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TR
13/01/2013 at 12:21

Padams - well played sir, suitably humble as usual. IM training now ?

Dids - when I was waking recently with a thick head for a week or so due to a cold I found teh fresh air helped clear my head.

SL - top miles

Wardi - good to see you back with a number on again (do you wear numbers for park runs ?)

both footy matches were washed out by y'days monsoon weather, so 18M bagged (15,16,17 and 18 as long runs on the last 4 sundays). Stayed on the flat today to give my knee a chance, body is still groaning, but the message is still "keep calm and carry on".

 

A.W
13/01/2013 at 13:02

Nice 18 TR.

Good 14 too Joolska in a cut back week.

Wardi - Her prize was a sports bra, could share it but not really in to that!!!!

First 20 miles in the bag of this campaign. Felt nice and comfortable in 7.29 pace. Encouraging signs.

A.W
13/01/2013 at 13:03

Well done Padams, and great result for AW's girlfriend. Does that count as a thread win?

SL - nice MP session

XC at Hyndburn for me yesterday. Very tough conditions bourne out by the fact that my average pace was 8.30m/m's. I was happy just to finish uninjured to be honest.  21 miles this morning averaging 7.19m/m's brought up 72 for the week.

13/01/2013 at 13:44

CW - that's the screen I had, but then I just started getting further and further away from the wiggly line. No idea how that happened. In hindsight, following the map would have been easy enough (I love maps anyway!).

AW - forgot you were going to be at the finish, but probably wasn't in a state to have a conversation anyway! Well done to the Mrs.

TR - yes, it's all about the bike now.

Dan - no, the guy who won went wrong near the start, then ran the rest of the first half with me (going wrong where I went wrong). One guy was miles ahead, but as soon as we hit the canal the guy I was running with took off and caught the leader somewhere on the canal. So he would have beaten me regardless, but maybe I could have also caught the guy who lead most of the race.

Nice training everyone!

OS
13/01/2013 at 16:08
Padams. Very impressive! I have done 40+ miles three times, and recall the feeling I had in the last stretches well. On a positive note I found I recovered much more quickly from long (slow) distance than from a fast 26.2.
OS
13/01/2013 at 16:10

Congratulations Padams a truly impressive day's work.

13/01/2013 at 16:11

A W.. shame that, you could have shared a crop top perhaps?   A prize story worth telling.. in the early days of my hometown 10m race the prizes were donated by local shops.  One of the winners in the early years was Veronique Marot (former London Marathon winner).  Alongside a small cash prize she won a book on slimming! 

TR.. when you register for Park Run you print off a few personal barcodes.  You somehow carry one of these around the race (I keep mine in a mini plastic card holder).  At the finish you get a disc with your finish position on it, this is then matched/scanned with your barcode so no numbers required. 

Nice 20's A W & Andy D (that XC sounds tough!).

Cold but sunny up here today so got out for a pleasant 13.1m around local country lanes. Pleased with 60 miles totted up for this week which is the most I've done for a while.

 

13/01/2013 at 17:58
Very jealous of all this running. I should have run yesterday at 4pm. It's now 6 wife's still not home having started work at 6am both sat and sun. I'm meant to do 2hrs/16 mile. I did build in slack into my programme so could sack it of or I could get my @r$e out the door. Yesterday was a drive in, swim at lunch, drive home rest day so I could run 10 mile in, 6 mile back and count that. I should be tested by wed too for my race. Oh need to avoid doing this next week!
13/01/2013 at 18:59

 

Padams - thats class!

Jools - nice pb

Wardi - good weekly total!

TR - solid aerobic 18

CW - happy bd

Easy week of running done for me and 10m this evening with a clubmate. Went over to watch Durham relays this morning with the club, great setting with the cathedral in the background.

Clubmate has a number I can use for Brass Monkey next sunday so I might do that and use it as a training run for fitness. Will decide later in the week but just some more standard running this week coming though. Who off here is doing BM next sunday?

..............snow on its way apparently

Edited: 13/01/2013 at 19:02
TR
13/01/2013 at 19:16

TR - barcodes ! ha ha, like going to Sainsbury's

RS - hope it misses us.

MtR
13/01/2013 at 19:29
7 runs done this week. Felt a bit knackered this morning after 10 miles a day for the lat few days so took the dog for a 2 hour walk instead of a run. Did a little jog later to bring up my first 50 mile week for a long time! ( Feb 2012).

Well done to Padams - impressive pace over that distance.

Nice run by Jools, any PB is good, but in the middle of a longer run is excellent.

