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Welcome Andy Lid, please stick around we love new blood (smiley imogie)
Great news MsE. And you can't beat some junk tv (wink imogie)
Oops, just did a double day (red faced imogie)
No I can't work out the imogie bugs either (smile imogie)
Leslie – A tough
run by the sound of it and as you say, maybe the mind was ready but the body
wasn’t willing. We’ve all head them. Recover well and I wouldn’t be too
concerned if I was you as your training has shown that you have made some great
gains in recent months.
AndyLid – Welcome
and please do stick around and let us know how you are getting on. What was the
outcome of London for you?
MsE – Healing vibes
being sent your way. What is the recovery time from the surgery in terms of
being mobile again? Apologies if I missed that.
Jools - It sounds like you might be back to running sooner
than you might have thought what with the AT issues. I do hope so. SL sounds like a nice adventure.
Freemers – I’m in
the rest of the camp as far as the emjoi issue is concerned but it you insert a
colon where you want to, then a set of emjois should appear: Smile, smiley,
wink, blush and neutral, but no sunnies!
G-Dawg – How are
you getting on after a bit of recovery from Boston? Have you got anything in
Keir – How often
do you run these days? You must be in good shape if you are knocking out a 1:33
half in training!? I really like double
runs as you may have noticed. It’s the perfect opportunity for me to get out on
lunch for a 5-8k run and then longer in the evenings when I can. I’ve never
been a big mileage runner and it’s easier on my legs. I may opt for a P&D
style type plan though for my next marathon which would involve weekly MLR’s,
that’s something I’ve never done but need to get stronger first before I
Birch – How has
this week gone for you?
3 double runs this week for me with a short run as well and
the legs feel fine. I’m really making a concerted effort to be kinder to my
legs by running at a much slower pace. So far so good and I’ll need to get the
hang of it when I eventually start upping the mileage. I’ve never run more than
60 miles in a week and in typical marathon training I average in the 40’s but I’m
hoping to experiment with higher mileage this time around and see if I can cope
with that. I hope so as I’d just love to be able to run as much as I possibly
can but with a sensible approach in terms of pacing and races in the build-up.
How are all the marathon legs?
G-Dawg - Abingdon allow transfers and maintain a waiting list, so go on and fill the form in, there'll always be someone to take your place if you decide not to do it. I expect it'll be full very soon so you might miss it if you dither too much.
MsE - that's great news, and nice pic.
Andy - welcome. I lurked on here for ages as well, and only summoned up the courage to post once I'd actually ducked under 3.15....and now I am slower but no one cares. We're all runners after all.
Dazza - the gingerbread man incident I saw was a guy....but I agree I have no idea what I would do. Although there are plenty of portaloos I doubt there is any paper in there to use so probably the alternative is to get to the finish as quickly as possible!
OK, I've tried the colon thing and the emojis come up, but then when I choose one it doesn't paste it in. Hopeless!
A nice 5 miles yesterday before the rain came. Will get to the gym later for some core work. Hopefully can also make the most of the long weekend with some decent runs. Aiming for around 12 on Sunday with any luck - not really done a long run since the HM I did 3 weeks ago, but will take it steady.
DazzL I'm not sure I'm any tougher than most of the folks on here but thanks
Another skip/run 4 miler this morning. Takes me over 900 miles so far this year.
Off to Lakes this PM. The Keswick half on Sunday is billed one of the toughest Half M's in the country with non-stop hills. I struggled last year the same week after the mara. This time I'll be going off steady and just trying to enjoy it. I'll also be pacing middle daughter at Keswick parkrun tomorrow for a sub 22 attempt.
Hope you all have a great weekend- esp. MsE. Not too much pain today let's hope.
MsE - Glad the
painkillers are working. How long is the expected recovery before you are
mobile again? Glad to hear your boy is ok. OO - Nice running and very good that your legs felt ok.
