ASICS Target 26.2 - 2013

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01/04/2013 at 15:27

I murdered half a Cadburys Creme egg easter egg yesterday without even blinking. Yes, that's half an easter egg and one of the two creme eggs that comes with it. I felt so ashamed

Good to hear you got a run in Clive. Ha, don't blame you for upping your pace around those delicate spots. A man in lycra running past a pub full of lagered up blokes is likely to attract a fair amount of abuse!

Thanks for the vote of confidence. At the risk of setting myself up for a fall, I'm very confident of taking a big chunk off my time if I don't have any last minute issues. 3:45 at least be achievable though the closer to 3:30 I get the happier I'll be

I can't remember, do you have any races booked between now and TR24?

01/04/2013 at 16:05

Yep Malcs, I've got the coast wind sorted, I'm going to run alongside you with a riot shield!

Like your interpretation of fartlek Clive, I had a new one today as I had to dodge huge waves breaking over sea wall along Swansea front!!

If we're all confessing... I ate a whole HUGE hollow thorntons egg yesterday! (no regrets)

01/04/2013 at 20:02

LOL - awesome Jen, that should do the job nicely!

There is a real risk of the other half of my egg being consumed tonight. Glad I'm not the only one on chocolate duty.


01/04/2013 at 21:40

glad to hear that you managed to get some runs in clive

I had a fabulous time in Liverpool. Probably drank one too many cocktail though...but thats it now until after london!

I have sheffield half and isle of skye half and the national three peaks challenge before TR24 Malcs. How about you?

I havent had any eggs at all jen & malcs, the easter bunny forgot me this year, but I think I made up for it with cocktails and wine on saturday night instead

01/04/2013 at 23:49
Blimey, how many races are you doing this year Sarah?! I've only done one so far After the marathon I don't have anything until TR24 either.

3 Peaks will be fantastic I'm sure. Hope you get decent weather for it.

As predicted the other half egg bought the farm tonight. I did manage to leave the creme egg in the box though .... for tomorrow
02/04/2013 at 23:41
Im trying to get them all in before any little sarahs come along and it ruins my hobby!

Did you have your cream egg tonight ? I got my first egg tonight, chris bought me a 1D egg and cup that was reduced in tescos!!
03/04/2013 at 00:18
Ha - gotta love 1D

Aha - I see, doing a race blitz eh? Sounds fair enough.

I resisted the creme egg but I did have two Cadburys Roses!
03/04/2013 at 19:46

Hey you guys!!!

Belated Happy Easter to all!! I can honestly say that I too had no Easter eggs, however with Mr Tigger home for two weeks and his sweet tooth and lack of will power...... humm lots of everything consumed!!

Well the weekend saw the running club AGM.... ouch... as those on FB saw I suffered somewhat! I had far too many pints of beer, as we had 3 barrels of the stuff! We then heading to our favourite haunt 'the Bless' for yet more pints and lots of dancing! got to love a running club!!

I went to the Tri club last week, for my first swimming coaching session! OMG it was an experience and a half but I survived! and really enjoyed it!!

As for races, I have a 10k in 4 weeks then a half next month and fingers crossed a tri in July ( 14th DAY BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY!!) then very excited for the TR24!!

Glad to hear we have another member for our team, BUT  INDY  I  NEED TO  SPEAK  TO YOU  PLEASE  EMAIL  ME!!!

03/04/2013 at 23:45
I do love 1D...but shhhh dont tell any one!

Tigger let us know if Indy gets in touch. Fingers crossed he is still up for it. Looks like you have a busy time with races and tris coming up : )
04/04/2013 at 09:47

Hey guys - 3 days!!!

We could've all been there!

04/04/2013 at 10:48
DS2 wrote (see)

Hey guys - 3 days!!!

We could've all been there!

I was thinking the same thing yesterday... Wish I was going but really looking forward to seeing Alex, Sarah, Ady and Mel do well. Gutted for Steve, but think he made the right decision. It is good that RW are taking him to Paris anyway as he has been a huge part of the competition. Hows the Halstead preparation going- looked like the volume/speed has been good from the posts on the sub 3-15 thread.

Tigger- sounds like the AGM went well . Which Triathlon are you doing? I am going for my first Tri club swimming session tonight as preparation for the Great north swim and am a bit nervous. My wife has been a couple of times and it all sounds a bit full on. Would be much easier to put the running shoes on!

