  Maybe you had to be there, but oh how we laughed

I don't tend to like running 3 days in a row, but I knew I wasn't able to run today so got a slow 8-miler in quite late last night.  Foot feels okay today.  All being well, I'll get along to the club's speed session tomorrow.

I won't post any more pics, but I'm in Exeter today and somehow found myself in the place where I got that cream tea from on the weekend.  I had French toast, bacon and maple syrup and it was gorgeous!  Swilled down with a large coffee....

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/02/2016 at 11:34

Shades, yes there is a bit of a hill on it, which we had to do twice.  But the race starts and ends at the same point, so what goes up must come down  It's a slightly different route from when I did it in 2014.  It used to start and end on the River Exe, but now it starts and ends at a square in Exmouth, and it's one long loop and then one slightly shorter loop.

I think they must have had bad weather as all along the seafront was a large amount of sand, and the runners were running in the tyre tracks made by cars.  Like you say, it's a good race though.

Found out I was part of a Vet40 team which won a prize too, which was the icing on the cake.  It's the first prize I have won in running.  No idea what the prize actually is yet, as I wasn't able to stay for the prizes.

Anyway, I think I've talked enough about what was just a 5-mile race!

I do have an entry for a Half marathon next weekend, but I'm not going to do it.  The foot is a bit tender this morning, so I don't think racing a Half is wise at the moment.  Also, the organiser has said I can defer the entry to next year, so that's what I'm going to do.  I have another Half in March, so if I can I'd like to give that one a crack if the foot is okay.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 11:41

Well done Iain

Just got back to check my splits and I did 7:06, 6:55, 7:08, 7:00, 6:55 so I'm very pleased with that really.  I glanced at my watch after 1-mile and was surprised to see it saying 7:XX, but I felt okay so kept at it.  It's over a minute slower than my PB at this distance, but I'm pleased and it gives me something to work with.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 10:48
I had an entry for a local 5-miler today (Fulfords 5) and as my foot felt OK after yesterday's run, I decided to give it a go. I had no expectations but I genuinely surprised myself with a 35:10 (unofficial)! Yesterday's cream tea (and burger whilst watching the rugby!) obviously paid off

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 13:30

Shades, it was *very* wet.  We did Exeter Riverside parkrun, which is about 2/3 on paths, but 1/3 around a wet and muddy field.  Then, we did the other part of our run on paths which were flooded in parts and the rain didn't let up once!  With the looping back I did, I got about 11.5 miles in, so I suppose it's all miles in the bank

Cake was had at The Welcome Cafe, which I always remember as either being a) a pub or b) shut, but it's now a very, very good tea and cake shop.  Recommended if you're ever up that way.


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