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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:53

Iain - is that White Cliffs? (Not one that I do - notice the word 'cliffs' ) They do entries on the day, but you are supposed to print off the navigation instructions yourself - will be on their website. And don't forget your mug .

Shades - I'm already booked in for Amesbury Amble on 9th October (and travelling down on the 8th).

I've now got two pair of trail shoes and have done a short run in both. Seem comfortable enough, but problems never tend to surface until about 12 miles. I also bought a really cheap pair of walking shoes from Decathlon. Will try those out tomorrow. Not sure now what to wear for a long walk at the weekend .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 19:28

Iain - look on the LDWA website under events and choose Challenge events. You get a list or a map so you can see what's when and where. Some of them would be good practice for ultras. And some runners do race them and get ridiculously fast times!

Had a lovely run/walk this morning, mainly through the woods so cool and shady. Been so hot since I got back I've hardly done anything . Think I'm suffering from Rio withdrawal symptoms .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 15:35

Ian 5 - a great pb at Fleetwood Half. Well done

Shades - well done at Cork, looking forward to the report. I'm not surprised that Boston 12 hour has been cancelled - with only a month's notice I expect most people had already arranged things for that weekend. I loved running round (and round, and round ....) the park, but I don't think I'd enter if it was track.

Re Paula and the laces - I've found that long wet grass often undoes my laces even when they're double knotted and tucked under. Not much grass on the Rio marathon though .

Iain - do you do your long runs by yourself? Why not throw in a few LDWA challenge events as training? You can go as fast or as slow as you like, great company and plenty of well-stocked checkpoints

Big G - You will come home refreshed, de-stressed and raring to go

Leila's Run last Sunday . Low key multi-terrain marathon, quite local and with lots of the usual suspects. Held for the past few years in memory of a lovely lady (a member of the 100MC and Garden City Runners) who died of cancer. Ran/walked (and talked) in the usual fashion and came home in 5:16. Two runners did their 100th - I congratulated them, had a little chat and ate cake  - I didn't bother to wait for the chairman to do the presentations as he was taking a rather leisurely stroll to the finish, and I wanted to get home in time to catch the end of the Olympic marathon.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 14:35

I did the LDWA 3 Forests Way (in Essex and Herts) on Saturday. In parts it's quite near where I live, but the bit I knew well had been cut out so that the distance was revised to 54 miles. I had recced one other section on a walk last week and it made that bit go very smoothly. Started off at 9am and within 100 metres we had all taken the wrong path . Most of the instructions though were more or less related to what was on the ground. No hills, just a few gentle undulations but the terrain was very tough with lots of rough ground, long grass, ploughed fields and nettles . Ran and walked (more walk I think!) with a friend and was very grateful she was there when we couldn't find the right path in the woods at night . Fantastic, well-stocked checkpoints as usual . Very sunny and hot, and stayed hot even after the sun went down. Finished at 11.45pm (14h 45m) and after a cup of tea, a hot shower and some cornflakes I had a few hours sleep in the car as I didn't want to drive home in the dark. Spent most of Sunday watching the Olympics, dozing, and trying to make my legs comfy. Not only did they ache (especially my hips) but all the nettles and brambles left them feeling like I'd been given electric shocks . Great day in great company .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 14:14

Shades - well done on IOM marathon. That's a decent time as you weren't feeling too good.

Jugula and Cal - great running. Well done

lily - have a good holiday. Hope your mum is ok now.

Louey - Gloucester was quite a good marathon to do. Course was good, apart from one hill, and if it hadn't been so hot it could be a fastish course. Race venue in the park so I'm not sure how it would be if it was raining . But there again, it is in the middle of summer. I did Yorkshire last year - thought it would be very hilly, but it was just undulating a bit (until right at the very end where you turn a corner and face a very steep hill - but you had to run it because it was at the end and there were loads of supporters). Too many runners for me, city marathon atmosphere, but I was glad that I did it.

I think 3 cubes of shotbloks equal one gel - but by then you'll probably feel sick of them . Like Shades I use Elete if it's very hot, but I'm not sure if it has any effect!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 00:06


