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Peter B @bodis

Former Kickboxer keeping active by mixing it up. Running, OCR, crossfit, thaiboxing and whatever else comes my way. Mad enough for Tough Mudders and half marathons. Now stepping up the madness to a marathon. Certifiably bonkers, but enjoying it to the fullest. What's next? :)

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Peter B Train for your first full marathon Challenge

Contributorgold Peter B Hello all, back again to share a little from my preparations. 35K field test went well with my new shoes. Still sore Achilles, but nothing like it felt with the old shoes. It's getting less and less for each day which to me indicates that the switch was the start of the healing process. Gonna take a while before it's 100% again though since I managed to log 180K in the Achilles shredding shoes before giving up. Have quite a few aches and pains during the week following those 35K, but it's getting better. Actually thought it would feel worse, but I guess the training is paying off.
I also (for the second time) tried Cold Water Immersion as part of the recovery. To me at least it seems to be working. I'm using a method I learnt from somewhere (can't remember where I found it) which is a "light" version of the ice baths some people suggest. What you do is that you sit down in an empty bathtub after your run. Running tights still on, then start pouring the water, as cold as you can stand it without screaming. Then you continue to fill the tub while paddling your hands in the water to even it out until you're covered to the waist. Then just sit there for 5-10 minutes (as long as you can stand) before draining the water and getting out. Works for me at least. Legs feel a lot better afterwards so I'll use it when needed.
Last week in "Race simulation" phase, "Tapering" starts next week. Going to feel different to drop the milage for a while but hopefully it means I'll be on the grid feeling charged and ready to go. Been feeling a bit sluggish last two weeks so it'll actually be nice to go a bit easier for a while. Impatiently waiting...
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Peter B Train for your first full marathon Challenge

Contributorgold Peter B Hello, time for a new update on the situation up north. It seems I've taken control of my shoe issue after a new visit to Löplabbet (runners store). I've discussed my problems at length with one of the shop assistants and when he stopped laughing at my backup plan ("Mate, after 1200 km those shoes are dead puppies. You can't revive them with insoles, it's like giving CPR to a mannequin"), and after trying on half the store and getting videotaped on the treadmill we found a shoe that should work. So now I'm happily rolling with Plan C, Saucony Omni 13 seems to do the trick. The excruciating pain in my Achilles is gone and the soreness fades by the day even though I'm sticking to my 4 runs/week schedule. The final test will by my last long run at the end of this week. If they handle 35K well I'm a happy camper.
Running moves on as scheduled. I'm now in the "Race Simulation" phase until next week when the tapering begins. One last proper long run before race day. Hopefully I have all the answers I need after that. Finally also managed to get my fiancée back running again as she now joins me for my recovery jogs. Nice to have some company out there. I know how hard it must feel for her now as she's had 3,5 months off. But she's improving for each time, nice to see.
Final preparations are getting done. Kit sorted, medical check booked, flights and hotel sorted. Now I just have to wait for the start. Really looking forward to this now after 6 months of preparation. Bring it on!!
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Contributorgold Peter B Good morning, time for another update on my progress (and in some cases lack there of). Running continues on plan and I managed to set a new PB for distance as yesterdays planned 28K turned into 32K due to some optimistic route planning. Last 6-7K was quite a struggle both due to getting cramps in my thigh (stopped 3 times to stretch) and also due to my feet hurting as h*ll. I've now given up on the shoes (Mizuno Paradox) as they both kill my achilles tendon and also are to stiff for me. Feels a bit like running in clogs at times as the soles are very flat and stiff as boards. A bit disappointed with Mizuno as the Paradox is supposed to replace the Alchemy, but is a completely different shoe. I love my Alchemy's but can't seem to get along with the Paradox at all.
I'm now going to my backup plan and will do the race in my old Alchemy's. Will get some cushioning insoles for them in order to revive them so I at least can do the race. I feel it's too late to start looking for a new replacement at this time, so that'll have to wait until after Paris. Hopefully I can sort it out quickly as I also have a half marathon planned 6 weeks after Paris.
So, sticking to my plan and starting to look forward to the challenge. I no longer fear the distance but feel confident that I'll get there. A few aches and pains for sure as it's not gonna be a picknick, but it's there for the taking. Roll on April :)
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