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20 mile Marathon warm up

GTFC
GTFCMarathon

This morning was the turn of another long run. I've been building distance for a while with lots of 10 mile and HM runs before going 15m and then 17m recently. I remember I was too tired to go for 18 a couple of weeks ago, so settled for 1 less. Today though all went well and I practiced loops of the Humber Bank and extending it by running past the village square which also means past my house. Needed 1 toilet stop which was handy. I've been trying 'Active Root' electrolyte powder in my two small bottles today which went well. I also ate two Mr Kipling country slices (first time I've tried eating on a run) with a couple of gels. It was hard overall, especially from 15 on but I feel more confident now with my virtual London Marathon attempt in 4 weeks. Lots of fluids as I write this and I've just used the foam roller. Average heart rate was 126 so I'm pleased. I listened to lots of podcasts for this run which was unusual for me but a nice change. I haven't followed a plan but just run how I've felt and with the big day a month today I'm feeling ok about it. All my long runs seem to have helped today. I feel really happy.

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Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon

That’s brilliant running! Well done to you 💪🙂 You sound very much in control and I have no doubt that you’ll do the FM no problem.

I love those country slices but I can’t believe you didn’t scoff the whole packet on that run. I mean, two bites and a slice is gone 🤔

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Thank you xx yes they are small! Felt good today but tired at the end. I can always walk a bit at the end on race day too 😁

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to GTFC

I’ve often wished Mr Kipling would make a whole cake of those country slices 😋

Then again, perhaps that’s not such a good idea 🙂

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

They are my absolute favourites with a cup of tea ❤ they aren't the same as they used to be but I still adore them.

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to GTFC

Yum 😋 Have you ever tried it with a slice of strong cheddar cheese.....?

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

I haven"t but I love strong cheddar cheese with crackers and red wine

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

😁😁😁😁. He does make an exceedingly good Manor House cake 👍

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to misswobble

😊😊😊😊😊 absolutely. Love them too!!

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

I’ve tried that but I find it a bit dry and not as moist as the slices....

I’ve tried the range I think,.... 🙄

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Me too. Can’t remember the last time I had an almond slice, or French fancy. My mum always called them Kunzle cakes 🙂

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to misswobble

Almond slices seem to be cheaper too! I'll get some from Asda next week 🙈🙈

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to GTFC

Have a bash at making your own snacks. The peanut power bars are awesome. I only eat them on long runs. You can’t get troughing those willy nilly. You’d have no teef left ☺️

I’ve just been gifted some heathier snacks from Holland. Fig and almond. They’re easy to tote and last for ages in store. They’re made in Spain but my niece gets them via her pal in Holland. They’re made by Anna Luz. Gluten-free and vegan They’re actually labelled as an accompaniment for cheese, which is a bit of an odd serving suggestion for a vegan product 😁.

My fave snack at the hardest most tired stage of the long run is a small bag of Hula Hoops. It’s a life-saver when you’re dying on your arse I save it til about the 22k mark and it revives me for the rest of a 20 miler.

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to misswobble

Oooooh. I've got some in. Who knew?? That'll be my 20 mile treat on race day. What a tip!!

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to GTFC

I tip my head back and empty em in ☺️😁. You do need a swig of drink or two The salt gives your legs a boost 🌪

That tip came to me from the great fell, mountain runner and farming fabled running goddess that is Nicky Spinks 🏃‍♀️💪😃

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

Oh yes, Almond slice 😋forgot about those.

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles

Brilliant run for you today, 3.54.30 is excellent and you should be very pleased with that time, I have tried to follow that run on relive but there is only a map, not that icon following the route you ran, sometimes with some runs on relive a message come up "unable to make video" or you have not pressed the 'create' icon, nevertheless a big congratulations to you on that brilliant 🏃🏾 👍

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to AlMorr

Thank you so much Al. I've just created it. Good luck tomorrow too. I'll be looking out for you.

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to GTFC

I have just watched it, that is only 6 miles short of a full marathon 🏃🏾.

Tomorrow at 9.30am I will be running my 25th virtual 5K parkrun, which will be my 12th (not) parkrun, it will be run on my more familiar course, not the one I ran on Wednesday or last Saturday.

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to AlMorr

I could have gone on if it was absolutely necessary but my time will hopefully come. I need to rest up as I've done 34 and 35 miles over the last two weeks. Those last 6 miles (over an hour's running) will be tough but I'll be tougher. Your 25th virtual park run deserves a celebration!!

