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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 00:58

KK - you'll have to do marathons more frequently, then you don't have time to get a 'down' . LOL at you 'cruising' round your parkrun in under 25mins. I'd bust a gut and still not get anywhere near that!

I think so many fell over at the Meander because they treat it like a road race - it is advertised as flat and fast. I didn't think the surface was that bad actually, but then I spend most of my time with my eyes glued to the ground .

Shades & annie-sophie - well done on your 20 miler. It's such a good feeling to pick off other runners near the end. annie-sophie, you deserve your age group prize so no excuses

Sevenoaks 30 for me on Sunday. New venue and new route - it was very tough and very hilly. Some of the ground underfoot was rutted, broken or trippy, but there was not too much mud (you could tiptoe round it) - worse bit was having to go through the churned up **** next to a well used cattle trough . Good route (with accurate instructions), fine weather, lovely scenery, wonderful checkpoints/marshals and fantastic company. Met up with MN & GJ at the start. They said they were running downhill (where possible) and walking much of the rest. I was happy with that, so together with DD we all went round together and finished in 8:09. Long day but all 'time on feet' .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 22:23

Shades - glad you enjoyed your holiday - oops, I meant race! - in Tralee

Big G - good to know that you are safe . Are you back home now?

KK - great report . I love reading how others found their runs. I could see the photo fine - looks like recovery was well under way .

mamafox - I've done 248 now. Not 'number crunching' but I seem to have become addicted . Well, we know who to blame........

Emmy - well done on the quad . Good times too. What events have you planned in your run-up?

Yes, there were a few accidents at Thames Meander. I heard someone saying she was ok but had smashed her Garmin, there was a young lady at the finish who was being mopped up and bandaged by first aid (very gory) and KS (who was actually running with a fracture in her femur and hip) fell over and fractured her shoulder - sounds like it was much worse than mine, but she got another runner to make a sling out of her (or their) jacket and then finished!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 18:21

Great running from Shadies this weekend  and some pbs. Well done to everyone.

Jugula - what a co-incidence! I was also at Thames Meander on Saturday and finished in 4:15:31 (gun time 4:15:02) so must have been quite close to you. I was the short lady with glasses, white cap and yellow jacket who was definitely struggling in the last 5 miles. After the short out and back initial loop, I settled into a reasonable pace and met up with the friend who I'd run most of the NF Heartbreaker with. We had a good chat until he peeled off to look for a loo in a community park and I reached the turn around quite comfortably. It was a bit freaky near Putney bridge where we had to go straight through the middle of some boating event. There were rowers, boats (very long ones, some in top and bottom halves), trestle tables and lots of people carrying these spikey fold up metal things which looked rather dangerous. Then suddenly I had an energy surge at the point where I often have to 'dig in' and went bouncing along. Thought that it was far too early to pick up the pace, but it felt so good I just went with it and resigned myself to slowing later. After the HM turn around I started to slow slightly and by the last checkpoint (despite the chocolate brownie) I just ached for the finish. Bit chilly and I kept my lightweight jacket on the whole time. Terrain was quite good - flat, (and at least no mud or puddles) and plenty to see along the way .

I then headed down to Salisbury and did the Larmer Tree on Sunday. Right from the start it was obvious that I wasn't going to be able to even attempt running up the (many) hills - not that I usually do . Quite a few runners who had also done the Meander the previous day and I soon fell in running with a guy who was doing his 99th marathon. We went at a comfortable pace (well I certainly didn't have the energy to go even slightly faster) and had an enjoyable run/walk in some beautiful countryside. Again I kept my jacket on as it was a bit windy and none too warm. Course was well marked and marshalled, multi-terrain but no really muddy bits. By the end I was feeling a lot better than when I started and my legs felt easier too. Finished in 5:52 and pleased with that. Bit tired today, but managed a very slow run/walk with the dog .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 21:34

Sounds like a busy weekend coming up. Hope you all have good runs  and I'm looking forward to the reports.

King Kenny - a few of our club (Ware Joggers) are going to Barcelona, but not me

Really felt like Spring today - the daffodils have just opened up and blossom has appeared on the trees and bushes overnight . (Bit chilly tonight though). I'm debating whether or not it's shorts weather - strange, as in the autumn I cling onto my shorts until my legs turn blue!

