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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 13:37

Big G - LOl at you trying to get out of a childrens party. I have been up since 3am this morning with a vomiting child (He seems fine now) but think that is preferable to any form of entertainment involving lots of small children. Great that pregnancy still going well and you have two excellant choices for the birth itself.

Keith - You seem to be another one for churning out multiple marathons... A big well done on your double. I am quivering at the thought of two in the same month!

Shades - That is going to be a disappointment for you to miss out on Dingle. Sounds like right decision to make if you are going to be in pain though and end up making it worse. Better start doing some exercise though as advised (!) Hopefully a good rest will make a difference (Well a rest as in terms of maybe giving ultras and marathons a miss for a couple of weeks!)

Thank you all for your good wishes for my race. They must have worked as it went really well! The 10.4km course consists of four loops around a village - each loop incorporating 3 monster hills - yep 12 in all. This is the third year I have done this course and it really is no fun. I even thought about phoning in sick in the morning (!) but pushed myself out as races are the only time I do any actual speedwork.

I set off with the goal of beating last year's time of 54.13 so aiming for splits of around 5min/km. After the first loop I was averaging 4.48/km and felt ok so just tried to hang on. Second loop I maintained a steady speed and the third loop I picked off a few people. I stayed behind one man for a while as he always finishes in front of me and I was worried that if I overtook him it would be too soon and I would end up fading away and feeling like a right idiot. However, when I found myself slowing down I decided to overtake him and live with the pressure! Final loop I picked up the pace a bit (Advantage of doing lots of long runs...10k seems so short in comparison!) and finished with average splits of 4.46/km and a new course PB of 50.57  Well pleased - and didn't acually feel sick either which was a bonus. Kept HR monitor on for stats - MHR came out at 190  Good job I wasn't looking at it!

I ended up as 4th woman - again there were not many of us but this time I was not that much behind the girls in front of me (Well the second and third ones anyway!)I also had a place on the podium and a prize. Before anybody starts getting impressed - don't - the "podium" was one of those big hay carts and my prize was a 10 Euros voucher for the cheese stall in the local market - Ha!

Atmosphere good and had a couple of rosé pamplemousse apéritifs afterwards (Mix of rosé wine and grapefruit...delicious) Glad I did this race, I don't like this distance as it panics me but in all it has given me a bit of a boost for my training and my dreams of getting my GFA time this Autumn.

SK - Jocelyn chickened out and didn't turn up


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:59

SK - I've just had to Google Boris bikes - didn't have a clue what you were on about!

The snake (Could actually have been a python - didn't hang around to find out) was round a man's shoulders as he was trying to drum up interest in his circus. Not sure what he was planning to do with the llamas though.

Jugula - Good luck with your long run - a scenic route sounds like a good idea!

Shades - That is annoying regarding your foot. Do you know what exactly you have done? - I mean is it a "recognised" injury or anything?

Iain - That sounds a long time on a stationary bike  good luck to you there.

No running for me today. I have a 10.4km race tomorrow in which I always end up half dead at the end so am hoping that a day off will make a difference (Yeah right). This year they have decided to hold the village fête at the same time as the race. Should be interesting! 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 17:03

Lily - Bet you will have a fab time at GNR - will be a great eperience from what I've heard!

Emmy - I am sure you will make an extremely beautiful cowgirl

Shades - No, I was not bitten by the horseflies. A combination of sprinting with flailing arms while swearing loudly seemed to do the trick. Good news that injury sems to be on its way out. Is that one that you've had before?

Iain - +1 for taking a child with you on bike only on shortish runs that "don't matter". I have the patience of a gnat and things only end in tears when I am determined to run a certain way and I have a grizzly child moaning about being tired by the side of me

Lovely long run done today - all well within HR zone. Very pleased. Wildlife seen: Three ponies, two llamas and a Boa Constrictor.

