Chimney


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Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: Today at 06:18

Morning Mouser,

Welcome in. Well done on the Tri. I really need to sort my swimming out before I can attempt one. As for help, if you spend your time running and riding in the Peak then SNOD will not have any hills....   I come from Suffolk, spent 25 years in Berkshire, and moved to just north of Chesterfield a year ago. My hill climbing has improved immensely. Suffolk & Berkshire don't have hills. Well, not in comparison anyway.

Recovery is over rated.....Though that could be why I'm only recently back running after 6 months on the sidelines. 

Don't kill yourself on the first hill up to Pen-y-Pass, use the down to Pen-y-Gwryd hotel to recover, let yourself go along the track and road to Beddgelert (halfway in distance, 1/4 in effort!) then comes the long pull towards Rhyd Ddu (2.5m), take it easy up there and recover after the water in the wood, race the train (sorry, different race....) past the lake to Betws Garmon at which point the hill at Waunfawr starts coming to mind. 

Trust me, unless you're JD not many run all the way up here. I resolved to a couple of years back, and got passed by a lady power walking up it. Once at the top, it's just a 2 mile sprint to the end. That's my knowledge done!

This will be my fifth SNOD, and my fifth year running. There's definitely something about this race. Could just be the company on here. Enjoy and have fun. 

If you fancy meeting up for a run on the moors, give me a shout. 

FR, only done one in Scotland, Loch Ness. Very pleasant, followed the next day by wandering up Nevis, the wife was happy, she didn't have to keep telling me to slow down for once.

Brer, Ultra, followed by a Mara as a cool down. Nice to see you're taking it easy this year after last year.....  

SD,  Are you sure? Plenty of time to go yet. I'm sure T Rex can help with a three week plan.

NG, Legs lie. At least that's what I tell myself when they swear there's nothing left in them.

JD, agree with you about the fuelling the runs properly and losing weight thing. I've managed to lose 20 of the 30 pounds I put on, don't think I'll lose the rest before SNOD.

JB, hope you enjoyed your run and your clubmate didn't kill you. Though when I've run with people who are loads faster than me, I seem to be able to (briefly) go faster than I thought I could!

Well, didn't manage any runs over the weekend. Busy walking, climbing. Out with the club last night for 10m. The worst thing about where we meet for Summer runs, it's in Dore and the first mile is straight up on to the moors, 600 feet. That always gets me, takes me another couple of miles to recover.

Catch you all later.

 

What is your parkrun strategy?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 12:46

Every time I've PB'd it's come off a four mile jog/run to the start with 2 minutes spare to stretch and have a drink followed by going as hard as I can and hanging on for dear life. 

never trained for 5k, just done it as a fast middle section of a medium length run for Mara training. 

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 23:30

I'm keeping away from ultra talk until next year.....

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 23:28

Evening all,

FE, Dreams are relentless in their obstinacy, just like runners training for a race...... You can do it 

Can I stick a vote in for the Peak District? Long, sharp up/down in the Dark, even longer but not as steep in the White, some flat trails on old railways when you're feeling wimpy....  It's got it all. 

Last night Mrs C persuaded (read Told) me to go with her for 3 circuits round a lake, about 9 miles, as she decided to enter Vale of York HM a few weeks back so thought she'd better do some running. My plan was to run ahead, back, ahead etc and get 4, maybe 5 at a push miles in each lap. It was hammering it down as we left the car and kept it up for the whole first circuit. When we got back to the start, I'd done 4.5m and Mrs C refused to go any further. We got back to the car, changed, and the rain stopped. Couldn't persuade her to start again! Had every intention of going out when we got home but Mrs C decided we'd stop at a pub for tea on the way home. Didn't get out after that.

Out for 10 this evening and all going smoothly. Came across some crossers on a track , pulled my dogs to one side and somehow managed to save my run. I knew I was past 6.5m and had about 3.5 to go. Now I really don't know why, but as soon as I thought ' It'll be about 5k ' and pressed start I seemed to find speed and energy I really didn't know I had. Adding the runs together, 1:20 for a shade over 10m with about 125' of ascent per mile on average, pretty happy with that. Several miles in the low 7's 2 of which were in the last three miles.

Still going in the right direction.

Off to,Northumbetland this weekend climbing so runs will be short before leaving the campsite. Enjoy the Bank Holiday everyone.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 21:34

Hi all,

T Rex, best wishes for 6th, that's a tough ask you've given yourself. 

Panad, looking good if y can knock out 16 at this point, just because you can!

JD, Summer? I wish. I'm still not in a position to do double days, I'd end up knackered and it being detrimental rather than helpful.

LE, Wishing you very success for your training. Could you get a lift on the Apache to the little hills Afghanistan has? Maybe not convenient, or perhaps even safe. Could help with speed training?