Noticing I was behind the 5:30 pacer I put on a spurt to see if I could catch up the 4:30 one. Inevitably I ran too fast (and didn't even see any other pacers). I did chat to a couple of people I knew and again ran too fast as I kept up with them (very briefly). Reached 3 miles in 26 minutes, nearly had a heart attack and then went much more sensibly. The first 6 miles were around the streets of the city and then we moved out into more rural areas. Stopped at the portaloo just after 6mls, I had to queue but then was in and out in a flash. Around 8 miles I felt awful - rather queasy, totally lacking in energy and legs already aching . The sun was burning hot and not really cooled by a strong headwind. The route was gently undulating - only one very steep hill at mile 17 - but I had to walk any slight ups just to keep going. There were plenty of water stations (which also had High 5 drinks and gels  ), plus a sponge station and some lovely locals who sprayed us with their hoses . Quite a bit of support from locals or family/ friends of runners and the marshals were not only very friendly but super efficient, especially at road junctions where we didn't have to stop at all. Chatted to a young lady runner for a couple of miles and by mile 18 I was feeling much better (although not moving any faster). However this didn't last long and by mile 21 I was struggling again. I knew the end was not too far once we could see the top of the cathedral and we didn't run through much of the town near the end. We ran alongside the canal (?) and reached mile 26 at Gloucester Docks where lots of people were out doing what normal people do on Sundays (they were all very supportive though). It seemed like a very long .2 of a mile with eventually a long straight run slightly downhill through cheering crowds to the finish arch and a chance to get under some shade and buy an ice-cream . I sorted out with the guy on the computer that I wasn't Joe Something or other although I appeared to have his chip, and got my result - 4:35, so not as disastrous as I thought it might be. Very tough though, which was due more to the heat than the course. After something to eat and drink I headed off to drive home - which was harder than the marathon. Road works on the A40 (with no works actually being done at the weekend of course) and long tailbacks on the M40 due to an earlier accident meant the journey ended up taking 3 hrs 45 mins  and my clutch leg was very achy although the right one was ok.

Felt a bit better when Steve Edwards wrote on facebook that he'd had to abandon plan a and plan b at Gloucester and settle for plan c (which still got him 3:21 !) 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 23:30

Steve - well done on your ultra (and your report). A great time and sounds like you (mostly) enjoyed the experience . Was the route actually round the coast? It sounds like a nice event, but I won't run along the edges of cliffs or anywhere that I could fall over .

Cal - you certainly go for adventurous activities . Did you not change your tights round?

Shades - sorry that you weren't able to get to Gloucester. Hope you are feeling better now.

Well, Gloucester was not one of my better races! I stayed overnight at the Ibis hotel, which was very nice and the bed was comfy but I just couldn't get to sleep. Finally drifted off about 1.30 and then got up again at 6.30 . I had worked out a route to St Michael's Square carpark - found it ok, plenty of spaces and just 5 mins from race HQ. Registered, collected my chip (and a paper strip to attach it to my ankle) and a t-shirt which is quite nice and actually fits well , but of course I had to take it back to the car! Back at the park I joined the queue for the loo and was getting a bit worried that at 8.55 I was still nowhere near the front. Bent down to double tie my laces and noticed that my chip was not around my ankle . Abandoned the loo queue and rushed off to the registration tent, where eventually they found me a spare one, and I joined the back of the runners just as we started.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 21:04

mamafox - that is a fantastic report . You could write a book AND make a film now . Hope you get some good news about your ankle soon.

Big G - sounds like you're having a great time

Shades - I bet the drug dealing was at L***n . I'm certainly not ready for Gloucester having still only done a few shortish runs (actually went out yesterday for a 9 mile walk!). I'm very confused about where to park - I think I might restrict future races to those with designated and signed parking! Hope to see you on Sunday.

Finally managed to mow the grass. Certainly looks a lot better now even though the ground is still lumpy. Hopefully it will stay dry for a couple of days and then I can give it another go.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 17:49

Glad that all the Shadies' holidays have gone well and hope the ones still to come are good too .

Still hot here but we have had a few showers, mainly at night. I've had a very lazy couple of weeks with only a few shortish runs or run/walks. I'm planning on a long walk tomorrow so not sure how I'll cope with Gloucester next weekend - I'll want to walk after just a mile .

My eldest daughter's friend's grandson is called Arlo

mamafox - you should spend some of your non-running time getting that book together - 'The Foxes in France' or 'A disaster a day' .


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 11:40

Big G - well done on your 10k . Enjoy your holiday. My younger son has been in East Asia since March. He's 'done' Thailand, Bali, Cambodia, Laos and now Vietnam. His best bit was working on an elephant sanctuary for a month.

Iain L - a good long run. It's great that you are looking forward to the next one . It seems that some people doing marathons don't actually enjoy their training and only do their longer runs because it's on their (never to be deviated from) schedule .

Shades - Boston is down on their forthcoming events for 28th August, but there are no details at all. I'll not be doing it this year as I'm going for a long walk with our LDWA group on the Saturday. My feet are fine thanks - mini-blisters had disappeared within 2 days. I did another very slow run on Friday, followed by a walk in the woods with a friend - and then I needed an hour's nap . I'm still feeling quite tired and my body - especially my legs - feel weary, although there are no aches or pains. Standing at work (on the self-scans) on Wed evening and again Sat morning didn't help . I've now purchased a new mower and trimmer (both cheap, but I hope they're up to the job) so I guess I'll have to tackle the grass - it doesn't deserved to be called a lawn .

KK - the first to finish last weekend did the distance in 18:39 and the 1st female was 21:42. The course was quite 'fast' as there was no mud, no grass, no trippy roots and no navigation. Once you'd done one loop you knew exactly where to go and where to run and to walk - no hesitation, not even throughout the night. A point to point, or a big circle, on unknown and difficult terrain would be quite a different prospect .


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