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Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 22:29

Hi Chrissi, you know the score, put in black & white means more likely to be so. (Ok, so it didn't help with the smoking. Strange how I have the drive and determination to run further and faster but absolutely zip when it comes to giving up smoking.....). 

There is something about off roading at night, gives a whole new dimension.

Did a XC for Totley AC yesterday near Doncaster. Mostly good grass/paths with some good old fashioned mud for a decent stretch, ankle deep, with a water crossing to get your feet wet and not a lot of up/down (3 laps of it). That was a strong field. I did the first mile in sub 7 mins, and was almost at the back! Only just shy of 6 miles so balls out running the whole way. Managed to average 8 min miles so happy enough as I couldn't really have gone much faster at the moment. Finished 145th out of 175 finishers.

After 3 weeks of not a lot back to more regular running from this week and proper training in another few weeks. 

Clowne half on Sunday, just jogging round to get the flapjack at the end. 

Hope everyone else is doing well.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 19:23

Hi all, not much to report here, toddling at no great pace for not very far, just ticking over. 

Brer, hope all is fine and no lasting issues. 

FOOW, great footage, the snake of runners was way longer than I thought. Looked like there were some late runners to the start. 

Looking at my plan to go sub 3:30 next year, I need to lose a stone, which will help, do a sub 20 minute 5k, a 1:30 half, and a 3:15 flat Mara.

First target is Blackpool HM 22nd Feb to go 1:38, then Blackpool Mara 26th April to do 3:30, Leeds HM in May 1:35, As long as the winter round these parts is like it was last year. Spend the spring/summer catching up if winter is bad, doing 2/3 fell races week day evenings with the odd longer one at weekends, 1:30 Vale of York HM September, along with a 20 minute park run, with 3:15 at Yorkshire and 3:30 at SNOD in October.

Simples eh?

A marathon in high heels

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 19:14

Seren, 3 inches for the record, but her shortest pair is 5 inches.

The report says she's done a half before, but not how long ago, time etc. 

The best I think she can get out of this is a few freebies and a run at London, in normal trainers. At worst, crippled for life. My money is on her intention is and was only the first part.

Me, a cynic? 

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 18:35

Hi all,

Cheers UDS, looks like we'll be ok for numbers given there's still so long to go! And no need to get home so a wander with T Rex is on the cards 

Running Eye, Pantri is open to all, looking forward to seeing you in there next year.

Brer, best wishes to OH. Only 40? Been taking it easy?

Chrissi, road is two legs, trail is four 


Had a week of children. Mrs C and my 'children' have always been of the 4 legged variety. I'm ok to wind them up for a few hours and walk away, Mrs C would prefer to just walk away! 

I suppose I made a rod for myself by playing with them with full gusto on those occasions when I've seen them. Going full bore with them day after day was absolutely knackering. Doing a double SNOD a day would be easier. I have a new found respect for parents. Consequently my running has taken a back seat this week. 

They went this morning so managed to get out this afternoon. Nothing much, a 10k route from Longshaw, along Burbage South & North, over Higger Tor to Surprise View and back over to Longshaw. It did include some rough paths, mud, heather bashing, a bit of ascent, and glorious views. I hope I never take living close to the Peak District for granted.

Legit round Lathkil next w/end, S.Yorks XC at Doncaster the weekend after and Clowne Half the weekend after that, (Same day as Mrs C's Birthday. Oops....). 

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 13:39

For me, yes the training miles make a difference, to a certain extent. It was more of a difference a few years ago when I started running, less so now.

What seems to affect me more is making sure I'm properly (Not over or under) hydrated for the few days leading up to a race, make sure I'm eating correctly for the few days leading up to a race. Controlling and reducing my adrenaline, especially immediately before the race and the first miles. You can take a lot out of your legs by them working harder than they should be, not neccessarily going fast, just that your legs are tense, run relaxed, loose shoulders, loose legs. On a flat mara I'll even aim for a negative split just to make sure I don't put all the effort into the first half.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 11:06
Looks like it comes down on to the road between the blue arch and the red arch. Or where I think I remember the blue arch was anyway!

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 10:50
Cheers Fish, intrigued as it looked like it had a timing mat as well.

Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:27
Hi Fish, you may know. What was the blue arch with the mat a few meters shy of the finish for?

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 09:25
Thought they'd moved the finish when I first came round the corner. Would love to know if it was a timing mate, just to see what the actual speed of me was, as opposed to Mr Garmin. Always was more of a sprinter than a distance runner!
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