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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 13:20

Afternoon. Just a touch windy out there! , mild though.

House purchase went through on Thursday & we completed on Friday! ,it's been a journey getting this far but it's only just begun. House is a repossession & still full of stuff, we've just spent the weekend starting to clear it and still not there but getting closer with each trip to the tip (12 so far). Gas has been capped on the street so that may take a while to sort & no meter . Still we have plenty to get on with. Just packing and moving out of ours will be challenging enough. The new house needs quite a bit of work, it's liveable though. It's Grade 2 listed so we have to get planning permission for everything, so we need to make a big list and do it in one.

Going to be tricky fitting in the runs around everything, but will get some good x training in

parkrun number 49 done, so number 50 this weekend

White Peak marathon (May) entered today to keep me focussed.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 17:30

Did someone say cake? ,that's really good SK, I'd make a right mess of making one of those

Must go back to Barca, love it there.

If I can get out early enough, then I agree about the peace Shades. I managed to get out just before 6am this morning and really enjoyed it. Just need to get out of the late night routine.

Entered Loch Ness today, so it's definite now. White peak entries open on Monday, so just need to decide on whether to go for a double or go for a time.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 13:21

Good to see your Garmin has arrived Keith, will be interesting to see what you make of it. What are you using at the moment ?

Cal - You'll find extra speed on the day.

Ian5 - Yep mine recorded 13.2 for Helsby, Endomondo has my half distance time at 1:39:25, but obviously can't claim that, can only use what the results say. It's good when a run feels easy, don't have enough (any!) of them though.

Louey - I just like a few bumps along the way , less excuses on a flat race as well. I do prefer flat for shorter stuff. Hills are fun.

Liking the 235, it's a massive difference coming from the trusty but ageing 305.

I like wearing it all the time, no panicking when I don't remember where I left it! The activity monitoring is interesting, I'll see how that looks over time. It's very quick to pick up satellite reception & the screen displays 4 fields (like I had on the 305) nicely as well. The wireless sync is brilliant, no more fiddling with cables and firing up the laptop, it just does it in the background with my phone.

HR monitoring seems accurate enough for my use & it's good to get those stats back in my logs. The other feature I love is the wrist turn to enable backlight, can quickly see stats without pressing anything / waiting for a street light!.

It will also display txt messages / calendar items / notifications / weather reports etc. from the phone when in range. Very handy.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 13:34

Barcelona is great, you'll love it.

Get yourself to the Cava bar, great atmosphere in there & cheap.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 10:22

Thanks Shades. Hmmm a double up with Windermere

Well that was a weird turn of events this morning. A temp who has just started here, has/had! a 235 for sale. So I now own one .Will give it a run tonight and report back.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 08:29

I'm not so keen on flat Marathons, I prefer an undulating course to keep it interesting and to make the legs work in slightly different ways. I find I can stretch out a bit on a downhill and do shorter steps on an up, so just mixes it up a bit. Obviously if it's too hilly, then that really plays havoc with pacing and becomes a different challenge.

Ian ,hmmm it would be a good toilet stop at best.

Does Manchester fill up ? I'll have to think about it. I'm definitely going to do White Peak in May.

Keith - The 235 is on my wish list so will be interested to see how you get on with it. I like the idea of not faffing / finding! the HRM strap. The only slight downside I've seen in reviews is that there's a bit of lag if you're doing intervals, but that wouldn't bother me & can hopefully be fixed in a firmware update. The new Fenix3 with Optic HRM looks very nice, but expensive. That foot has been troubling you for a while now, frustrating.

Good luck with the training Cal.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 13:17

Cheers Ian. Yes you'll see good improvements if you've just started out. Main thing is getting some consistent easy miles in the legs & frequent racing.

I was looking at doing Manchester as well, never done it. Don't like where it ends though.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 09:52

18m on a treadmill!, wow. I'd much rather run in the snow. Great for mental strength though.

Nice PB Ian, it's a great race isn't it. I'm glad you had a good run. Cramps are a tricky one.

I got there quite early, to get a good parking spot (I'm 20mins away, on the Wirral). Wandered down to the start and caught up with a few people. Then did a mile warm up & headed for the start with 5 mins to go, didn't want to be hanging around too long, it was chilly!. 1:40 was the dream, but not been feeling too great the last couple weeks & throat a little sore so decided to run on feel.

First mile 7:40, hmmm that's around 1:40 pace and felt ok, breathing was fine and the legs ok. 7:32, 7:35, 7:30, 7:39, 7:36 for the next 5. Nicely settled into a rythym now. Up to this point the course is gentle ups and downs, but I know there's some hills now to get to the 10 mile point.

7:42, 8:00 (that was a tough mile), legs feeling it now and I thought it would be a downward spiral from here. Then back on it with a 7:30, uphill to the 10m point and my slowest split of 8:02, I knew there was a nice downhill coming up so just needed to hang in there. 7:40 , 6:58 , 7:25 for the last 3. Nothing in the legs for the 'sprint' finish, on the last corner the watch was on 1:39, 30 meters to go, over the line and stopped the watch, caught my breath and watch said 1:40! arghh when did that change.

Official time 1:40:05 ,so 1m50secs off my best, delighted with that, but those 5 seconds are annoying.

I beat my 10k pb (~47:30) twice during the half! , which was from 18months ago, so I need to do a couple of 10k's this year.

I'll do the Liverpool half in March to try and fix that.

Anyone done the White Peak marathon ? entries open in Feb, 200 max. It's on 21st May.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 22:56

What half are you doing Ian ? sounds very much like the 4 Villages course, which I'm doing this weekend.

I think that's good news mamafox!, horrible being told you can't run for 3 weeks though but treat it as a break.

Certainly making the most of your days Shades!

Cold, wet and miserable at the moment. January is quite depressing. Still getting some miles in though, it's all good

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 22:47

Happy New Year all, busy on this thread!

Hope all the injuries aren't anything serious.

62 Marathons for the year, just wow. I got my Snowdon entry in early as well, so that'll hopefully be number 4 for me this year.

Loch Ness is also on the list, my brother is running it also & a few friends doing the 5k or 10k events. The wife has family just North of Inverness so will make a week of it.

House moves & marathon training don't mix to well Iain, but always fun to learn new routes. We could also be moving soon, we've had an offer accepted so fingers crossed it will all go through. Only 1/2 mile away so no new routes for me

Half marathon coming up a week on Sunday, would love to dip under 100mins but not that confident, but will see how I feel on the day.

Mamafox - It sounds like you run a cattery/kennels at the moment anyway!, you always sound busy. Go chase your dreams.

Shades - Not working must be lovely, I really enjoyed the time off over Xmas & doing daylight runs again with no time pressures. Can't believe you're in the gym at half 6 though!

parkrun tomorrow, number 46. Not far off the 50 tee , I've not volunteered yet, so when I reach 50 I will start.

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