Big G - enjoy the rest of your holiday

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 17:03

Big G - glad that you enjoyed your trip to Rome and have started back running

slowkoala - well done on Finchley 20. You'll be flying by marathon day

Unfortunately I didn't learn from slowkoala's recent experience with overtight laces (nor from my own - I often used to have to stop mid race) and I started the Imber Ultra on Sunday with my left lace too tight . Thought that it would sort itself out, but in the end I had to stop (twice) to loosen it, but by then I had a bit of an ache which got worse after the long drive home. Had to make sure I didn't alter the way I walked as I could feel some stiffness going up my shin. Some Voltarol and plenty of Arnica seem to have partly rectified my mistake and I've been able to do slow runs with the dog yesterday and today. Fingers crossed (and laces loose).

I did Imber Ultra (32.7 miles from Westbury round the Imber path on Salisbury Plain) last year and although I was one of the slowest I really enjoyed it so went back for more this year. Again one of the slower runners, but another great day. I had forgotten all about the hills  so this was quite a tough event and I certainly felt that I earned my clay mug (blue this year, from White Horse Potteries). We had written instructions but there were Imber Path signs in plenty. Route was mainly off road although the paths and tracks weren't muddy at all. Cloudy to start but not cold, quite a bit of fine rain mid way, then a strong wind and sunny to finish. Very well organised, minibus from parking to HQ (and back), fantastic scenery, scrummy cakes at checkpoints (courtesy of Rotary Club ladies) and the Town Crier to start the race . Ed Catmur (who wins loads of ultra races) came in first in under 4 hours when I was about two thirds of the way round! JM from Launceston (Shades knows) was there this year - she  is smaller than me, older (I think) and way faster - she shot off at the start and finished in under 6 hrs. I ran part of the way with LH & EC from 100 MC and part with the organiser of the North Dorset Village Marathon. After about 25 miles I pulled away a little and caught up with the group in front, then ran the rest with a very nice young man who had a home-made selfie stick. Finished in 6:42 which was 6 mins faster than last year. Wished they had a few more runners at the slower end (the cut offs are very generous - with 9 hours allowed for the whole race - might be needed if raining, misty etc) but otherwise another one which is certainly well worth doing .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:24

Keith - well done on your Grizzly . Didn't you opt for the hose-down at the end?

annie-sophie - well done on completing your half , even though you weren't enjoying it . Your time was still very respectful so you shouldn't feel too bad about it.. 

S32 - camping out in this weather???

slowkoala - I don't usually get DOMS (cross fingers). I like a hot shower as soon as possible afterwards, then an hours nap with feet raised on cushions. I also sleep that night with feet raised. But I don't go anywhere near your speed and I think that might have something to do with it. That's not to say that I don't feed tired

I did have sore calves after Mill Hill marathon on Sunday - but it wasn't the muscles, it was my skin!! There was SOOOO much mud it plastered my legs from toes to knees, dried out and got wet again each time we went round the 5 loops  I stupidly picked off the larger dried lumps at the end - and suffered for it afterwards in the shower . That must rank as one of the muddiest (if not THE muddiest) runs I've ever done. Lots of thick, slippery, gloopy (and sometimes smelly - there were farms around) mud which was quite deep in places. It was sometimes less risky to 'run' through the dirty stream cascading down the middle of the track.  And at one point a very large completely water-logged field! I know how the winning guys go so fast - they lapped me a couple of times - they just 'float' over the ground and their feet barely touch the mud. Hmmm - that doesn't exactly explain how they get mud splattered all up their backs while lesser mortals manage to keep that bit relatively mud free . Anyway there were also some parts on drier paths and a bit of road work where we could at least make an effort to go a bit faster. I managed to take a wrong turning once ( my own fault - my eyes were so fixed on the ground just ahead that I missed the tape tied to the bushes ). That was on the 2nd lap and I also kept thinking 'I don't recall this bit'. Had to back track so added about another 10 - 15 mins. Lots of the usual suspects, well stocked water stations (2 per lap), really good weather , lovely RD and her wonderful family - so I guess I actually enjoyed it . Turned the 2nd to last corner near the end and saw 5:57 on my watch, so I did a sprint finish (helped as it was slightly downhill, but hindered by a family spread all over the pavement - I had to hop out into the road and back again)and my watch time was 5:59:55, so hope it was under 6hrs!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 19:51

Big G - hope your dad makes a speedy recovery. Enjoy your night in Plymouth

mamafox - at least you had a soft landing . Just remember to tuck your arms in.

