Minni v Dubai Dave
Congrats, Speed Sheep - go an hit the champers now Ant: in a way I wished I would get my annual cold now ... I'm shit scared it'll come when I taper.Minni: excellent duration run . Know how you feel re. taper . I'm not ready for it either. Because the rubbish weather meant I missed almost all of my longer runs with MP in them I feel I need to do more MP stuff right now. Have done some in my MLRs but still .... I think I will probably do a 20 miler with MP 2 weeks out. Otherwise I won't feel ready!22.15 out of the way. It was truly horrible. The wind picked up and got stronger and stronger as I went on. And it was friggin' cold. Couldn't feel my hands for a while. I really felt like giving up a few times . Was thinking about O4S running across Dartmoor ... that was the kick up the backside that I needed.11 miles of hell and 11 miles that were just about bearable. I just didn't have it in me to speed up when I had a tailwind. In fact, I was completely shit 2old: mega miles! Just counted mine: 79 but TBH, I coulnd't have faced a minute longer out there to make the full 80
Free - hope the back held out today? Back injuries are the worst - you don't realise how much you use your back until you pull a muscle in it! Lots of heat on it after your run should hopefully help.
SS Happy Birthday Congrats on passing your exam! Sounds like you're back on track with the running too.
Minni hopefully London will be 3 seconds quicker than today's duration run
Good running today AA, days like today are what treadmills are made for! Always a good idea to get more MP miles in over the next few weeks, get the legs used to what that pace feels like.
Hope O4S managed Dartmoor OK today?
Chick it sounds like one of those horrible runs that we have that really test our mental strength. Great work not giving in.
Happy Birthday SS
amazing long run Minni
Not shit at all Chickadeee
i ran 1:45 today. Bloomin windy. All OK though. Calves were a bit tight at the start.
Plus. - I haven't mentioned on here yet but I've been doing a PLANK challenge in March. Do plank every day for the month and each day must be longer than the day before, even if only 1 second longer. I am now up to 3:55. I should get up to 4:30 by April hopefully.....
Chick - you can draw strength from today's run when you're standing on the start line of the marathon. Well done for battling on.
Spoons - you are King Plank.
Carrot - come on! How did you do today?
I ran long on Saturday last week so I can claim 92 miles in 9 days with 8 days of running. That's almost 100 miles in a week in my books!
Freemers Brilliant! So pleased your back was ok... remember you said this morning you had a really painful back? No? Oh, you'd forgotten! Great run - that must have you feeling really confident. And good to hear blade had a good run too. Look forward to his version of events.
2old - I had that very chat with AA earlier in the week. I was telling her what she should be aiming for and she was doing the same for me. Problem is neither of us believed it for ourselves. Its funny we can see others strengths but fail to recognise our own. I think we're all going to have to group together over the coming weeks and make sure we all get onto those start lines feeling confident and ready to give it our all.
I've been looking forward to this race as it's nice and flat which means FAST. Woke up yesterday to another covering of snow and wondered if it would even be on! I've had a pain in my foot since Sunday that has been on and off, it was quite sore for the first mile of yesterday's snowy parkrun course check but eased off. Was pleased to see last night that the organisers had announced that the race was on, so all I had to do was get round without injury, and under 70 minutes.
Did a 4M out and back warm up along the last 2 miles of the course. Felt like a nice day for the first 2M, then we turned round to come back to the racecourse into a strong headwind
Back to the car to get chip on, take layers off (down to club vest, short sleeve tshirt and shorts) then carried on running to keep warm. Stood about at the start for a bit for the usual announcements that you can't hear, then we were off! I normally like to have a few slower miles then pick up the pace but knew there would be a headwind for the last half of the race.
The wind was behind us for the first 3 miles so I took full advantage. I had autolap on my watch so I didn't have to worry about manual lapping. Wanted to get to halfway in 34 minutes so I had a bit of time in hand for that horrible headwind. We turned into the wind just after 5 miles, and battled up to just after 6 miles where the route turns for an out and back '??' shape. Cross wind, followed by tailwind, followed by headwind, and back to crosswind. On the bit with the tailwind I was pleased I'd chose to wear shorts as it was quite warm. Saw the leaders, then the three runners I'd travelled down with including Parsnip who was looking strong. The out and back bit includes miles 7 and 8, then you turn out back onto the road to the racecourse and back into that headwind. I had a gel at mile 7. I knew that sub-70 was on as long as I kept pushing. The head wind was horrible. The roads weren't closed so we had to run on the footpath but there were a lot of narrow bits where cars were parked on the footpath. Didn't see a 9M marker, it was there when we were warming up - I don't know if it had been blown away but I wouldn't be surprised! My watch beeped 9M and I knew that it was definitely on for sub 70. Hard going in that wind though. Crossed the line with 68:XX on the clock, finish time was 68:4X, 10th lady and won £25! Managed about 800m cooldown, realised how tired my legs were.
You go to sort some washing out, come back and write a race report and have how many cross posts?!
Free that's a brilliant 21M, your training has been really strong for VLM. Good to hear the back was OK
Nice planking Spoons! Ooh I might have to try that out for myself.
Parsnip did 62:57 today
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