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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 15:51

Shades/SK - Not sure if Jocelyne will be showing her face. I only usually see her at the official races making up the regional sporting challenge though so we will see; Will definitely make it a tempo run if she is there - the thought of her snapping at my heels spurred me on to get my last course PB!

Lily - That is an impressive shoe size - I seem to remember you are very tall though so can carry off that sort of size. Glad to hear you are feeling better.

SK - Looking forward to a photo of you with a cabbage then

I have absolutely no idea of 10k times but Iain is flying at the moment so I'm going to go for it and say 35:00.... No pressure Iain!  (Just pretend you're on tracker!)

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:29

Shades - Cross post - That seems a fair response from Brooks. Did you tell them you resort to colouring in your laces?! They could have sent you some extra felt tips as a goodwill gesture!

Iain - Good luck for that 10k this Sunday - bet you will hammer the competition

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:22

SK - I think those shoes are lovely - love the silver/pink mix! I don't want to give the misleading impression that I actually beat a whippet!! She wasn't even trying, just sort of bouncing around me, jumping up and giving ""playful"" snaps - enough to boost me on a bit until her owner called her off! Good luck for your Cabbage patch race on Sunday (What's the reason behind that name?)

Jugula - Good luck with your marathon - I'm looking forward to hearing how you get on.

Emmy - You racing this weekend?

Shades - Isn't it this weekend that you've got your local marathon? What are your goals going to be?

I am thinking about doing a 10k mix trail/road race on Sunday. I don't normally like this distance but it would be a good tempo workout plus it's the first time they are holding this race and I want to see what the course is like. It is set around a local distillery/vineyard and is described as a fête of Prehistory and wine... hmmmm....could be interesting! 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 13:17

Big G - Sounds like a beautiful resting place you have chosen for Claire and Jay. I really love the idea of a tree too. I hope tomorrow goes as you wish - I will be thinking of you.

My weekly 10k tempo hills run this morning. Enthusiastically chased by a whippet called Bridget which may go some way towards explaining the three minutes which I managed to chop off from last week's time.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 12:42

Ooooh Emmy, think I would have turned round and run the other way if I'd seen eyes looking at me!

Thanks for the training tips. I think my running terrain is pretty varied with a good mix of trail and road (I don't have to run early every morning so can get a few weekly trail runs in daylight now) However, I don't do threshold or interval work so really need to look at some speedwork. Something like SK's progression would be good but I find these really difficult. I know I'm being lazy mind you.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 09:14

Hi everyone,

Emmy and Shades - lol at you mistaking sheep and postboxes! That does make me feel a bit better but my eyesight is definitely getting worse. Caved in this year and bought a pair of supermarket reading glasses - arms just not long enough

Snapdragon and KK - Well done on your races!

Just read that Jim Alder link. I understood it to mean he does think the long run is important - getting a 20m miler in every week (or maybe I didn't read that right?) It does come over the importance of high mileage plus regular racing and he was also splitting his mileage by running to work and running in the evenings. Two runs a day would be difficult for me to do and to be honest I also hate running in the evenings. My training for this marathon has changed in that I've really cranked the mileage up (nearly all easy runs though) and am trying to get a 30k run in every week until two weeks before. Have done two, they went well and I've recovered fine so will keep on going to get another two under my belt before Cognac!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 11:58

Big G - Writing something down clearly is a million times better than bottling it all up. Please don't worry about what you write here and keep on posting about how you are feeling - otherwise we are only going to worry about you

S32 - That's interesting about your watch telling you how much time before your next hard run.... amazing!

Shades - Yes, Cardiff HM a real cracker of a race. I loved it. Apparently it has some significance in 2015 - a qualifying HM for.... erm.... something

Mowzer - Congrats on your mara.. that is a huge amount of time to knock off from last year!

Lily - Great on your marshalling - will you run York again next year?

SK - Fab results form you and mini (as always!) Well done. The hog roast was lovely but although we had gorgeous stuffing there was no apple sauce. Come to mention it I don't think I've ever had apple sauce with pork here... maybe it's not a french thing (Will ask MiL)

Emmy - You sound as if you're on top form at the moment - Well done on another double weekend!! *goes off and lies down just thinking about it*

I think I need to get my eyes tested. Convinced I was approaching some form of large wild cat crouched by the side of the road on my run this morning. Turned out to be an old piece of pipework

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 09:09

Moore - Well done on your waterlogged marathon... 10 laps!

Shades - No excuses being late for that one then. Dartmoor Vale sounds very scenic too.

Feeling a bit rough this morning. Went to pick up one of the boys from a party yesterday and stayed on for aperitif and a whole pig on a spit roast. I didn't actually eat the whole pig myself mind you but gave it my best shot. Had one Cognac and Schweppes too many perhaps but out for early morning run today and although bit hairy at first soon got into my stride. Just had a mountain of toast and fig jam (banishing all no carb principles as it's Sunday) and feel much better now

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 11:53

Big G - Sorry, cross post there. Was distracted a fair bit while writing so took me ages.

My heart goes out to you. You and Claire had such a complicity that everything you do will be linked to a memory of her. I cannot begin to imagine how painful that must be and I have no words to try and make things seem better.

It is easy for me to say I know but you must look after yourself, keep strong and keep going. Claire would want that for you. If you cannot go out for a run, go for a run/walk or a cycle and maybe try and make that into some sort of routine. Take up offers from your family and friends to see them - maybe go and stay with them for a bit if that's an option. If you can't face the idea of work (understandably) then it's even more important that you try and make the effort to go out and see people.

You will get through this Big G. I am no expert but I firmly believe you will. You have already shown enormous strength of character with how you have coped with this terrible, unjust loss you have suffered - just keep going as you are.

My thoughts are, as always, with you xx

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 11:35

Hi everyone!

S32 - +1 for googling Fenix 2.. lovely bit of kit there (and lol at you going out for some High 5s and coming back with THAT!) What's that bit about recovery time all about? What difference will that make to your routine after your run if you know you are still in recovery mode? Being dim again

Emmy - Good news on boyfriend.. being fit... a runner.. tennis player.. sub 48min 10k without trying... All very well and good but - most importantly - does he get on with Boyska?!

Maite - Well done on your run. Are you following Shades' plan from now or are you just trying to build your mileage up gradually? That time sounds pretty good to me.. make sure you're not running too fast!

Big G - I've You Tubed a few of your songs that I hadn't heard of. Some lovely ones in there. I don't listen to music at all now when I run but I've had "Nothing else matters" going round my head for the last two days.

Shades - Good news on the foot behaving itself! When's your next race?

Emmy and Moore - Good luck for your marathons this weekend.

Flat on my face in forest again (As confidently predicted) Managed to twist round in mid air to land on side. Much better than landing on knees like last time. Hardly hurt at all and carried on as normal. Thoroughly recommend it. Also just got in another 30k run which went very well too. Run out of Jelly babies so raided boys' sweets and pinched a couple of "Tete brulées" ("Burning heads") to take with me. Jelly fizzy sweets that really go beserk in your mouth (Anyone remember Space Dust?) Really nice but I dread to think what they're doing to their teeth....and what's left of mine for that matter!


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