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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 17:05

Mowzer - I can't believe the weekend you've just done  Well done seems a bit of a feeble thing to say really... Amazing. Made me crave bread and butter pudding now. Regarding my races I couldn't find any sacks but did do the wheelbarrow race. One injury so I'm glad I didn't try the rolling race as well!

S32 - You've definitely got your mojo back then

Shades - That's a good offer on the following year's entry. Not expensive for a big city marathon in the first place either. Is your back completely recovered now?

I had a good easy forest run this morning. Saw some bluebells too. Sneezd a couple of times though

Other news is that my daughter is on a school trip to England with her school this week. She is staying in Worthing and has done loads of things including a visit to Hastings, Smugglers Adventure and the True Crime museum; day out in Brighton, visit to Leeds castle and a day at Portsmouth taking in HMS Victory. Tomorrow they are off to London to see the Changing of the Guard, the Royal Stables, Covent Garden and a picnic in St James' park. If any of you London based Shadies see any French schoolchildren then she may be amongst them. Easy to spot - will have about a million scarves around her neck and looking surly

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 16:31

S32 - I am probably being dim again but does that mean you have a good break between each stage?

Shades - Not sure if trees are late here. I'm just waiting to start sneezing

Big G - You sure you haven't sabotaged that poor dog?

anniesophie - That's great that you enjoyed your marathon and your trip to Paris  It was really hot last weekend so that couldn't have been easy at all.

Had a good 23k this morning. Same circuit 15 mins faster at same HR than January so pleased with that. Results take a while but it's good to see some proof of improvement eventually!

Really hot here -about 29 today and feels too hot,too soon! Decided to introduce the schoolchildren I work with to the finer points of British Athletics....

Egg and spoon race went down a treat

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 17:13

Oh no Shades! That's a real disappointment to DNS at a race you were really looking forward to. I hope you've managed to rest and enjoy the rest of your trip in spite of having been unwell.

S32 - Sounds like you really enjoyed that race

Big G - Good to see your running is getting back on track (Make sure you break those new shoes in before you go yomping off for miles in them) Yes I did get out for a 30k run after all - it went unsurprisingly well!

SK - No idea what that toe bump could be. I guess if it's not hurting it's a good sign though...? I have entered Royan marathon on the 2nd May. It is not too far away and I love the area so I'm looking forward to that - the only problem is that it is slap bang in the middle of hay fever time (Can't you just hear me preparing those excuses already?!) I got my GFA time last November and was hoping to shave a bit off my PB and try and dip under 3:40 at Cheverny. This is now the goal for Royan!


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 11:17

Thanks SK. Am gutted to be honest but there you go. One of those things.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 09:08

As you can see I am not at Cheverny  My car could not be repaired in time and we had no other way of getting there   Am now on the settee watching the Paris marathon on tv and seeing if I can spot Emmy (anniesophie I don't know what you look like but I am with you in spirit as well!)

SK - Remind me never to go running with you, your family or your entourage  I reckon you subconsciously weren't going for it 100% as you know you have your marathon coming up. FWIW I think 20:30 at the end of a gruelling training plan is brilliant anyway

Just had a look at the weather for Connemara and it seems to be a mixture of snow and rain  Hope Shades has remembered to pack her Chanel bath oïl!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 07:39

Forgot to say good luck to Emmy in Paris too

And any other racing Shadies this weekend!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 07:37

SK - Lol at you squeezing through that fence too! Nice bit of cross training as well

anniesophie - Have a lovely time in Paris and I really hope your niggle holds off and you have a great race.

Shades - Am sending good weather vibes for you - an ultra must be challenging enough without that sort of extreme weather. I know you love your Irish races and I hope you have a good one in beautiful Connemara.

On a positive note my head cold has gone (forgot to say Shades that Covonia is a strong cough syrup that my family have sworn by for years. Mum brings me a bottle over from Asda now and again) and I am getting plenty of cross training by biking everywhere. Unfortunately my car is still not repaired and things aren't looking too hopeful. In a real limbo and not sure whether to carb load or not. I am going to be very disappointed if  we don't go but if I carb load as well I am going to be disappointed and fat which is worse

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 11:11

anniesophie - I wouldn't risk wearing those shorts if I were you. You are not going to be able to properly test them out on a long run in any case and chafing on top of a niggle during a hot marathon would be a nightmare! As for the pacing advice I'll leave that to Shades et al - me saying anything would be like the blind leading the blind there.

SK - That sounds a bit heavy but I've heard people raving about the results from your plan so I guess there's some logic behind it all. Park run sounds good idea - 5k race plenty long enough! By the way - my children are not particularly musical - the whole school is roped in to sing. Unbelieveably they were taking orders for a DVD of the night yesterday... and what is even more unbelievable is that some people were actually buying them!

Shades - Good news about your back - bet that's a relief. Do you mean a dilemma about what you will be wearing? Can you leave personal bags at check points in advance if you need to change kit or anything?

My car is still not fixed. The new part has not arrived. To make things worse my old R5 broke down last night and we had to be bump started to get home  I'm honestly not making this up (I wish I was!)

Anyway - last run done this morning. An easy 9k with a bit of a sprint in the middle which went ok. Just worrying if I'm actually going to get there now

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 16:55

Hi everyone

Big g - That's great that you're running again. Enjoy your club night. You will definitely have a better evening than me. We are off to the childrens school singing concert. Two hours of fun. Would rather have tooth pulled out to be honest (even kids are moaning about it!)

SK - P+D allowing you to ease up yet?

Shades - That's good news that your back is a bit better and, above all, that you are able to run!

Cheverny is about 3- 4 hours away. In a car that goes that is. Mine is still in bits (Got wrong part). Mr Fox says it should be fixed in time but his words have a bit of a hollow ring. The words "teeth" and "skin of" spring to mind...

I have also had two rubbish runs AND got a poxy cold  I am drinking copious amounts of Covonia and eating childrens left over Easter chocolate in the hope that this will stop it migrating down to my chest!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 20:38

Keith - Well done!

Big G - Lovely food. Ignore the gossips. Enjoy Brecon

anniesophie - Great that you seem to be recovering and will be ready for Paris

Hope that niggle goes completely Shades - are you going to try running or wait until it's 100% better?

SK - Sounds like you are on top form - last long run in the bag there - hope you enjoyed your roast and chocolate!

My car is jacked up with its innards scattered all around it. Needs some replacement part and OH forgot it is BH tomorrow (not his fault, naturally ) so will have to wait until Tuesday now.

I have booked a hotel for Saturday night 10 mins from Cheverny. 41 Euros is a small price to pay for peace of mind. Still have to get up there on the Saturday mind you...

Fab run this morning. Woken by three year old at 5am. Lay in bed thinking about how I shouldn't have hoovered up childrens' left over pizzas last night and got myself out of bed to go for a run. Cold but lovely full moon. Running felt really easy (believe me this doesn't happen often), didn't look at watch and came back to find had covered my route faster than normal at a low HR. Happy days

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