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08/10/2012 at 17:07

well done to all of you who raced this weekend. My manchester marathon has taken on a competetive dimension as my (much quicker) mate sent me a text yesterday to say he'd entered for next April too. He has a dozen marathons under his belt and a 3:57 PB, whilst my solitary 5:08 in 2010 doesn't really stack up well against it.

Undeterred, I'm resolved to try to give him a run for his money, spurred on by the fact that he never trains for his races, and I'm stubborn and bloodyminded enough to flog myself to death between now and April to (if not beat him then at least) run him a close race, and minimise his gloating.

Perversely, it seems the way for me to run faster is to run slower, but longer. So for the next 3 months I'll be trying to do as many slow miles as possible to improve my endurance/aerobic fitness. As luck would have it, I live 5 miles from home, so i'm starting by substituting a few of my cycle commutes with runs and build from there. Looks like i'll be in the slow lane for quite some time yet though.

M...eldy    pirate
08/10/2012 at 17:09

'I live 5 miles from home '    

You'll fit right in here !!!

08/10/2012 at 17:11

Slowly is better than not

08/10/2012 at 17:19

I WORK 4 miles from home but I have to take the car and do 40 visits to Council Tax payers each day!

Good afternoon, I'm still impressed with you Chesties.  Glad you've put things in perspective Spence.  

Welcome Dustyrose and do come and tell us more.

AG, it's good to have a goal other than just getting round so it will be 'kill or cure' for you to get trained up to try and give your mate a hard time.

Fig jam sounds interesting Chuggs. I'm sure people appreciate thoughtful homemade gifts as much if not more than bought ones. 

Podds, we had a similar scenario with Bear the other day but it was daytime and I was in the same room!  He never asked to go out,which he usually does and I never saw hime do it, just smelled it!

Nogs, you sound like a real athlete doing those little iclines and going out in the rain.  Ihaven't been on my bike while!  Need to get back on it though as we are doing the Leeds/Liverpool canal with some disabled kids next year.


08/10/2012 at 17:20

Hello Mick, you slipped in there when I wasn't looking.  Howa are you and Phil?


08/10/2012 at 17:22

hi Fp - ok thanks

not been doing so much - but still been doing some

08/10/2012 at 17:49

It must be bedtime now surely!!? 

08/10/2012 at 18:00

doh! yep, I work 5 miles from home. I live 0 miles from home, thankfully :-\


M...eldy    pirate
08/10/2012 at 18:06

14 hours til bedtime 

08/10/2012 at 18:11

14 hours

Holy shit

08/10/2012 at 19:12

I went to the doctors a little while back.  I seem to have a hernia and a cyst in my gentlemans area.

No treatment needed and no modification of my life.


I'm going to try living 5 miles from home, gotta be worth a go.

M...eldy    pirate
08/10/2012 at 19:16

Nog, le rouleur wrote (see)

I went to the doctors a little while back.  I seem to have a hernia and a cyst in my gentlemans area.


...  the garage??  

08/10/2012 at 19:32

Nice try Melds.

This in the area where I've stored my brains for the past 45 years.


08/10/2012 at 19:33

Hmmm, actually, 47 years.

08/10/2012 at 19:58

Hi, I was just after some advice. im doing the Birmingham half marathon in 2 weeks and it'll be my first. Im 29, 12 stone and play football. I can run quite alot in football during 5 a side although seem to struggle with short bursts of energy.

Anyway, I trained for a couple of months and was up to 9 miles, not very quick but feeling ok after. I then picked up a groin injury which I wanted to rest so I've only been running again the last week and did a 10k on Sunday in an hour, not brilliant but again I felt like I had more in me.

My question is I missed around three weeks training and as a beginner to marathons Im terrified that the hampered training is going to leave me short on the day and im going to embarras myself. Should I run it or wait until next year when I can train for longer? I want to do it but Im just catching up again now and I have to taper next week so im scared i wont get there. Any thoughts?

08/10/2012 at 20:03

Darren, there are plenty on here better qualified than me to offer an oipinion.

My two penn'orth would be, if the groin is ok, give it a go but go for a finish and not a time.  Take David Coleman's mara advice - start slowly and slow down.


08/10/2012 at 20:43
DL wrote (see)

Podds - how exactly did you know it was NV and at 1.30 am???? You're not telling me you're up at that time on a school night? Forget IM and all that stuff - if that's true you is well ard innit. If you weren't up then and have worked it out - you need to change jobs - get yourself down one of those CSI thingies.

I'm afraid I'm not well 'ard innit or a secret CSI (although I did do a year of forensic medicine at uni - most interesting course of the lot!)

Sadlly the 2 upstairs dogs suddenly leapt to their feet (paws?) at 1.30 and legged it downstairs so I followed to see off the imagined burglar or cat or whatever only to be greeted by the umistakeable whiff of fresh doo doo   and as the NV is the only one who sleeps downstairs the finger got pointed at him


Nog, le rouleur wrote (see)

I went to the doctors a little while back.  I seem to have a hernia and a cyst in my gentlemans area.

That's another frequent CW article isn't it..........some of the "ahem" issues in and around the saddle area caused or exascerbated by time in the saddle....

Darren - if you do decide to go ahead and do it don't try and catch up all the missed sessions between now and the start - perhaps reduce the taper time a little though to around a week?  but only you know how mentally tough you are and what your physical state actually is.



08/10/2012 at 21:03


Darren - I'd say do it, but do it gently and don't flog yourself. Mind you, I'm not the best person to be offering advice right now... 

Today wasn't too bad! Nearly fell off the train onto the platform at St Pancras as legs wouldn't work  Walked to conference (about 40 mins) - felt almost human by the end. Sat down for most of day - could barely walk to toilet at lunch. Walked back to train, fine, sat on train, and could barely walk to the taxi at the end. Think the key is to keep moving! 

My sister's posted a picture of me being escorted over the finish by my lovely cycling fellas (glad to be rid of me I suspect...)

08/10/2012 at 21:07

Sister's just posted the mile splits... Don't know if this'll work... 

  1. 11.39
  2. 11.51
  3. 11.58
  4. 12.19
  5. 12.51
  6. 12.05
  7. 13.29
  8. 13.03
  9. 12.50
  10. 13.45
  11. 14.56
  12. 15.53
  13. 17.00
  14. 18.25
  15. 12.49
  16. 17.08
  17. 18.23
  18. 28.55
  19. 17.02
  20. 20.58
  21. 15.30
  22. 18.14
  23. 17.08
  24. 18.04
  25. 16.45
  26. 13.13
  27. 4.59
Can you spot where we stopped for a picnic?! (actually, could have been one of several points!!)
08/10/2012 at 21:15

Daffs, you are amazing.  Even without my hernia and lumpy bits I wouldn't have the gonads to do what you did on Sunday.




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