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23/02/2013 at 19:06
Has it been wet for you today SJ? Just shows how much the weather varies round here because we had it dry all afternoon except for a few stray snow flakes. Forecast is for another cold dry day tomorrow which is good as I want to do a very slow 12 miler which will be longest before Liverpool in 3 weeks.

Parkrun for me today was a slow one, although I think I was on track for a good PB up until the 3rd hill when one of the juniors started to look distinctly unwell so I dropped back with him as on other weeks he's paced me to PBs. I figured that there'll be the chance for a PB next week.

Hope everyone has a good long run tomorrow, and Blackpool goes well Rick.
23/02/2013 at 20:19

he he ah well done Lou, your a star looking after the young ones hey!

Today, was been snow on and off all day, but not heavy and it didnt stick. Ive checked the weather and it says cloudy for Sunday. So that a do, although as you say it will be cold.

Sounds like youve got your training for liverpool well organised, the 16 im doing will be my longest run before it, with 14 next week and 12 the week after.

Hope the hams are holding up!

24/02/2013 at 10:16
Thanks for the welcome sjpc. Day off yesterday too - running in the gym this afternoon so not worried about he weather.
24/02/2013 at 16:40
Had a good run in the blackpool hm.finished in 1hr 39mins. really happy with that.also think im in top 5 for m55.
24/02/2013 at 19:11
Fantastic time Rick! Well done. Not just under 1.45, under 1.40. 2 milestones in one go
24/02/2013 at 19:25
Congrats Rick, you must be chuffed. Hope you're having a glass of something and some good food to celebrate.
24/02/2013 at 20:53
Yes had my 1st pint since new yrs eve.yes i know boring lol i hope ive set the standard for our lancs forom to go on and smash all our pb.s
25/02/2013 at 13:24

Alright Rick, no putting PB pressure on us!! he he - But hey well done thats a great time.

My sixteen mile run went well, except, we took a wrong turning and ended up going about 18 m instead. But go round, so its not all bad.

Today, i would of gone to the gym, but ive not the time. Which is annoying as ive been on-off with the gym for past two months and really wanted to get back into going every week.


02/03/2013 at 16:07
What runs we on this weekend people? long bike ride mw getting myself ready for pendle witches ride end of march.
02/03/2013 at 16:21
Just heaton parkrun for me today (but got a pb so very happy with that), Stan Bradshw round (what used to be the half tour of Pendle) next Saturday then Liverpool Half the next weekend. Pendle witches ride sounds exciting!
02/03/2013 at 16:28

I'm having a quieter weekend as I think my body is telling me to rest, so I skipped parkrun this morning but am hoping to do a slow 10 miler tomorrow, and then drop to 8 next weekend before Liverpool. I have been enjoying the lighter evenings the last couple of weeks, it feels like it makes a big difference! 

02/03/2013 at 17:36

Afternoon all!! And yes you did miss ParkRun Lou and as you've guessed i was there for a change. Although, i think maybe doing a blood donation on Thursday may of affected me, as i couldn't really push on, but i kept under 22, so i was happy with that.

Sunday morning, im off doing a 14 mile section of the Preston marathon route :

Started cutting down my miles as Liverpool is coming up, so just done 3 runs this week so far.

Well done on your Pb Nicola.


04/03/2013 at 11:05
Aw sorry I missed you SJ, we never seem to go on the same weeks!

I did my 10 miler kicking and screaming yesterday as I didn't feel in the mood for it, but actually about 6 miles in I started to loosen up and enjoy it. I went along some trails and then through Haigh hall in Wigan and then back along the canal.

I'm looking forward to getting Liverpool HM out the way, I've not particularly enjoyed my training for it this time round as it feels like it's been a battle against the weather plus I've had a lot on with work. I think once it's done I'll probably give racing a miss for a while and just concentrate on enjoying it a bit more. I have had a bit of a boost though as I found out last night that I got parkrunner of the month so get a free pair of trainers from sweatshop which is exciting!
04/03/2013 at 11:45

Hello all, since I have moved back to the MIghty North West after living away for 29 years and a new runner starting in June 2012 after enterting the Freckleton Half Marathon and finishing in 1 Hour 47 Mins and 11 secounds. I have entered it again this time with some training My first focus though is just to do a Marathon without any structured training. Naughty I know . But I would like to use my Marathon as a base line for Freckleton Half Marathon and finish under 1 hour 40 at least. But I will be racing on 10k's now and then. I feel I could break the 45 minute mark but would love to breat the 42 Minute mark by the end of the year. My dream is to break the 40 Minute Mark for 10k, Half Marathon 1 hour 30 and York Marathon (last one of the year) 3 Hours 30 Mins. After that I will only do one Marathon a year.