Iirc that is a very tough course?G-Dawg - Abo it is then! Nice one. It seems to be a popular
Autumn one to do.Leslie - Good running again at silly o'clock.Birch - Sorry to hear you had a tough outing. We never stop
learning in this game. Some times we can get away with stuff and other times we
can't. Thanks for the wishes re my boy. He enjoyed himself.DazzaL - I hope you get the all clear for Abo. Are you going
Mixed fortunes for me today here in Jersey! I was coming of a
few really decent weeks of running well for me anyway and feeling very good.
Today was a memorial 10 mile off road/road race. I know the course well and had
ran on most of it in recent months and it's the kind of race that needs to be
broken down into different segments. I usually have a very specific race plan
and normally stick to it to the letter and today was no different actually even
more so given the difficulty factors. So I've penned a race report as I know we
all like a race report or two.......
So here we go. I had two rest days leading up this race
hoping that I would be really fresh and good to go. I felt a slight twinge in
my left glute and hammy on Thursday night but it didn't feel too bad to be
concerned about it. Last night I looked at the forecast and it was not good.
30mph wind and rain forecast between 8:30 and 10. Hmmm, have I ever mentioned
that I absolutely loathe the wind?! Anyway I had arranged for a friend to pick
my son and I up and we drove 30 mins to the start. The heavens opened up 15
mins before the race started and as I looked out to the bay I could see wind
surfers. Not a good omen. Haha, anyway we set off along the coast road and ran
straight into the headwind. I had planned to run this section at 6:30 pace
until we reach a rise in the road that meets the cliff path. I was in 5th place
and stuck in no man's land with a large group of runners about 50m or so back.
My garmin was saying 6:3x's but it felt more like low 6's. I got to the cliff
path and luckily know that section really well so was able to choose the
best path to run on. There were lots of loose rocks and the sand was sodden in
parts which made it feel like quick sand in parts, so much so I ran closer to
the edge of the cliff path and ran on the grassy sections. Next bit is back out
on a beautiful bay named Petit port. It’s a short sharp uphill which can really
zap the legs if the pace is too hot. I was now taking the foot off the gas big
time as I knew the big hill was about to come in the next 400m’s or so. I have
run it so many times and it doesn’t get any easier. I was passed by two runners
here, one who has been trouncing me recently in 5 and 10k and the other who
seemed very young and strong looking. I had a little look over my shoulder and
could two more runners closing the gap. The next section is 4 miles or so of
trail path, 2 of which are a steady incline. I was now starting to run into
trouble. My left glute was sore and my hamstring was tight as anything. I
looked at my watch and I was running much slower than I had expected to but dug
deep and managed to pass the 2 runners as we ran up the trail path. Had I gone
too early? I wasn’t sure but I was ignoring the pain and put in a hard effort
for about 5 mins and was well clear of the runners now behind me. I reached the
top of the trail path and the plan was to treat it like a 5 mile race and try
run it in under 32 mins. At this point I felt a really sharp pain in my right
hip adductor and thought oh no, here we go Manchester all over again. There is a
sports centre here and lots of marshals and in hindsight I should have stepped
off the course. I ignored any common sense that I may have and could see I was
closing on the runner in 5th place so I carried on and knocked out
2miles in 12:35, now this in on the downhill part and that shouldn’t feel too
hard but I was in trouble big time. Too blooming stubborn so I chased him and
we reached the bay and sea level again. On the road again and it was 3 and a bit miles to the finish.
I reckon he had about 30 seconds on me and I thought if I could run 20 mins or
thereabouts I would catch him. No such thing happened. We were now running into
a full on headwind for the last few miles and I was totally spent. I ran
through the pain like an idiot and could barely manage sub 7mm and was so
relieved to see the finish line. I finished in 66:31 and came 6th
but the conditions played a big part today as I had been hoping to run 64:xx without too much trouble but it wasn’t going to happen. As a
result of my stupidity I am now injured and have been in quite a bit of pain
today. I managed to bag a nice crystal trophy for my effort and my boy was at
the finish cheering all the runners in and he asked if he could run out on the
course and help some of the runners who were finishing in and they all seemed
very grateful. It was such an odd race in that many runners seemed to find
themselves in no man’s land today and there weren’t any groups I could see
finishing together. Oh well “they” do say we runners are a crazy bunch huh!?