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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 15:29

Sounds as if you're getting in some lovely scenic runs SK, I'm SURE you can find a running shop and pick up a pair of lovely new shoes  Enjoy the rest of your holiday

Shades - I've had a quick Google of the IOM marathon and it looks great. I've never been there.. will you be making a weekend of it?

Easy run for me today. Had to go out this afternoon as didn't have time this morning but it was a bit too hot. Saw a Mexican (well he didn't have a poncho or sombrero or anything but he LOOKED mexican) sitting in a shady doorway with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth twanging away at a guitar - which is a new one round here. Spent the rest of my run thinking about Peru. There you go.. nothing else of interest to note.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 10:11

Shades - That's good that your mum is improving and they are planning a care package in advance for her. If her recovery is anything like my mum's, after the first two weeks she was able to get around safely and just built up from there. I guess it's the anaemia issue with your mum which needs looking at too.

Sounds like a good decision to put off today's race.. no surprise that you'd give up a HM in favour of a marathon  Which marathon are you doing?

Easy long(ish) run of 24k this morning. Again managed to increase the speed on the second half. I live at the top of a hill and was getting fed up with dreading the end of the run and staggering up to my letterbox at the end. I have jiggled things up a bit so now plan a distance which finishes at the bottom of the hill so I keep motivated towards the end and finish on a positive note! Has really made a difference  Glad I got my run in early. It is already getting hot now and this afternoon is going to be boiling.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 14:32

Shades - Yes, think the white owl is a barn owl - they have a nest in the eaves of our house. You're right about those seagulls. I remember OH eating his first cornish pasty at Kingsand some years ago and having to run for cover from swooping seagulls

How's your mum doing.. any improvement?

Easy forest run for me this morning. Had a break in the middle as lost the two Jack Russells who went off hunting something. Only ever do easy runs with the dogs now. Just can't concentrate with them around on anything involving speedwork or just trying to maintain a given pace.

Good luck with that race tomorrow if you decide to give it a go.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 07:45

I'm not very good at swimming either.. I manage a couple of lengths, then I get bored, then I get tired, then I stop  Can't imagine the amount of organisation to get all that training in either. On an ironman note I see that man finished his "50 Ironmans in 50 days in 50 states" challenge. I think there was some issue when he fell asleep on his bike in Tennessee resulting in falling, injuring himself and having to complete that day's marathon on a cross trainer or something.. but he kept going and did it. His fastest time was his last day in his home state of Utah. What an achievement.

Shades - That race sounds good (love the name of that village too!)

Great run this morning for me. Beautiful full moon and I also saw a white owl. She followed me a bit too and I was thinking how lucky I was to be with her swooping round me when I suddenly started thinking about owl attacks. Not sure if owls are aggressive. Might Google it later and see

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 09:41

You ever considered a triathlon Keith?

Shades - My next race which I might do would be a 10k at the end of August consisting of 4 x laps of 3 mega hills. I've done this race every year and got a good course PB on it last year (plus I won a cheese voucher). After my last disastrous race though I'm not sure... nothing more soul destroying when training is (you think) going well then crash and burn in a race. Anyway, a couple of weeks after that I've got a 32k trail race which I love and really want to go for a course PB on that one. The next month will be more base building plus those fun weekly tempo sessions!

That's annoying about your foot flaring up again.. any idea why that could be? Sounds a good idea to rest it, especially with a half coming up. You don't do many of those do you.. which one are you racing?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 10:37

Great photo Shades.. looks like me after a speedwork session! No danger of me overdoing them I'm afraid. One run a week I stick some tempo km in the middle and on longer runs I start off dead slowly and try and do the second half a bit quicker but still keeping to my slower pacing for the long runs.

Yes we will be off to the coast in about two weeks so looking forward to that. Only slight drawback (well not for me) is that we no longer have a car that will fit everyone in plus bikes etc so are going in the pick up truck. The children are horrified

Other news is that MiL has taken the plunge and left her partner. She has taken her Kitchen Robot with her this time so obviously means business. She has landed first on my brother in law (the one whose car we borrowed to get to Barcelona marathon, gave it back to him then it broke down the next day when he was in work ) will be staying with him for a bit then will be coming to us. Coincidentally we will be on holiday so she can helpfully look after the animals(!) - then she will be off to another BiL for a bit until she decides what she is going to do.

Sorry for rambling on a bit there. On a running note I had a lovely run in the rain this morning. Really refreshing

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 10:47

Am trying to get faster with all of my runs in the second half.  It takes a bit of concentrating but I am managing it so I guess much of it is in the mind and finishing relatively strong does give a bit of a confidence boost too.

Good run for me this morning. Still no rain here and all the fields are dried out and yellow. Running through the forest almost feels autumnal with the trees already losing their leaves. They have forecast rain for tomorrow so hopefully that will make a difference soon.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 14:58

Ah yes Shades - I did mean a negative split. Normally I crawl the last km or two home so making a conscious effort to try and get faster as I go on is a big difference for me.

It sounds as if they are taking care of your mum properly - instead of discharging her straight home before she's ready.

Mowzer - Well done on that race. The idea of doing laps brings me out in goosebumps so you are made of sterner stuff than me (but we know that already anyway )

Big G - Sri Lanka is going to be wonderful.. enjoy yourself and have a fab trip

No running for me today - took children and dogs for a yomp in the forest though and didn't lose anyone which makes a change.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:25

Hi everyone - life (and guests!) getting in the way of my posting but I have been stalking you on my phone now and again. Just a big well done to SK and KK for the pbs and everyone else for keeping on running

I have been trying to get some speedwork in over the last two weeks and after the initial shock of how fast those paces seem, to my surprise I am actually managing to keep them up for sections of my longer runs. Just a good job I'm not wearing my heart rate monitor! I'm also managing a positive split on my runs which I've never really done before either. I've got to keep concentrating mind you.. as soon as I start drifting off I slow down to my comfort zone again.

Last week OH surprised me by organising MiL to take the children for a night so we could go down to a restaurant we like in the Dordogne. it was a lovely (and suspicious) thing to do. It is only an hour away but we took the pop up tent so we could have a drink then just cross over the road and crash out in the campsite opposite. As it was the 14th July (Bastille day) there was a village fete with a singer belting out some Johnny Halliday, Jean Jacques Goldman and (on a surreal note) Cilla Black(!) as well as some fireworks afterwards. It was a great night but I may have had a drink too many as getting up for my early run I felt a bit dodgy. i had planned on running along the river from our campsite in Lisle to the town of Bourdeilles about 10k away. The route was absolutely gorgeous.. I got lost twice but it didn't really matter as it was lovely to explore a different area. On arriving in Bourdeilles I bought a small bottle of water from a grocers which had just opened and sat on the medieval bridge to drink it. Just next to the bridge there is a massive tree.. a Séquoia which I think is a Giant Redwood. It was planted in 1880 and is now 33m but can grow up to 80m. Pretty impressive it was too. Anyway, I made my way back, meeting a peahen on the way. She just flew out of a bush and landed in front of me - I was a bit taken aback but she didn't seem aggressive so I skirted round her and carried on back to my campsite. I love running in different places

Other non running news is that my smallest child turned four yesterday  and my mother in law is planning on leaving her partner (she hasn't told him though!) and threatening to come and live with us

How's your mum Shades?

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