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to GTFC

25 weeks since the last official Parkrun, next week it will be SIX MONTHS since there was a parkrun, however, good news, my Thursday walking group club resumed yesterday, it was nice seeing all my walking friends again, I told them about my running achievements since March, including the ten mile run and they congratulated me..

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to AlMorr

👏👏👏👏👏🥇🥇🥇🎽🎽🎽

This is all fantastic! Great work with all the training GTFC, you have acheived so much already! Although not following a formal plan you seem to have a handle on this....

Good luck with the final month leading up to your FM...I feel very excited for you!

Happy running 🏃‍♂️⭐👌🤞xxx

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you so much. I think if I followed a plan I'd be a bit nervous but doing my own thing I'm super relaxed and I'm doing the miles so all is well so far. Giving myself the best chance with hydration, strengthening and stretching. Just need to stay injury free and then taper off as the weeks go 😊

Kevin41
Kevin41HUHM vHalfMarathon

Very impressive!! That is a long, long way!!!!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Kevin41

Thank you, It felt it at the end 🙈

Fantastic results all round there GTFC, and your last sentence says it all, so happy for you, 🤗

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to jorgeRuns

😁😁😁😁 thank you!

Sounds like you're feeling good and strong and ready. Good preparation so how can you fail? Good luck!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to 59er

Every time I go out it's a victory. Whatever happens will be x

Tbae
TbaeMetric Marathon

So well done.You are all over this GTFC.

I must catch up with your journey and all your stuff.

🏃‍♂️⭐️👏👏💪🙏

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Tbae

That's really nice 😊 I just keep out there and enjoy it.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator

It's great when everything comes together! You're well on track for a brilliant VLM there 👍

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to linda9389

Thank you. If I can do it in 5.15 I'll be chuffed.

Tasha99
Tasha99Marathon

Wow that’s fantastic! Great time too 💪🏽

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Tasha99

All those long slow runs are paying off 😊

Buddy34
Buddy34Half Marathon

Amazing distance GTFC absolutely brilliant. Love the fact you took Mr Kipling slices on your run and they obviously worked for you.

Good luck with the virtual London marathon , I have no doubt you'll smash it. 👏👏💪💪

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Buddy34

I thought they'd be easy to eat as they are soft and they were. Hoped I wouldn't get tummy ache and didn't. I'll try the same route and routine next Sunday for my last long one before the day. Hope your running week has been okay after the 10 mile PB 👏👏👏

Buddy34
Buddy34Half Marathon in reply to GTFC

🤣my last post was a 10k pb and yes I'm fine. I ran another 10 miles on the 24th of August and it wasn't raining 🤣.

Got a new Aonijie hydration vest delivered with 2 soft water bottles as i couldn't get used to the belt with 2 bottles . It kept jumping up and down and drove me nuts.

What distance will you go up to before the VLM?😊

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Buddy34

Ooooooooh. I have that vest too with the water bottles! Mine is blue. Got it about a month ago. I've been wearing it to get me used to it on longer runs. They are about 250ml each. I like it as it's reasonable and does the job. The tags keep it nice on you too. Yes, I'm with you on the belts. They hurt my tummy. I put my phone in one pocket on the front and bottle in the other for fairly long runs and then use both bottles at the front and my phone in the back bit for long ones. I only found the zip on the inside of the left side yesterday 🙈🙈🙈.

What colour is yours? Next week I'll do 15-20 miles again then two weeks taper before I do the big one.

Buddy34
Buddy34Half Marathon in reply to GTFC

Great. I also got the blue one with the 2 , 250ml water bottles. Did you get a whistle , i could whistle louder myself 🤣

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Buddy34

Yes!! I love it. I keep a small stone in there I picked up on my first HM run which reminds me I can do it when it gets tough. I do really like the vest and it's comfy. Your back does get sweaty after but it's much more comfy than the belt for me. Let me know how you get on with it. It feels funny at first with your arms when you run but you soon notice it isn't there. SiS gels fit nicely in there too. It's peace of mind really being able to put stuff in.

Buddy34
Buddy34Half Marathon in reply to GTFC

Past caring about the sweaty look , I sweat buckets 🤣 plenty room for everything.

Madge50
Madge50Marathon

Wow, well done, I’ve done a 14 mile (23k) so far, aiming for a 30k..... 🤞next week......and that’ll be it......

Mx

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Madge50

That is so awesome!! Well done you. How are you finding the longer runs?

Madge50
Madge50Marathon in reply to GTFC

Thanks, not bad actually, I think I need to slow down just a little bit more, I was really comfy most of the way, it was only the last 1k or so that I felt a bit tired - I also had a bit of a time constraint, so I think that got to me a bit......I did want to try to get to 25k, but I just didn’t have enough time or gas left in the tank.......I hit my target though, which was HM......, I also took a piece of advice I saw about ultra running - run the flats and downhills, walk the inclines....

