Sub 3h15

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

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13/10/2013 at 14:28

WOOHOO Gul, that's legendary

13/10/2013 at 14:29

As brilliant, Gul, as it is deserved! Bask in that glory!

Lorenzo/Gerard - No, as it goes, I'm in a good frame of mind these days, work-, health- and personal relationship-wise, so it's not that, though I appreciate the kindness of your asking about it. It was simply that I didn't fancy the task at hand (foot). Of course, just a couple of hours afterwards, I can't believe I was so weak-willed.

13/10/2013 at 14:31

AR - the miles are in the bank, deposited on a "cnba" day, so good effort.
Ant - a bad day, of course, but no need for any "shame" - most of us have been there. Re the 10K, I'd say see how you feel this week - can you enter on the day?
Lorenzo - nicely done on reasserting yourself in the pecking order.

Was my club's XC race today - didn't run myself, but flagged the course and marshalled, whilst supporting daughter. Meeting chums at 5:25 (!) for an hour jaunt.

Looks like Gul happy - will wait for report; also Menna - any others?

13/10/2013 at 14:35

Great time there Gul, bask away

13/10/2013 at 14:39

Just wanted to pop in to say well done to Gul, thats a great time. 

I got a new job, and now seem not to have any time to read or post here sadly, hopefully when things settle down I will pop back in.

13/10/2013 at 14:41

Oh my goodness Gul you well and truly smashed it.  Well done!  I don't think there was ever any doubt going from you training.

13/10/2013 at 14:46

Well done, Gul

Ant: we all get hit by CNBA at times; you just got hit by CNBA in a race.  Put it behind you and move on.

13/10/2013 at 14:53

(((Ant)))come to Momma A for a big hug. 

I have often had moments in races where all of a sudden I've just thought about stopping.  Only once have I done it - a lap HM last year and I just stopped at mile 10 - and I was first female at the time!!!  I don't know what made me do it but I then spent a couple of days feeling under the weather.  Sometimes during training, if I am myself, I find myself stop suddenly for no reason other than it seems like a good idea.  I'm always annoyed with myself after but at the time I'm stopped before my brain registers it.

I agree 100% with Jools, just accept it and move on.  Its no big deal and not worth trying to work out.

13/10/2013 at 15:05

Aaaah...really feeel better after that virtual hug from Minni. O.k., I've entered the 10km for next week in Gijón (10€) and otro gallo cantará ( a different cock will crow, as they say here).

13/10/2013 at 15:10

Wow Gul, talk about smashing through the target. Well done and well deserved.

Ant,  I don't do man hugs; anyway Minni has the hugging all sorted! Sounds like a tough mental day, but fortunately its wasn't at a 'A' race. I guess not dwelling on it, and looking forward is the best approach. It is still a bummer though.

13/10/2013 at 15:22

Gul - That's low flying man, really well done, now go celebrate!

8k race/run for me today so brief-ish report .

1st run after mara and was happy just to put my gear on again after a week of physical inactivity. Plan for today was to just pitch up with my mate Rachael and run 7:2x pace. Arrived there and was suprised to see about 30 runners or so all looking very keen to get going. My mate Rach is a good runner but has not raced much in the past 12 months, so I was mindful not to try and spoil it for her by going too fast. Last time I ran this course I ran 31:30 so today was going to be a different kind of run and I set off with Rach at a nice steady pace with an eye on some junior female tracksters, one who had an Island games 300m shirt on! The course itself is very undulating and we ran with one other chap but tracked the two female juniors and overtook them at about 1.5k. Got to the turn in 17:38 so well within target pace. Chap who we ran with for about 4.5k felt great and he pushed on as we continued our steady pace. I said to Rach at 6k that barring a disaster she had the womans race in the bag. We reeled in one more junior, this time it was a young chap and we crossed the line in 11th & 12th position in exactly 35:00 so about 7:02mm pace. Very enjoyable run and Rach was chuffed with her first place, so job done. Splits were 4:25,4:24,4:25,4:24,4:25,4:30,4:19 & 4:07. Looking forward to nailing some shorter speedier stuff now with some 10-20k's being at the longer end.

