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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 09:12
Shades, the tiredness seems to be more under control now. Maybe I was fighting an infection for a while and hadn't realised it, which caused the tiredness. The GP has asked to see me again on 1st June, to see how I am.

I do have to use this inhaler though, which is a pain especially when running. I'll mention that to the GP when I see him. My breathing is definitely impacted by a slight tightness/wheeziness still even though I'm running easy.

The Torbay parkrun has for the go ahead now, and it's starting in June hopefully. Should be a good one, and a quick course I think. They've said that dogs aren't allowed as it's the Velopark rules. Not an issue for me though.

KK - well done on another marathon, and feeling good enough to do loads of work in the house the day after. It sounds a great marathon, too.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 17:07

Nice one Cal!

I did 5-miles easy this afternoon (after my last post), and legs felt a bit better.  I have a busy day tomorrow (up and down to London in a day) so no running, but all being well I'll get out again on Wednesday.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 14:34

My legs seem surprisingly achey today, after just 3 miles on Friday and 10K yesterday.  It's crazy how quickly fitness seems to be lost; just 5 weeks ago I was going 10-miles easy pace, with no issues at all in terms of tired legs

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 09:10

Shades, it may be that he is pushing himself too hard.  He's 52 and is a fit chap, in terms of a regular gym goer etc, but I think he runs just 2 times a week.  I know he basically trains at 10K pace, so I suppose he was pushing himself at slightly faster than he usually runs in training.  He's not a Trotter, but he overtook a clubmate about 200m from the finish and he mentioned that my mate was pushing himself very hard, but then he just blew and he keeled over and hit the deck.  Nightmare.  

I know he told me most of his running is at 8:30min/mile, but his 10K PB is just under 50mins, so he is doing most of his running at around 10K pace.  

SK, I've heard about that event on MarathonTalk (as you know Martin Yelling and Tom Williams are the presenters of that) and it does sound really good!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 18:31

Shades, well done on your 2nd fastest marathon of the year.  Not sure what it could be regarding your calf, but it's good that it didn't stop your race today.  Like you say, fingers crossed it'll be okay for your next race; is that the DD?

My mate hadn't been out the nights before either race, as far as I'm aware.  He does push himself hard in training though, all the time.  I've lost count of the amount of times I've suggested he slow down in training, but he won't listen.  I don't know if it's related to that or not, but either way it's strange that it's happened on two 10Ks in two weeks.  And the weather was good - we had a light shower at about mile 4.  I suffer a bit from the heat, but today was totally fine for me.  He needs to get himself to the doctors, and I hope he will now.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 16:02

Anyway....moving on.

Claire's 10K went very well today, and it was a good turnout again.  Here is a pic of my running club, before the race, taken in the garden the school created.

I said a few words at the start of the race and although I was saying we were all here to have a bit of a fun, some people did have tears in their eyes.  I tend to have that effect, these days!  

The weather was very good at the start, although there was a bit of rain at the finish.  Numbers were more or less the same as last year for the 10K, although there were more kids in the 3K Fun Run this year, so I think that's a really good show.  I've heard a rumour they want to try and do the race again next year, which will be great if they do.

Then a few of us went to the local pub for a meal, so it's been a good day out.

I didn't race it and chatted with people all the way around, but I did about 57:20, which I was fine with.

My mate who collapsed at a 10K a couple of weeks ago came to the race, but he collapsed again today.  He needs to get himself sorted out, as I think he worried everyone!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 19:42

Cal, if the course has a measuring certificate, I'd still count it as a PB until it was later proved to be short.  Obviously, if you don't have an official finishing time, you can't count it officially though (in my view).  Having said that, I didn't count an old PB as the course was all downhill, but I know other people who did count it.  So it's up to you  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 11:02

Nice one Ian!  I've arrived, urrrrm, "promptly"  (i.e., late!) a few times at parkrun too, and it's always so frustrating seeing the pack heading off into the distance.

I unfortunately didn't get to parkrun today.  I purposefully didn't set the alarm this morning, and I slept through and wouldn't have made the start.  I'm not bothered though, as I obviously needed the sleep as I was tired from the travelling.  I've been out for just 3 miles on my own though, and it was okay.  Hard work, but okay.

Shades, it's always difficult with all the races on.  I just ask the school to avoid the Dartmoor Discovery weekend, and also the club's Club Trip weekend, but otherwise just choose a weekend that suits them.  With so many races, it's always going to clash with something.  For example, I know a few people are doing a local triathlon this weekend, so can't come to the 10K.  It's just the way it is.

But I think quite a few from my club are going again.  Someone has organised a pub meal for after the event and I think there are 12 on that, but I know a few more who are racing but not going to the meal.  Hopefully it'll be a good day.  The weather doesn't look too good, but there's not a lot we can do about that.  The school have told me they have more confirmed entrants this year than they did at this time last year, but last year the weather was perfect and quite a few entered on the day.  We'll see how it goes.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 12:58
Writing this from Venice airport, and I think I can safely say we 'did Venice'!

No exaggeration, but I think I personally had 10 pizzas, 7 tiramisus and also (embarrassingly!) 6 litres of wine. It's not big, and it's not clever, but at 10euros for a litre, it seemed rude not to. Other than the food and drink, we were hopping off the vaporettos (the boats that take you around, similar to London tubes but on the canals) like locals, became experts at bridges, and scmoozed around the museums/churches/art galleries like we knew what we were looking at.

Anyway, it's now been almost 4 weeks since I ran, but I think I can run now so I'm planning a parkrun tomorrow. Then on Sunday, Claire's school have the 10K in her memory, so I'll pootle around that too. Then I need a certain amount of detox and get back to some normality (and no doubt shift some weight!), which after 2 weekends away plus 5 days in Venice is definitely needed!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 09:13
The bed situation has worked out ok. The double is basically two singles pushed together so fortunately it's fine. The main issue is that my mate snores very loudly!
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