For anyone trying to crack the 3 in any marathon anywhere in the world
CW - I'd say injured then. 11+9 probably isnt as good as a 20 would be Sunday, but today I had more time and Sunday I won't. I'm going to try to make that sort of double a weekly session through Feb and March, with a 13 and 5 midweek too.
Pi Man - sorry missed you again at the Assembly League! Stifling out there and (lightly trained) legs suffering today.
what a Rotter. Beaten by about 30 secs by some little 13 year old scrote. think its time Parkruns have a separate kiddies race if this sort of thing may happen again. It's really going to just demotivate us proper runners otherwise.
not feeling like the greatest runner in the world - and that's no start to a weekend is it?
17M ground out in the heat. Not fast, not pretty and now in desperate need of rehydration!
Ran to Parkrun this morning, ran it slow in 19.20ish and then ran home, 21 miles in total (7:28/mi), unfortunately was a bit underfuelled and the last few miles were a struggle in the heat!
Still had a bit of fatigue from last night when I tried to recce on my bike the route of a 10k I'm doing next week, took a wrong turn and ended up doing about 20 miles more than I planned haha
The weekend's training done before 11am Saturday is a nice feeling though!
Dids - luckily for you Parkruns arnt proper races so it doesnt count.
good miles from Jools and OT
61M on the bike for me, worked hard too.
OT - That's one hell of a map reading error
LD - Surely it was an ideal time to educate the young generation about the power of the elbow/calf spike? Or maybe you should have Budded him?
Warm out there, isn't it? Bewl 15 miler tomorrow. Am thinking of taking a Camelbak, but may well take a Camel. Might end up racing Omar Sharif.
RP - I know mate 1 wrong turn and stupidly thought "ah yeah there's a road up here that connects the two" there wasn't...
Just dropping in to say well done to Tim Bateson yesterday. Fantastic effort in the heat on a challenging course at the best of times.
Thanks Minni The Chevy Chase is an awesome fell race and a credit to your club. So thanks to all the volunteers and marshals that make it such a great event. More than pleased to get a 25 minute PB. Almost 2 weeks ago thought I would not even be there to run this year. Already looking forward to next year as I know that I can take off another 30 minutes next year as long as I don't run a 113 miles as a preparations run! Also caught up with someone I had not seen for 16 years and delighted for him as he finished 3rd!
CL - let's arrange to meet for the August one
Tim that is fantastic: many many congratulations. Huge pb.
Yours truly features in a big article in Fabulous magazine today, the award-winning supplement of The Sun on Sunday.
I mention this here because the front cover has Jessica Ennis, and as a friend pointed out it means the magazine features two great athletes
Back in the real world, a gentle 5 miler to keep ticking over. Jessica would've wept at my pace.
Brilliant TB, that's a massive PB for the course.
More mountain training for me today, with an eye to a BGR attempt now only 5 weeks away. 4hr10 time on the feet, including 1hr20 for only 5M in the chalk pit -- but as our MTB bretheren would say, that was a bit technical. To maximise the realism (and minimise wear on my XTalon studs) I went out of my way to run on rough grass verges instead of nice smooth tarmac whenever possible, and I ended up lashed by vegetation (and about 7lb lighter through dehydration). The Garmin only logged 25M but it was "worth" more with the technical stuff, at least compared to a normal LSR. Only a small fraction of the BGR test to come though.
Ironically I managed not to come a cropper for all that time of clawing my way up and sliding my way down precipitous chalky slopes, ahd clattering heel-first down scree now and then -- only to land heavily on my arm and leg later when I didn't notice a brick poking up on a tame woodland path. So I have some minor skin injuries... but hey, my legs are pretty good. I found a very tight stretch of muscle behind the top of my left fib (in fact I thought it was my fib at first, it was so hard) which I've broken down quite a bit the last two nights in wine-fuelled massage. The answer, this time? Hope so...
Dids.. there's a 4ft 9" 14 year old who does the local Parkrun here in sub 19. I agree, it's an outrage really.
Good long efforts yesterday Jools & OT, particularly in this heat.
Charlie.. excellent work in the chalk pit & elsewhere. I take it the BGR looks like a goer at present?
That's a lot of miles on the steed TR, good work!
TB.. congrats on such a chunky PB, sounds like hard work.
My planned 16m was done in the heat of lunchtime due to guests staying overnight. Had to re-route slightly for water via a petrol station which has a tap round the back. This made it up to 17m so pleased to get it done. Might refresh with a beerio later.
8M including 3K at Stoke-on-Trent. Paid for the heat and ground out 11.06, despite hoping I was in sub-11 shape, but pleased I managed a reasonable pace on tired legs.
