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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:05

Normally would be competition in most things but if he's anywhere near me at the finish then I've had a very bad day . He hates training but loves the actual day, he only runs 1 or 2 times a week, he does do plenty of other stuff in the week though so is generally fit. He'll be around 5:30 I expect, in fact he'd be delighted to go under 5:30. But he'll get round and enjoy himself.

I saw the live tracking, that's always handy if a) it doesn't crash on the day b) other half can get a phone signal. 

Big_G - That just means get there early! or find somewhere a mile away. Looks a nice course, always tough when you go near the finish at the half way point. Good luck.

Took the dog out last night round some local woods & he was perfect. Off lead the whole time & his recall was excellent. Didn't bark once at other dogs & greeted them all nicely, rather than charging at them at 100mph and then bouncing round them barking!. So making good progress. We think the previous owner avoided all other dogs & we've really worked hard to socialise him as much as possible.

Always find the final taper week a bit weird, I want to go run 7 or 8 miles but sticking to a couple of 3 milers, but still quite a bit of walking. I'll maybe do 2 either tomorrow or Saturday.

Ian - Not sure if you planned on going, but there's no Birkenhead parkrun this weekend due to the transport thing going on in the park. No Delamere either and it's Ellesmere port's 100th event so could be busy there. How's that hammy ?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:00

IV2 6AR is where we are. Staying until Wednesday and then my brother heads home and we're going further North (Dornoch i think) to see the Wife's Uncle until Friday.

That's great info thanks. They posted a picture of the start on Facebook, let's hope it's dry, as it looks lovely. 

I've got far too much to do before we leave early on Saturday


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 10:37

Yes Shades we will be on the bus. I did look at maybe getting a lift to the start but you can only get to within about 4 miles so not worth it. Buses full of marathoners with no toilet could be interesting , about a 90min journey isn't it ? Weather looking ok, bit windy is all. That'll all change!

Whereabouts are you staying ? we're about 3 miles from Bught park. So will probably get a lift and walk the last mile to the buses. I thought there maybe some hanging around at the start, guessing there's nothing there so will have an old top on that I can throw away. 

3 this morning with the hound dog. First run with the head torch in the woods and it was fine, well I managed to stay upright. I did think afterwards that may not have been the wisest thing to do just before a marathon , fun though. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 14:53

Gutted for you Ian, you were training and racing so well and well prepared for a sub 4. Get another marathon booked, training won't be wasted. Plenty of hills round here as well so just add them in to your normal routes and they become less of a problem. Really well done for finishing, I can imagine walking 1.3 laps is quite frustrating.

Cal - That's fantastic, had a feeling you'd nail it. You can go into net weeks half all relaxed now and you'll probably go sub 2 again.

Shades - Bath sounds good, laps of out and backs wouldn't suit me though but the marathon appeals. Going to look at the Severn one now. Medal is cool.

Happy belated Birthday SK. I go up an age cat next year as well

Just treat it as a long run Big_G and enjoy it, it will help you for the next one.

Had a good weekend in Oxford, brothers birthday so we had a bit of a get together. Ran at Bicester parkrun which was a nice flat 2 lap course around a park, mixture of grass, gravel, paths etc. Little bit disappointed with 20:57, as I'm on a lower mileage week, splits were something like 6:40, 6:50, 7:02. Ran out of legs!

Did plenty of walking with the dog over the weekend, must have walked 20 miles. We tested the head torches by doing a dog walk when we arrived at 10pm around the forest.

Really happy with them & should be plenty bright enough for running. We'll see if the headband gets irratating, but I can always wrap it around my wrist etc. Was only just getting light as I went out this morning at half 6, so won't be too long until I need it.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 16:22

His half time is 1:08:55 so that's hell of a conversion to his Marathon time. That would equate to a ~3:20 marathon for me if I could do the same

Shades - Sometimes there's an indoor run mode on the garmin, meant for treadmill use. which basically turns off the GPS and does the HRM stuff. If you've got the footpod it will also do the distance. I'd still wear the garmin and just let it run.

