Jovi, Liverpool is okay, a hill at mile 2 but rest not too bad. lots of people doing it so a good atmosphere, speed pens this year so should help. Wilmslow is meant to be fast. Friends did it this year.
Umbongo if DtF is doing 7 min miles, I think you might need more than Lance Armstrongs coach - might need his team bus as well . DtF not mediocre running at all, you had a fab time at Chester?
Wabo, sounds wonderful if everyone coming over. Don't forget the tunnel 10k in June if you're still interested. