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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 17:42

That was a monster read Mowzer! I feel like lying down after reading about all the running (and hard core map reading!) that you've been doing. Hope you've recovered from your fall/painting.. now go and have a rest!!

Shades - Well done on that tunnel ultra.; great medals too. Can you let me know if you hear anything about that Severn bridge marathon. I would love to do that. Got loads of memories of going over the old bridge and I really like the new one too. The timing would also be good.. I can come over in the school holidays and I can stay with my dad as well. Also my bloody foot should have recovered by August 2017 

Nothing much to report here without boring everyone's pants off about my injury. I think it might be getting a bit better.. but I didn't just say that!

A massive good luck going out to Shades, Big G, Steve, Iain and KK. Have fab races and I'm looking forward to hearing ALL about it! 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 06:13

Ian - That must have been gutting to be feeling good and well on the way to your target but getting struck down by injury with only a few miles to go  However, it shows your training was spot on and once you've recovered that sub 4 is there for the taking.

Cal - Cracker of a result there which you really deserve.. well done you 

SK - Happy birthday for yesterday! Great to get that 15 miler done too. Have you decided if you're going to do London next year?

I know it sounds a bit daft not running and then doing a pretty high mileage week but I really wanted to make the most of my time back home. I only go back about once every two years and love running round my hometown. I live on the coast Jacky, so no hills to talk about really! The "worst " thing about this injury is that I can actually run with it even though I can't go more than 2 hrs without it really hurting. I just took Nurofen in training for that week Shades as I was determined to get some runnung done.. I'm not convinced it makes a great deal of difference though.

Whilst I'm thinking about it, when is that Severn bridge marathon? Not that I'm in any shape to enter it.. just curious and if I do recover then it's something I'd love to do.

Have been cycling and also doing some base training here.. forgotten just how slow that is. I haven't got any races planned and need to be careful not to push things so this seems like a good time to do it.

Been thinking of you too this weekend Big G (()) 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 07:52

Hi everyone, been lurking away but as I'm not running (let alone racing) not very much to say really 

I'm sorry I can't comment on everyone but just a couple of things.

Jugula - I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your dad - and how you were treated by that horrible woman. try to rise above people like that. I'm glad his funeral went as you wished.

Mowzer - I loved your report of that monster walk you did 

Shades - I really enjoyed your Cork report. It was a real insight on an Irish marathon and I felt I was there with you. A cracking read 

Big G - I loved looking at your Vietnam photos.. good result in that half you did too.

Steve - That was a great race for GNR.. looking forward to seeing how you do i your marathon now!

As for me, my tendon is STILL giving me grief  I actually did run on my trip back to Wales..I just thought "sod it" and clocked up 115km for the week . Couldn't run above 2hrs and took Nurofen but thoroughly enjoyed it. Foot wasn't actually any worse after either. My blood tests came back ok apart from being extremely low on iron, borderline anaemic apparently, so I'm on supplements for that and we're hoping that's going to make a difference. Am cycling a lot and am starting to do some base training.. doc just says to stop or cut down if it hurts too much. 

Enjoying reading all your exploits from the injury bench anyway!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 07:20

Morning everyone!

Big G - Loved reading about your travels in Vietnam. You're really making the most of your visit.

Cal and Jugula - Great results for you both in your race. That must be really reassuring for you Jugula after all your struggles with your Achilles.

Lily - Have a lovely holiday, hope your mum is ok too.

Louey - I didn't realise sports massages were so expensive.. 20 quid for 30 mins sounds a bit steep to me. What are pokemon that you find by a canal?

Ian - Good luck with your half next weekend.

Shades - I really enjoyed reading your report. It was an interesting read and a great account of the race and your whole weekend. It must be lovely to have a world of running friends to meet up with regularly.. that's a long streak you've got going with Hilary!

I'm off back to Wales to stay with mum for a bit so will be lurking on my phone but will catch up with you all properly when I get back.

I'm taking my trainers

Good running everyone  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 09:44

Steve that was an ace report. The idea of an ultra is kicking around at the back of my mind and that was a great account of what it's really like. It sounds a wonderful choice for a first ultra too. Briilant.. well done you. Also, on another epic note.. well done for getting your report done and posted a couple of days after your race instead of taking two months to do it like SOME people 

Big G - I loved reading your account of Hanoi too. Lol at all that rushing in and out from outside those bars!

Mowzer - Fab report from you too. It sounds a good city course as well. that must have been very stressful at the start though.

Cal - Hope your knee is ok. Hope those shorts are clearly labelled as to which is the back and which is the front too 

Shades - Sounds as if you've shaken off that cold quickly. I forgot to reply to you about the prizes at Carcassonne. No, I didn't get anything.. just the first three women finishers were placed. Prizes didn't look great anyway. A bit of a naff glass trophy and some wine for the first woman finisher. Not a pot of paté in sight. Good job I didn't pull the stops out and win it.. I would have been well disappointed 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 15:22

Jugula - Great getting that long run in the bag. Rest up now.

KK - I would say that counts as a long run with a good tempo section.. plus some quality cross training afterwards 

Cal - Thanks...Try some of that white pen "After bite" that stinks of ammonia, I've found it good for itchy mosquito bites.