PJL, Wear the chip with pride.

OH  Could you fall out with them for a day and then make up? 

FR, sounds like you're going great guns.

no run tonight, got my head into a spreadsheet for 5 minutes and came out 2 hours later. I really, sadly, love excel. Sundays 22m fell run turned into 24. Was out with some cub members, ran back a few times. One of them got injured halfway between Hathersage  and Eyam going up on to Eyam moor. I ran ahead to Eyam to meet the person picking her up and explain where to meet her while the others brought her along. This meant that in the middle of my run I was in a tea shop eating a brownie and drinking coffee While they caught up! Her knee improved so she was able to run a bit which meant 10 minutes after ordering it I was back running again. Thought I had longer to digest it, wasn't comfortable!  

I knew last night I'd put some effort in on Sunday. 6m felt quite tough, but it did include Higger Tor in the middle. 

This year is definitely about getting my stamina and fitness back. I've had moments of speed but not enough in the tank to keep it up for more than a few miles. Still hoping for sub 4 at SNOD.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 17:44

I love the bit where it says you don't really need to train that hard for them.....

and that they're eating contests really! 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/10956220/10-things-no-one-tells-you-before-you-run-an-ultra-marathon.html

 

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 06:30

Spartathlon? 160 odd miles in a day and a half? In the heat of Greece in September? 

No, no, no, no, no, no.

I can imagine the possibility of being a centurion, 100 miles in a day, but this? I smiled at the rule that states ' All competitors who are able to can attend the prize giving'. Able to? Yeah, like getting to the finish is a breeze and I got loads of energy left to attend a party.......

I think Rhabdomyolysis would be the least of my problems!

Had a lovely run last night, 8m along four edges, Curbar, Frogget, White, and Baslow. Very lucky with the rain, deluge on the drive there, deluge on the way back, blue sky and fluffy clouds while running. The wind though was a real pain, especially when running uphill into it......   First time I've been sub 1hour for 7m since October last year so chuffed with the way everything is going, also included the fastest 10k of the year according to Mr Garmin. And all this off road on lumpy stoney tracks with 1000' of ascent. Yep, definitely chuffed. 

Going to do Totley Way Sunday, 22m and 3500'. It's a route made up by the club http://gb.mapometer.com/running/route_3391534 no water stations / marshals etc as it's 'Just a slightly longer normal Sunday club run'. Think I'd better take it fairly easy this week........  Zero to 22m in a handful of weeks........ 

I'm not far off an acceptable weight now which is really making a difference, Though my alleged racing weight is still nearly a stone away and a weight I haven't been since I was under 16!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 16:11

Hi Folks,

I've got more chance of doing 100 mara's than I have of doing 100 miles. That really does seem a tad far!

Horrible, horrible journey to Suffolk down the M1 yesterday. Didn't take a hand off the steering wheel for 70 miles  After the family meal I went off to run round Ickworth. I swear it used to have some hills. Bodes we'll for SNOD

10 top marathons

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:50

Big city mara's have never appealed, but I could make an exception for Rome 'cause I like history.

of those that I've done I would highly recommend Snowdonia, Picnic, and Loch Ness.

 

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 07:18

Ahh, Shakespeare Mara. My very first and the reason why I run. I'd only ever intended to do one, and then only because I had to have a shoulder operation so couldn't play rugby. Needed something else to do and having watched London on a few occasions thought it can't really be that hard, so many do it.......

So, having not really trained thinking that I could do it on sheer will alone I found myself at the start feeling full of confidence. Approaching the end of the first lap that confidence had evaporated ( it had evaporated a long way before then!) It really was very tough to go left to the second lap, and not right to the finish of the HM........

The last 6m, mostly on the old railway that never seems to change, never felt like I was getting anywhere, were hard. I got to know quite a few fellow runners well as we leapfrogged each other on a run till you're knackered then walk until you can run again basis.

By the time I finished (4:36) I was, absolutely, finished. Could hardly walk for a week. 

But, being me, I knew that if I did actually train, get hold of a proper plan etc, I could go faster. So just do one more mara to see what I can do and call it quits after that. Looked around and found Loch Ness. While looking I also saw SNOD. So decided to train for Loch Ness and then do SNOD 'cause it looked fun and a bit of a challenge. I really should have realised then that I'd been bitten by the running bug. I mean, having done one Mara that is pretty flat and nearly killed myself doing it, a couple of weeks later I'm looking at SNOD and thinking it looks a bit of fun!

Loch Ness saw me do 3:45:05 (That 5 seconds still rankles!), and then 4:17 at SNOD. Have done SNOD each year since, this will be my 5th And long may it continue.

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