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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 15:31

mamafox - good luck for your marathon

Big G - sounds like you're going to have a marathon of a weekend in London . Enjoy!

I don't think I've ever had any proper arches! I put it down to walking barefoot indoors - my feet have also got wider

Cal - great time for your park run

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 12:43

mamafox - last Sunday was only an ultra in terms of what I ate unfortunately . Didn't even have the excuse of 'bonus miles' as we didn't get lost.

Glad the plumbing is sorted. Did you have to get a real plumber in?

Cal - a cautionary word on buying too many shoes in the sales. Early last year I did just that and when I started to wear them I found that my feet had grown . I still wear them for weekday runs now, but have to wear 2 pairs without socks and the other 2 pair with socks but without the insoles!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 12:09

mamafox - Life's a barrel of laughs . Hope you get those pipes fixed soon.

Steve - well done on your park run

Steppingly Step in Bedford last Sunday. Usual LDWA event with navigation (good instructions), grass, mud and lots of food . In contrast to the race in Huddersfield, this time I knew most of the entrants so I had a few people to run with. Took 6h 30 m to finish and think the over long stays stuffing my face at checkpoints might have something to do with a longer time than usual for this event. The storm was predicted to hit this area early Sunday morning with gale force wins and torrential rain until 3o'clock - so I was geared up with waterproof inner for my backpack, extra jacket, wind resistant gloves, emergency poncho and a head torch - none of which I needed as we had no rain at all - not even a drizzle and the wind wasn't bad either. Once home (just 45mins away ) I said to my eldest daughter 'Well the weathermen got that wrong'. She gave me a withering look - apparently it had been hammering down with rain all day there .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 20:16


Shades - that event looks interesting, although Preston is a long way to go. I shall keep it in mind (and while I'm dithering no doubt it will sell out ).

Walking the dog through the housing estate this evening we came across a huge hedgehog on the path. I wasn't sure what to do with him but didn't want to leave him there where he could get trodden on or run over by a cycle. So (with gloved hands) I picked him up and popped him over the wall into someone's front garden. Hope he's ok.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 12:53

No run last weekend. Went out with LDWA group for a 17 mile walk instead. Brilliant weather - sunny and warm - there were so many people out walking with their dogs or children. We stopped at a bridge over a stream to observe the 2 minutes silence (we could hear the church clock chiming in the village). Just around the bend in the stream was a tree with very red leaves. We could see the reflection in the water - it looked just like a huge poppy - rather magical.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 12:48

Iain - well done on your double. Two very impressive times .

mamafox - great to 'see' you again . I should imagine that even with no running your life is never dull .

slowkoala - well done on your trophies . That's an extremely good WAVA.

No supermoon up here. Just cloud and rain. Bit colder today too (although I haven't even made it outside yet )

Cal - technical problems really make me anxious too (especially as those 'how to fix' suggestions are all in gobbledegook). Enjoy your roller coaster ride .

Shades - glad you've got your CC sorted . Cornish looks like it's going to be tough with the poor weather - I find it hard to keep motivated throughout the winter . Which 100 are you thinking of doing?


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 20:31

continued yet again....

I had looked at the route map beforehand and so knew roughly how far we had gone, although I had forgotten to look at the elevation (although that was probably a good thing!) After the 20 mile checkpoint we ran alongside but high above a reservoir all the way to the last checkpoint. At halfway along there was a Pennine Way signpost - one finger pointed the way we were going and the other finger pointed straight over the edge of the hill. I made a mental note never to 'do' the Pennine Way.

After the last checkpoint the road went up even higher into a biting wind (although I was still comfortable in just a shirt and jacket) and then down ... and down ... and then off road and down. I think they said that in the last 6 miles there was about 4 miles of down (just what I like). I kept a guy in orange just in view and caught up with him about half a mile from the finish so we ran in together. I felt so so much better than last week - keeping the pace steady and slower throughout and the plentiful walk breaks definitely helped. Finished in 6:48 and very pleased with that . I had so much admiration for those doing the longer distances - wild horses could not have dragged me out for another lap - and those doing the 100 had only four hours of daylight on Saturday before they had to complete their first lap in the night. Medal, t-shirt and food later I drove back to the Travelodge for Sunday night (12 and a half hours sleep ) and drove home on Monday with sunshine, blue skies and little fluffy white clouds! Legs ached - mainly quads and outside front of shins (? - I think I tend to try to grip with my toes on tricky terrain) but the hip/thigh aches I have had for the last couple of months were absent . Nice recovery run/walk in the sunshine this morning. Feeling very satisfied today and unsure whether I would do it again

