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Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 17:24

Rachel - I seem to remember having the same problem in previous Bupa 10ks finding the start time in the magazine! It's the one piece of info' that you really need. I see they've changed the course this year too, not as scenic as before I think but still worth doing. I really enjoyed it last year as other 10ks I do are small localish races so it really helped having others to run with the whole way around.

Well done to Westy and Millsy on the parkruns. I would love to just once do one in a time that started with 18, but I'm finding it hard enough going sub 20 again.

Parkrun tailrunner today so personal worst time (43:55). I think the longest I got to run before walking was about 8 seconds. As long as I beat that time in Monday's 10k I'll be happy.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 17:12

Keith - hope the tooth pain has subsided by now. Can you take paracetemol in between the ibuprofen doses to help? Root canal pain sounds really horrific.

Big G - well done on the parkrun. I reckon you could easily shave some time off that on a flatter course.

43:55 for me this morning as tailrunner! A personal worse. I was running with a couple of ladies who had just started with a beginners group. Hats off to them but their level of fitness was quite an eye opener. I think the longest we ran without a walk break was about 8 seconds.

ITBS Marathon

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:11

I suffered with ITB problems last year when I was training for the London marathon. I got into a cycle where I would rest it for a few days, think all was OK, only for the problem to reoccur 1-2 miles into a run. I made a decision that if I was still suffering at the end of February, I would not do the marathon. It may have been cautious, as I could certainly have 'got around' but I was after a PB and I also didn't want to sacrifice all the races I had booked over the summer just for one marathon. I tried various straps (if you read the reviews on amazon, you'd think they were the holy grail), but these didn't help for me. When I decided not to do the marathon I had a 2 week rest from running and focused on various glute strength exercises. These seemed to do the trick for me. I did try lots of foam rolling too, but this didn't seem to help, although I know it does for others.

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:47

I don't use a HRM Tricialitt but I always did my GA runs a bit slower (-30 secs) than marathon pace. But I'm lazy so was probably doing it wrong!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:27

I'd forgotten how early you run, Shades. Gloves allowed then

Annsophie - good to hear you've booked some races over the summer. And glad that your mum is settled in a new home, must be a big relief for you.

Big G - still racking up the miles, that sub 20 parkrun must be on it's way for you soon.

Keith - I can't stand Eurovision as it means that Casualty isn't on

Had intended to do the club track session tonight but I'm wimping out as hamstring feels tight. I'm not sure now whether this is post-marathon soreness lingering on or whether it's because I went on the park exercise machines again when my son had football yesterday. Either way I'll play safe.

My OH has got hold of a number for the BUPA 10k as someone at my club is injured. Not sure who'll look after my 8 yo now, hopefully my 13 yo will oblige. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:07

Shades - hope the foot improves. Can't believe you're still wearing gloves! I had sun, wind, rain and hail on my run yesterday and later there was lightning. I saw that a house on a road that I'd run near had been struck and the roof caught fire! All OK though.

I'd like to beat my last year's time at BUPA (42:59) but that'a not a PB as I ran a couple that started with 41 in the summer league races last year. But I think to beat those times I need to try and get my 5k down a bit first.

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 12:11

Westy - my son was Prospero when his primary school did the Tempest a few years back. I was very excited, thinking I'd bred a thespian but it turned out there was a handful of Prosperos - they rotated for each scene. Made it all even harder to understand what was going on.

Madbee - I've only ever run HMs as part of marathon training but was feeling similar about doing the GNR in October. But I would have thought that if the training is HM specific, that should help you go sub 90 mins. Have you entered a HM yet? I want to try and get my 5k and 10k times down over the summer and won't be following a HM plan for GNR. But I want to keep up a longish run.

I'm doing the BUPA 10k in London on Monday. Feeling a bit underprepared but can hopefully just try and enjoy it and not stress about pace. 

MsE and Chicksta - enjoy the sports massages. I've only ever had two and expected more pain.  But they were at least useful for loosening the legs.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 11:57

Big G, I'm liking the sounds of your new diet, although I'll pass on the onion rings.

KK - hope the legs are better after the run. What happened to your son's shoe?!

Keith - have a rest now!

Shades, good that you've found some shoes that seem to really work for you. How's your foot doing? 

Mamafox, Jocelyne has obviously been forced to do ultras as she knows she can't beat you in anything shorter. Well done on the PB. A PB's a PB. I remember being frustrated last summer when I only shaved a few seconds off my 5 mile time but months later I was able to knock a minute off. Don't think I was any fitter, sometimes you just feel stronger on the day.

A nice 6 miles in the rain earlier. Legs feel a bit better now, I think the 11 mile run at the weekend helped. I've got the BUPA 10k on Monday so will take it easy this weekend - I've volunteered to be tailrunner at parkrun.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 09:02

That's a long drive Shades, hope the legs are OK today. Well done on the race and to Keith too. Definitely wait until tomorrow to try out the new shoes.

Shades - most of the route is marked but I still manage to miss the markers somehow!

Big G - glad you had a good weekend in Aberdeen. Sounds like you are racking up the miles now. 

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:51

Just delurking to congratulate all those who raced this weekend. Two days running very impressive LSR and a good time too. Definitely take a day off hill running. And well done to Scott and Madbee too. Scott - still a respectable time. Hopefully the massage will have helped the legs. Madbee - still pretty speedy given the terrain. Hope the legs feel OK.

My legs still feel a bit heavy post VLM and I'm not sure that racing three consecutive 5ks (two parkruns and one club race) was wise. But managed 11 miles today to go and watch my son in a football tournament. 


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