13/10/2013 at 15:22

Gul - that's brilliant and doesn't surprise me in the slighest. Your training was spot on, you were feeling confident and you fully deserved it. Delighted for you. Now looking forward to the report, once you've come down from Cloud Nine! 


13/10/2013 at 17:39

Superb result Gul. That is a real breakthrough performance and one which many on the thread have been hoping for for you.  Very well deserved indeed.

Excellent pacing work GM.

Ant, pull your finger out. Get down to that 10k and smash it to pieces or else!!

13/10/2013 at 17:45

Wow, well done Gul, I seem to remember a much more conservative time goal...

Ant, come and join my DNF club with all the cool kids. We can sit in the corner and plan our amazing comebacks. As soon as some of us stop limping.

13/10/2013 at 17:47

Great news Gul, you deserved that. 

I'm also letting the side down. No run today. I slept until nearly midday and felt unusually tired and weary so decided to do housework instead. Then at about half past three was hit by a decidedly dicky tum. Some sort of bug presumably.

13/10/2013 at 18:18

Great parkrun PMJ, I only won a parkrun once so I know how good that feels.

Glad you enjoyed the XC Lorennzo and solid 21 miler AR

Ant I's say get straight back in the saddle- it sounds like you worked that out for yourself within a couple of hours.

Big Congrats to Gul- that a great run and time and you are a fella that deserves one.

Sounds like you are under the weather Speedy- may explain the poor run yesterday.

A laboured 15 miler for me. Family pet rabbit died y/day, must have been mauled by a cat in the garden and slippd away quietly in our arms. We are all in bits.


13/10/2013 at 18:25

Gul - Wow, very impressive - congrats. If it was the same as Swindon pretty bad conditions as well.

GM - Nice racing.

Ant -   Put it down as one off, try and move on. I think the more we run the mental side becomes more important and crucial to good race performances, "how bad do we want it " etc.  You were physically OK and are not injured. If I was you I'd do the 10K next week.

My statement this morning was a little off the mark, it peed it down in Swindon from 10 o'clock, watching the race was bad enough.




13/10/2013 at 18:40

Brilliant Gul - Never in Doubt That's a proper target smasher . sub 1,25 has just moved past the horizon and in real touching distance. Well done. I am looking forward to you explaining how you got your pacing strategy so superbly wrong !!

JD3 -  Hope the new job fits.

Ant -  That cock of yours will be crowing soon in Gijon.

10k in Mold, for me. 22nd overall and 3rd in v40 cat. The halfway spilts tell their own story. 1st  5k 22.20 2nd 5k 17.36.

Truly unpleasant all ends up but hugely satisfying. I too had the jib it fairies on my shoulder after the 3rd KM. Lots went past but they were all stopped by the top. Lots of positives from today but the chap I beat pre injury beat me by 2 mins today. I now have a new and very personal target and a lot of ground to recover.


13/10/2013 at 19:12

Fantastic result to read from you, GD!  So pleased for you after all those months years ago of running laps around a rutted field and nursing an injury.  Long may this streak continue.  

What a fabulous result for you too, Mennania. You went in thinking it wasn't going to be a challenging race given the gradient and came out with a top category prize!  Your kids must be so proud of you.

I do like this vicarious racing.  I feel quite good now.  

Ant - sounds like a course with laps is best avoided perhaps?  It gives those doubting Thomases too much capacity to get inside your head despite a great performance.  Have you ever considered some hypnotherapy to deal with the psychological aspect of racing?  I have only ever done natal hypnotherapy but it has come in handy when running and I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs an extra boost who has all the other components for success. 

13/10/2013 at 20:07

Great races Gerard and Mennania.

(((((OO)))))   nuff said.

Barry glad you took the sensible decision today.

Gul will you sell your HM training schedule please?


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