Sub 3h15

For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world

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31/12/2012 at 15:34

Bed before midnight OO. My only race is the Thanet Duathlon mid Jan - which is a mudfest but always a laugh. Apart from that, just base building - 55 - 70mpw. 

I reckon you need to round that Nov HM up to the nearest second RFJ

Can you count point-to-point races if you run a pb Minni? I know a sub 2.04 runner had that problem at Boston!

Moof - worth considering that trail shoes have much less padding so although grip is better, you might not want to run as far in them.

Best of all, after todays 8 miler in the mud, I've finished the year on 1646, a full whole 9 miles ahead of Scooby! Read it and weep Scoobster! (Reckon even with bike miles I would still be short of Speedy's total though

31/12/2012 at 17:05

Some very impressive totals being posted.

I decided against the 11 miles as soon as I posted the heavens opened. So I drove the shop for Stella instead. If only I had read Keirs' post earlier I would have gotten out!!

Edited: 31/12/2012 at 17:05
31/12/2012 at 17:12
RFJ- I may do newbury tomorrow....if I can be reasonably sensible tonight.

Scooby- I've stocked up on the Stella for the evening as I'm on the wagon for 16 weeks from tomorrow. That's dedication for you.
31/12/2012 at 17:20

Great opportunity for an end of year stat fest. My wife thinks I'm Mr Obsessive but I'm semi proud to say I have absolutely no idea of annual mileage.

I feel like I've been marathon training most of 2012 and suspect a weekly average of 45 pretty well all year round will be close to the mark. I've done loads of running GPS-less. Maybe 2,200 miles or so total then

One PB but still feel I should be able to do better at the marathon - the nagging itch that won't go away

3 age group podium places out of 7 (non park run) events probably reflects some soft races entered more than anything !

Goals for 2013 are 7x.xx half, 35.xx 10k, 17.3x 5K and try to take 5-10 mins off the marathon. Will be fun trying even if it doesn't happen.

That Northumberland marathon sounds interesting Minni - I've just entered Amsterdam marathon though which is in Oct anyway

Hope everyone has a great Hogmany and all our running and other dreams come true and we stay healthy and injury free next year. As ever - it's a privilege to communicate with like minded characters even if we all a bunch of saddoes

31/12/2012 at 17:31
Fraser Jingle Wells wrote (see)

the nagging itch that won't go away

Probably best get that seen to asap Fraser. 

31/12/2012 at 17:34

Keir - the joys of fat finger syndrome.... lol

31/12/2012 at 17:36

Moof - I will be the daft one in a fetch buff, probably with a parkrun 100 t shirt on and a long sleeved orange top

31/12/2012 at 17:40
RFJ- I'll have a brolly and very blood shot eyes.

Frazer, like minded? Running without a Garmin! I don't think so, I'd rather run with no shorts on.
Those goals you've set look tough, for me, but for you...piece of cake.
31/12/2012 at 17:56

Scoobs - it's not too late to get that extra 8 miles in - you could even take a couple of cans of Stella round with you to aid hydration.

31/12/2012 at 18:04

Lorenzo Thanks for the encouragement, but dinner is due in an hour. A 9 mile run in an hour probably would not be good for the recovering shins.

Moof I am planning something similar. I did 102 days (mid March) from 1st Jan this year .I have never had such an injury plaqued three months.

Running without a Garmin is indeed wrong.

31/12/2012 at 18:09

Welcome back, OGL.  I am afraid that, like a stuck record, I am still waiting to break 3 hours.  I've as good a chance as ever in 2013

12M this morning in the wind and the rain to round off a mixed year: 2 pbs (5k and 5M, albeit the 5M was truly Bubka-esque) plus losing my track virginity which meant 2 pbs (3000 and 1500), albeit both are below par as age graded scores.

Hope everyone who celebrates such things has a lovely NYE/Hogmany and here's to 2013 being a year of PBs for everyone on the thread.

31/12/2012 at 18:31
Yes have a nice time tonight folks and here's to a super fast 2013.

