Edinburgh 2014 - chasing the hairy haggis

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Mitchy1nge Mon 30-Sep-13 12:45:40

thread for anyone training for the full marathon or the half or any of the other events

it's my first marathon so am very excited, I know that in theory if I can do 21 miles then 26 (plus 385 yards) is achievable but only started running again a few months ago, it's so much more addictive than it used to be

englishteacher78 Sun 20-Oct-13 19:24:18

My PB is slightly over 10 minute miles . Was faster than that today, don't think I could keep that pace up for another 8 miles! But next half is Norwich so I'm hoping for a flat one. When I do Bath, I'll just do it for fun as I suspect it'll be too busy for a PB there.

weblette Sun 20-Oct-13 19:34:34

Oh this is such a good thread. I promised myself I would run Edinburgh 2014. I grew up there and watched the very first one pass through Drylaw and Pilton with my granny.
I'll probably do it as walk run but have suuuuch a long way to go!

englishteacher78 Sun 20-Oct-13 19:49:28

That still counts!

louwn Sun 20-Oct-13 21:38:18

Welcome weblette have you entered already?

weblette Mon 21-Oct-13 07:45:22

Did it last night (after a glass or two of wine...!) so no excuses now! Yikes...

Mitchy1nge Mon 21-Oct-13 11:32:31

yay welcome weblette!

Mitchy1nge Mon 21-Oct-13 23:09:39

I abandoned my run this evening, I think that is the first time I have ever set out to do a particular distance and actually given up. Four really grim miles of tiredness and tummy ache then walked the last one. confused

louwn Tue 22-Oct-13 06:21:54

Mitchy don't worry, I've given up quite a few times in the past - sometimes your body is just not up for it! Just going for an easy 3 miles before work today. There's something satisfying abourlt early morning exercise once you've dragged yourself out of bed!

englishteacher78 Tue 22-Oct-13 06:44:57

I didn't do much yesterday - my quads are sore from Sunday.
Tonight I'm trying tabbing, so only doing two miles and then an exercise class.

Mitchy1nge Tue 22-Oct-13 15:40:59

thanks, was ok by lunchtime although only 3 slow miles (seriously worried had completely lost the ability to run shock) but 5 tomorrow and then the 'long' one will only be 8ish and that will be it for the week - my body should thank me for that, is probably asking a lot now the long runs are about 2 hours long?

sounds fun englishteacher, what class are you doing? hope it goes well

englishteacher78 Tue 22-Oct-13 15:52:13

It's TRX/Kettlebell. So theoretically strength and toning but with how my gym works it ends up being cardio too!

Mitchy1nge Tue 22-Oct-13 16:00:04

oh I loved TRX, no gym but wish I had something similar at home (I think ours was called rip60 but basically same thing?)

englishteacher78 Tue 22-Oct-13 16:27:18

I love it too. Doing wonders for my arms and abs! Hate it at the time though!

LadyRivers Tue 22-Oct-13 19:24:17

Hi all! Am doing the half marathon, but I'm a complete novice runner. I'm on week 7 of c25k so am hoping running 5k for a few weeks before I start the 16 week training plan will be enough!

Mitchy1nge Tue 22-Oct-13 20:38:13

yay another one! good luck smile

louwn Sat 26-Oct-13 11:33:58

Welcome LadyRivers. I did a half as a complete novice with about 7 or 8 months training, you'll be fine.
Just done parkrun this morning in 26:23 and will be doing 7 miles tomorrow, eek. Hope everyone is still enjoying their running....7 months to go!

Mitchy1nge Sat 26-Oct-13 15:54:02

I'm fighting a tide of feelings-of-inadequacy about being sooo slow, but well done Louwn!

Managed my (supposed to be about 10k but is only 5.4 miles hmm) in exactly an hour, which is probably nothing to crow about but was in a fasted state and was my best time in those circs so I'm still pleased. Is definitely easier when have had my porridge and coffee smile Then I had to pretty much get straight on a horse and ride for nearly two hours so was a sort of duathlon. Just going to wash and stuff my face before a prolonged night of dancing which must help my fitness too? grin

No long run yet this week shock have only clocked up 18 miles, I think that might not be the end of the world.

louwn Sun 27-Oct-13 10:22:53

Noooo don't feel inadequate, I can't run nearly as far as you!! Also age has a lot to do with it, pretty sure (as you mentioned you're a grandmother!) you are older than me at 29. Have you looked at age graded scores to compare times? My mother in law felt a lot better about her running times after doing that - one of her friends is 59 and ran a just sub 30 min 5k, which is way better than me running a 26 min one.

Mitchy1nge Mon 28-Oct-13 11:12:48

oh yay, thanks louwn, age grading lops about 3 minutes off - much more respectable grin I forget that is quite a massive achievement to have stopped smoking and to be able to run ten miles or so in one go once a week, and five or six miles regularly and easily

at the beginning the achievements were all new and dramatic and obvious but at the moment, just maintaining my weekly mileage with no obvious improvements is probably a bit less exciting. I suppose it wasn't that long ago that I was pleased to run 5k at all.

someone will obviously ALWAYS be faster than me, and there are a lot of slower people too! I must remind myself that running isn't like, say, gymnastics, there isn't a perfect way to aim for, there's just the distance and doing it.

Mitchy1nge Wed 30-Oct-13 22:51:35

I haven't been out for a run since last Saturday, and THIS Saturday have agreed to a 12/13 miler with a friend. Have somehow only just realised there is not much week left until then shock yikes.

louwn Sat 02-Nov-13 17:30:27

How did it go mitchy? Ive just done a speed session for 30 mins - only 5 1 min fast bursts within that as was my first one- and 8 miles tomorrow. Got a cold but running does seem to ease off the sinus pain a bit.

Mitchy1nge Sat 02-Nov-13 18:43:07

well done!

I did a half marathon today after all, am pleased that I kept a consistent pace (about 11:34) all the way round despite being sick at miles 6 and 12 (now is the time to work out my fuelling strategy and I think I'm crossing the gels off it!). Some bits of me hurt a bit more than usual but otherwise am ok, won't increase my long run more than this until next year so will keep going and see if I get any faster grin

Mitchy1nge Sat 02-Nov-13 18:43:29

good luck for tomorrow smile

louwn Sun 03-Nov-13 17:04:03

Wow well done mitchy! Was it the gels that made you sick? Some of them have a bizarre texture don't they. I did my 8 miles today, was wet and windy!! in just over 1hr 15.
Does anyone do any core strengthening exercises? I was going to do jillian michaels 6 week 6 pack tomorrow morning before work as I feel I lack core strength.

Mitchy1nge Sun 03-Nov-13 20:19:24

you are soooo speedy envy well done, especially in windy weather

I've got to try the gels again I think, maybe sip them a bit more slowly, they go down ok but come up again almost exactly a mile later and with a lot of painful cramping feelings confused thank goodness we still have lots and lots of time to experiment!

I have until recently (when running took over this summer!) done lots of yoga and pilates, also ride horses most days and am not sure which way round it goes (did I strengthen my core to make riding easier or does riding do it for you?) but there's definitely a positive relationship there. I think even just doing planks (and side planks and supine planks) for as long as you can hold them now and then throughout the week helps too? I'm looking for a new yoga class but in the meantime Rodney Yee's 'yoga conditioning for athletes' is waiting for me to try it, promises to boost endurance and improve performance - looks like iyengar I think.

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