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22/01/2013 at 17:28
Carl - are you doing your tempo run at the track ? My track is shut so will have to run on the roads, subject to the conditions
22/01/2013 at 18:34
Normally do the tempo on road and intervals at the track. Expect the track to be covered in ice all week.

There is a chilling wind here so might be driven indoors.
22/01/2013 at 19:30
The track was closed so attempted a tempo run outside. Both the pavements and roads were either ice, slush, snow or clear. It proved difficult to run at a consistent tempo pace as I was jumping from pavement to road all the time. So I took in a couple of hills and did a version of hill reps but without doing the downhill bits. On the flat I pushed it where I could. Ended up with 7.1 miles @ 9:15 so a decent session under the circumstances
22/01/2013 at 20:29

Decided that I will brave the conditions. Back later.

22/01/2013 at 21:39

Good luck. 

At the minute you just have to do what you can do. I found a hill that was clear so did some hill work. Hopefully all this nonsense will be over soon, but it could easily stay until March....

22/01/2013 at 22:19

Back in and no broken bones.

Foortpaths were still full of snow / ice / slush so took a slightly different route to get to my loop around Regents Park to do my speed section. Did the majority of this on the road and only time I nearly came a cropper was when I had to move onto the fotpath to avoid a car that came too close

Strong headwind in places particularly for a half mile section where it slowed me down as my breathing went missing and I was struggling but picked it back up again to run the speed section at a relatively consistent pace over 25 minutes.

Stats as follows :

Warm Up - 1.61 miles     9:02 min/mile

Pace -   3.39 miles    7:19 min/mile

Cool down - 2.12 miles   8:43 min/mile

Overall 7.14 miles at 8:08 min/mile.

Very pleased with that in the conditions and while somewhat slower than last week, I maintained the 25mins at pace and felt much stronger during the cool down. And after all it is a recovery week.

Looks like the running track is closed at the moment so I might have to improvise for my intervals later in the week.

Not sure if I am due any more snopw this week. The forecast earlier today was talking very very cold later in the week but now it is just very cold.

Easy 6 miler tomorrow night.

22/01/2013 at 22:40
Well done Carl, another good session.

I'm thinking of changing things around a bit this weekend. Saturday I will do a few easy miles, say 6-8. Sunday there is the Tigger Tor that I might enter. It's a 10 mile fell race up near me but if I do enter it I won't be racing, a target of 2 hours or so. That, of course, depends what the weather is like
23/01/2013 at 08:44

Good work Carl

Carter - why not race it?

23/01/2013 at 10:22
I've got liversedge HM 2 weeks after and am aiming to race that for a PB. I'm still new to ghis racing malarky so learning how my body copes with races. My only previous half took me 3 weeks to fully recover. Also, I've never done a fell race before. It includes a bit of navigation, of which i dont have any experience, and checkpoints. I know the area well, as i do some of my training runs up there, so should hooefully not get lost ! I think I would like to see how they work and get a bit of experience under my belt before racing one.
23/01/2013 at 12:28

Fair enough!

23/01/2013 at 13:08

That said, there is every possibility that my competitive nature will take over and I will run as hard as I can !

23/01/2013 at 21:25

23/01/2013 at 21:44
All the snow here has now frozen making any sort of speedwork difficult. So, as things are, for the next few days I think it will be regular shortish runs to keep the old legs turning over. I might even attempt a parkrun on Saturday !
What are conditions like were you are now Spoons/Carl ?
23/01/2013 at 22:25

A strange mixture of snow, ice, slush and mud

23/01/2013 at 23:45

It was bitterly cold here with rain at times tonight but did an easy 7 miles at 9:12 min/mile. Underfoot conditions are improving still slush of varying degrees in many places.

I am optimistic that the running track will be open tomorrow so I can get my interval session in. Nothing to base this on but if the thaw keeps going I am hopeful.

That said they are talking about more snow tonight  / tomorrow.

24/01/2013 at 06:51

Weather forecast for here is today 0, Friday 1, Saturday 2, Sunday 9 degrees

24/01/2013 at 08:31

Best get your sun tan lotion out !

5.4 miles this morning on the way in to work @ 8:42m/m. Still icy in places and carried my kit but pushed it a little bit were I could. 

24/01/2013 at 18:45
Return journey from work to car 5.4 @ 9:25. Schoolboy error by having to carry my laptop and my kit
24/01/2013 at 20:42
Spoons. wrote (see)

Weather forecast for here is today 0, Friday 1, Saturday 2, Sunday 9 degrees

Crickey - that's balmy weather! It's currently -6 here.

@Carterusm - I've made the same error a few times. I've found a decent backpack has really helped with the weight distribution and aches.

24/01/2013 at 20:55

I've run with a backpack loads (mine is an inov8 one) but never with anything as heavy as a laptop. Swap it for an iPad?

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