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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 00:53

Shades - over 1400mls on each pair . But they were so comfy.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 12:01

Going to finally dump my very old red trainers (both pairs) . Out running yesterday evening (much cooler with a slight breeze) on a stony path when I thought I had trodden on a very sharp stone. Ran on just a little but then stopped as I thought the stone must be stuck. No stone stuck where it hurt, although there were two other stones stuck elsewhere. I even took my shoe off to check inside. Carried on running on grass for a bit but still painful. Now hurts when I put my weight on it, but not otherwise even if I put pressure on it with my fingers . Hope it's just a bruise. When I got home and told my daughter I was going to throw out my trainers she said 'Those with the holes in the soles?' so I guess I'm just going to have to let them go.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 14:19

Shades - well done on your Hadd test . Do you stick rigidly to a training plan?

Big G - enjoy your week off

S3200H - shame about the bottles . Either someone mean or desperate.

I bumped into Auranya when I was running along the river the other day. She said she was now targeting Brighton next year, although I saw on another thread she said she was aiming to run Stort 30 later this year. There seem to be quite a few runners around now who want to move from nothing to long distances very quickly without building a strong base first (or perhaps you don't need to?). The river (New River - man made) was also quite clear and I saw this enormous fish swimming upstream. Don't know what kind, but he was at least 2 feet long (60 cm in new money) . The ducks got into a bit of a flap as he went past.

Round the Reservoir on Sunday. First 3 laps were ok and about the same times as previously, but then I became really tired and slowed down (not intentionally) for the last 3, and people I had been running alongside quickly sped off. Calves and glutes in particular ached and breathing was quite ragged. Surprisingly I didn't need to nip to the loo (in the hotel by the water stop), but I drank gallons and even needed to take a full bottle out for the last lap as I didn't think I'd make it without a drink. Pleased that I ran the little hills on every lap, but I did have to walk a bit elsewhere on the last as my legs just wouldn't move. 4:42 at the finish and still feeling washed out.

Watered the plants again in the evening and of course it rained heavily overnight . Needless to say I slept through a massive storm in the early hours .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 16:06

mamafox - hope you enjoy your holiday

m/f , Shades - I am 'one proud mum' but at the moment son still wants to leave. I'm hoping someone can talk sense into him as it's a better career than he'd have outside the army. They were marching in parade dress (or no:2s) - shirt, tie, woolly material trousers and jacket with belt, big cap, gloves and rifle with bayonet! They had to stand still (often in full sunlight) for ages and you could see the sweat dripping down their faces  . At Stevenage one soldier fainted, was caught by the soldier behind and then a couple of non-marching ones came and dragged him away. Paramedic whizzed in and when he was standing again I saw them take him into McDonalds . Reminds me of that saying 'only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun' - you can also add runners to that .

Just after I clicked my last post we had extremely loud thunder followed by heavy rain for 10 mins and then drizzle. Looks like it's stopped now so might venture out.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 12:50

Big G - good luck with the anti-natal this afternoon . Perhaps they should have a men only session, then dads-to-be could talk about their anxieties, fears, emotions etc without worrying about feeling silly or intrusive.

Hot, hot, hot and humid today . Cloud comes over and I think 'can I get out for a run?' but before I can get my shoes the sun comes out again. Maybe later.

No run at all yesterday as went to yet more army parades - this time at Stevenage and yesterday evening at Hertford. Good turn-out at both particularly Hertford, which being the county town, not only had the mayor, British Legion vets, cadets etc but also sheriff, county officials, and various others in wigs or gowns. Got to give son a hug afterwards as he had his pic taken for the local paper.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 11:23

Shades - I'm doing the Majors reservoir, Sunday only. Rory was on 100MC facebook page saying it would be a good idea for more members to set up their own marathons. Personally I think that lots of members already do that (their events are usually counted as 'trail') and if you include LDWA events then there are actually a plethora of events - often on the same day. (There are a number of weekends in the year where events I want to do clash ).Inventing even more will put some of the smaller events at risk. Even when marathons are run nearly all on the road (or pavement), like Holt Castle, they are still counted as trail. I guess the expense of road closures, policing, etc means that only energetic running clubs or big organisations will risk putting on a road race.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 00:43

Emmy - sorry to hear your marathon didn't go to plan. Hope you're feeling better now.

