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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 17:43

Another PB Big G and we're still in January! What a great start to the year.

Nice long run, Cal. It was a lovely day for a long run today, wasn't it - cold, bright and frosty. I'm sure it's just a GPS thing then as you're right, that park is used for loads of races.

Shades - I was checking the temperature too before setting out today. It was -3 here at 8am but I think it had risen to a balmy -1 an hour later when I set off. My schedule had 16 with 10 at MP but I missed out the first Map run a couple of weeks ago so I compromised and did 17.5 with 8 at MP. I find the MP tough but a lot easier than the LT sessions which I struggle with. MP was a bit slower then PB marathon pace but was OK. Hamstring still niggley and often the niggle moves higher up, just below the bum. But it's fine to run with. But felt the usual ITB niggle in last half mile so need to keep up those exercises!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 22:46

Big G - nice parkrunning and good luck for the 10 mile race tomorrow.

Cal - well done on Battersea. A friend ran a PB there today but is now worried that the course may be short as apparently lots of people made it 6 miles. But if it's an established course, maybe it was just a GPS problem.

Steve - you're doing so well with the LT runs, knocking out some really speedy miles. I'm really struggling with them. Yesterday was supposed to be 9 with 6 LT miles, but I only did 5 and most of those were on a track.

I've been housebound for a couple of days as my youngest son has had a bug. Luckily my mum came up yesterday so I was able to escape for an hour for a run. Did parkrun today in 20:09. Was 1st lady but must have been a problem with the scanner as I'm 'unknown' in the results. Have emailed so hoping they can change.

Trouble finding Adidas trainers

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 21:04

Thanks Tom - they only seem to do the red for the men though, it's not fair!! Women get a pale pink or bright blue. The blue is OK, but not as fast as the red. Wondering how the men's size 6 is different to the women's size 6...

Trouble finding Adidas trainers

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 20:16

They sound good, very tempted. The upper sounds similar to the Ultra Boosts which I also have, which also feel very slipper like, but I don't think they are as light as the Bostons.Feeling comfortable is a always good sign and red is definitely a fast colour!

Trouble finding Adidas trainers

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 18:13

I got my marathon PB in the Boston boosts last year (in VLM). I've only worn the 5s before - are the 6s very different?

Trouble finding Adidas trainers

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 16:58

Have you tried M&M direct? I've picked up Boston boosts and Adios Zeros from them in the past.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 16:32

Big G - I hope you are feeling a bit better today. My OH had a similar thing, where he picked up another cold, just when he was recovering from a first one. Must be very annoying.

Ian - that's a great HM time for a hilly course. Must give you lots of confidence in your training.

Shades - how did the run go today? Are you able to follow the route on your Garmin after you've mapped it out or do you memorise it?

Cal - that's sounds a bit frustrating but well done for sticking to your pace. Richmond Park must be lovely to run around.

Parkrun yesterday - 20:17 - not run sub 20 since November, but pleased to be First Lady and got a similar time to last week and this week's course was trail. Set off to do 18 miles today. Got soaked to the skin so figured I may as well do 2 more miles to do my first 20 mile run of the year (as didn't have to rush back for football duties). Have been spending most of the afternoon eating

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 14:08

Steve - you seem to be doing well on P&D, nice pace for the LT runs. Are you following the 55-70 plan.

Shades, glad you're better, did you try the Vicks on feet?! We still haven't got a dog, need to sort out how we'd manage it in the first couple of months if we get a puppy. 

Jugula - I hope your dog is recovering well and enjoying his chicken!

Big G - nice running purchases there. I've only run with a jacket a couple of times as tend to find them too hot. But that's probably because my ones are cheap, I reckon the better quality ones are better for running in.

Cal - hope the groin strain comes to nothing, good idea to take a duvet day.

Louey - did you get your shoes from the Eastcote RW? That's where I'm going for my hamstring massages! Booked another one for next week.

Did a hilly 8 miles with my club on Tuesday night and hamstring felt a bit sore after. The pace was a bit faster than normal as there were a couple of speedy runners - I should have kept back as there ended up being a couple of groups, but the competitive side of me made me keep up. There's a speedy girl who runs for us as a 2nd claim and she is so strong that you notice no difference in her pace or effort as she ploughs up hills leaving everyone behind! 10 miles today with 10x100m strides which I did on a track. There was a group of dog walkers walking around the track with about 8 dogs between them! It was cold but the snow from last night had melted so the ground was OK. But started snowing for the last 4 miles. Glad I wore a hat and 2 pairs of gloves!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 23:07

Shades - 64 miles is still pretty good going! (and more than I've ever run in a week). Hope the back is better for this week. Do you do double data to get to 70 miles?

Like the goals, Louey, I'm sure that the GFA time is easily in your grasp. That's great that your OH has got into running (but does it mean you have to get someone to sit with the kids when you go?!) Mone has said he wants to do parkrun every week now, which I suppose is a start, although not a great start on Saturday as he couldn't find his barcode, so we ended up having to go to a nearer parkrun as it took him 10 mins to print more off! The massage was 35 quid for an hour, although the massage itself was more like 45 mins as spent time chatting and she also watched me run on the treadmil.  

Jugula - sorry to hear about your calf/knee, I hope the physio can help. Glad to hear you are taking good care of your dog, even if it's costing a lot, toothache is horrible for anyone.

Keith - good to see that you were well under your 30 minute goal for the 5k. What's royal rumble wrestling?!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:33

Congrats on the 10k PB Big G, what a great start to the year and bodes wrllnfor the rest of your races.

Nice long runs from Cal and and Ian. And hello again to Keith, good to see you back, hope the 5k went OK?

I managed 17 miles today, - bit longer than planned but it went OK. I could feel the hamstring but wouldn't describe it as pain. I've probably pushed it a bit this week as have run 53 miles (as like Cal, ran long run on Monday due to NYD), with only one rest day. Will try and get another massage next week as I think this will help. I've found someone really good (and cheap!) who works from the local running shop. She's going to be working at the World Champs this summer and is a runner (sprinter) herself.

Shades - the Vicks on the feet really works! I'm going to get OH to try it tonight as he is still coughing but my cold has almost gone now.

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