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RW Forum Six – Sub 5 Vanessa Ford with Plum

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 17:03

sports shoes unlimited always worth a look as well

RW Forum Six – Sub 5 Vanessa Ford with Plum

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 18:57

"I did 15 miles in total last week so my plan is 16.5 miles this week (using 10%) rule with my long run at the weekend being 6 miles - does this sound sensible? Should I do more/less?"

Sounds very sensible to me especially after the knee .... this brings me onto the next thing, stay away from hil reps for a bit until the knee is, as sure as we can be, 100%. It is not necessarily the running up that only causes the problem but the running down again and to deliberatley repeat this at this stage of your training with the knee as it is is not wise.  Dont worry, hills will appear 

Nutrition is very personal and does need lots of practise, best thing for you is to look at what time MK starts and have a couple of practise sundays where you get up, eat porridge/bagels/full english etc,  whatever you find suits you at the time interval you will have on the day of the marathon, often best on race days so the nerves kick in as well.....You can run marathons on just fluids, lots of people do, me included,  but it may pose more problems than it solves with all that fluid sloshing around. All I can say is practise what you can and cant eat and when you can eat if... before and during. 

Your body if you are eating properly should have enough energy for about an hour to an hour and a half of exercise before it starts looking for other supplies so your shorter runs early mornings you should be fine.but this is an oportunity to try small amounts of different stuff. people will give you millions of ideas... my own personal food is.... Three weetabix, semi skimmed milk, a bagel with peanut butter, couple of cups of coffee then glug a 500ml bottle of sports drink on the start line, butt hat works for me....   

RW Forum Six – Sub 5 Vanessa Ford with Plum

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 22:00

Nah.... tough as old boots me...... swam tonight and didnt drown so there is hope for me yet 

RW Forum Six – Sub 5 Vanessa Ford with Plum

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 11:02

I didnt......

Planned 2 hour nice and easy turned into not quite two hours of purgatory. had a sore throat for a couple of days but nothing serious so went out as planned and just struggled to breathe for the whole run, legs felt fine but every breath was painful....just wanted to cough all the way round but...... it was dry and not too cold if a bit windy and 14 miles in the bank. showered stretched and fed and now to fix the bike, swimming tonight may be a bit gentler than planned  

Vanessa that is excellent even paced running, the last half mile was probably the toughest because it was the fastest . Make a note of the run in your diary and we will revisit and rerun it in a month to see how much progress we have made. Like Seren  says keep up the stretching even when you think it is all better these things have a habit of coming back and biting you later.. 

RW Forum Six – Sub 5 Vanessa Ford with Plum

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 22:41

Serene....... ha ha ha    you have obviously nevr met the woman, she was injected with a gramaphone needle at a very early age and hasn't shut up since.


I have planned 2 hours tomorrow no matter what after a swim and a short run this morning then the rest of the day sat on my ass driving daughter back to Uni for some drunken New Year celebration

RW Forum Six – Sub 5 Vanessa Ford with Plum

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 12:35

I am......


If you are going out in the sort of weather we are having now then we have no problems with motivation whatsoever.  how is the knee coming on, are you doing any strength work with it or just stretching?

RW Forum Six – Sub 5 Vanessa Ford with Plum

Posted: 27/12/2012 at 20:20

...............always good to have 2 or 3 pairs of trainers at various stages of their life, you will do a fair bit of mileage between now and MK and shoes do feel different at diffeent stages of their life and it is nice to do the longer runs in the newer ones whilst they still have a bit of padding and support in them.....mine last me about 600 miles before i really notice the differenc which is less than 5 months wear for me, They then get relegated to short recovery runs or dirty muddy stuff in the woods

RW Forum Six – Sub 5 Vanessa Ford with Plum

Posted: 27/12/2012 at 20:06

I will have you know I am nearly mended.....  Blinking Hobbits spreading rumours,,,,,,,


RW Forum Six – Sub 5 Vanessa Ford with Plum

Posted: 27/12/2012 at 19:52

mmmmm.. I have been known to pop in for a cuppa and do the odd training run with my mentees so be afraid, especially if you have valuable furniture or animals of a delicate disposition


RW Forum Six – Sub 5 Vanessa Ford with Plum

Posted: 27/12/2012 at 19:27


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