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Thursday 12th June 2014

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:13

Morning all.

emzap - poor you.  Hope they figure things out soon so you can go home. 

Well, Enigma Superheroes marathon done yesterday.  It was hot, hot, hot.  At least I wasn't running in costume.  We had it all - spidermen in full body suits, wonderwoman, batman, the incredible hulk, batgirl.  The good thing about this from my perspective was that it slowed down people who would normally be much faster and so I didn't come last!  I had a torrid time though.  Went off way too fast, didn't really take in enough energy on the way round, and died on my a**e.  Basically walked the last 8 miles or so as my legs just refused to obey me and run!   Never mind - 10 days between marathons is the shortest for me so it was useful experience as I head towards the Quadzilla next February (4 in 4 days for those that haven't heard of it).  I need to make a plan and stick to it, which I didn't do yesterday. 

I ended up finishing in 5:14 and some which wasn't as bad as it might have been considering how much walking I did at the end.

The other lesson learned is that it is not a good idea to get into a car and drive for 2.5 hours immediately after a marathon, without stretching out a bit first.  Ouch. Getting out of the car was a challenge.

Lots to do today as we go on holiday later so I'm not sure I'll get to run today, and I won't tomorrow.  2 days without running???? OMG.  My OCD may require me to head out now and do a quick mile....


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 07:25

Morning all.

Busy day yesterday.  The morning run was incredibly hot and muggy.  

What:  something slow, trying to get my pacing sorted
Why: because

Have a good one

Saturday 7th June 2014

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 08:24


Yep, a Wednesday is an odd day for a marathon but anyone who knows Foxy knows he'll put on a marathon whenever anyone will do one! 

What: an hour or so easy
Why: it's Saturday and I had a day off running yesterday
Last hard: getting out of bed this morning

Lunch with a friend today and then a busy weekend of trying to get organised for going on holiday at the end of next week. 

Friday 6th June 2014

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 13:54

Hello all.

Gorgeous day here.  I had a meeting to go to first thing, which was basically the culmination of the contract I've been working on this year.  It went well.  I have some bits and pieces to tie up and then freedom for the summer.  Gave out my card to a few people so maybe some work will come up for the autumn.

Non running day today.  My legs felt heavy and tired yesterday.  My marathon isn't this weekend, it's next Wednesday. 

The dog goes back home this afternoon.  I will miss her, but she's coming back for an extended stay in late July.  

Enjoy your day.

Thursday 5th June 2014

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:42


Don't know if any of you listen to the Marathon Talk podcast but there was an interview with a chap this week (Craig Smith) about how he was diagnosed with arrthymia (sp) following a period of time getting palpitations.  According to him his cardiologist said there is a correlation between this condition and older runners who are very fit for endurance sport and who have very low resting HR.  Not sure whether it just applies to men or if it's women as well.  Thought I'd bring it into the discussion considering a few people have been complaining of palpitations. 

What: 5.7 miles trying hard to keep to MP
Why: I'm running too fast these days for recovery
Last hard: annoyingly according to my HR that was harder than it should have been

I think a non-running day is called for tomorrow.  Convenient as I have to be in London for a meeting first thing.


Wednesday 4th June 2014

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 15:02


Stickless - reckon I couldn't do the stairs as well as you did them!

Funny on the nettles - I got stung this morning.  But it was my own fault as I stupidly threw the dog's ball and it landed in nettles. She couldn't find it so I had to help out.

What: 3.1 miles.  I tried (promise) to go slow, but failed.
Why: ticking over

Lazy day other than that. Walked the dog again. 

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 12:57


Stickless, great to see you.  Enjoy Boston.  Hope you mother recovers well.

What: 4.5 miles without dog. 
Why: getting the legs moving

My legs definitely are tired but not so achy today.  Pleased that the average pace started with a 10 with av HR at 134 - not quite in the easy peasy range but near enough.  Much fun had with dog while foam rolling as she seems to think it's a good game having me on the floor!

Now I have to go all the way into central London for a 1 hour meeting.  After a muddy dog walk.


Monday 2nd June 2014

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 17:07


Well toughed out LMH.  Not sure I would have been able to do it. 

emzap - I'm sure you will continue to improve.

Lots of cardio/respiratory type problems on this thread! 

Forever - thanks.  I am really pleased to be beating times from 10 years ago!  Early 40s to early 50s is quite a step physiologically I reckon so pleasing to be getting better WAVA scores! 

Official results are now out and I'm well chuffed that chip time came in at 4:48:47 so that's just a smidge under a 2 minute PB.  Said previous PB was run at Abingdon in October, so a much flatter course and a much cooler day so all in all I'm pleased with my performance on Saturday on a lumpy course and a hot day.

What: 3.4 miles slow jog with dog am, 1 hour leisurely stroll in a country park with dog pm
Why: recovery

Tomorrow I will try to run without dog and so without the stop/start that she causes.  My legs feel quite good considering.  I've been foam rollering (the dog thinks this is a good game and tries to join in) which, while painful, does seem to loosen things up a bit.


Sunday June 1st 2014

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 10:27

Morning all.

Happy birthday forever!

Don - sorry to hear you're having problems.  Fingers crossed the cardioversion sorts it.

It seems that dancing until midnight fuelled by copious quantities of alcohol is good for post-marathon legs    But then perhaps it was the wonderful post race massage I had which is responsible for reasonably OK legs today.   The charity gig I organised for last night, in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, raised £275 which is good going.  Added to what I have already raised the total is now £1010. 

What: nothing
Why:  Kent Roadrunner

Have a good one.

Saturday 31st May 2014

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 17:02

Hello all! 

Well, it was a lovely day in Kent today, if a little hot and sunny to be running 26.2.  The race was, as ever, run like clockwork by the fabulous tzruns team.  This really is a runner's race, with all the little tweaks (free photos, really good feed stations, great goody 'bag') that makes it a joy to do.

I set off at what was a stupid pace - well above PB pace, but it felt good so I went with it.  I do need to learn to pace myself better!  I suspect that if it hadn't been so hot the pace would have been easier to deal with.  I slowed in the second half but still managed to squeak a PB so a good day at the office.  I don't know my official chip time - my garmin showed 4:48:45 and the main clock showed 4:49:30 or so.  My PB was 4:50:25 so it's degrees of PB-ness.  Very pleased. 

Now to recover for my next 26.2 effort on 11th June.

Lovely to high 5 RFJ twice on each lap!  He seemed to be acting as medical cover for collapsed people on many occasions which must have slowed him as he was still running when I finished.  I suspect he was running over distance! 

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