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14/01/2013 at 08:17

Lorenzo - no, but I occasionally plan my sermon! Forgot to say there was a light covering of snow this morning and it was still falling when I ventured out. I can feel a field coming on... Happy cross-training.
BTW - impressive last minute Jantastic logging; TCCSTF team looking much better now.

14/01/2013 at 09:44

Moof Very impressive progressive 20 miles. Why not buy a tent instead of an inflatable bed?

Nice pacey intervals Gul. I had to laugh at the thought of you and your field.

Rain here, but no snow so far. Rest day and my legs feel a lot better than I thought they would.

14/01/2013 at 10:13

Not been online much this weekend I'm afraid but will read back properly later when time permits. A few mentions though. Lots of great long stuff going on.

Speedy - awful news about your Dad. Hope he makes a decent recovery.

Keir - great win! Sounds gruelling. Did you get the kids to clean your bike?

Poacher - great effort. Sounds like awful conditions!

First week of P&D 18 week 55-70 done for me. Total miles for week was 55. First time I've run more than 50 in a week since 1994! 15.5 miles yesterday in 7:54 average with strong last 5. Rest day today.

14/01/2013 at 10:15

Nice Win Keir

Excellent run Poacher - enjoy the trip

Cracking progressive Moof. I will have to think about doing one of them soon. Sleeping in running kit on sofa - now thats dedication to a cause.

Off for my VO2 and LT test tonight with results and advice coming a day or so later. Should be fun

14/01/2013 at 11:51

Snow here as well made it much easier to see at 6am!

Has the grass grown back around the edge of the field or is it permently damaged after your years of circling Gul?

Good luck in the test Menna. If you don't vomit by the end, ask for a retest!

Great to get the first week d&d DS2. How are the legs?

Really pleased to see this pic from yesterday. I've been working on keeping my arms above my waist, taking smaller steps and less heel strike for several months now. This was taken about 2 miles from the end on one of the less muddy bits, but far enough through that I was tired, not thinking about form and at the stage where it could have deteriorated.


14/01/2013 at 12:03

Keir - form looks very good. Great Pic!

Legs feel surprisingly good thanks. Just trying not to get carried away to be honest. I keep pulling myself down to earth by thinking about what TR says about deciding on actual marathon pace much nearer the time. I feel like an absolute beginner, not knowing what I might be capable of.

Mennania - looking forward to toppling off the back of the treadie?

14/01/2013 at 12:10

Thats a great resuly Keir - particularly given the guys behind you were cheating!

Just reading the VO2 prep notes and it says no eating or drinking anything except water for 3 hrs before - hmmmm. Should be interesting

14/01/2013 at 12:35

Nice shot Kier, out on your own! 

Well done DS2 great to be pushing the boudaries but take it easy.

Legs rather stiff today, may give myself a day off. But if there is snow on the ground tonight I'll be very tempted to give my inov's an outing- don't you love running in snow? 

14/01/2013 at 12:42
Speedy. Sorry to hear the bad news on your dad, hope he recovers soon.

Poacher. Great C2C race 1st vet 50 too, nice evenly paced a well oiled machine!

Minni. Very good 20m and quick, all looking very positive. Like your porn name!

OO50. Yes now your in my age category there are more gongs to be won,and surprisingly prize money, I had a nice ??50. Cheque after Chester mara.

Ant. A nice 16m in terrible conditions all adds to the mental strength.

Jools. All looking good, you deserve a good go at -3

Scoobs. Another one with a good solid 20 miler unfueled, it does work on the day...

Onegoodleg. Good to see your back and running well.

SJ. Great swimming, I would stick to the bike a little more to save the foot the impact damage good luck.

RFJ. Well done on your XC and park run, looking very strong.

Gul. Another very good early morning 13 miles.

Martin. 18m at that pace would kill me at the moment, well done mate.

Blisters good luck this weekend.

Birch good to see your out running again, how,s things?

Fingers. Yet another clocking up great mileage 48m is a good weeks work.

Ds2. 55m week great stuff enjoy the rest day.

Menna. Good luck on the tests embrace the pain!!!

Four villages number going for next weekend if anyone fancies it...
14/01/2013 at 13:32
Keir. Great race and report, did you get pissed off with the falls? or end up having a chuckle. Very well done on the win.

TR great advice again being dished out.
14/01/2013 at 13:58

Speedy - No prize money - a glass trophy (I will try to post a pic when I can work out how to reduce the pixels) and a medal. But all finishers get a sweatshirt, asiscs bottle, food and drink on finishing, so can't complain at all for a non-sponsored event. 

