ASICS Target 26.2 - 2013

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01/03/2013 at 15:34

Hi Clive im doing Norton 9 if you fancy it? Its a 9 mile undulating (with two steeper hils at about 5 and 7 miles) road race, starts at 11 on Sunday?

I havent looked at isnt something thats tickled my fancy, but I dont know if its because its not accessable to me at the moment...hopefully this will soon be changing!

02/03/2013 at 17:46
Hi Sarah, got to give it a miss despite fancying it as got under 8 football to watch...

Good luck anyway!!
02/03/2013 at 18:59
Thankyou and good luck at the football.

Are you doing shef half at all?
02/03/2013 at 22:24
Clive Kelty wrote (see)
Afternoon everyone!
DS, Malcs- sorry to hear about the niggles, but hope that is all they are an settle quickly. Sounds like Spitfire will be fun irrespective.

Best of luck everyone for races this weekend! I'll be sneaking in a round the block 7-8 miler (I know it's not really hardcore like you lot ) before the kids wake up....

Cheers Clive. I think you're more hardcore though - we'll be in the middle of nowhere surrounded by fellow runners, you're running past all your neighbours dressed in tights - that takes some balls

Sarah - best of luck with your 9 miler, I assume you'll be racing it?

03/03/2013 at 14:42

News just in...  smashed by half PB! 1.54.38 so all that hard speed work that I winged about paid off!

need to go back n catch up on posts I missed, last week was traumatic n stressful at work! Catch up with you all later!

 In case you hadn't noticed I'm very happy!!

03/03/2013 at 18:13
Well done Jen- that's fantastic!! Where did you do it?

Had no running this weekend- cricked my neck on Friday night and spent all weekend in agony every time I try to turn my head lots of painkillers seem to be easing it though...

How was Spitfire Malcs, DS? How was Norton Sarah
03/03/2013 at 18:14

Congratulations Jen, im so happy for you...hope your celebrating tonight , its fantastic when you get out what you put in.

So then guys how did it go today?

I started the 9 mile race today with my legs feeling surprisingly ok after the 20 on friday so I decided to race it. After the first 2 miles I then decided that I might have been alittle too ambitious as my legs started to feel heavy. My 4 miles however they had loosened up and felt great so I just ploughed on. I managed 9 miles in 1;02;08 according to mrs Garmin (over 6 mins quicker than last year - but I was just returning from illness and it was my long run of the week). Its a very hilly course so im hoping to get just under one hour on my next 9 miler in 3 weeks time which is completley flat.

mile splits;

6:55, 6:53, 6:59, 7:01, 6:59, 7:09, 6:55, 6:59, 6:25. Average pace 6:55. Guess where the steepest hill was??

03/03/2013 at 18:15

Hi Clive...must have posted at the same time.....sorry to hear about your neck, how did you do it?...remember to keep it moving!

03/03/2013 at 20:15
Well done Jen. Brilliant!

I've already congratulated Sarah on her thread but well done again. Amazing stuff.

We had a good day at Spitfire. I ran 2:28:39 off a 3 1/2 min negative split. Very happy!

Malcs and Ady ran together and executed their plan perfectly. No doubt they will be on to provide details at some point. Really good to see them both
03/03/2013 at 20:45

Jen-tastic! Wow - did you feel the power of the Scarlets coarsing through your veins? Were they playing Yma O Hyd as you ran out?

Great running - well done you power squating wannabe ultra nut!

Sarah - if that's what you run on an undulating course then you will make easy pickings of anything remotely horizontal. Wow! You only seem to be further justifying the suggestions that you have the potential to absolutely murder your race PBs and in particular your marathon. Well done!

Had a fantastic day at Spitfire. Really great to meet up with DS2 and Ady. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of you at TR24 now. We were saying that we should try and organise some other races where more of us can meet up. 

Ady had pretty ambitious targets from Sam: 8:45-9mm 1st 10 then 8mm for the 2nd 10. I was hoping to follow him so I nearly fell off my chair when I read that. However, he pulled me along and we were joined by another forumite, Young Pup which helped alot.

Quite tough switching from 8:45 ish down to 8 suddenly but after a couple of miles it wasn't so bad. It was hard but manageable and I found that my sore legs that usually kick in at 15 miles were delayed until 18ish, which was great! Best of all the two days rest, stretching and rolling seemed to have sorted my hamstring out. I suspected it was just tightness and it seems that's exactly what it was but that didn't stop me moping around for two days in a state of worry 

We got round in 2:45 so I'm over the moon with the result. I've never done so much MP mileage in a training run before so it's a huge confidence boost. I'll be honest, the thought of doing 26 at MP scares the me more than a power squatting session with Jen (that's scary) but I still have a good 4-5 weeks training left so who knows. 

DS2 - thanks for your company today. Sorry we couldn't get anywhere near your pace but the chat and the bacon sarnies afterwards was a real pleasure - an occasion that must be repeated!

Clive - sorry to hear that you were grounded. I hope the neck clears up. Does being a medic make these things easier or harder to deal with? 

