For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world
TR - "what does the AT mean ?" All Time, as in UK rankings for some event since records began. You'll approve of this example.
CW - nice, look at all those times from the 70s and 80s. 30 or 40 years on and no one can run that fast cos less is more and a HRM or gadget tells them to slow down. So you have an All Time ranking at an event ?
Dids - nice one, I'd be doing 3min reps myself this week, looks like we've swapped seats.
Simon.. just back from the Lakes (Wasdale area) and here is my climbing report..
Friday.. Climbed Ingleborough on the way, a bit of snow & a bit windy otherwise no problem.
Saturday.. Illgill Head & Whin Rigg, as above.
Sunday.. Yew Barrow, tackled the steep descent ok then decided to climb Red Peak next door. Higher peak so more snow & ice. Descending from Red Peak across a couple of acres of hard packed snow/ice without crampons was great fun. My Walsh climbing boots did me proud though and I managed not to go ar*e over tit. The second part of the descent was through 2-4ft snowdrifts!
My advice would be.. don't go too high unless you have the right gear for it.
Monday.. a pleasant walk around Muncaster fell, soggy in places.
I will now attempt a read back.
SL - My HR stats are reasonably consistent for races, with typical marathon race HR around 83% max. I think it can be harder to compare for training runs however, because of variance due to volume of training amongst other things, i.e. it's a little harder to get HR up in the middle of heavy training. So 5bpm is quite a small difference to be confident enough to put down to fitness alone. (You might also find that "MP" is run at a slightly lower rate during training than for the actual race, for the same reason - you can get HR up quicker after a good taper.)
Nice early-taper sharpener this evening. 5 x 1k reps with 3 mins/500m jog recovery, all 3:06/3:07.
SL - Re hear rate stuff..... exactly what PP said - always good to be able to add value
( My marathon HR % is around 88% Max but only when fulled tapered and "on it" !!)
Wardi -- good bit of "winter" fell-running there -- Yew Barrow sounds familiar from the BGR route.
TR -- that's the funny thing, the rankings listed by default for me down the right-hand side of my powerof10 profile were never worthy of an "AT" before, but now I'm 183rd fastest V40 parkrun in UK history. I can die happy. (I used to have a great ranking for the peculiar distance of 20K, as nobody much runs it, despite having a poor hypothermic performance in driving sleet, but can't seem to get it to list it now...) Mr Overall is 9th in the AT, any age HM rankings but Jonesy is there in 2nd to Mo's 1st. Obviously he'll be miffed to be knocked down the marathon rankings by LD shortly.
PP -- nice reps, I once scraped a single sub-3 1K in a one-off time trial in one of the two club training sessions I went to when I joined. Whereas you knock out 5 consecutively at almost the same pace in a spot of casual training...
CW - ha ha, 183rd Park runner, thats nearly as good as Dids 9th best ranking.
CRAB - WayToGoYet ? unlike your good self after todays efforts.
TR - As Bob Monkhouse once said "30 years ago my friends laughed when I said I was going to be a comedian. They're not laughing now".
I'm proud of my Strava achievement, but in nineteen days time when I'll be the no 1 marathin runner in the UK, even you will be silenced. In fact, I expect you will break down at my feet outside the Red Lion, asking for forgiveness. It shall be granted, of course.
Great running from everyone. Stayed away for a couple of days and struggling to keep up. LJ hope the bug clears.
HR I only have time to run about 50 to 60 miles a week over a 5 day period. (I would need to be a much faster runner to get this up to 80). So I just make the most of the time I have. I only do one proper speed session a week, so might look to do 2. On a Friday/Saturday I do longish runs back to back.
Looks like everyone is starting to get into taper mode. I plan to run my first interval session of the year tomorrow (10 by 800), then a 22 mile run for me on Sunday and let the taper commence. My runs and pace are starting to match my goal pace at an easier effort, so fingers crossed.
Starting to see a strange yellow globe in the sky that is emitting a pleasing warming sensation. Hopefully time to start removing the thermal layers
somebody's farted in my toaster today, finished 11M with slight TFL strain popping up again - not total surprise as I've not rested since Sunday's 25 miler (almost). Off to the Lakes this evening for a few days hillwalking - was going to do a couple of easy runs, but if we get good days' walking in then I think I can afford to not run at all and hopefully that'll leave the toaster smelling fresh again.
I note that for April on FE I am 26th with 26 miles - surely proof that everyone's tapering.
That globey thing's warm Tim, but as soon as you're out of its rays, the air is as bitter and bracing as ever. After so many dark mornings of rain, snow, ice, unavoidable lake-like puddles & biting winds I bet it'll be blazing sun and 70+°F on April 21st.
PS I notice that I always use Centigrade except for warm summery temperatures where I revert to Fahrenheit ... so a cold day might be 5°C but never 40°F, water boils at 100°C not 212°F. I think this is quite common - anyone actually use Fahrenheit all the time??
Dids - Overall straying into my patch again this weekend. I am 5 wins from 5 at Old Deer Park. Unfortunately I can't put him in his place this time as they want me to volunteer. Maybe I could stretch some piano wire across the course at neck height for you?
Rather disappointingly, it's all for the purposes of advertising the latest fad from the German shoe manufacturer. Not what parkrun is supposed to be about; fwiw I shall be shamelessly sporting an alternative brand.
CW - don't waste my time. I am currently the 8th quickest V40 marathoner in the UK so far this year and in the top 100 half marathoners. Dreams are made of this.
Dids - 2:48 will beat Mo and me, but it wont beat Mr Overall. Dont make too big a puddle on the finish line, I dont want to get my feet wet.
Lord Didsbury wrote (see)
Current target - 2:48 ......
Ooh, are we having a list this year? I'll light the blue touch-paper, retreat, and see if it quietly fizzles out or ascends to a magnificent display:
Forumite A target (+B/C...) Number/vest/distinguishing marksCharlieW 2:39:59/2:42:37 #684, white vest with 2 blue hoopsLD 2:48
In other news, a 11M plod this morning at 8 m/M. Legs are still a bit creaky from my marathon effort on Mon, which I probably did too hard. Tomorrow was supposed to be a festival of speed in a MLR, but now it may have to be just a MLR steady effort. Also just returned from blowing my £50 Saucony prize voucher from the Cambridge HM at the specific shop where it was valid -- who said real men don't wear (very smart but probably not worth £47) tights?
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