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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 12:00

Shades - good luck for Longford - enjoy the ultra and the hospitality . Are they doing anything special for BM's 1000th? He's actually got quite chatty and smiley now! And finally agreed to be in photos

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 11:55

Great to see Emmy at Leila's Run  (briefly, as she quickly sped off into the distance and I didn't see her again until after the finish). Lovely run but not too easy (actually none are ever easy). I finished in 5:06 which was about 20 mins slower than last year, but the company on the way round made it worth while . What Emmy didn't say was that her track marathon was actually on grass - that's ten times harder than running on a flat solid track .

mamafox - I've worn shoes straight from the box for a marathon - but only if they are exactly the same as a previous model that I know I had no problems with. Usually just like to get a couple of short (clean) runs in them though.

slowkoala - a lucky escape . I agree that the landrover probably sped off as it was stolen. A short while ago my daughter's friend was returning home from work through Hertford (quite close to the M25) when she saw a landrover pulling a trailer with a small digger. They were doing work on their house/garden and she noted the digger was the same make as theirs. When she got home she realised that not only was the digger hers, but the landrover and the trailer were as well .

Big G - you must be getting so excited with just 6 weeks to go. That 'preparation' time has passed so quickly. Please keep up the Trotter reports - I really enjoy reading them .

I looked at that Rat Race video. Previously I had been thinking that it would be a good idea to start 100 milers at about 10pm as it would mean you ran through the night when you were freshest and scaredy runners would be more bunched together earlier on . I don't know how that runner carried a pole/camera AND ran - you could see that it was affecting the way he ran slightly - I bet he had a numb arm afterwards. But the video gave a great insight into a long event with how little you can see in the dark and how the hills seemed to loom up in front and those steps . I had to fast forward over the steep, stony downhill on the cliff path near the end - it made me feel queasy



Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 22:51

Lee - sorry to hear about your achilles . Don't give up on Chester yet. I only had a very minor achilles flare up (a few years ago now), but it responded quickly to lots of repetitions of heel raises/drops - when I could feel it crunching  - and lots of long, very very slow running. You could try magnesium oil too - and I'm sending healing vibes.

mamafox - faster is MUCH better

Midweek 'bit-longer-than-other-days' run today. Got out quite late as every time I went to get ready it poured down with rain (and thunder). Finally got out at 6.45 and ran on pavement to Hertford and then back along the river. Lovely and cool with only a short light shower. Knew within first half mile that today was a snail-rescue day. 45 snails rescued altogether (42 of them before Hertford!). Someone else will have to organise slug-rescue .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:10

Shades - well done on IOM

Emmy - thanks for the link for Jo Pavey. She's fantastic

I've never done a track marathon (hardly ever even run on a track). Some people I've spoken to who have said they loved it, others have said it crocked their back, knee, hip etc. I can't see much of an advantage in running a marathon on a track, but if running 24 hours you could do it all in the light .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 12:48

Emmy - yes, will be at Leila's. See you there?

Big G - great article . I think a 100miler is a bigger undertaking than many seem to think.

Sad news - eldest daughter had to have old dog put down this morning . He deteriorated badly through the night and there was really no option. Non-stop tears at home at the moment (hers and mine). She got him as a rescue as he was too naughty and lively and had been in 5 homes before he was 2. He had been with her for 15 years.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 00:11

Emmy, lily & slowkoala - glad that you have all had great holidays

slowkoala - well done on your podium spotlight

Big G - was that the NDW100? I see there were a lot of people DNF. I don't particularly like the North Downs - it should be called the North Downs but mainly Ups. It's also muddy, slippery and has loads of tree roots.

Iain - I would have been terrified by the lightning . Apparently if you are caught out in the countryside in a bad thunder storm you should lie down in the middle of a field - preferably near some sheep . That's one of the useless (?) pieces of information I have stored in my head - one other is that if you are chased by a bull you should run zig-zag down a hill (as they can't change direction easily).

Salisbury 54321 50k on Sunday. We were quite lucky with the weather - rain to start which eased up as it got hotter and the sun came out. Had one very short but very heavy downpour later on - I though there was a helicopter coming across the field at tree height, but it was the rain on the roof of a barn behind the hedge! Muddy in places and a bit slippy. A guy who ran with me for just a couple of minutes managed to slip over, knock his leg and cut his arm. Saw the 'marathon man' who is doing a marathon each day for a year. He was feeling pretty lousy, but when we had to make a short detour round an overgrown path and then climb over a wooden fence he came back to help me over . Found the running quite tough (though the course actually isn't), finished very tired in 6:21. Last year I finished in 6:28 feeling like I could have gone round again and a couple of years ago I did 5:30. I will be back next year as this is one of my favourite runs - especially when you go past the Hansel & Gretel cottage and run through the enchanted wood .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 20:24

Good luck Shades . Anyone else racing?

Had a massive thunder storm mid-morning with rivers flowing down the street. (Friend who lives just a couple of miles away spent all morning in her garden in the sunshine!!). Didn't do much to clear the air though. The air is really 'heavy' - quite hard to breathe when running and actually seems to weigh down  heavy on your body .

 BBC have issued a yellow warning for heavy rain around Salisbury and have stated that 'some outdoor activities could become dangerous' . Summer??

Ladybower 50 Ultra series

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 11:02

hope, not hoe!!

Ladybower 50 Ultra series

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 11:00

((LMH)) - sorry to hear of your accident . Bikes are just too dangerous. Hoe you are soon on the mend.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 15:05

mamafox - glad you enjoyed your holiday - and the views

Keith/Shades - I hummed and hawed (?!) about TP100 and sat on the fence for too long as entries are now full. Gutted (NOT) . One part of me would like to try a 100, but looking out of my window late last night reminded me that I hate running in the dark (in fact can only walk) and last winter I swore that I was never going to enter anything that required night movement! Also looked at the cut-offs and they seemed a bit tight - it's only 28 hrs limit but night 'running' can drop to 2 mls per hr. Anyway, problem solved, so I can get on planning other things

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