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RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 09:20

Cheers for the well wishes guys. I think it was just one of those things and I haven't had anything weird happen since, so fingers crossed all is ok.

2Old, hope your scans don't show up anything and you're given a clean bill of health.

Barry, no, no plans for tri or anything like that - I'm enjoying my retirement  

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 13:16

Hi guys, how strange...just thought I'd have a lurk and see if the thread was still going strong and I'm being talked about! Nice to know I haven't been forgotten

Nell, Barry -  a couple of fantastic times! You should be very proud of those...

I'm absolutely fine, but as AA said, I'm not running anymore. Had a funny turn several months ago - palpitations followed by nearly fainting (I've never even come close to fainting before) at work, and coming only a few days after a fit and healthy guy my age died in the Southend HM I ran, it kind of freaked me out quite a bit.

Had an ECG, which was fine, but decided to ease off the running, as I guessed it was sign of my body telling me I was overdoing it, and with the focus of marathon training gone, I ended up easing off a lot! I occasionally run for a couple of miles in the woods, but I think the days of pounding the streets are gone. To be honest, with all the stitch problems I'd been having in races, I was thinking of easing off after the marathon anyway as it was becoming very frustrating. My only regret is that I never got to run the marathon time I was capable of - my training at the time suggests sub-3:10 should have been doable (although there's every chance I would have been tempted by sub-3, gone off too fast, got a stitch and ended up crashing and burning and bitterly disappointed, so maybe it was a lucky escape!)

Take care guys and enjoy the running!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 17:18
Cheers Ant, I'll give it a go next time, or maybe I'll try the somersault method!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 12:20

Nell, I controlled the stitch by slowing down to well below normal race pace - not really a tactic I want to have to use in every race!

It is very frustrating and the fact it came on after only 3.5 miles @ 6:30 pace on Sunday (when I regularly run 5-6 miles at this pace in training with no bother) suggests it is totally race specific (ie. to do with anxiety affecting breathing or something), rather than just pushing it that bit harder in races than training.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 17:15
Yep way too hot Kiwi! Ran first 4 miles at PB pace, already had stitch coming on and was struggling in the heat - there was no shade anywhere on the course - so decided to ease off a bit and treat it as a hard training run. Came in at about 1:30:50, so more than 4 mins short of PB, but I never run well in the heat. Did you hear a guy collapsed and died at the finish? Only in his 30s apparently. Very sad.
Glad your comeback is going well.
Well done on the 10ks Col & Ant.
Awesome stuff KFC & FRC!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 23:52
Hi all, pretty quiet on here at the moment.
Good luck for Edinburgh Nell and Col for your HM. KFC, hope you have a good park run.
17 for me tonight with 13 @ 7:09. I've dropped my mileage slightly at the moment and focusing on tempos for a bit after my 10k disappointment the other week.
Had a good result in our club 3-mile race on Wednesday - ran 18:27 and finished in 2nd Some of our quick runners were missing but even so was nice to finish in that position and happy with the time too, especially as it's not the flattest course.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 19:45
Good idea Barry. I think I'll just have to start slower in races and pick it up if I'm feeling good at halfway. Tbh I might have been ok if I'd even just gone for sub-40 today but everything (including the race predictor from my last HM) was saying I should aim for low 39s so that's what I did and maybe the first 2k were too quick (6:11mm - yeah, perhaps they were!). But no, I don't get them on 5ks and they usually come on between 5-6k. Still thinking its breathing related although starting to wonder about my racing flats, which I rarely use for anything other than intervals in training. More impact going through the body perhaps?
Good luck with the tris Ant and kfc and to any other racers tomorrow.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 16:46
2Old, still think I'd feel a hernia at least a bit at other times than racing. Nothing (other than perhaps just working a bit harder than I'm used to) seems to explain why it only happens in races. I do think it's breathing related though so hopefully I'll be ok in a marathon as my breathing should be much easier. 10ks seem to be worst for it.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 13:37
I do core most days, Nell. And it's entirely race specific, so if it was down to core/eating or whatever I'm sure it would trouble me in training sometimes too

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 13:08
Possibly O4S, although the threshold must be marginal so if that's what it is I'm not sure how to judge races - other than running them no faster at all than I've done in training!
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