Carl D


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RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: Yesterday at 22:46

So I am still a bit sore from the fall on Sunday. At least I do not seem to have torn any muscles. The leg is loosening up so looks like rest is doing its thing. Hip and lower back get 'tired' as teh day progresses so looks like these ares of the old body will need a little more recovery time.

I think I have put Sunday behind me now. Yes I was doing well but it was not to be on that occassion.

I will enter the ballot for London next week when it opens and if I get in great. If not no drama.

I am off to Ireland for a few days early next week and will not think about putting on the running shoes until I come back. Hopefully by then I will be good to get going again.

I am entered in the Bupa 10k on the bank holiday towards the end of May. So I will focus my training on that. I will not set a target time just yet. Need to see how I feel when I get going.

I have just taken up my ballot place in the Chicago marathon. I must be a lunatic but it ticks a box somewhere. I can carry the place over to 2015 (available up to September sometime) by paying the entry fee again in a years time. A bit like London I think.

I will find some races to run through the summer for sure depending on how the holiday plans pan out.

First things first. Rest and recover.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: Yesterday at 22:36

Ali - sounds to me like you need a couple of more days off. Best to get rid of it properly. Still plenty of time to Edinburgh so you should be alright. At least if the wind keeps up you won't have the heat issue that we suffered in London on Sunday.

Carter - Stephen Kiprotich told me at the Expo that he would not do any training for 4 weeks after Sunday. So I think taking it easy for a few weeks is essential if you do not want to have your ITB issues back. Sounds like a great plan is emerging for you for the rest of this year.

Canter - did you put the trainers on at lunchtime today ? How was it and did you trot down to teh Embankment ?

Like the rant. Graet event but all a bit mad really.

PS - thanks for your kind words. Great to have you on board here. If I was you I would wait until Chester to go for it again. The trouble with running 2 marathons so soon is that usually the second one has got be be slower. And sounds like going slower is not part of your reason for wanting to go again. This marathon thing is weird. What happens on race day and what you do in training ofton never correlate. Alot of the pacers have commented on other threads that they did not finish with the group they started.

So can you remember back to when you say the wheels came off. Why do you think you had to slow down. If you were going steady at 8:35 min miles you were on for a 3:45 plus something as the heat would have taken something off you over the last 6 miles. That does not look like you were pushing it compared to what you did in training. What do you do for carbs during the race ? Did you change anything from your training to race day ?

Sorry for all the questions. Just trying to understand a little more to see if we can offer some pearls of wisdom (Not that I am any expert).

Stuart - great to see you back on here. Thought you had got lost at sea !!! How is teh training going ?

Nell - great running from you again today. You seem to be knocking the miles out nicely.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 22:20

Just a quick note. Have not decided on Chicago yet.

Looks like I did not do too much damage on Sunday. While leg is a bit stiff On occasion I am walking normally and can straighten it out. Stairs are not a problem either. I am guessing that I strained everything in the leg compensating for a very sore hip which can be tender every now and then.

So reading other posts it looks like many experienced jostling on Sunday at higher levels than normal. A number of the pacers talk about nearly taking tumbles.

Discarded water bottles were a massive issue too as normally people fling them to either side. This time they were strewn everywhere and it was a case of being constantly vigilant as people were just dropping them.

It is a great event and I will do it again sometime.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 08:13

Morning all. Yesterday was a tough day. I had always planned to go into work so I did but of course you have to deal with how did you get on. And while it was nice that everyone asked after a while it just made me realise how dissapointed I was. Now there was nothing I could do about what happened but it takes so much shine off what is one of the greatest marathon events in the world.

As Sean says it was superbly orgnised, the crowds were amazing.

So how do I pick myseld back up. 4 marathons and I have not really performed in any of them. 550 miles training and nothing to show.

Now my OH is hoping that this means I will call it a day with the marathon running as it does take a lot of time.

But it is like I have unfinished business.

Interestingly I woke this morning to an email from the Chigago Marathon telling me that I got a place in the ballot. October 12th. I have to confirm my registration by Friday night. 

Decisions, decisions.

The leg / knee / hip is feeling a little less strained this morning so I am taking this as a good sign.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 22:51

Sean and Canter - amazing efforts. Well done on great finishes. It was very hot out there today. I think this hurt many.

At least I got to see the elites running the other way as I approached half way after crossing Tower Bridge. Mo looked to be a bit behind and not in control.

