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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 08:07

MOLLY!!!  How lovely to see you again.. looking forward to hearing how you've been getting on 

Shades - I'm not even going to look at that weight calculator at the moment  I meant to ask you a while ago about your training.. you wrote after DD that you were planning to cut around 10 minutes on average off your marathon time. That seems a pretty sizeable chunk.. how are you going to change your training? 

Hope that ankle recovers ok.

Went out for a run yesterday in spite of intending a complete break for two weeks(!) yet surprisingly foot was ok and is not too bad now. It's a mystery. Anyway, I won't go on as I'm even boring myself here.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 11:53

Thank you for the reassurance Shades.. it is getting me down a bit to be honest but what you say makes sense. I'm on my feet a lot in work but we will be breaking up for the summer holidays soon so I'm hoping that will make a difference too.

Happy belated birthday Lily.. you're not letting that one passed unnoticed are you?! 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 07:56

Good grief Big G.. where did that come from?!! You've gobsmacked me there.. Ha!! Well done on finishing your marathon in a cracker of a time especially considering your health problems etc that have thwarted your training and other races this year. Trust you to go for one of those horrific (for me anyway) lap marathons too. Great stuff.. bet you're glad that's out of the way now 

Fab running from everyone else too. Haven't time to comment on everyone but just a big well done going out to PBers Ian and Nessie and Steve for an impressive HM result on top of a high mileage week. Well done for hanging in there as well SK and being faster than last year 

Happy belated birthday to Cal too 

I tried to go out for my first run this weekend and managed a pathetic 9km with my ankle feeling it's clamped in a vice again. I think I just need to be patient and rest it until it stops hurting completely. I'm really fed up though, this has been going on for ages it seems

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 13:28

Hellooooo Shadies - sorry for being AWOL (again) but things have been hectic.. I haven't even been lurking on my phone *gasp*. All last week has been preparing for our end of school show.. the theme this year has been "Round the world"(!) and I've had the 9/10 year olds preparing a traditional Indian dance and the 7/8 year olds doing a Haka. In a cruel twist of fate I've had the most awful DOMs in my quads this week and the endless Haka repetitions haven't helped at all  It's also been my daughter's 16th birthday and we've had a big party for that as well (I wasn't actually allowed to stay though!!!) Anyway, work and home back to normal again but the house is an absolute bombsite and I'm horribly behind with all the school enrolement for next year etc.

Anyway, I've just realised all that has bugger all to do with running so sorry for the ramble.

I haven't actually run since the marathon as my ankle swole right up again (WHAT a surprise) and my quads have been killing me. Am leaving things until the weekend before trying to go out again as want to be on form to start plan for an Autumn race.

And yes Shades I am doing a report.. just don't hold your breath!


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 06:48
Still in Carcassonne (taken day off work today!) and just a quick phone post to say I got round and finished in 3:54:08 which, all things considered, I'm pretty pleased with. Started slow and gradually cranked it up. Was dying in the last 10k mind you. Finished 5th woman (only 47 of us!) and first six women pulled in for formal drug testing!!! I started gibbering on about Nurofen but was assured this is ok. Took ages and was a right performance. Will post more when home.

My purple spa bath was fab. I want one.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 06:03
Just a quick post from my phone - annoying about missing that cut off because of your calf Shades. Prob a good thing in a way as I bet you'd have carried on if you'd been under and done some real damage, forcing you to take a longer recovery. You know you can do it injury free next year now.

Well done on the PB Ian and your placing Cal.

We got here fine yesterday with no car incident thank goodness. I'm on my nose now though. Some eejit was playing Salsa music outside my window until 4am. I also had a couple of lovely Mojitos with my pizza which seemed like a good idea at the time. Getting ready now and it's about a 20min walk to the start. Looks like it's going to be hot too. Marvellous!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 19:39

Thank you for the good wishes everyone.

Just popping on to say good luck to Shades and anyone else racing this weekend. 