So I hope you do not mind me saying hello and look forward in exchanging running tips and idea's.


04/03/2013 at 11:48

Oops Sorry I forgot to Mention the Manchester Marathon on the 28 April 2013.


05/03/2013 at 12:40

Lou, you were ParkRunner of the month!! Thats fantastic well done, see all those PBs came good hey! Im pleased for you and yes we've not been to the same one for a bit, i think its because you keep going to the wrong ones he he :P I'll be there this Saturday.

You could always move to just doing 10ks for a bit, if your struggling with HM training. Im pleased its going to rain over the next week days, as hopefully, that will mean Liverpool will be dry #FingersCrossed

And the run you did, sounds really good. (The 10 miler)

Hello travelling Runner, your more than welcome to join our board and post whenever you want!

The Freckleton HM is a great race, everyone should run it at least once! Not sure about your plan to do a marathon without any training plan mind....seems a tad risky to me.Try the book "Advanced Marathoning" its well worth buying

Your goal times are the same as mine...Where do you live ?


06/03/2013 at 08:57

Hello SJPC, I live on the out skirts of Bolton. To behonest I am struggling with time, because of my life style. I do not have every weekend off and also mid week time off is not recovered when I do work weekends. So most days I travel from Bolton to Manchester. So I have to make do with some runs between the traveling to make the most of my time management. I now know what it like if you stop for a 2 weeks and then try to catch up the miles back. Cant be done sensibly really. I did a 16 mile run without doing any big distances for a month so I took it steady on 155 Heart Rate, steady 9 min miles on a hilly course. So I am hoping I can at least do Manchester just under 4 hours. I would take that deal with the type of training I have been doing. I still have 8 weeks before the date.

I like to feel the Mental Challenges too, so being pushed out my traiing limits (in running any way) as you know the better middle distance runner you are the more power you loose. It how much I want to loose) coming from a Judo and Wresting background. It sounds silly but I enjoy having explosive power I see it as a security blanket in some way. I have learned there is no hiding places in Marathon Miles, you have to get on the road. Laughing I am now looking like a stick insect. So it would not be the distant I would stay at once this Marathon is done. 

Lastly thank you for the welcome  

06/03/2013 at 09:59

No need to thank me Traveling Runner, the forum is for all.

Marathon is a tough distance, ive only done three and it wasn't till the 3rd one that i properly enjoyed it. It does take a lot of hours hard work, but you get there in the end. You will go through some pain though, but once you crossed that finish line and had a think about what youve done, your be proud of yourself.

If youve got 8 weeks training to go, i bet you could pull off an online training course. Try googling "Runners World Smart Coach" , 8 weeks isn't ideal, but its better than no structure. One thing you should do it try and get in one run of a least 20 miles before the day. Your up to 16 miles, so thats a good base. Try and cover a min of 20-30 miles each week (Over the seven days) and that should get you round at the very least. One thing also , is not to push it until you've at least passed the 20 mile point, no matter how good you feel.

You can still keep your power, but your need to throw in some interval training, hill repeats , perhaps even give your local ParkRun a go, you can then do a fast paced 5k a good few times over the next 8 weeks and that should keep your pace from dropping.

10/03/2013 at 07:42

Well did make parkrun yesterday, as wasnt ready in tim, but got out for a five miler. Just now preparing for a 12 miler. My last long run before Liverpool.

What is everyone else up to ?

10/03/2013 at 12:59
31 mile bike ride me.over and aroind burnley then up over pendle hill gut busting that lol.around ribble then home to oswaldtwistle.getting ready for easter sunday 53 mile pendle runnings on back burner till then .
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