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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 13:26

Ooooooooh a Beamer... hold me back!

Big G - Well done on that track session - you whipped out that last 200 didn't you?!

anniesophie - Hi

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 08:08

Big G - I haven't had a chance to get into the plan and look at paces yet - I am going to get this marathon out of the way then sit down and work out a plan of attack for next Spring! If you don't get a London place what other marathon would you be thinking about doing?

I imagine it would be really emotional driving Claire's car - but then I wouldn't want to sell it on either. It makes sense for you to use it - just see how you get on. I too remember that lovely photo of the two of you with your Santa hats on.

Mowzer - That sounds terrifying - the river bit, not the cultural bit! - especially as you had no choice but to keep going.

Shades/SK - I too am extremely relieved I am staying in a hotel within walking distance of the start line. There are actually two starts and the potential for me to mess this up is enormous...

Moore - Good luck with your first double. When my legs start turning to wood on Sunday I will think of you and tell myself to stop being a wuss. 

I have been doing some (belated) reading around the la Rochelle marathon. I didn't realise that it is the second biggest marathon in France - they are expecting over 10000 runners, about 6000 for the marathon. The best result was achieved in 2011 with a finish time of 2h07. The good news is that the prize money for first woman is 4000 Euros (plus paté) so if I pull my finger out I will be able to buy a new car

There will also be pacers which will be an interesting experience. I think I might start off trying to keep the 3h45 or 4h pacer in sight and see how it goes. I would like to get under 4 hrs ideally. The course is much faster than Cognac but there's no telling how my legs will hold up!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 09:11

SK - I bet your son is milking this one for all he can!

Khani - That is a well fast time for a training run.. and run/walk too  Have you got a time in mind for your ultra?

Mild here this morning but no running for me. Had a great run yesterday - ran on feel and legs felt fine, was faster than I usually am on that circuit which has given me a real confidence boost for Sunday. My heart rate was still much higher than normal but I'm pretending I didn't see that.  Am going to quit while I'm ahead and not run now until race day. Looking at photos from last year, most runners seem pretty well wrapped up. I hate feeling hot and I hate carrying stuff too so am just going to stick an old t shirt over my vest and chuck it when I've warmed up.

All that's assuming that we're going to get there. We still haven't sorted out our car problem and La Rochelle is much too far to go in the lorry. We may be inheriting an old Vauxhall Cavalier which - according to OH - should get us there. Apparently there is just a "small problem with the fuel pump" *sighs* but OH says he will take some tools with him just in case. I think that was supposed to reassure me but it didn't. Anyway - at worst if we break down I will just do a Khani and stick my thumb out  The one saving grace is that this time I have actually booked a hotel the night before so it gives us a bit more time to sort ourselves out and (hopefully) avoid usual last minute panic and scramble to the start line!



Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 13:48

Big G - I can't imagine how upsetting that must have been to read that report. To be honest I'm surprised something like that was just given to you... I don't know but I would have thought it automatic that it would have been presented to you by someone who could go through it with you. If that GP is the same one you mentioned a while ago who was really understanding then he sounds like the best person to talk through things with (())

Shades - I am going to enter Cheverny in the Loire. It is the same one I did this Spring and I really liked it. It is normally on the same weekend as Paris but about a million times smaller

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 10:54

Big G - That must have been an awful experience to psych yourself up for such an emotional appointment then get let down by sheer incompetence. No wonder you are angry. Did the PM come out with the results that you were expecting?

Mowzer - That marathon sounds awful to be honest - a massive well done for seeing it through in a good time to boot. Your comments about your jacket made me grin too. In my book you are most definitely a "proper" runner even if you don't take gels!

SK - Training sounds as if it's going well and you are bumping up the miles. Will try and have a look at Steve's blog too later.

Khani - I completely zapped that you had done a marathon distance as a training run  How long did it take you in the end?

Shades - Thanks for your reassuring comments. You are right. Will try not to stress. I don't think I'll do this back to back (for me!!) marathon thing again though. I just want to get back to normal training now and then focus on one Spring and one Autumn marathon.

She says

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 08:35

Morning everyone!

Khani - Thank you for posting that link for the P+D plan. Big G has been kind enough to send me some info too so am going to have a look through all that. Think I am going to need to have to do a bit more speedwork if I want to get my times down so may try and put my own plan together involving a couple of those sessions from February onwards.

Well done on your park runs everyone. Clag, you made me laugh.. when someone from Aberdeen describes the weather as a "bit breezy" I immediately pictured howling gales...

