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P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: Today at 17:16
Scott - thanks for the reminder re strength training, it's something I tend to only do when injured, so I'm going to try and squeeze in 5 mins a day now.

Had lunch out in a cafe today and while waiting in the queue, a couple were comparing Fitbit steps. The lady was bragging to her OH that she had already reached 8k and was very smug. My competitive nature made me go into garmin connect to see how many steps my 21 miler equated to (33k). But I kept my mouth shut!

Tricia - did you say slowing down since 45? Eek, that's me in September, I'll go and bury my head in the sand

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Today at 16:52
Big G, I think we posted at the same time the other day, so I didn't get a chance to reply to your post. Vietnam sounds like a great idea, I really hope you get accepted. Feeling down and further from Claire right now is perfectly normal as it's all still relatively recent. I think it's great that you're making lots of plans for the year, Claire would be proud.

Lovely day for a run day. I went in a different direction down a canal path and it was relatively puddle free. Meant to do 20 but ended up 21. Annoyingly my IT band felt a bit niggly in the last mile and I had to stop and walk. Hoping it will be OK after a day's rest tomorrow.

Shades - I think you'd make a great coach! Hope the feet are OK now. You seem to be running well right now, being a lady of leisure suits you!

Hope Cal's stomach and MF's chest are better today. At least non running problems should heal quicker.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: Today at 12:24
Muddy, sorry to hear about your MiL. Hope your OH is OK.

McF - a 20 mile run on tired legs is v good going! I take jelly babies on long runs but usually only have about 3 or 4. For the last 2 long runs I've taken one gel as I want to make sure my stomach can handle them OK. Don't really notice a big difference though. For me the problem at the end of 20+ mile runs isn't tiredness or lack of fuel but my legs going stiff and tight. Not sure what the answer is there.

Well done Tom on the speedy 23 miles. Looking forward to hearing the race results from today.

I did a parkrun yesterday with my 9 yo and he got a course PB of 24:06 so he was pleased and nicely tired for the afternoon. Then today I meant to do 20 but the route along the canal was so lovely in the sun and largely puddle free that I ended up doing 21. Annoyingly though I had IT band niggles in mile 21 so I guess the lesson is, stick to the plan!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 09:25
Shades - I haven't actually run 2000 miles in the one pair of shoes, as have a few on the go. But they (Saucony Guides) must have done at least 700/800. The new ones did feel bouncier though.

Mamafox - that's annoying re the cold but extra rest will ensure that your foot is really recovered before you start running again. LT pace is more like 10 mile/HM pace. I really struggle with it and am glad that I'll be swapping the final LT session (11 with 7 LT) with a HM!

Cal - agree with others re the 20 mile race. I'm sure you'd be well under 4 hours but FWIW, there are a few much slower runners at my club who do it every year.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 09:16
Madbee - will you do all 12 miles on the track?! I can't call you mad as I did 18 miles on the treadmill but it might be an idea to switch directions if you can, say every 3 miles, to avoid picking up an injury.

Westy - kids shouldn't be stressing about SATs, that's rubbish. Problem is, teachers do (sorry Tom) and some of them pass their own stress to kids. I remember my oldest being told that his SATs results would go on his CV!! He now has GCSEs and should be stressing about these but seems very relaxed!

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 22:40
Scott- sad to hear you've pulled out of London but good decision and I remember when I decided to defer in 2014, I felt much better afterwards as I could focus on other goals.

Mennania, I would race the HM and use the 20 mile run as a session with 12-14 MP miles.

Westy - well done on the LT run.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 13:01
McF - when I ran 1:29 in the Brighton HM this time last year, my LT paces were about 15 secs slower than yours are now. Just saying... (Sandbagger!)

Westy, I feel exactly the same as you about the LT runs. I really dread them and can't seem to stick to the paces without having a couple of breathers. I also seem to be finding them tougher this year than last. I've just done the 10 with 6@LT pace and decided to start the LT miles earlier, after 1 mile w/u rather than 2. This seemed to help (as did taking advantage of a downhill in mile 2 and doing 4 miles on a track!) but it still felt harder than it should do I think. I think that's my last one now though as I'm going to do a HM instead of the session with 7 LT miles.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:52
PS - Shades, agree on the food thing. Having spent last night with a neighbour who's 35 yo daughter is anorexic (5 stone), I firmly believe in enjoying food. The poor woman doesn't know what to do - I think it's much easier with adolescents than adults.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 12:50
Beautiful day today. I had the session I've been dreading all week - 10 miles with 6 at LT pace. I had to stop to catch my breath a couple of times but other than that it went well (apart from the dog walkers hogging the track again!) I ran in new shoes which arrived this morning. I realised last week that one of the pairs I've been training in were the ones I ran the LM in last year and I've run around 2000 miles since then.

Mamafox - I hope the first run back goes well. It's always a bit nerve racking post injury so take it easy!

Cal - come and join Louey and me in the F20. It's a great race, except not if you hate laps!

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 22:42
I had a +ve split in VLM 15, but only by 6 secs: 1:37:13 1st half and 1:37:16 2nd half. I'm annoyed now I didn't go 3 secs faster at the end to make it even.
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