Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

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17/07/2013 at 11:30

Hi Everyone...... !!   Its been too long.   How you all doing ?

Not had time to come on here for ages, been so busy building an extension, well project managing the building of an extension.  I have been getting my hands dirty and taking on lots of jobs to cut costs, getting out the other side now and I am back running!   I had not run since London Marathon and I have been out a few times in the last 2 weeks, missed it BIG TIME !

I am now training for Abingdon Mara and looking forward to getting fit and racing again.  I know Mike and Oscarr have fond memories of Abingdon, anyone else done it or doing it this year ?

Will do my best to pop up on here now I have my life back.


19/07/2013 at 13:08

Welcome FH busy life for me too now having to work for a living back in the world of print........but in training now with 16 weeks to Coniston 14.......happy weekend all.

20/07/2013 at 11:21

Hi FH - you picked a hot month to tie the laces again, but at least you can acclimatise gently. I now call it "fry-running" as opposed to try running and I saw on a local news bulletin saying that the road surface temperature was 140 degrees F or 40+C so they put sand down to cover the molten tar......wouldn't want to drop a gel on that lot!

Stay safe everyone -

Just had a parkrun mis-fire where for some reason I had a strange "knock" behind my left knee for the first 1km which caused me to stop twice to stretch it out. Got going and as I warmed up properly it disappeared, so I pushed through for a 21:04. All ok now and I think it was caused by a new warm up exercise that I won't be repeating......I know, never try anything new before an event!

21/07/2013 at 19:14
What were you doing Mike?

hi all, I ran to work today, 9.4 miles @ 10:15 pace. The first couple of miles my right lower leg was stiff & unresponsive, confidence a bit shot no doubt too, & afterwards my left hip was sore again, but all in all I am hopeful as it could have been loads worse.

Two weeks from now I will be well into WPFG competition, in fact I will [let's say may] have already done 5 000m, 4 x 400m, 10 000m & half marathon - will be taking one event at a time & have entered the 800m & 1500m in case I can't cope with the longer outings.

I'd be so excited if I felt closer to 100%. As it is I'm pretty excited!

SB I don't know if you get AW - Ben is on Pg 47 of the latest edition. Standing next to a friend of my brother's at the start of the 10 000m in Brum.
22/07/2013 at 11:59

Thanks MSC and Mike,!

It is very hot out there, been going out 1st thing or after 8.30pm, but I still MELT !  As we all know rain is never too far away.



23/07/2013 at 17:48

Hi all.

I managed a new 10k PB on Sunday in spite of the heat (though thankfully it wasn't as hot as it could have been). I maintained my target pace on flat/decline sections, but slowed more than I wanted to on the inclines. I just couldn't push it to make up the lost time, although I did manage to put in my fastest time in the final kilometre. It was seriously hard work for a gain of about forty seconds!  Still, it was a "B" race. My "A" race is in seven weeks time, so I've got some work to do to make the kind of improvement I'm looking for.

27/07/2013 at 12:07

Hi everyone and good to see FH back on here.  Good running everyone.

Just back from a few holidays.  Didn't run at all for 3 weeks after The Wall but have been back running for the last 2 weeks.

Did my local Park Run this morning to see if my legs have any speed left in them after all the endurance work of the last few months.  Surprised myself with a PB in 22:28 !!!  Conditions were ideal underfoot, temp, wind etc but i was not expecting to get anywhere near my best time.  Sets me up nicely to start my Abingdon mara 12 week schedule on monday.

Anyone seen Sleepy??

29/07/2013 at 20:36

Hi Oscarr - wondererd where you had gone! A new PB - well done. Endurance counts for everything, it's not called the base layer for nothing

Recently I have paid for and had confirmation of GFA VLM 2014

Hurdled over the brambles after getting baulked at the start of the latest Newbury parkrun and finished in 20:02.

02 secs off sub 20 for the second time, how frustrating, but I did have the satisfaction of overtaking 8 runners from the 800 metre mark and I think I dragged 5 of them to PB's - all of them in my slipstream except one chap who nipped past in the last strides and recorded 20:01. I have no sympathy since I did all the hard work....Lol!

Finally, at some point on my 10 m Sunday evening lap pf Highclere Estate, I passed the 3,000 mile mark since I picked up running almost 3 ago to the day.

Next off to Northern Ireland (wife territory) for a short break and have already got a pass for the Lisburn parkrun, so that should be fun.

Happy running in the cooler conditions folks.....

30/07/2013 at 12:39

Nice running M and hi to Oscarr......been doing well with running this last three weeks back to three runs a week and a bike ride. My young brother is turning into a speed merchant and out gunning his older bro now. He did a 5.50 mile last week. Needless to say I was no where near him. we did a hilly 5 miler this morning in 38 mins which I was dead chuffed with. Happy runnning all.

30/07/2013 at 13:05

Hi Mike and mcs - great running

30/07/2013 at 17:26
Hi all!

Mike I'm off to Norn Irn tomorrow, & I'm from Lisburn, well Lambeg just outside!

The Waterworks PR in Belfast is great - will be there on Saturday with my brother, not running myself though as I have 7 events in 5 days in WPFG, & will be heading for the track afterwards for the 1500m I think it is that day.

I did a PR on Saturday just to see if I at least could, what with the 5 000m being my first event & all. Not great in 25:58 but took it steady with effort rather than flat out, & the games are by age so will need to pace myself through to maximize bling potential.

Am not 100% but will not run in pain ever again trust me!

Well done Oscarr on that PB, was wondering if your hols would ever end.

