Minni v Dubai Dave
Oompa/Minni - Great reports and impressive XC racing. The field around the kit tent this morning was like a XC course.
2old - Good racing, its's only 21 seconds, how were your splits. But as Minni says in the big scheme of mara training those 21 seconds don't matter.
AA - Congrats again on today's performance.
Arrived at Wokingham early and after a bit of a walk from the town centre, all well signposted, arrived at the start area. Steady rain and wind picking up. Met up with AA and had a good chat. After going our separate ways to dump kit and don bin liners(well done to organisers for providing so many), met up again and warmed up. Thanks to AA's race knowledge we ended up near the 1:15 marker which made for an easy start. Started off steady - yeah right splts as follows:
1. 6:382. 6:413. 6:364. 6:405. 6:386. 6:447. 6.40 took gel8. 6:489. 6:52 started to feel it back into the headwind10. 7:00 still into the headwind.11. 7:08 - ouch12. 6:5613. 6:39. Picked up the pace a bit for the last milelast bit 5:59.
Very happy to finish 1:28:40 with a 6:46 avg, shows where I am training wise. Briefly met up with AA both of us with big smiles even though cold and wet. Good facilities plenty of hot showers and a very good race despite conditions.
AA, new pink for the thread . Do you get some bling as well for your placing? Sounds like the calf is all sorted then?
Barry, fantastic time from you as well. Looks like things are shaping up well for your marathon.
2Old, great time as well especially as it's still quite early in your marathon cycle.
DD, race sounds great and you are amazingly consistent with your podium positions even if no bling this time.
Minni, Oompa, good racing from you both. Minni, your new club must be so pleased to have you as you keep placing so highly for them. For VLM we need to find a 3:15 marathoner with a blonde swishy ponytail and put her in a skirt for you to chase. Oompa, nice to be beating people you've beaten in the past.
Carrot, sounds like you've caught the quad problems nice and early.
Kiwi, an hour . It's great to see you on the comeback and you've been so dedicated with the cross training.
Failing to manage any lunchtime classes at the moment, trying to do more than 1 job isn't helping. Main exercise has been commuting to and from work on the bike, which is full of stops at traffic lights but I clocked up about 50 miles cycling this week which hopefully, even with all the stops, has got to help.
AA- the splits tell the story-so so close to 90- if it wasn't for the headwind you would have bagged it .It's there for the taking next time.
Oomp- brilliant LR with a tough x country in your legs
Barry- fantastic performance with a time you must know you can eat into bearing in mind the easing off in the 9-12 miles section ready for that grandstand finish! Seriously its a very positive indicator at thus stage.
My splits are a master class in pacing-
It's just a shame I didn't lose 3-4 secs a mile . still it's there for the taking and not far off what I did a week before Liverpool Marathon.
It was a very impressive event .A fast straight course .Entertainment - drummers, singer ,Elvis impersonator,pre race massage, quality t-shirt and medal . One to do every year.
FRC- hope your wife pb' d at the 10k today
Bro- excellent LR- looks like your fatigue is in the past .
O4 S- you have to have finished by now or are you still eating cake?
Minni- hope your LR went well . 're sub 40- I know it's only a few seconds but I'm like a child- I will stamp my feet until I get it-- or maybe train specifically for it .
The rugby is looking interesting!!
Fantastic AA, so pleased for you. Don't you love it when those results seem to pop out of nowhere?Great result from Barry too, but we expect you boys to beat us up until HM.
2Old, so close but well played, hope you're still pleased with that result. Well done Bro and Oompa for getting out for the long runs. Just think how easy a nice spring marathon will feel in comparison. Cross training today, with a mile on the tready to stop Minni setting the Jantastic dogs on me.
weeble- fighting talk- yes suppose I am pleased because a few seconds here or there don't make difference in the context of the bigger picture. Nice cliche?
Barry / 2old - fantastic well done
2 hours in the gym done. Time for a sleep I think!
AA- there were lots there but I joined the group near the front and everything flowed smoothly away from the start, congestion free . I've seen how you dealt with it at your HM.
Oh so good allround - great reports, great splits. We've been going for over two years now and still we continue to improve. I'm not kidding I think we'll have a team in Rio!
Well done Barry!
Just back from my 20. The weather closed in at 12 miles and I got the extra layers on that were tied around my waist. Legs are tired from yesterday. Sort of spat the dummy at mile 16 - not that it made an difference because I had to get home. Thankfully Guns and Roses came on the ipod and HTFU messages from Spoons and AA got me back on the road. 20m @ 8.29.
Minni- yes Rio is looking good . It's good to see everyone s hard work paying off. Talking of hardwork, that LR must have been tough even without yesterday's excellent race in your legs...well done. So one week ends and another starts tomorrow with nil logged- always look on the bright side eh?
AA I'm over the moon for you. Brilliant running, doing it for the girls, absolutely bloody marvellous
Smashed 1:30 Barry, cracking pace, sounds like you've had a good morning out
Spoons - quality choice of listening for your turbo session
Oompa - great XC running, you make them sound fun! Spike hole sounds painful...
What are quad guards Minni? I was thinking of you out running this afternoon when the rain set in, I knew you'd be hardcore and just crack on with it
2old well done on the second fastest 10K, really good pacing throughout.
I did my planned 18M today. PAIN FREE!!! I honestly can't believe the difference since Thursday when I couldn't even walk down the stairs without it hurting, the physio session was money very well spent. Ran easy, forced myself to slow down on the downhills, had a very enjoyable 18 miles @ 8:26. Followed by more lunges and stretches! Happy happy happy
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