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Posted: 20/10/2013 at 16:59

I thought the conditions were OK. not cold and it only rained for 20 minutes. But I was a few miles behind the front and maybe it was more sheltered at the 13-15 mile section.

I actually really enjoyed it.  I was running slowly and easily and there were no problems from my back until the inevitable right hamstring cramp. Obviously less fun after that, but it was really down to the lack of miles in my legs and excess lumbar round my belly.

i won't disclose the time as it isn't appropriate for this thread. My slowest road marathon, but not as slow as one of the off road ones I did.

Nice to see Rach and Gobi marshalling at the 2 mile point again, I stopped for a wee chat.  Excellently organised marathon, loads of marshalls, quite a bit of support and lots of water stations and a well organised finish venue.

a good day to find some mojo - but my legs don't golf hurt right now!

Storming run from TT and a great one from postie, whose legs may very well be hurting more than mine by the sounds of it. 

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Posted: 20/10/2013 at 13:51
Good run HR - glad the knee held up.

B target for me. I finished but it was a close run thing. Sub 9 mm for 18 then it got tough. Massive cramp and near fainting at 20.5 and from there on it was a death march. Feel proper carp right now.

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Posted: 19/10/2013 at 20:25

Just finished sorting out my stuff for tomorrow. Not worried too much about carb loading, been doing that for months!

looking forward to seeing how you people who've done proper training do tomorrow. am expecting to be proper impressed, so don't let me down. 

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Posted: 15/10/2013 at 17:35

MrB: None taken. The new new bike (very nice Planet X) is getting used for commuting to/from work and the very occasional longer ride. My running is down to about 3 times/week. The issue is getting the mojo up to get out there more, especially as my back is pretty bad. About £400 on osteopath sessions over the summer helped loads with my upper back and neck, but my lower back is a real problem. The only solution is lots of stretching, which I hate, but it all means I can't run in the mornings until I've been up for a few hours for it to loosen off.

I'm making myself run Abingdon under-trained to remind myself why I run. Hope it works. I'd say I was looking forward to it if that were true!

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Posted: 15/10/2013 at 16:35

I'll trump you all on the weight front. Currently weighing in at about 80kg (12st 7lbs). Height is 5'10" so BMII is 25.2. At my lightest (2008-9) I was more like 68kg (10st 10lbs), and BMI 21.5.

Be interesting to see how well any of you whippets would do with carrying an extra 17.5% of your body weight around with you on your next run! I shall lug mine round the roads of Abingdon on Sunday as a penance for 3 years of beer and food intake.

All pretty depressing really. 

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Posted: 10/10/2013 at 17:57

OK, I am now getting pretty worried about Abingdon. My fitness is shocking, and my body feels rubbish. You lot are all going like the clappers, must be that training stuff that I vaguely remember. Looking forward to seeing you all at the start, and some of you might still be around when(if) I finish.

Selbs: Great to see you posting again. Fingers crossed for you. I've also been playing some golf recently, which isn't great for my back, but a lot of fun.

HR: Bonkers training - sure you'll run a stormer at Abo.

TT: Really looking forward to seeing what happens for you.

And presumably Padams is now in Kona?

Just found out that I have a paid work trip to San Francisco next month. Quite excited about it. Won't have loads of free time, but I will have some. Good running tips welcome.

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Posted: 06/10/2013 at 22:20


Looks like I shall see some of you at Abingdon in 2 weeks time. I shall be toeing the line, but due to ongoing work, food and back issues I shall be arriving under-trained and over-weight. Probably wiser not to run, but I'm doing it in part to punish myself for a summer of sloth and good food. 

I'm not posting much here nowadays because I'm not a sub-3 marathon runner right now - in fact I'm barely a runner anymore.

Dachs - Abingdon -20th Oct - 2:39 (A); 2:44 (B); 2:48 (C)

MrB - Abingdon -20th Oct - 2:44:59(A); sub 2:47:20 for pb (B); sub 2:50 (C)

HR - Abingdon - 20th Oct - 2'44'59 (A*) / 2'49'59 (A) / 2'54'59 (B) / sub-3 (C)
Postie - Abingdon -20th Oct - 2:48 (A*); 2:50 (A); 2:52 (B); 3:00+ (Slope off quietly)
Blisters - Abingdon - 20th Oct - 3:14:59 (A) 3:15:++ (burn trainers)
TT - Amsterdam - 20th Oct - as far into the 2:2x range as possible (A) / 2:29:59 (B)
Joolska - Frankfurt - 27th Oct - 2.57 (A); 2.59 (B); 3.02 (C)
Toro - Washington - 27th Oct - 2:49 (A); 2:54 (B - PB); 2:59 & beat USMC (C)
MtR - Abingdon - 20th Oct - 3:59 (A) finish (B), stay alive (C)

Actually I lknow it will hurt, but I'm doing it for enjoyment, because this is a hobby not a job.

 

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Posted: 18/08/2013 at 19:23

Jools: nice PB, about time your consistency paid off on the racetrack. Well deserved streak you're on. Had I known the race was on I'd have come along -but probably not to run.

TR: Good result for summer training.

lots of long runs today. I did my bit with 17 slow ones. Add in a hill session, a10 mile walk with the dog and 5 pints of beer yesterday (3x Sambrook Pumphouse pale ale followed by 2 of of East London Beers exhibition bitter) and I'm pretty bushed this evening after my first 50 mile week since May.

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Posted: 15/08/2013 at 20:15

No impressive run sessions to report here, although last night I managed 2xDeuchars IPA followed by 4xSt Austell Tribute which was a bit much for a school night. Felt a bit rubbistoday but got out for 5 miles this evening. Pleased to find that my 'natural' easy pace is heading to 8mm now rather than 8:30mm. No half marathons for me in this build up, just a long run each weekend for the next 7 weeks followed by a 2 week taper. 

Best wishes to CD, hope it turns out to be nothing serious.

CW surely you have the bandwidth to post the link to your video?

now for some more of these horrible stretches followed by a shower.

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Posted: 14/08/2013 at 10:27

CW: Seriously impressive. In my pre-running days I spent a lot of time walking in the Lakeland fells and teh BGR is not to be underestimated, especially unsupported.

Dan: Just rest and hope. Many injuries clear up faster than you think.

I've been following the thread on and off for the last couple of months, but not running as much as I would have liked - or had planned. Some of you may remember that I started a marathon training plan back in May in preparation for Abingdon. All went well for a few weeks, but my back wasn't good, and was getting worse. As well as my usual lower back pain, I felt very constricted in the upper back which was hampering me when I ran faster than 8mm. On a medium long run home one day my back completely seized up and I limped home at 10mm - taking any step was pretty bad.

So for the first time in many years I went to see someone about my body. I went to an osteopath recommended by a friend and spent the next 6 weeks being manipulated, prodded and stretched and stretching at home. My stiff hamstrings and hip flexors, combined with a stiff upper back seemed to have caused me to seize up completely.

Despite my scepticism (which remains pretty high), it really does seem to have done the trick. Although my lower back is still not 100%, my neck, shoulders and upper back are miles better, despite a week in Glastonbury and 2 weeks camping in Pembrokeshire. 

And so I'm back running. Not far, not fast, but on the long road back to fitness. I will be running at Abingdon. I doubt I'll be troubling 3 hours, but 3:15 might be a reasonable target. It's quite scary how far off my old shape I'm in - but I'm viewing it as starting from scratch again - which in some ways it is. I haven't run properly since late 2011.

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