Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

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01/01/2013 at 16:07

Happy New Year everyone - lots of good racing and trips planned for 2013 for us all so it should be a good year.

No running for me today as i did a circuit of Richmond Park yesterday - 7 miles. Spying roaming deer - great training route if you are visiting that part of London.

01/01/2013 at 16:10

Well, not doing London 10k, some issue wih my card and after RR note on what a mightmare it is, had a look around...  Lucky save there, thanks RR, owe you 50 notes.... 

Still doing the silly thing though. Might have to do more weights... 

01/01/2013 at 16:36

LOL reiki - that sounds fun!  Will check it out later - gotta like mastering something that you initially can't do!

Bo - drinkies + credit cards should never mix!! Think of it like guinness + pernod

Guess who's got their first cold of the year!!  I blame the goddaughter - I love her dearly but every time I see the little monkey she has bubble-blowing-viscous- snot and I always end up with similar a few days later!  Still - I've had my flu jab so I'm... invincible hahahahahaha

Last race as a V35 on Sunday - well when I say race - I mean organised-tempo-sightseeing-trip-round-a-cowfield.  Gotta make the numbers up - cross country up here seems to be a dying pasttime.  My last xc for a while too - I made a decision last week that I'm not doing it next year cos of training for/going to Cyprus/taking a rest after which will take me to December anyway!  The year after... who knows - but by then we might have a local parkrun...


01/01/2013 at 18:43

SB - what a pro with the link!

I was just coming on here to report on the Newbury parkrun which was today, at the sensible hour of 10:00am. It is just a pity that a fair few runners planned for the usual 9:00am start and looked lost/frozen when I turned up.

I noticed that the "real" runners (everybody on here of course) jogged round to warm up while waiting in the 4 degrees C bright sunny morning, while the remainder chatted and froze...

Anyway, with the sun further over the yardarm than usual it was the mad stampede for the first 600 meters which saw a 5:43 min/m pace on my watch for about 30 secs before reality struck home.

At the 1st K turn I was 29th I think and into a rythm at about 6:30 min/m ish, and then got past 4 runners quite quickly as they faded. The next two young guns on for the next 2+K but I reeled them in and tried to hang on up the interminable slope (also 2K) to the finish.

At 4.6K my New Year's Eve caught up with me and they were through again. I finished completely spent in 21:06 and 23rd place so pleased enough especially as it was off the back of my longest weekly mileage in 10 wks.

I was second on Age Grade overall with 77% beaten only by a 35-40 yr old lady who likes to be towed around by a huskie ( that's a dog, not the old Hillman vehicle that some on here will remember) oh, and I do mean the animal, not the lady!

I'll stop now...

Happy New Year, strong and fast running to all  

01/01/2013 at 18:59

No running for me either, but had a bash at a Pilates routine which, with stretches afterwards took almost two hours!

And had a little go on the bike for an hour.

Back to work tomorrow which may interfere with some although not all of these experiments.  

Nice run there Mike. 

01/01/2013 at 19:21

Happy New Year! 

First run of the year done - eight miles GA with 10x100m strides on the treadmill.  I run my strides at top speed 6:30 pace, which is enough to send my heart rate to 80% HRR.  It's going to be a looooooooooooong time before I'll be able to keep up with Mike for more than a few yards.

We had a Hillman Imp.


01/01/2013 at 20:24

SB - might have a local park run.. - you could always start one next winter???

Forgot to mention that when i went to that charity curry evening i sat next to a guy who has done some 50 and 100 mile events - i asked him what the main tips were he could give me for going up from the marathon to The Wall - he gave me two, first that the back to backs on consecutive days are key to replicate the event and secondly, finding good ways to take on board enough good nutrition en route.

01/01/2013 at 23:43

Still trying to recover from endless colds, and also a bad back for the past few days, haven't been running
Haven't totted up my mileage for 2012 - but it would have been well under 1,000. I'm planning 1000miles for 2013 and a significant weight loss and improvements in my PBs across all distances from 5k and up. Time to be disciplined!

02/01/2013 at 11:30

Morning all. welcome to 2013 if you have just got up!!! Dark here, too dark this am when I had to get up for work. Back to it again that was one quick holiday! 
Looking for some new fell running shoes or trail shoes any suggestions? Its sale time.....Addidas Kandia or Salomon Ultra Pro 3Ds are two I have looked at online need to go try some on I guess.


