For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
Tonight was a good night for treadmill running. No competition for the best ones near the window (something to do with it being a) Friday and b) a football day) so I had a great view of the lightning and people trying to hide from the thunderstorm.
Nice one Minni - glad you got a leg and over the border too! How long do you reckon the 14 miles will take? Did you have to give a predicted time? Hoping to do a leg around Leicester.
Enjoyed watching the game with my 7 year old lad tonight - he was well excited. Off to IKEA tomorrow, so it's pay back for the Swedes!
I watched the game with my 19 year old daughter home from Uni. Taught her the joys of supporting England.
Yes, stick around Rob Cope and welcome to the thread. Lots of great advice. You seem to be going pretty fast in training so get yourself some regular racing and I'm sure you'll reach your goal.
I hope that was just a shock to your first strong effort Ant, sounds like a tough examination.
MM can you come at shout at me in my first parkrun today! I'll need it, pouring with rain here
OO - I saw Whitely Bay was getting a parkrun. It'll be wet this morning.
KR - I didn't have to predict a time but it has to be faster than 10 minute miles. Unfortunately I'm not going to have time to recce my route to know exactly how long it will take but my plan is to do 4ish on the road from my change over to the town (Berwick-upon-Tweed), then the stretch through the town to the coast will be about 4 miles (not really looking forward to this part!!) and I will then pick up the coastal path so the rest will be off road. The baton looks quite big!
Good turnout for the first Whitley Bay parkrun Minni about 250 runners I'd guess. Couple of young lads 1st and 2nd (in their 20's) but I managed 3rd pulling back from about 6th after the first mile. 18:02 for the 3.13 course gives me 5:46 avg. mile pace. Quite pleased with that- and my photo with the Councill leader.
Nice results OO and AR.
BOTF - I knew I was too fast out of the blocks but am looking forward to the next 5k already.
Not talking about the football being Welsh - I follow rugby - but I dont want to talk about that either. Off to the pub to watch Eng beat South Africa later on though - we need to put one over at least one of the antipodes. Swing Looooow......
Nice runs, OO and AR.
Towpath 10k last night was the predicted mudbath, with the added joy of a headwind on the way back. I know I was running well relative to others, because I was reeling people in all the way back, but I was still 20secs/mile slower than on the way out! 41.3x or thereabouts was the score on the doors. So-so given my recent 5k pb and the times I've been hitting in reps sessions, but it's still some fast-ish miles in the bank. Parkrun marshalling this morning.
It's all relative Joolska. Reeling people in is always a good feeling.
Mennania, I tend to go off steady as my old legs take a while to get going. Today I stuck in behind a leading group which pulled me along at 5:30ish for the first mile. Then in the last mile I was struggling, and seeing a big gap behind me I couldn't resist the urge to ease back, more like 5:55 for that one. So I think you have to run with what feels natural, with a bit of adjustment for the race conditions and tactics.
Ant - take care and recover well.PMJ - thanks. I'll keep checking for when the local legs are added.Moof - I am a nervous wreck after the England game. Nice tempo run.Excellent parkrun debuts from OOlg and AR.Jools - still a decent time in those conditions. Hope you enjoyed the overtaking.8-ish miles for me this morning in an impromptu loop which had to include a 24hr supermarket. My schedule has had a bit of tweaking this week for various reasons and will continue to do so with the in-laws away for another 2 weeks yet. About 35 miles in total, making it the highest in almost a year
Excellent, Gul - your patient approach is admirable, and you're reaping the rewards now.
SJ - 1 mile open water in Windermere - scary! - bit of an understatement . . . .
Slokey - are you in Cumbria? They are releasing new stages on Monday morning down to Birmingham, including Cumbria.
What's the course like OO? Flat? Nice time and nice position. I read they had over 200 at Newcastle too so that's a lot of people running at 9am!
Also nice racing from AR and Jools. and MM
Not a great course Minni, at least for a pb. It twists and turns around the links where the pudding run is on Boxing day. But no complaints, it's on my doorstep and I love the philosophy of parkrun so I'll be back on a regular basis. 204 official finishers.
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Parkrun today, 31-11. Read it and weep suckers
Had a look at the results to see if that was a pacing run but nobody with the same name or club anywhere near you, so has to be hangover or injury.
Accidental 19 today: met up with a friend for 16 so I did a couple to his house with the understanding it was to be a loop so I would drop off a couple before the end, turns out his route planning wasn't so good and while he could cut it short I had no option as the straight lien was still long.
Felt OK though, 19 and bits in 2:24 at 7:30 pace and all even miles except the last bit cooling down. I'll try and keep a few more like that over the summer so I can do a poacher and do the odd midweek 26.2 run.
Minni, what tactic do you have for the return leg? I'm looking at a 10 mile leg down near me which is fine but if I leave the car at the start I need to run 10 miles back. Toying with the idea of parking at the end and cycling to the start and recover the bike afterwards.
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