ASICS Target 26.2 - 2013



  • Hi Jenf, good luck with marathon Eryri (snod) it's one hell of a race, the toughest but the best!!!!
  • Hi everyone, how are we all keeping?

    Good luck with the sports physio Indy - hopefully he or she will give you a positive prognosis!

    The Snowdonia Mara really does look epic - hope you both enjoy it, Sam and Jen... Expecting plenty of pics now you've conquered technology!image

  • jenfjenf ✭✭✭ frustrating for you. Lets hope the sports physio has magic hands!

    Good luck with the 20miler this week Sarah. It may hurt, but you'll feel great after I'm sure!

    I did an interval session today, 8x 2mins, why does speed HURT so much?? Anyway, my recovery skins came yesterday, so I am now wearing them, and they feel good,I'm interested to see how my legs feel later and if the do help recovery. I will let you know!

  • Hi everyone, sorry not been around much as trying to revise for this interview- 5 days to go and counting!

    Indy- that's a nightmare about your knee- what do they actually think you've done? As long as you are fit for TR in July, the team should be great fun.

    DS- races wise thinking of 10k in Sheffield end of Feb, maybe the rock and roll half in Edinburgh in April (depending on whether visiting my brother in half term), the great north swim in Windermere in June, GNR if get through ballot, another 10k in Sheffield in October and Valenica Marathon in November. Sounds like quite a lit when I write it down!

    Jen- compression tights are the way forward after a tough session. I know the science is a bit tenuous, but my legs felt less sore and for a shorter time after marathons when I wore them for the 2-3

    Days after. Just need to get your head round wearing tights to work!!

    Went out at lunchtime today and it was sunny when I left, howling winds that knocked someone off their bike half way round and finished in thunderstorm.... Only went for 8 1/2 miles image
  • MalcsMalcs ✭✭✭

    Evening all!

    Sorry, the last week or so has been a nightmare so not had any time to sneak onto the forums. Looking to move house - need I say more? 

    Back soon.

    Good to see you back Paul!

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    Evening all image

    Well my skins were really comfy to wear and my legs felt good today, no aches at all. I've done a heavy weights session this eve with lots of deadlifts, lunges etc so I plan on sleeping in them tonight. I usually get DOMS after such a session... so lets see..

    Hi Malcs, hows the training going? Have you fully recovered now from the lurgy?

    Clive, that sounds a fun programme of races! My next race is Llanelli Half on March 3rd

  • Indy I hope that sport physio is able to work some magic.

    Thankyou Jen for the good luck for tomorrow. Im starting to feel alittle nervous now! Went running with a friend tonight who is planning on running the first 13 miles with me so least I have some company. A friend got me some skins last week from sweat shop as they were half price but I havent seen her yet to get them..have a feeling they would come in handy tomorrow after my run. I have been wearing compression socks after my long runs and I really do think that they help.

    Hope you saw a rainbow after running in all that awful weather clive?
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    Jen - fully over it now thanks. I've done two weeks of 5 day running and I'm starting to feel like I'm getting back into it. Still no speed work yet, just trying to get some slow miles in.

    Have you considered an ice bath to avoid the DOMS? I took one after every long (18+) run last year and they worked brilliantly. The screaming (a requirement during the acclimatisation stage) aprovides great amusement for any children who are around at the time. 

    Indy - echo Clive's question, what's the diagnosis? Is it strained medials? If so I don't think there is much they can do (though maybe the docs are better placed to comment). When I did mine it took 2 months before I could do anything. All depends on the severity of the strain. Best of luck with the recovery - I certainly feel for you.

    Sarah - good luck with the 20 miler. Wow - 20 miles already! I see you're also doing the 18's like they're a walk in the park.

    Steve - glad to see you didn't miss too much due to the lurg.

    I'm still crazy busy so won't be able to post much


  • Morning all!! Not that this is a running related post at all......

    Amazing that 4 months ago I had never entered into the world of forum posting, thanks to this amazing competition I have met some brilliant people, yes I may be a little on the gushy side this morning! My mum has been in hospital this week and things have been rough, but a big thank you to Sarah for her medical advice, and very quick email responses! and to Indy, Jen and Bacon  for your general concern! Anyway mums out of hospital this afternoon fingers crossed!

    Gush finished xxx

  • Tigger, glad to hear your Mum is better- didn't know she wasn't well. Nice to get home for weekend too....
  • Glad to hear that your mum is hopefully getting discharged from hospital today. I felt honoured that you asked me for advice and I am glad that I was able to help.

    Not sure I would have called the 18 milers a walk in the park Malcs but they were quite enjoyable and much more enjoyable than the one that I did last year. I successfully completed my first 20 miler of the year today. I did the first 14 with a friend and the last 6 miles on my own. I really enjoyed being able to run with someone for the majority of the run...the miles seemed to fly by despite me even running 8 miles last night.

