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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 14:31

Big G - I hope that meeting goes well on Monday - as SK says, definitely make a note of any questions you want to ask and might forget. I think it's a good thing that Claire's mum will be there too. As for those small minded, gossipy people.. just forget them. You have enough going on in your head already without wasting any time worrying about what some small minded people think. You know your friendships are just platonic and that is all that matters.

SK - That sounds like a good mix up of those plans - I would definitely feel a lot better witha few good long runs under my belt. I have an inkling of an idea what a lactic threshold run is and I have absolutely no wish to try and do one - good luck to you with that!

Shades - Glad you came through the shopping in one piece.. are you doing anything different with your decorating or just freshening up? Those shoes of yours sound good. I have done a bit of reading up about them since you first mentioned them and would like to try them out. Since my injury after changing shoes (in hindsight probably just a coincidence) two years ago , I have stuck to exactly the same make ever since - apart from my beautiful trail shoes which I've worn once. I am thinking of trying something different when my current shoes wear out and those Hokas sound interesting.

Good luck to Khani and Jugula for Portsmouth and anybody else racing this weekend.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 05:43

Morning everyone!

Emmy - I bet your idea of resting and mine aren't the same! Enjoy your time off and make sure you put your feet up

SK - Good luck with your sweeping today. How are you feeling after your first week of P&D?

Shades - Wonder how that complaint went straight to solicitors without someone at least checking they had the right person in the first place?! On a shoe note - are you wearing the same Hokas for all your training now?

Nothing much to report here. On Wednesday's run I twisted my foot after landing awkwardly on a stone (I had been busy admiring my new arm warmers and not looking where I was going..) it really killed afterwards but I hobbled on and the pain soon wore off. The next day it really hurt and I had a tennis ball swelling around my ankle so haven't run since. Definitely better but still not 100% so no running this morning either. Not too worried as I have done this before and a bit of rest normally sorts things out. On the same run I came across a stray hound.. I ended up keeping him with me as he was all over the road and a real danger to himself and oncoming cars. I rang the number on his collar and ended up driving him back to his owner when I got home. That was an experience.. he was quite big and leapt all over me and my car. The worst bit was the noise. I hadn't realise that hounds don't actually bark they really "bay".. he was really going for it and in the confined space of a Vauxhall Cavalier it was completely deafening

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 08:23

Morning everyone!

anniesophie - Yes, I will have a bit of help with childcare over the holidays with mum here, especially with the three year old... my 14yo will only look after him when he's sleeping! Lol at you making a visit to Specsavers

SK - I never know what to wear when it's really cold. At first I'm glad of extra layers but I get hot quite quickly and then hate having to carry layers. Normally set off with the minimum and freeze for the first km or two!

Iain - Great that your leg is on the mend. As you have no races at the moment it's a good moment to give yourself a bit of a break and recover properly. Are you planning a Spring marathon too?..I can't remember.

Khani - Hope your run went ok and you're up and ready for Portsmouth!

Shades - I have one of those glove scrapers but can never find it when I need it and end up using my nails or a credit card or something. How's the training going?

My running  a bit better  - HR getting more steady. Still walk/running to keep it down but definitely better. Not so tired towards the end of my runs too. I definitely think it's due to recovering from those two races as I'm not ill or anything. I know I've said this before but I honestly don't know how you hard core Shadies do multiple marathons.. I'm wiped out after just two three weeks apart

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 08:58

Morning everyone!

Freezing here too but no running for me today. My heart rate still all over the place and rubbish running over last few days. Even ended up walking parts of my 17k run yesterday - clocking up a record 10min km at one point! Am not too worried as think it's still getting over last mara - will just keep taking it easy and wait for my body to catch up. Anyway - tomorrow I am going to Bordeaux airport to pick up my mum who is coming to stay with us over Christmas. The house is a bombsite so we are all running round like headless chickens tidying up...

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 04:49

Big G - Love the idea of your virtual run with Steph, that collage is great too. Enjoy your trip to London.

Moore - I don't think I could do a marathon at the last minute.. it takes me months to get my head around the idea of doing one. Well done you. How many are you up to now?

KK - Out that door!

SK - That P&D plan scared me off but you are good at following plans plus you are dead fast so I bet you are going to come out with some brilliant results! Are you still doing Pilates as well?

Shades - Great deal for those flights. You must have your races planned well in advance for 2015. I still haven't got round to doing any proper planning yet - just a few vague ideas!

Haven't really started base training properly as HR seems all over the place. It took me a good two weeks to get "back into it" after my last mara though so will give it a bit more time.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 17:10

That's brilliant Shades - I love the idea of that type of training. I have just printed everything off and will start going through it tonight.

Thank you very much

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 09:02

Emmy - If you're sure it's no trouble then I'd love it if you could order some knuckle dusters for me. Will pm you.

SK - You're right.. I think I'll feel better having some goals to "cross off"... Are you going with the P+D 18/55 for London?

Shades - That would be an ideal solution for me.. I know what I'm like and I doubt very much if I could stick to a rigid plan even though I very much want the results that those plans could give me! I will look into HADD - Would you start introducing those higher rate HR sessions 8 weeks before or sooner? I was thinking of doing just one higher HR hills session once a week from now on but am not sure if I need to completely benefit from BT I need to do all runs at target HR for the next 2 months or so and only introduce the speed session later..


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 14:35

Hi everyone!

Moore, Emmy and Mowzer - A big well done on your races

SK - Another PB!  Brilliant!! A big well done to minikoala too (Remind me never to go running with your children )

Iain - You are a sub 3 runner Iain!!! I am 100% with Clag there.... quit while you're ahead!

KK - Sounds like you had a great day there! - not the plumbing bit mind you.

Nothing very exciting here, just a couple of easy runs for me. Am dithering with the idea of using a plan or not for a Spring mara. Much as I love my base running and just having weekly mileage goals, I have a horrible feeling that I need to be doing something more structured involving speedwork if I want to get my times down. Am looking at your level 2 plan Shades and the P and D one..

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 15:55

SK - Sounds like you've got a fan there!

Khani - Look after yourself and get well soon.

Shades - I don't think you actually carry those knuckle dusters - I got the impression they are attatched to your hands. I hope so because I hate carrying things too! Your waist must be tiny if you can get a head torch round it.. I've got a Lidl one which I don't use as it gets on my nerves but there's no way it would fit round my waist

On a kit note, what arm warmers do you use? I saw quite a few people wearing them at La Rochelle and they seem like a really good idea.

Massive relief this morning. Managed a 13k run without a single twinge  I can't avoid hills here so walked up a couple of steepish ones but had absolutely no problem. The thought of injury has been hanging over my head for the last few days so this morning's run really made me appreciate being injury free.

That's the last time I do two marathons in the same month though!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 15:06

Emmy - If that would work out as around 40/45 Euros in total then yes please I would like some silver ones  Would there be any extra cost in getting them from the US to you though?

Shades - I'm not sure about that full on chest light. It's probably extremely effective but I think I would feel a bit like a Transformer... I like the idea that with the hand ones you can wave them about a bit too. That way I can check that weird shapes or rustling noises in the forest is not actually anything to worry about. Or the inverse as the case may be!

Will take your advice for tomorrow's first run - thank you.

Moore - Good luck for tomorrow!

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