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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 17:31

Well done on the parkruns folks. I do enjoy tail running from time to time also for that reason Big G, although its often more of a walk at ours.

Blowing a hoolie (as suspected) this morning! The first half was really hard, wind blowing right at us. Pretty slow as a result, but then we flew back! Hit 6:34 and 6:11 pace for the last mile and a half, with an overall time of 21:39 and 2nd female. I'll happily take that today.

Heading out this evening for a meal with a good friend as B's in London overnight with his son for the football. Hopefully we'll pace the wine and I'll be able to get up for 13 miles tomorrow morning. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 07:58

Morning folks,

Heading for parkrun today. Going to be very wet & windy! I can hear the wind gusting outside my window; often it'll be quite still here, then breezy at the beach. 

Shades - no marathon plans next year at present, but hanging around here that may change! I decided that the focus is the sub 20 5k, and if I achieve that I'll set a new goal. I definitely want my next marathon to get me a GFA time for London as I've given up on entering the ballot and would like to do it once. I believe it's the only proper marathon - all the others must be shorter or something! 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 18:47

KingKenny, just looked at the Orange 5 - decent travel forks. Are you a bit of a downhiller then? I've always been more into cross country - like going downhill as long as it's not too technical. I hate Boardwalk! We're in Aberdeen, so an hour sees us out in Deeside. There used to be a lot of good trails in the forest just outside the city but it's been cut back a lot and somewhat spoiled. The witches trails at Fort William are great, as is the 10 under the Ben circuit. They've now got both the black/orange downhill route and a red route, although the folks that we spoke to while there said it wasn't really red and they'd not ride it without at least leg protection. 

Slowkoala, I'm a big fan of P & D after my last marathon. Prior to it I'd run 3:59:04; following the 12/55 plan got me to 3:45:12, and it's off the back of this that all my other times improved. I thought it was light on the long runs but it didn't harm me. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 06:38

Mamafox, hope you feel better soon.  I'm sure I've been to,d that you immunity can dip a bit after something tough. Just rest up and take care of yourself.

King Kenny, I'm a bit like you. Running took over from biking somewhat (along with hill walking); just so much easier. Always saying we must get out more. My husband's got a great build on a Titus Motolite. He was threatening to swap the frame the other week but when we went to the bike shop we discovered we're dinosaura now as wheels are now 27.5 or 29"! We're still 26. Also got single speers which we built up from old frames & they tend to get used more as we don't do anything challenging these days. I'm too precious about my body and don't want to fall off. Used to really enjoy a week in Fort William or Aviemore. Maybe one day ...

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 19:25
KingKenny - womens Stumpjumper, got it back in '06 I think!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 21:49

KingKenny, that's great running from your daughter  Well done to you both!

Thanks for the thoughts on pacing next race. No prize for me yesterday Shades. I was 7th lady overall, but the FV category was 35 plus and I was 5th female vet. Chuffed with that though as one of my friends was 2nd overall 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 06:33

Slowkoala, I did check my watch at the mile marks, but was running on feel more as much as anything. This is an entirely new experience for me! I usually obsess about pace, check my watch too much, and very much follow my 'virtual partner' doing mental calculations about how much I need to do to get to the finish in the time I want! 

The big question now is do I tray to push for 71 mins for the 10 miler in December? This and amother 4 secs off my 5k would get me a 2nd club standard. I'm not sure that it's possible as thats 7:06 pace. Might try running some mile reps at that pace and see how it feels.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:52

Mamafox - great report! Loved reading it 

Big G - dogs are great! I'd have one in a moment if my husband wasn't allergic! The one problem I had in my 'previous life' is that nobody wanted two lively retrievers to look after, althought they did like going to kennels. You're right, it is costly, and you need to book in advance is you want the good ones! 

Fraserburgh Half for me yesterday, and I got a PB. It was a wet (really wet rain and misty stuff) and a bit breezy in places; conversely there were times when the wind was at our backs. Set off for a warm up and decided to make it short as the drizzle started. Missed the club photo as I was in the toilet having a last minute wee!

Then we were off! They'd tried to get people to line up,in time brackets as we were straight out and onto the main road (stay on the pavement) for the first mile and a bit. As usual, within the mile you couldn't get past people easily and there were a few folk grumbling about having gone too fast. Line up further back then! 

Settled into a nice even pace, mile 1 in 7:32, then mile 2 in 7:14 (Not so even!) At this point I wished my running buddy 'good luck' and told him to go on without me. He said no, just trying to run a steady race and we continued together. Mile 3, 7:25, mile 4, 7:34, and around this time I decided to push on as I was feeling good. 7:18, 7:16,  and I saw the back of a clubmate. She saw me as we embarked upon a wee off road section along the old railway line. They'd cleared this of water and it was single file so I caught up, another 7:16, and as we came off it and onto the road I pushed ahead. I expected her to come along, but resisted the urge to look back.

Practising my mindful running, I focused purely in how my body was feeling now and pushed any thoughts of PBs or keeping the pace going for miles out of my head. 7:15, 6:56, passed another running buddy who told me this was where is passed him last year; urged him to come with me, but he later said I was just too strong for him; 7:20, 7:13, back onto the main road into the town, 7:16, still pulling past people regularly, nobody passing me, 7:15, passed the club cheering contingent which spurred me on to keep going, and one last push up a slippery grass section to the finish - call that a sprint?!? (6:53) An old Jog Scotland buday got me here! 

Totally delighted to finish with an official time of 1:35:58! I've no idea where that came from but I'm so pleased. Onwards and upwards!! 

Can foam rolling damage your veins ?

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 18:26

Asked my physio last night during sports massage as I was intrigued by your comment & have previously had a couple of varicose veins removed.

She said no, foam rolling will not damage veins. You're rollering in both directions, and to damage a valve in the vein would require sustained pressure; you're not putting great pressure on any one area as you're moving the roller or your body. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 15:43
Mamafox - just registered your PB! Fantastic!!! Enjoy celebrating

Slowkoala, that's exactly what I've done. He said he's already been sent the voucher & I said I appreciate that and understand that he can go home & order shoes if he wishes; however, I'd ask him to think about fairness to others and the fact that I've made an error.
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