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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 19:51

Big G - hope your dad makes a speedy recovery. Enjoy your night in Plymouth

mamafox - at least you had a soft landing . Just remember to tuck your arms in.

I attended a course on blind runners a little while ago at our club. The thing that struck me the most was that if you are the guide you need to be much faster than the person you are assisting - not so you can drag them along, but you need to be able to talk almost non-stop and still be well within your comfort zone.

I did the Marathon Day Marathon yesterday (26/2). Almost had a disaster as when I arrived at my b&b it was closed due to a bereavement. Thankfully late rooms managed to find me alternative accommodation. The race was 5 out and backs along the seafront at Walmer and Deal. I enjoyed it much more than Dymchurch as there was plenty to see along the sea front, from dog walkers to workers resurfacing the beach road, from many different styles and colours of houses to a fisherman selling his freshly caught fish, plus of course familiar faces to encourage/congratulate on every lap. There was a VERY strong headwind on the back bit each lap and although it started drizzling a little the heavy rain held off until I was safely back in my car. Stopped on laps 2,3 and 4 to nibble fudge at the water station (mocha or white choc & cranberries? why not have both), a quick loo stop on lap 2 and a longer (6mins) one on lap 4 (thank goodness for public loos) -TMI. Finished in 4:23 so well pleased with that .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:07

KK - that looks like an interesting week of races. Similar to the week they do at Cape Wrath - I've pencilled in plans for that, maybe next year - but getting there looks quite difficult.

Heartbreaker New Forest Marathon last Sunday. Bit of road to start and finish but rest is on paths through the forest and along a ridge. Quite hilly, easy to avoid a few slightly muddy bits, but you just have to splash through the stream (twice) . Nice not to have to bother with navigation. Course is a bit like a T - you run out to the ridge and the water station, do a left loop and then a right loop, repeat the loops twice more and then run back to the finish. I didn't bother carrying water as I knew we'd pass the water station 7 times but they didn't have anything to eat  (I like a custard cream biscuit now and again). Ran with a friend for most of it, chatted away, walked up the hills and didn't bother even looking at watch. It got warm after a couple of loops so I left my jacket at the water station, but I picked it up just before the last loop when it started to rain. Within minutes we were running in a freezing cold hailstorm with a really strong headwind. Friend was taking rather a long time getting into extra layers and rain jacket, so I ran on as I was getting very cold. At the last turnaround point the wind at least was more to our backs and sides, but the rain continued relentless. Back through the stream, up the last (very steep) hill and back onto the road where I legged it to the finish. Thought I'd taken about 5 and a half hours (last year did it in 4:49) so was very surprised that I'd actually finished in 4:39 . We saw the eventual winner sprinting past a number of times (he finished in 2:42) and Steve Way was third. Saw a herd of ponies and on the first loop only (thankfully) a herd of highland cattle. They were making their way towards the path but must have crossed it and gone off somewhere as we didn't see them again. Lots of calves with very attentive mums, and striding at the front of his harem was the bull with enormous handlebar horns . After waiting to see friend finish and a large cup of hot chocolate I got changed in the car (it steams up quickly). Once through the forest (great views and more ponies) the rest of the journey home was a nightmare due to major roadworks and accidents. Stopped off for a coffee, loo and petrol but still it took me 3 and three quarter hours to get back . Nice event at the beginning of the year and they do a half as well .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 19:25

I'm definitely an advocate for long, slow running. I guess I'll have to borrow daughter's Garmin as when I go out on my own I just go at a pace which is very comfortable (and slow). When I go out with the dog he dictates the pace which is usually Usain Bolt speed for the first 50 metres - with maybe 1 or 2 abrupt 'stops', then he settles down and our paces seem to match. (Except sometimes on grass when he wants to bound and I can only keep up for about 4/5 strides - I won't let him off-lead, just in case I lose him). Some people at our club run every run - general and long slow - at about 9/9.30 pace and then do their marathon at 11 min miles .

We've had such a mild winter here that as well as masses of snowdrops, today I saw a couple of teeny violas, one daisy and the first buds on the blossom bushes .


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 22:43

mamafox - well done on your race and new time  - and even better for finishing in front of Jocelyne .

