Hilary Woof

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running with a cold

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 13:56

I have this too out of the blue, London marathon tomorrow.  gulp.  Pleased with these stories, though thanks.  I am hoping it's a psychosomatic thing brought on by stress and excitement!


Rome Marathon 2014

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 23:33

Hey, no bib here either and all paid, will chase.  Thanks.

Rome Marathon 2014

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 23:32

Thanks Kirsty Cooper, I did Manchester this year,Rome next, so good to know.  Manchester OK, I heard complaints about lack of support, but would rather have a bit of peace and quiet myself, I don't like people calling my name and telling me to run faster or keep going, it winds me up.  

Manchester didn't allow music, which was a disaster for me, hopefully Italians don't give a stuff.  Also the start line wasn't at all clear so loads of us didn't know it had started and were still walking which was a real pain, as we lost about five mins and it was disconcerting, so we then ran faster to make up, Got tire der than necessary too early blah blah!

Good luck!

Is it cheating ?

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 23:22

You guys, what are you like!   The concept of run walk is that it keeps energy and bounce in the legs, so most of the faster run walkers eg sub 3.30, don't walk after about 18m, but power past the macho, 'walking is for wimps' type folks towards the end. If someone gave you a new power gel, or great new shoes to take off 10 mins you'd bite their hands off, it's just a different way of optimising muscle usage.

 I've only done a couple of slow marathons, but started at 52, after a lifetime of sloth, and only trained 2-3 times a week. but managed sub 5 hours with a very painful IT band problem from 10-20m, but the run walk meant I really did speed up when it went away and caught up quite a bit of time in last 6.   

Hoping to do better in Rome next year, fingers crossed!

Any Jeff Galloway run,walk,run runners around?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 07:06

Yael, he says he is coming over next year. I will post a thread When I find out the dates.


Marathon depression & cheering up!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 18:05

BTW, I can't seem to put a pic up, it keeps saying Oops.  You're not missing anything of course!

Marathon depression & cheering up!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 18:04

Tee hee, thanks folks!  Will be back being depressed again in a minute when I get back from my run when I realise I can't run round the block, never mind 26miles.

Marathon depression & cheering up!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 13:29

Anyone getting 'taper depression'?  I'm doing the Manchester M next week.  Now can't be bothered to run at all, never mind over doing it and stressing out and packing in more runs, which is what people normally seem to do.  Anyone the same?

Had to tweak taper because I spent this last weekend on a tennis hols, playing 4 hours tennis each day for 5 days. So no running then I think got me out of the groove. No idea if this was good or bad. At least I survived without a twisted ankle and of course there was lots of sun - why am I complaining!

Though I was immensely cheered just now because I had misread my Strava stats and for the last week thought I had averaged half the mileage I was supposed to over the last four months because of injury - how was I ever going to do it etc blah blah blah.  Now I find I had keyed in the wrong time and had done twice as much as I thought, not even that far off what I wanted to do.  What a prat!

In fact writing this has cheered me up immensely and got me back in the mood!

Good luck at the weekend all London Marathoners it looks like the weather will be perfect!  Fingers crossed for rainy Manchester!

Talkback: Physio Clinic: Marathon taper

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 13:11

Check out Jeff Galloway's Marathon book. (I have it on Kindle)  There are many great stories of runners doing speedy marathons, (under 3 hours) breaking long standing PBs etc with starting to take  regular walk breaks, with negative splits and loads of energy left.  Don't think of walking as giving in, but getting it strategically right (ie early enough) that in the last 8 miles you are speeding up not slowing down and feeling bad!

I'm with Jeff, walking is getting to be about macho, (both female and male!) not about optimising all the strategies at your disposal to run as quick as you can.

Do they really mean it about no headphones at Manchester Marathon?

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 10:44

Wilke - re why we think rules don't apply to us - mainly because I'd never heard it before, and everyone seemed to wear them at the events I'd been to!

But if they are taking my garmin too, gulp!  How will I do without my run walk alerts! To which of course you will all say 'WHAT, she does run walk with headphones!' But haven't banged into each other, or got in anyone's way and stick to the edge and look round each time.

Anyway, as previous, I am chastened and will ditch them and enjoy the event!

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Marathon depression & cheering up!

Can't be bothered to run at all in taper! 
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Do they really mean it about no headphones at Manchester Marathon?

advice needed on whether to go ahead regardless 
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Any Jeff Galloway run,walk,run runners around?

Just looking for thoughts on it? 
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