There is a small travelling circus in nearby town

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 15:20

A beer marathon?! Ha! - and a fancy dress one.... dare I ask?..

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 14:34

SK - That must have been a rollercoaster of emotions yesterday, I am so relieved for you that all is well. You are right, everything else pales into insignificance after something like this. Look after yourself (()) (And as Big G says.. enjoy those shoes )

Emmy - Well impressed with you coming out with 5min/km at the end of a trail marathon! How many marathons are you up to now? Are you still going for time goals or mainly focusing on getting the figures up? I know you love your running and from your accounts of your races it is obvious you are enjoying them too - I was just wondering what your objectives are.

I remember you mentioned your mum was ill. I hope things aren't too difficult for her.

Big G - That was an interesting link about world record/ world best. Minefield. Looking at Paula's figures like that makes me realise just what an amazing runner she is.

Lily - What are you going for at GNR?

Shades - Good news that you have found a nutrition plan that seems to be working. That 50 mile race is going to be a real test of that.

Having an unscheduled day off today. Bit of a twinge on the side of my knee. Have been clocking up a fair bit of mileage and yesterday had an extreme tempo session due to being followed by poxy horseflies (I am not joking!) Annoying but probably right thing to do

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 16:14

Mowzer - You make me laugh! - Only you can do another mega race after getting a fab PB in an ultra the day before as it was "On the way home"!!  Most of us pop into a shop because it's "on the way home"..  Fantastic running, well done you.

Moore, Keith and Emmy - Fab running from all of you too. Moore and Emmy you must be made of stern stuff to be able to do another 2 mile loop when you thought it was all over. That is the stuff that my nightmares are made of.

Shades - Well done on a PB and a prize. It is completely irrelevant how many other women were in your race - you got second place and beat all of those who were still in bed or car booting or whatever and that is brilliant  How did you get on with nutrution/stomach issues - any better?

Big G - No one has ever challenged me about my running but I have been criticised for "forcing" my dogs to do so much mileage (!)

Just entered La Rochelle marathon which takes place on the 30th Nov  Is a little close for comfort to Cognac (8th Nov) but we will see. Mind you, Barcelona and Cheverny this Spring were also 2/3 weeks apart and I managed to lurch through both of those and come out the other side so roll on November!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 11:05

That is terrible Big G - really upsetting news. Did he have any history of heart problems or anything? If he's left a wife and three children behind I'm guessing he was quite young too. Must be a massive shock for all that knew him.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:14

That's not far off your running speed Iain!!! Just a thought.. does the running part always come after the cycling bit in a triathlon? If so why? Sorry if that is a really thick question but I know absolutely nothing about triathlons. I don't think I would ever do one due to my lousy swimming plus the fact that doing serious miles on a road bike doesn't appeal to me. I have a good mountain bike and enjoy off roading and trail rides but that's about it.

Much cooler here today and a steady 18k done. Hope Moore and Emmy doing ok at Thames Meander.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 11:34

My swimming is awful. I get bored, then I get tired, then I stop. I like big waves by the sea but that's about it

SK - Wish my MiL would try some magic mushrooms - could only be an improvement.

Shades - Good luck for your ultra - have a great weekend in Ireland!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 08:41

Milton Keynes sounds a fun place to run!

Cold on my run through the forest this morning too. First time this year I wish I'd had gloves on. Mushroom season has started and I couldn't move without tripping over somebody furtively scrabbling round in the undergrowth. We are in the middle of "Cepe" mushroom country here and the locals are completely obsessed by them. Mr Fox and his family are on the phone daily with mushroom news - who has found so many kilos at such and such a place etc etc.. unbelievable. I really can't see what all the fuss is about. I guess you have to be born into it. My MiL cooks all sorts of complicated things with them afterwards wheras I can just about rustle up an omelette so normally I am banned from touching them which suits me just FINE!

How long is this weekend's ultra Shades? Are you going to be trying anything different regarding your fuelling strategy to overcome those acid problems?

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