DS2 - My wife actually suggesated getting the kids to clean my bike as an activity for next weekend! 

Efc - slow falls from the bike stopping in the mud or just slipping out from under me. All part of the fun. 

14/01/2013 at 14:10

efc - great summary. I won't need to read back now!!!

Therefore, ditto to everything efc has said!

Not wanting to wish my life away but I now have less than 15 months until I become a V50 as well. Lots of inspiration on here and looking forward to being competitive at that time. Desperately hoping VLM 2014 is on 13 April which is the actual day of my 50th. Easter is the weekend after and I've never known it be last Sunday of April. Does anyone know for sure?

Keir - that looks a fair old finishing reward. Must have been funny at times! The kids are bound to be afleets themselves so they may as well get used to washing the bike - and maintaining it as well. Having said that my eldest hasn't a clue about looking after any of her very expensive hockey goalkeeping kit - they have it too easy nowadays! Cue for a discussion starting 'In my day..............'

14/01/2013 at 16:51

Good start to your P&D campaign DS2 - nice to get the first week out the way.

Great win Keir, and having the kids clean the bike is a genius idea for the family to do together!

Hill Reps session today. I managed 6 x 2mins before giving up. A heavy snow flurry had me sliding backwards. Still, 6 reps well into VO2 territory

14/01/2013 at 17:19
Well done DS2 - I always find that if I get the first week fully nailed then I seem to be able to maintain the plan as its written. Or conversely, if I don't nail it then I always feel that I'm playing catchup and don't have the confidence that I've done the work.
14/01/2013 at 19:23

DS2 - A good first week under your belt

Vo2 test done and dusted and am now recovering with a beer. Test involved typical body measurements with a warm up and then 16 minutes hooked up on treadmill with a hal mph increase every 30 seconds reaching 12mph for a couple of minutes at the end before I was put out of my misery. Proper pulling for tugs at the end and not disimilar to Darth Vader in looks and sound. A quick post test chat gives a mixed bag really;

1) - I am an inch taller than I was when I was 18

2) - I need to lose some fat (16% needs to be 12%)

3) - 3 hrs at 9mph is the top end of my current range  

Get the full results and an improvement plan tomorrow with a retest on 18th March. 

14/01/2013 at 19:32
Splendid piccy Keir. Looks like you've smeared yourself up in a pre 'black ops' style. Nice

Mennania - sounds like fun. Presumably you resembled Lord Vader without his respiratory and you didn't do the session dressed in black from head to toe while brandishing a light sabre? I missed the reason you were doing it? Was it just something you fancied or part of research? I have a pal who does sports vo2 max testing and has promised she'll let me have a bash at some point....must get round to it sometime. How have you grown btw?

Good work DS2. Keep the faith and it'll all come flooding back
14/01/2013 at 20:25
DS2- you share the same birthday as my wife and she turns 40 this year. Thankfully, VLM is a week later otherwise I would be right in the dog house!

Mennania- that V02 test sounds a bit tough and always nice when someone tells you you're a bit fat (in a scientific way). Still all good training I suppose.
14/01/2013 at 21:02
Has anyone else been following Jez Bragg's run through NZ?

Good blog here and some epic pictures to make anybody insanely jealous!:

Menna, sounds like a good day out! Despite your, now scientifically measured lardiness looks like you have a comfortable sub3 in you even in January. I'd settle for that.

Nice start DS2. That first run looks a bit on the quick side for week 1 LSR mind. Steady tiger.... LONG way to go yet and the increased volume will put you at risk if you don't take it gently in the first few weeks. There's plenty of talk on Keir's thread of doing longer runs well into the 8s even 9s and having great performance off the back of them and you would think there is lower injury risk as a result. Just a thought.
14/01/2013 at 22:02

Good work, DS2 - when things start off well, they tend to gather a positive momentum. Hope that's the case with you, anyway.

Keir - Looking good in that pic -are those the sweeper bikes behind you?

I've been following Jez Bragg's challenge - totally mental distances involved.

Planning to do some controlled (i.e. not flat-out) km reps tomorrow. Just 5 or 6 within an 7-8 miler, depending on time constraints, Tuesday being a busy day. That reminds me - must go to bed.

Blisters    pirate
14/01/2013 at 23:29

Keir, I see that you've changed your face paint style.


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