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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 14:52

Shades - good to hear you had an enjoyable marathon at Inverness. And how lovely to meet KK's dog! (And KK of course). I don't think I'll make Budapest as am rubbish at doing LSRs in the summer - I also find it harder to stick to a running routine when the kids are off. But I hope lots of other Shadies are able to go.

I just got a glass trophy for being 1st and another glass cube thing for winning my AG. I have to get the glass 1st one engraved before returning it next year at my own expense - but can't complain as it's organised by a charity. I just hope it doesn't break before then as with 3 boys in the house the chances are high. I forgot to say, the best moment in the race was overtaking my son's 16 yo friend (the one who beat me at parkrun) on the long hill in mile 3. He didn't know I was catching him up and then someone watching shouted 'well done, you're first lady' and he turned around!

Re the high fat/low carbs thing, I read a blog recently by the distance runner Tina Muir. She's cut her carbs down recently and has trained well on it. But in hindsight, she puts her poor performance recently in races down to not taking on enough carbs in the build up, so she is now rethinking all this.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 22:44

Blimey, just seen your post and time Ian, that's amazing!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 22:43

Well done to everyone who races this weekend. I'm so glad you had an enjoyable race, Big G (but still don't get why the likes of Mowzer and Shades do so many marathons!). Cal - that's great to PB at Ealing as it's not a flat course. Steve - I've already commented on Strava, but please be proud!

My 10k race today was 20secs or so slower than last year and I really suffered at the end, nothing left. But I was first lady, whoop, whoop! Also won my age category and got the age category course record so sometimes it's good to be old even when you start to slow. My 9yo did well, coming 3rd out of 200 boys but says he doesn't want to race again.

My dad lost a friend from his cycling club today. He was doing a race in France and had 200m to go when one of the official vans knocked over another cyclist (from same club), swerved and then knocked over and killed my dad's friend. The poor guy was 60 and has been cycling for 20 years. It's been on the news tonight, really sad.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:09

Thanks Shades, mine's the 225. I think it's fairly OK as my RHR is the same as when I do it manually and it doesn't tend to pick up spikes. But I promise I won't become obsessed (my next door neighbour is a cardiologist and I've so far resisted the temptation to quiz him!) Good point too re doing an alternative marathon. I just get so nervous in the build up that I'm not sure I could cope with something else! I love the idea of Berlin but am not great doing long runs in the summer. A friend is doing Loch Ness and that appeals (but again, long runs in the summer). The advise re shoes was because there was someone on the Paris thread whose bag went missing so had to borrow kit and shoes from friends at the last minute!!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 20:35

Steve - hadn't realised you haven't gone sub 20 for parkrun, that's definitely long overdue!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 19:42

Steve - I'm not sure re next year. Not liking the idea of another marathon but marathon training seems to be when I make improvements. Will probably apply for a London place and then decide early next year. I quite like the idea of a solid block of base training but think I'd need a marathon as a target. What are your plans for after Berlin? Hope the flight (and race!) go OK. Maybe wear your race shoes on the plane (or at least take in hand luggage) just in case!

Shades - I'm trying not to get too alarmed by HR readings! But it does seem to be accurate most of the time and the high readings do coincide with times when I've not felt great. So if nothing else it's made me take it easy! 

My Royal Parks HM number is 1001 and I have a lovely T Shirt made of bamboo and recycled bottle tops

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 09:14

Big G, that sounds like a great weekend, glad it all went well. Your points re running clubs runs and pacing are why I prefer to do most of my running on my own. I like doing track plus one club run in the week as the pace is about right for me (but thinking about it, for some of them it is around their marathon pace and there is no way I could knock out 7 miles at MP that easily!) But I've always preferred to do longer runs on my own.

Ian - sorry your injury messed up your marathon plans. I hope the exercises work and your hamstring improves. I think Shades is right re most of us having vulnerable parts re injury. I know for me it's my knees/IT band.

Mamafox - does that mean that your injury isn't getting worse? As if it was, you'd expect the pain to come on sooner with each run wouldn't you? But good that you can keep going up to 2 hours. Still frustrating though - are there strengthening exercises that would help?

Cal - well done on the sub 2 hours, must be such a relief to get that done. Good luck for Ealing this weekend, I know quite a few people who are running it as they gave all marshals from last year free places.

Hope Louey and Steve are enjoying tapering! I'm really looking forward to hearing how you both do at Berlin and Abingdon (?) as you are both in good form.

I've got a 10k race this weekend so trying to take it easy this week. I'll probably give track another miss tomorrow - have been too scared to return following HR readings. My HR on runs has been much lower over last 10 days or so, last nights 7 miles averaged 138. Will be interesting (for me, perhaps not for anyone else!) to see what it peaks at for the race as it has a long hill. Eek!!

Shades - well done for your race on Sunday and good to see you running well at the moment. It's definitely autumn now, can hardly remember it being in the 30s last week!

Carrying ID when you are on a run

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:12

I never carry ID or a phone but this has made me rethink. I've got a parkrun wristband which has ICE details on so may start wearing that.

Advice on sub ten minute miles please

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 19:01

+1 for more easy running at this stage. You're making great progress already gping from 12 min miles to 10:45 in a few months, so I agree with Lit, that it should come easily just by running consistently and building up the miles very gradually. I'd also add that at this stage, if you try and do lots of fast stuff, you could easily get injured. For most people, when they start running, the cardio system gets fit much quicker than the muscles. So lots of people (myself included!) end up pushing themselves too hard only to end up having to stop for weeks or months due to injury.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:58

Well done Jugula, those gels sound delicious, tempted to try those flavours myself!

Great LSR from Louey too, especially in those conditions. You're in great shape now for that sub 4.

Big G - big hugs to you this weekend.

Cal - is it the first of your halves today? I hope it went well. There's a local artist who has done a lovely map of the Ealing HM route. It would be a lovely momento to get if you PB there!

Louey - shame you're not doing Moor Park, but I know how hard it can be to fit everything in. A guy who sometimes runs with my club in the week was telling me that he's only 'allowed' to do races on special occasions like his birthday! He must have a fierce wife!

I managed 15.5 miles this morning, longest I've run in months and thankfully nothing seems to be aching. It's my bday today and I've joined a new age category! I also have a lovely pair of black Ultra Boosts.

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