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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 15:44

Good luck with that class Big G (Have bike in quick getaway position outside)

SK - Hope sons 1 and 3 are ok - sounds like son 2 behaving himself!

Molly - Brilliant goal to go for next year. I am another useless swimmer

Shades - Horribly hot here too - I hope you postpone that HADD test until it's cooler!

Mowzer - You must be one proud mum

On my nose here; Have spent the last two days bringing in our hay. Am scratched to pièces, wheezy and have completely mashed arms from lugging bales around. Keep telling myself it's good cross training. Managed to get out for a 13k yesterday afternoon. Too hot to run and didn't take enough water.. ran out at 6k! I then decided to run faster so I would be home sooner and could have a drink. I have a feeling there is a serious flaw in my reasoning. Bit like when I know I have virtually no petrol in my car but have the urge to put my foot down to get to a garage sooner .

Won't be around for a bit now. We are off to the coast for a week. I can't wait - all those lovely early morning runs on beautiful deserted beaches. Fantastic. Am also going to try and find a couple of new trail runs in the dunes .

Erm... naturally not JUST the running I am looking forward to. Obviously looking forward to spending lots of quality time with my family... *cough*

Happy running everyone


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 13:24

Shades - Oooooooh Betty!! That photo brings some memories back

Just putting my rubbish run down to one of those things. Having day off today anyway. Hopefully be back as normal tomorrow and weather will be better too. Heavy and humid here today 

Well done on your mile time Iain - that is seriously speedy!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 20:24

Lee - Thanks for posting that garmin info - have made a note of that.

Emmy - All fine now, only had problems with electricity during those storms. Sorry to hear you didn't have a good race. I am no expert but I guess it might take a bit longer than normal to completely recover from your epic weekend before.

Molly - Hi

Big G - Hope that bike has a baby seat..

Shades - No I am not using my Lidl trainers. I don't think they can be the same as the ones sold in the UK. Mine have no "bounce" whatsoever so my daughter uses them for school sports (Mainly spent leaning against wall with her friends from what I can make out). I have bought another supply of Lidl running socks which are brilliant and really cheap however.

Absolutely rubbish run this morning. Tired and kept having to stop and walk. Only positive thing that came out of it was that I spotted and ate my first blackberries this year. Seems a bit early but they tasted quite nice.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 13:19

Mowzer - Well done on your ultra (and for not falling over!) Don't know how you keep churning out these mega distance races.

Lily - I am not the ideal person to ask a technical question of.. the only thing I can think of - but you've probably tried - is to keep holding down power button and then trying to plug watch in to charge up again. Failing that, the service I've had whether by phone or email from Garmin has been excellant - and a repair and return within seven days is outstanding. My watch has a two year guarantee which I think is standard so if your watch starts playing up make sure you contact Garmin and sort it within this period!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 08:49

Well done on that PB Shades - You must be in good form if you can still manage to get a PB in those sort of conditions. What's the training in preparation for.. have you got a particular race you are aiming for?

Lily - I hate running in the heat - Sounds like you and your daughter deserved your brunch afterwards!

SK - Great weekend for you

Massive thunderstorms here leaving us in candlelight over parts of the weekend (Nothing romantic I can assure you!). Don't need electricity to run though and managed a good 23k yesterday - lovely and fresh for a change. My Garmin was also delivered back to me on Saturday - this is less than a week since I handed it over to our surly postmistress!!! Amazingly quick - It has a different serial number so I imagine they have completely changed part of it but whatever they have done it seems to be working perfectly. We had an emotional reunion scene before heading out into the forest together.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 06:51

Shades - I am doing Cognac in November and am hoping for my GFA time there even though it is a bit hilly - also looking for another Autumn marathon too, maybe La Rochelle.

Good luck with your ultra - hope you have a great race and a fab weekend!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 12:09

Shades - Only you can have a lie in until 5.30am  Why don't you like carb loading? Have you got a "set" carb loading menu that you usually use?

No - worryingly our holiday dog is not much better. She is getting around a bit more but still hobbling. Mr Fox has gone off on one. He says it was complete madness to go running for 14km on three consecutive days with an unfit, fat dog. He may have a point . His concern has an ulterior motive mind you. The dog's owner has been passing us quite a bit of business and OH is worried that relations may become a bit strained and leads dry up if they return home to find the beloved family pet on three legs  

I don't have any races now until a horrible, hilly, loopy 11k the end of August which will be my token effort at speedwork this summer . I hate running in the heat so am going to concentrate on gradually upping my mileage and getting some good base training under my belt over the next couple of weeks. At the beginning of September I have a 32km trail which I enjoyed last year and really want a course PB there. I am planning an intensive weeks training 2 - 3 weeks before in the hope that this will help me! The plan is to then keep up high mileage plus have a few other races in Sept, early October so will be on fighting form for another bash at a GFA marathon time in November - that's the idea anyway!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 11:02

Thanks for the advice Shades - nearly all my running is done at base training pace so even if mileage high (for me) I am not feeling too tired.Tthink I will try to get a couple of 30ks in before marathon mind - will feel more prepared for racing that much longer than normal afterwards.

Big G - Think Khani was on Strava and talking about setting up a Shadies group at one point. I'm a bit vague about how it works and guess it involves carrying your phone which I don't do... Will stick my nose in and have a look but I can be a bit dense about this sort of thing

Emmy - Tired? Strange that... I WONDER why....!

Lovely run this morning - Cool and fresh in the forest. Dogs actually caught a hare!! Think it had been hiding when they came upon it. There was this awful screaming sound and they dragged it out of the undergrowth. I pulled them off and the poor hare just lay there still and quivering. I leant over to see if it was still breathing and if I could see any blood when the thing leapt up and shot off like a bat out of hell. It is a shame my Garmin HRM is AWOL at the moment as I'm sure I would have broken records for most rapid heart rate climb known to man. Apparently hares play dead to fool their hunters. Well he fooled me alright. Wobbled the rest of the way home.

Edit - Which marathon did you enter Shades?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 15:43

Emmy - Sorry, but in my book you are still amazing  You are right, varying my long runs would make them easier but sometimes that takes up too much headspace (rubbish excuse I know!). Whereas I can do a 23k for the "pleasure" any more than that (on a training run) starts to feel a bit like hard work

Shades - That advice is music to my ears! Am managing to get out pretty much every day at the moment and - thanks to lighter mornings - can also vary my runs quite a bit too which is great. Do you do any longer runs in preparation for your ultras?

Mowzer - Good news regarding your hamstring

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 10:02

Emmy - You are just amazing, fantastic running a sand marathon straight after your trail one AND winning a prize on top - well done

Iain - I enjoyed reading your report - a fab result and 24th place in what I would imagine was pretty steep competition too is brilliant. You must be really pleased.

Mowzer - Another epic performance from you - that sounds like a great race -  and marathon car drive as well!

Big G - I'm going to have to google Bursitis. I hope you don't have to wait too long for that scan to hopefully find out what's going on or at least rule out a couple of things.

Shades - Whopping off a ginormous 26 mins off your course PB and coming out with a seasons best too is brilliant. It sounds as if you really enjoyed it too. Well done! With regard to age and racing are you still training to chase new PBs or mainly focusing on individual race performances? Those medals are unusual - I'm guessing you are going for the 32 mile ultra?

Need to start looking at my training for gradually upping the long run now. Happy with mileage I am doing but long run staying at around 23km. I like that distance. Any longer and I start getting tired and bored

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