I did need to stretch at the end of the 23k , but was ok, no different than doing a HM, so note to self - to stretch during the breaks.....especially later......

I’m a bit nervous about getting to the 30k, but that 23k has certainly helped!

You’re going to be fine - you’ve just got to resist the temptation to do more......🏃‍♂️😎......

Exciting init!

Mx

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Madge50

Very! Love how you describe your run. Yes I aim for 12-23 minute mile pace on long runs and if it's a bit less then all is well. I know that last 6m will be tough but we can do it!!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHUHM vHalfMarathon

Wowsers GTFC, fantastic run! You’ll be more than ready for your marathon and I can’t wait for your euphoric post! 👏👏👏

Mr Kiplings - ooo another good idea! I’m partial to a Fondant Fancy myself (tell no one!)

You’re a superb runner - keep it up! 💪😀💥

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Oh, thank you so much. I really enjoy the longer runs especially. I will be ready for sure but I know that last 6 will be super tough. I will do it even if I walk towards the end. Thank you for your support 😊

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon

Well done. You’re well on for a marathon now you’ve done a twenty miler 😃👍🏃‍♂️

Wimborne
WimborneHalf Marathon

Oh that’s just such a great run GTFC... and with cake!!!! No-one told me cake was ok too for runs 🤷🏻‍♀️. That distance is huge and just well done 👏👏👏👏 ( off to buy cake for my next run now )

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Wimborne

Thank you. Little Mr Kipling country slices are really soft and sugary so ideal to eat.

Grannyhugs
Grannyhugs10 Miles

Fantastic effort, oh my, 10 miles is more than enough for me - 20 is amazing. Good luck for your virtual marathon. Happy running 🤗

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Grannyhugs

Ten miles is an excellent distance and my favourite run. Keep getting out there as you do and enjoying 😊

SlowLoris
SlowLorisMarathon

Good run mate. You look to be well on course.

I’m into my taper now. Looking forward to an easy 14 on Sunday.

That’s weird isn’t it? Easy 14!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to SlowLoris

I know! It sounds crazy but you've earned the right to with all your long runs.

Are you still on for the New Forest Marathon? Good luck on Sunday 😊

SlowLoris
SlowLorisMarathon in reply to GTFC

Yes, still in. The new route looks a bit hilly so I’ll have to revise my pace. As long as I finish it will be a PB though.

Two UTMB points. Not much use to me. Shame I can’t give them to the next finisher like unwanted tokens at a supermarket checkout.

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to SlowLoris

Just had to Google that to see what it means. It'll be your first one?

SlowLoris
SlowLorisMarathon in reply to GTFC

Yes. Had one cancelled in June so I've been on a training plan for quite a while now. It will be nice to get off it.

OMG! 😲😲🤩 You should be very happy GTFC. That’s amazing!! I shall be on the virtual sidelines cheering you on! I’m so looking forward to that!! 🤗🤗❤️

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Fabulous450

Thank you. I'll be nervous on race day as it's all about what happens on that particular day. Whatever happens I'll give myself the best preparation and on the actual day I'll get around even if it's a struggle at the end. One more long run next week then reduce until the big day 😊

Fabulous450
Fabulous450 in reply to GTFC

Ah...I’m so excited for you!! 🤩 You’re doing a brilliant job already!! Good on you!! 🤗🤗❤️

Jelly-bean16
Jelly-bean16Marathon

Hi, well done. Sounds like you’ve been preparing in good time. You’ll have the confidence that you’ll complete and with a good time.

I’ve been a bit more compulsive with my decision and hoping that after my usual loop I can have a break, drink and food then go around again.... then again... until the miles are done.

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Jelly-bean16

That is a really good idea. I like that. Have you started to practice it in training?

Jelly-bean16
Jelly-bean16Marathon in reply to GTFC

Nope. Only signed up yesterday. Will do a ‘long’ run tomorrow so potentially could try 2 laps then which I suppose would be sensible.

Raspberrypink
RaspberrypinkHalf Marathon

That’s brilliant. Good luck with the last month of training and hope you smash your marathon 💪🏼👍🏼

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Raspberrypink

Thank you. It will smash me but I'll do it!! 😂😂😂😂😂

Raspberrypink
RaspberrypinkHalf Marathon in reply to Raspberrypink

😂

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Half Marathon

Well done on your fantastic 20 miler GTFC ! Thats an amazing distance and I'd say you are well on target for your VLM - won't that be an incredible

achievement!😀

Rest up well now - you deserve it!🙂

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you, it really will be and I'm going to roll the dice and go for it 🎲

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Half Marathon

Fantastic run GTFC. You will definitely be ready for your FM and I can’t wait to read your post. HM nearly killed me, so I just can’t imagine running that far!

