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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 17:43

Not sure if to do Mablethorpe marathon on Sunday. Had a bad sore throat on Monday, plus a runny nose on Tuesday, sore throat disappeared by Wednesday to be replaced with a horrid cough, could hardly breathe at night but breathing ok now, but still get spasms of coughing . Plus a headache of course. Did our run/walk on Tuesday (10 mls) but haven't run since. 6 mile walk yesterday and today I went to a Come and Try day for oldies - 1 hour of table tennis and 40 mins of badminton so that's it for today. The café was full of rather overweight people eating very large meals - not sure if they came for the exercise classes or for the subsidised lunch . When I was exercising I felt better than when not. Will probably go and see how I feel on Sunday morning.

Good luck to anyone racing or doing long runs this weekend .


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 23:00

Steve - loved that report . When I first started running I read that provided you do the proper training you can expect to improve for 14 years . Although MG (friend of Shades) told me last year that if you run lots of marathons it's just 7 years . And I also expect you have to factor age in - if you don't start till you're 80, I don't suppose you will be running your pb when you're 94 . So, given that you're not a geriatric you will get that sub 3:15.

Cal - yes I'd recommend Ely Marathon - easy to navigate, good surfaces and flat, so could be fast. They also do a half alongside the marathon and the ultra.

Iain - I've heard lots of good things about 'tailwind' from ultra runners. But what is it made from exactly? And how do you take it?

Shades - well done on Inverness marathon . Did you fly up again? I still remember Flossie's report about wobbly legs from when we were all there in 2010.

I only have a small garden, but the fence does go round three sides. I've had to put on 4 coats to hide the previous orange colour and I never seem to manage more than 2 or 3 panels at a time (either because I get tired, the dog needs walking, I have to go to work or somewhere, I'm running etc and for quite a bit of the time we've had rain). Still, just 3 panels left now for their final coat - but then there is still the other side of the back fence and 6 half panels out the front .

Today our Tuesday run/walk took us through a country estate which had a solid brick wall round most of the grounds - no painting needed there I thought. We had to climb over it via one of those ladder stiles - known to local running clubs as an effing ladder

Have pencilled in Bucharest but won't commit yet. I've even let my passport run out .

Ian 5 - have a great holiday . Where are you off to?


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 16:07

Monster Ultra 42mls at Ely for me on Sunday. Because of the lack of recent training I somehow thought that if I could manage 42mls this week it might make next week's marathon a bit easier . Lovely start/finish area right in front of the cathedral. A short run down to and along the riverfront, cross the main road and then we were on to cycle path 11 which we stayed on for much of the race. Good going underfoot - gravely cycle paths, hard packed earth, minor roads and just one section of grass path - and alongside the river for most of the time. It was an out and back route all the way into Cambridge, sharing the first part with the marathoners (although as they started an hour later we didn't see them at all). Flat fen countryside with big, wide skies and a very strong headwind on the 'out' which had strangely disappeared on the 'back'. The weather was kind - mainly overcast with a very short light shower as we started. The sun came out at one stage and it got a bit hot, but thankfully it went behind the clouds again. Some parts were a bit lonely, but others had quite a few people out for the day either just walking along the river, fishing, rowing, cycling, walking dogs or visiting Wicken Fen, and the cows thankfully stayed on the grass and didn't venture onto the path. Lots of long, straight bits as well, where you just had to concentrate on the next few metres as the end never seemed to get nearer. I knew from previously running the marathon the last couple of miles back along the river path, across the main road (which was very busy and had us hopping up and down for quite a few minutes), back along the riverfront and uphill through a small park seemed to last for ever, so here I just stuck my head down and ran continually until we could see the finish flags. Ran with a friend and another lady we picked up early on and I was very glad of their company. We crossed the line together in 8:31. Good signage (cycle path signs and yellow arrows on the part into Cambridge), adequate water stops (5), but they could have done with a bit more food and especially some coke at the last couple (the fast runners had drank it all!), friendly marshals, good organisation, free parking in a local car park, lovely setting, great company = a really nice day out  As this was a race rather than an event, it meant we had to push on throughout. There was a 5 hour cut-off at the halfway point (we left there in 4 hrs) and a final cut-off of 11 hrs - I had pessimistically taken a head torch, which just meant extra weight to carry! I felt I was struggling for much of the race - my breathing was quite ragged and my legs ached (particularly the outside of my knees and the outside of the part that joins my legs to my body - the joints rather than the muscles I think). However, a very hot shower, dinner and a 12 hour sleep  made me forget the aches and just remember the elation of finishing .

