working at it slowly

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10/02/2004 at 11:19
Hi trin
I agree with you and FF - the not so slow ones won't be interested in our breakthroughs and will take themselves off to somewhere more appropriate.
What is fast? Fast enough to catch my overweight labrador when next door's cat is teasing him would be nice. Not that the cat is in any danger!!
Going out for a meal tonight so no training for me as will barely have time to get home from work, sort out dogs and then go.
Fast other half coming back from Japan in couple of weeks (only been away a year) so looking forward to getting out during the week once he's back.
Watch this space in March!
Good luck with your training tonight. I think it's fine to up your weekend run and a mid week run as long as you don't overdue either of them. Many programmes (or whatever length / speed etc) advocate 3 weeks of increasing intensity and then 1 week stepping back intensity / distance etc etc. I'm trying to do this and so far so good.
10/02/2004 at 11:26
I was brave enough (or daft enough) to join the local running club.

The first night I went we did 4.2 miles, which was fine.

Last week we did 8 miles. The first 3 were fine, then we hit the HILL. It felt like a cliff and went on for about a mile.(I have driven up it since to check, and it is pretty steep)

Fortunately for me, some of the others stopped before the hill to say goodbye to some people who were heading back early.

Even with a head start they had caught up with me by the top, and I struggled on behind them all for the final few miles back to the sports centre.

So,in short, tonight will be another 8 miler, same route as last time, and I'm hoping that the fitness I must have miraculously acquired since last week will allow me to finish the run without my legs turning to jelly.

By the way, last week we averaged 10min 40sec miles- and I was exhausted by the end.

Here's hoping they all stop for a chat at the bottom of the hill again to give me a chance!
10/02/2004 at 11:26
I'm gonna do a timed short run tonight which I do every now and again to make sure i'm not getting any slower. Last time I was much slower cos I didn't do any speed training over xmas. Done some half hearted little bits of speed training lately, so we'll see.

I reckon we should judge each case individually Trinity?

Puff, I was so slow I went backwards on Sunday - trying to get over a hill with gale force winds against me - it was comical.
10/02/2004 at 11:35

I've got a 10 mile race on 7 March, which will be the longest race I've done.

I'm probably feeling much as you are about your half marathon.

But if we both keep plugging away at it we'll be fine.

For me, I just have to be careful and not start off too fast in the race. i did that in a 10k recently (5min 20 for the first 1k), and, by the time I'd passed the 2k mark everyone was overtaking me and I thought I was going to have to stop & have a rest.

good luck for the race Norma
10/02/2004 at 11:42
Going to do some "speedwork" tonight on the treadmill. Schedule says: warm up then 3x10 minutes at half marathon pace or faster with 4 min recoveries. So very very slow to start, slow then very slow (x3), return to very very slow for last 10 mins.
10/02/2004 at 11:47
Thanks FF - good luck with your race too
10/02/2004 at 11:47
I usually walk in my speedwork recoverieds

oops, im not allowed to do speeedwork
I mean , I USED to walk
10/02/2004 at 12:27
Why aren' you allowed to do speedwork hippo?
10/02/2004 at 12:36
Base training
Musnt go anerobic

probably should not even talk about it

BTW, the fastest"speed" ive done is 11kph on the tready

not for owt more than 400m

thats some peoples normal speed!!!!!!!!!!
10/02/2004 at 12:54
FF are you doing the Wymondham 10, on 7 march ?

I am too, if thats the case!

perhaps we should organise a 'meet' there?
10/02/2004 at 13:21
Hello - can I join in? Im a slow runner whose pb on a 10K is 61 minutes and am currently panicking slightly because ive just applied for a half marathon in March (first one) and i havent ran further than 7-8 miles in one go. I went on my running clubs Sunday long run but felt so slow as they are all training for the FLM so their pace is a lot faster than mine - I think im about 9.30 minutes per mile at the moment.

Ive also entered the Dublin Marathon so need lots of help and motivation.
10/02/2004 at 13:21
Hello All,
I think that I can slot in here nicely. I am a beginner (only 3 weeks in) and can only just manage 1.5 miles in about 20minutes. I promise it is a slow jog and not a fast walk!

I'm coming along very slowly but with great personal satisfaction!
10/02/2004 at 13:27
Hi ten ton, how's your ankle now? did you get it sorted. Glad to hear you are still at it.

Hi Tilly too, kind of in the same position as you as have entered 10m (which I mistakenly thought was a 10 k <blush> in March, and am currently running slightly under 5 miles. (so also have to double mileage)

My action plan - devise a plan and go for it and see what happens. Hope it goes ok for you. What date is your event?
10/02/2004 at 13:27

I'm at the opposite end of the country. My 10 mile race is the Arbroath Smokies for women.Time for a bit of bracing north sea air!

Good luck for the Wyndmondham 10.
10/02/2004 at 13:29
Sorry-that didn't quite come out right-
WYM-OND-HAM- there we go, that's better.
10/02/2004 at 13:29
Since sticking to the treadmill I haven't had any aches or pains. Think I'll have to reduce my excess bulk by at least another stone before I go out again.

Still at it and starting to get to the point where I actually enjoy it (all bar the last 2 minutes!).
10/02/2004 at 13:31
Hi Trinity1, my events March 14th so not long to go - dont know where this year is going!

I think you will surprise yourself when it gets to the day! I hope yours goes ok - what day is it on.

Ten ton - you sound like you're doing great - keep at it - it does get easier!
10/02/2004 at 13:34

Just a question out of nosiness.

What is your base training pace like?

Is it about the equivalent of 70% heart rate, or is it even slower?

I find that I still have to walk quite a lot when I do my 70% recovery runs, so I hate to think what I'd be feeling like if all my running was at that pace.

Good on you for sticking to the base training programme.

10/02/2004 at 13:37
Looks like March is going to be a busy month for us sprinters.

Good luck on the 14th, Tilly
10/02/2004 at 13:38
Hi peeps

Am about 13/14 min miling at the moment. For about a mile at a time.

Was getting speeds up in the Summer, but came down with virus that knocked me flat on back, so just gradually building up tiem on feet again.

Speed can darnwell wait :o)

(it always had to in the past!)
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