I attended a course on blind runners a little while ago at our club. The thing that struck me the most was that if you are the guide you need to be much faster than the person you are assisting - not so you can drag them along, but you need to be able to talk almost non-stop and still be well within your comfort zone.

I did the Marathon Day Marathon yesterday (26/2). Almost had a disaster as when I arrived at my b&b it was closed due to a bereavement. Thankfully late rooms managed to find me alternative accommodation. The race was 5 out and backs along the seafront at Walmer and Deal. I enjoyed it much more than Dymchurch as there was plenty to see along the sea front, from dog walkers to workers resurfacing the beach road, from many different styles and colours of houses to a fisherman selling his freshly caught fish, plus of course familiar faces to encourage/congratulate on every lap. There was a VERY strong headwind on the back bit each lap and although it started drizzling a little the heavy rain held off until I was safely back in my car. Stopped on laps 2,3 and 4 to nibble fudge at the water station (mocha or white choc & cranberries? why not have both), a quick loo stop on lap 2 and a longer (6mins) one on lap 4 (thank goodness for public loos) -TMI. Finished in 4:23 so well pleased with that .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:07

KK - that looks like an interesting week of races. Similar to the week they do at Cape Wrath - I've pencilled in plans for that, maybe next year - but getting there looks quite difficult.

Heartbreaker New Forest Marathon last Sunday. Bit of road to start and finish but rest is on paths through the forest and along a ridge. Quite hilly, easy to avoid a few slightly muddy bits, but you just have to splash through the stream (twice) . Nice not to have to bother with navigation. Course is a bit like a T - you run out to the ridge and the water station, do a left loop and then a right loop, repeat the loops twice more and then run back to the finish. I didn't bother carrying water as I knew we'd pass the water station 7 times but they didn't have anything to eat  (I like a custard cream biscuit now and again). Ran with a friend for most of it, chatted away, walked up the hills and didn't bother even looking at watch. It got warm after a couple of loops so I left my jacket at the water station, but I picked it up just before the last loop when it started to rain. Within minutes we were running in a freezing cold hailstorm with a really strong headwind. Friend was taking rather a long time getting into extra layers and rain jacket, so I ran on as I was getting very cold. At the last turnaround point the wind at least was more to our backs and sides, but the rain continued relentless. Back through the stream, up the last (very steep) hill and back onto the road where I legged it to the finish. Thought I'd taken about 5 and a half hours (last year did it in 4:49) so was very surprised that I'd actually finished in 4:39 . We saw the eventual winner sprinting past a number of times (he finished in 2:42) and Steve Way was third. Saw a herd of ponies and on the first loop only (thankfully) a herd of highland cattle. They were making their way towards the path but must have crossed it and gone off somewhere as we didn't see them again. Lots of calves with very attentive mums, and striding at the front of his harem was the bull with enormous handlebar horns . After waiting to see friend finish and a large cup of hot chocolate I got changed in the car (it steams up quickly). Once through the forest (great views and more ponies) the rest of the journey home was a nightmare due to major roadworks and accidents. Stopped off for a coffee, loo and petrol but still it took me 3 and three quarter hours to get back . Nice event at the beginning of the year and they do a half as well .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 19:25

I'm definitely an advocate for long, slow running. I guess I'll have to borrow daughter's Garmin as when I go out on my own I just go at a pace which is very comfortable (and slow). When I go out with the dog he dictates the pace which is usually Usain Bolt speed for the first 50 metres - with maybe 1 or 2 abrupt 'stops', then he settles down and our paces seem to match. (Except sometimes on grass when he wants to bound and I can only keep up for about 4/5 strides - I won't let him off-lead, just in case I lose him). Some people at our club run every run - general and long slow - at about 9/9.30 pace and then do their marathon at 11 min miles .

We've had such a mild winter here that as well as masses of snowdrops, today I saw a couple of teeny violas, one daisy and the first buds on the blossom bushes .


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 22:43

mamafox - well done on your race and new time  - and even better for finishing in front of Jocelyne .

The course I did is just a basic one, although it did cover planning and structuring sessions. I was a bit surprised that the tutors assumed beginners would have a certain amount of fitness, which some of ours don't. Some participants were looking to lead groups who wanted to run races faster, but I think that's best left to qualified coaches. I've been 'buddying' on our daytime beginners course and when they finish in a few weeks time I'd like to continue with an 'improvers' course which could also accommodate runners who would like more 'gentle paced' runs. Probably see club coach tomorrow to discuss this.

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