Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

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20/09/2013 at 12:49

Awesome time that Mike WELL DONE. respect. Got a 10k by torchlight in Chatsworth Park tonight at 9pm, never done a 10k race so should be interesting to pace anything under 48mins would be nice..........the other half and a work colleque are doing it. The local Hospice in Chesterfield organises events to raise funds so have to see how well its sorted out.  Enjoy the weekend all.

26/09/2013 at 20:46
wondering how it went mcs.

Hi all!

I had a year's best PR last Saturday, 24:29 & then a lovely glidey run to work, same as I'd done on Weds when it had been a hard slog by comparison [let's not exaggerate], & HR was close to 20 points lower the 2nd time as well.

Am nearly at the end of a very long stretch of 13 straight 10 hour shifts at work, Saturday is the grand fnale with a comp for different youth groups involving inflatables galore & yes this is classed as work.

Then on Sunday will have to jog round the Ealing half to keep a iwnning edge going for Wednesday next & the famed 10K in Battersea Park where I like to win for age.
27/09/2013 at 08:42

RR - well done on PB.....

Off within the hour for my annual HM race with my son in Luxembourg alongside the beautiful river Moselle.

Happy running everyone 

29/09/2013 at 18:53
Hope it went well Mike.

I gave Ealing half a miss today due to infernal sore throat and Eurosport showing the Berlin marathon.
30/09/2013 at 16:03
Hi folks,

Remember me? Sorry I've not been around, but I think 2013 has been the worse year I've ever had... Seriously, it's been shocking.

I was hoping to get some running encouragement going on if that's OK? Between March and August thinks were on their way to improving after having a bad back... Then some poo came along and out pay to Abingdon and any plans of proper running.

But, but I've got a place at London next year with a charity and a place for The Wall... And I got out and did 8 this morning!
30/09/2013 at 17:30

Hi folks, sorry not to have posted for a while but I've been away and struggling a bit with the running.

great to read about some great running by Mike, Reiki, sleepy and mcs. Nice to see you back running after all your troubles, Bo - will be a great shame to miss you at Abingdon but there will be another opportunity I am sure. Funny Hat will be abo so looking forward to that.

best iof luck with your prep for Cyprus, Sleepy - Ben is certainly running well at the moment and you seem to have taken over the local park run!

I am still training for Abo but only just ! Still have not done any paces above half pace and have cut back and spaced out the long runs.  however, I am still having to put in the odd extra rest day each week to keep the

30/09/2013 at 17:33

Illness at bay so I must still have some of the virus left which is annoying as it has been going on for months now. I reckon any thought of a PB at abo is gone so targets will be around 4:05 to 4:10 although happy to beat Cape Wrath time of 4:22. This will probably be my last marathon.  May take up a bike next.


03/10/2013 at 10:40

Hey up all!

Hope mcs didn't get lost in the dark... Come out, come out wherever you are.

Hope you're feeling better reiki - liking the sound of glidey running - gonna get me some of that

Mike are you still away I wonder - that sounds like a nice adventure - looking forward to hearing about that one.

Bo - always here for you dude! 

oscarr - glad it's not just me being a bit tired - I'm now dropping my plan to 2 weeks build, 1 week rest week.  Could just be the last 3 weekends of double racing but am not sleeping as well as I was when I was doing more zone 2 work so gonna moderate and let the race fitness sink in.  My new philosophy - Zone 2 and 3 only during the week saving zone 4 & 5 for parkruns/racing at the weekend.  Hope you perk up soon.  Do try to remember that we do this for fun and you'll still get a medal and goodies.  Anyone who does marathons is awesome full stop.  Doesn't matter how long it takes!  Besides Bo needs a Wall coach...




03/10/2013 at 11:24

Wise words as always


03/10/2013 at 12:58
Indeed SB. Missed the inspiration! I SO need a coach, it's actually silly.

Oscarr: marathon = awesome therefore you awesome... Not quite Yeats, but there you go.

mcs: I'm up your way in November for a week. Fancy a run down the Monsel trail?
03/10/2013 at 14:08

Sleepy et al.....

Yep I'm back after a great w/e in Luxembourg's bright autumn weather.

My daughter-in-law is now well versed in runner's dietary needs and we were plied with steaming bowls of rice and pasta at the appropriate times before the race.

We even had porridge while watching the early morning Berlin marathon.....and you can't get more motivation than a world record.

So how did we get on?

Neil took a brave decision and ran without any watches at all. The only clue he had on timing was a shout from me just after the 10k mark when he was on 46 mins. He was really pleased with himself to get home in 1:39:xx just shy of his PB.

After my recent spate of PB's at 5k; 5m and 10k I was confident of my speed but not sure of my endurance so I set off 30 secs slower than my 10k pace.

This felt comfortable through the wind to about the 16k mark (new best time for 10m in 1:08:37) and then a decision had to be made. The wind was getting more tiresome and there were larger gaps between groups of runners. Stick or twist?

Stick in behind people and run at less than optimum pace if they slowed or twist and push my own pace?

