Minni v Dubai Dave
Freemers: well done, I was thinking it was a 10k until I remembered it was 7 miles!
Personally I have never used gels and don't take energy drinks in a race - water all the way! Obviously my times aren't as good as most of you - but when I was clocking my PBs [in my mid 40s] there weren't any gels!! I doubt if there was much in the way of energy drink either, although my memory is a bit fuzzy there
18 miles today, but very slow and relaxed. Not too much mud but some fabulous scenery!!
Spoons - getting p***ed the night before a X country is definitely the way to go!!
Still struggling to keep up with the volume of posting on here.
Donner Kebab - Welcome, you will get plenty of support on here for your 3;30 goal and they even allow talk of swimming and cycling if you ask nicely.
M.r Zuvai - I'm signed up for Henely and A.A mentioned doing the Half, if we work on a couple of the others it could be a group outing.
Freemers - well done on 3rd place and bling.
DD - more bling too, have you got a big enough cabinet?
O4S - hope the swelling goes down and no lasting effects.
Any one heard from Speed Sheep recently?
I've need to slow down this week, I pushed too hard and now feel very tired managed 3 swims of over 1km (1 Hour ish) and a 40min run last week as well as generally being busy was too much. Saw the consultant last week and nothing to report I'm booked in for my last test (bubble echo) tomorrow.
Daren - the HM is St Neots, its a massive club outing this year. The course is great. Slightly unbdulating, but with a 3 mile down incline to finish, so if you get to 10 miles in good shape, you're in business.
Back from James Bond. Good film. Legs seized up though and limped home afterwards.....
Yep I'm seriously in the no food before training camp, unless its a major effort when I'm a fan of toast and marmalade.
Minni: I trust you were supporting the team in black?
Will splash at lunch and club run tonight, should have cycled at dawn but up with kids in the night.
I always have porridge for breakfast before running. I don't take any fuel on long runs except water. I've given up on sport drinks and gels as they are
Freemers wrote (see)
Can i just remind everyone that IACGMOOH is just about to start?
Minni wrote (see)
Freemers - I know but I'm into HL right now! Just got home in time for it starting. .
you both lost me completely Bro: great to have you back.Welcome, Doner. I had a migraine yesterday and still feel crap and very sorry for myself. Haven't had one for about 10 years and forgot just how rubbish they make you feel. Hoping to go for a run tonight though
Doner Kebab wrote (see)
I know I joined this thread a bit late but re: no fuelling running. I do this quite often with no adverse effects, the only caveat is that when it comes to race day I really have to make an effort to get the calories in. Doing the outlaw this year I only ate 400 calories and was under fuelled for the run which I botched up by trying to catch up the calories and ended up with stitch and a 5hour mara, may as well walked all of it , was aiming for a 4
without wanting to labor on a point, but do you not think that the previous evenings effort had anything to do with it? im fairly convinced it was a major factor in how GB ended up in such a serious condition
Ps - its great seeing you around here - stick around there are some fantastic nuggets to be picked up - a wealth of experience and enthuisiam thats infectious!
Scuba - that's great - it looks a fantastic event!
Freemers - congratulations! you're going to have to make a cabnet soon if you keep this up!
Minni - i love Murrayfield - one the great rugby venues! - actually i love Edinburgh altogether!
O4S - we'll have to catch up at VLM! unless there's a spring half that everyone fancies using as a tune up?
i did hellrunner yesterday on a bit of a whim! you cant take those things seriously but they are an awful lot of fun! i have never been more filthy in my life! my supports didn't spot me as i had changed ethnicity by the time i came past them!
2old - rest, rest, rest. Seriously, take a week off. You need to give your calf time to heal and the only way to do that is rest. I missed almost 6 weeks last year by coming back too soon and overcooking the self healing. Its just not worth it.
2old - agree with Minni, take care of that calf. Ice and massage are good as well. The theory is that you need to be able to hop on your bad leg without feeling anything before it is good to run again.
Minni - it would be a PB - i did 1:33 last year, so just looking for a small improvement.
OK, Stowmarket 7 race report....
I've done this event a few times, but the last was in 2008 and my PB was 50.xx so that was definitely on for improving. I wanted to go sub 49 really, and felt that was on the cards so long as I didn't go off too quick. The course is undulating, but all the uphill sections are in the second half, especially mile 5 which is all uphill and the last half mile too. So I needed a bit of time in reserve but didn't want to overcook it and die a death in the end stages. After chatting to a few people at race HQ I headed out to do a warm up - for once did a proper one with some strides and all feeling OK.
The race is always run on Remembrance Sunday so we have a 2 minute silence on the start line at 11am, then the race starts at 11.02. The weather was perfect - about 6 or 7 degrees but sunny and only a very light breeze. I'd lined up pretty near the front - working on past years results I thought I might be able to sneak a placing so wanted to check out the other ladies at the front. As the race started 3 women went off ahead of me, but I passed one of those in the first mile so knew at that point I was in 3rd.
Mile 1 is net downhill, which is good as you can get into a good pace straightaway. It was a little quick at 6.39, but I steadied from there and Mile 2 was 6.56. I was feeling good, concentrating on my breathing and just trying to relax. Mile 3 was measured short - I was doing manual laps on my Garmin and it said 0.94 miles and timed at 6.19 . Mile 4 was another downhill, and measured long - 1.1 miles and timed at 7.23, So the average of those two was pretty much bang on my target pace, and comfortably under 7 min/mile. During Mile 4 I passed one of the women ahead of me, but my turn in 2nd place was very brief as another woman came past me and although I tried to stay with her she was really motoring and ended up about a minute ahead of me at the finish.
Then we hit the hill in Mile 5. I was just concentrating on keeping my cadence quite high and not losing too much speed. I passed quite a few people going up the hill which was nice, although a few passed me too! Mile 5 was a 7.13 so not too much time lost and still well ahead of target.
Then there are two miles to go, and we are heading back on the same route as miles 1 and 2. Mile 6 is flat, so just relaxing after the hill and picking up the pace a bit, with a 6.45. Then pushing as hard as I could for the last mile, which is net uphill - I caught the guy ahead of me and we then ran together to the end, just keeping each other going in that unspoken kind of way that runners do! Crossed the line with a 6.52 last mile and 48.07 on the clock. The race was chip timed, but as they only had a mat at the finish it was also the gun time...not really sure why they bothered with the chips, other than it saves having someone recording the finishers at the line? But to be honest it had only taken me a second to cross the start line anyway.
They started posting results up on a notice board realy quickly so my third place was confirmed. Prize was a dinky little cup and £10 cash. I was first F40 too, but it was one prize per person so only one bit of bling...can't really complain about that
So a good day at the office...next stop Norwich HM
Chick - I'm a celebtrity get me out of here (I know, it's cr*p TV ), and Homeland
Freemers - Congrats, very good racing.
2old - Rest and see a physio. My right calf has been problematic for the last couple of years and once there is a serious injury there can take a while to sort. I'm still taping it even though currently have no problems with it.
Thanks all for the fuelling advice. Will use gels for Florence. 3 miles recovery this morning.
Storming race & great report Freemers! - Congratulations!
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