Fido you must stop putting yourself down. I mean Ten.

mcs it's great to see you enjoying your running & with such good company too.
01/08/2013 at 16:33

Hi all - sorry been awol - been reglossing the woodwork (yawn!!!) It's never ending!

Am running like a bag of spanners at the moment but have started my Cyprus training and doing Body Pump and Pilates at the local gym so hopeful of swift progress

Impressed with the speedies! What have you guys been feeding yourselves??? Can I have some please.

If you're forum has gone mad - try bookmarking the below - it takes you back to the old style bookmark list (if you have this thread bookmarked of course!)

Have a great time reiki!



01/08/2013 at 17:31

Hi SB, good to see your alive !!

Great running Oscarr and Mike.

Not so good for me, done too much too soon and I am now paying the price!!  Calf strain, Abingdon is a NO NO now.  Got to rest up and then take it easy and get fit for 2014.

Take care all.


02/08/2013 at 20:43

FH - lessons are there to be learned so here's to a speedy recovery and a great 2014 for you.

04/08/2013 at 11:47

Tut Tut FH    Hope you mend soon and that the strain is mild.  2014 sounds like a sensible aim!

I'm quite happy with the concept of just pootling round my races for the rest of the year - already feel like this year has been an epic achievement so don't feel any desperate need to achieve anything else... Am sure that'll change as I rebuild!

Am surprisingly unachy after my 3 gym sessions this week - though I definitely felt my lack of recent resistance training earlier in the week!  If you've not tried Body Pump at your place oscarr - do it - it's much easier coordination wise than step - usually lots of squats, lunges and assorted upper body work (all to a count of 8 overall and I know you can count that high ).

Got a 5 miler next weekend - Ben won a microwave last year - wonder what'll be on this year's list - we're reliably informed it's unlikely to be another microwave.  Don't think I have a 5 miler listed on po10 - I do vaguely remember doing one in a Scottish forest a few years back but twas before the advent of RB! So start, enjoy, finish and automatic pb kind of day out for me - yipppppeeeee



05/08/2013 at 15:01

Not tried Body Pump but they do it at my place - may give it a miss as i have a nice routine now with a good Tuesday morning spinning class (followed by exercises) which definately helps my running.

Good luck with the 5 miler.  I had a pretty hard week last week with lots of pacey stuff which was a bit of a shock to the system after all the long slow endurance stuff.  Finished the week yesterday with a 14 mile progressive run - 7 miles at base pace then accelerate over the second 7 to finish with the last mile at half mara pace - found that a tough run.

Rest day today then spinning tomorrow. 

My build up races for Abo include Englefield 10K (nr Reading) then Maidenhead half.

05/08/2013 at 21:05

Had a great weekend ploughing up and down the Snowdonian mountains last Friday, Sat and Sun had a great time and ran down Yr Aran and Snowdon......I was the oldest among the four of us  chaps and still managed to get the king of the mountains jumper a la Tour de Wales style!! We stayed dry till Sunday and then got very wet. Great campsite at the bottom of the Watkin path, camp fire's allowed so was great fun.

Got the health program on BBC1 at the moment which should motivate me to get out of bed in the am at 5.50 and go running. 


Good to see SB back in training too...........what plans you guys got for next year? I won a contract for Bowel Cancer Research to print a 50000 door drop questionnaire thing as we were the best price and they have made me an offer for next I really want to train hard all I want to raise 2k when I said I wouldn't do it again........questions questions..................

06/08/2013 at 09:38

Morning guys - fair do oscarr - think I might do a spinning class or 2 over the winter but they're at odd times at our place - we'll see... Tough run - I bet - I did 10k at half mara heart rate last week and my pace was no where near where it "should" be but then it was really hot too.  Am sure it will improve! Think I'm still a bit tired but my enthusiasm is returning.

6k with 1k at 5k HR today, 11k with 2k at 10kHR 2moro, then 13.1 miles with 11k at HMHR on Thursday. 

mcs - that sounds awesome - very jealous (about Wales that is).  Congrats on the work - not sure I'd want to try raising that amount... sounds a lot


07/08/2013 at 17:57

MSC,  what was the offer ??

SB and Oscarr you two are too fit, stop all this working out and running and eat loads of cake !

Calf feeling better, did visit physio and it looks better than I thought.  I should be OK to cycle and do some stretching in a couple of weeks and then get back to running if all goes well.  I might still do Abingdon but with less running in my training and replace missing runs with cycling or a swim.

Catch up soon

08/08/2013 at 16:21
Hi all

FH I was out from early May & had 7 weeks of no running, followed by 3 on the anti gravity only & 3 very gentle weeks before heading to Belfast for WPFG.

Speaking of which, I ended up doing 6 events, and my lower leg injury stood up fine. My opposite hip was very sore after the hilly half on Sunday, but I had Tui Na both Monday & Tuesday mornings on my way to the track, and thus managed the 10 000, the 800m, & the 10K cross country.

All in all it was a fabulous experience, I was consistent throughout, and seldom off the podium having just entered the age group. Had a dramatic sprint & PB in the 800m, otherwise it was steady steady with no heroics, e.g. 25:12 for the 10 000m.

I won 5 x gold medals [individual 800m, 1 500m, XC, & road race , + team gold in the XC]; plus 3 x silver [individual 5 000m & 10 000m + team silver in the half].

I didn't have a chance in the 5 or 10 as there was a Mexican woman on another level who thankfully limited herself to doing the Mo.

Feeling tired today and hip is sore. I'm off to York tomorrow for my sister's 40th bash, might neeed to give the Park Run a miss.

mcs I think you do.

SB I hope I get to do an event with you soon.
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