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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 12:28

Always thought you were French mamafox! , my MIL is french

At 7 miles in the hill will be fine, glad it's not at 25 miles , It'll be a training run for me anyway and hopefully go for a sub 4 in Liverpool which is 4 weeks after, but is also a slightly hilly course.

My step daughter a couple of months ago decided that she wanted to do something to raise money for the Local Hospice (Wirral St Johns). Her Grandad (who she never met) died there & recently her best friends mum. She came up with the idea of swimming the channel, or I should say the equivilent of it in a pool. So after a bit of maths(googling) we worked out it's 21miles (1360 lengths) and decided to try and complete it within the month of March.

This didn't start off to well due to her getting a Tooth abcess and being in hospital for 3 days (5 teeth removed!)at the beginning of March, but she finally got going. This week has been impressive, Monday - 80 lengths, Tuesday 130!!lengths & Wednesday 80 Lengths. She's currently on 910, so end of March may just be do-able. £1300 raised so far. Oh and she's only 9 and normally a PITA but I'll be nice to her for this month at least.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 13:16

Thought that was normal for most training plans, reduce the mileage but keep the speed element. I'll be down in London to watch this year (my nephew is running). I'd love a place in the Alps, I'd retire there tomorrow if I could

Yes shades I'm looking forward to Windermere, course looks good, nicely undulating. Can't picture the sharp up at the 7 mile point though, I'll have to look on Streetmaps.

We'll be going up on Saturday morning, hoping to have use of a friends house which is at the south tip of Coniston which will make life easier.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 12:21

Mowzer - Another great report, farmers fields can certainly be interesting.

Golf VR6 - very nice motor, fantastic engine. I spent plenty of my youth fixing cars, used to really enjoy driving and have had a lot of cars, but yes back in the days pre kids and single helps!

Emmy - Did wonder whether you would try and go faster for a marathon or start looking at 'silly' distances

Shades - No not done Windermere before, I know the area well though. Will be marathon number 10 for me, only 90 to go. Doesn't seem that many until I think I'd need to do 10 a year for the next 9 years! hmmmm

Anyone know how Moore is getting on ? , I know he had a lot of Marathons planned this year in his chase for the 100.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 13:20

Great running Shades & Annie, 1st place as well.

So close to that 100 now Emmy! ,are you still going to be running as many marathons after the 100 ? 

Shiny new car is always good, love the new smell. Doesn't last that long though!

Mamafox - I've had so many cars where I live with problems, just get used to it! ,my current one has been on it's last legs for years now but just keeps going. It has a slight oil leak & slight water leak & my bonnet catch broke the other week so topping up isn't that straighforward.

Shame about DD, sounds the right call though. It'll still be there next year.

Lazy week last week, only 2 runs totalling 12 miles! always a bit slow getting going again post marathon, it's almost like a big down and I cba. Did parkrun on Saturday and no legs at all so just eased up after a mile and cruised round. 24:32.

Need to get back on it this week, Windermere not that far away.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:52

Thanks Shades....too many colour choices! ,I'll get some ordered.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:08

Great running Emmy, a sprint on the final day of a quad is impressive! So were you 3rd then ?

That's quite a sequence of places to be at those times Big_G!

Sounds a good plan Annie, do the first 12 easy and decide from there. I was looking for some elastic laces at the expo but couldn't see any. I may just order some online, I've been curious for a while and I like the sound of not faffing with laces anymore!

Still not run since Barca, life/work in the way, frustrating! will get out tonight though.

 Did the picture work that I linked to?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 17:44

Great running sk ,you sound ready for London

I know what you mean about mowzer, i read through her reports and she's chatted then had some cake here & a cup of tea there, bit of shopping etc and still does a decent time and then repeats it the next day, seemingly every weekend. The mind boggles.

30km is plenty mamafox, I'm with you on the round numbers.

Had a great long weekend in Barca, much prefer running to spectating as I did 2 years ago, esp when it all goes well. Arrived on the Friday night & met up with my brother for a spot of dinner, stuck to a glass (maybe 2) of wine. Expo was non eventful, but my plan of buying shotbloks came unstuck as nowhere had them. Bought something similar which turned out fine.

Half 8 start & Hotel breakfast from 8-10 was an issue! ,wasn't sure whether to head out for a wander at half 5 to try and find something or just grab a few things from the shop. SO in the end I just bought some digestives with muesli / bananas and an energy bar. So not my usual breakfast but it's all calories right!

Met up with my brother and we headed off to the start, with plenty of time to spare. No queues for the toilets which was great and pens easy to get into. Brothers Garmin decided not to turn on, and I knew straight away that the probable cause was the top half coming away from the bottom (common on 205/305's), the wife had some plasters on her so a quick bodge and he was up and running . The pens go off in stages, so you hear a roar and shuffle forward a bit, stop then another roar and repeat. Soon enough we were off, 4:19 was the rough plan so somewhere around 9:45's would be fine.

First 5 were straightforward enough, got into a nice relaxed rhythm, 9:40,9:38,9:22,9:17,9:41. Crowd and bands were great to distract from the miles ahead & I'm already breaking everything down into little chunks. Another mile and that's 10k, add a parkrun and then into double figures, then halfway etc etc. I switch between miles/km to keep my mind occupied.

I found that on any downhills if I stretched out a bit, and just lengthen the stride really seemed to help, it was almost like a little recovery so I'll remember that & also on uphills, don't worry about pace just conserve energy. Amazing how much all the little things help, esp when all put together. Halfway point is on an out and back, never nice at the start of these when you see the faster runners 4 or 5km in front of you but always enjoyable on the other side. Really feeling quite good now, and from halfway to 21 was very enjoyable. My right calf threatened to cramp but never got any worse, and really tired for the last 3 miles but no way was I walking, too close now.. Last mile is slightly uphill and then a left turn takes you into the finishing straight. A little confusing as to where the finish line actually is but then I see the clock. 4:07 on the garmin, I'll take that

Here's me taking recovery very seriously    (Rest, Ice, Cava, Elevation)



Barcelona Marathon 2015

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 17:15

lovely day and a 14 min pb for me

Crowd were very good and some great bands.

How did everyone get on?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 17:12

Well done Jugular, sounds a good marathon..I'll make a note of that one.

14 min pb today , really enjoyed it. 4:07:46 , split times of 2:03:25 & 2:04:22. Quite even 5km splits as well, last 4k was tough. 

I'll write a bit more when I get back. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 22:24

Enjoy Tunisia big_g , lovely to run along the beach.

Looking forward to a weekend away, so much to do though before flying out tomorrow. Treat it as a training run, but would be nice to sneak a  Pb. Will be very happy to stay under 4:30 though.

Have a good weekend a all


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