I decided to go on the 3.30 race plan and think that I was more or less bang on target after 15 / 16 miles. It was tough with loads of slower runners ahead of me so a lot of weaving through the crowds. The heat was also a factor. Was taking on water at every station.

The station just after mile 16 was where it all happened. I normally ran down the water station watching the people around me and picking a bottle in the last third.

I was putting my hand on the bottle when my legs were taen from under me by someone diving in just behind me. I crashed to teh ground and hit the metal barrier. The moron carried on. Other runners came to my aid and got me up but it took me a few minutes to move as my right side had hit the kerb / barrier hard. 

I limped beyond the waterstation and tried to work out what the damage was.  

My right hip was sore as this hit the kerb / barrier but there was no cuts / grazes. Probably as the ground was so wet. My right leg was a bit stiff so I figured I would carry on and see if I could run the stiffness off. 

I tried to get going but it was hard and I struggled for the next mile or so. At this point I gave up on a time and decided that I would finish. I had to take on a lot of water over the next few miles as I was a bit distressed and was run walking with a noticeable limp. Canary Wharf gave me a bit of a lift but once through there I struggled back to Tower Bridge. There was carnage along this section. There were people being carted away in Ambulances, the St John Ambulance tents were full of people in various states of pain / distress and one poor chap lierally fainted 5 feet from me but fortunately 2 other runners caught him as he fell backwards.

There is a long tunnel before mile 23 and I gave myself a hard talking to.  Decided that I would somehow run to the finish. I had turned off my watch so I have no idea what time I was doing. I passed loads of people walking and just kept telling myself that I had trained here and I could get to the finish. I kept talking to myself to the finish line and knew that it was a few minutes outside 4 hours. 

Met the family and had a picnic before heading home. As we walked back to Westminster tube station  we ended up on Embankment and the were loads still coming through. My girls wanted to know if they started at the same time as me and when I said yes they both said I was brilliant. Made me smile even though I was in pain.

So I have a sore hip and I seem to have strained / pulled whatever tendons run down the back of my right knee. Struggling a little to walk on it. Have had a cold bath, applied bio freeze, been resting it with it up and iced it. Am hoping that this means I can walk on it tomorrow. i have clearly done some damage but not sure what I have damaged. Must do some research - No doubt Nell you wil know.

So very much mixed feelings about today. I was running great and then it was all taken away from me. There was nothing I could do about it.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 16:50
On the way home. Right knee is in serious pain. Must have twisted it whenI fell. After the fall it was really hard to get into any rhythms am shattered. At least the Pool did the business. It was very warm today.

Will be back on later with a dull report. Mixed emotions at the moment.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 15:07
Fell at mile 16. The rest is history.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 07:14

Morning all.

Going to be sunny today.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:50

Carter - I have been practising with gels so am going 2 before the race, then 1 at 5 miles, 8, 11, 14, 17 and 23 miles. Going to mix gels and istonic gels to try and protect the stomach.

Bag packed. Nothing more to do.

Have had a sharp pain in my right side today. No idea what it is. Hopefully just pre-race nerves. 

Best of luck Sean and Canter. enjoy the experiemce and hopefully you will achieve your targets. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 18:08

Sean - the day before the marathon is always mobbed at the expo. Not a pleasant experience which is why I gave it a miss and went during the week. Guess I am lucky that I live and work in London.

Blue start is where the eleites are ... yes ? Best to follow the advice in your pack. That is teh shortest walking route to the blue start.

Where are you staying ? But in any case best thing to do is head for Charing Cross train station and get the train from there to Blackheath. Both the tube and train is free.

Carter - my strategy. It would be a good idea to have one I guess. I am more or less settled on trying to go after 3:30 but it will depend on how I feel when I stand on teh start line in the morning.

I am going to start a little shy of that pace, probably at about 8:10 per mile and once the legs have started moving properly and I have settled into the race, I will pick it up if it feels right.

I plan on popping a gel or two about 15 mins before the start and then take a gel every 20 minutes once I hit the 40 minute time.

I am going to divide the race into 4 10k chunks with a 2k dash at the end.

I am only going to take on water, probably a little at each water station but will have High 5 Zero electrolyte tabs in my pouch in case I need them.

This carb loading is runbbish. I feel like an elephant. One last meal of pasta and that is me fully bloated.

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