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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 23:56

Signing off for a week and a half as I'm off on a sort of holiday. Good luck to all those racing this weekend or next

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 00:49

Good nights sleep and felt a lot better this morning . Have felt faint quite a number of times (Shades - you might remember that I had to lie down across some chairs at Loch Ness!), although not recently. Had the heartburn thing day after Portsmouth but was checked out thoroughly by GP and was ok. Think I should have eaten more during the run and probably earlier on too . It was a long day with just nibbles.

Slowkoala - for most multi-terrain I'll wear my road shoes (Asics Hyperspeed 6) as they're light and comfortable. I'll wear trail shoes in the winter if it's really muddy. Last year when running I had a blister under a toenail which made me screw my toes slightly and alter my gait just a bit. Next day I had a big bruise on my shin!

Big G - that looks like a really fun day . Great to get so close to those lovely animals.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 22:08


Finished feeling a bit stiff but otherwise fine . Had my choc milkshake and then a shower . Had a mug of tea and fancied some chips, but found I just couldn't eat more than 2 or 3. Then came over a bit dizzy  and stayed sitting down for a while till I felt ok. Left chips and rest of tea untouched but was ok to drive home . But after about an hour of driving I got terrible heartburn  and had to pull into a lay-by and rummage in my bag for some Rennies and wait for them to take effect. Very tired when I got home at 9.20pm, had a half hour nap but couldn't face a meal so had 2 small croissants and a cup of Horlicks and went to bed .

Woke up very late with a migraine but had some tea and toast (and then felt queasy). Watched athletics on tv, then had a nap. Still didn't want anything else to eat and then got bad heartburn again, felt cold and clammy and had another nap. Have finally managed to eat a meal and feel relatively ok now, so not sure what all that was about . My resting heart rate is rather low today compared to what it usually is. I have one of those blood pressure monitors which my daughter bought for me, but my readings seem to vary widely, although most of the last two weeks they have been quite low - not convinced that the monitor is very reliable. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 21:51

mamafox - you're so lucky to still have your Garmin! I bet your kids were hoping to sneak it back home without you noticing

Big G & slowkoala - some speedy times there . Are you both going to become 5k specialists?

Sorry to hear about your knee sk. Hope it's nothing serious.

I did the Pathfinder March (46mls) on Saturday near Cambridge. Multi-terrain, the first 8 miles were on country roads or tarmac or gravel paths and the last 2 mls were on road, the middle bit was very mixed with some thick grass covered in dry grass and straw and hiding very uneven ground towards the end. A few slight undulations (which I walked) but mainly flat, and 3 hills in the last 2 miles which I managed to run up for the first time (this was my 4th year). I ran by myself the whole way, except when passing walkers who had set off 4 hrs earlier but really enjoyed it. Cloudy to start, the sun soon came out and it got hot. Then we had showers and I was soaked twice, but it was too humid to get out the jacket so I waited and dried off naturally. I love this event but would like to see a few more runners there. Finished in 10:00:15, my fastest time so far and which I was very pleased with, especially as I had stopped at the checkpoints to shake out stones from shoes and had an extended stop at 32mls where I bought coke and flapjack from the school fund tuck shop.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 15:05

I second Shades' comments about Yeovil Marathon. Lovely course (I enjoyed being nosey and looking at some beautiful houses/ cottages as I went past!), well organised and enough water stops - although unfortunately no biscuits. I found it much tougher than I thought it would be - the flat course turned out to have quite a few 'undulations' and when the sun came out it became very hot. I was fine for the 1st third of the run, slowed a bit for the next third and then slowed a lot and had to walk up some of the undulations just to keep going  . There was the facility to have your own drinks/ snacks taken to different water stops and I had carefully labelled my small bottle of coke. It was only when about half way round that I remembered it was still in the car . Great to meet up with Shades afterwards

slowkoala - great pb from you and 1st lady too - super speedy

Pegasus - well done on completing your 10k  even if it wasn't too enjoyable.

Louey - come up to Ware on 12th July. There is a children's race too, so you could have a family day out


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 00:52

Louey - whereabouts are you based? Ware Joggers have a 10mile and a 10k race in July.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 00:50

Very chilly wind today, then it warmed up early evening. However about 9 o'clock the temperature plummeted and the central heating came on . It now feels like winter.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 00:48

Big G - glad the 10k event went well. The memorial garden tribute for Claire is a beautiful idea.

slowkoala - yet another good race from you

Shades - well done on DD and a great report . I really must get that one into my calendar one year. I'm doing Yeovil as well, so I'll see you there.

My favourite event last Sunday - Poppyline Marathon in Norfolk . LDWA event and everything up to their usual standard including fantastic refreshments throughout (especially the melon and coke at the final checkpoint). Beautiful day, very hot but with a cooling breeze. I'd put loads of sun cream on but I missed a bit where my vest armhole finishes on my back - very red and sore now. They had changed the route slightly from before as they had a different venue for the last 2 years but last year was a 30 to celebrate something. We only got lost once (within the first five minutes ) but some people assumed the route was the same as 2 or 3 years ago, didn't bother to read the instructions properly and got really muddled up. My fastest time for Poppyline was just under 5 and a half hours but I'd already decided that I was going to take it steady and just enjoy it. Then before the start someone who I knew slightly asked if I'd mind if he could run with me as he'd forgotten his glasses and couldn't read the instructions. He'd also run a marathon the day before so said he would be quite slow. I was ok with that, so we pottered round, walking up the hills (very steep at the beginning and the end along the coast) and any minor inclines and running/ walking the rest. We admired the fantastic views, chatted briefly to a few curious locals, took advantage of the checkpoints for loos and sustenance, managed to glimpse the steam train and spent at least 5 mins staring into the pond where there were literally thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of wriggling frog tadpoles. Finished in 6:47 feeling great - nothing ached or hurt, wasn't even slightly out of breath and still felt energetic! Had a meal plus 2 cups of tea, a hot shower and then a longish but uneventful drive home (and that did make me tired).


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 23:12

Shades - well done on Cork . Sounds like horrendous conditions, do you know if the shivering runner was ok ? Should be completely the opposite weather for DD  - have a good run.

Big G - hope all goes well for Claire's Race on Sunday.

Did that skeleton that went missing from last year's DD ever turn up?


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 15:28

Hi Shadies. Trying hard to catch up with everything that you've all been doing while I've been away.

Well done to Shades, Keith and KK for Windermere and slowkoala, mamafox and Jugula for your races too.

((Big G)) - hold on to those happy memories

Been away for most of last week doing the Forces March (Ilfracombe to Bulford over 5 days). I had a fantastic time, wonderful participants and support teams, hot HOT weather, and enjoyed the running . I survived unscathed but some runners/walkers had issues with injuries/niggles and horrendous blisters  - they're the ones who get my respect as they were determined to finish despite suffering. Done a couple of short slow run/walks since but have next Sunday off as it's my grandson's party.

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