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Have you ever been last in an event?

Posted: Yesterday at 19:43

I have just come 142 out of 342 runners. What i noticed the most though, was there were fitter runners than me, coming in behind me, and older people ahead of me (i'm 41). It was my third marathon and i struggled with a bug that was still inside me, plus it was a really humid day. I wasnt too happy about my position, but its like someone said, 'there is only one winner, so ultimately it is only yourself your trying to beat'.

I noticed being in this pack of runners as well raw courage, that others like me were finding it really tough, and where as my place has been higher in the past, i think i needed to be knocked down a peg to see how everyone who does a race puts their heart and body into it. It was raw determination that kept us going, and we all helped each other. It was true spirit.

Gunky chests

Posted: Yesterday at 10:36

I just completed a marathon yesterday, and even on race day I was coughing up loads of gunk, as I am today. Its been going on a week.

I was actually about 20 minutes slower than last year for the same race, I think the chest, the humidity and the jarring of my back taking its toll. I am pleased I completed it, and I wasn't the only one who struggled, but I wonder, do we make excuses for a bad run, or are there genuine reasons why we didn't do so well.

I was running 22 miles a few weeks ago quite comfortably, so I was in high spirits. I am not in low spirits now, I still did a sub 4.30 for a tough race (Farnham Pilgrim), but you try and look for explanations as to what went wrong.

Illness before races

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 14:51

Will try Paracetamol. Thanks.

Illness before races

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 11:20
Peter Everitt wrote (see)

Could it be that the immune system holds off fighting illness (viruses and the likes) whilst you are working hard (running or jobwise) and when it feels you ease off a bit (whilst tapering or starting your holiday) takes the opportunity to do its job? Just a theory, could be total bo**ocks...

You are right mate, wise words there...

Illness before races

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 08:31

This isnt another, should i run before a race blog, but an interesting fact that i have noticed about my own self. In a lot of races, i always seem to catch a bug in the week or so before, its either a cold, or a chest gunk fest, or something along those lines. Sometimes i think i am jinxed. There is some arguement to say i have been overdoing it, but has anyone else had this happen to them?

Farnham Pilgrim 21st September 2014

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 08:07

Well 7 days to go. Doing some 8 milers this week. Seen many a good runner fall despite lots of training, so just keeping an open mind and will just enjoy it, whilst keeping a target loosly in my vision.

Last year i was crippled with back pain, last few miles. My theory is, i just have to run it, to beat my time, since i did a lot of walking last time.

Farnham Pilgrim 21st September 2014

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 20:11

I have never been a good, grab a cup, stop, drink kind of guy. Hence my pack, and I use the tablets in the water to restore electrolytes. We all have our ways. 8.15 pace out of my league. All you need is a pace of 8.9. That's what I am going to do. Its a tough beast, and I am not going to under estimate it.

What is your race entry pattern like?

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 20:02

I used to be a half marathon distance runner, so usually it would be a case of looking at the running guide and planning my races out. With Marathons its different. Training is longer, but I have got two planned. I try and be spontaneous, but some of the races fill up quickly, so often you have to plan months in advance. I am actually looking at next years races now.

Farnham Pilgrim 21st September 2014

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 19:50

I'm aiming for under 4 hours. Last year i aimed for 3.45, having done the tough Sussex Marathon in 3.55 i thought i could do this one quicker, but it proved otherwise, hence sub 4 is my aim. I would use Off-Roads shoes personally Mark, since there is a lot of uneven ground, and you cross the odd sty. Its personal choice though. I am taking a camelbak with me, and will be wearing bright green singlet, and shorts, plus i have tattoos both arms, so look out for me.

Farnham Pilgrim 21st September 2014

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:48

I did this race last year, and it is something that i am very proud to say i have done, and i am coming back this year, having trained harder, hoping for a sub 4 hr race, having been 4 minutes over last year.

It is only two weeks away, and i am thinking about it a lot. Just cant wait to get out there, and do it.

Very well organised and i still have the t shirt, and mug from last year.

It is not an easy race, some really bad hills, but it adds to the challenge, and the pub is just round the corner when you finish ha ha...

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