Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

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17/05/2013 at 15:45

Choisty - you are right, this week is runners heaven - can't believe that I am so confident of doing the marathon tomorrow as a training run after all the fast pace runs this week giving a total of 58 hard miles - all this super slow LSR work over the last two months is paying off.

mike - I did that section of the ridgeway in training a couple weeks ago - from Nuffield to Goring along Grims Dyke, Wallingforto and s.stoke.  You need to be very careful along Grims Dyke cos the path is strewn with tree roots and other tripping hazards and that's where I tripped and fell badly.  Wallingford to s.stoke has a mix of good surface and bad.  Better that you are prepared for this than it be a surprise on the day. There is some good scenery along the way as well so not all bad!

17/05/2013 at 16:33

Ah thanks Oscarr - good to have local knowledge.

I was going to do a practice run so as not to get lost on the I definitely will have to have a look!

Good luck on the mara.......

18/05/2013 at 09:37

Go go go oscarr and sleepy!  X

18/05/2013 at 09:47
What Emma said!!
18/05/2013 at 16:22


What a great marathon - Sleepy and I ran together all the way in a massive negative split in 4:22 - treated it as strong steady run rather than all out - both finished strongly with no ill effects.  For me, that's 58 miles of racing in 6 days and I cannot believe I have done it - convinced it's all down to the high volume and very slow training LSRs.

ceilidh and meal tonight to finish the week - think I will sit in the corner and drink vast quantities of ale!!!!!!

Sleepy feels the run strangely easy and doesn't feel like she's run a marathon - she will tell more next week when back home and logged in.

happy running to everyone this weekend.

18/05/2013 at 16:25

Congratulations Oscarr/Sleepy  - particularly well done off the back of a heavy week of running!

18/05/2013 at 16:53
My heroes!!!

I knew you'd find it easy, and what a gift to be able to run together
18/05/2013 at 21:33

Wow - that equals my pb!!!!!!!!

19/05/2013 at 14:58

I've completed my five week post-marathon recovery program (where did that time go?!!). I'm now back to 35m in a week, and my pace is already at the fast end of training paces for a 3:45 marathon next spring (I'm running strictly according to heart rate). It will be interesting to see how this develops now that I can begin speedwork and train for some 10k races.

19/05/2013 at 15:27
Nice Ten, I didn't make it to 5 weeks before sidelining myself quite decisively, 3 hour Aqua Jog this morning keeps the fitness going though, and hones that mental toughness.

Following a killer treatment on my right calf yesterday, the leg feels a lot more stable, thankfully, no hopping or skipping though so I think I'll have to cancel the TRX training again on Weds, and definitely no running yet, will carry on with bike and pool and hope to resume pilates this week too.
19/05/2013 at 16:15

Jeez Reikki - you're not wrong about mental toughness! Three hours aqua jogging would drive me insane! Hope you get back to the running soon.

21/05/2013 at 13:06

Well done to the Marathoners nice easy run out there!!! Respect. Not managing to fit much running in due to working too much and other kitchen......full on acting role etc etc..... anyway did a nice hilly five miler on Sunday but took me 50 mins at least............good to see you are all buzzing along.

Tenjiso what plan are you following with the heart rate training? Might give this a go as need to get up early am and run as got a half or two later in the year.

Have a good week all.


21/05/2013 at 13:40

mcs - I've been following the P&D advanced marathoning training plan. For the recovery program I took their advice and switched from running at prescribed paces to running to heart rate. The reason being that the program would tailor itself to me own recovery capability. I'm well pleased I followed the advice!

I'm going to follow another P&D plan for my 10K training, taken from "Road Racing for Serious Runners". I haven't yet decided whether I'll be following pace guidleines or heart rate ranges (or a mixture). I have a few weeks to experiment and decide before I start the plan.

Today I ran eight miles at the proposed "long run" heart rate range. Next week I'll do the same at the proposed training pace for comparison. I'm a little confused as to whether I should train at paces based on my current 10K pace, or my target 10K pace. So I've got more reading to do.

21/05/2013 at 13:54

Yo dudes/dudettes - how are we all doing today?

Finally home....epic journey but worth it!  Could quite happily run again today - weird eh!  Beginning to understand Rosie's mindset!!!! ROFL 

Can't emphasize how well oscarr did - smashed all my course times from previous years and still had the energy to be calculating speed effects on average pace after 25 miles leading to a comedy moment which I'm still chuckling about.... The last mile is a gradual uphill which I had been dreading all run - just as we rounded the worst bend I heard "we just need to run a blah blah blah" to which I replied "the only bleeping thing we need to do is put one foot in front of the other" LOL.  That was the only ½ mile of the run where I was grumpy despite being drenched from mile 1.  Took a gel in the last 3 miles which made me feel psychologically better I'm sure and deffo must have aided my recovery cos I was up and at it and off walking back to the campsite straight away.

2 big weeks to go then it's taper time whoop whooop


21/05/2013 at 14:07

Great to have you back sleepy! x

21/05/2013 at 14:13

Hi Em ((( )))) Good be back!

Using my birthday spa voucher 2moro to go and float in a bath of chocolate!!!!! I kid you not

21/05/2013 at 14:27

!!!!!!!!! Only you sleepy! xxxxxx

22/05/2013 at 11:25

That last mile really was a comedy moment - here's me thinking i could "help" by calculating and telling Sleepy all we had to do (pace wise) to meet her target and all i got back was "...k that!!"  Amazing what 25 miles does to a lady's demeanour!!

An amazing run considering we chatted the whole way round and even found time for some "beat you to the 30 mph sign" games in mile 24.  No stiffness since and the legs feel really good - have been resting and will start running again tomorrow.

22/05/2013 at 11:27

Oscarr - that has really made me giggle - especially as Sleepy is usually the bouciest most positive person in the world!

22/05/2013 at 11:33
EmmaC wrote (see)

...Sleepy is usually the bouciest most positive person in the world!

25 miles of Oscarr's jokes, though? Sleepy was remarkably restrained  


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