02/01/2013 at 11:46

Morning all - snuffaluffagus bear here! 

oscarr - there's one currently nearly sorted for Lincoln (fingers crossed) - which'd be fab so it's all under control whoop whoop.  No problem with cake quaffing for us me thinks .  B2B advice noted - I'm determined to do them - it makes such sense when you think about it.

I have my Relentless Forward Progress book ready packed for our trip to Lanzarote - holiday reading extraordinaire - am resisting the temptation to start it... but will do a review when we get back!

AC8 - yak you poor thing - one cold is quite enough for me but don't stress you have the rest of your life to run - so think of it as recharging (like a battery) time.  You'll soon be back in action if you let your body have the rest it needs .  In the meantime - get your mileage figure in - don't worry about the figures - everyone has a starting point and when you know what it is you can take sensible steps based on it! I personally am fascinated by our data so far...

mcs - never tried either sorry - can happily recommend the Salomon Crossmaxes though - esp if you're hopping on/off pavement or disused railway type trails - they're also pretty grippy in those flooded mud/water type fields you have over there just now!  I'm hanging on for a couple of weeks to see if they get reduced any further so I can line up a 2nd pair of them - they're perfect for the Wall


02/01/2013 at 12:02
AC8 I seem to be getting something of a tailend sniffler to my pre Christmas viral thing, but this is affording us the opportunity to clear out all those little residual %s from all the bugs we fought off.

Otherwise we'd be operating at less than full throttle when it matters.

SB my brother just returned from Lanzarote. Is it a place where running is a viable option? I was surprised at how hot he said it was.

mcs I just got a pair of Innov8s which feel mega comfy. Haven't tried them out yet though.
02/01/2013 at 12:06

Morning reiki - it'll be low to mid 20s when we're there so as long as we go out first thing it should be just below and therefore my perfect running temp. 

Inov8s also get a fabaroo from me mcs!

02/01/2013 at 12:23
Sounds fantastic SB!

I would take my Aqua Jogger as well.
02/01/2013 at 12:36

OK, figures totted up for 2012 - a total of 1486 miles - 3 marathons raced with quickest at Abingdon 4:05 (in October and was the last of the 3 done in the year).

Reiki - i am going on a small diving boat in the Indian ocean for 12 days at beginning of Feb with no chance to do any aerobic exercise onboard so i thought of doing some aqua jogging using a life ring (float) to jog around the boat in the sea whilst moored - any tips will be greatfully received.

02/01/2013 at 13:42

Flogging my Inov8s as keep getting heel blister on one heel due to my heel spurs!! Spotted some Salomons being sold cheaply on here so might be sorted just got to try some on.......~
Sounds like a cracking holiday Oscarr.......nice, watch out for jelly fish.....

02/01/2013 at 14:19

Oscarr - another tip: stay tethered to the boat or without realising you may drift off on current/wind and have an unexpected aerobic swim back, which could get anerobic quite quickly if you see a wobbly triangular shape circling!

02/01/2013 at 14:40
Mike Sheridan wrote (see)

Oscarr - another tip: stay tethered to the boat or without realising you may drift off on current/wind and have an unexpected aerobic swim back, which could get anerobic quite quickly if you see a wobbly triangular shape circling!

Well i have to fill my time in somehow .  I hope to be swimming with lots of those wobbly triangular shaped finned thingies underwater at about 30m depth but don't want to see them on the surface .

02/01/2013 at 18:50


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)

oscarr - 1486 miles (Abingdon 4:05)

Conclusion - ???!!!  More data needed


reiki - I might have a go whilst I'm there - I've never tried it.  Ben does it on and off when he's a bit sore - knowing my water skills I expect to be doing a good impression of the aforementioned jellyfish!  Don't have enough teeth to be a shark!

mcs - ahhhh - yip they're not everyone's cup of tea - shame though!


02/01/2013 at 19:12

Oscarr I'd love to tell you all I know!

Don't bend forward at the waist is the only tip, then it's all about getting accustomed and playing with the many possibilities from jog / running at different speeds to the more outlandish pendulums [which again have so many variants in terms of whether foot is dorsiflexed or plantarflexed, length of swing], etc.

I also do high knees at varying paces, exaggeratedly looong running with the full range of motion you get, hurdles!, erm star jumps, a sort of grapevine thing, i just want to go do some of this NOW!!!

What about a go in the pool to check out the basic form?

One thing about an actual Aqua Jogger belt is that you can then move your arms freely rather than maybe having to control a flotation device that's not tight around you.


02/01/2013 at 20:59

Reiki - great - can you tell me more about the Aqua Jogger Belt and where i can buy them please.

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