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Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
24/03/2013 at 14:45

6 mile run with the dogs, averaged 9 and a half minute miles so quite pleased with that. On course for my target of getting back down to 8min miles by the time of our first triathlon of the season on 12th May. Cycled 2 hours on the turbo. John went swimming a lot earlier than normal as there was no footy replay to watch - he swam 3200m, then did 700m of aqua-jogging, so he says! As usual he's determined to log more exercise than me so is now on his bike on the turbo - competitive? Us? Whatever gives you that idea?  

24/03/2013 at 15:04

Excellent run IW! 

I had a tough old 12 miler and seemed to be running into the biting wind all the time.  Didn't warm up at all and was glad when it was over.  Time for a tapir 

(((Matsmum))) oh no, poor you.  I know how disappointed you must feel.  However, if you feel you must do VLM then I would suggest you consider walking rather than running at least part of it.  If you defer then you'll give yourself a chance to recover and build a strong base for next year.  Take care whatever you decide to do.  Tinker has recovered his appetite now thank goodness and other than a bit of diarrhea (sp?) he's doing well.

JJ, what's the difference between horse in gravy and cow in gravy?

Hope it went well for you today Terry and that you're celebrating now.

24/03/2013 at 16:35

BIW, good run there, you are already getting "up to speed."

Red, well done on your run into the biting wind. My race went very well in a bitterly cold easterly wind and I have already celebrated with a glass or three of red wine.

My time was 46.33 which was well within my target of 47 minutes, and equates to 35.49, and a WAVA of 76.4, my best for 12 years. I must be doing something right. There were 2,600 entrants, which in my opinion were far too many for the infrastructure. There were only 600 official parking places, which were completely full when we arrived an hour early at 9.00. Luckily, Geoff, who was driving, knew of an Industrial Estate, a reasonable walk from the Leisure Centre, so we were able to park there. T Shirts had to be collected before the start, which seemed ridiculous as the queues were horrendous. Far better to have collected them after the race. There was considerable congestion at the start, and despite starting fairly near the front, had to walk a while before crossing the start line. It took over a k to get past the runners who should have started further back, before I could get into my stride. My mile splits were :- 7.42 7.36 7.40 7.16 7.24 7.23 1.29, an average of 7.30. 

24/03/2013 at 16:53

TE - well done you, that WAVA is beyond my wildest dreams. Doesn't sound like a very well organised race, though. Seems an odd idea, giving out T shirts at the beginning; what about the DNFs?

Matsmum - commiserations re the Morton's neuroma. Elder daughter had a neuroma on the top of her foot, and had it removed surgically. Don't think it was Morton's, though.

Forced myself out into bitter cold (0 degrees, but with a windchill factor) with the intention of just going to the town lake, once round it and home. Pavements partly clear, but lumpy frozen snow in places. After I'd been going for a mile or so, I felt a bit more positive about the whole thing and added a couple of extra bits, making it 4.33 miles altogether.

Edited: 24/03/2013 at 16:54
24/03/2013 at 17:13

Excellent result Terry!  Several 1/2's give out T's beforehand which I find very annoying.

Columba,  well done for sticking with it.

24/03/2013 at 17:30

Columba and Red, thanks! Well done Columba running through the snow.

I don't' know how many DNF's there were, but there were 2080 finishers. I was equal 4th in the M65-70 category on chip time, and came 725th overall. My chip time was a second quicker than my Garmin, and was 46.32. I think I may have been the fastest Hardley runner, age related, as our first finisher, a senior man ran 36.05, compared with my 35.49. My next race is the Alton 10 mile which is classed as undulating/hilly on 5th May, which gives me time to do more quality training and mileage, and attempt to go sub 78 minutes.

24/03/2013 at 18:42

IW
Good run there. Some form is coming back very quickly.

TE
Very good result in all respects. Decent time. Very good age grading. Excellent finishing position in the age group and overall too.

