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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 10:13

Keith - Boston may still count as there are exceptions for established events with traditionally less than 25 runners. If Brathay is an exception then surely they must consider others too.

Good luck for all racers this weekend. Enjoy

I won't be on here for a few days as I'm off to Barrow today (at least once I've shopped, cleaned and packed!)

Big G and Mrs Big G - Just in case there are 'developments' before I get back - good luck with the birth, hope all goes to plan and Little G is gorgeous  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 12:55

mamafox - well done on your race and your podium star spot .

keith - well done on your double last weekend . How many have you done now?

Shades - shame about Dingle but seems you've actually come up trumps with Tralee. You know your own body best so probably right to be cautious.

LOL at Shades trying to stuff Keith full of carbs. Don't you know he has hollow legs?


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 16:06

((slowkoala)) - so glad your news was good - a great relief . Enjoy the shoes.

lily - sounds like a very nice weekend

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 11:39

Big G - tragic news about your club mate. His family must be devastated.

Shades - great pb and a prize too. Congratulations

Moore & Emmy - well done on yet more marathons . I believe that in future they are putting the extra loop on at the beginning as so many runners were dejected when it came just before the end.

Great to see Keith (and Hippo and a few other usual suspects) at Boston . I had a pretty good run - steady running until 31 laps and then added a couple of walks each lap on the very short and shallow inclines. As I walked  the same sections each time the pacing stayed even if slower. Managed to run the last 2 laps and then we had to trot round in circles on the grass until the time was up. Did 63 miles and 825 yds which I was extremely pleased with  (and which I think will probably be my final pb!). Had a bit of stomach cramp from about mile 22 which resulted in an enforced loo stop of 10 mins at mile 24, but was ok after. Big problem was that I found my mouth was too dry to eat much, although I had plenty of water with electrolytes, plain water and coke. I managed half a scotch pancake (plain ones are too hard too digest but they didn't have the ones with lemon and raisins), a couple of pretzels, a bite of flapjack, 2 dried apricots and 2 boiled sweets ( which felt like life savers at the end). If I ever do this again I will take things like rice pud, yogurt and jelly which slide down. Couldn't even drink my choc milk at the end , but called in at a McD on the way back and devoured large fries and a very large coke . The course was good with plenty of variety within just a mile. Hot day with sunshine along the river stretch but also a good bit of shade too. Fantastic support from the marshalls, lap counters, supporters and fellow runners who we were continually meeting. Good day out - worth doing next year folks .

Did Pathfinder Walk near Cambridge on Monday (well, it was on the way home and I had booked it before Boston). Found it very tough - legs ached and were filled with concrete. Weather didn't help as it teemed down with rain and also blew gale force winds at one point - I actually wore my waterproof jacket the whole time and didn't overheat. I love this event though and was lucky enough that DD walked/ran most of it with me - his constant chatter kept me going. Finally staggered in at 6:55 . I found eldest daughter and dog had walked the short event and she had reserved the last egg for me so that I could have an egg roll at the finish . Sad to find that next years event will probably be the last as the race organiser is retiring - hope someone else will step in to continue it. This low key event really is a highlight of the Bank Hol Weekend - do this one too folks!!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 21:14

Shades - someone wrote on BM's facebook page - ' OMG BM has a computer now'. He replied 'I don't have a computer. I have a phone.'

Good luck for anyone doing Thames Meander tomorrow . I've been told the course is very different this year, so it will be interesting to see what the runners prefer.

2nd session of Nordic Walking for me today. I'm hoping it will give my upper body a bit of a workout and possibly help with posture. That'll be in the future though - at the moment I'm just struggling with straight arms and co-ordination .

I'm going to miss GM's 500th . First time I've booked something else for that weekend since I started - I think it's going to be a bit of a party .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/08/2014 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.

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