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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:40

Ah I typed loads more than that!

Small field at White Peak 'less than' 200. Weather reports not looking good all week so I expected downpours and 30mph winds for most of the day, so I took a lot of clothing options with me. Left home at 6am and had a lovely 'fun' drive over on quiet roads,arriving around 8am, just as the registration opened. Picked up my number and had a bite to eat (1 Peanut butter bagel & 1 jam bagel), as well constantly sipping on an energy drink. The weather looked ok, a few dark clouds about was all.

Over the next hour it slowly got busier as runners arrived to register, a bit of atmosphere was building. I still couldn't decide what to wear, so ended up with a long sleeve top (that I've never run in!) and my windproof. Packed up a smaller bag with food/drink/keys etc. ,ready for the 30min bus journey to the start.

Arrive at the start with 20mins to go, still not raining & the sun actually came out!. I decided to stick with what I had on. After the first mile I took off the windproof and was never to put it on again, cursing most of the way that I hadn't left it behind. Ah well.

The first 8 - 10 miles are nearly all up, so the plan was to run at 9's or slightly over...hmm that went out of the window almost straight away, I found myself in the low 8's. So eased back a bit but the pace kept creeping up (no discipline!), reached the little out and back around 11-12 miles and knew then that the 2nd half was going to hurt! So far only a little bit of light rain and one downpour, quite windy in places though.

Halfway in 1:55 and not feeling great, legs were giving up, I had a stitch and seemed to have a very dry mouth. Cracked on to about 16 and then reverted to a run/walk as I was starting to cramp, seemed to be ok going up or down but really struggled on the flat. Tried to be strict with myself and not allow the walks to become too long, so did a max of .1 on the watch and tried to run at least .3. This worked quite well. Another couple of downpours, but nothing that lasted too long and was actually quite refreshing.

3 nice downhills towards the end which thankfully weren't too steep to run down,  the last of them taking me to within a mile of the finish, which was completely flat along the canal but managed to run it and was glad to finally see the finish. 4:21 ,but number 14 done.

A Really lovely course & well organised, I'd def do it again. Only £20 as well I think, no medal & £5 for a cotton tee, little goody bag & a mug. Nice.

Took a little longer to get home but nothing bad & was surprised I hadn't seized up on the journey, legs felt tired but had no problem walking/stairs etc, slept well though . On Sunday I was up and down the stairs carrying stuff up/down, and working on the house. Just a little bit of soreness, but mostly ok.

I need to get back to doing long runs, to try and get some endurance back & that will hopefully be all I need to do to get the sub 4 (and beyond).

I've been out for a 3 miler this morning & no aches/pains, legs do feel empty though.

Liverpool on Sunday then, I've no idea how to run it at the moment. Will see how the legs feel in a few days and go from there.

Hope that niggle is ok Shades, I think I've had that one before where a certain stretch will hurt but can't feel it running/walking. Well done on the prize

Good news about Ryan Iain, he must be relieved.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 20:47
NickW2 wrote (see)

(lurker poking their head in)

KK - I've found before that for some reason it doesn't let you post a "less than" sign...looks to me like that might be your problem?

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Spot on Nick. Thanks.

The next character was a less than sign.

I've got the post saved on my work pc so I'll put it on in the morning.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 13:23

What is going on, I've got a post saved but it won't let me post it. I'll try later.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 13:21

Ah I typed loads more than that! 

Small field at White Peak

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 09:31

Looks like Venice went well Big_G, & the 10k was a success again.

Well done on the 10k pb Cal, if it's a measured course then ignore the garmin & take the pb.

Worcester sounds like a marathon I'd like, shame about your calf but you still did a decent time.

Ian - I arrived just late a few weeks ago, realised when I was half mile away that it was going to be tight, and came into the top gate (100mtrs away) to see them setting off, overtook 200 that day . So is parkrun a weekly fixture for you now ?