Good training by loads of others.

Food tonight was Pulled Pork. Slow roasted a whole shoulder of pork all day. Served with baked sweet potatoes, coleslaw, spring greens and barbecue sauce. Loads of pork left for sandwiches this week.

Good to be back!
13/01/2013 at 20:01

Padams - superb!  A good 10 minutes quicker than my course best.

A.W. other half - superb!  A good 15 minutes than my other half's ex-course record.

Wardi - I've decided to put my focus on VLM this year, so no second chance marathon in the autumn, and no Frankfurt.  That's not to say I won't be running more marathons, but they'll be social runs rather than 100% efforts.

RS78 - Brass Monkey for me and the ex-Country-2-Capital course record holder

Edited: 13/01/2013 at 20:03
13/01/2013 at 20:14

Selbs - good lord mate, sounds like a tough time of late. Have a great time in NZ and enjoy the little 'un. Hope you get back to a regular running routine asap. You've shown incredible stoicism to keep posting despite the ongoing issues, chapeau.

Padams - enormously impressed at this end. Great result, you are class mate.

Jools - quality running, congrats on the PB.

TR - 18 !!! Good man, that's money in the bank mate.

CW - happy birthday, cracking 20. Can you remind me of the trail/fell shoes that you think are good on snow ice? Looks like we're about to embark on some s**t weather here in Notts and I'd rather keep running outdoors rather than doing the treadmill if at all possible.

Wardi - great week mate, looking good.

Congrats to all the XC'ers yesterday, some fine runs posted, well done all.

14 weeks to go

TR
13/01/2013 at 20:20

mmmmmarmite - 14 weeks to go eh, plenty of time to gently come to the boil yet then.

MtR - excellent miles, good to see you back to it...............pulled pork ! Sounds like a teenage boys late night entertainment !

13/01/2013 at 20:40

Wondering what peoples views are on walking as part of training. I have two dogs and walk them for at least an hour a day. Is is best to walk before or after a run. I generally walk the dogs after a run (within a couple of hours of finishing)

Today was my day off and walked about 5 miles with the dogs. should I include my walking miles in my weekly mileage

 

Edited: 13/01/2013 at 20:41
13/01/2013 at 21:21

You're totally getting back to it, aren't you, MtR -- great stuff.

I knew you were quicker in 2011 but didn't know you were the reigning C2C champion Njord!

mmm...mmmarmite -- I have both XTalon212s and XTalon190s (for races), which have identical soles, consisting of a fairly sparse pattern of square studs made of sticky stuff. They're really good on the ice, and are also ace for any multiterrain races (I don't even bother with my spikes for XC, which are old and significantly heavier). I also have some Roclite312GTXs which I fancy aren't quite as grippy, but are probably harder-wearing and are waterproof and cosy. If rather clompy compared to the light ones. There may be newer better things by now of course. Walsh PBs probably have a similar effect, though I've never tried them. And some people advocate adding metal screws to old pairs of trainers to make ice-shoes...

13/01/2013 at 21:33

Some hugely impressive running from many of you - congratulations all.

16M for me today, averaging around 7:45 min/mile. That was self-paced (speed and distance) as well, as we were away from home and I forgot to pack the Garmin. Sometimes I think it's better that way!

OS
13/01/2013 at 22:26
Tim. Great question. I happen to think there is a lot to be gained by walking. I try to walk whenever I can during the day, and am convinced that moving a little very very regularly is important to cv and muscular health. There are many opportunities to walk that most people seem to take every effort to avoid. For example how many people really need a travelator to move them along on the flat having sat on their @rses for hours on a flight. But no, it doesn't count as mileage.

9m done this evening, having left it a bit late to get out. Quite a heavy week of running, bike and gym, such that I felt wrecked yesterday.
OS
M.
13/01/2013 at 23:01

Lord D - recover well and take it easy. You can be invincible again next week.  I hate that head cold feeling.  Hope you feel better soon.

Stuart - nice weekend of running!

Tim - I don't know about walking as part of training but I'm pretty sure the 90mins I walked yesterday afternoon was very good for the post long run recovery - I'm feeling much better than I expected this morning.

Nice run electric sheep! I'm always a bit nervous about running without the Garmin but you are right sometimes it is just better.

M.
CL
13/01/2013 at 23:27
Hope the podium wasn't too high to climb Padams (and WA's other half).

Wardi - When I injured a rib, the impact on breathing lasted well after the pain subsided. Well done beyond out there.

20m at 7:10 felt quite close to shelling peas today, but bit chilly!
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