    I know im a little early getting in a 20 miler already, however I feel that I have built up to it slowly and felt ready. Im planning on dropping my milage next week alittle, then the following week is my half marathon and then the week after that belvoir challenge (15 miles). My problem last year was a lack of long runs and hoping that wont be the case this year!
  • jenfjenf ✭✭✭

    I think that mileage plan sounds good Sarah, getting the legs used to mileage is a key, but also not doing too much, Its so hard to get that balance right, but I think you are doing great!

    Tigger!!image SO pleased to hear your mum is doing well. and I agree, I've met some briliant people through this competition/forum also!

    Malcs. Ice baths have been mentioned to me before, but I just can't pluck up the courage! I was really pleased no DOMS today, so they may be the wussie option, but skins win for me so far!!

  • Right guys I need your help!

    Is it ridiculous to aim to do a 20 mile run on the 17th March? ( this is where you guys come in!!) If not I need some advice on a plan of attack! I admit I'v been off it of late, but today is my wedding anniversary, when I was running this morning I thought of how far I have come, and how far I want to go! I really want to do this race (oh and ideally under 3hrs 19 please if possible!)

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    Tigger- if you want to, you can! image I'm no expert, but you have 6 weeks, so get out and start increasing that LSR. everyone I speak to about distance running says the LSR and time on your feet is the key.

    I did a parkrun today and got myself a new PB image  think it was the fact I was following a runner pushing a buggy.. there was no way I was letting him get away!! lol

  • thanks Jen. I tried my new skins out yesterday, not only did they keep me warm at the match (worn under my jeans), my legs also felt fine this morning. I dont think i could physically get into a bath of ice!

    Hi Tigger. So thats 6 weeks away. How far have you been running recently? From what I have learnt you can safely increase your mileage of your long run by 2 miles a week, so if your doing around 8 now you can safely increase your long run by two miles a week and reach 20 on the 17th of March, but that would mean no taper and no training run of 20 miles. If your doing more than 8 at the moment then you would be in a better position. Would you run the 20 as a race or training run?
  • Hi tigger, echo what Sarah said but don't think it's essential you run 20 before the race. In addition to LSR, also try to get some tempo runs in each week as they help with stamina. Even a one week 'taper' would help.

    Anyway sure more expert people like DS may have a better idea

    Good to see people buying into compression gear- I would run in mine all year as sure it reduces DOMS

    Did a 9 1/2 mile running 'mini pub crawl' last night- set off with head torches in the peaks at 7.30pm, and ran home via 3 pubs (mandatory drink in each). Great fun, but running flat out down a hill better suited for sledging with only a head torch is a bit scaryimage
  • jenfjenf ✭✭✭

    Clive , I really could buy into that idea of a 'pub crawl run', wonder who I can persuade to do one with me! Malcs, when are you next in S Wales??image

    steady 12 miles again for me today, danced along to some oldie cheesie rock songs n had a great time!

  • Steve loves bacon wrote (see)

    Good luck with the sports physio Indy - hopefully he or she will give you a positive prognosis!


    jenf wrote (see) frustrating for you. Lets hope the sports physio has magic hands!


    Clive Kelty wrote (see)

    Indy- that's a nightmare about your knee- what do they actually think you've done? As long as you are fit for TR in July, the team should be great fun.


    sarah osborne wrote (see)
    Indy I hope that sport physio is able to work some magic.


    Malcs wrote (see)

    Indy - echo Clive's question, what's the diagnosis? Is it strained medials? If so I don't think there is much they can do (though maybe the docs are better placed to comment). When I did mine it took 2 months before I could do anything. All depends on the severity of the strain. Best of luck with the recovery - I certainly feel for you.

    Sarah - good luck with the 20 miler. Wow - 20 miles already! I see you're also doing the 18's like they're a walk in the park.

    Steve - glad to see you didn't miss too much due to the lurg.

    I'm still crazy busy so won't be able to post much


    Thanks for the support guys, glad to hear things are looking up your end Tigger.image

    I was back at the NHS physio today, but not much news, he's gone from thinking meniscus tear to muscle imbalance to meniscus tear. He's given me another 4 weeks to carry on with various excercises and if there's no improvement he's promised a referral to a knee specialist. I've got the sports physio tomorrow, so fingers crossed he'll be able to help further. by hook or by crook I will be ready for Thunder Run.

    Speaking of which have we moved forward on hoodie designs, not had anything in my inbox for a while? Also Malcs I presume I need to repay your generosity with some funding?

