Target 26.2 - 2014
An ex player here, or rather one who hasn't played since last season. Played in every position at one point or another (The joys of playing for a small club).
Took up running when I had to have an operation on my shoulder and couldn't play. Running never stopped me playing, Rugby has regularly stopped me running!
And yes, when it first went it was bleeding painful and I collapsed. Never felt a muscle 'Pop' before, weird. I was close to the top of Pen-Y-Pass and didn't intend going any further. I did though, stupid boy. It was a wonderful colour the following day, only ever seen that from massive impacts before.
Seeing someone about it, and only hearing what you want to hear, ignoring the rest, is pointless, again a lesson I have often learnt, and just as often forgotten......
Anyway, back to you. So what's the heart rate like now? Very jealous of the trip to London and all the goodies. The opportunity to get training, nutrition, physiology advice from professionals is for us at our level a dream come true.
Sean - do it. You know you want to!
Sean - DO IT! You know it makes sense
Chimney - wow, every position! I've played everywhere in the backs and once at lock (they were truly desperate) but never ever entered into the dark realm of the front row! Respect!
Ha ha I'm sure you're not the only person here to have ignored doctor's orders. Not sure I would have ignored them on that occasion though. Sounds damn painful. How the hell did you manage to carry on?
Do I take it you are from the land of Wales?
Heart rate is ok now thanks but it's had to come down from quite a height. Did you watch the final votes coming in? It was scary!
I think we all realise that this is a major privilege. Yes, the goodies are indeed great but to have a team of pros of this calibre looking after you is just immense.
Speaking of the team, I'm extremely excited to say that I know who my coach will be. None other than the amazing Steve Smythe! How fantastic is that?
Two posts while I was composing that last one
Millsy - that is commitment playing 8 days before a race! Mental of course but your loyalty can't be questioned.
can't wait to see what Steve has in store for you.
Excellent Malcs! He'll get the best out of you!
Steve Smythe, you lucky, lucky fellow.
No, not Welsh. I was doing Snowdonia mara. The reason I didn't pull out is because at the top I ran into someone I hadn't seen since 1984! Spent the next hour chatting until I just couldn't go at even that pace.
I absolutely love the front row, it's a great craic. Spent most of the last ten years hooking. Oh, and I'm 5'7" and 12 stone, which is probably why my neck and shoulders are truly buggered. Who would want to get cold hanging around with the fairies eh?
A few years back we had a coach trip to our furthest game, I woke on the Sunday morning with a full fry up shoved under my nose by the landlord of the last pub, got picked up by the wife and deposited at the start of White Horse HM. Not my best ever race!
Minni, DS2 - thanks, I'm very excited, and a tiny bit scared
Millsy - blimey, it was overseas? That was crazy. We weren't expecting another schoolboy error until tomorrow!
Chimney - lol excellent race prep! Ha ha, "fairies". If you play in the front row you can call us whatever names you like, you earned it IMHO!
I am indeed very lucky to have Steve but if it's anything like last year, Steve should be here on this thread from time to time so you'll have access to him too. Last year he was incredibly giving of his time answering any questions put to him. So was Sam and all the rest of the team.
I really should make my posts shorter
He's obviously chosen wisely Malcs . will you be publishing your plan or do you have to keep it private?
I got my London ball rolling tonight with our club hill night but it was hard work! I stayed at the back between the efforts but I tried to keep it consistent and felt good at the end.
Nice going Mr P!!!
Malcs - I'd be a little scared as well. Really excited for you, though
Mr P - ha ha, yes of course he has
Yes, the plan will be up for all to see. I'll get it on here straight away.
Nice hill session!
DS2 - thanks!
Wow! - looks like this is going to be a lively forum. No rugby anecdotes from me unfortunately.
Mara programme starts properly on Monday - I've had a bit of an easy week this week after Bedford half on Sunday. Managed just under 91mins, but wasn't really happy with that - found it hard going.
Malcs you appear to have inadvertently (or deliberately) created a sidekick to your thread. People will be will be tuning in for a daily dose of Millsy1977 as well as your good self. This will be like a 4 month long running advent calendar.
Poo Diamonds - wow 91 mins! I would kill for that time. What's your marathon target this year, surely must be aiming for sub 3:15 with that sort of half?
Btw. I have a habit of shortening multi word forum names but I just can't bring myself to do it in your case
SupermanRuns - ha Yes indeed. The full book of Millsy wisdom will be available for purchase at the end of this process from all good book stores.
Freemers - many thanks! Ha Shouldn't laugh really but that really is quite amusing. I hope you were ok to race?
I have a fear of treads. It's that thing of moving but staying still - just freaks me out.
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