Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

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18/11/2012 at 18:40

What a fabulous running day!  I decided to do 14 miles just to make the most of it... though it wiped me out for the afternoon .  So tired! 

I wore shorts only and could really feel it in the legs after only a few miles.  This has pretty well convinced me that the tights do make a difference.  I hadn't realised quite how cold it was when I set out, but it was icy over the hills.  My legs felt like lead coming back up the hills and through the mud from mile 10 - 12.  I'm out of practice on the hills and it showed.  To think I was running 20 miles on much the same route back in March/April.  Very enjoyable run nonetheless, and time will tell whether my kness decide to rebel again.  I'm having to hold the bannister on the stairs again

I wish I was at the pace of most of you guys!  6:30mm is my fastest ever - for one mile only and on a treadmill.

Bo - I had a brief spell of calf trouble and sorted it in no time at all with a foam roller.  

18/11/2012 at 20:20
Good result Choisty, great time. I did Gosport a couple of years ago, boring course but fast.

Oscarr hope you are feeling better?

Not seen Luke on here for a while, is he still about ?

Just getting back into a running routine, only 5 weeks to go before my last marathon of 2012!! Got a few weeks to fit in some decent 16-20 mile long runs and the a small taper.

Entered the Downton Half which is next Sunday just so I can keep my at least 1race for every month of 2012 going!!

Missed the Asics comp this year, will try again next year.

18/11/2012 at 20:24

Wow Choisty!  Wow Ben!  

It was so glorious out there today, I had a fab hilly trail run on ledges and everything!  

So tired now - did 25 miles from Fri evening to this afternoon.  Gosh.  Easyish to be fair, very light on pace as we were a mixed group.   

19/11/2012 at 07:53

Ten - wouldn't worry - you're faster than me!!  I will never be that fast and certainly not over anything as short as a mile!

FH - bad luck! 

reiki - that sounds lovely - good effort on the miles!

Random thought for mcs (who I think was asking about psychology books a little while back).  Do you know about this one? It's written by the guy who looks after the likes of Wiggo and Victoria Pendleton...

Happy Monday all!

19/11/2012 at 10:02

Heard a lot about this Chimp, from the Sky riders all talking about the chimp in the head, might take a read........
Great running and times well done to all.  Choisty Mr Speedy and Ben too awesome times.
Had  an hour yesterday after chopping wood for two hours so managed a sunny but cold 7.33 miles run. Have a good week.

19/11/2012 at 10:23

I think the Chimp is similar to the Central Governor that Fitzgerald talks about - the bit in the mind that you need to train to stop it shutting you down too early.

19/11/2012 at 10:42

My chimp likes chocolate ... and ... cake - that keeps him quiet!


19/11/2012 at 11:33

Chilly here in Derbyshire this morning. Leaves blowing off the trees. My central governor likes curry!! Yum and Nespresso coffees x 2 in the AM.......

19/11/2012 at 11:58

My central govenor tells me I run too much and should spend more time with her and the kids, especially on Sunday mornings! etc.....

The chimp in our house is a small cheeky boy who likes nothing more than a good scrap with his dad, and there is no shutting down early!

19/11/2012 at 12:08

Great runs - Choisty & Ben

My central governor had me re-modelling the kitchen on Sunday so missed the perfect weather.

Oh well, I was out XC'ing on Saturday can't win 'em all.

19/11/2012 at 12:10
My chimp is always up for a protracted and reasonable discussion at around mile 17.

So far it has come out 50/50 so it knows it's always worth suggesting.

Speaking of books, I received *The Art of Running Faster* by Julian Goater & Don Melvin, just started reading thus morning on the train, can't edit to get back to it. So readable, gorgeously written - the main bloke (JG) is an RAF man and Oxford graduate, win the English Nationals in 1981.

I love a good story.

Had an hour on the Alter G thus morning, another progression run, today with two hills! I am loving this toy, no illusions about how easy it is at 70%, but am getting my feet way more flicky uppy.

And no pain.
19/11/2012 at 12:11
Guys sorry about my posts from the phone! I should survey them prior to sending really!
19/11/2012 at 12:19

RR - I bought that book after listening to the interview with Julian on marathon talk.  I'm working on getting my mileage up to a more consistent level.  Hill sprints is a step beyond for me at the moment - too risky!  I must have another read to refresh my memory of his good advice.

I started using progression runs while following Bo and Emma this year.  They are a great way to make long runs more interesting.

Don't mention pain.

19/11/2012 at 14:32

My shoulders are rather sore this morning after wielding a splitting axe on a load of rounds of silver birch 8am till 10 ish. My legs are fine after a run, must run more and split logs less. Just won the new Kindle Paperwhite, though not available until December from Scottish Power. Answered a survey for Scottish Power.   Trying to stop my laptop from leaving the cursor behind when I type because when I stop typing it returns to the place I last stopped. Anyone got any ideas driving me bats???

19/11/2012 at 20:15
Just told my Wife about the chimp, before I had finished she told me that chimp was infact a monkey on my back !

MCS, I have new picture of you in my head now, it's you running behind me with an axe !!

Off tomorrow so will be out running in the rain, hope I can fit 16 miles in.

19/11/2012 at 20:43
Hi guys,

Not been on For ages. Been doing my dissertation for a MSc so been crazy busy. Although did find a few of you on Facebook.

Running has been on the back burner since the marathon. Played a lot of squash and a bit of footie but mostly been working, decorating and doing this uni work. Anyway started back training last week and I've signed up for cross country this weekend. It's a 5 mile course in lpool but no idea how to pace it. I guess if I was road running I would b aiming for about 31 mins. Any tips?

Hope everyone is well, in gonna read through what I have missed.

Good to b back,

Edited: 19/11/2012 at 20:43
19/11/2012 at 23:09
Good to know your alive Luke! Sounds like you have been busy, which sometimes is a good thing. Just had my busiest week for sales, car sales has gone mad! As a garage we sold 23 cars Friday to Monday, I sold 12 of them. Happy days !

20/11/2012 at 08:15

Welcome back Luke.

FH - well done, i sense another bonus on its way!!

20/11/2012 at 08:35

I was trying to stay away from axe wielding imagery!

Luke add a minute a mile and enjoy?  Or really just go out and see what happens as you are coming back, so this should be a treat rather than something you have targetted and trained for.

I'm on FB too if anyone wants to link up.   

20/11/2012 at 08:48

Hey all

Hi Luke - nice to have you back - with xc the terrain is often the deciding factor.  You have two choices - set off at 5 mile pace and then try to hang on or set off around people that you normally run just behind and then see how you feel at half way and then shoe it to the end.  Try to get there early if you can so you can have a nosy at as much of the course as you can.

FH - good work that man!  We know where to come when we want a new car then

mcs - yippppppeeeeee Have you tried defragmenting it?  Sounds like it's running a bit slow...

reiki - I've pmd you my facebook name so we can 'make friends' xx  Mr Goater's book is on my amazon wishlist!

Treadmill day here me thinks - it's biblical at the moment, so to speak!

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