    On a positive note I've booked a 2-Day spa break with the wife next week in Cardiff. I literally cannot wait to get back to my old uni stomping grounds and partake of some serious relaxation/reminiscing!image

    I must confess I've speed read a lot of the posts so good luck to all with any upcoming races/interviews/training sessions, etc.image

  • MalcsMalcs ✭✭✭

    Indy - hmm, 4 weeks? Seems a long time to just wait and see what happens. Again, I'd take more notice of what Sarah and Clive have to say on this but personally I'd feel I'd waited long enough.

    My sister just had a knee op a week ago. She'd been having problems for a long time (6 months plus). They suspected a meniscus tear but said they wouldn't fully know until they poked the camera in (it was done keyhole). She was worried they would get in there and find nothing then she'd feel bad about wasting people's time. Turned out there was a massive zig-zag tear. They cut a load away and she is expected to make a good recovery. 

    Your situation may be different but unless I'm missing something, for now all they can do is make an educated guess. Only once they poke around inside can they really know what the problem is. Sarah/Clive feel free to correct me here.

    TR24 - yes I probably need to do some cash collection. Would you all be ok with bank transfer? If not I can take a cheque. I'll PM you all individually.

    Jen - congrats on the PB! You show those pram pushers who's boss! Where is the parkrun? We're due to come down at half term so perhaps I can grab Mrs Malcs and we can all do one together? Not sure on dates yet but it will be part of the school holiday week (16th-24th Feb). Are you around?

    Sarah - I feel I need to clarify the ice bath situation. I am a bit of a wuss so I never use water in its ice form. I find it's cold enough just to run it from the cold tap (especially at this time of year). I then top it up with a little hot until I stop screaming like a baby. Seriously though, for the longer runs it works superbly. It doesn't have to be ice cold but you do need to stay in for 10-20 mins to get the benefit. Also you need to avoid a hot shower immediately after so as not to negate the effect. Hmm, I guess I'm not really selling this image

    Tigger - hope your mum is ok. Re. the running - I agree, you can definitely do it following the advice given so far.

    Clive - I have trouble enough running sober let alone having a cheeky one at every tavern en route. You already had my respect, now I'm just plain jealous! image

  • DS2DS2 ✭✭✭

    Hi all,

    Indy -  sorry to here you are still struggling. Sounds like it needs a scan - any chance of a referral?

    jen - great stuff.

    Tigger - I'm certain you can do it. Just build up no more than 2 miles extra each long run. As Clive said, the midweek Medium Long Run can make a huge fifference. I'd recommend it to anyone. I feel really strong since I've been doing it and it makes the weekend LSR less daunting when you are used to doing something close to it midweek. 

    For my part, I've realised there is little or no chance of running York marathon so I've entered the Abingdon Marathon instead (20th October). It's a very fast, flat course apparently and highly recommended. I missed out last year because it sold out so quickly and I didn't want to take the chance after missing the York entry.

    Going to be a busy autumn considering I'm doing my cycle ride in August!

    Did 18 miles yesterday in 8:03mm. Total for week - 57. Most since 1994! I'm getting strong but not very fast. Hopefully, that will come later!

    Keep at it everyone.

    Malcs - did you manage anything long this weekend?

  • MalcsMalcs ✭✭✭

    DS2 - that's a real bummer about York. After all the buzz and us all talking about doing it I'm really gutted you missed out. Really looking forward to Spitfire though. Will be great to meet up again.

    Yup - just about managed to get a long one in. I think you must have posted here before reading Ady's thread so you already know about my 14.5 round the mountains of Sevenoaks - absolute killer! I was running with my mate who hasn't run that far before. Will need to check if he made it to work image

    Having said that, I noticed something quite strange during this run. My legs were very sore by about 12.5 miles and quite heavy. We were about to pass my mate's house so I said I'd run ahead as I needed to check if I'd had a message on my phone. I picked up the pace and fairly quickly my legs felt much better. Checked the phone then went to catch up my mate. I had to run a bit quicker to do this. Before I knew it I was going sub 7 and feeling way better than when I was lumping along at 9. It was very strange. My legs still had a bit of an ache to them but nowhere near as bad as before. Has anyone else experienced this? Is there some explaination as to why this would happen? 

    I had to slow down when I caught up but I swear I would have felt better carrying on at a faster pace. Weird.

  • jenfjenf ✭✭✭

    Hi Malcs, the parkrun is in Llyn Llech Owen country park, near Crosshands. 9.00 start, coffee n cake in the cafe afterwards! I'm around those dates.

    Have a great spa break Indy, n enjoy Cardiff.

    DS2, thats over half my months running in a week!!! I can't keep up with you all!!

  • MalcsMalcs ✭✭✭

    Excellent Jen, pencil us in (though not sure which weekend yet). You managed to stump Mrs Malcs on the location. She knows where Crosshands is but she doesn't know the Park in question - disgraceful lack of local knowledge. 

    DS2 - I had completely missed that mileage total until Jen highlighted it. 18 miles in 8mm sounds pretty damn fast to me but then you're in a different league. Were those 57 miles in 4 days? Impressive stuff.


