Sunshine Sally


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Training for first half marathon

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 08:03

Thanks guys .. I think I just needed reassurance that I was up to this and it's normal for it to hurt!  I'm going to do a shorter 'long' run next week and then up it again the week after.  I did a club run the night before my long run this week .. only five miles but I flew home and felt really strong so know the training is paying off.  But with hindsight, maybe that didn't help then running the morning after.

Training for first half marathon

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 19:22

I've entered the Cheshire half on November 5th and have been training since the end of August upping my distance by one mile each week so I'm now up to 11 miles.  I do three shorter runs as well as the long one each week (two of these are off road hilly runs).  The problem I'm having is that the last mile on my longer runs, now I'm past that ten mile mark is pretty excrutiating and I'm worrying I won't be able to pull the last couple of miles out of the bag on the day.  Is the pain normal?!

The other thing I'm worrying about is that today in my long 11 miler I stopped and walked about four times, the last couple of times because I literally could not carry on.  I stop my watch when I walk so my time is quite respectable at an 11 minute mile average pace but the real time is probably ten minutes more overall.  Is there any shame in walking during a half marathon as I think I'll feel I've failed if I do end up walking even for a little part of it.  

I'm only taking water on my runs and find I'm getting very hungry towards the end.  Should I be taking something a bit more energy providing.  Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance for any advice 

Using a headtorch/ dazzling drivers

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 06:41
Thanks guys. I actually use it with the power at the lowest. I know it's a pretty bright beam - a birthday present from my husband who did his research

I'm with you on the helmet thing. Saw two young lads on the road last week obviously off to do some mountain biking off road. Helmets on their handlebars. And cyclists who rely on their back reflector in the dark .. Crazy.

Using a headtorch/ dazzling drivers

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 11:44
I wear flashing armbands and a high-vis vest. I think both times I was flashed the roads were lit and I was running with other people, on the pavement, who were probably wearing high-vis clothes as well. Will check the beam direction tonight.

Using a headtorch/ dazzling drivers

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 08:36
Thanks for all the replies. I might ask my husband to wear it while I'm sat in the car to see how bright it is (I don't have it on full anyway). It does sort of bug me if people are being funny about it - a guy was killed near to where I live crossing the road at night recently and by all accounts the driver didn't even see him to hit the brake.

Using a headtorch/ dazzling drivers

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 09:32

I've had a couple of cars flash me when I've had my torch on (an LED Lendser), even though I'm running on the pavement.  I'm finding it hard to believe I'm dazzling anybody - I've had cyclists with full beams come towards me when I've been driving and it hasn't bothered me as a driver (I would sooner somebody sharing the road be visible to me).  I just wanted to check the etiquette here just in case I am being a jerk runner!

Hell Up North

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 21:51
I'm thinking of doing the Cartmel Lakeland trail - looks a bit more civilised! Good luck if you do it again next year

Hell Up North

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 21:34
I accidentally strayed off the main path people were following a couple of times and the water went almost up to my neck. I'm not ashamed to admit that scared me.

Hell Up North

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 20:39
Five minutes probably not too extreme. Thirty minutes dangerous. It's subjective. You will never know how uncomfortable I was stood in that lake, just like I will never understand what a fierce kick to the balls feels like.

To tell people what they should have done is pretty irrelevant the day after the event. Yes, we probably should have waded through but we didn't. Live and learn. But I stress again - to have no back up nearby for a possible emergency was irresponsible.

Hell Up North

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 19:47

Most of the run was great but the lake really spoiled it for me.  The water temperature wasn't the issue it was the length of time we were stood in it  Thirty minutes waist deep in freezing cold water not moving is not 'hardcore' it's dangerous and worryingly, not a marshal or safety aid in sight while we were in the middle of that lake.

Done it, ticked the box but won't be doing it again.  I'll stick to the fell runs in future.

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