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Posted: Today at 00:14

Definitely trail shoes. Although much of the path along the river is hard-packed earth or gravel, near the beginning (and end) there is a lot of grass and mud. I've done it in both and slid all over the place in road shoes (one guy actually slid into the river!). You don't want anything with very aggressive lugs but trail/hybrid shoes would be fine. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 18:39

Jugula - 10 min/miles sounds way too fast. I often tell first time marathoners to double their half time and add one hour. Unless they're super fast club runners that's the time they often finish in, they're pleased with that, they've enjoyed the race and they look forward to doing another (which invariably is much quicker - but then they know they can do the distance). Portsmouth is not a fast marathon - you've got grass, paths, mud, shingle, sea water if you're toooo slow and lots of people/dogs wandering around on the seafront. Why not leave the watch at home, start near the back, chat to a few runners and then fall in with someone who is going at a comfortable pace?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 15:11

mamafox - great race and sounds like you really enjoyed it  (especially the beating Jocelyne bit )

snapdragon - I guess it's about not letting your fitness slip down - just keep it up all the time. And most of my 'races' are quite slow, often LDWA type where time is not an issue and you can just enjoy it. Doing marathons is much more fun than doing LSRs all by yourself (or with a club where everyone dashes off at 8m/m)

s3200 - As for ultras for next year : XRNG ones are good although quite expensive and you can do just one day. Others I like are Imber Ultra (nr Salisbury) March 33mls, Sevenoaks Circular March 30mls, Pewsey Downsaround Apr 35mls (I've only done the marathon -nice but MUDDY), Oxon 40mls May (HILLY), Ridgeway 40mls May, Northants Ultra June 35mls and Salisbury 54321 Aug 50k. They are all off road (Salisbury very varied terrain) and require some navigation. I also like Coventry Way May 40mls and Pathfinder March June 46mls - these are multi-terrain with a bit more roadwork. Check out the 100MC website - they have a list of most ultras. Also depends if you want to run when it gets dark .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 13:51

I did Chelmsford Parks Marathon on Sunday - mainly because it's only 45 mins away. First time they ran this event and the organisers have some improvements to make if they want people to return. I've put some feedback on the events ratings if anyone is interested, so won't bore you all here! Main problem was that it had rained in the previous few days (in October? in England? never!) and the course needed to be re-routed on the Sunday morning. The advertised 2 laps turned into 2 laps and a mini 3rd lap (about 3 miles), which apparently some runners missed out (either deliberately? or because they didn't know about it?). I passed a runner I know slightly half way through the 2nd lap. I left him behind and he didn't go past me after that. In the results he's about 30 mins faster than me - finishing in the same time as I had just started my 3rd lap . Anyway I found it a bit tougher than I thought it would be but stuck in and finished in 4:16.

KK - I'm doing Snowdonia too. Don't know why - I'm not keen on hills .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 13:39

Iain - well done on your 10k . 10th place in your first official 10k is pretty good going. Have you thought about doing x-country for your club this winter?

Moore06 - bad luck at Abingdon. I think I know the lady you refer to - she had a nasty accident at IOW last week. Which double are you doing in November?

slowkoala - well done on your run at Cabbage Patch . Did they give out brussel sprouts instead of medals?

Big G - good news from the pod . You've obviously adopted the right strategy to heal that achilles. You could approach a marathon as 8.5 times a 5k  (pure physical torture eight and a half times )

Shades - probably a good decision to sacrifice DD in favour of Dublin. I know how much you like your Irish marathons.

Jugula - sorry to hear that things didn't go to plan in your marathon. Perhaps too many sweet things during the run (the low blood sugar would have been because they were undigested and brought back up again). Had you tried those things before, how much of each did you take when running? Or do you think you set off too fast? I also think you should do Portsmouth - with no pressure, just enjoy the run.



Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 16:08

((Big G)) - hope all goes well today. A tree is a lovely memorial. How about a bench at the zoo. I saw a lovely plaque on one at the Canal Ultra in Stratford. It said 'Sit thee dahn, rest a while. Tell me where tha's bin.'

Good luck to all racers at the weekend  - a variety of distances!

Iain's time? I'll predict 36:25.

Snapdragon - what kind of distance are you looking at? And what kind of terrain?

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 20:38

.... And (how could I forget) we ran through a couple of fields of a free range chicken farm. Thousands of ginger chickens everywhere and they're not very good at getting out of the way

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 20:26

((Big G)) - I can only echo what the others have said - but keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please feel free to say whatever you want - voicing your feelings or writing about them often helps to begin to cope with them. Glad you're feeling a bit better today.

Moore and Emmy - well done on your marathons in what sounds like horrible conditions

On Friday I went with a friend to see the poppies at the Tower of London - they were beautiful and thinking about what they represent was quite emotional. We had great weather - hot and very sunny . When we got home the place was covered in huge puddles, the rain had been hammering down all day .

Today I ran the Spires and Steeples (Lincoln to Sleaford) and after early cold fog it quickly warmed up and again it was a hot, sunny day . First half of this event is easy-ish with running mainly on cycle paths, good footpaths, tarmac or quiet roads. Second half is much harder with a few (minor) undulations, a couple of sets of steps, kissing gates and lots of stiles. The terrain changes to mainly off-road on lumpy grassy paths and a couple of ploughed fields through which many feet have made paths of sorts. The last few miles go alongside the river on a very uneven grassy path which has a slight camber and lots of holes. I pushed a bit harder this year and came in at 4:52 (45 mins faster than last year). They have walkers as well and also a half starting half-way on the course but an hour and a half later, so there was plenty of company. Good organisation, loads of route markers (didn't need to read any instructions), friendly event, hot soup at end and hot showers in a brand new leisure centre. One of my favourites

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 13:33

(((Big G))) - I was in tears when I read your posts. What a beautiful send off for someone who was obviously cherished by so many. Your love for Claire was demonstrated by the planning of the day and the choice of such relevant and emotional music.

Someone who I know slightly lost her (adult) son a couple of years back. She said 'over time the grief doesn't really go away but you learn how to deal with it much better'. Perhaps the counsellor could help with this.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 10:40

((Big G)) -thoughts and prayers for you today.

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