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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.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 22:00

Excellent running Shadies . That's a mega- fantastic time Iain . I'd like to know what you use for fuelling too - I've tried various things but nothing really works.

Well done Big G on your park run and slowkoala on your 10k

Molly - have a great time in Kona and good luck to your brother

I did Mablethorpe today (on the other side of the country to Chester). Was aiming for a stab at my pb or somewhere near it.  Didn't happen though . Was on target for the first 8 miles, then got a tummy ache. The race had portaloos in various places but I decided to use a proper public loo just before mile 12. Suffice to say that I was then a mile behind schedule and couldn't pick up the pace again. Felt a bit queasy in the second half and a bit lightheaded when I stopped at the latter water stations so I obviously haven't got my pre-race or during-race nutrition sorted at all . Brilliant marathon though - great organisation, plenty of water stations, encouraging marshalls and local supporters - may yet give it another shot next year. And again Lincolnshire east coast at the beginning of October is very hot and very sunny .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 19:40

Hi Molly - { waves } 

mamafox - I have had my share of injuries over the past few years - although they tend to be of the tripping over/ falling over/ falling off variety . I think once you've got your fitness up it's easier to keep it up rather than let it drop right down and then build it up again. I only do minimal (5mins max) stretching after running - none after marathons - but 99.9% of my running is very slow. Best recovery is hot shower, cake and then lots of sleep with your legs raised .

Good luck again everyone for Chester - I'm looking forward to all the race reports

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 22:21

Big G - glad that you're at least able to set a funeral date now, although that will be unbelievingly sad. A lovely tribute to Claire in the local paper.

Shades - feeling great thanks . Had just one weekend off, then did Ladybower 50 on 21st and Ely Monster marathon last Sunday. A completely flat course at Ely turned into an optical illusion! It was an out and back - could have sworn it was just very slightly uphill on the way out. But when I turned round at the halfway mark someone had tipped the world up and it seemed just very slightly uphill on the way back. The long run downhill I had been looking forward didn't materialise . Although it was an off-road much of it was on a tarmac cycle path with just a couple of cattle grids to ease round (and a few cows who thankfully ignored me) and a set of very steep steps over one of the little rivers. Very humid day though, so quite hard work. My back is still a little sore after sitting, but no problem when running, walking, standing or sleeping .

Good luck to all those racing this weekend - especially all the Shadies at Chester. Enjoy the weekend and the marathon .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 22:32

Big G - good luck for your parkrun. You're still in my prayers (())

I HATE running in the dark (not too keen on driving in the dark either ). Luckily I only work part-time so I can run during the day. I miscalculated the other day and thought I had enough time to run up the river and return by road, but when I got to the river it was dark, so I had to run round the lit streets instead. The trees have so many leaves at the moment that they block out some of the street lights - every so often I was reduced to a tentative walk

I got to see the Lancasters fly over Ladybower Reservoir last Sunday - they are awesome . On their last fly past I was completely on my own at the top of the top reservoir and as they skimmed over the hill lit up by the sun I confess I shed a few tears - my dad flew in the Lancasters during the war and he loved that plane.

I've got a bit of a backache at the moment - caused by lugging a full garden wheelie bin up the back step, through the house and down the front step. Feel cross with myself, I should have waited for someone to help me, but it's too late now. It's ok laying down, but hurts if I sit for too long. Not too bad once I get running.

SK - if I get those shoes will they make me as fast?

We have a new parkrun starting up near us (although I still won't be able to go due to work - do I actually want to do a 5k?). It's on some newly reclaimed parkland that was used for quarrying so apparently it's rather 'undulating'. Not sure how popular it will be though as there are no toilets and no café .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 12:04

Emmy : So.. guess who got a warning from the police for peeing in a public place? *blush*

 

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