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NV - Glad you are feeling better - gels arrived this morning, thank you, I am going to try them out on the 20.
Claire - I'm running that pace all the time lately! its the getting out that counts.
Still feeling dodgy, going to take today totally off and do my long run on Wed, its not ideal but it fits in with everything else thats going on so I will have to do it. Not sure what to do food wise as I don't feel like eating but I know wed will be a disaster if I don't.
Next week is looking like it could be difficult as probably taking the kids to legoland for a couple of days, would rather run 20m, I hate rides/crowds.
Yes its quiet but having a difficult patch with my motivation at the moment and writing it down on here is one of the things that is keeping me going, funny how it goes up and down. One minute you can't wait to get out for a run and the next you are having to force yourself to go. Must say its not like me but i think its the fact that I feel I have to go, rather than because I want to. I think I will feel better when I have ticked off a couple more 20's and I am nearer to the taper!
Claire - Hope your knee holds up.
NV - going to take the torq gels and 500ml of sports drink, plus my camelbak and see how I get on.
NV - Glad I am not the only one having a motivational wibble.
Claire - Did you damage your ankle when you fell out of the car? Good on you for getting out when bits of you hurt.
I have agreed (this afternoon)to do the loch ness run for a small group that support women with gyne cancers(my mum goes to it) , I have never really been interested in collecting sponsorship but I am going to do it anyway so if anybody gives me anything it will be a bonus and I thought that it might help with my motivation.
Sorry to hear about all the motivation problems and aches and pains. Sickness bug has reappeared in my house this morning so I am hoping I am not struck down again - took me a week to recover when I had it a few weeks back. Just back from holiday and went out yesterday and the hilly terrain was a shock to the system after Kent last week!
Em - Plan going well, done first run of week 3 (first three weeks are all three runs of 5K), from next week I start to gradually increase my weekend run to 10K over 7 weeks. My overall plan of losing 4.5 stone in weight is going well too, hit the 2 stone mark this morning. Nearly halfway there...
20m done which has helped the motivational wibble a bit as it didn't feel anywhere near as hard as the 16 last week. Only problem was that I misjudged the distance slightly and ran further up the canal than I thought I was going to to join onto another off road/track that makes a loop this meant that at the 20m mark I was still about 1.5m away from home. I walked that bit, but as soon as I stopped running my leg muscles started hurting. The walk has done them good though as the tightness has subsided.
NV - I took the torq gels, they were far superior in taste and texture to the SIS ones and as they are smaller the volume wasn't so off putting either. I am going to get some of those, thanks for the suggestion and opportunity to trial them.
Andrew - 3 sessions in one day, wouldn't we all need a lie down after that! Are you doing the great scottish run too?
Grant- Races are great ways to measure progress, I hope that you get the go ahead.
I have had some more motivational good news for my marathon. My mum has started a different and much less invasive/toxic treatment and now she says that she and dad want to come up to Inverness to see me finish the marathon, so it will be fab, hopefully fingers crossed my parents and my husband and children will be there. There can be no greater incentive to get to the end.
Oops very me, me, me, I am always a bit egocentric after a long run, must be the endorphins!
NV - online sponsorship - I doubt I will be that organised! Reducing volume a bit from time to time can re-energise you.
Grant - Forgot to say well done on the weightloss too!
NV - Do you ever listen to marathon talk, they had an sports science expert on about caffiene, he said for it to be most effective in a race situation you should detox from caffiene for up to a week beforehand. He also suggested taking a 600mg (I think that was the amount) tablet just before a race. - although the marathon talk man seemed to think that was cheating! I dont' drink tea or coffee ever and I have cut down my chocolate consumption significantly, I take them on one run a week so they have a pronounced effect on me, in fact last week they gave me the shakes after the run. I would agree with the guy at the marshman, they can give you a welcome boost, except if I was attempting that type of feat I would need it well before the run! Good luck for the TT, crossing my fingers you get a PB.
Em - Great news on your family making your marathon!
Andrew - Great Scottish Run booked! I'll maybe see you there, I'll be near the back!
NV - Good luck for the TT, hope you get the PB.
Early start for 2.9 miles in the morning (approximately ) and then will cycle a few miles to a dentist appointment a bit later in the day.
Post run drink? Sounds like a plan!
Was going to say I used to live in Glasgow and never heard of the West but realised it's been over 5 years since I was there.
A rest day for me today.
NV - Well done on the PB
Mat - Welcome - There are all abilities and levels on here, I am sure your wife will get you started, my only advice would be make sure you have suitable shoes and give your legs/muscles/ligaments etc adjust to the exercise.
Andrew - What is a sufferfest video?
Claire - hope your foot is ok??