Shades I really hope you make those cut offs. I have a picture in my mind of you and Big G giving each other high fives at the top of some wild moor somewhere!

(At the same sort of time as I will undoubtably be trying to hitch a lift on the hard shoulder between Toulouse and Carcassonne )

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 16:59

KK - Can't afford to hire a car.. I'm already stretching things with petrol costs etc so we haven't really got much choice. IMO Mr Fox is always a bit on the pessimistic side so all should be ok. I remember driving up to another race (in a different car!) and he had put so many spare parts/tools in the car I could only just about squash in my trainers.

Shades - Yes, I've booked us an appartment.. the drive will take us about 3/4 hours and we're leaving Saturday morning for the marathon on the Sunday. Loads of time in the bag 

SK - Yes I am very fed up with this injury now, I've had it since early December! I used Biofreeze originally for pain relief and now am on Niflugel - an anti inflammatory gel. Thank you for the crossed fingers, I don't think I've ever been so under prepared for a marathon so I'll need all the help I can get!

Thanks for the good wishes Big G. I hope to enjoy it too. It will be a good way to see an area I don't know much about. The race starts in the medieval town and then loops round the countryside, taking in part of the Canal du Midi on the way. I'm looking forward to it. Sort of.



Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 10:36

Blimey this thread is moving quickly!

Big G - That sounds like a good speed session, definitely one advantage of being in a club as there is no way I could do that sort of effort on my own.

Nessie - Hi! 

Nick - Absolutely no chance of anywhere near last November's PB.. quite frankly it will be nothing short of a miracle if I finish the course.

Cal - I think I remember SK talking about doing that Cabbage patch race before.

KK - I can't believe you've just done Liverpool so soon after your last race.. wow!! Well done on getting through that. You've definitely committed yourself to some long training runs now 

SK - Great news on the official PB 

Shades - I mentioned the MRI scan for you as my doctor was able to see quite a lot of detail about my feet and confirm a definite diagnosis. He also pointed out that my feet had "suffered" and there was a fair bit of calcification. When I asked what effect this would have he thought for a moment then said that when someone discovered my skeleton in 2000 years time they would be able to tell I'd been a runner  He told me that recently a skeleton had been excavated in Australia and they had discovered that the length of the man's running stride had been 3m!!! My stride is roughly 1m so the idea of a stride of 3m is difficult to get your head round. Anyway.. with regards to my recovery he just waved his hands in the air and said "We'll see what happens.." 

I have just done one easy run this week and am checking my foot every 5 mins to see if this gel plus rest is making the swelling go down. It's not. Have no idea how to pace this race. I think I'll go out at current long run pace and just hope I can hang on. I am tempted to go out faster so it'll be over quicker (the niggle changes to a burning sensation after about 2hrs) but I know my logic is flawed here.

The other worry is actually getting there. The BMW is still on the operating table and our old Toyota "needs looking at". We are taking an extra fuel pump in case we need to replace the current one en route. As you do  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 18:49

Shades - Thank you for that calm, reassuring advice for my marathon. I'm going to follow it!

Lol at your morning encounter 

Have you thought of getting an MRI scan to get to the bottom of that foot problem? Not sure how it works in the UK.. would your GP refer you for one?

Cal - You do so much core work it puts me to shame 

Steve - Well done on all that holiday running. I love running in different places.

Big G - that beer and train festival sounds good. Have you got another race planned soon? I can't remember.

SK - If not another 10k PB it's really close AND a minute off last year's time is a great result.

You are right about asking Dr Google. I regret it every time. That amputation comment was on the first page mind you!

Yes, it is Carcassonne I am doing on Sunday. Looks like it's going to be hot too which isn't really a surprise but I'm not sure if I need to take salt/electrolytes.. are they the same thing?  .. and how do I know if I need them?

Saw my Dr today with the results of the scan and, as predicted by Dr Cal(!), he has given me some anti-inflammatory gel inside a sort of big plaster thing. He said to take the marathon easy but hopefully the gel will have a positive effect on the injury, fingers crossed. 


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