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Overcoming General Fatigue

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 10:12

Thank you very much! That is really helpful and I appreciate you taking the time to respond! I will definitely use this as a turning point in my overall training!

I have been keeping a record of my training and upon reflection I don't think I actually do any recovery\easier runs. I tend to do a tough "efforts session" once a week followed by several runs of the same distance (8 - 12k's)

I am running 10k's at 40mins now and 1/2M's at 1hr32 and I know I can take even more time off and go sub 40mins and sub 90 mins.

I also have to admit my diet needs attention and I am looking into this.

This has been so helpful! Thanks once again!


Overcoming General Fatigue

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 12:46

Does anybody else seem to get bouts of fatigue for no apparent reason? That probably soudn really vaigue and I am not referring to dizziness or anything like that. I mean, one week you are running well and feeling really good and then the following week you just feel like there is no spring in your step and your legs & arms feel weak?

I get this "dip in form" every now and then and have tried to analyse the reasons - am I just tired after races? did I over-train last week? did i have anything particularly stressful\time consuming to do etc etc but there never seems to be a pattern.

Last week I all of a sudden started to feel tired. The best way to explain it is that my legs and arms felt hollow and my feet werent springing off the road - they felt like they were flat and slapping the floor.

I dont know whether I need to rest or continue as normal and hope I reclaim my normal energy\strength levels. I have some races coming up so I want to overcome this tiredness.

Thanks - Robbie

Wilmslow 1/2 Marathon 2013

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 20:17

Well...... I took 8 mins off my previous PB and finished in 1hr 32m 45! I was made up with the time - especially when you take the conditions into consideration. How cold was it....especially on that 2 mile climb at the end?

I positioned myself between the 1hr 20 and 1hr 40 starters which turned out to be spot on! Lace on left shoe came undone at mile 1!! But I was never going to stop!

I really enjoyed it though and have to say a big thanks to everyone who marshalled and supported the runners. Its a great idea to have your name on your number because random encouraging shouts are really encouraging!

I was sore today but back into training tomorrow and then the Salford 10k on Friday!

Wilmslow 1/2 Marathon 2013

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 09:14

Great - thanks Dan & Dean! Really appreciate the information. It really helps!


Wilmslow 1/2 Marathon 2013

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 15:50

That was helpful! Heh! Heh!

What I meant was...I positioned myself towards the back at the last one and we had to do 2 laps of a track so I was kind of stuck back there until we got onto the roads. I'll make sure I am positioned towards the front of the pack next time so I can proceed at my own pace.

At present I am doing a long run on Sundays (12 miles), Tuesday (3 miles at speed) Thursday (3 miles at speed) and then a Park Run 5k on Saturdays.

I guess I should look into doing some "Interval" training - quick bursts aswell as a weekly long run.

Wilmslow 1/2 Marathon 2013

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 14:42

I have signed up to run my 2nd ever 1/2 marathon - Wilmslow. My previous one was the Macclesfield 13.1m in September last year which I finished in 1hr40m21. It was extremely hilly with two large and long climbs. So, for a first timer I was fairly happy.

I am hoping to beat my time by a few mins seeing how this course is a lot flatter. I've been to the website and watched the 10minute film of the course but I was wondering if anyone had any tips\advice regarding training or the actual race?

At Macclefield I got stuck behind a large number of people at the start who slowed me I want to pick up some tips and avoid stuff like that happening again!

Tatton half marathon

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 11:18

I ran the Macc 1/2 marathon last month for my first ever 1/2 marathon. I have tried to sign up for this one but for a week the site said it wasnt taking any bookings at this time then said entries were closed.

I have mailed them to ask to be added to any "Reserves" list etc but I doubt I will get into the race. Gutted as it is local and its a flat course so it'd be good for times!

Any spare numbers going - please contact me and I will be happy to buy it off you!


Macclesfield Half-Marathon

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 10:28

I did it in 1hr 40m 21!!

I really enjoyed it - was a bit strange "finding" my pace for the race as I am used to doing the shorter runs so I had to hold myself back and get into a comfortable stride.

The 2 main climbs were tough but I got through them and actually picked up for the last mile.

As always, runners have the "I would of gone faster if,,,,," thoughts! It would of been great if we had chips for our times because I didnt get to the start line for at least 10-20 seconds after the whistle went and it was very congested on the 2 laps of the track when we started so I felt I was stuck behind alot of people which possibly affected my time!

BUT I have to say all of the Marshalls were absolutely brilliant - offering encouragement and smiles to everyone. Their presence allowed me to just think about running and not worring about anything else!

Macclesfield Half-Marathon

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 10:26

Any last minute advice for a first timer at a half marathon?

I have trained for it but - sods law - I have had a horrible cold all week and  I havent been able to get out this week because I have felt so weak but ...... looking out of the window - that might have been a stroke of luck!!

Weatehr forecaste for the day - RAIN!!!!

Macclesfield 1/2 Marathon

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 14:30

Finally decided to try a 1/2 marathon and although I have been steadily out on the streets running at different distances, I have only really given myself 3 weeks to get ready for it.

I am slightly nervous about doing it although I know I will be able to get round. I have been doing alot of 5k sprints, 10k runs and a weekly 15k run.

As it is fairly hilly I know I am not going to geta great time as I am not really a "climber" so I will be digging in.

I would like to get a sub 1hr40 finish but we'll see! Its always hard judging pace etc until you get experience of running at particular distances.

Any advice what to do the week before the race? Light training to top up (as all of the hard work should of already been done)? Or one last long run coupled with shorter ones?

If I survive I will post my time and thoughts!


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