04/04/2013 at 12:30

Hi Clive,

Great to hear from you. I'm looking forward to them all doing well - they really deserve to!

I'm doing ok but work has been manic and what with the weather i've found motivation waning a little in recent weeks. I think 3:15 is still a strong possibility but I need a good few weeks now. I've started putting more interval tempo work in now so as long as I don't lose endurance I should do ok. I'll know better after my race this weekend - Paddock Wood half. Hoping to get very close to Sub 90, but will be tough.

How about you?

tigger - would love to do a tri but I am an appalling swimmer!

04/04/2013 at 13:40

Hey Clive I'm looking at doing foremark sprint on the 14th July ( day before my birthday if i hadn't mentioned it before!!) although not booked it yet! You will love it! well it may take some getting used to! for me it was just having so many people around me that I wasnt used to!

DS2 don't talk to me about being an appalling swimmer.....I WASNT a swimmer and now look at me!!

Sarah totally nothing wrong with 1D ask my 9 year old daughter!!

04/04/2013 at 14:16

Hey Tigger - we went to the O2 at the weekend and the new 1D store had opended that day. Luckily my 3 daughters were there to see Olly Murs so weren't that bothered but they do love 1D - just not as much as Olly. The girls went in with my MIL so me, Mrs DS2 and FIL went for a very pleasant meal while the concert was on.

Malcs - if you are about, I've been trying to to PM you but something wrong. I just spent half an hour writing a long response to your last message only for it to be lost once I pressed the send button - so I rewrote it and it happened again! I'll try again later mate but in a nutshell I think your targets make sense. i would suggest starting a touch inside 8mm and after 3 or 4 miles see how you feel. If it feels tough ease back a little. 8:20m will still see you around 3:38/9 and you are defintely capable of that.

I'm setting 3:15 as|Gold, 3;20 as silver(probably more realistic) and 3:25 (won't be devastated) as Bronze.

04/04/2013 at 16:16

DS2 - eek, I feel a bit guilty now. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. I actually had the same issues the other day with the PM system. I always copy my post text beforehand just in case something goes wrong.

What I found did work is pressing Back on the browser, which restored by post text and then sending it again worked.

I will go for your suggestion. Sounds sensible. I think if I start slow I'll just continue slow so if I want 3:30 I need to go 8mm from the start.

Do they leave you any leeway for the GFA times or is it 3:15 or below as a hard limit? 

04/04/2013 at 16:24

It is a hard limit so if I'm struggling to make it early on I will ease back and look to be inside 3:20. The last time I did that was in 1997 so it will be good whatever. I'd love to get inside 3:15 though and will assume it is going to happen!!!!

I tried that hitting the back button but to no avail.

I think we have similar pacing strategies. I think it is the favoured method. I will try to run 7:20mm for the first half and see how it goes. That would mean 7:32 for the second half would get me there! Every mile after half way I am inside 7:32 will be bonus seconds for the last 6 miles.

I'm thinking that 1:36:30 and 1:38:29 will be perfect!!!!!!!!!!!

04/04/2013 at 17:14

Sounds like a good plan DS2. 

I think for me the biggest factor will be the weather. Oddly I'm staring at the snow outside and thinking I'd prefer that to 20 degrees and sunny

BBC Forecast for Paris this Sunday is 11 degrees and sunny which for many people would be perfect conditions. 

Edited: 04/04/2013 at 17:15
04/04/2013 at 19:38
I reckon that's perfect conditions for anyone! As long as its not windy!
04/04/2013 at 21:53
Good luck for your half at the weekend DS2

Tigger thats made me feel even worse (im 31)! Are we having belated birthday celebrations for you at TR24 then??

Not sure about the sun in Paris though...might get too warm!
Edited: 04/04/2013 at 21:54
05/04/2013 at 12:50

Good luck for the race this weekend DS!

Went swimming last night with local Tri club- feeling it today. As I had been to a couple of the open water swims before they wouldn't let me get in the beginners lane- 1 hour and 80 lengths of 'intervals' later I was knackered. Give me a track session or tempo run anytime. Aching today in places I didn't know could ache...

Might be quiet next week as in the Lakes on hols and coverage is patchy with mobiles. I'll try to dip in if I can.

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