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The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 13:32

Great result NP!!

Stuart and Stewart it sounds like you are both having a hectic time at work. The Etape is the same day as London Stewart so I've not entered although the way things are going I maybe should have!

MG1 nice easy run this morning.

Michael, building the miles nicely there.

Tried a run on Monday but not happening so back on the bike. Got out twice at the weekend which was great fun. Hopefully the physio will shed some light on why the ankle is still so bad tomorrow.,


The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 08:39

Stuart well done for fitting in the run.

NP nice to see you had an easy day.

OH, MG1 good easy running.

Michael I will not be doing any sort of long runs for some time! I don't think I'll start specific marathon training until about 8-10 weeks prior to London. Even then just one or two runs of 20+ miles - seems to be what works for me..

Loved the dark cycle although the downhill was pretty scary. Back out tonight.


The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 13:19

Envious of all this running! Ankle still not right but must be patient....

Stewart Sunday was great for a cycle just really cold! I haven't taped up my shoes yet and I forgot how cold it is on the bike. Had a great cycle, just 46 miles but felt good on it.

NP great to hear you recovered fast, sounded bad.

NN that is a scary thought about doing 20 milers by Xmas. Going on the basis that I did one 20 miler before Frankfurt I think I'll stick to that as it seemed to work.

Bought lights for the bike so heading out tonight for my first group night ride  looking forward to it but terrified too!! Apparently you have to watch for moths, bats and deer.


The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 21:41
Well done Stuart!! Like OH says don't be hard on yourself, that's a great run!
Laptop has died and I'm rubbish on the phone as I can only open one page at a time. Lots of great running going on. ???? new laptop should arrive next week.
No running here yet, didn't do much turbo work either last week ???? but did a turbo session today and club cycle tomorrow. ????

The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 08:50

MG1 nice easy run.

Stuart I hope the long run goes well after the nocturnal weights!

NN amazing time and very well done on the prize, fantastic! That's what I love about running, just when you least expect it a good run comes along 

Well done on the cycle and swim kaz.

Stewart great report and well done, a fantastic time in tough conditions!

A productive day for you yesterday NP.

Nice 5k Michael!!

OH you are hardy still in shorts, 2 degrees here today and freezing on the bike yesterday.

The bike was really tough. Ended up through my own confusion not in the slowest group; they were picking up the pace to split the group up and I didn't realise and hung on. My quads just died on any uphill and we were going too fast for me to eat or drink so I was barely moving by the end, cycling back into a strong headwind/crosswind. 60+ hard miles but it has to be good training!!


The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 07:23
Good luck at Eddies Stewart!!
First time out on the bike with the club today in a long time so I'll be dropped by the time we get out of town!
Pleased to hear you are on the mend Teknik
Will post more later but a 30 day plank challenge AGF? Interesting, I will look it up. F

The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 14:13

Thanks everyone

Stewart it was a nice mild night last night but I am finding it really cold today!

MG1 Zurich sounds lovely, hope you get in. I seem to recall that with Frankfurt they were still taking entries on the Saturday.

Well done on the swimming Stuart - probably something I should be doing for the next 2 weeks but that will not happen!

Can't wait for cake in the park NN. I know training through the winter is hard but I am so looking forward to getting going again.

Ankle still swollen so I have been told that no running for 2 weeks. Will be cycling, turboing and cross-training.


The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 20:22
NP at least the other parkrunners got a chance when you were on hols!!

18 weeks is not long AGF but you'll know that!! 25 this coming Sunday til VLM! I hope the house renovations are finished by then.

The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 17:36
Thanks AGF and a huge congratulations to you and your OH, so happy for you!!

The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 16:56
First all of thanks for all the kind words everyone.

I arrived in Frankfurt on Friday and being a bright spark didn't bother to take the hotel address. I thought it was round the corner from the station. So after an hour walking with suitcase and bag a kind lady in a coffee shop walked me there! Much too tired to eat out so had coffee and chocolate in my room, it's all carbs!!

On Saturday I met up with a few folks and we went for a run then after breakfast to the expo. Picked up all the bits and bobs. I hadn't run much in the last 2 weeks as every time I did the ankle hurt. I bought some KT tape and got it taped on the Saturday as the early run had made it sore again.

A good night out on Saturday then to bed. All felt very surreal as up until Saturday night I really didn't know if I would run but decision made. I would go for it. The training had been great and I had to try.

So on Sunday I set off at 9am shaking like a leaf as usual. Got into the pen about 10 minutes before that start. So a new experience for me (sort of) running to kilometres. Tried to write the splits on my arm as didn't bother with a pace band but ran out of space so every time I passed a km sign I added 4:37 onto the goal time. It passed the time. The ankle was ok, just a dull ache, until I crossed tram lines and there was a tiny incline around 20k and then the sharp pain started. Thankfully it didn't get so bad that I had to stop but I was close at times. I knew my pace was dropping but from the start I walked through every water station as I cannot drink out of cups. Also it did help the ankle so nothing lost in the long run. By 30k it was really hurting and if I had seen my friends at the road side I would have stopped for more tape and painkillers. Pleased I didn't see them!! So I just started to count steps to get to the next km marker. Not a good run from about 35km, just gritted teeth and trying to shorten my stride. Made myself keep counting, 180 steps a minute. By that time I thought 3:15 was long gone so as I ran in to the festhalle and stopped the watch I couldn't believe it was still on 3:15. Not sub 3:15 but I was so happy with the chip time of 3:15:16. Of the 5 ladies there I was slowest, one was 10th and one 12th and another sub 3, they are stars and such lovely folks!!

Anyway when I stopped I was staggering all over the place as I couldn't put weight on my foot. Made it back to the hotel and the only thing I could face was a bottle of diet coke! Oddly the ankle is much better in heels so the celebrations at night were in my 4.5 inch heels

Still sore today but I have lots of time to recover and best of all I know I can do sub 3:15!! And I was told I'm the 3rd FV45 in Scotland! There may only be 3 of course!!

Still smiling
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