Thames Valley Cross Country 2011/12

The 'official' thread. Of course.

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13/12/2011 at 16:47
I've heard from a few ladies that the lack of toilet facilities can be a put-off sometimes
Edited: 13/12/2011 at 16:49
13/12/2011 at 16:55
but there were plenty of woods there...
Cortina5    pirate
13/12/2011 at 17:15

88th male, 96th overall.

First time on the course, but I'm a fair bit faster this year overall.

13/12/2011 at 17:19

Woohoo Cat5 - good on ya!

SFTL - I'd second that! Ones that don't flush are not much better than none at all either.

(SG - you're being very brave today - it's a good job you're pretty swiftish! We're still ladies even if we like jumping in mud puddles you know!)

13/12/2011 at 20:06

hehe, i do forget that just because I'm an "outdoor" type, many others prefer their creature comforts. That one portaloo really doesn't do a job does it!!

24miles done in the last 2 days since the race. I feel ready to utterly break now.... can count 5 separate aches!!

Sleepy, what's Ben's normal mileage look like? It's got to be approaching 100miles a week surely?

13/12/2011 at 20:51

S'alright SG - my husband's faster than you so he can catch you and steal all your cakes NER NER

I hope you're not "outdoor" at home!! There were quite a few moans from ladies that needed to go but the queue was too big so had to run with a full tummy (so to speak) - never fun. Maybe the fact should get added to the info that gets sent out beforehand - at least people could then make sure they've been on the way.  I can't say I noticed if there were any public ones in the local villages.

I haven't run since - my spikes skinned my heels for me () - that'll teach me to wear them 3 times in 5 years.  Still the plasters are off now so hopefully I'll be able to face shoes tomorrow!

Ben's mileage - nah - you'd be surprised - he's more about quality than quantity - he says he averages 50.  He's only just gone to double sessions.  Does lots of abs, hills & fast efforts.  If you want more specifics - he'll be happy to chat - grab him on Sunday - even better bring him a cup of tea over and you'll not shut him up!  He's not secretive about  his training in the slightest.

I'd get him to log in but he's up to eyeballs in some work for tomorrow just now.

13/12/2011 at 20:55

I feared that would be the of these talented types

I'm strictly from the "work very hard" for my meagre results

Having clocked his calves, there must be plenty of gym work too.

Well done to any ladies who ran without unleashing. If i tried that I'd have broken down about 1/2mile in. It's my one key pre race thing to sort, even over a warmup!!

At least your shoes stayed in 1 piece. I lost the whole bottom half of one of my shoe, meaning i ran 3miles in a slipper! Was dangerous down that very steep down hill, had to run in the rough!!

13/12/2011 at 21:10

Well it's no wonder you didn't notice all the 'hotties' if you were too busy checking out Ben's legs!

Not good on the shoe front - are you sending them back to the manufacturer?  Not quite 'fit for purpose' in my book.  Yeah I was very pleased I'd opted for spikes - we warmed up on that hill in trail shoes and I was all over the place.  Ben tried it in road shoes - oh how I laughed!

13/12/2011 at 21:13

well...they were 6 years old

 A few days before i thought the weather and sheer lack of rain might make road shoes a possibility for once, but experience of this course is that it's never doable in anything less than studs.

Not many of the courses are spikes friendly though...Reading has some path sections...and some of the others have road or hard trail.

Secured a rest day tomorrow...good job, I'm utterly smashed this week. Back to it Thursday with a 4 and an 8!

14/12/2011 at 08:37

I take it you were talking about the shoes!!! Good job it's nearly Christmas eh.  Mine'll be back in their box now til next season probably.

Enjoy your day off!

14/12/2011 at 08:53

Better warn you - the Marlow ladies (and men if we can press gang them into it) are planning a bit of festive fun at Reading - should you wish to join us - the general theme is fairy fancy dress.   Ben says he will if other chaps do! (Wings and tutus are widely available so no excuses)  And no - I won't be climbing any trees!

Edited: 14/12/2011 at 08:58
14/12/2011 at 08:59

Oh dear, the Marlow blokes, bar Ben certainly don't need anything to slow them down!!

Is he doing many of the remaining ones then? Surprised he hasn't got more high profile races ahead? I have to bargain my races with a coach, and he's a lot faster than me!

14/12/2011 at 09:06

hee hee

We're not quite sure what's going on after Christmas yet.  Ben's away on a course for 2 months (Jan 3 - Feb 24) so we'll have to see how much work he gets given and whether he makes it home at weekends.  He does have various races in the calendar - his are normally Saturdays as you'd expect so it'll depend on whether he's able to get there and back in a day and get his work done.

Don't tell Ben you've got a coach - he'll be very, very jealous - I keep telling him he should think about it but it's difficult when we're moving/potentially moving so much.  Do you have much face to face time with yours or mostly phone/email?

14/12/2011 at 09:18

It's via this site and over the net really.

I'm pretty shocked someone of his level doesn't have any kind of coach. He must be one of the best runner in the country not to have one I'd have thought!

He's obviously doing amazingly as it is, but there's always the chance he could squeeze more out.

Drop me a pm, and I'll give you some info that might suit him...

14/12/2011 at 10:01

I would do if your inbox would let me - says you don't accept pms.

We'll see you Sunday anyway all being well!  

Right better do some work

14/12/2011 at 11:12

ahh i think you have to open your messaging first, mine's receiving them!

But yes, no doubt in some hyped up post race chat i'll bore you with a few options!

16/12/2011 at 09:36
Sleepy Bear - thanks for letting me know about this thread.  See you on Sunday, frills and all !!!
18/12/2011 at 09:23
Jeez it's going to be a cold one today folks, wrap up warm!
Cortina5    pirate
18/12/2011 at 09:58
18/12/2011 at 13:38

first back to report today then!

average one for me today.... 16th, in a time about 1min 20 or so slower than last year.

Didn't quite feel on it today, not sure if it was the few weeks semi injured catching me up, or mentally not feeling 100% bodywise.

However, good to get a last race in before christmas, was a nice one, and good banter as always. Shame a few more from the race don't find their way on here.

ps hope you're feeling better cat!

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