For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world
Dids - good story; sounds like Overall hasn't got a chance. I didn't criticise Balding as she actually does know her sport, and wouldn't have captured the public mood. She lives near me too, so wouldn't want her aiming barbs at my toaster as I run past her house.
Boat race is only a short stroll away, although will be clearing up after organising the pacing teams that morning (with help from PP) at the Richmond half, a mile or so further upstream. Will stick him at a gentler than MP time. Don't need him winning more silverware (or silver wear) round these parts.
The place where they get out of boats and do the presentations, interviews and tossing the cox (fnarr) into the drink is my running club clubhouse (we share it with the rowing club).
Dan - Funny that, I printed out a pace band about five minutes ago.
I'm hoping no TV presenters have left any gifts in my Dualit slots since I last checked - just bought eight hot cross buns to fuel the weekend's racing. Anyone up for Maidenhead tomorrow?
Dan/Tmap - I actually love Clare Balding. Think she gets the tone and balance just right.
Clare Balding assumed we were all there to see her when she was on the parade buses, and she got the Adlington bit really badly wrong. I thought some of Inverdale and Redgrave's rowing coverage was similarly misjudged, and I struggle to watch the French coverage of the Tour de France as the reporters often act like they own the place.
You need a distance between commentators and the event - you need to feel that you've been allowed to watch something special and personal, not that you're watching something that's being only orchestrated by TV. It destroys the sense of ceremony and turns it into a slightly harder It's A Knockout.
Dids - I cant decide wther to encourage you to keep going or tell you to give it up as a bad job !
LJ - hope that you are back to it soon, planty of time to get some more impact miles into those legs.
Postie - dont play catch up and dont run those long runs too fast, its a double waste of matches.
I have had versions 5,6,7 and 8 of the Saucony shoes I run in and they have been ok, but the last couple of pairs of version 9 have holes in the uppers !
9M, 1.5k, 5M - very tight calf though. One more long run then it's cotton wool time.
TR.. nice triple again, and in my best Terry Thomas voice - 'Good show!'
LJ.. sorry to hear you've had a double dose of bad fortune, hope you can get back to speed soonest.
Postie.. nice 21m on a weekday.
Charlie.. a good mix of speed distances there, hope the muscle grumbles are in single figures.
Dids.. brave effort, hope there is no damage done. Just be patient re. the speed - it will come back.
Piscator.. great to see you in mean form, & welcome back.
Jonny.. have a good one at York Parkrun, flat as a snooker table.
8m today with 3 x 2k @ 5k pace. I might try Dids' 3 x 2m next time.
TR - give up? GIVE UP? I'm on the verge of humiliating the greatest marathon runner that the Overall family has ever produced mate.
Wardi - excellent !
Dids - with a dodgy hammy you'll be lucky to be Mrs Overall and I dont mean his mum !
LJ - sounding better, getting moving again will stimulate your metabolism too.
Simon - every run is a lonely run !
Time for a few calf relaxing beers and a glass of red. Last indoor criket training session tomorrow, the summer fixtures have arrived, I can pick a few races for my free Sundays now.
Everyone seems to be ticking along nicely.
LJ - glad to see your getting better and back at it.
Taper madness is kicking in, so used to going out and training hard its a bit of a challenge holding back and resisting the temptation to do longer and run harder!
One week to go and I'm keen for the day to arrive now, can't wait to get going!
10M recovery plod at 8:10/M brings me up to 79M for the week's total -- that'll do. I want to do a long run with an MP segment over the weekend; best day for me is Sunday, but that could be in conflict with Easter egg rituals, and the clock change will work against me trying to get back before anyone notices... will play it by ear.
Nice run SimonL (was it out into the wind and back with it?).
Sportaloo - ah, didn't realise you were in SA. I asked a South African once if he'd heard of the Comrades. I remember him looking at me as if I was insane for even so much as asking the question. At least, I suppose, he didn't shoot me.
VLM lollipop update - it's actually a flag (sticking out of a backpack type contraption). Not sure there's much faith in my ability if I need four of the forum's finest to supervise me the whole way. Latest email from RW Towers suggests I am indeed on the blue start, despite having a red number. Sure it's not an insurmountable challenge, but don't know yet where I should leave my bag - wouldn't want to mislay any Red Lion beer tokens.
On the running front, did 6 + 16 yesterday and another 6 this morning. Probably do 10 later and 13-odd tomorrow and Sunday in the HM. Got to fill the bank holiday with something other than darts practice.
good stuff on the mileage CW, a long run or a long long run ? I have to bag my 20 tomorrow, but will probably stick to 4M loops in case my sore calf twangs.
90min turbo bagged, a good aerobic workout without any running muscles taking a beating.
DanA - who paces the pacer....depending on how the next 3 weeks go you might have one more to keep you company on your duties. That is a lot of running you're doing.
LJ - sounds promising
TR -- this weekend will be my last 20+M, and long, but not long -- easily less than a marathon I'd say! I use the same tactic of looping or out-and-backing near home all the time on long runs now, in case of twangs or pit-stops. (Hope your calf doesn't need such a stop.) Once VLM is out of the way though, and August looms, I'll be looking at another BGR attempt again, and so might do some wilder long runs in preparation for that.
Good to hear things looking up LJ.
My company merged with one in Pietermaritzburg, at one end of the Comrades. Guys from there would always react in the same way to marathon stories -- "so that's great, but when are you going to do a real race?"...
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