Minni v Dubai Dave
Ant - Brilliant! Well done - I'm so pleased for you. Glad you remembered to rehydrate after the race.
I'm starting to think long runs are overrated - for us ladies anyway.
Chick - that sounds really complicated. Quite good being on the same course and you can see some improvement with each one, hopefully.
Fantastic Ant - well done!!
Gazelle: the races are 4 miles Boxing Day, 12 miles 27th Dec, 10k 30th Dec, 10k 1st Jan. Boxing Day is one to go for, 27th is off-road and just for fun and I'll target one of the 10ks - which one depends on whether we get any invites over the period!!
My plan for VLM is long slow off road ultras and shorter, faster road runs. I am guessing I will still run the same time I have run for the last 4 years [all within a couple of minutes of each other]
Minni wrote (see)
Oompa - Are you saying you ran London because your club mate couldn't at the last minute? How did that work because I'm sure the date for transferring club names is February. Did you run under his name or were you able to change it last minute? I'm glad to hear you are going to take the proper rest with your calf - I was going to suggest cycling but that seems to be another issue all together! Have you had your bike set up properly? I've read that any pains or niggles caused by cycling can be eradicated by correct positioning. What were your times for London and MK?
Oompa - Are you saying you ran London because your club mate couldn't at the last minute? How did that work because I'm sure the date for transferring club names is February. Did you run under his name or were you able to change it last minute?
I'm glad to hear you are going to take the proper rest with your calf - I was going to suggest cycling but that seems to be another issue all together! Have you had your bike set up properly? I've read that any pains or niggles caused by cycling can be eradicated by correct positioning.
What were your times for London and MK?
Minni - Oh no, why an inhaler?
Re VLM this year, i believe the phrase is "ask me no questions and i'll tell you no lies"... Yes, i ran under his name.
VLM time was 3.27.52, would've been quicker but started in pen 6 i think, so first mile was literally walking.
MK - 3.45.52... Don't ask!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I haven't had the bike set up for me as it's only an ancient Scott mountainbike that is sitting, covered in mud in the garage, so i've never bothered. That said, although i'm sure set-up will help, the knee issue is a long-standing one that bit me in the bum 10 days before VLM 2010, so it's not just cycling that does it.
WHERE'S COOKS'S RACE REPORT?????????????????????????
tut tut Oompa. Your times are very similar to mine when I did the 'double'. Edinburgh is 5 weeks after VLM. In 2009 I did 3:32 in London following by a painful 3:43 in Edinburgh. Last year I did both again, London 3:20 followed by 3:42 in Edinburgh. For me, I'd given my all in London both times and I was still tired come the second one. However, others seem to be able to do two closer together with much more success, Mark D who drops in here for example.
I've had an inhaler in the past for exercise induced asthma but I've got it this time to relieve the airways. She said my chest sounded clear but I have a viral infection in my airways.
And yes come on Cooks! We have a very short attention span on here and demand reports on the day or second day otherwise its yesterdays news! Although he is in a foreign country so we could allow him an extra day or two.
Chick - 4 x 10km sounds best
Minni - Rest up and it'll go before you know it!
I'm sure that Mark D was a regular on the MK Marathon forum this Spring and ran Brighton, London and Milton Keynes in successive weeks... and if memory serves me correctly, got quicker every week!!!!!!!!
Oompa wrote (see)
Minni - Rest up and it'll go before you know it! I'm sure that Mark D was a regular on the MK Marathon forum this Spring and ran Brighton, London and Milton Keynes in successive weeks... and if memory serves me correctly, got quicker every week!!!!!!!!
yeah, he did go qucker eack week - nutter!
was nice to meet him at the start - even if it was in end of the world weather conditions
Ant, great time, I hope you treated yourself to extra roasties.
Congrats to Cooks on an excellent PB, and belated congrats on the mini Cookster. Now where is that report?
Hope you're feeling better Minni. I've been in bed the past couple of days but had a nice rejuvenating 6 miler tonight. Sometimes I find it really does help if I'm at the end of something mild and just need to blow the manky feeling away.
KFC that's some accidental race entering.
Hi all - lots of racing going on again this weekend - congrats to all PBers and not-so-PBers.
So here's to my report. I had a spate of injuries over the summer, which meant that my training did not go to plan and in fact I ran a poor 10K at the beginning of September @ 46:59, so was not hopeful about beating my HM PB of 1.33 @ St Neots. But Autumn was much better and I actually racked up a decent training block including a PB in the 10K 42:59. I wanted to go for a PB at St Neots, so decided to head out at 7mm and try to get to 10 miles at 1:10 and take it from there - with 1:32 as a general target.
The weather forecast was excellent all week, so I knew it was going to be a good one - and there were around 30 from our club doing the race. First 2 miles settled in nicely at 6:55, followed by an undulating 3 miles @ 7:08. So 5 miles in I was pretty much on target, feeling comfortable and already starting to reel people in. I knew that there was a drinks station at 6.5 miles, so would take a gel there. Next 3 miles @ 6:54, which consolidated my effort. At 8.5 miles there was another drag uphill, to take me into the final 5k. Those 2 miles were an effort @ 7:09. But amazingly got to 10 miles at around 1:10 as per plan.
The idea was then to pick it up in the last three miles, which were slightly downhill and blast it. I thought, jeez, maybe 1:30 is on here, just need to push on. But however the legs were not moving fast enough and I cursed not having a second gel, even just for the mental boost. So the final 5K was done at a good pace, but not fast enough - 6:49 for that stretch, during that 5K I had to write off 1:30, and at the final turn I had to ditch 1:31 as well, as I scored 1:32:04 for a new shiny PB.
Garmin clocked that at 6:58 for the race and getting below 7mm in a half feels like some kind of barrier has been broken. The Team Minni PB chart has been duly updated
No more A races this year for me - just a load of XC and 5Ks to do. Starting the buildup to Paris marathon after a short rest. Looking forward to that already and provisionally targeting 3:23ish.
So good Ant. Well done. Re your marathon target. Your 10k and and HM are almost exactly the same as mine going into London and I ran 3:20 there. I'm more than sure I would have got 3:18 if it hadn't been for the *ahem* toilet stop. See how the training goes but 3:23 should be more than within your reach.
Great report Ant - well done.
Minni - what about HOLGS's book? That's a good read.
That sounds the opposite of inspiring Minni! I enjoyed Running with the Kenyans, by the guy whos name I cannot hope to spell (Axxxxxx Finn). Lots of insight into the running culture out there.
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