For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world
Dids - illness and a hammy, you copped a hit in the toaster after all. DAchs - ha ha, everyone has to take a dump, even the queen !
made me laugh that PP has been trying to work out who his opposition is and how good they are.
Dachs/Dids.. when I had very sore ribs the Doc gave me some Tramadol pain killers. His recommended dose of 3 a day sent me to sleep and bunged my tummy up good n' proper. Just make sure your 'phantom defecators' get the same dose and Bob's your Uncle! BTW I reduced the dose to 1 a day and just put up with the pain the rest of the time.
Dids.. enjoy the rest and hope leg and fever recover quickly.
ES.. nice work on the treadie. I find the treadie more bearable when I'm doing a bit of quality on it, the time seems to pass more quickly than when I'm doing a steady run.
15m+4m double today. Cracking day of sun & blue sky up here so couldn't resist going out twice.
This morning's run was part reconnaisance to find a new 10k course for my home town's event which is part of a summer series of 6 races. Despite the fact that we have never had anyone injured, killed or lost in 20 years, the highways people were wagging their fingers at us for a 1.5k section on the 'old' course which is slightly busy on occasions. Rather than argue the toss with them we measured a new and rather more pleasant route which is about 2/3rds off road/farm tracks without getting involved in any mud. Job's a good'un.
237m for Feb.
My German visitors are gone so I'm once more free to catch up with the thread and won't need to be at work at 08:30... having missed my weekly med-long run, I'm thinking of coalescing it into my weekender, by setting off super-early tomorrow and doing a Fri LSR commute in. Which will make for a ridiculous mileage week, but setting the scene for (wait for it TR, nice training BTW) a mega-taper for the HM next week... which is an A-race, if only because it's in my home town, everyone will either be there, asking about it afterwards, or perusing the local paper for results. So to avoid hurt pride, it's got to be good! And I'm totally with PP on wanting to pick up some additional races now and then as "targets of opportunity" if the marathon doesn't work out -- shame to waste all the big training otherwise.
LD -- good luck. I'm utterly with you on the drinking beer and massaging the muscles while watching telly gambit, which sorted my calf out last time; sorry it didn't do it for your hamstring, or at least not completely.
Al_P -- I have an Inov-8 Race Pro 22 rucksack which I use all the time and get on with really well. (I never use the water bladder, which was awkward.) I even do speed work en route to work with 2kg in it, of course. Their bumbag, however, jounced around and mysteriously rotated until it was over one hip, so I barely used it.
February stats: 254M @ 7:13/M avg; 3 training runs of 27M+; one race, 15M technical PB (first time at that distance). And that's a record monthly mileage. (Second was the August I was doing BGR sections.) But still 7 rest days!
X-post: nice double Wardi, and Dachs -- why not wait for the phantom to emerge and try explaining that the cubicle is special and you need it? Or if there are plenty of other cubicles, bend the ear of your HR people to say it has shower-user priority. Or go for some regular clandestine sabotage of the WC so it's generally unusable and the phantom has to menace somewhere else... (cling film jape?
My second skipped run since turning v45. Not a great start Switching tonights run for Sunday. All this talk of alcohol has got me reaching for the wine bottle again
CW - super early for an LSR.......no, not a 27M again ! Whats with the 8:30 anyway, I was as my desk before 8am after 13M y'day I kind of like the all my eggs in one basket approach, it means you cant quit on the big day. But then I'm not one to race much year round, and I know that some folks struggle with not being able to race well in marathon build up.
Nice days work Wardi!
Nice refueling SL! ( and a pretty good run too )
MASSIVE session for me tonight....... 1 mile + 4 x200m ........ I'll get me coat
Feburary stats : 438 miles (6:40m/m) and a "soft" 10 mile PB
Just realised the first day of March is going to be a rest day for me, not sure if the OCD can cope with a zero that early in the month
SL - Hill sprints after a 5 mile tempo? Oof! That sounds like hard work.
Great mileage/double Wardi.
TR - Too right. I stop short of asking grey-haired whippets their age on the start line though. That would be rude.
242 miles for me in Feb, first time average pace under 7m/m, I think mainly because I've been putting in some big MP sessions and the races have been getting longer. 2 PBs, 2 V40 wins. A good month, topped off this evening with my best MP run to date, 18M w/ 13.1 in 1:15:42 (5:46/m).
Awsome MP run PP!
Tim - The rule is you join the thread before your first sub 3 and then stay for life no matter how fast you get (I had a 3:07 to my name and I don't think PP had done a marathon at all back in 2008?)
PP - awesome stuff. Rest up now for Dambuster.
Like others I will be starting the month with a zero, but got a big weekend planned so not too fussed. Only 10M last night as well, instead of the planned 12, due to looking at more houses!
I'm ahead of Marigold in the monthly mileage stakes then ! wont happen very often.
SL - top bombing and refuelling.
PP - amazing run, only a few minutes slower than Brighton 1/2 in a Thursday evening solo training run ! Hope Sunday goes well and you bag your qualification slot.
Spring must be coming, last indoor cricket matches of the season Sunday. Just 5 ish more weeks of knee management and then I can wrap it in cotton wool.
Bloody hell PP it just keeps getting better, get that cotton wool out.
Marigold - thats a hell of a month.
366 for Feb,1 race no pb's (sobs)
Jools - Did I run past you twice last night? I'm as blind as a bat, especially in the dark.
Seems my legs recovered quite well from yesterday nigth as my 5 mile womble this morning was rather enjoyable.
LOL Marigold. It was a fantastic training run from PP! It does inspire me to try harder at least 12 mile run home from work tonight, then a 20 mile trail run along the banks of River Wear in the morning.
Thanks for the rucksack tips Dan, Dachs and CW, going to get the variety of packs I already have out this weekend and try to work out what the smallest size I can get away with is (thinking in the range of 10-20l), before deciding what to buy
PP - Stunning MP run
Wardi - great doubling
SL - That's a tough sounding sesh, nicely done.
TB - Good mileage
Happy to report things appear to be back on track for me an easy 9M with a few fartlek efforts yesterday morning followed by another 7.5M leading a club intervals session in the evening. Didn't want to push the intervals so just cruised along at MP for the 4x6min we did. V easy 4M bimble this morning and then a 5k blast on Boscombe prom tonight.
Feb Stats : 253M (av 7:06/M) 5 rest days, 2 races, 2 PBs (1 soft - Bramley, 1 hard - Wokingham)
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