Shades - I can't keep up with you, forgotten you were doing IOM. Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Saw my doc this morning who says it's definitely not normal that I'm still suffering with my injury. My body should have healed itself by now so there is something else wrong. He gave me a prescription for a barrage of blood tests and I have to go back and see him when I get the results. I walked over to the analysis laboratory after, there was no-one ahead of me so before I knew it I had four test tubes of blood taken from me and was back out on the street in 10 minutes. My appt with my doc was at 8:40 and I was back in my car after seeing him and having all tests plus paperwork by 9:10 which is pretty good going, even for here 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 15:51

Steve - Well done on completing your first ultra! 

Cal - I am no stick insect but regular running has enabled me to keep at an acceptable weight in spite of eating like a gorilla most of the time. After nearly two months off running the weight is creeping back up so not the moment for strappy green tops unfortunately 

Iain - Thanks for the triathlon info.

Shades - That's a shame about your DNS for Gloucester. Summer colds are horrible too, hope it clears up soon. However, much more important that you're on fighting form for your Irish race next week 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 09:49

Morning everyone

KK - Mr Fox always takes loads of spare parts with us but he got caught out big time when the tyre exploded on the Renault 5 the other week. He hadn't brought a spare with us as it's an unusual size and he couldn't get hold of one and the other one doesn't fit in the storage place under the bonnet etc etc etc..He also refuses to pay for any roadside assistance with our insurance so we had to wait while his mum's boyfriend found and bought a spare tyre and then drove out to rescue us. Happy days. With regard to sloe gin I don't think I've ever tried any.. like the idea of rum and ginger beer though.

Absolutely nothing useful to say about intervals I'm afraid.

Big G - That was clever of you putting that audio file up. Amazing sitting here listening to all that wailing and imagining you walking to work!

I would love a green strappy top like that girl. Unfortunately I don't think it would look as good on me. Think of a Toulouse sausage with a piece of string wrapped tightly around it several times

Iain - Glad you enjoyed the report! For a relay triathlon do you do a bit of each discipline or will you just do the running bit?

Mowzer - Thank you for your comments on my report. That grass starts giving you a hard time I'll come over with my strimmer.

Shades - Was that drug dealing sports drugs amongst runners or did you see people on street corners when you were running? LOl at you forgetting you'd run and announcing a rest day! 

Good luck racers this weekend.

Another stirling non running post from me 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 10:49

Thank you for your lovely comments everyone 

Jugula - I think one of the best things about doing marathons in different places is that it gives you a chance to have a good look round an area and discover places which you wouldn't necessarily have found otherwise. One of my favourite pastimes is having a drink whilst people watching and that spot by the bridge was really lovely. Thank you for the good wishes re my ankle. 

Ian - Not sure where the girl in the green top came in as I didn't see her. Behind me is all that matters 

Shades - Thank you for your comments, I am a terrible rambler and have a notebook where I scribble my thoughts down as I relive the race in my mind. This is great for noting things which I'd probably forget afterwards but it does leave me with a monster editing task! With regard to the results they told me that I would only hear anything if there was a problem. At the time of writing I have no comeback so I guess I'm off the hook there.

Cal - Thank you..I think I only got caught up in the drug testing bit because it was a small field with a small percentage of women so as fifth woman finisher I ended up in the top group selected for testing. When I jumped the queue to have a massage I was squeezed through by the marshalls who announced loudly that I was a "Priority drug testing runner" If I'd got around a 3hr time I'd have been lapping this up but as it was I felt a bit of a humbug to be honest.

Good couple of hours strimming done this morning. Much cooler here today which is nice.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 06:38

I was hanging around with the five other girls who had finished in the first six women and gradually they all left. The test itself was a right performance. I had to be accompanied to the toilet to be supervised(!) then participate in the filling and labelling of a plethora of tubes plus another mountain of paperwork to get through. One good thing was that the doctor set my mind at rest regarding my Nurofen consumption.. prison could wait until another day.

I finally hobbled out of the gym to tumbleweeds rolling around and everyone packing up and going home. The walk back to our apartment was painful and slow but compensated by the sheer bliss of finally sinking into my hot purple spa bath which was everything and more that I'd dreamed of.

 Later on that evening we went out and found a lovely little restaurant at the foot of the medieval city itself and had a superb meal. I started with a glass of Crémant de Limoux à la violette which is a local fizzy wine with a sort of parma violet cordial in it and absolutely delicious, followed by a multicoloured tomato salad with goat's cheese, then followed this with a bowl of homemade Cassoulet – a stew of white beans, duck and thick sausage and finished things off with a Clafoutis aux cerises (Cherry flan). I must however concede to the superior choice of Mr Fox who had gone for the Crème Brûlée which was actually much better so I had half of that too.


As a footnote to this I can confirm that I suffered afterwards from the worst DOMS that I have ever had. My thighs were still killing me more than a week later. I'm repeating myself here but I hold that Canal du Midi fully reponsible for my suffering. My ankle injury also flared up with a vengeance but that was to be expected.


Would I do it again ? No. In spite of the varied course and the vibrant and beautiful town that is Carcassonne itself I don't think I'd risk doing another marathon in that sort of heat.


I'm definitely going back for a beer by the side of that bridge though.



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