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28/02/2013 at 20:26

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

28/02/2013 at 20:31

CW - super early for an, 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.

28/02/2013 at 20:59
Dread to think what you have planned CW.
Wardi - great double.
PP- you're in the shape of your life make them worry about you.
TR - sterling commitment to multi eventing.

I'm absolutely exhausted after 14 this evening 5miles at 5.21's then 10 hill sprints. Just finished off a huge porton of home made meat balls (no horse) and working my way through yet more cake, whilst enjoying a Samuel Adams and watching terminator.
28/02/2013 at 21:49

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


28/02/2013 at 22:30

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). 


28/02/2013 at 22:38

Awsome MP run PP!

28/02/2013 at 22:46
Is there not a sub 02:45 or even sub 02:30 forum to report on such awesome times. It might stop me feeling so pedestrian!
28/02/2013 at 23:13

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?)

01/03/2013 at 00:42
PP - Think you just equalled my HM pb in training. Do I quit, or try harder?
01/03/2013 at 07:34
That's one thing I like about this thread - every time I think I'm going well someone (usually PP) posts an awesome training run and reminds me what a pathetic loser I actually am!
01/03/2013 at 07:34

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!

01/03/2013 at 08:24

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.

01/03/2013 at 08:28

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.


01/03/2013 at 08:29

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. 

01/03/2013 at 09:25

Thanks for the rucksack tips DanDachs 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)

Edited: 01/03/2013 at 09:26
01/03/2013 at 09:35

Glad to hear things back on track Al , you going to be joining us for our first Wednesday marathon session next week? We should have a good group at the front with Habgood,Jacek,Sharkey and Pete Thompson all planning on making it.

(First session is 24min/18min/12min/6min/3min)

01/03/2013 at 09:58

Marigold - Yup was planning to do the first one (depending on how it goes I might do every other one, Wednesday are a bit busy at home), is the session all MP? (or, as you mentioned a couple of weeks ago, a bit under depending on what the goal is)

01/03/2013 at 10:05

The first session will be progressive starting around MP for the 24min ( or maybe even 5s/m faster) and then aiming for each interval to get faster. By the time you get to the 12min interval you should be at around threshold pace and then 6min (10k pace) and 3min (5k pace)

Done properly it should be tough which is why it's scheduled mid week and should be preceeded by 2 easy days and followed by 3. Next hard run should be on the Sunday.

01/03/2013 at 10:25

208 miles logged for February, at an average pace of 7:29. No races. Mere plodding compared to some of the stuff I've read this morning!

01/03/2013 at 10:28

SL: Portway, between about 6.30 and 7ish?  If so, that was me.

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