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MBNA Chester Marathon 2014

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 11:56

Thanks Saintbarca, think it's the fact that the legs dont live with my cardio that's frustrated me, I've shifted 20lbs between the two marathons and felt I could run also day energy & cardio wise but still weighing in at 14 stone I just have that bagging feeling 4 hours of running is to wearing on muscles, joints &  iliotibial bands.  Expected to be gutted to miss out on 4 hours but very accepting of the fact I had no more to give.  I may well have vowed never to do a marathon again the first time, so perhaps I should never say never!

MBNA Chester Marathon 2014

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 10:28

Great event though, brilliant organisation & support and final huge thanks to the volunteers ... Some of which had to help me back on my feet & through to St .johns ambulance!!!  

MBNA Chester Marathon 2014

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 10:26

Being Chester born & living a stones throws over the border I thought it was rude not to do Chester marathon.  Yesterday was the day & was hoping to knock some serious time of my only other marathon appearance (London 2012 4 hrs 35) & get under 4 hours.  Felt brilliant starting & having positioned myself in between the 4 & 3:45 pacers I found myself with the 3:45 group after about 7 miles until about  14.  I was slightly worried I'd overdone it & as a previous sufferer of ITBS I really was sure what do when the dreaded tight quads started to niggle.  I decided the only choice was to gut it out but mile splits were starting to slip until about 24 miles where both quads were shot & had to walk.  As soon as I legs cramped up & realised why you're not supposed to stop running in a marathon.  I did start jogging again hoping that that 4 hour pacer wouldn't pass me but the moment he did I knew that was it, I did manage to jog in for the last 500m in 4:04 and a few seconds but promptly cramped up & fell on my arse!  


Very disappointed that legs would not carry on when I felt I had bags of energy but my own fault I think, I'd not done enough miles at a quicker pace & had relied on cross training (long bike rides) in with my long runs & not to mention those 30 seconds a mile too fast in the first 14.  We live & learn, not sure I'm built for marathons & two is more than most people ever do, so may try and improve on my half marathon time and bow out on 26.2.

Essar Four Villages Half Marathon

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 11:12
Also have a spare, cplloyd@me.com I'm in Flintshire so would need to arrange to meet somewhere today!

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 19:24

Wow, memories of last year have prompted me to return to say hello, good luck to anyone running & I'll be watching with a slight envy as I would love to be running it again.

Currently trying to decide between Jersey & Chester for October for my second marathon (I knocked 25 minutes of my 1/2 PB in Feb & would be hoping for sub 4 hr marathon!).

Anyway, back to the point I hope everything goes well tomorrow & running is in the news for amazing fund raising efforts & fantastic stories of personal achievements ... and most of all runners and supporters have a great day!

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:54

Hi people!  Sorry to hear about your knee Pip, mine plagued me from May to August but I used the time to stregthen myself in the gym and concentrate on shifting excess timber (though if I remember correctly you are tiny already?).

Cross trainer seemed to be good as low impact on knee, loads of stretching, squats to stregthen glutes etc etc seemed to do the trick for me.  Sadly I'm addicted to the gym now and infrequently get out on the road (well the combination of sauna/jacuzzi afterwards, a gym with sky sports on and a fair share of lycra clad women is pretty appealing!).

I did 10k on thetreadmill today in new pb of 46 minutes, not sure how that would equate to the road but guess road would be a little slower.  Out of interest I put that in Mcmillan and it would have me doing a marathon in an hour quicker than I managed London ... the wonder of shedding 2 stone eh!!!


Weight loss and my first half marathon.

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 08:15
Hi mate, the running for waste loss thing is hard to get your head round sometimes. Quite simply weight loss comes from consuming less calories than your burn but for some of us we end up overcompensating for what we burn running by increasing what we eat.

I started running at 17.5 stone but got injured straight away, so lost my first stone in the kitchen ... mainly cutting out excess carbs and sugary snacks.

I trained for VLM this year and barely lost anything as I used to think eating pasta etc was healthy for runners but in reality its great to load before a big race or if you are already at an ideal weight but Carb loading for the guy trying to burn fat means you'll burn the pasta off not the fat.

I started London marathon at 15 1/2 stone and I'm now closer to 13 1/2 through lifting weights, cardio but most importantly getting nutrition correct. At your weight if you are aiming for weight loss and running I'd imagine you'll lose a pound or so a week if you consume 2000 calories a day. At present you must be eating more than that (you may total it up but if you are not losing weight you are totalling it wrong). Just an example, that smoothie that you think is great for weight loss ... assume 200 ml of semi skimmed milk, 1 banana, 100 grams of berries and you could be looking at 350 kcals (a 5k run!). The smoothie is great nutritionally but not if it is on top of what you were eating before.

Bottom line, if you want to lose weight you are going to need to know every calorie that goes into your body for maybe a month (myfitnesspal app will help). After a month you'll have lost weight and have a good knowledge of what food has what kcals... if you've not lost weight it'll be as you are underestimating portion sizes.

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 16:58
Congrats Pip on getting in again ... it was odds on one of us would but individually the odds of getting in via the ballot 2 in 2 must be massive, do the lotto this week!

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 19:53
Difficult decision avoided ... got the sorry magazine!

VLM 2012 first timers???

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 08:01
Haha, so Pip, what was it I said to upset you Anyway, I'll forgive this once as you have unblocked me now!

I've done a few 10k runs on the road this week, felt pretty good and averaging under 8 1/2 min miles ... but calfs not used to the road and ache like mad!
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