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 20:09

Anyway, I turned up on Sunday at a village just outside Huddersfield for the White Rose Ultra 30 miles. There was also a 60 miler (2 laps) and a 100 miler (3 laps plus an extra 10 mile lap). The 100 had started at 12 noon on Saturday and apparently the winner came in before we even started at 8am on the Sunday . The weather was cold and cloudy with showers forecast and I think a few had dropped out before the start. This was the first event I think I've done where I didn't know anybody! The route was mixed terrain - quite a bit of country road plus the usual off-road bits of rough grass, earthy tracks, gravel paths, bits of mud and (after just 4 ml) a very boggy cow field where I managed to sink my left foot and leg into the wet muck . I was rather anxious on some of the downhill bits where there were stone slabs and took these very slowly as they were quite slippery.The hills were brutal and everyone that I had in view walked them right from the beginning. I think that in the first 5 mls there were more ups and downs than in the whole of the Snowdonia marathon - and they got even tougher after that. Water stops at 5 mile intervals and snacks at 5, 15 and 25 mls. I actually got too hot, so at the first stop my short sleeve shirt and gloves came off and were stuffed into my backpack alongside all the other compulsory kit. I had a long sleeve shirt and a waterproof jacket on and I found that they were ok for the rest of the race. The route was signed well so I didn't get lost or even go off route. After about 7 miles the fine rain started but as we climbed higher it turned to icy sleet with a very strong wind. Then it snowed  - thick flakes too although they didn't settle - and then for the last part of the race it was just the wind which continued. Nice scenery - lots of big hills with houses and tiny villages nestling in between, but quite bleak at times and I felt sorry for the horses huddled in the fields. Chatted to a couple of runners and ran the middle part alongside a young guy from Sheffield who had only done one marathon before. I kept a steady pace and found that towards the end I was overtaking a few others when walking up the hills and a few more when running down them. cont.....

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 19:40

Well done to Cal on yet another good time at yet another half . And well done to slowkoala for another good parkrun .

Ian - that is a great weight loss - hope it hasn't been too stressful.

Shades - glad that your cold is going now.

Well, this southern softee ventured north last weekend - all the way to Huddersfield. Drove up on Saturday and stayed overnight in a Travelodge. Huddersfield seems like a bit run down Northern industrial town, even has boarded up derelict mill buildings (down south they would have been turned in to luxury apartments for stock brokers). Also has a complicated central road system which meant I got lost twice on Sunday .  cont....

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 15:55

Great runs for Cal, slowkoala, Ian5 and King Kenny. Well done

I found the Stort 30 (flat, alongside the river, good underfoot, nice weather) a lot more difficult than it should have been. The first 15 miles (first half of the out and back) were fine, ran comfortably and felt good. I knew I usually slow down about 16 miles so I really concentrate at this point. About 17/18 miles my thighs/hips started hurting again and I felt like I was slowing down considerably from there to the last checkpoint at mile 25 (ish). Checking my splits from last time, I hadn't slowed but was just finding it much harder. Stopped at the last checkpoint for a drink of coke and a biscuit while a friend ran straight on past. I tried to catch her up, but I struggled more and more and eventually she flew off into the distance. From then on I had to have short walk breaks when the route went over a bridge or up slightly to a lock, and on the incline just before the finish, but didn't like doing this too much as each time I felt a bit light-headed. Was really glad to see the finish and managed to run the circuit round the large field at the end (although a young lady passed me at about 150 metres before the end and I just had to let her go). Finished in 5:45 which was ok considering the struggle of the last few miles - which was about 1 min per mile slower than previous years. Still had a good day out with a pretty route  Eldest daughter and dog came to meet me at half way stage (which is less than a mile from home . Dog looked quite puzzled to see all these people and even more puzzled as I left them and ran away


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