Sub 3:45 Group
Sorry to hear things aren't improving with the missus LS.
6 weekends of 13 milers is very impressive, I've only run once since the marathon! I'm hoping to do a 10k in a month and use the marathon training to get under that elusive 45 mins. Speed work starts tomorrow!
Wow!! A hilly 5 miler at 7.22 pace today with a 6.48 downhill 5th mile!!!
I'd buy it
Two weeks since the last post? Shame on us!
Had a couple of hot runs recently, real hard work but satisfying at the end. 6 hot miles last night at a pace that was 24 seconds per mile better than last week on the same circuit.
Went to the PGA Golf at Wentworth over the weekend. Superb golf going on. Followed Luke Donald for a while and saw Rory McIlroy hit most of the trees and crowd on Friday. Free golf umbrella for BMW drivers as we entered the BMW car park and then off to the BMW owners lounge for complimentary coffee and soft drinks. The Volvo biys didn't do that when they sponsored it (never had a Volvo anyway.)
There's a sale on a Wiggle.co.uk. Bought a pair of Ascis gel GT2170 shoes last night as my old pair have worn holes in the side. Should see me bouncing along nicely later this week and shaving some more seconds off my summer routes.
Hope you're all getting on well with hot summer training?
Remember, more miles means more beers!
Ooooh, the dreaded T-U-M-B-L-E-W-E-E-D is blowing across the thread.
I've not posted in ages, usual excuses, either too busy with other stuff or not running for various reasons. 2011 was my anus horriblis (I'm sure that's how her Maj spelt it way back in '97) ... 2 house moves, crocked almost all year (knee ... recurring war wound ..Jap sniper, Burma 1942), and a serious chocolate habit. Amazing how quickly a sedentary lifestyle can catch up with you. Oct 2010 I ran a PB in the Loch Ness marathon, sub 3:15, and by October 2011 I had put on almost 2 stone and could barely run 3 miles at 10m/m pace.
Been injury-free for the last six months and I've dropped a stone and back to reasonably comfortable sub 8 m/m over about 10 miles. Long haul though ... phew! As with LS I am signed up for the Dundee HM, and in September will run the first ever Highland Perthshire marathon, a 2 loop course, the first loop includes the HM runners too.
Anyone else running an autumn mara?
Great to have you back on the thread DFD!!
I'm slowly getting back into proper running again. Since FLM09 I've had a hip operation to fix a bone defect - they had to file it back into the right shape! 12 months of physio/rehab and I got running again. Fully fixed but playing too much football to do serious running or races. lost my job last year but found another. It did mean that lunchtime running was out for a while but I can get out once a week now.
Over the past 2 Sundays, I've done my first 10 mile runs since Jan 2010. managed 7.47 (1hr 18m) pace which I'm very pleased with on one hand but on the other, that's 10 mins off my best, so lots of work to do.
Bought one of those Garmin watches and it's great! Did a 4 mile interval session last night and it tells me I did some sprints at sub 5 min pace...only for a few seconds but it looks good on the stats.
Let's keep the thread going, gang!
Jeez, and I thought my bad knee was a disaster. Sounds like you've been right through the mangle there SB, but 10 miles at 7.47 m/m is far from shabby!
My "comeback" race was a HM (Angus HM - same as Stoker). Undulating course with a fairly brutal last few miles so I set off very conservatively near the back of the field (about 200 runners I think). Ran the first half without blowing too much as I knew about the sting in the tail, and also not having raced for 18 months had no idea what was in the tank. In the end I finished quite strongly for a a shade over 1:40. Next race is Dundee HM which is an easier course and I will have another couple of months training in the bag, so hoping for 1:35 -ish. I'm going to try the slow start approach again and just try and gradually wind it up. In a small field It means you get to pass lots of slower runners without weaving, and you don't need to waste energy warming up beforehand. I have a feeling I may have reached my high water mark in terms of race times (HM 1:28 three years ago), but I'm enjoying running again at least, and still trying my hardest!
Are you planning on going racing anytime soon SB?
Well, first long run of the marathon campaign yesterday. Set of on tired legs after several hours spent shopping with my girls (I have the mental strength to complete a marathon but crash and burn after an hour of shopping). The plan was torun 17 miles and try and keep to about 9 min miles, but I had an option of shortening the run in several places if I felt too knackered. Amazingly I had a really good run, and finished on strong legs with 2 sub 8 min miles. I think the weather probably helped a lot ... about 10 degrees, hardly any wind, and drizzly. I passed a woman walking a dog at one point and she said "nice day" as I passed by in the rain. I agreed with her comment but almost immediately realised she was kidding!
Legs are tired today though, but good miles under the belt.
Good work there DFD. Sounds like the weather was ideal for that sort of run this time of year but not so good for Pimms in the back garden with the shades and bermuda shorts on!
Tore my achiles at football last Thursday night, really hurt and was limping for a day but recovery seems quick. Did 16 miles on the bike yesterday and it felt fine. Will run again later this week to test it out.
No races planned for me yet as football coaching gets in the way. Might try one of the mad extreme races in Battersea in November as they're on a Saturday. Just waiting to see the football fixtures for Woking first. We won promotion to the Blue Square Premier and I don't want to miss a match!
Squeezed quite a lot of running in this week ... 17 on Sunday, 8 on Tuesday, 9 yesterday, and I might get another 6 in tonight while my daughter is at Gymnastics. Just trying to build up the miles a bit before we go off to the sun for a couple of weeks mid-July.
Interval session for me tonight. First time I've used teh Garmin to manage it.
1 mile w/up then 10 x 1 min fast and 1 min recoveries, 1 mile w/down4.7 miles at 7.31 pace. Some of the intervals hit 4.10 pace for a few metres. If I can keep that up, I'll have a tilt at the next Olympics....yeah, right!!
I love that gadget!
Hope you're all keeping well.
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