To reach my target, I calculated that I had to run a 20 minute closing 5k so I really pressed, despite having a fleeting thought flash through my mind that any result from here was going to be a course PB.

My closing mile was the fastest of all in 6:25 (they were all under 7:00) and I crossed the line in 1:28:58 for a new PB. Exhausted but happy....

The goodie bag contained a bottle of sparkling wine each and they didn't last through the evening, so all in all a great w/e and some fun-time with my beautiful grandaughters aged 2ish & 4ish.

Decided not to rush back to running and haven't even looked at my trainers this week - maybe at the week end.

Spent the week checking my running logs and the build up to past marathons - what could I change?

Found a few interesting things to work on, for instance I noticed that my pre-marathon races went from long to short - should it be the other way round?

What would happen if I pushed my average weekly mileage up in October, Nov & December rather than starting in January?

I don't know but it could be fun finding out!

03/10/2013 at 15:37

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Mike - how jealous am I - sub90!!!!!!!!  Awesome!  

Pre-mara races - I would say that's a logical conclusion - it's what most programmes I've seen seem to recommend but shall look forward to your experiments. Will no doubt be another variable to add to the everyone's different list.

Couldn't imagine running a ½ without a watch - that is very brave indeed.  Might try a 10k one day.  I did a parkrun blind once - felt weird!


06/10/2013 at 18:50
Hi all

Awesome Mike, that is impressive running. I started at the beginning of December last year building up for VLM, that aspect worked for me, allowed more time to squeeze the gamut in.

Bo you have come to the right place, you know it!

Oscarr I was wondering about you and your Abo plans. I think you may surprise yourself.

I'm gutted not to be running York the same day, especially after they went and put me in Pen ONE!!!! Will be running Cabbage Patch instead, the only race I've ever run without a watch [massive PB]

On Saturday I tried not looking at my watch during Park Run, it's hilly & the laps are of uneven length in terms of where the miles punctuate the hills, so pointless studying it really...came in at 25:05 so er, I'm slightly out!

Despite feeling somewhat rough I did hurl myself round Battersea park on Weds for 49:55 & FV55 victory, plus we came 3rd in the overall womens team competition, very pleasing.

My left knee suddenly started playing up on Friday, but got stuck in around the kneecap & loosened up some of the attachments a bit, so did 12.5 today, slowly in glorius sunshine, the first 3 or 4 on my own in the park, then a lovely run up along the canal with a friend.
08/10/2013 at 07:32

Reiki - sounds like you are having a great time and congrats on the win

I am well and truly in my taper now and this time it's a sever one so half the miles last week and this week will be less than 20 and may not run at all nexweek before the race.  Still fighting the odd illness days.

09/10/2013 at 07:41
Oscarr I would still have a couple of little short outings in the week itself, used to park myself all week but I think I went stale.

Hope you are feeling good today
14/10/2013 at 11:01
Well, I did the Great Eastern yesterday after having most of the week off work with a viral infection (oh and no training). Got in @ 2:04 and it was a long, wet, bloody slog to the end. Man that medal required a lot of work.

Over 20 minutes off my half PB, but I don't care really...

Good luck on Sunday Oscarr!
18/10/2013 at 17:12

Thanks guys.  Did a couple of very short runs this week to keep legs loose. Card loading but not to excess.  Legs good for Sunday.

still suffering from illness that comes up once a week for couple days of flu symptoms then goes. Means I doubt very much that PB is on the cards.

targets, for what they are worth, are;

Gold - 4.05 new pb

silver  - 4.10 second fastest to date

no bronze, but platinum is that elusive sub 4.

no-one to distract me now so should have a quiet time at home before the race. 

19/10/2013 at 19:00

Just go for it Oscarr - no mind games just go with the flow and smile as you say "Hey, I can do this....".

4 x 10k's (everyone a fraction faster) + a bit

Best of luck!


20/10/2013 at 10:41

Hope all running well all the best for marathon runners today. Nice run for me at Coniston with daughter and son in law last Saturday, a bit slower by about thirty seconds than last year but not bad. Great weather and didn't really race the first half as ran ith family and chatted with a few other runners.  did five in the week and then the fell race route this am in forty mins so ticking along.

go Bo good to see you back running. SB wise as ever and mike the pro. Go Oscarr enjoy today. Marathon running doesn't get easier just longer as the days mount!

work poo business being sold at month end more interesting times ahead I fear.


20/10/2013 at 14:29
Willing Oscarr round this morning while I did 3 houor on the bike & tracked my sister in the York marathon, a frustrating experience as the system kept crashing so all I know is she got to halfway in 1:54ish - awaiting news from everywhere including Cabbage Patch [which I forgot to enter!]

So from the two places at once dilemma I ended up nowhere, did the Met League XC very slowly yesterday in trainers due to fear for a total weekly mileage under 5.

Bo nice one, we have all been there.

Mike you are the same as my brother. My own personal formula is 8 x 5Ks at identical pace + a bit of a sprint to make up for overruning the distance.

mcs you are getting practice in with all this life stuff. I remember how well you handled it all last time.
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