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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 17:42

Big G - This must be difficult for you but at least in one way or another things are going to be moving on. My thoughts are with you.

Since you mentioned this paleo diet some time ago I have followed the links you have posted and sort of tried to cut down on my carbs. There is no doubt - it does work if you stick to it. I have lost about 4kg since April. This is not a great amount and I still need to shift a few more but I am not very disciplined and I love bread and toast. I have just made some fig jam and that is just begging out for toast to accompany it. I have made some changes to my diet though  and am sticking to those. These are long term changes - I cannot say the word "diet" without hoovering up everything edible within reach so prefer to look at them as things I need to be permanently conscious of

Shades - Thanks for the advice. I will definitely get a 30+ run in then. If it goes well would it be a good idea to stick another one in or would the disadvantages of getting too tired to complete my mileage targets outweigh that?

Hi Snap

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 05:20

Big G - You write so well, I bet that speech is going to be beautiful.

Weather still hot here. Getting fed up with it now. Trying to maintain a high mileage for the next few weeks until a week before Cognac then will cut back. These are pretty much all at base training pace apart from one tempo/hills session where I ignore the alarming information from my Garmin! Shades - my longest run of the week is around 24k, do you think I should try and get a few 30k+ ones in before my marathon?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 20:44

Big G - I shouldn't worry about how you "should" be feeling or coping with things. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules. In my opinion if you feel up to doing something then have a go, if it gets too much ask someone to take over the task for you - or it can wait. Regarding your job - it was obviously something that was in your mind to change beforehand. I don't know how feasable it would be but maybe you could rent your house out and take a career break to have a think about things. You mentioned working with animals - what about looking into doing some voluntary work abroad.. WWF or something? These are just some ideas - don't put yourself under any pressure to make any décisions now. Everything can wait until you feel ready.

Iain - Well done on that weight loss - that is bound to make you speedier!

Shades - Lol on you inviting another forumite to your Shadies meal!

SK - Fantastic running from Team Koala  That is well fast for a hilly 10k too. Thank GOODNESS for those new fast shoes


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 17:56

Big G - I guess it's going to take a while for everything to sink in. Give yourself time, your feelings must be all over the place. Not sure either that working from home is a good idea. I hope your employer is understanding and leaving you enough space to make the décisions that you need when you are ready to do so.

Shades - I just googled that 53 marathon woman now. Amazing - and she is only 26! That must have been some organisational nightmare. As I understand it, they weren't "official" marathon races that she was doing but planned 26.2 mile runs through different cities. They must have had the distances verified officially to be accepted as a record which would have been complicated to organise as well. Your second place in 2008 for a gobsmacking 10 in 10 is most definitely a record too

Mowzer - Hope your back is ok - lie down (for once) and put your feet up!

Ran down to the local town today to pick up some school books we've ordered. Around 15k there and back. Put on a small rucksack for the books but only after 3k it was irritating me bouncing around so I ended up carrying it. I hate carrying things when I run. Books in and off again but even more irritating when it was heavy. It was really hot too so I was glad to get home. The sort of idea that "seemed like a good idea at the time" (I am very good at these)

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:35

Hope you had a good walk Big G and your park run goes well tomorrow.

SK - Speedy stuff from you! Are those shoes suitable for marathons or are they just shorter distance shoes? Can't believe you've actually stuck to that resolution you made - well done! You could have been right about that runner having a nose job - I haven't been able to find a photo of her but it really was a full on nose plaster!

Iain - Unbelievable that the Royal Mail are that tight!!!

There is absolutely no street lighting here. There is a bit in a few of the villages but I think they put them later when I have already passed. I do a couple of early morning runs each week and now, due to the dark I cannot use the trails but have to use the narrow roads through the forest. I find my eyes get used to the dark and on really closed in bits I look up at the strip of sky between the trees to guide me. I actually quite like running in the dark - I love being completely on my own and the night sky is fantastic.You really notice the difference when there is a full moon! 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 14:14

Big G - That wait for the post mortem isn't going to be easy but it doesn't sound as if there's any choice. Taking some time with a friend and a beer sounds like a good idea to me.

Shades/Emmy - Thanks for the plaster/coffee info. I will try and find a photo of the plaster. Think she might have been Portuguese actually

Moore - I too live in a rural area. My early morning runs are done with Lidl light up armbands and a lightweight reflective gilet that I got in a goody bag. I don't wear a headtorch as it annoys me and, once my eyes are accustomed to the dark, I don't find that I need it to see where I'm going. I just run bang in the middle of the road.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 11:54

No Emmy, the strip I saw (Think it was on the Brazilian girl who came second in European mara) covered the whole nose. It didn't look like it was a walked-into-a-door plaster either (and I'm not trying to be funny there). Don't really get the idea behind Paula's either to be honest

Coffee cuttung down makes sense. In theory.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 11:36

Thanks for that Emmy.

I may be being thick here but what is the point of opening up your nasal airways if a great big bit of masking tape is stopping any air getting up them?

The coffee theory makes sense but would not be capable of going without it for a week before to get that mega boost *sigh*

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 11:22

Well done Emmy - sounds like you enjoyed it too. Lol at you nattering for 28 miles!

Shades - I too have those flashing armbands, mine are from Lidl (WHAT a surprise). I don't have any problems with the sizing though, I just wrap it round until it's tight then velcro up. Probably could get it round my leg but it would maybe slip and get on my nerves. Bet you haven't got fat arms either.

Couple of off the wall questions if anyone has any theories or answers..

I was watching a marathon on tv and this woman had her nose taped up. Why?

I have heard that you shouldn't drink coffee before a race.. what's the theory behind that?

I'm not going to start taping my nose up or give up my beloved pre race coffee, I'm just interested to know the thinking behind all this!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 16:36

Big G - Thank you for posting those lovely photos of Claire. I think SK summed it up when she said that Claire had more love in her short life than many people do in their lifetime. We can see that she also found her vocation in life in teaching and gave her all into that as well. What a legacy she is going to leave behind her. I know you appreciated her but you must be so proud to hear other people's accounts of how she touched their lives too.

I have never lost anyone close to me and cannot begin to imagine how you keep going after an earth shattering loss like you have experienced. I feel the same as you about the idea of counselling but I really think you should give it a go. Sometimes it is easier to talk to someone who is not in your immediate circle, especially with something like this when your close family and friends will also be suffering some sort of grief. I would also get out for a run or a cycle... I don't think you can regret a run and it could only help even if it's just to pass the time. Don't worry about making any big décisions yet. I think you should just take each day at a time and see what happens. ((()))


Autumn is well and truly here. The forest is at its most beautiful. The forest paths are a carpet of crunchy leaves to run  through. Chestnuts everywhere, either with their green spiky covers or plump, brown shiny conkers. Like running on marbles. It is just a question of time before I end up flat on my face again.

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