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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 09:10

Forgot to say tried my new knuckle duster lights out - big thanks going out to the lovely Emmy  - they are FAB. Really light up well all around you and best of all I don't even feel I'm wearing them. They are so light and fit snugly round my hand. Only thing to be careful of is turning your wrist round to look down at your watch. Completely blinded myself a couple of times and had to stagger round until I could see again

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 09:01

Morning everyone

Big G - That turned out to be a good race after all then! I think lopping off two minutes from last years time is a great result. I know you said the weather was worse last year.. but 2 mins faster is still going some in my book.

That would be very poignant if Steph could be buried near Claire. You have shown yourself to have such strength of character in dealing with this unbelievably sad situation. You describe how you are feeling so well.. sometimes I find myself thinking that you are reacting in a completely "normal" way - then I remind myself that the word "normal" cannot possibly be used in these sort of circumstances. I'm wittering on here but what I guess I'm trying to say is that I think you're coping brilliantly. You're keeping your head up, keeping going - and you are supporting your family too. As SK said earlier - Claire would be so so proud of you.

SK - Forgot to thank you for the tiger balm tip. Definitely helps! Hope minikoala had a good birthday.

anniesophie - Great result for your race... which is your main target race this year?

Iain - Will be interesting to see what that physio says.

Shades - Hot Chanel bath v plunging into ice cold water....ooooh now that's a difficult choice.....

There was a programme on sport on tv last night and they had a short report on your Hoka shoes Shades. Even though it is a french design the take up in France is very low indeed so they are going all out to try and increase interest in them. They had a stall by the side of a race in Paris and were persuading people to try them for the race itself. Unfortunately the Hoka rep ended up giving the reporter a pair of shoes without double checking and she ran off with two different sizes.. It was interesting seeing them training up the reps as well. Apparently the Hoka is the only shoe which you can completely bend and then it bounces up again. They had a room full of people boomeranging shoes around

3yo is much better thank you. Still not 100% but better. Operation is Thursday - general anaesthetic but we SHOULD be out the same day (On prayer mat already)

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 10:57

Big G - Even if you have an average race it'll still be a better option than the staying in bed one

Shades - Never heard of your sugar free sports drinks. Mind you, I have no idea whatsoever about that sort of thing. The only time I ever try any out is if it's on offer during a marathon!

Good forest run yesterday - got a bit lost and ended up adding on a couple of km which was not a bad thing. Well for me anyway.. my daughter had an extra half hour of quality time looking after the three year old and wasn't quite so positive about that  Early out this morning and absolutely freezing. Bit of a rubbish run as felt really tired. Had a bit of a bad night as woken by the littlest but I really do need to make an effort to go to bed earlier.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:49

Big G - Nobody should have to be making the sorts of décisions that you are being forced to do. I'm sure you will keep going through all this with the dignity and courage that you have shown already. My heart goes out to you.

Lily - Lovely to "see" you.

SK - Great on getting that 20 miler done AND  a speedy finish too. Is that the first 20+ miler? How many of those are you planning?

My new shoes felt a bit weird on the road but were great once I got into the forest. It was lovely to have a bit of grip for once. They are no longer green either. They are now brown. This is not actually a bad thing - the green was eye wateringly bright.

That's interesting about the cold having an effect on calves/hamstrings Shades. My hamstrings have been a bit tight and I've been wondering why. I can't exactly blame it on over doing it either. Unless the hamstrings are required in the eating of fig rolls perhaps


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 05:22

Big G - Again, echoing what everyone else is saying - do not for one minute think you are being selfish by thinking of yourself. You have been doing so brilliantly - just keep going as you are (())

Good luck with that double Emmy - fingers crossed you get there - Will Moore be doing that too? (Isn't that his part of the world?)

On a shoe note I recently ordered a pair of Salomon trail shoes which I found at a very good price on line. I have one pair of shoes at the moment which I wear for everything and they are getting completely ruined when I go off roading. Well I do have my beautiful pink and orange Nike trail shoes but they are only to be used for races in the sun. Far too beautiful to get muddy. I have a pair of road race shoes too. Anyway - my new ones arrived yesterday and I'm not sure about them. They seem enormous and I look like have huge green clown feet  they also have a bigger heel drop than I'm used to. I can get out for a run in the daylight this morning so will take them for a spin in the forest and see how we get on.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 07:39

(((Big G))) I can't believe what you are saying. I am so shocked - there are no words. Steph was like a sister to you and your love for her and appreciation of the support she has given you shone through your posts. And now this lovely person's life has tragically been taken away too. Life is bitterly unfair. My thoughts are with you and Steph's family too x

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 20:39

Big G -  Well done on your 10k PB! That's a cracker of a time too. I'm sending you some of my slow running vibes to keep you on track until your next race. I am very good at these so they should do the trick.

SK - Glad you've shaken off that (one off) bad run and are back on true SK form again!

Iain - If you can't stop running then you are getting some of my slow vibes too I'm afraid - hope that niggle clears up soon.

Mowzer - That sounds a complete nightmare of a day. I hope your daughter is recovering well.

KK - What time are you going for in that half?

anniesophie - Your mum sounds one strong character - must be a bit worrying living so far away from her..

Shades - That unavoidable hill should be good for your training!

I didn't end up getting out the other day.. another day spent in running kit for no reason  but I have been out a fair bit since. On my longer runs I am finding my HR stays pretty stable (unless any massive hills) until about 20k then it seems to go up. If I walk it comes down quickly but then shoots up again if I run. As I am trying to be strict about HR for this month (or until race 15th Feb) should I walk/ run after 20k or should I ignore HR on long runs and just go for steady pace?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 08:02

Morning everyone - We are back home again

Big G - Thanks from me too for posting that report. I'd be interested too as to what goals she has now.

SK - I would have thought it normal that you'd find some of those runs on your plan hard work. If you found them all easy I guess that would mean that your pacing was wrong! (Says the expert!!!) +1 for resting and eating caramel waffles.

Emmy - Another one that needs to put her feet up...

As for me, I definitely don't need to put my feet up. I feel a complete blob. I have done no exercise since Monday other than wheel my son down interminable hospital corridors. I have also been eating too much rubbish - my all time low was polishing off a whole packet of fig rolls without realising  Anyway - can't wait to get back to normal now - will try to get out later when 3yo is sleeping if I can bribe my daughter to keep an eye on him. I have already got my kit on ready

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 12:04
Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts. Little one still on a drip but responding to meds and fingers crossed we should be home for the weekend.
He will need to have a small op in a month or so but will be fine, thank goodness.
Whenever I start moaning about going stir crazy in here I have to remind myself that we are so lucky compared to people in here that are seriously ill.
I will be very glad to get us home though.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 23:08
Just a quick post to say my week hasn't got better at all. My 3yo has been admitted to hospital with a deep ear infection and I am here in the bed next to him! Hopefully things will improve and we will be back home by the weekend. Emmy, that is great news about the knuckle dusters but I won't be able to sort anything out until I'm home if you can bear with me. Won't really be posting as on my phone now and again plus no running so nothing really to write about!
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