My cold is on its way out but running still rubbish. HR still much higher than normal and not much in legs so not sure what's that about. Marathon only two weeks ago but seems like ages away now, really feel fitness has plummeted in a very short time and am trying not to think about next Sunday!



Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 13:44

Brilliant - thanks Big G

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 13:29

Emmy - There is absolutely no way that I could do the amount of back to back marathons that you seem to knock out. I'm sure if you just took a week or two tapering before Cognac then I'd be the one eating YOUR dust!

Khani - Great news for Berlin  What ultra are you doing... and are you following a specific plan for that?

Regarding plans.. I've heard good reports about this P+D plan, how can I get a look at it without buying the book? I am completely useless at following a plan (even though I like the idea!) but would like to see what everyone's going on about.

SK - Wow! You must be one proud auntie - that's a fantastic achievement  Hope you've plenty of support for tonight's swimathon.. *shudders*

No running today - still trying to shake off this cold. Running doesn't seem to help so now trying NOT running.

Shades - That is good news about your foot


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 05:49

Thank you everyone for reading my report and for all your lovely comments . I know I go on a bit but I do enjoy a good ramble.

Emmy - You're just going to have to come out next November and appreciate the Beatles tribute band first hand

Mowzer - Well done on getting through another epic. I think with those gourmet food stations I'd definitely leave the Garmin at home!

Moore - Good luck with that double. You are a braver person than me.

Keith - No idea with the injury sorry.

Clag - That is a cracker of a PB - well done. Doesn't sound like the easiest of courses either.

SK - FWIW all my training for Cognac was done at base training pace. I just put in an extra hills session in for the last month or so. All my training runs over the Spring and Summer were done at BT, the only time I went any faster was when I raced. At first it seems like you are really slow but you do get used to it and it's great when you realise you are starting to cover the same runs in a shorter time but still keeping your heart rate low. I don't particularly like running fast (unless I'm racing) so it suits me. Sometimes I think we feel that unless we are wiped out after a training session we have not worked hard enough or it has not been a "quality" session - with BT this is not the case as every run matters. Another advantage is that your risk of injury is greatly reduced as it is a sure fire way of making sure you are not running too fast!

Are you using the same plan you put together for London this year?

Big G - That is a brilliant idea to do some dog walking for those people!

KK - Fantastic running from you and your daughter. Lovely you can share that together (I am well jealous - not one of my children shows any interest in running!)

Shades - You definitely made the right decision with those shoes! When's your next race?

My running is rubbish this week. I have caught a bit of a headcold which doesn't seem to get any worse but just leaves me feeling groggy. I have nothing in my legs and often have to walk/run a bit  The same thing happened after my long trail run in September. Are we more susceptible to picking something up after a hard race? Last time it took about two weeks to get back on form again - I am a bit concerned as marathon only ten days away... eeeek!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 15:14

Just eaten a massive Raclette lunch. This is a meal based round a cheese which each person melts themselves on a sort of machine in the middle of the table. It is served with a variety of cold meats, new potatoes and salad. Delicious but I really dread to think how many calories are in it.

Lily - Thank you for your comments. In spite of my moaning about the last few km I did enjoy my race... especially afterwards!!

Shades - Thank you  Was pretty pleased with the way the pacing worked out. I haven't been able to work out my exact splits as since I've changed my Garmin I cannot download the info onto Garmin connect so can only look at my individual km times. I do know that I slowed a bit in the second half but am not beating myself up about that as the second part of the race is much more challenging and I came out with the result that I wanted, albeit not a negative split!

With regards to planning your BT in advance.. how do you do this? I was just going to give myself weekly mileage goals and try and fit my runs in depending on committments/time available etc. With the exception of the one tempo/hills session all my runs will be at BT pace with one longer run at the weekend. How does this compare to your training plan?

Big G - Thank you   Lol at you deciding to jump back into bed this morning! Regarding dogs, I have wanted a Jack Russell for years, ever since a friend of mine had a Parsons Jack Russell. Even though they are a small dog they do require quite a bit of exercise but are full of character and great fun. Our other dogs are a Belgian Shepherd and an RSPCA rescue dog who is a sort of whippet/labrador cross. We have a fair bit of land so exercising is not a problem and on the rare occasions that we go away we have a friend who comes to the house to keep an eye on the animals. I think getting a dog is a great idea and if you have friends who could look after it when you are away that would be ideal as I imagine UK kennel prices would work out quite expensive.

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