Minni v Dubai Dave
Chick - 80 miles or Xmas cookies? Hmm... Cookies every time.
Did my 12 in 1.39.17 this morning and it was lovely out there, cold but not too bad. Ran a local trail that is fairly flat out & back. Interestingly, had no K-tape on the knees and no calf guards and didn't get "funny feet"? Physios... what do they know??
1) 8.20 (2) 8.01 (3) 8.24 (4) 8.17 (5) 8.15 (6) 8.17 (7) 8.16 (8) 8.23 (9) 8.16 (10) 8.14 (11) 8.14 (12) 8.21
Are these too fast for a slow run?
Simon - Does the F*rman schedule include lampposts?
Don't accidents normally come in 3's, Zuvai banged his head, Simon had a tumble, who's next or does Spoons and Daren banging heads count.
Sarah listen to Minni, I always do, she talks sense, so much so she should be a mentor. Nice 12 miler if a little quick.
Spoons - did you make it out?
DD good effort on the HM all things considered.
Chick - Monster mileage.
Minni - Nice long one, you ready for Homeland tonight , only 3 left.
OOmpa - Good pace on your run, sometimes it is hard to run slow, I find it hard running slower than 8:20's even if I try, unless it's the last three of a marathon, what's your mara target?
Busy weekend, no running, flying trip to Blackpool yesterday and in work today, back on it tomorrow, 5 days of slow running, promise.
Well I made it out for a run but it wasn't pleasant. 10 miles in the wind along the coastal path getting battered by waves as the tide was right in. Everything ached from the start and only got worse.
Simon - hope you're OK - sounds painful
Sarah - are you on an iPhone?
M.r Zuvai wrote (see)
a great read - slightly gutted she's announced her retirement this week - her achievements have been criminally under sold by the media has she inspired you enough to join the darkside??
a great read - slightly gutted she's announced her retirement this week - her achievements have been criminally under sold by the media
has she inspired you enough to join the darkside??
Mr Z- totally agree about her being under sold by the media. What an amazing woman, I want to be her! Lol, yes, it made me think about possibly joinig the darkside one day
Spoons- well done on getting the run in when hangover, believe me I know the feeling.
5m easy done @ 8:20. I think some red would be in order now.
58 miles minni? Pah – I’ve bagged 2 whole miles this week with a long run of 1 whole mile! Urrgh.
Becs – congratulations!
O4S – belated happy bday. You’ve not been feeling 100% for a while right? Hope the tests find whats up.
Chick – hope all OK with your mum now
Oompa – I love doing halfs as marathon build up – usually do 3, but 2 weeks before? I reckon that’s too risky unless you just jog it.
DD hungover? I think that’s the first time I’ve seen that happen!
Simon – eek!
Gazelle – you asked a while back why I had 5 months off – I got anaemic in March thanks to working way too hard and not looking after myself. My crazy busy time at work continued to September so I cut out all training as I wanted to stay as healthy as possible. That project has ended now so as well as getting back into the running, I’m trying hard not to be employed for the next few months so I can recharge!
Just set my mum up on my turbo trainer. She broke her leg in August (suppose I should call her BL ) and really wants to get back on her bike. Hopefully it will help her get some movement and fitness back - she had a big smile on her face when she realised she could cycle on it!
I’ve been thinking a lot about my plan for VLM this year and given where I’m starting from the biggest challenge is to get to the start line without getting injured. Given this, I’m going to go for a low run mileage plus cross training. Haven’t yet fully sketched it out, but the key elements will be:
So pretty different to what a lot of you guys will be doing . (You could even say that it’s a bit F*$£&%! – shhhh!) If I manage to get through it uninjured I think there’s a good chance I’ll be in shape to target sub 3:30 – distance wise my training won’t be too different to when I ran 3:31.
I’ve also got a few ski touring and mountain biking trips planned which will be great for cross training, but it will be hard to fit in too much running so I need to be able to be flexible.
I’ve registered for Jantastic on a target of 3 runs a week – hopefully achievable.
I know theres a lot of knowledge here about coming back from time off running – as always appreciate any wisdom people wish to share!
Some great running gang, you would think there was a marathon or something in the horizon
Chick - did you do 80 MILES?! wow, you are more than a machine!
Minni - 58 miles is solid, you are on your way into serious marathon training.
Kfc - sounds like you've given serious thought to your marathon campaign, wishing you all the best to make it through injury free!
Feeling really lazy and realising I would have started marathon training this week, had it not been for the knee problems and my now state of total non fitness (whispers - didn't do any running myself this week and also didn't make it to the gym...) but I did discover another delicious NZ Sauv to share with you all - Nobilio Limited Release, very tasty and currently half price at Coop
Well I did the half marathon today, abandoning the last vestiges of common sense I had. Actually I wanted to make sure BA did it and he would never have found the start without me along, so as I was going anyway and had paid [!!] I thought I could just jog round and get a few miles in without putting any pressure on my chest.
As a result I didn't wear either a garmin or a watch and just decided to start slowly and see how I felt. The only worry was that is a pretty hilly course and most of my problems have been on hills. Very windy and cold and no indoor shelter at the venue, which was in a small village somewhere in Wiltshire. Set off near the back and slow, but soon started passing people who were even slower. No sudden accelerations just a nice steady run that felt comfortable. Feeling pretty good and passed a load more people up the first hill - again just stretched out a little and kept it smooth. Up a one mile hill, again passing people as I went. then a welcome flat section and a steep down, inevitably followed by a steep up. I backed off a bit here, but then it all started to flow nicely again and before I knew it I was at 10k, where there was a clock saying 50.36 [there was a timing mat so this was an official time].
Desperately trying to do the maths I realised that I was feeling comfortable at 8.06 average despite the hills! Another one mile hill up to the 7 mile point, again passing people although I could feel myself slowing. Down to a drinks station followed by a long grind uphill to 9 miles on a road with mud and water flowing down to greet us. Still passing people, something odd going on here........
Then the last four miles were downhill / flat with just one gentle incline and a railway bridge to cross - we even got a tailwind in the last couple of miles. I was certainly starting to feel it but got to the end in a respectable [if unspectacular] 1.47.26, so around 8.12 average overall. They announced me on the run in as the winner of the FV60
BA was pretty fed up as he was 6 minutes behind and I'm the one supposed to be sick - all sympathy and support has now been withdrawn!!
Very nice trophy and my good vet friend won the M60 in 1.27 [BA was 4th in the category about 25 minutes later!!]
I was pretty pleased all round as I didn't think I was in that shape and even better I ran to how I felt with no pace indicator apart from the 10k clock. It was 30 seconds faster than Swindon, which most people said was about the same level of difficulty as most were getting around the same time - so looks like I may not have lost too much
Sarah - could be a good call on the whooping cough, I never had it as a child, despite having jut about everything else except mumps [I even managed measles and German measles twice each]
KFC - sounds like a sensible plan, I am going for 4 runs a week on Jantastic with 1 x long, 1 x tempo, 1 x speed and 1 x 'make it up as I go along'. I am going to use the cycling in place of recovery runs.
Well done all those who got out - it isn't going to get any easier by the look of the forecast!
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