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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:55

S32, that's so mean of someone to take your water bottles! And how soul destroying for you when you were expecting to be able to quench your thirst. Having only ever trained in the winter for a marathon, I've never needed water on my runs. But im this months temperatures I can see that it's a must on 20-milers.

Big G, you are probably right re the splits. And give how sometimes they struggle to fill the time, they could have included them.

Desperate for a run - it's so much harder to fit in during school hols.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 17:05
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Mowser - I've noticed this. A friend that started running in january is already aiming for a 50 miler in the autumn  I cant even contemplate that yet! 


Mowzer/Emmy, I agree that people want to jump into the longer distances too soon. I think it's because 'running a marathon' is seen as an achievement in itself, regardless of the time. I love marathons and can't wait to train again for one soon (I think) but in a way I see it as a blessing in disguise that I haven't run one this year. I've really enjoyed racing more 5k and 10ks and feel I have learnt more about racing as a result. I don't like the idea that as you improve as a runner you have to go longer. But I think lots of non runners judge you by how far you run.

Steve Way is everywhere today! Definitely time for him to write a book. Agree with comments about commentary, they even missed Susan Partridge coming in live. But Shades is right that the commentators get little info' on splits. I remember it was the same with the Olympic road race for cycling. Poor old Chris Boardman had to try and work out the splits for himself!

No run yet today - too many kids in the house after work today - three 7 year olds and three teenagers.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:10

Well done on the HADD test, Shades. I don't know much about HR stuff by as I understand it that means that you're now able to go faster without putting any extra effort in, right? That's a great confidence booster for the months ahead and good to see proof that the training is paying off.

Just got back from 10 mile run to watch the last half of the CG marathon. Can't believe how good the Ugandans are. Not seen Steve Way shown yet, hope they show him.

Achilles not too bad. Am icing now. Had this before and was able to run through it but will rest it if it feels like it's getting worse.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:38

Ah, lovely card Big G, what a great momento for her. And well done to you for the solo visit to antenatal as well as the long ride.

Hope you've enjoyed watching the games, Shades. Loved watching the triathlon relay this morning (on TV, Glasgow too far away). Great to see the Brownlees in the same team. Hope the HADD test goes OK tomorrow.

Was in 2 minds whether to do a parkrun as achilles not hundred percent but it felt a bit better this morning, having not run for 2 days. Did the new local one again and got a parkrun PB by 9 secs (20:35). 10th overall, 2nd lady (but at least the 1st one was young enough to be my daughter.) Spotted in the results that 2 places behind me was the parkrun founder. He's not local so I'm guessing he likes to try out any new parkruns.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 23:54

Glad the Garmin seems OK, Lily. Have a great holiday.

No running for me today. After spending yesterday at the dentist with boy 3 (2 more teeth removed to give space for new ones), spent tonight in minor injuries as boy 1 had hurt his wrist playing goalie. He did it at 1.30 but didn't come home till 5. Turns out it's fractured so cast and sling now on. Not sure how he'll cope with the heat in Spain if he can't go in the water. OH has been at Lords all evening (again), so completely oblivious to everything.

Work is very busy as it always is pre holiday and always feels worse when I haven't run. But a rest day is probably a good idea as my right achilles is feeling a bit tender. Lee - I reckon Shades is right re resting your achilles until Saturday. How is it feeling now?

Molly - IM Austria sounds fab. What an achievement that will be. I'm interested to know how good your swimming was when you started triathlons. Would love to do one but I only do breast stroke nowadays and am not speedy.I love the idea of triathlons for kids as it doesn't limit them to one sport. Hopefully he will be inspired having watched the action today on TV. Hope the tempo went well.

Shades, I agree re the heat, it makes running such an effort. I can see why Iain went for a ride instead. It was 26 degrees at 8pm tonight coming back from the hospital!

Are you really a runner...

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:31

Triathlon followed by cycling. I'd love to do triathlons but am only a plodder where swimming is concerned.

David Rudisha

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 12:49

BBB - what an amazing race. Apparently the guy who came 2nd had to be taken from the track on a stretcher!

Found Rudisha refreshingly humble despite all that he has achieved. Funny too how much we all fuss and debate over which runnig shoes to buy and there was Rudisha choosing a pair of shoes with spikes from a bag of second hand shoes!

David Rudisha

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 23:29

Amazing fact about the London 2012 800m race that the guy who came last would have won gold with his time at the 3 previous Olympic Games!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 23:23

Well done Iain on the mile time, I bet now you've gone sub 6 mins you'll be shaving even more time off next time.

I managed a 7-mile easy run earlier. Was still quite warm at 8 o'clock. 

Did anyone just see that programme on David Rudisha that was on BBC4 earlier? Amazing guy, really humble. Fact I didn't realise about the 800m final in London 2012 (where Rusisha beat the 800m WR) - the guy who came 8th (last) in the final would have won gold with that time in the 3 previous Olympics! And the guy who came 2nd was so exhausted he had to be taken off the track on a stretcher. It's seen as the best race of all time due to the speeds achieved and the fact that all runners achieved PBs. Worth catching on the I-player if you get a chance.

MF - I think the blackberries over here are early too. When I was a child I sometimes had blackberry picking parties for my birthday in Sept (not a lot to do in my village!) But I saw ripe ones in our local park a couple of weeks ago - they seem to come earlier every year.

Molly - an ironman?! Eek! My 7 to managed 7 lengths of the pool last week and is now keen to do the local triathlon next year. Apparently in his age group you just need to do 6 lengths of a smaller pool so he should be OK. He's OK with the running part so just needs to practise cycling fast! My sister put a dampener on his enthusiasm saying she couldn't see the point of triathletes, what's the point in being rubbish at 3 sports?! Thanks for the encouragement auntie!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:22

Well done on the PB Shades. Sounds like tough conditions - did you find you missed the fuel that you couldn't take because if your stomach problems. Congratulations too to Lily and your daughter, you must be very proud of her - how old is she? Is that 10k part of the Jame Tomlinson series?

Busy weekend racing for me. Did a new local parkrun on Saturday with son 2. It was supposed to be a slightly faster course than my usual one but I didnt manage a PB. Time was 20:45 and was 2nd lady, 7th overall. At my usual parkrun this time probably wouldn't get in the top 30! They had a problem with the barcode reader and both my son and I were initially listed as unknown in the results as well as lots of others. But they sorted it in the end after going through all the photos. A guy we chatted to at the start had only been running for a couple of months and it was his first parkrun. He ended up winning overall so was very pleased. 

Today I ran a 10k in Regents Park which was part of the summer league that lots of the London clubs take part in. Really lovely place to run, all the route was within the park on nice flat pathways. Passed parts of London zoo a few times. Time was 42:09 which isn't a PB but good to run consistently under 43 mins. Also took part in the relays afterwards. We came 2nd in the ladies relay which was really fun. Running can be a very solitary sport which I like but it's great to have the team aspect sometimes.

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