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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 13:35

big_g - Good to see the running is going well. Could do without the probate stuff though, must be frustrating.

jugula - That's not a good experience, I hope it hasn't put you off. It's finding the cause of the problems that is sometimes frustrating, look at your diet/hydration in the days leading up to the Marathon, maybe a bug etc.

Cracking 10 mile time SK

Iain - Probably still recovering from Chester & not specifically trained for a 10k. I'm not keen on the faster shorter stuff either but something I want to improve on, just feels like I'm hanging on for the entire race & lungs & legs hurting!

Hope the foot rights itself Shades, good move on withdrawing I think, good luck with Dublin.

Abingdon is on my list as well, mainly as it's a local one for me (well not now but I grew up in Oxford and know Abingdon well), you haven't inspired me to do it though

Had a nice 7 miler along the River Dee on Friday & then had a very lazy weekend, did plan a couple of little runs but they never happened. I'll head out tonight for 4-6 & a few tomorrow (looks a bit windy tomorrow!)

Snowdon on Saturday which I feel massively under prepared for so no time pressures which is good although I'll be upset if I don't beat last years time, 4:56.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 13:12

That's the kind of people you need to go with! ,by the sounds of it they'll get you into all sorts of situations though . I enjoy mountain walking/scrambling and wish I lived closer to some big hills. 

My daughter has just climbed Snowdon with her cadets group, she's 11. Pleased and annoyed as I wanted to take her up there but she really enjoyed it which is great. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 10:16

If it's zero visibility/dark etc then It's all about taking very regular reference points and knowing your direction/pace. Well beyond my skill level. Love looking at maps though.

Or just use a GPS ,my iPhone kept me out of trouble once on Snowdon in very bad conditions, I was on a descent i knew well (The steep scree of the Watkin path) but also knew that I didn't want to be too far to the left where there were big drops. I bought a proper GPS after that day

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 08:39

I was going to suggest wrapping it around your wrist Shades but seems you worked that out! I've got the alpkit headtorch (which my daughter has now taken ownership of) and that works well, not sure it would be bright enough for proper off road though but is fine for country roads and footpaths etc.

Another one I now do is if i wear my windproof and then get hot, rather than tie it round my waist etc which always annoys me, I leave it on one arm and just wrap it round my wrist, makes it much easier to put back on as well.

Think I've been running more frequently 4 or 5 times a week rather than 3 or 4, but those runs have all been between 5 & 10 miles. So the 10k run didn't surprise me as I knew my 51:36 time was a little soft, it was the marathon that amazed me, I thought I'd find it much harder 2nd half. 

I would rest as well Lilly, I had a chest infection a couple of years back and it took about 3-4 months to clear. Sounds like your almost over it.

Great run on the 10 miler snap, I'd like to try the orienteering but my sense of direction is crap at best , I can read a map I just don't know where I am.

Think you've earned a lazy week Iain.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 13:46

It's good to see you back running again Big_g, will be good for you to have a routine. Don't think too far ahead and take each day as it comes. That was good of your GP, and one less thing for you to worry about. 

Not sure how you lot do doubles!, one day maybe but certainly at the moment I wouldn't want to get up the next day and do another. 

Wirral 10k for me yesterday (it's run in tandem with a half option) , decided to race the 10k rather than plod round the half option. So sub 50 was the plan, first mile is slightly up for first couple hundred meters then a gentle down so was at 7:30 for the first mile which felt comfortable ish, course then makes it way to the promenade and then round the coast so all flat. Settled into a nice pace (7'40's), mile 4-5 was the toughest as I think i knew that sub 50 was in the bag and it would have been easy to just ease up a bit, but set a new target of keeping all my miles under 7'50. 

Finished in a new PB of 47:38 (previous was 51:36)  ,splits of 7:31,7:42,7:48,7:48,7:49,7:43 so probably paced it about right as I didn't have much left at the end. Lovely sunny morning as well. Hung around at the end to watch the 10k's come in and then the half marathon winner (by quite a few minutes) came flying through in 68mins. 

Snowdon mara next for me , week on Saturday.

I'll probably enter Windermere, like the sound of York as well. I think I may have mentioned to the other half that I might not do any marathons next year & have already penciled in half a dozen

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 14:30

I thought the fenix was going to be a torch ! Nice bit of kit

I could get used to not working . Had breakfast down the local cafe, quick visit to screwfix and the library and then went sloe picking. Field where the sloes are is now full of very curious cows, one came over and licked the oh back Picked a few kg worth so a good batch of sloe gin this year.

Then ran the 4 miles home and got a soaking, sunny again when I got home.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 17:55

Takes me back to my youth big_g, remember siting in the back of mates golf smoking things we shouldn't have been, that album got played a lot  

17th much for no marathons next year, be warm enough to camp by then. Does anyone know if it sells out quickly?


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 15:49

Agree with everything said above, Thanks for sharing big_g, sounded a perfect send off And guessing there was a spreadsheet involved somewhere. Good choice of music. Take care And stay strong 

Now listening to appetite of destruction album, it's been a long time. 

First run run since Chester today and legs feel great, did an effortless 5 miler, that's a very rare occurrence for it to be that easy. Have a 10k on Sunday.

So when's Windermere

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 10:41

Legs feel surprisingly good today, I'll hold off running until tomorrow though. I've got the week off ,I'm having a lazy morning catching up on Match of the Day & the F1 in bed.

Underpants world record sounds a laugh.

snap - Couldn't possibly answer that about how I thought the Shadies would look 

Apologies Iain if it seemed I dashed off post marathon, I really needed to lay down as I felt quite queasy and thought I may throw up, i just needed to get out of the crowd where we were stood. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:30

Chuffed with4:26 , no runs over 10 miles for 3 months so really didn't know how the 2nd half was going to go..ran nearly all of it. Stuck to the plan of taking it easy and settled into a good rhythm. Would've snapped your hand off before the race for a 4:44 

Good to meet you all , apart from s3200. Perfect racing conditions, great course and all the Marshall's were very supportive. 

Well done again Iain, you've really raised the bar with a sub 3. Take it that's a Boston qualifying time If you want it? 

Hope you all had a good journey home.

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