16 weeks on the wagon starts in 5.5 hrs....
31/12/2012 at 18:44

Well, as it is stats time, I may as well bid for the thread wooden spoon with my only 3 digit total since starting to record my runs in Jan1986 - a meagre 787 (300 of which were done by 9th Feb). Even in the other major-injury blighted year of 2008, 1150 was managed.
One race - the ill-fated Boston DNF.  (7 runs in 6 weeks prior) .
Speaking of mileage - 2700 is a fine total, Speedy -  highest ever here was 2550 (49mpw average), so annoyingly missing the 50pw avg in a calendar year  - yours is satisfyingly circa 52mpw, so excellent work.
Finally, Happy New Year to all - keep on keeping on - may you all achieve your goals, or at least have fun trying. Many may think we're a bit crazy, but I think we quite like it that way . . . .

31/12/2012 at 18:44

Minni - Seriously? 16 weeks with no wine!!!

AR - Hope that you have recovered from yesterday's tumble.

OGL - My average mileage for VLM was around 48mpw with longest week of 55 miles.  My legs can't handle high mileage so I only do 3 x 3-4 mile recovery runs in between 3 tough days.

SBD - Sounds as though are well along the comeback trail.  Fingers crossed it continues.

Well done Gul on getting to the 1500 mile mark.  Excellent!!

That's a tough session for this time of the campaign Moof.  14 secs ahead of last year is a good sign though.

Some very good stats being posted.  My scores on the doors for 2012 are:

1533 miles
2 Races & 2 PBs (VLM: 2.49.44 & Leicester HM 79.08)
1 World Record

Goals for 2013:
Try to run a 10K (only ran one very hilly race so PB is 38.30).
Sub-60 10m
Sub 6m/m HM
Secure GFA at VLM.

Enjoy the new year/Hogmany celebrations everyone


31/12/2012 at 18:49
Keir, I'm following Don Fink's Intermediate plan as recommended by Cheerful Dave (thanks Minni for the contact!). The base period ranges from 6 to about 12 hrs per week. Gets more later! At the moment it's a couple of 1hr swim sessions per week (today's was 300m warn up, 8x50m drills, 4x125m off 20s, 4x175m off 30s, 4x125m off 20s, 8x50m drills, 200m cool down) 2 shorter bike sessions 30-60min each (one of which done as a brick) and one longer ride (1hr45 last week) plus 3 runs of an hour or so. At this stage pretty much everything is done in HR zone 2 so fairly steady going.

Superb totals seem to have been racked up by all through the year! I am unfortunately too embarrassed to work mine out.

Year review

Good mileage start in jan feb, HM PB of 1:22:57, injured throughout march, Mara PB in April 3:12:48, 5K PB in June 18;27. 1st vet in offroad HM in July (1st ever prize ) 1st Triathlon completed in September, injured in October, November, December

Goals for 13 - to go long and hard and hope nothing breaks

Happy New Year to all of you, you are all heroes
31/12/2012 at 18:52
Scooby-was it you this year that came off the wagon with half a dozen pints of Guinness?
31/12/2012 at 19:09

Happy New Year- but why are you all stopping drinking?

31/12/2012 at 20:20
I've just started, been working and the brain hurts. It's vino o'clock. Hurrah!

Interesting mileage totals, if you take out the newer or injured types, and the high mileage outliers like Speedy and presumably Jase, there are clusters around the 1600m mark and the 2100-2200m mark. After averaging about 1500 over the last 3yrs I have moved up to a much higher 2159 in 2012 and it's paid off in spades. Maybe there's no substitute for putting in the miles. But it's very impressive to see what someone like Martin can achieve off relatively low overall mileage.

Highs: avoided injury. Blew up the training. Including some splits within races, recorded PBs at all distances from 5k to 100m. Unexpectedly knocked off sub3 mara and really enjoyed being near the front of the V50 pack rather in the middle of the V45s.

Lows: first ever DNF, and in the big target race of the year. Pah. Too busy to race often, only 4 maras this year.

But most of all, thanks to all of you for your insight, wit, generous support to fellow runners, and occasional filth in this long and rambling conversation. Good running in 2013.
31/12/2012 at 21:11

Right, quickly, while I get a chance - HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

The race was good, really windy, and a change in the course, with one kilometre extra just for a intotal 6.6 kms which I dragged myself round in 26.07, Garmin time. Took ages to get over the start line and spent much of the time running with a chicken and a cow. Finished feeling fairly good, last km in 3:40.

1,600 miles for me this year.

Right, now to get pi``èd.

31/12/2012 at 21:30

You are right Poacher. Interesting mileage categories. Where is PMJ to do some anaylsis.

Nice farm yard run Ant.

Almost time for bed for me. Happy Christmas and best wishes to you and your loved ones for 2013. 

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