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  • snewma00snewma00 ✭✭✭
    Did a 10 miler on Saturday, was warm but felt good, very slow pace but practised with gel. Bring on Sunday, even with bad back and warm weather planned! Leave everything on the streets of London and see what happens
  • Well done on your HM PB Andrea.  If you had lots left in the tank then you can likely improve it further.  

    Stephen - regarding diagonals - nope never done those but are they not similar to strides?  I initially thought the youtube link would be to the dog looking out of the window.  Maybe you could take it on a run with you?

    Swittle aren't those Marathons called Snickers these days?  But I do remember buying them under that name.

    Take it easy Cal.

    Sound's like you had nice hols Will.  Is your next event the 18 miler?

    Nice running from JT.

    Good to hear you are managing the taper well Nessie and snewma.  In a week we will be suffering from DOMS.

    Welcome to Slothbubble.  Well done.  You are unlikely to get negative comments on here - this thread is for any running - regardless of distance and speed.  

    Final double figure run for me yesterday with a bit short of 12 miles.  Was feeling fresh and enthusiastic and ran it a bit faster than I should probably have done.  I deliberately went out early afternoon to continue my heat acclimatisation.  Looking at around 20 degrees by the time I am hoping to be finished on Sunday.  
    It was a lovely day for a run yesterday - everything is finally growing and bursting into flower now - nice after the long months of grey and brown. 
  • Well done on getting all your mara prep done, Hazelnut. Hope it's not too warm for you.

    Excellent half PB, Andrea. Sounds like you aced it!

    Consistent as ever, JT. Pace and distance that impresses.

    Fingers crossed for you, Nessie. Loads of work done so no luck required.

    Hoping you have a good 'un, Snewma! 

    And hello, Slothbubble! Excellent work. Hope you enjoy your running adventures :)

    Well, having only done short runs for the last couple of weeks I need to hit 30+ miles a week before my 18 miler on May 13th. A warmish afternoon in Norwich and I got out for a very easy 8 miles. Concentrated on form and consistency and enjoyed getting back onto some distance. Birdsong everywhere, a couple of glorious magnolias and a soaring buzzard brightened the route.
    I run, therefore I am.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    edited April 2018
    Hello s-bubble and everyone.
    4.75mile treadmill incline run after a gym session yesterday. Today mainly offroad for 11.5miles in just under 1hr28 (tracking a bit screwy for first mile). Got partnered by a big enthusiastic dog called Keith for a while. Caught him right in the chops with my elbow (by accident, I like dogs) but it didn't discourage him. Stopped my watch to pick a route through a flooded field with tons of rotted silage piled across the track. The sun is shining intermittently but kinda cold. My body feels tired and my tee shirt smells weird.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Welcome, Slothbubble.
    No run yesterday (it was sunny so I wanted to, but my niggles were niggling so common sense prevailed) but I did 4 miles today, plus some strides. I was a bit miffed as the forecast said sunny with clouds, but I actually got a fully grey sky with a bit of watery sunlight trying to peek through. Oh well. Legs aren't hurting now but I can still feel fatigue in them, hence the strides to try and shake 'em out a bit.
  • No sun whatsoever here either.

    More speed work this morning. One mile warm up followed by 3 x 1km reps with two minute rest in between. Managed to improve on last weeks intervals. 7:04, 7:19 7:24
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Eh, well it's sunny now. Of course it is.
  • Nessie73Nessie73 ✭✭✭
    Nice term JT "partnering"
    Hazel, snew- nearly there.
    Welcome sloth!
    Andrea- impressive speed work!
    Cal, wise to ease back in
    Stephen, Will, swittle- hello!
    Me- well my taper nerves have all but gone as I have no headspace for them. Yesterday's return to work has been super busy and emotionally gruelling with many difficult student issues coming to the fore this week for some reason. In addition we've had the rapid response team called out to mum, and my 9 year old has decided to sleep like a 2 year old in the last few days.. Harumph
    Due to said crap sleep last night I slept through my 6 am alarm but still managed to squeeze in a very easy paced 3 miles before work this morning.  I took myself through two local parks and it was breezy and warm- always the best way to start the day.  Only 1.5 runs now until Sunday
  • Tough times, Nessie. Hope it smooths out.