Redhead
The horse is bigger and doesn't have horns - I think!

Matsmum
If you are injured you can defer your VLM place to next year

Columba
Another 4 miles always helps.
JJ

24/03/2013 at 18:44

TE
A 77 minute 10 miler would equal my 65-69 age group best. Go for it.
JJ

24/03/2013 at 18:51

JJ, thanks, and a tough target to aim for. It is classified undulating/hilly, so will take a lot more effort than on a flat course.

25/03/2013 at 08:38

TE - I'm really impressed by those stats!

Red - I always, always (except in the most inviting weather) feel reluctant to go out for a run; and I nearly always feel much better about it once I've done a mile or a mile and a half.

25/03/2013 at 09:01

Columba, thanks! I'm really pleased that my hard, dedicated training has paid off. There is no doubt that you get out of training, what you put into it. I know it is out of fashion now, but I still believe in "no pain no gain."

Off for a recovery run later this morning.

25/03/2013 at 09:38

Well done TE! A lady from our club, who has always been slower than me, managed 51:30 yesterday! I'm going to quiz her about her training. She is a fair bit younger than me, and has managed to lose a lot of weight, but has obviously trained well too. I think it was a PB by about 7 minutes, or maybe more.

Glad that the hand is improving IW.

Welcome Grendel.

Tough decision to make Matsmum. The friend above, who has so improved her 10k time, was meant to run VLM last year and had to defer due to injury - think she is likely to get a massive PB this year, on her current performance, so if you do decide that is what you should do, it may in the end work out well, although frustrating now.

I'm continuing with my 'run every day' challenge, and ran to meet my long-legged and speedy daughter in the next village yesterday. She & her family were coming for a pre-birthday family lunch for OH, who will be 60 on Wednesday. Running with her resulted in a negative split for me. Still really cold here, but no more snow.

25/03/2013 at 12:20

Well done TE- a great run in challenging conditions.

I did my longest run of the VLM campaign- 22 miles in the gales. It wasn't pretty or fast but job done

25/03/2013 at 16:15

Diana, thanks, and well done to your club mate and her massive PB. Good luck with your running every day

00 50, thanks, the conditions really were challenging, and I think it was the coldest race I have ever participated in. Well done to you running 22 miles in gale force winds.

Ran a 6 mile recovery run this morning, and it was as cold, if not colder than yesterday. If only that easterly wind would drop, it would be a tropical 3 degrees.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
25/03/2013 at 17:50

Super result, TE! Well done

25/03/2013 at 18:25

Thanks BIW.

25/03/2013 at 19:28

Went for a 32 minute run today and got very sweaty in spite of the severe wind chill. No idea how far.

OO 50
Do you mind not being pretty when you run?  

Diana
If someone is doing something that is clearly working it's well worth asking them what their training is like. I got a very large percentage of my knowledge that way.
JJ

25/03/2013 at 20:40

Evening all,

No running today as it's a rest day.  Got some new ASICs in the post this morning but they've changed so dramatically from the ones I like that they're going to be sent straight back tomorrow!

We were very pleased to see the oil tanker this morning as we ran out over a week ago!  We'd ordered more when the tank was getting low but we had to wait 2.5 weeks for our delivery because they had a backlog of orders 'cos of the snow.  We've been looking like arctic explorers with layer upon layer of clothing with hot water bottles never far away.  This afternoon I had to have my woolly hat surgically removed 'cos I haven't taken it off at all and now I've peeled off a few layers I look so much slimmer! 

00, well done for doing 22 miles in horrid conditions.

Intervals on the treddy for me tomorrow morning.

25/03/2013 at 21:08

Hi Red
Well oiled again?
JJ

25/03/2013 at 23:25

Redhead, I road tested my new Asics DS racers yesterday which I plan to wear for the VLM. They feel different from the last pair but no major blisters or issues- so I guess they passed the test.

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