Edited: 03/03/2013 at 20:47
03/03/2013 at 21:00
Likewise Malcs. I'm sure Ruth the dietician doesn't follow this thread so it'll be ok to mention Ady eating all of those bacon sandwiches!!! Haha
03/03/2013 at 21:31

Sarah, DS2 , Malcs , I'm SO glad your races went well, we've all been putting in the hard miles, so its really great to see the well deserved results! I love reading your race reports.

I've been celebrating with red wine n chocolate   and I'm following that with a week visiting my daughter in Abu Dhabi,( with no running!!!!) so I may not be on the thread much next 10 days! I'll be back to SERIOUS Snowdon training after that.

Clive, hope neck clears quickly. My half was on home ground, starting at Llanelli Scarletts rugby stadium, then a breezy coast path!

04/03/2013 at 16:09

Bacon sandwiches, red wine and chocolate...its certainly a good thing that Ruth isnt on here! After the weekends races i feel that we all needed a bit of a treat

Congratulations DS2, Malcs and Ady on doing so well at the spitfire. I have my 20 miler in two weeks time and im really dreading (but also excited) about doing so many MP miles in a run. Like what you said Malcs, the transition from running slower to picking up the pace at mile 10 will be the hardest and then those last few miles when you want to slow down...but what a confidence boost when you have done it. I dont even want to mention maintaining that pace for 26.2 miles...the thought at the moment scares me...but like what they have been saying on minnis thread, the taper together with all the training makes it easier on the day ( I hope)

Abu Dhabi sounds exciting. Hope that you have a fabulous time, cant wait  to hear all about it when you get back Jen

04/03/2013 at 16:10

Forgot to say Malcs, im glad your legs are feeling okey again

04/03/2013 at 16:15

Wow guys you lot are doing some awesome running! I'm looking forward to my long walk (have that mind set then it can only get better!) another two weeks and that is my long runs done and dusted!! and to be honest I'm looking forward to doing more short runs, although saying that what is the best way to train for TR24?

I collected my road bike yesterday and all I  can say is OOUUCCHH!! My friend who was fixing it for me lives a mile away from my house, I thought when he said he was going to take me for a bike ride it was going to be just back to my house! Oh no... 10 miles later I was home..... as I thought it was only a short ride I wore jeans!!!!  Ouch is a complete understatement!!! all that said I thought I should have a day off the bike today!

So I ran to the pool swam then ran home, to then find I and now leading the beginners session with the running club tonight! Fabulous!

04/03/2013 at 17:12
Tigger- ouch indeed! Us MAMIL's (middle aged men in Lycra) don't wear it just because we look good! Get online and order some Lycra - you won't regret it.


You'll be on there for hours!
04/03/2013 at 19:14

Sarah - thanks. Did a recovery run today and leg seems ok. It's at this point in training where something usually goes wrong so I'm being very careful.

I'm sure you'll have no problem with those MP miles. Nice idea to do MP then slow, then MP. I've only ever done the MP stuff at the end. Might have to try that.

Tigger - I don't know what's the best way to train for TR24. Last year I just did my normal running and then as the event got closer I did a few double 6 milers - so 6 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon. I also did one late at night (10pm) to see how that felt but to be honest I don't think you need to.

That said, it is worth trying running with your head torch beforehand so you know it's comfortable and that it fits ok. Probably best to combine that with the late night run as running in the day with a head torch on will simply make you look like a nutter...or more of a nutter in your case

Jen - liking the celebration routine! Have a great time in Abu Dhabi Doo!


04/03/2013 at 21:22

Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of postings outside my own thread... been super busy as usual.

I've just been trying to have a bit of a catch up - everyone has been up to so much! Sounds like everyone is doing really well

I saw a couple of the Spitfire pics on Ady's thread - looks like you three had a great day.

sarah osborne wrote (see)

Bacon sandwiches, red wine and chocolate...its certainly a good thing that Ruth isnt on here! After the weekends races i feel that we all needed a bit of a treat

You should have seen the breakfast Mel and I tucked into before heading to training day... Healthy it was not

Have a great time in Abu Dhabi Jen! I expect plenty of pics on facebook.. And a postcard. And for you to bring the sunshine back with you.

04/03/2013 at 23:06
haha..trying to get the image of you all running in the day with your head torches on now.

Just wondering do we need a torch each or can we share one? Never used one so im a bit of a novice?

Tigger your last two days sound evil....hope you survived the beginners club and now have your feet up.

Hi guessing Ruth was out of eye sight then?
05/03/2013 at 09:08

Hey Guys, great to see the thread's still going strong, although I've skimmed it since my last post I've not taken most of it in. Bit of an extended absence for me due to (in no particular order) hols, sickness and work.

Went for my first run in ages (if you can call it that! 3 min walk, 5 min run, 3 min walk, 6 min run, 3 min walk) felt great even if it was only a little activity. Unfortunately didn't go so well yesterday when I tried to repeat it Will stick with it though, for the first time in a while I feel confident I can sort these knees out, albeit slowly!


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