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Loch Ness marathon 2014

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 09:51

Thanks all.  Having had my wee strop with myself and sleeping on it, I feel fine about things today.
Looking at the Garmin, my pace up 'til mile 13 had been bang on target at 10:50/10:55, then it just drops off a cliff!  No gradual slowing down, just a lemming leap off the edge!  Which makes me think it was more in my head than in my legs.
I expected to have mega-stiff legs/hips/back when I got up, but I feel ok.  Just been for a gentle 3 miles and my legs are grand.
SO - the plan is a 12 mile run and then the 18, which I'm going to do at really easy pace.  I'd like to get a 20 in (more mental than physical), but we'll see how it goes.  I'm now aiming to do LN sub-5, which is 11:26m/m, and I can do that 

It makes such a difference to be able to think 'out loud' on here 

Loch Ness marathon 2014

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:00

Set off for 16 miles today feeling calm and relaxed and really looking forward to the run. Got to almost 13 and my legs just stopped. I stopped, had a wee walk and a talk to myself and tried to get going again. But it just wouldn't happen. I walked the last 3 miles home, trying every so often to start running again, but no joy. 

I don't know what to do. If I'm grinding to a halt after 13 miles, I don't see how on earth I'll manage 26.2 with just two weeks until taper time. My initial plan has gone down the toilet and, for reasons already documented here, I haven't done nearly as much milage as I planned. However, I was feeling confident that I could make it round slowly. 

I've been trying to work out if today was due to not having enough miles in my legs, or if there was another reason. I've been working the past couple of nights 'til 11.30 so not very well rested. Who knows?

I'm wondering if I should try the planned 18 next week (after a few early nights) and see how it goes. At the moment I feel LN looks very unlikely

ice challenge

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 09:38

I think you might be on to something there Scream.  Ice Bucket Ambush is way more appealing

ice challenge

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 08:17


I'd happliy donate to MND or cancer charities, but the ice bucket thing is starting to get on my wick. This, however, made me giggle

Loch Ness marathon 2014

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 16:04


I feel there will be a few of us in the 'sheer bloody mindedness' camp on the day.

Today I have mostly been at the village show, so I am now eating my first-prize-winning strawberry jam on my first-prize-winning panscones (drop scones).  Get me!!

Loch Ness marathon 2014

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 16:49

Tapering? Can't be time to be talking about that already, surely?

Bit of a mixed bag here.  My f****** back has been playing silly buggers, with pins and needles in my hip, bum & thigh, so I binned my planned 16 miles on Wednesday and rested instead.  Feeling a lot better today and did 6 miles this morning without anything going black and dropping off!  I have a physio appointment booked for Monday.
I'm now planning on doing 3 more long runs - 16, 18 & 20 - (with other bits of jogging in between, of course) and a two week taper.  I have made my peace with the fact that LN isn't going to be pretty and it isn't going to be quick, but I am a stubborn old cow and so long as a limb doesn't fall off in the next 5 weeks, I'll be on the starting line.
In other news, it appears my childcare cock-up has been fixed 

Daily disappointments

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:05

I'm a little disappointed in myself today.  HTFU Nursey.

Faithsdaddy, get a couple of these and never leave home without them

Balanced Distance Tri

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 15:10

List ... ?

Loch Ness marathon 2014

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 15:36

The next 4 weeks is going to be the bulk of my quality training, with the kids back at school 

Dear doubts and negative thoughts,
Please piss off.  I can do this.  I am an ironman FFS, I can do anything I put my mind to.
Thank you.

Loch Ness marathon 2014

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 17:06

We seem to be split into two camps - the "running like the wind" camp and the "if I was a horse I'd be off to the glue factory" camp. 

6 miles in 56:57 this afternoon.  Felt really good … for the first 3, and then I turned into the wind.  Jeeeeez, that was good resistance training .  Anyhoo, my back feels ok, so perhaps not quite ready for the glue factory just yet.

My big problem at the moment is that I have managed to completely balls up my childcare arrangements for LN weekend.  I must have been looking at the calendar cross-eyed, because I was sure hubby wasn't working.  Turns out he is, so I'm going to have to do some serious babysitting begging.  

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