    A veritable plod of 6.5 miles tonight. Too much cauliflower for tea repeated on me and I couldn't break a very ploddy snail pace. Still, miles bagged and enjoying the endorphin glow now.
    I run, therefore I am.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    edited April 2018
    Hope you have an easier few days before Sunday Ness. People and stuff and cauliflowers are a nuisance.
    Busy couple of days coming and not much chance to run. Tired all day but went out this evening 8.15miles in an hour so pace okay. Blustery and grey but not cold. Lot of other runners about. A lost pink hi vis bib alone and forlorn on a riverside path. A girl stopped on a broken down moped leaking petrol. Passive-aggressive pigeons.
  • Nice speed work Andrea.

    Sorry to hear about the non-running stress Nessie.  

    Nicely put JT.

    Gentle 6 miles for me yesterday evening with my group - 8 of us this week which is a very good number at the moment.  One new guy who seems to fit in very well.  Another lovely evening - cycled to the meeting point and back for the first time in months for a bit of extra warm and cool down. (3 miles each way).
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Ugh Nessie, the last thing you need is that kind of stress now. (Though I guess it detracts from the maranoia at least...)

    An exceedingly warm 6.2 miles (I'm old so I'm Imperial) today. Not wearing shorts was a mistake, but as least I had a T-shirt on, unlike the bloke I saw plodding along in sweats and a hoodie. Had to dodge several dogs and a large group of silver-haired ladies walking with poles. Nice run though, with no noticeable aches or pains. I don't envy the London marathoners, but it should be a little less warm than today.
  • Just a T-Shirt Cal?  No trouser type thingies?  My sometimes overactive imagination went a bit busy when I read that.

    The so-called dress rehearsal over lunch today - deliberately went out in the strong sun and warmth to get used to it a bit more.  6.84 miles (well it was 11km.. ;) ) with 2 miles at mara pace.  Was hungry setting out already so I went into lets get it over and done with mode. 

    Wore my intended race gear as I worked out I hadn't yet worn the combination of shorts and waistbelt (for carrying gels as there are only two aid stations handing them out on the course).  They worked well, no slipping around or riding up. 

    Warm and windy - came back with a red face clashing with my team vest.    I'm also not sure if red socks go well with bright blue shoes.  Do you have to be well styled to run a race?    I'm sure the red socks are faster than the black ones. 

    Brief break during the warm up phase to pat two alsations who were a bit worried about me sneaking up suddenly (head wind prevented them and the owner taking note of my presence) but a few quiet words and a walk and they were fine.  Owner was very apologetic but it was as much my fault for not making loud harummphing noises or similar.

    2 short recovery runs to go now.  Might drop the Saturday one as I have to travel. 
  • Nessie73Nessie73 ✭✭✭
    Sounds OK Hazel!? I also did a test 5 mile in the heat today, it was around 20 degrees, which it is forecast to be on Sunday. I tried wearing this visor thing that I found in a drawer that I bought from Decathlon a while ago. It felt OK actually and might help. If I hate it on the day I'll lose it.  I felt I got accustomed  to the heat after a while, but I am now worried my lower back is niggling again... hopefully it's just maranoia..
    I'll probably do 2 miles on Saturday to ease my nerves, then that's it
  • Another 6 miles for me tonight, in under an hour. Lovely sunset over the local marshes and then some glowing, moonlit Lobelia on the way back. 
    I run, therefore I am.
  • snewma00snewma00 ✭✭✭
    Nice 4 miles last night, extension of my local (Tonbridge) park run route. Beautiful evening.

    That is MLR before Sunday now - good luck to anyone doing VLM on Sunday, enjoy it and take it all in. It is a phenomenal day/achievement
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    LOL Hazelnut... I had running tights on. But I'm sure you realised that.
    Shorts today, though! I did 7 miles at 9.15am and it felt pretty hot. I made the mistake of not taking water with my (I hate wearing the bottle belt so I usually only use it for long runs) and got pretty thirsty. I'd have happily run further were that not the case.

