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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 18:16

Big G, my parkrun PB is the same as yours (20:35) so any training tips appreciated!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 15:22

Big G, I'm with you on the sub 20 5k, it's definitely high up on my wish list! My 10 mile time in McMillan gives a 20:07 5k, but that feels a long way off what I could manage right now. It's weird how people differ - a club mate who easily bashes out sub 20 5ks was 3 mins behind me in my 10 mile race and another club mate who always beats me in our timed miles was almost 10 mins behind. And yet I've run a lot more timed miles and 5ks versus 10 mile races but for some reason just can't find the speed! Can I blame being a girl?!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 21:11

Big G, sorry to hear the probate is taking up so much time. Sounds sensible to deal with it as it comes but are you sure it wouldn't make it all less stressful getting someone else to deal with it?  Hope the run and meeting with your dad went OK. Good to spend some time thinking of the headstone wording - you have such a lovely way with words, I'm sure you wrote something that Claire would approve of.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 20:32

Evening Shadies,

Jugula - sorry to hear about your experience today, so unfair when you prepared so well. Could you be coming down with something or was it just bad luck on the day?

Shades, big shame you couldn't run today but sensible to keep your eye on the 'bigger prize', i.e. Dublin. Hope the rest does the foot some good.

Well done on the 10k Iain. Most of us would consider that a brilliant time, but I'm sure if you trained for a 10k you would go loads quicker.

Pleased with my run at the Cabbage Patch 10 mile race today. Finished in 69:50, a PB by almost 2 minutes. I was aiming for 70:XX but felt OK after doing the 1st 2 miles at sub 7 minute mile pace. So decided to have a crack at sub 70 mins and just made it, despite slowing a bit in the last couple of miles. No cabbage, 5th in my age group, but first was Mara Yamauchi, the lady who ran in the Olympic marathon! She was only 5th lady overall. Met up with family and parents in Richmond Park afterwards for deer rutting and cake


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 15:34

Shades, despite my choice of hot pink/silver shoes, I agree with you re too much pink in women's running attire. It's so dull just seeing the same clothes in black/blue for guys and black/pink for girls. I love turquoise and red but never seem to find running clobber in these colours.

MF, the cabbage patch is named after the race headquarters which is a pub in Twickemham. The first across the line actually wins a cabbage! It usually has quite a high quality field - I think the prize money is quite generous. Past winners have included Mo Farah. Your 10k trail race sounds fun - hope Jocelyn is running too

Wow Lily, big feet! I'm jealous actually as prefer the colours in the men's shoes generally. Hope you have recovered from your cold/flu now.

Hmm, prediction for Iain...36:57

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 22:55

Big G, I'm very pleased to hear that you had a healthy breakfast, sounds delicious. I know tomorrow will be really tough for you but that must be a relief that you have found such a lovely spot for Claire and Jay. Lovely idea to plant a memory tree too. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. I hope it went OK with Claire's mum and your friends.

Iain, sounds like you'll smash your PB then, how lovely to be aiming to beat it by 3 minutes, that's a huge chunk!

Shades, I'm not a complete pig with the chocloate. My online supermarket sent me vouchers to spend on wine or chocolate as I've shopped with them for 12 years (apparently!) And as I'm not drinking, I had a chocolate binge. Maltesers have now been consumed and I gave the celebrations to a friend as it's her birthday today. But still lots left

Mamafox - good to hear you're still running really well - impressed that you can beat a whippet!

Had to miss my club track session tonight for 2nd week in a row which is a shame but may be a good thing as I find them quite tiring and want to save some energy for my 10 mile race on Sunday (Cabbage Patch).

Shades, LOL to the black marker to the pink shoes!! Not sure what you'd make of my latest shoes then...


Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:47

I think the reason you hear runners going on about injuries so much is because they get frustrated at not being able to run or not being able to run as fast as they like. For your average couch potato, having a dodgy knee or a sore achilles isn't a big deal so you don't hear about it. I read somewhere that runners actually suffer fewer knee problems than the population as a whole (probably because they are less likely to be overweight). My dad is 70 and ran for over 30 years, most of them competitively (racing most weekends and running doubles most days). He doesn't run much these days but is much more active than most 70 year olds, cycling most days and doing 100 mile bike races.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 13:52

Shades, I think the XC races that our club do are around the 5-6 mile mark so a bit on the short side as I'd like to build up my Sunday long run a bit before marathon training. Plus I'm a wuss and prefer running on roads!

Big G, you must eat earlier in the day! But you know that and after all you've been through I'm not going to tell you off. Plus I bought 10 pounds worth of chocolate last night so can't talk! That's a shame re CRUSE, I would have expected better, but I suppose it could be that the lady you spoke to was inexperienced. But good that you can go back to the GP and hospital guy. Hope the 5 miler went OK. It seems that your achilles is really on the mend now.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 11:22

Morning all Shadies,

Everyone seems to be running well at the moment, with few niggles and injuries - long may that continue!

Interesting what you say about XC and mixing it up, Emmy. I think I have plateaud a bit and have to work much harder to get PBs. My club do a XC league on Sundays but it involves a fair bit of travelling so would be difficult with the kids. Plus I quite enjoy my long lonely Sunday runs and being able to go when and where I want. For the last 2 weeks I have run to my son's football match which is good.

8 miles today which turned into one of those progression runs - first mile was 8:35 and last was 7:21.

Loving the descriptions of Shades and Emmy with your head torches bumping into everything and everyone in the early hours

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