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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 11:00

You're right Shades.. even though I'm moaning about my speed sessions my running is definitely getting quicker. My easy pace seems naturally faster and I am getting intervals into medium long runs ok. I've really got to concentrate and don't find it very enjoyable but I enjoy it afterwards if that makes sense. The only sessions I really find difficult are long runs where I try to stick some marathon pace kms in. I'm just praying that things will all come together on the day!

Easy 16k for me this morning. Wrapped up as thought it was going to be cold but actually v mild. Turned into a beautiful day now.

LOL at you causing traffic jams.. when are you off?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 15:39

Emmy - LOL at you "giving marathons a rest until after the marathon.." Ha! That says it all

KK - You have done some cracking runs lately - sub 4 is there for the taking

Louey - You do training runs on Westminster bridge? Wow!

Mowzer - Well done on your race and getting another sub 4 (I've just had to Google Mablethorpe, had no idea where it was)

Big G - Great photo  Did you enjoy Bruges after all?

Shades - Didn't realise it was this weekend you were off. Really wish I could be there to see your fellow travellers' faces when you pop off to do a marathon! Have a fab time.

Managed to get some fast km intervals in the middle of a longish run yesterday. Was starting to feel sick on last two which MUST be a good sign.

 Edited to say will be glad when marathon is over and I can resume base training.. I've had enough of speedwork

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 11:39

That sounded like an interesting marathon to spectate at Big G! Enjoy Bruges.. I'd definitely slope off on your own though.

SK - Wow! A sub 40min 10k is FANTASTIC  well done you. Did you go flat out from the start and hope to hang on or did you try and go on even splits? I bet it hurt.. mind you that would have satsfied your dad - didn't he say once that a 10k was supposed to hurt?! LOL at his reaction afterwards too

Shades - Must be a weight off your mind that all that paperwork is done.

No injuries with rifle yesterday and this mornings school trip passed without mishap too (they had scissors not secateurs after all) There was only one dodgy moment in my group when one wailing child held up one red hand but it turned out to be grape juice thank God.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 11:17

31km long run done this morning. Felt better at the end than I did after my last long run so that's pretty positive. "Better" is relative mind you.. still had aching legs and glad to touch the "Stop" sign at the bottom of our village which is my end point.

One of the boys' birthdays today. He has his first air rifle. I am staying firmly in the house along with the dogs, daughter and parrot. The other boys and OH are running round setting up targets etc. Tomorrow is also going to be risk filled. I am helping out at smallest sons primary school. It is grape picking time and they have organised a trip out to a local vineyard. A whole class of 3 and 4 year olds let loose with a pair of secateurs each

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 15:51

X cross Big G - Lovely photo of you and Emmy and wonderful news on her pregnancy too... bet that's not going to slow that machine down much though

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 15:35

Shades - I find it impossible to do any gym exercises at home so I'm sticking to this class. It's the only thing I've found which is (reasonably) local to me. I think a kettle bell workout really needs the structure of a class. It's actually thanks to you that I bought one in the bargain bin at Lidl and now have a lovely orange doorstop

Big G - Of course you should have your goody bag!! I had a DNS at Nantes a couple of years ago and picked up a nice tech tshirt. I only use it for training runs mind you! Enjoy your trip and a Hi to the lovely Emmy from me too.

Run over past the wind turbines this morning which went well. Saw a hedgehog in the middle of the road so stopped to push him over to the side. Thought he seemed a bit light so switched my knuckle duster lights on (Only have them on if I see a car coming or if avoiding puddles) only to find I was carefully saving the life of a dried up sunflower head

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 10:23

Hi Louey  Good to get that 22 miler under your belt.. when is Abingdon?

SK - Ha! Yes, La Rochelle IS a marathon, I did it last year after Cognac but there was a three week break between the two. Cognac was the race I had been training for so the pressure was off for La Rochelle. Good job really as it felt like someone just pulled the plug out at km 35! I would say I'm definitely just a two marathon a year girl though. Saying that... ditherditherdither..

Big G - That's a shame about Brussels. However you've got a great training base behind you for another Autumn marathon AND you can relax and throw yourself fully into those belgian beers now

Shades - You're battling off that cold aren't you?!

We did do step again last night and I seem to be getting a bit better at it but I'm not sure if it's giving me a good workout though. I'm so busy concentrating on where my feet should be I'm not really throwing myself into the exercise itself. However, as I reasoned to myself in the car on the way home, I am doing a lot more than I would be if I was at home at that time of the evening.. ie sitting on my bum with a Jack Daniels in my hand

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 17:28

Wooooo!! That's fab news Keith  (Bet you'll end up doing London and TP100 though )

Shades - Forgot to say well done on your prize at Hereford.. let us know what you get!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 17:20

SK - Still no idea what that strap is for. The saucisson does not need to go in the fridge (thank goodness) - it has a bit of string on the end so I have hung it up on one of the beams.. hopefully giving my kitchen a professional, Nigella type look...

I am good at rash internet decisions (mostly involving buying new kit ) The good thing about booking races in advance is that it makes it more difficult to find an excuse at the last minute. I am dithering about entering La Rochelle which this year is only two weeks after Cognac. Although I would like to do that race again I think two weeks after is a bit too close for me (Obviously not a true Shadie!)

Big G - Glad you're feeling a bit better. If that's gone on to your chest though then I would have thought it's best to give the marathon a miss as you wouldn't do yourself justice and it would probably wipe you out for a good bit afterwards.

Easy run today but legs felt quite heavy.. not sure why. Have got my gym class later tonight - the instructor does something different every time. I hope it's not step again. She did that a few weeks ago and I am completely useless at it. Every time you had to turn round on the thing I turned the wrong way and ended up facing everyone feeling a complete numpty. She does some pilates and stretching every time as well which I think is doing some good. Well it's forcing me to do some stretching at least twice a week anyway.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 08:05

Just googled echincea. I know nothing . I get my mum to bring me a carload of lemsips once a year as the french version is rubbish but that's about it.

Had a welcome visit last night. One of the organisers from the HM race brought my prize up in person.. they knew I was local and made the effort to come and deliver my goody bag direct which I thought was a lovely thing to do.

It contained:

- One jar of raspberry jam

- One pack of green tea

-One pack of caramel biscuits (already eaten by me )

- One enormous tshirt with the name of our local newspaper blazoned on it

- One mysterious strap with name of newspaper on

- One packet of strawberry Haribos

- One bottle of Bordeaux

One enormous saucisson (as big as my arm!)

There you go... just thought I'd share that with you

Beautiful bright blue skies, fresh and cold this morning. Perfect running weather. Leaves starting to change colour.. I love this time of year.

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