Graham "legs in threads"

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Can I run two marathons in one week?

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 14:04

When I turned 50 I ran 5 marathons on 5 consecutive weekends - Paris, London, Orpington, Shakespeare and Three Forts - so yes it's do-able provided you've got plenty of mileage in your legs.

23miles then I can't go on :-(

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 18:19

An ultra is to be respected (as is someone who attempts to run one).

From my own experience, although I had run a few marathons, I found the step up to ultras to be quite tough and best done gradually - an important part of my training was to allow time to rest, recover and replenish - that didn't mean doing nothing - I would have maybe two weeks where I trained relatively hard (building up the mileage) and then a step back "easier" week.

I also found that the distance involved with an ultra is just as much a mental challenge as a physical one and required a change of mindset (after all, who in their right mind would run an ultra) - rather than tackle each long run as a 20 or a 23 miler I'd divide each long run into sections - a half marathon followed by a 10K or a 5k followed by a half marathon followed by a 10k.

I'd start off each long run at a shuffle - barely a jog - and build very gradually into a pace well within aerobic threshold (a pace I felt I could comfortably run at all day)  - at first I didn't worry too much about how much distance I covered - I'd focus more on building up to running for two hours and then three hours and more - only when I thought I could run comfortably for long periods of time (sometimes walking on the steeper uphill sections) did I start to consider distance.

I found that getting used to eating and drinking on the run (small regular amounts and easily digestible) to be an absolute must.- I'd carry energy bars, and isotonic drinks with me or follow a route that took me past a petrol station or two or a village shop where I could stop off and get something.

Over time the body adapts -  aerobic threshold increases as does lactate threshold (the point at which legs turn to lead) - after putting in the mileage (there's no other way) I began to recognise the right pace to run at - managing to just eke out gradually those energy reserves bit by precious bit.

It does take time and experience - once you get it right though it's a terrific feeling knowing that with 49k behind you and with only 1 k to go there's nothing (not hell nor high water or any any other type of obstacle)  that's going to stop you getting to that finish line. Good luck.

Hills in London

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 08:45

When I was training for ultra marathons I'd run home from work from London E1 to Gravesend in Kent - some memorable hills included Vanburgh Hill in Greenwich, Shooters Hill between Kidbrooke and Welling, East Hill in Dartford and Stonebridge Hill in Northfleet.

Another good long hill I used to train on is Chiselhurst Hill.

Hills in London

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 17:01

Greenwich Park

"Anxiety attack"

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 15:55

Bruce - brilliant - that must be it - unless any one else can come up with any better suggestions?

Skinny, Rickster & Bruce - we're actually a large plc firm although a lot of our largest clients are in the public sector - anyway shouldn't you all be hard at work rather that wasting time on here?

"Anxiety attack"

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 12:28

a colleague of mine has failed to turn up to work today as a mate of his has suffered an "anxiety attack".

What sort of things make you anxious (supporters of Liverpool FC need not reply)


So now they are over - what was the best moment for you?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 12:33

Too many magical moments to mention.

I was at the men's basketball quarter finals - my lasting memory of that evening will be the USA team "high-fiving" the Australian slalom canoeist dressed in a whopping great boxing kangaroo outfit - bizarre and hilarious at the same time.

The girl who won through to the judo final (Gemma Gibbons) and looked to the ceiling and mouthed "I love you Mum" reduced me to a puddle on the floor.

!! New Joke Thread !!

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 17:22

Breaking news.

A large hole has appeared on the clockwise carraigeway of the M25 closing the road to all traffic.

Police are looking into it.


!! New Joke Thread !!

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 14:38

Two fat blokes sitting in the pub

One says to the other "Your round"

The other one says "So are you, you fat b@st@rd!"

My Last Run

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 13:08

7 miles last night from London EC3 to Blackheath (usual route around the Isle of Dogs and through the foot-tunnel to Greenwich) – started slow and finished strong. Managed to catch the final of the men’s 1,500 metres on the big screen in Blackheath village.

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