The course I did is just a basic one, although it did cover planning and structuring sessions. I was a bit surprised that the tutors assumed beginners would have a certain amount of fitness, which some of ours don't. Some participants were looking to lead groups who wanted to run races faster, but I think that's best left to qualified coaches. I've been 'buddying' on our daytime beginners course and when they finish in a few weeks time I'd like to continue with an 'improvers' course which could also accommodate runners who would like more 'gentle paced' runs. Probably see club coach tomorrow to discuss this.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 17:01

kk - well done on your pb . That's a big chunk of time off. You look good in the video. I saw one of me at Loch Ness finish where I seemed to be flapping my arms at my sides and one at Milton Keynes - I'd picked up a leg injury just a week before and although it didn't bother me during the race at the finish I was limping badly (as well as rolling around like a drunk ).

I did the Leader in Running Fitness course yesterday - a mix of theory and practical so I counted that as training for the day . Interesting course, lots of information. I'm now (well, when I've sent off my DBS form) qualified - and insured - to lead a small group out running. No marathons last weekend, but 8 miles off-road with the dog today. We got rather wet and I've definitely decided my waterproof jacket isn't.

Big G - will you be expected to run the 10k or will you be expected to start the race and then give medals to the finishers and present any prizes?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 12:58

sk - sorry to hear about your friend, very tragic.

Big G - that's a lovely photo of Steph and a great choice of song. I'm glad you're going to take it easy while you're still on medication.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 16:13

Emmy & Keith - big well done on completing your quads - and great times too

Still dog walking /running here. I think I've got a permanent job - every time I go upstairs the dog thinks I'm getting ready for a run and starts howling (sounds like Hound of the Baskervilles ). My distances for the last couple of weeks are down (mainly due to no marathons) but 'time on feet' has definitely increased!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 17:59

Well done Keith and Emmy - half way there and counting down

((Big G)) - thoughts are with you and Steph's family today.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 16:25

Big G - good that you were able to get your chest infection treated so speedily. Here's to a quick recovery.

Shades - daughter's recovery is progressing slowly thanks. She had a 2 day PE course that she needed to do last week (talking & planning, not doing) and then she went back to work (school) on Thursday. She has been very tired in the evenings though and complains that her leg is throbbing and feels 'hot inside'. She has to have the stiches out on Tuesday and had already made the appointment with the nurse last Monday. Then on Thursday the receptionist phoned and said she had to make an appointment for next Thursday to have her dressing changed. Despite daughter telling her she had an appointment and she wouldn't have a dressing by then anyway, the receptionist stuck to her script and insisted she make an appointment. Daughter finally said ok, but she would cancel it on Tuesday . Usually you can't get past the receptionist unless you are crawling.

It didn't seem too cold last night so I was surprised when out running to see that most of the lakes and the small streams in the nature reserve were completely frozen. It was actually quite warm in the sunshine . Did see a dead swan though - looked like a fox had got it, it had a great gash in its side and there were feathers everywhere. Only a young one as still had lots of grey feathers . Since running the dog I have noticed that an awful lot of owners don't clean up after their dog. Also I hate it when loose dogs come bounding over and the owners make no effort to catch their dog or even call it back .

Younger daughter has had a couple of incidents recently - weekend before last she was walking along the High Street with some friends when a fight suddenly spilled out from a take-away and a guy knocked into daughter. She fell heavily on her knee which swelled up and stopped her running this week. Then this weekend she was in a lift when someone suddenly and without warning vomited all over her brand new coat . Glad I don't go out in the evenings.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 16:25

KK - well done on making your monthly target

No snow here (yet), although we have had a bit of sleet. Tipping down with rain at the moment and very windy. I'm still on dog duty, but when we go for a run we don't cover the same distance as I would on my own. Mind you, run/stop is very tiring No races for me for the next 3 weekends , taking it a bit 'easy' before ramping up the miles again - and trying to sort out accommodation for future marathons and filling up any blanks in the calendar.

mamafox - glad your little one is on the mend (apart from the puking ). That's really bad about the dog attack - obviously they are dangerous and it seems like the owners have little control. Don't you have to report it to someone? I'd be worried if children were around when they get taken out.

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