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 15:35

slowkoala - so sorry to hear about your dad's friend. I always worry when I see those race cars and motorbikes so close to the cyclists, and also to runners in big city marathons. Apart from the danger why should the athletes have to run in a fug of fumes and have their views ahead blocked.

Great that you took first lady prize

Cal - well done on yet another pb

Iain - great running from you . Are you going to take up the organisers challenge?

Steve - still not a time to turn your nose up at . Be pleased with all the positives from the race and examine and learn from those that didn't go quite right. You'll achieve your goal soon.

Big G - so glad you enjoyed the Barnstaple marathon and that is still a decent time . The more I do (or perhaps just as I get older ) the less I'm worried about time - especially in events where there are walkers, no cut-offs, navigation and lots of cake. I really enjoy the walk breaks and the chance to chat or enjoy the views.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 23:43

Having only run once since last Sunday - (on Tuesday I did 7 miles slow run with a friend which also included spending at least 30 mins in a remote country church which happened to be open, and we got talking to a couple who were clearing up after a service and it turned out that they sing in the same group of choirs that my friend and her husband are in) - I decided I would go out this evening once it was a bit cooler. Lovely run along the river, then up a short hill in the town and then back through the woods. Just a couple of minutes from home, I was going through the gap in the hedges out to the road and I tripped over a piece of metal sticking up in the middle of the track. My own fault as I knew it was there but I just lost concentration for a moment. Down I went, but I managed to land in the undergrowth rather than on the path so ended up with a grazed knee and a couple of tiny scratches on my arm. Luckily no one was about, so I didn't have to do my pathetic laying on the ground looking injured until someone picked me up. I feel a bit stiff now though - although that could also be due to my contortions earlier when trying to paint the fence bit behind the trellis holding up some growing things.

Looks like there are lots of Shadies running races this weekend. Good Luck everyone and remember : ENJOY


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 23:27

Last Sunday was Ponton Plod - a multi terrain marathon in Lincs, starting at the village of Great Ponton which is a beautiful quiet village just literally 30 secs off the A1. Another of my favourites, I'd done this one twice before. We had written instructions, but the route was also very well marked with yellow arrows. I ran/walked with the same guy I'd completed it with last year and we were pleased that we recognised all the bits of the route. That is ... until we got lost . Walking along an overgrown path yelling 'ouch, ouch' because of the stinging nettles and 'watch that hole' because of the uneven ground, we didn't pay too much attention to where we were going  and suddenly we were in a place we didn't recognise and also realised we hadn't seen any arrows for a while. We weren't alone - there were a few runners in front of us who had also ground to a stop and one behind who bumped into us. As we tried to make sense of where we were, we tried one path to our left, then changed our minds and went back along the original track until we came to some woods. My friend (and his mate) went to the left of the woods, so I went with them. The others ploughed into the woods and in fact managed to find a shorter route back on track. We stopped for a while, peering at a GPS and a photo of the OS map on a phone (neither were mine) but still couldn't make out if we were even going in the right direction. Deciding to march straight on we shortly saw some walkers a couple of fields to our right and were relieved to find, when we caught up with them, that they were on the same event. We turned onto a very rough, rutted track and immediately knew where we were again - I still can't work out where we went wrong . Not much extra, distance wise, but cost us about another 30 minutes with all the faffing. No further mishaps and we finally got back in 7:34. Another great day out in a beautiful place with lots of cake (and soup, roll, apple pie and cream at the finish). Highly recommended


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 22:59

I've just about caught up with everyone's news, but haven't been on here over the last couple of weeks because of that ruddy fence . I reckon another couple of sessions will finish it - that's 4 coats now. I have to use a smallish brush as the bigger one made my wrist ache too much  but I'm sure that no one else has ever taken so long to paint a fence.

