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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 09:26

Big G - That's a real shame that Suzy has reacted this way.. and all credit to you that you seem to be able to accept and rise above it. As you said, just put it down to the stress of dealing with losing two sisters in a short space of time. It sounds like you have an extremely good relationship with your in laws - you haven't changed so I don't see why that should either.

With regard to your dad's op, my mum has had the two hips done and found an amazing improvement to her life afterwards. She hadn't realised how "disabled" she'd become and now makes the most of getting out and about again.

SK - Can you get in for the champs start this year?... you could start next to Paula!

anniesophie - +1 for trusting in the training andstarting your race at goal pace. You can usually find it from somewhere to dig deep and find the energy to hang on in the last mile or two when the end and that PB is nearly within grasp!

Mowzer - Loved your report. Have no idea how you manage a 4h30 marathon while talking your way round! When I did La Rochelle I ran a few km behind two women who were having a real office gossip type of conversation - it distracted me for a bit but I left them still yakking away and the way they were going I'm sure they continued that way until the end. I just about manage a gasped "thank you" at a water station! During that race I also ran sometime alongside a blind person and her running partner. It was amazing (and humbling) to hear his constant low commentary about the nature of the road, incline and what was going on around us.

My training going ok. Trail runs very muddy as we've had loads of rain. Fell flat on my face yesterday after tripping over a cunningly concealed stone. One advantage of all this mud is that I had a very soft fall and didn't hurt myself at all. Disadvantage was that one side of me (including half my face) turned completely brown. Luckily didn't cross anybody else. Dogs had a good laugh though!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 17:41

Well done SK!!! A sub 90 min half - FANTASTIC!  All that training is really paying off - brilliant running

Shades -  LOL at you entering a 50 mile race as you were hanging around! As they say where I come from.. "That'll learn you!"..and that wasn't a typo

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 09:10

Big G - That really made me laugh

Freezing here - but a really beautiful morning to run in - like you Jugula.. a gorgeous sunrise

That soup sounds lovely Shades.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 19:13

Big G - That's a great photo! Hiske looks lovely. We used to have a German short haired pointer when I was a child and he was a wonderful dog. I also like the Italian Spinone which looks a bit similar to the lovely Hiske.

+1 for you all getting dogs

I think I meant to say in my last post that they've upped the "stakes" .. not "sticks"(!). I quite often get my sayings mixed up and am blaming it for being over here too long!

Great 23k done - managed to crack on a bit in the last 5k which makes a nice change.

Good luck SK for tomorrow - bet you'll fly round

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 18:17

Hope you and Hiske got on ok this afternoon Big G (You could always give Emmy and Boyska a shout for an emergency translation!) Annoying about your back still being sore. How's the Achilles?

SK - Hope check up went ok. 7 m/mile sounds well fast.. what's your target marathon pace?

Shades - That sounds logical re my pins and needles.. (no chest pain whatsoever).

Perfect day for running here but I've had a day off and feel better for it. Had a flyer through the post about a half mara on the 15th March which I normally do. They've upped the sticks a bit though. Usually the first seven female finishers get a sweat shirt (which I normally manage to scrape in).. this year it's the first five

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 14:20

Infuriating losing posts. I don't actually set out to do a long post but end up rambling on so when it's disappeared I've forgotten most of what I've written!

Head torch sounds a fab offer - I'm all kitted out with my knuckle dusters now though!

On a Jocelyne note - I hadn't actually expected to see her at Sunday's trail race. We've only ever crossed at races organised by our region (Charente). The "Trail de la cote sauvage" takes place in the Charente Maritime region. I make the effort to go over there as I absolutely love the mix of wild coast and forest - some cracking running to be done! This is the third time I've done the race and I've never seen Jocelyne there. I got a bit of a shock when I saw her name entered and immediately felt under more pressure. This is completely ridiculous.. I mean she probably doesn't even know I exist but I'd been coming in behind her for a good year or so I just couldn't bear the thought of her beating me again! Once I saw the results board, the first thing I did was scan it to make sure she hadn't slipped in before me somehow!

I've had a look at my stats and my peak heart rate came during the last 2km sprint around the beach to the finish (a real killer). It was around this point that I remember getting a "pins and needles" type feeling in my fingertips. I had this in the last km or so of Cognac too  - when I was also convinced I was going to die - is this normal?

Seem to have recovered better than last year. I remember my quads were really hurting for a few days after (probably due to several particularly evil sand dunes between km 8 and km 20) but this year they seem ok. Legs are tired but jut doing easy runs this week. Am going to have a rest day tomorrow though. The Jack Russell ended up waiting for me this morning

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 05:45

Just lost my post and no time now so will try and write more later

Thank you everyone

S32 - I'm not going to even try and do that quote thing but your Jocelyne comment did made me laugh!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 17:35

Hey KK!  Brilliant new PB, well done. I thought you looked very sprightly crossing that line too. Really enjoyed your report  Roll on Barca

Did you learn anything you didn't know on that course Mowzer?

SK - Fab speed session there. I don' know how you can keep that pace up for so long!

Big G - Lovely idea to hve a 10k in Claire's memory.

I had a good race yesterday. My aim was to try and shave off a bit off last year's time - it was touch and go in a few places but I managed to finish my 28k in 2:46, knocking 4 minutes off my previous time. Have a new maximum heart rate reading too of 215  I was 6th woman and 2nd in my category..... winning..... a bottle of rosé and a giant biscuit in a tin(!)

I also beat Jocelyne again  (I know I'm sad!)


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 10:41

Big G - That is a really lovely photo of Steph. She looks like some beautiful seventies flower child to me. Great song too. I hadn't heard of Frank Turner.

Shades - Thanks for reassurance re my training(!)

Emmy - How are your legs feeling after your monster performance?

Keith - Isn't it about now you start going on about Creme Eggs..?

Not sure if it's due to a couple of days no running or maybe some stretching and a bit of foam rollering but my legs feel much better now and I'm bouncing to run again

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 21:16

SK - I am sorry to hear the news about your friend. Awful that she is leaving young children behind too. If she was only given months to live four years ago then in some way I guess she has cherished those short few years seeing her children grow up a little but it is terribly sad.

Big G - I loved Tunisia when I visited.. but we are talking 20 years ago so not much help either I'm afraid.

Shades - lol at you talking yourself into doing those hill reps! Regarding those McMillan paces, I'm glad I didn't look at them when training last Autumn. I struggle to sustain his recovery paces now - yet was running much slower than that during the run up to Cognac and managed a 3.42 mara in the end. Must stop worrying about what other people are doing and trust in the training! (I know you've said this before..)

Couple of days off for me. Life has been getting in the way plus I can't seem to shake off this tightness in my hamstrings. Legs feel like bits of wood too. Not sure if it's because I've been trying to up the speed which I'm not used to either. Rubbish easy run this morning so am not running again now until race on Sunday - when hopefully all will come together perfectly... Ha!

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