  • DS2DS2 ✭✭✭

    Hi all,

    Malcs - I regularly experience that when I run. I think I have nothing in my legs until I try to run faster and then out of nowhere it seems to happen. I think it's as a result of running slower than you are used to and not getting heart rate up very high so the blood flow is reduced and it's only when you speed up that bloodflow increases and the result is everything feels easier. I think it's the same theory as warming up to race pace!

    I haven't been at this mileage in nearly 20 years Jen. I just listened to the guys on the Sub 3:15 thread and spent ages building up my mileage - to a certain extent I still am, but at the same time increasing the intensity a little each week.

    I think the beauty of running is that there is a direct correlation between input and output. In recent years I have tried to run fast and long without the base and it's been horrible and unenjoyable.

    I used to get away with it when I was younger but now I have to do it the right way.

    The 57 miles were over 5 runs but one was a 4.8 mile recovery run. I think anyone can run a quality marathon on 4 runs per week. My key runs are the LSR, a tempo run of 9 with 4 or 5 at Half marathon pace, and a MLR of 11-14 miles midweek. Throw in a 5 mile or two and it's job done. Best thing I've learned this year - run slowly for all but the tempo and last few miles of long runs.

    Finally, I'm in a different league to where I was 9 months ago when I ran 3:44. Only difference has been my commitment. Same genetic make up! Malcs - I'm sure Shady-Ady will break 3;30 in Paris and you will in the next year or so as well if you can stay healthy and get consistent weeks of 40+ miles in.

  • Hey guys!

    Indy I was off it... but luckily I'M BACK ON IT AGAIN!!  WHOO HOO I'll email you all soon re hoody's!!

    Thanks all for the advice, I seem to have picked up a hip thing, not pain as in muscular..... more like how it feels if you press your leg with your finger.... it's not a ouch pain, more just aware of it! don't get it when I'm swimming just running and walking when my knee comes forward....... anyone follow that? SO I'm going to do a 10 miler on Friday and see how I get on!

    DS2 you are officially on fire, that some awesome running!

    Jenf Well done you, I wish we had a park run around here! one is being set up on our local park but as yet nothing! Mr Tigs should be letting me know when his block leave is so we must hook up then! Aiming to go to Northumberland in half term to stop with my friend... although she will have me swimming in the sea! humm

    Clive a Pub Crawl Run is right up my street!

    Malcs glad to have you back in the room!

    As for me a little 4 miler today and I swam, up to 6 lengths non stop, for me that's a BIG THING!!!!!



  • jenfjenf ✭✭✭

    Malcs, tell Mrs M its turn left opposite phoenix pub! and its actually spelt Owain, but at least i got the other two right!,

  • Haha, I love the sound of your pub run Clive....might have to give that one a try sometime.

    Hi Indy, hope you had more promising answers and advice from the sport physio today. Have fun in Cardiff.

    Malcs....your mad 10-20 mins in cold water with no hot shower afterwards to keep me would be torture!

    Its hard with knees. Mine had been problematic for about 6 months and the NHS physio kept giving me exercises to do and promising that she would refer me to the knee specialist. After a run across moorlands, my knee pain resolved completely and touch wood hasnt returned since. Now im relieved that I didnt see the specialist and have a camera poked around inside my knee as sometimes that can take a while to recover from.....however if i still did have pain now, i would have wanted it doing sooner rather than later to get the problem solved so I could get back training.

    Think what im trying to say is that there are pros and cons in waiting and trying conservative measures first, but then there are also pros and cons in just getting on with surgery straight away.

    A mid way point would be to get an MRI

    Im happy to transfer you your money as soon as your ready to receive it Malcs. I was looking on the TR24 website today and was getting quite excited about it
  • Fabulous training run DS2.....8:03 min/mls but you lack speed, hahaha (in my world).

    I had heard that they were releasing some more places for the york marathon (but only about 500) so I was hoping that you would get one of those, but the race that your doing instead sounds good, especially if you missed out on it last year. We will miss you in York though.

    Malcs I get it all the time. My OH says that im just showing off when I sprint ahead in front but its does help my legs. If im doing a long run on the TM aswell and my legs start to tire, rather than slow it down, i speed it up and they seem to get better - they end up feeling more light rather than heavy like lead!
  • Congrats Jen on your PB.

    Thanks DS5 for your running tips and taking note so I can discuss your tactics with Minni and steal some of your ideas!

    Sorry to hear about your hip Tigger, do you think it could be your IT band? Is it only present when you run or at other times too? How you have described it im guessing its a dull ache rather than a sharp pain?
  • DS2DS2 ✭✭✭

    sarah - Minni is one of those I have stolen all of my ideas from!!!image

    Tigger - sounds like you may need to get stretching those hip flexors!

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