I've been really slack on my running during the week as well - not really enough to sustain the longer runs at the weekend, but hey ho...

My blister healed up fast and I was able to run the Ouse Valley Way marathon on 4th Sept. Really enjoyable multi terrain run, mainly along the river. Well organised (this was the first event) with excellent signage and great marshals. Water and snack stops were every 3 to 4 miles, and very welcome. Flat terrain so actually had to run - we even got to 20 miles before we added in a few little walks. Ran with a couple of friends - one of whom didn't even wear any kind of watch - and we finished in 5:21.

A week later it was the LDWA Chiltern Marathon. Beautiful, hilly countryside, fantastic views and the usual great LDWA hospitality, alongside sunny, warm weather. At one point we stopped to watch a light aircraft doing acrobatics (including the straight up, cut engine, dive and then swoop up at the last minute) and in our line of sight was a red kite doing almost the same thing. Some of the instructions were a bit vague and it would have helped if we had a map (as was recommended). At one point we took a wrong turning, along with quite a few others, and ended up nearly back at the previous checkpoint . My friend phoned for help and an official came out to show us the correct path (the instruction really should have been straight on, or at least straight on taking the right hand path not turn right). 40 minutes lost and a few bonus miles took us in at 7:42 - but it all adds to the fun and I'll probably be back next year (complete with map).

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 22:35

Hi Shadies -and welcome to newbies and those who've been missing for a while.

Cal - well done on that sub 2

Ian 5 - so sorry that you got that injury when everything seemed to be going well. Make sure you give your hamstring time to heal properly.

slowkoala - (and anyone else interested in HR/ base training) google Phil Maffetone for info on heart rate training and lots of other good stuff. He has a website which can e-mail you articles each week and there is a facebook group as well (though they seem over-focused on the nutrition element, which I'm not).

Shades - Bath Tunnels fills me with horror - tunnels rate alongside cliff edge paths . And I'm afraid the Severn Bridge is definitely a no no - bridges are bad enough when you're cocooned in a car . I haven't done any of Beyond Marathon's events, although I know someone who did the 12 Labours of Hercules (very Tough!). I'm doing my usual Pathfinder March on June 17th but I've actually got BM's Millenium Way pencilled in as a possible for March.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 15:31

Shades  - well done on your marathon . A fantastic report. You obviously are very fond of the area, do you think you will be tempted to live in Ireland again?

Big G - LDWA Challenge events which are 26+ miles count to 100 MC totals. My walk on Saturday won't as it was a social walk (no running, all stay together as a group, no times recorded - or even worried about). I've done 327 now but am getting more tempted by the slower pace of run/walk events

I've done no running now for a couple of days due to the blister on my foot. Don't want to risk it before it's healed up and make it worse. Time is being put to good use as I'm painting the garden fence (lunch break at the moment ). Last painted about 10 years ago  it was/is a horrible orange brown colour (it was meant to be very pale brown but didn't turn out like that). I'm painting it forest green now but the woods so dry and the orange so strong that after 2 coats (only done 6 panels so far) it's still a mixture of green/ orange  - except for one panel which had been unpainted - that took the paint with just one coat and looks fine. Oh well, back to the fence I go ....

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 22:46

I found the walk to be even tougher than the 54 ml run/walk I did a couple of weeks back. The usual aching calves, then the aching hips eventually disappeared after 30 miles but I found the pace tough going, even though there were only a couple of hills and some gentle inclines. I'm particularly slow when walking on ploughed fields . The walkers in our group are all incredibly fit even if not that young! Listening to them (although they never brag - it just crops up in conversation) they still walk very long distances very often and some have done amazing things in the past. They have my total respect. Walking is certainly not the easy option, but yesterday with good weather, pleasant countryside and great company (not to mention a fantastic breakfast stop and afternoon tea) was a brilliant day out .


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