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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 23:01
Big G, I'm glad to hear that your using a spreadsheet for your activities! The hot desk option sounds promising. Even if you still want to do something different at some point, it sounds like it's worth giving it a try when you do go back. I read the book 'Fat Chance' which is all about sugar and it made a lot of sense. I think I started to bore friends and family about it though! Nice to come on here and hear from like minded people!

Got loads of Marathon Talks to catch up with. Currently listening to one featuring Jo Pavey and Liz Yelling - bit dull really - they've both been telling each other how wonderful they were and are for about half an hour. Should try and find the Noakes one instead.

London Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 22:30
+1 for joining a club. Our club get a couple of places and there's not a huge demand for them. Also through my club I helped at one of the water stations this year and apparently they all get places too. Again, I don't think they'll be a huge demand for our water station place. I've only entered the ballot once and was lucky to get in. I've since got GFA places.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 23:28
Big G - crikey, 17 miles is a lot of walking. I think the take it as it comes approach is about all you can expect yourself to be focusing on for now. I can see how it's only when you think about the tasks that you are doing and their meaning that the emotions start to flow, I guess that's what you meant when you said it came like waves. I've heard people say that it's when the numbness starts to fade that you feel forced to cope with the extent of your grief and that must be so painful. Re thinking about the future, you can't expect yourself to have everything planned out neatly re house and job etc so soon as you are still in shock and getting your head around everything. I think MF is right saying that you shouldn't put yourself under lots of pressure to make so many decisions so soon. Are you still staying with your dad? I hope you are eating well and regularly.

I'll look up the paleo stuff with Noakes on MT soon. I'm not great at restrictive diets but try and minimise rubbish carbs (biscuits, cakes etc). Need potato in my fish pie though and couldn't do without noodles. I've been planning meals more over the last month before buying stuff and have cut down on pasta, unintentionally. Also trying to limit red meat - kids convinced tonight that Turkey mince was quorn! When I did the elite water station, a fair number of the elites, including Mo had gels taped to their water bottles (at mile 20). And lots had more than just water in their bottles - Haile's drink smelt like Ribena! I actually had a gel, 3 jelly babies and a bottle of Lucozade sport before my 10k yesterday! But mainly because it didn't start until 3 and I was getting tired.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 22:39
Big G, glad you had a good parkrun yesterday. I'm the same as you re being in the same job since graduation (now 20 years ago!) But I always seem to have my sensible head on when thinking about other options and like the fact my hours out very short. I would have thought being a computer geek, you have plenty of options if you stay in that field, but if you fancy a big change, go for it.

Hot and hilly 10k race for me today. Not a PB course as long hill but pleased to knock 42 secs off last years time and was 2nd lady (First lady was 50s ahead). Time was 43:22. Importantly, beat my friend who was 3 mins behind. Our club got 1st team in both men's and women's and our fast V50 was first overall. Good running too from the little koalas - both won team prizes for their races and 7 yo was 8th in the race for 7-9 year olds from a field of 50+. He much prefers football but I'm hoping his trophy and medal today might persuade him to run more. OH finished in 57mins, not bad considering he's done next to no running in last couple of months.

Iain, 7:04 easy for 12 miles?!!! Looks good for Chester

small, long, women's running tights

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 19:41
Ha! I always tell people that 5ft4 is average height for a woman but people still call me a short arse. I guess everyone's getting taller these days.

I buy clothes from the kids H&M sometimes but have never seen any sports wear there. Will have a look next time.

small, long, women's running tights

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 17:55
How tall are you LMH? I wear the adidas (response?) long tights in the winter in the XS size and these are fine but I'm just 5ft 4 which is about average height for a woman (that's what I say anyhow).

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 17:51
((Big G)) This must be such a difficult period for you. I can see how you must feel in limbo before the PM and funeral are all over. I agree with Shades re working from home. But given your circumstances, could your work offer you some kind of flexibility, e.g. Continue WFH but have access to a hot desk in the Exeter office? You said before that your employer was fairly decent so they might be open to something like that. Did you get to do the parkrun this morning? I'm sure as you say that the stress from being in limbo is probably one of the reasons you are feeling like you can't remember all the memories. I expect over the next few months you'll be reminded of lots of happy times with Claire and that photo album that she did will really help. When one of my best friends died 9 years ago her family set up an online tribute site for people to post memories, photos and messages. I think her family found it painful to read at the time but probably look at it fondly now.

Shades, the 53 marathon lady posted on this site just before she started, looking for fellow runners to join her on any of the marathons. Most people on her were quite supportive but quite a few told her it wasn't that big a deal You must do a 5k soon! Maybe we should do a Shades parkrun meet up somewhere in 2015?!

Mamafox, I already have those shoes in red and have used them in races up to 10 miles. Think some use them for marathons but I'd feel a bit weary having such little support.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 10:49
3 beers and I'd be under the table too! 9 months teetotal; can't really say it makes any difference but I'll see it through to the end of the year as I'm stubborn like that.

4 mile tempo run this morning to try out new pink and silver adidas adios adizeros! 7:37, 7:20, 7:07, 6:57. Achilles is much better now but I'm trying to keep quiet about that as OH seems to be suffering more with his.

Emmy, can't see why anyone would want to poison dogs, that's just mad.

Ian, if you can't get new shoes from your work, could you try getting some comfy cushioned inner soles that might help?

Big G, hope you have a good walk today with Steph and that it's not too painful going back to your house. Hope too that the parkrun goes OK tomorrow and that your achilles copes well.

Don't really have an issue with running at night around here as everywhere is quite well lit. One of the only bonuses of living in an urban area.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:18
Big G, that's frustrating re the PM and I can understand how it makes you feel in limbo. That's good that you are able to go for some beers. I'm glad too that you are doing a parkrun, and good that Steph is going to join you - don't let her beat you though. I can see how as Claire's parent, her mum feels very angry. I think that's entirely normal but I'm glad how at least for now, you are focusing on remembering all the happy memories. I guess it's OK to feel angry too, even if there's no one to blame.

Mamafox, maybe the runner you saw had had a recent nose job There's a bit about using caffeine as a stimulant in the P&D book and it acknowledges that it does work well for some. I used a caffeine gel at mile 20 in VLM and I'll often have a few swigs of a proper coffee before a race. Will remember that for my 10k on Sunday as it doesn't start until 3pm!

Getting very jealous of all this talk of Chester. If it wasn't so far away I'd be tempted to join you for dinner.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 22:30
Those are beautiful pictures of Claire, Big G - she does look quite overwhelmed but very proud and happy too. And I love Bananas - he must be one very well travelled monkey. I have a friend who lives near Annecy and it's a really lovely place to visit. I also have memories of camping there as a child. That's good that you can spend tomorrow with Claire's sister. Is she the sister who ran a marathon this year? I bet you'll have a big choice of photos to include for the order of service. Are Claire's parents close by too?

Emmy, I thought parkrun were planning to launch in France soon? Realise that France not Belgium but it's a start. I thought one of te reasons for them starting this online store thing was so they could launch in more places. I have suggested they stock these wrist bands which are currently only available in South Africa. I want one!

Well done to your daughter, Lily for almost getting her T Shirt. I'm still on only 7
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