After 6 hours squished into a mini-bus yesterday for the journey up to Glasgow my legs didn't feel like they belonged to me today. While it was no doubt cooler up in Bonny Scotland than elsewhere it was still around 26 - 28 degrees, which was frankly a shock to the system. Plus I wore my spikes for the first time in a race longer than 1500. That's the list of excuses over with! 10.59 (ie 6 seconds slower than my PB), but I did win the B string race. I managed to escape having to run the 4 x 400m. Thankfully the next meet is here. Well, sort of. Our track is too crap so we have to go to Derby to host it.
Did the local parkrun on Sat and won the thing in 17:09 ! Also set a new age grade record with that, so pretty happy... suppose I should try to hit the sub 17 next.
Gentle 10k this evening to chill.
Decent weekend of running in the heat everyone !
Odd weekend, all I can see from people is short sharp pain up to 5K, and ultra-related dementedness, and nothing in between.
Good mile racing from Al_P and Wardi. Wardi, that's a very decent pace you've pulled out there. Al_P, you should be capable of well under 5 on your day.
Sorry Pi Man had a disapponting 5K, but that's the downside of making quick improvements - the day it doesn't go to plan you start to get paranoid you've plateaued, when it is in reality very far from the case.
Well done on the 3000s Jools and CC2. Imagine having to travel to Stoke on Trent or Glasgow to run for 11 minutes.
Charlie, 41 minutes running up and down stairs?! Where do you find these stairs? Is it a multi-storey car park or something? And, if so, how do you block out the smell of piss? Glad you survived your fall without further injury.
Dids, one of the downsides of parkrun is the possibility of being beaten by nippers. I no longer go to Reading parkrun for fear of being beaten by some of Reading AC's fresh-faced speedy nippers, although they do tend to be a little older than 13. They do have junior parkruns as well (my kids ran our local one today, my 4-year old managed to overtake someone to avoid last place in the final stretch), but you have to accept that now you're the greatest runner in the world, there's a target on your back. Getting one over on you will give these kids legendary status in the playground, and may even contribute to them getting to third base with an actual girl.
TB - sounds like an excellent performance, particularly if it was in today's weather.
HR - well done on the growing fame...
I haven't posted for a bit, so I shall briefly update - Race 2 of the Yateley 10K series was on Wednesday. Felt certain that I'd be a bit down on the first race as marathon training is kicking in. Wasn't able to defend my win from the last race, but fell into 3rd pretty early on and stayed there, despite getting within 10 seconds of 2nd by the end. Surprised to actually be quicker than my winning run last month, with 33:36, so that was quite pleasing, not too far behind the PB. First time 3 have gone sub 34 in that series since 2009, so it was just a strong race that night. Still in a position to win the series though, on equal points with another guy going into the final race.
Yesterday I incorporated a parkrun into my 10 with 5 @ LT, so 5.5 easy, parkrun @ LT (17:04, so a bit quicker than intended, but I had a lead so thought I should keep it, 2 miles @ LT (5:40, 5:38), 1m easy. Quite a nice morning session. 16 this morning in dripping heat to follow.
Al_P, do you have a view on shoes for the NF10 next weekend? Can't really remember the course, but plenty is on road I believe, so is it just a case of racing flats? Guess the ground should be pretty hard anyway even on the off-road bits.
TB - Well done on the massive PB.
CW - Sounds like madness but glad you came through it in one piece.
Jools and wardi - Well done on the 17's
TR - Nice bike miles.
I ran the west mendip way yesterday, 30 miles, around 4600 of climbing and starts in a place called Uphill, which sums it up really. I was running with 2 others, one who wasn't particulalry fast so it took 5 hours, needless to say I was rather thirsty by the end of it.
LD - unlucky, there are some annoyingly fast kids around. I agree that a bit of "jostling" might be a good plan for next time.
TB - well done, that's a huge amount of time to knock off in one go.
HR - sorry, I don't read that newspaper!
CW - sounds promising, I think! As usual, "interesting" training.
Dachs - sounds like you're going well. If the NF10 is the same course I did about 6 years ago, then I would just wear flats. There is some tarmac, but the trails are pretty smooth anyway.
17M easy for me on Saturday morning, before the heat got too bad. Legs felt a lot better. Then just under 60M on the bike yesterday with the usual group - good fun.
Last 10k of our midweek summer league on Tuesday - pretty sure I'm not going to run very well but never mind, should score some decent points for the team anyway. Then JP Morgan Corporate Challenge (5.6k) on Wednesday - legs will probably be even worse after Tuesday's race!
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