    I hope all you hardy souls running this weekend have a cooler run. Or at least, go in prepared. I reckon it'll be carnage in London on Sunday. The African runners will dominate as those buggers are used to it.
  • Today at 1pm a 5.06 mile mostly tempo run  was done. Averaging 7.28 min/mi pace around the big park and the little park. Not a fig was given about the sun as running in the sun is fun fun fun...


  • Well silly old me tried to do 6 x 800 metre speed reps today! 

    I did a slow mile warm up, then managed 4 reps before giving up! 
  • First of all in case you aren't on here much before Sunday:  Good luck to Nessie and snewma!  Nessie I will also take a visor rather than a hat - hat retains the heat too much.   Don't forget the suncream if it is sunny!

    Nice run Will, it really is a lovely time of year.

    Agree on the bottle belt Cal - I either wear a camelbak for longer runs or have a bottle I can shove in my Flipbelt - only takes 300ml though.  Other than that I plan my route around known water sources.

    Not so sure about the fun in the sun - Stephen.  A bit of shade every now and then is nice as well!

    Hmm that is a tough session Andrea and 4 is a good achievement already.  I've only been doing regular reps in the last few weeks and am certainly no expert.  Are you giving yourself enough recovery time and doing the recoveries nice and slow?   Walk a bit if you must initially but then jog very slowly.        

    A 5 miler at recovery pace with a few strides for me this morning.  Had to drop the car off at the garage so a pleasant bit of multi-tasking.  Cool and peaceful across the fields and through the woods (with the exception of a gang of chainsaw operators in the woods).  Nice to have the running done early.
  • Am heading off in search of Spring migrants on the North Norfolk coast for the weekend, so I will just wish Hazelnut, Nessie + Snewma all the best for your marathons on Sunday. Hope it's not too hot and you have a great day!
    I run, therefore I am.
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    V wise to test run all race kit, Hazel.  And almost there, Nessie - the Saturday pre-Mara short run used to leave be feeling like I'd run much further.

    A mile into my standard 4 over the coastal park & up the beach, I hit 18000 miles logged on fetcheveryone.com.  I joined in July 2008.  More mundanely, it was Day 842 of this, my 3rd Streak.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    9.9miles tonight in 1hr13. Ran just after eating tea which gave me the weird energy slump a couple of miles in. Lots of people about. Got overtaken by a runner, which I am absolutely fine about...
    Good luck Hazel, Ness and snewma for the weekend.
  • Good luck to all the marathon runners! I'm so excited to watch it in tv.

    well the mid-week speed work and dry ground helped me achieve my fastest parkrun time for this year- 23:40, only 44 secs off my pb..
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Well done, Andrea. Did my fastest at Tooting this year too (actually my fastest since I hit the 50 age group) - 27:06. I decided to do my local as (despite being flat) it's a slow course due to the high volume of runners, and I didn't want to hammer myself too hard two weeks post-marathon. I did fine though - nice even splits.

    Good luck tomorrow folks! I'll be watching on telly.
  • Nessie73Nessie73 ✭✭✭
    Thanks for the wishes all!
    I'm nervous, excited, ready (I think!!)
    My number's 54391 if anyone wants to track me.
    Hazel- have a super run! And snew too!
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Following your training here Ness you're absolutely ready. You and Hazel enjoy yourselves. And snewma keep your natural quick pace on a tight leash for the first 2/3rds and you'll have enough to complete in a great time without being cooked by the 20s. Good Park Runs Andrea and Cal.
    Beautiful day out. 10.4miles in under 1hr16. Pace drifted a little at the end. People everywhere.
  • Morning run done. 10 miles. Up to Alexandra Palace and back.

    Saw one of todays Marathon runners all kitted out with race bag and shiny new race number. He was getting fussed over by family and friends before going off.  Gave him a thumbs up. Got a thank you back.

    The weather forecast predicts a little rain from 14:00pm to 17:00. Temperature at 21 degrees during that period. So the majority of the runners will get cooled but will also be a bit clammy. Swings and bloody roundabouts.

    Best of luck. 
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    10 miles for me too. Today's run was a stark contrast to yesterday's - yesterday was pretty much niggle free, but today they all came out to play. Achey lower back, achey hamstring, hurty left foot...oh and I rolled my right ankle at one point. The cherry blossom was nice, though.

  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Just tracking Nessie - she's through 15K now. It's very warm.
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