Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

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30/12/2012 at 15:47

Sorry SB - my bad.  I only did one marathon this year (Milton Keynes).  I just happened to equal my previous marathon time.  Although, the MK marathon was really an ultra due to re-routing around the floods 

30/12/2012 at 17:41
And it was the worse rain that I have ever had the misfortune to go to IKEA in. Oh, or try to support marathon runners coming home to... I'd claim that as a PB Ten. On the upside, we got some nice, white, Billy book and CD cases...

I've been keeping my mara time a secret since April: 4:06:26.

Oh, SB: is that practice offer still on the table?

And what else are you folks running this year. Looked at an interesting Ultra, but al the places are gone. Will be a 2 points for UTMB... Could have qualified for the mini CCC thing. Have to look around again. MCS: anything up your way? There is something calling me to run around Kinder and Edale... Had my first ever pint there, after getting lost with the Air Cadets and really, really cold. Oh, memories.
30/12/2012 at 19:23

BoD are you coming with us to Coniston 14?  I take it that you have knocked the fags on the head again?  Ambivalence is the culprit every time, no willpower required.   

Now where was I?  Oh yes Buntingford.  It was windy, hilly, and the sun came out, but the miracle is that I added a couple of miles before the start [had to really], and went round sticking to long run pace [9:20-10:20, actually 9:30 all the way], and although foot niggled a bit at first, and both hips had a squeak, really it was only a tight left calf that bothered me at all.

So I am one happy bunny, so enthused I did loads of stretching and rollering his afternoon.  

It was uncanny that when I put the running shoes on, and the lesser orthoses, everything seemed to sigh and get with the show.

Really enjoyed the race, which was so easy despite the hills, so am also pleased at feeling so strong despite the fear that something could blow up at any moment.

Several people got into races with me and I resisted all but 3 of these, going a bit progressiony at the end to take a bloke out on the uphill finish that used to kill me.

Well it should be easy at that pace, but even so, that was my first full weight run in two weeks!

12.3 in 2 hours, 95 for the ten.

I have mile repeats tomorrow, so am hoping for a circa 6-7 mile boost to the year's total, and only did the one marathon this year, so let's say I do 6 tomorrow :

1070.09 - VLM 4:06:53 

30/12/2012 at 20:06

Evening all - just watched the Haile Gebrselassiefilm - wowsers - no wonder he's so fit - everyday was a test of endurance.


reiki - 1070.09 (VLM 4:06:53)

BoD - 1268 (Paris - 4:06:26)

Ten - 1361 (Milton Keynes - 4.38)

Me - 1412 (Langdale - 4:26)

I can see we need more data though at present - doing less miles = better race time!   There's hope for me yet

Bo - massage - yes of course though weekend wise we don't have a free one until March now (I know - it's getting silly!) Are you working Monday - Friday these days?  If you fancy a Derbyshire mission - can't recommend the Belper 30k enough - me and oscarr did it last year (August) and had a fabulous time xx

Edited: 30/12/2012 at 20:15
30/12/2012 at 20:15

SB that would be the conclusion, yes, and I refer you to my previous suggestion that the prize should be for the best marathon time from the least miles.

But then are you going to attribute notional mileage to equivalent pursuits, particularly those undertaken as direct substitutes due to injury?  And do you want to deduct 30% of those I do on the Alter G?  

I actually think the big divide mileage wise is between the 3 hour marathon and the 4 [just as crude examples].  I'm pretty sure I'd have done even less mileage when I did sub 4, so am of the opinion that you can get away with it at this level. 


30/12/2012 at 21:01

Mike - 1300 (VLM 3:32:13; Abingdon 3:24:12)

Sleepy Bear wrote (see)


reiki - 1070.09 (VLM 4:06:53)

BoD - 1268 (Paris - 4:06:26)

Ten - 1361 (Milton Keynes - 4.38)

Me - 1412 (Langdale - 4:26)

I can see we need more data though at present - doing less miles = better race time!   There's hope for me yet




30/12/2012 at 21:40

Had some humble pie for supper tonight!

Plan was to run my 13m marathon pace effort as instructed in P&D - 8m @ MP.

So what is MP? I decided I would run mine at 7:30m/mile pace which is 18 secs/m faster than Abingdon - the 1st 4 were pretty even in 7:27; 7:37: 7:33; 7:22; then I upped the pace to 6:59, turned at the 7m point and.....the wheels fell off.

I was now uphill into a very stiff wind that was trying to scuttle me across the road whenever I turned. Mansuit on, I managed 7:58 and called it a day for my MP effort and ran home at about 8:30min/m pace.