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Sandie1961

Thank you 😊 HM is a terrific distance and a lot of time on your feet too 😂😂😂

Run46
Run46HUHM v10Mile

Well done GTFC, I'm in awe of your heart rate...mine is at its highest on my long runs, average often in the mid 170s.

I'm thinking of giving zone 3 HR training a go, if I can find the patience as I think for a while I'll have to go very slow and often walk!

Well past time you got your Metric Marathon badge, to tide you by until you get the proper one next month 🤞...you've more than earned it 👏

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Run46

Thank you, how lovely! I just go really steady, it can be between 12 and 13 minutes per mile on a lot of runs and every now and then I can go mid 11 and feel it's the same. Tasha99 put me on to it and for a while now, almost all my running has been slow and in some cases deliberately so. It can take a while to get used to but well worth it. I ran past a few people once only just above their walking pace and I wondered what they thought of someone so slow. I smiled all the way as I knew the plan 😊 If you trust in it and do plenty of long runs then it really will give you such pleasure.

Run46
Run46HUHM v10Mile in reply to GTFC

I first heard of it through Tasha too, then saw you'd joined in and both of you were in agreement about it's merits.

I've set my Garmin to HR zone 3 alert and swapped out the pace for HR on my display...tomorrow is day 1 😊

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Run46

Oooooooh good luck. I hope it's for you. I have time, distance and pace on my first screen and heart rate, zone and average pace on my second. I still prefer to look at the time I'm running and look within the zones when I get home to see what band zone 3 and 4 are. It is really good though. Bear with it for a while and see if it's your thing 😊

Run46
Run46HUHM v10Mile in reply to GTFC

I tend to only look at the 1st main screen and have now set it to distance, time & heart rate with a zone 3 alert to let me know when I've gone off track. Then I can nose at pace etc when I get home.

I've promised myself I'll give it at least a few weeks to see if I'm getting the hang of it and take it from there 🤞

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Run46

Awesome. Good luck 😊

That’s amazing, I’m still rather surprised at how many calories you use up, your on the run snacks sound delicious 😋

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to WillowandSola

I ate and drank them all up with Doritos and red wine!

WillowandSola
WillowandSola in reply to GTFC

Oh Doritos, i live them, I wrote an online review once for them whilst eating my way through a large bag, when i got to the factual part i checked the nutrition and nearly cried when i realised I’d eaten my way through 2000 calories while typing up a review that earned me 50 pence lol, i stopped writing food reviews after that and started checking calories before opening bags of things lol 😂

I’m so impressed with the distances people on here run, I can’t wait to get to the end of this 10k plan so i can head towards 10 miles

Look at that, my answers all about me again..... i really am impressed with your distances though

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to WillowandSola

You are awesome. You both are. Gosh, I have to limit myself to half a big bag of the Chilli ones 🙈. Red wine is my downfall. I only have it on the evenings after my runs and not the night before 😂😂😂

I think we're all different and to me whether you run 5k 50k of 500k it doesn't really matter. There will always be people fitter, faster and stronger than me and that's all good. I do what works for me and enjoy it. Your 10k is your challenge and your mountain and you'll climb it. I can't wait for your post because you've worked so hard for it.

WillowandSola
WillowandSola in reply to GTFC

We are enjoying the plan, best of all it gives us Saturdays off lol, so baking and tidying and seeing family is special on Saturdays

I sometimes wish I drank wine or beer or anything really but tea is great

😳😱 I am in awe, that is an amazing time for such a long way, amazing, HUGE congratulations GTFC. That FM will be a piece of cake (sorry about the pun there!!).

I really can't wait to read your run report after the big day. We will all be on the virtual sidelines with our pom poms at the ready to cheer you along. Good luck with your last few weeks of training, you've got this in the bag though, a-maz-ing 😱🏃‍♂️💪👍🏃‍♂️🏅🥳🏃‍♂️🥂🍾🏃‍♂️

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Forest_Run_Beginner

Wow! Thank you for such a really lovely response. I really appreciate it. I've one more long run a week today then starting to bring it down for the run on the 4th October. Feeling strong and fit so I hope this continues. Again, thank you so much 😊

Deals1
Deals1Half Marathon

Wowsers!! Excellent 👌

GTFC
GTFCMarathon in reply to Deals1

Thank you 😊

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