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RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 18:38


Kiwi: I only gave up body pump because there was a lot of emphasis on leg muscles in my class and with lots of cycling I was ending up with ginormous thighs . I really enjoyed it though

Relays went OK, we were 4th W55 in the British Masters, despite team members being 69/63/58. The sixty + duo did faster legs than their younger team member 

However I discovered that running sub 8mm is still extremely painful with the broken rib, which obviously hasn't completely healed yet. I also managed to rub my bunion raw again 

BA has been suffering with a dreadful cold (not quite man flu, but close!), so before heading to the HM this morning he tried a short warm-up round the block. He came back gasping for breath and with his chest burning, having to abandon and walk back. As I was away for 9 hours yesterday and am heading off to Edinburgh for a long weekend next weekend, I decided not to leave him again - although I did nip out for a 10 mile run from the front door.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 17:49

Ditto on the toenails (and the raw bunion). Running in the British Masters XC relays tomorrow - bit of a schlep up to Derby, but we only just have a W55 team so no excuses allowed!

Will decide on the Stroud HM after the relays.......

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 14:58

My first marathon was 1985 - Wolverhampton in 3.39 (we didn't measure seconds then)

My fastest was 1995 - London 3.30.54

At least one marathon every year in the other years and apart from London 2013, when I ran with the stitches still in from my cancer op, none over 3.59!

i suppose consistency is one thing, but I wish that I had trained the way I do now 20 years or more ago.....  Who knows what time I might have done when I was doing sub 24 hours for 100 off road miles.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 17:21

So yet again I am sitting on Monday pulling off toenails, draining blisters for the  fourth  time and wondering if perhaps it might be time to take up crochet as a hobby.  Round Rotherham 50 is a relatively easy off road 50 mile event given that you have to navigate round the  route yourself using strip maps - but BA has a bit of a reputation for getting hopelessly lost on it.  He is not the only one, a runner was found by the police at 2.00am Sunday last year [event finish 10pm Sat] way off route in a different town

Anyway I now always do the event with BA as it means a slower time, but not having to wait for hours at the end.  With my broken rib we reckoned we might be more evenly matched this year and decided to take the 6.00am start in case I had to walk most of it.  Unusually over 200 of the 500 odd runners took the early start, usually it is just a handful, so we had plenty of company.  It was obvious from the start that BA was struggling and I kept having to stop and wait for him.  By the second checkpoint [17 miles] we were already over 30 minutes down on last year, in better conditions.  He decided to pull out as he was worried that if I stayed with him I might get timed out myself and he didn't want to continue on his own. 

I must admit that I just legged it out of the checkpoint and left him eating cake, waiting for a lift.  Although I couldn't run as fast as previous years on anything even slightly slippery [or uphill] I found the rib felt OK at a slow, steady jog with walk breaks on the steepest, most slippery sections.  My only real problem was getting over some of the rickety stiles, where I could feel the tugging on my  side.  Got to half way nearly 40 minutes down on last year, but then surprised myself on the second half by going faster than last year.  Negative splits aren't really likely on this route as the second half is about an hour slower than the first half, with more fields, stiles and mud - but I was pleased to keep going and in the end made it back with plenty of daylight to spare and only 25 minutes slower than last year.

It was really hot and humid, but luckily there were some sections with a good breeze later on which made it just about bearable.  At the very end there is a short section across the college car park to the finish and I suddenly realised that 2 guys who had been lurking about 100 yards behind me for some distance, allowing me to do all the navigation, were about to try and outsprint me to the finish.  They probably started an hour after me, but there was a principle at stake and I suddenly found myself winding up the pace across the car park getting a little faster every time I heard footsteps closing and being cheered to the rafters by the [mainly female] supporters at the finish line.  I collapsed across the line ahead to the two and then thought 'WTF was that all about??'.

Anyway I survived but the lack of running any sort of distance over the summer took its toll on my feet.  Stupidly wore new shoes, which although exactly the same as pairs I have worn for years, obviously could have done with a bit more breaking in.  I only realised how dehydrated I was when I stopped, despite drinking three or fours cups of water at every checkpoint.  I couldn't face alcohol at all that night and ended up getting full value for the £2.25 endless refills on soft drinks at the restaurant - although I was getting a few funny looks by the end of the evening

BA is pretty fed-up, but is being stoic - hopefully it was just a bug he picked up.  Next weekend is the British Masters X country relay on

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:33

Very happy to have completed 50 miles on Saturday, broken rib notwithstanding. 

Congratulations to all the Abo finishers and Carrot in Amsterdam.

My feet are trashed - report to follow after wine!!!!!! I was so dehydrated after the run I didn't dare drink anything stronger the diet coke, lucozade sport and water last night 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 16:02

The 50 has rain forecast for most of the day and is off-road..........At least I should be uniformly wet!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 14:10

Predictive text   Cheryl may (or may not) be slow, I am very slow!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 09:34

I am back running (sort of) at last. 25 minutes every day this week, going a bit further each time. Very tentative, Cheryl slow, somewhat uncomfortable - but long road back has been started. Good Luck to everyone for Abo. I am up north doing 50 miles on Saturday - looks as if I might be able to manage short sections of slow jogging, which would help with the time limit. Looks as if it will be a bit of a mudfest

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 21:51

Nell: apologies, didn't mean to ignore you. Fantastic time - enjoy the pie and chips!!!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 21:14

Pink: patience was never one of my (admittedly limited) virtues, so struggling to cope with how long the healing process is taking. However on a more positive note I managed to walk a hilly 15 miles yesterday and a hilly 25 miles today, plus four spin classes last week. I am going to try a very gentle run in the slowest group at the running club tomorrow, so fingers crossed. Would have been a good day for Swindin HM


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