My route was hilly and the total ascent (per garmin) was 2,100 ft so I was entitled to be tired but if I'm honest, this was tougher and more exhausting than either of my marathon runs and I just am not as fit as I thought I was.....hence the humble pie!

Next week I'll be fitter!  

31/12/2012 at 08:01

Hope eveyone has a great new year celebration and looks forward to a great and fruitful 2013.  I'm off to a black tie do tonight so wont be posting early tomorrow!!

31/12/2012 at 12:29

oooooh Mike's thrown the cat amongst the theoretical pigeons LOL

reiki - miles is miles xxx


reiki - 1070.09 (VLM 4:06:53)

BoD - 1268 (Paris - 4:06:26)

Mike - 1300 (VLM 3:32:13; Abingdon 3:24:12)

Ten - 1361 (Milton Keynes - 4.38)

Me - 1412 (Langdale - 4:26)

Have a fab-u-lous time oscarr - will look forward to hearing all about it later!

I have officially filled in my triathlon club membership form and am putting it in it's envelope as soon as I finish typing.  Duathlon/cross training/racing here I come!  Am a little nervous but hey it's good to step out of your comfort zone right?

Does anyone happen to know whether Tri Clubs are UKA affiliated?  Or do I enter races as unattached?  Hmm - email to club sec coming up me thinks

31/12/2012 at 13:20

Belated Christmas present - my new 2160's arrived this morning.  I'm actually going to start recording my mileage against these shoes, which I haven't bothered with up to now.  One pair will become my official race pair for HM/20m/FM   I'll test them briefly this week on a couple of short recovery runs.

31/12/2012 at 15:34

1070.72 is my revised total for 2013 folks, and then I had a massage and a spot of ultrasound.  

A splendid end to the year. 

Enjoy the do Oscarr! 

Hope to see you all in 2013! 

31/12/2012 at 15:40
1427 for the year for me. Another year done roll on the new one......tough six hilly in 52 mins in the rain.....not enough miles done this last couple of weeks......have a good evening all.
Great racing RR.....
31/12/2012 at 15:45
4.08.31 edinburgh this year was my time.
You should have popped in SB two mins walk from the trail to my house.
31/12/2012 at 17:35


reiki - 1070.72 (VLM 4:06:53)

BoD - 1268 (Paris - 4:06:26)

Mike - 1300 (VLM 3:32:13; Abingdon 3:24:12)

Ten - 1361 (Milton Keynes - 4.38)

Me - 1412 (Langdale - 4:26)

mcs - 1427 (Edinburgh 4:08:31)

1300 looks like the magic number!

mcs - now you tell us LOL.  Next time... we never turn down a cup of tea! 

Have a lovely evening all - I'm sat here watching Mr Duck in the oven - quiet one for us!  Bliss...

2013 is gonna be a good 'un - brace yourselves!

31/12/2012 at 20:10

Stat attack, well I thought I'd take a peek at 2010 when I scraped sub 4.  

I won't make you guess, it's approximately half this year's total @ 540.22 !!

Loads of double training days though, bike and pool, and lots of intense or long Aqua Jogs in there.  This actually gives me a boost that I can get through the current injuries reasonably fit at least!

Hey maybe I should check 2011....


01/01/2013 at 07:31

Happy New year everyone

01/01/2013 at 10:52

Happy New Year folks - BRING IT ON!!!

I've started 2013 as I mean to go on... and good news - my heart rate training seems to be working!  For the second week in a row my average heart rate at the end of a preset treadmill session has dropped by a beat.  Must be patient and persevere - I want wheels like Mike's - I'd be more than happy to run 4 miles at circa 7.30 pace before the wheels dropped off!  I think they'd drop off much sooner than that just now LOL!

Yippeee yippeee yipppeee


01/01/2013 at 11:28
Happy new year folks.

I'm hanging....
01/01/2013 at 11:30
Might still be drunk... And entered the London 10k and this bad boy:
01/01/2013 at 13:51

Nice one SB.

Bo you need help.  London 10K is a nightmre!  Heh heh. 

This morning I have played MacMillan drills for Distance Runners in the kitchen - he says 20 metres each way, and kitchen is 6.5ish I reckon [after lying down a few times went for counting the tiles!]. 

That was a laugh, but his Core for Runners DVD Level ONE is very worrying indeed, just tried each thing once, and that was more than enough, put it all away and did a spot of hoovering is how bad it was.  The METRONOME I had better adopt I reckon.

One of the stunts is to kneel on a yoga ball.  Kneel on one. 



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