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Posted: 29/07/2015 at 21:25

Evening all. Checking in from the lovely Crantock, a very pretty part of the country. Finally, the weather has been ok. By ok I mean the sun was shining and the wind had dropped to just 60mph. For 4 days and 4 nights the wind has been relentless and if someone told me the gusts were over 100mph I would believe them. Biblical is the word that springs to mind. Ive managed to fit in a couple of runs inbetween all the eating and drinking. The weight lost earlier in the year may well be making an appearance. I've managed to get out for a couple of runs. The first was mainly along the beech with Mrs C. 3 easy miles with the wind blowing us about. I also managed about 7 miles along the coastal path. The wind almost brought me to s standstill on several occasions but the scenery was absolutely stunning as the trail snaked it's way along the cliff tops and the waves crashing against the rocks. Stunning. Off out for a few miles tomorrow too. 

Sounds like marathon training is now in full swing and going well. Will report in again when I get chance

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:58

I know I wrote a fairly lengthy race report but I found myself wanting to put it down in writing somewhere. Somewhere where this is a bit more detail and includes a few thoughts I had along the way. I've never done a blog before but thought I'd give it a go; even if you don't find it interesting it will be somewhere I can go to read back on my adventures. Anyway, the link is here if you fancy a read - 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:41

Ali - I'm not sure a criminal like yourself should be involved in this thread !! If I were you I would make your dad reimburse you !

Robert - good to hear that you are enjoying training. As well as running at different paces do you do tempo runs, intervals and include some hills ? What about off road as well to mix it up even more so you don't get too bored of running on that tarmac stuff all the time ? For me, marathons take it out of me more than the ultras and takes longer for me to recover. So if I was to do a spring marathon and really got for it it would be towards the end of June before I was fully recovered. Obviously that doesn't give me lots of time to train for and run 2 ultras by the end of the year. Whereas, if I ran an ultra in say March and July I should be recovered by August. The training for those would give me the mileage base for marathon training so I could focus on speedwork. I also need to add into the mix that I will probably be making an honest woman of Mrs C sometime next year. Date to be determined but it can't clash with a race I want to run !!

4 easy miles for me at lunchtime down by the river. It felt a bit hard today with everything creaking and a slight bit of knee pain but nothing to worry about. Last day of work today too so I need to pack my trotters so I can go running when we are down in Cornwall and Devon for the next 2 weeks. So, if I don't get chance, or the WiFi signal, for a while I hope you all have a good couple of weeks with whatever you're up to.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 07:54

PS - time to man up and just get on with it !! Off to Ellis Island again, such a tough life

Carl - I can think of easier starts to the training campaign but a good session under your belt is always good for motivation. Will you get much running in when you're in Ireland ?

Ali - you will probably find that the Yorkshire marathon is sold out, in fact it was sold out in a number of hours as it's rather popular. Chester is a good option and a 11 week training plan will be fine. You've put the miles in over the last few months so it's not like you're starting right back at the beginning again; my view is that training plans are for people who don't have a decent starting base which you do. So if I were you I would go for it ! No mental fatigue from me at all this time round, not like after Manchester. On the contrary, I am as keen as anything to get back out there and put some big miles in. I can't make my mind up what to do for the rest of this year. I told Mrs C that I wouldn't sun that 60 miler in September but I did say that immediately after the ultra, I told her that I hated it and never again. But apparently, that is quite common with first time ultra runners who quickly decide that they actually enjoyed it  and want to do it again. That's where I am but I'm running the wrath of Mrs C if I tell her I'm doing a big one again this year. I'm also thinking about my plans for next year (already !!) and trying to work out if it's best to go for a spring or autumn marathon and still be able to fit in a couple of ultras.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:26

A gentle 4ish miles for me at lunchtime.Thankfully, no knee issues to report. The legs felt really good though and I was going up the inclines rather nicely. All good so far so as long as I take my time I should be fine.

Unofficial, alone ultra run - am I bonkers?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:17

Miserable chuff

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 23:09

Ali - you're on fire !

Robert - the reason you won't find any cricket on today is because we got battered and the match finished very prematurely !

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 08:08

Morning. I went out for my first post race run at the weekend.  A very sedate 2.5 miles around the park with no reaction to the knee. A couple of short, easy runs this week and I will be taking my trotters with me when I go on holiday next week.

Debra - how long are you likely to be out of action with your ankle ?

Tricialitt - god bless all marshals I say !! Have you got a race coming up ?

LNandB - glad to hear the training is going well. It's great route you will be racing on and if the weather is nice there will be plenty of stunning views. How are you finding runny on the rocky terrain ?

Loulabell - how did you get on at race to the stones ? 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 08:02

I went out for my first post ultra run on Saturday. It was a fairly tentative little trot while I waited to see how my knee reacted. Mrs C and I went around the park so we covered 2.5 miles @ about 13:30 min miles, which was perfect for me. Thankfully, no knee issues but I won't be rushing into high mileage too quickly. A couple of runs this week and I will be taking my trotters with me for when we go away; a week in Crantock, Cornwall followed by a week in Devon. However, Mrs C has had her first running injury and, if you can believe it, she seems to have done her ITB also !

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 07:59

Carl – not sure how I managed it. Since I was on the lchf diet earlier in the year my body seems to be reacting differently. Since Manchester I haven’t cared about how much food I’ve been eating yet the weight has stayed fairly stable. I wonder if it was all those fasted runs I was doing that helped me get through the ultra ? I do have a fairly strong constitution as well so maybe that also contributed. I don’t know to be honest but at least it has helped me understand that I won’t need to carry as much food on my next race. I agree with you that I should really go for a GFA time while I’ve still got it in me, at least there is plenty of time to have a good think about things before having to decide. A 12 week plan should certainly be right for you considering the miles you have put in this year; looking at your stats you are building up quite nicely before your actual plan starts. I guess you will be aiming for 40/45 miles per week and build up to about 55/60 ? I also think that you should reconsider the target you have set yourself. Your Richmond marathon was a stunning time and I am convinced you can knock off a bigger chunk of time on a quicker course. I think you have it in you to get under 3:15 if you have a decent day.

Robert – did I really say I wanted to improve my 5k time ?? I’m not a big fan of the short, quick stuff to be honest so I must have had a beer or two when I made that statement ! Re diet – as Carl mentioned I went on a low carb high fat diet at the beginning of the year. I dropped about 2 stone in just under 3 months and certainly felt that it benefitted my running. It wasn’t just the weight loss but the general feeling of wellbeing that vastly improved. I could eat loads of nice food (and plenty of veg) and I hardly ever felt hungry so wasn’t tempted at all by sweets, biscuits, cake etc. I’m happy to share some information with you if you feel this might be an option you want to consider. In the last 3 months I haven’t been on that way of eating, I’ve gone back to my previous diet, and I have to say I feel pretty rubbish now in comparison. When I come back from my holidays in a couple of weeks’ time I’m going back to the lchf diet.

Ali – it was amazing watching other people shovelling loads of food in them at the aid stations; it almost made me feel sick watching them ! What a cracking parkrun from you and another PB, how many is that this year ? I can’t remember if you said you were racing an Autumn marathon or not ?

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