White Peak marathon, small field

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 13:09

Cheers Shades, I've got some poncho things somewhere from other races, always handy to have. I'll stick them on my ever growing kit list The waterproof was for longer term I just don't like getting wet and cold whilst hanging around at the start, once running it's all good.

What race are you doing Cal ?

Strapping will def help mamafox, as Cal said, youtube is your friend. Do you ever have a straightforward day ? !

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 13:49

Enjoy you hols Big_G, who bagged the single ?

Cheers sk ,yes was thinking cereal bars & probably an energy drink. I did something similar in Barcelona when I couldn't find an early breakfast. The day(s) before probably has more importance.

Old jumper is on my list & also an old brolly that I can bin. I realised I don't own a running waterproof, but I do have my Montane windproof (which I love), it's water resistant but even in a downpour it keeps the windchill off. 

Anyone recommend a waterproof ? , Looked at Montane Minimus / OMM / Inov8 Stormshell / Berghaus Vapourlite. I think I prefer the idea of a smock for a waterproof.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 12:15

mowzer is cutting down shades, she only walked the marathon on the first day  

Cal - I'm checking the weather way too much & wishing it wasn't as wet on Saturday as it's currently going to be!.

sk - You always call me Keith! , yes I remember when you were trying to get under 20.

I managed to miss any rain on my run last night and a run this morning. I think I'm done now until Saturday. The start & finish are in different places, & you have to register at the finish on the day & then catch a bus to the start (half hour i think). Means an early start & breakfast difficulties. I'll have to take something with me, but not sure what just yet. I'm also unsure of how long we can keep hold of our bags before putting them on the bus to go back to the finish. Could be a wet/cold start so want to stay warm & dry for as long as possible.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 11:39

Nicky Spinks was an amazing run , a single Bob Graham is very tough.

Ian - Not sure what hill you're using but Redhill / Resthill are good for hill reps, quite short & steep though. Would be good to say hello at parkrun, I won't be there this weekend, but will do the weekend after.

Annoyingly I'm not going to get another proper shot at parkrun for a while, marathon this Saturday & another one the following Sunday, and legs won't be back for at least 2 weeks after that, more like 3 or 4.I think I'll need to add some speed work into my week. Looking at it, I don't do speed work & I don't do long runs ,parkrun is my speed work, but that at least means I can do something to improve & hopefully get the sub 20 this year. I also want to do a decent Marathon time, sub 3:40 I feel is a sensible goal, maybe Loch Ness.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 17:19

Well done on the pb Cal.

Shame I don't know what you look like Ian!, sounds like you had a good run. I did that on my first one, 'it's only 5k I can sprint that'!! I would have been stood just before the finish waiting for my brother when you went through, had a blue Edinburgh marathon Tee on. The guy who won it is a 2:16 marathoner and holds the fastest superhero time at London!, New Zealands no1. He's won every parkrun bar one that he's done, 59 of them. Not bad.

Well done on the 50 sk, you must have a few wins to your name now.

Shades - Yes, family did a bunch of gardening which was handy. Left with a big pile of Ivy/Brambles etc. now though to get rid of. Had a good weekend though, eating and drinking plenty . My weekly mileage is up from last year & I've probably done slightly more on the 'long' run front as well. Will find out on Saturday i guess . Shame about Exeter, nice 14k pb though

Louey - Enjoy the 10k

Another pb at parkrun this week, went off quick and wasn't feeling it so eased back a little and then hung on, seemed to improve as it went on and then just a case of hanging on. I don't look at my watch at all until the final corner & I knew last week I was on 19:15, this week 19:00!! so just gave whatever i had left (not much!) , finished in 20:21, so taking 21 secs off last weeks time. Hmmm sub 20.

More pleasing was that's the 2nd week in a row that all 3 miles were sub 7 , think I've only done that 2 or 3 times before across 63 parkruns.

Nice easy 10k this morning with my brother. Looking forward to an easy week.

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