Iain - speedy

I actually did a training session at the club tonight (I just pick those I like - which surprisingly are usually hilly ). It was called 'strength endurance' and we ran a half-mile loop (flat, up, flat, down) on path, trail and grass. Repeat up to 6 times, but continuous with no rest in between. Idea is to keep the running steady so you can complete the number of reps you decide on before you start. I did 6 as I was slow and steady, really fast guys just did 4. Pleased with consistent loop times and felt like I'd had a good work out .

Had a day out in Bedford today - went to see younger son march and parade through town with his regiment. . Stevenage and Hertford on Thursday.

Lee - I did some aqua jogging/exercise classes a couple of years ago. It was exhausting. The morning after the first session I could hardly get out of bed - it felt like I had been ironed into the mattress .

Hi Molly

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 10:59

lily - the events page on this website lists most races. Also there is an events page on the Fetch website.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 10:56

Shades - congrats on your pb . Will we get a race report?

lily - well done to you and your daughter

slowkoala - some excellent running from you over the weekend

Fairlands Valley Challenge for me yesterday. I've done the marathon a few times and thought I'd mastered the route, so opted for the 50k. They'd changed parts of the route - mainly the last 6 mls which was completely different, but also the beginning and one or two mid-way bits - so I ended up with my nose in the instructions the whole way. Had to stop twice to wait for following runners to catch up and confirm path and also stopped to help a young girl who thought she was lost (she wasn't) and couldn't work out where she was on the instructions. Ran mainly by myself but there were lots of other runners and walkers on the route so it was never lonely. Usual mix of country lanes, paths, fields and woods. Nice views, but these days I tend to have my eyes glued to the path in front of my feet

Bit overcast at first, but extremely hot and very humid . The promised light showers never arrived - instead the sun came out and toasted us even more. I've never drunk so much during a race before! Bit disappointed with the water stations - bread pudding is nice (if you like it) but too heavy to eat while running. I just had a teeny piece at one station. Otherwise all that was on offer were a few jelly beans and some softish biscuits. And they had run out of coke at the last station so had to have orange squash. Luckily I had some dried apricots with me and they kept me going over the last 6 miles which did seem to drag a bit and was almost continually uphill. We kept thinking we were due for a long run downhill into Stevenage but it never materialised. Plenty of walking today - my energy levels (as well as strength) do seem to be wanting at the moment. Finished in 7:04, though don't know how they're going to work out accurate times as many runners (over all distances) didn't start at their allocated times and started early. Overall a good day out, met up with lots of usual suspects, and only 20 mins drive from home .

Hour after I arrived home we had a massive thunder and lightning storm. Torrential rain flooded all the roads and garden paths, and just made a grey curtain out of the window. Eldest daughter was doing a dressage test in Essex when the storm hit. She got drenched but pony was really good and she came third

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 14:15

Emmy - don't think I could run at 8hr pace either!! This was really a sight-seeing tour with a little bit of jogging thrown in .

Medals are always nice. But I'm also quite happy to just get a certificate at LDWA events .

Hamstring niggle has completely gone now. Only ache from Sunday was my right wrist from driving . Mind you - I haven't been out for a run yet

Big G - my brother sometimes goes to a private Japanese doctor (usually when the NHS fail to give any advice or dismiss a concern without any investigation). Last time was for a painful, hard swollen lump in his calf. (NHS: quick look, probably not serious, that'll go down. Can I run? NHS: up to you.) Private doc did MRI scan immediately, showed and explained results (blockage in small vein, not DV thrombosis which was what my brother feared) and offered advice on possible treatment. Expensive though .

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