A little bit too warm 7.5 last night, mostly off road & then out early in the mist for 3.5 with the dog.

I've just ordered a couple of head torches as I'm hoping to do some off road in the dark runs this autumn/winter. 2 of the muon's, currently on offer. - . I've used the gamma before and liked it. Handy that they come with free little red lights that I'll be able to stick on the dog.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 16:45

Big_G - He won the 20 miler I did last week, has an account on Fetch and yes he does a fair few miles. 2:21:51 is his current pb, but another 2 minutes at that level is massive. I'll give the podcast a go, cheers. Well done on the 15, you'll be fine on the marathon.

Tricky one that Mamafox, I'd just carry on running if it doesn't make it any worse. I've been carrying a bit of a groin injury for most of this year, that doesn't seem to want to completely heal. I've stopped playing footy, which really aggravated it & it doesn't hurt whilst running. 

Down to Oxford this weekend for my brothers birthday. So I'll probably do Bicester parkrun & then only a week until Loch Ness. Really looking forward to it now.

 Enjoy Bath Shades, tunnels ? (off to look it up!)

Good luck this weekend Ian, hopefully cooler weather.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 12:20

Nice 6 out with the dog this morning, he was actually looking a little tired towards the end, but still wouldn't accept me overtaking him , he loves being in front.

My mileage is looking a little light this week, life has got in the way, so I'll do a longish run before parkrun & then have a go at it next week.

When's your half Cal ? ,I think you can do the sub 2.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 09:42

Thanks Elita, I had to look up Echinacea but maybe worth a try to try and shift it.

I always find it weird that I work in miles but my brother, who is 13 years older works in km.

Ian - In terms of effort, it was kind of in the middle. Felt reasonably easy for 16 which bodes well for a sub 3:45, but I do need to put in a lot more long runs. Loch Ness will be a 3:59 attempt . I was looking at the course profile and it's quite a bit hillier than I thought, approx 2000ft descent & 1000ft ascent, but I tend to prefer it that way. Are you doing the Wirral half or 10k this weekend ?

Lovely nice and easy 3 out with the dog this morning, legs not too bad.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 12:35

Shades - Nice write up on Cork, I really must do some Irish runs. I've only ever been to Dublin for a weekend. 

Ian - 14 laps ! ,think I've managed 5 laps of Lower & Upper (just under 3 miles I think) but I get bored easily so tend to make it random. 

Great running Steve, 3min pb at the sharper end is massive. Have you run Berlin before ?

Big_G - That looks like my kind of pacing well done. Enjoy the group run tonight.

I like the sound of Horrible hill Cal, sounds a good one to run up & down, esp when muddy.

20 mile race for me yesterday. Small field of 169 so mainly running on my own but had a chat with a few people. All on roads and quite hilly, I enjoyed the course. 

I've still got this sore throat/cold thing hanging around, very nearly gone but not quite. I had a go at parkrun yesterday and did 21:02 , getting slower!. Rough plan for the 20 was make it up as I go along, sub 3 would be lovely. 

Found myself running at 8:30's early on and felt really hot, breathing and legs were fine so kept on, but tried to just ease back a bit. 10 miles in 1:28 and half marathon in 1:56. Course was quite hilly from 8-14 & I was enjoying myself. At 16 I started to feel it and the pace dropped to 9:30's, I had a little walk at 18.5 & another at 19, & then ran to the finish. 3:02:12  , so the last couple of miles cost me the sub 3 but all in all quite pleased.

Right calf feels a little tight this morning, & legs are achy in a good way. 3 weeks to Loch Ness, I need to get the pacing right and try and get this sub 4 done.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 12:20

Great trip Big_G, couple of friends have been and enjoyed it. No pics of 'the' bar then?

Ian - Another pb! and finding 20's easy, running going well at the moment.

I've had a sore throat\cold for nearly 2 weeks now , only did 3 miles last week but also had a trip to York for a few days for a wedding. I've been running this week, just easy miles. I'll do 7-10 before parkrun tomorrow and have a 20 miler next week (South cheshire 20), not sure what pace to run it yet but will see if the cold has fully gone first.

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