Keith M Stuart

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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 10:00

Morning all, i'm still alive honest

Was just heading out for a nice 17 miler which would have taken me over one of the fell roads but as its slippery as hell down here at home to the point i even chose to go back indoors rather than something short around here. Mainly cos i'm perfectly capable of falling onto my arse around here as i discovered on a pre new year run. Roughly one fall per mile that one....

Kinda hard to train when its dark during the week and sometimes wet and weindy or very windy. Last saturdays intended run over the local hill was skipped and it was windy enoough around here. Did it sunday and amusingly it was windiest coming back down off the top when i thought i had already reached the worst bit going along the ridge at the top before the drop back down. Lets just say although its steep i could have ran flat out down it happily as i would have been held up by the wind. It was also 20-30 mph calmer than the saurday.

Hopefully it does something later either rains to dissolve the slippy icy slush or just melts a bit and i can get a few miles done. Weather forecast for coming days is not good either. Alternating between snow, heavy snow and currently sleet for tuesday with variations on a few hours of snow/sleet or the entire day.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 18:15

Shades - lol er i was hoping for a mid to low 80's time personally although i only truly had one target of 90:45ish which would get me a 50% standard for the year on fetch which i did manage to get

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 08:05

everybody asks about the cat before me.....

cat was fine naturally as she simply ran off

googling says 4-8 weeks (or longer) of pain and not a lot they can do so not really worth going to the docs

no sitting for too long, avoid leaning back as it puts less stress on it, sit on a hard surface and/or donut cushion thing.... also high fibre and drink a lot of water to er reduce pain during er bodily functions. Yes that does hurt

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 21:20

Thats what i am hoping and it will stop hurting but then how long should i be waiting alas

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 17:56

Hmm anyone want to diagnose this injury?

THursday the cat decided it would be a nice idea to come down the spiral stairs at the same time as me so i kinda stood on the cat not the step and bum bounced to the bottom. Main injury, or so i thouight, was the several inch long friction burn on the inside of my elbow. Had a minor ache on bottom but nothing major, just what you would expoect from falling on it really.

Sunday was Brampton to Carlisle 10 miler and being i hadn't ran since the fall when i set off i was kinda surprised it hurt running. Did seem to pass or rather i got used to it more likely after a few miles so er come around mile 9 when i was heading into Carlisle i stumbled over a pavement but didn't fallover. DId jar me and made it hurt more again to the extent it was too sore to acclerate over the last mile. I just about managed to get under 90 mins which was my only target even if i had been hanging in pacewise for the last several miles.

Ever since it has hurt way more than before the race and even sitting hurts. I would assume its a coccyx injury or that area so erm this brusing which never really hurt pre race or worse? And yes obviously i have been on Brufen this week not that it seems to do much.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 19:38

travelodge at kendal services lily, its about a er 30 min drive if that to the race start

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 19:04

Shades - I think i am turning into Emmy with my number of marathons

I have the following race schedule listed so far.

Nov 16th Brampton to Carlisle 10 mileFeb 5-8th Quadzilla
Mar 1st Grizzly
Apr 4th Glasgow to Edinburgh 55m
May 2nd TP100
May 17th a slow bimble around Windermere
Jul 4th AM Enigma mara, PM Enigma 30 miler
Jul 5th Enigma mara

What are the thread plans for next autumn? Chester again?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 08:31

Shades - lol true honest Pie gnocchi and veg for dinner tonight. Its meant to be showery so will wait til tomorrow for resuiming running. Should be good enough to continue by then. Er dont really have any thing lycra that fits that tight alas although i suppose i could try my running shorts i guess even if technically they caused it in the first place

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 12:33

Shades - lol there was peas with both the sausge and mash and the chicken new yorker Also my diet has improved as first quad it was pretty much all day brekkie every day except sunday which was the large roast.

Got some plasters now but it seems they dont do zinc oxide tape or equivalent in tesco's... prob have to acquire it from boots or similar or perhaps try the pharmacy section. Not as bad todya but not had bath yet, will slap a plaster onit after that and hope for the best.

Two weeks to my next race a nice little 10 miler where i shall be aiming for a decent time but perhaps not a full on PB attempt.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 19:32

Reasonable drive down, only took 6 hours unlike the 8 it took in AUgust. There by 5 and downstiars for dinner 20 mins later. Chicken New Yorker btw. First day was Willen which i have only ever ran around twice. As a Park run before my first enigma marathon (as in 2 hours before i might add) and then the day after as a loosener before heading for home. Naturally i failed to remember the right route even a single day later.... Handily i'm not known for leading races so it was a case of follow the pack for the 7 laps of Willen. Mostly the same course as the park run but with a trip into the woods near the end of the lap and a different bit at the start, other than that it was the same. Ie 7 times up the zig xags to the peace pagoda....

Was a hot day and for some strange reason i had a bad back from the second lap onwards so was walking a fair bit to avoid pain. No idea what caused it, perhaps the bit alongside the canal as the lap counter said they get a sore back doing the park run and it is rather uneven along there. Having been taking it easy run walking catching up a couple of people with about a lap and a half to go who were walking to the finish i opted to stay with them. DId mean a somewhat slow time of 5:37 but less pain in the back. Did also mean two slow trips past the donut van though which was smelly nice each lap, only a fiver for 20 too. Dinner was bangers and mash with peas and gravy for those who like to know

Day two was Furzton which was the lake i was staying at so not so far to get there More normal temp today with some nice spells of rain too. More or less perfect conditions really. For some strange reason was on a bit of a flyer today and with halfway reached 10 min miling and having caught having a pee break by Hippo i was well on track for a decent time even allowing for slowing later on. Furzton being 1.5 miles a lap meant 17 of them in total so with one small hill getting walked each lap near the end progress was good and fast. With the odd drink and snack walk on top the hill walk i somehow manage a 4:33 and was moving at 10 min mile pace right to the end. Dinner was chicken square burger which had lettuce in it that i ate.

Final day was at Caldecotte and again it was hot and i thought humid too, espcially earlier in the day as there was cloud cover. Even running a little under 10 min mlilng for the first of 7 laps i was already feeling hot and sweaty so on those grounds i slowed it down and ran walk most the rest of the day. Wasn't even capable of running much more than half a mile without overheating so god knows what was going on this day. Still i managed to get around in 5:16 in the end which wasn't to bad. Headed back to room and washed before all day breakfast now that i had finished all three.

One minor cock up was not bothering to bodyglide on day one so once i had finsihed the triple i kinda now have a nice section of rubbed raw skin on my inner leg.... And yes i did apply it the other days. Naturally i have no plasters suitable here to cover it up but that will be rectified when i go shopping in the morning. I'd go now but as i managed to aprk outside the house i intend to clean the car before moving it.

Also at some point i'll need to plan out training and what not around next years races, specifically the main one Thames Path 100

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