For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
Another weekend of great running on here - it's really hard to keep up!.
Great half mara Minni. A tough course and after last week brilliant to get so close to your PB - enjoy Spain.
Busy weekend. All day at Alton Towers yesterday, then headed out at 8 pm to do 20 miles after we got back. Not a bad run of 2.31.47, but a late finish of 10.30pm! First 10 miles in 1.19.20 then did 2 miles fast (6.45 - 6.54 pace) then 1 mile slower (7.30 pace) repeated for the next 9 miles. Had a shower, watched, MOTD, fell asleep! It was nice to have a family day today and NO running, but did take my lad to his football see him score a goal and get man of the match, had a Zizzi lunch then watch liverpool beating Spurs!
Scoobs - I bet you enjoyed the beers after that long run. Nice pace.
OO - pleased to see you didn't let the prospect of a long run ruin your partying, even if you did regret it slightly the next day. The weather here yesterday was just appalling. I'm going to write to someone and complain!
Lorenzo - impressive racing from you and junior. Has anyone heard if Nell is running London this year? I haven't heard about her doing anything since London last year.
Jools - long run after the XC and then rehearsal. I don't know how you do it!
RFJ - nice 10m race thrown in after the long on Saturday.
Ant - how nice to dedicate the half to your dad. 40 years is such a long time - he must have died young (in fact you must have been very young).
Bluemoon - what time did you do at Spen?
AR - I hope you're ok? Sounds very nasty.
KR - do you manage to sleep after doing a such late night running?
Gul - sorry if I've messed up your early reporting.
Minni - He was 39, I was 7.
Some impressive LLSR (Late Long Slow Runs)
Minni Cracking report and time. 7 seconds on a very tough course in those conditions bodes very well.
Ant: sorry, missed the mention of your dad. Nice to dedicate the race to him.
Minni: wow - that's a great run. You're clearly in sub 90 shape in a flat race if your fast miles were 6.40s
Very impressed at those of you heading out for very late runs after busy days: Moof and KR spring to mind!
Well done Minni. I had a feeling that race would be a shambles. Still fattie Foster will have made a nice return
Snow flurries down here this morning, but undaunted I still went out in shorts. Was gusting a fair amount on the more exposed parts of the run but managed 8.5 miles in the end. Brrrr!
Impressive early post Minni
Quick round of Friday, Saturday and Sunday:Mennania - speedy reps! No wonder you suffered in the 20 miler after the MP session the previous night though. 10 min ice bath too! I'm obviously a wimp and only do 5 mins.Ant - is that MP -5secs or -5%?! Cracking run either way. And reading for an hour - what a treat! I vaguely remember such things from my pre-running days.Bike It - good steady MLR. And well done on toughing out that 20 miler after totally inappropriate preparation.SJ - count it however you like! Sounds like the tri training is going well.Birch - good to hear from you again. Take care.SSC - As I remember P&D (Pfitzinger and Daniels) suggest 4-5 miles warm-up and no faster than MP+20%, then the bulk of the miles at MP+20% and finally 4-5 miles to finish at MP+10%. The highly esteemed PMJ recommends first half at MP+20% and second half at MP+10%, as you rightly say. And PMJ has already posted this anyway!Blisters - good 15 miler.AR - good double. Sounds like a spectacular long run - do you ever have an uneventful holiday? Take care now.SD - 10k in the middle of a 13 miler is a tough one, so I reckon you did very well and with 9 lots of 180% turns too! Excellent long run too.Moof - sub 19 sounds impressive to me! Pacing is always tricky in parkruns, although I usually set off a bit too fast and am excellent at doing the last mile or so too slow Good long run.Jools - well done on the XC.SBD - don't be disheartened; you will have gained from that race and it's marathon day that will really count.Speedy - I'm really gutted for you and those young lads too - what a nightmare! Glad you had a good run yesterday.OO - good dedication; those ultra-slow runs take some doing!Lorenzo - great racing and a good day for whole family by the sound of it. Good sporting of shorts in the show.Jools - good long run.DS2 - well done - conditions are not good at the moment, are they?!RFJ - crikey! you don't take things easy do you? Well done on some cracking running and racing.PMJ - your long runs still beat mine. Good baking too.Ant - job done and in style. That must have been unbelievably tough to lose your dad at such a young age. You have done him proud.BM - 21mins faster! Impressive.Minni - bon voyage (sorry, I don't do Spanish). That's a great effort on a tough HM course and a far from ideal lead-in; agonisingly close to a PB too! Don't worry about the reporting - always room for an alternative viewpointKR - that sounds like a tough way to do a 20 miler - well done.Pleased to report a 7 mile run in a snow blizzard this morning. Nice way to get back on the road
Lorenzo - Sorry to hear about the gusting on your exposed parts.
Bluemoon, Slokey, Minni, Jools, Gul - Thank you for your kind words.
Minni, I slept quite well, infact I tried to watch the end of Match of the day, but nodded off! So I don't think there is a correlation of increased heart rate and not being able to sleep etc. If I am knackered, I will sleep!
A soaking in the Blue Lagoon sounds tempting Also-ran. Do you leave your luggae by the lagoon while you have a dip?
Great round up Gul and early morning blizzard run.
Hi. I'm a regular reader of this thread and wanted to say a big thank you to KR, Martin and all those who encouraged me to perservere with racing. I had two disappointing marathon campaigns in 2011 and 2012 (3:42; 3:41) and wasn't sure where to take my running after that.
But I took your advice, joined my club to improve my speed and threw in a few local races and parkruns. I worked on my speed last summer, finally getting my 5k down from 20mins to 18:49. And then I worked back up to longer distances. 5k to sub 40 10k. 10k to HM. The result? My previous four half marathons were all 91 minutes. Yesterday I smashed my half marathon PB at Lydd, running 1:25:28.
So, thanks again. It just shows how things can turnaround with a new focus and approach.
I also promised that I wouldn't consider a marathon again until I ran a half in 1:25. So I now have a new problem...
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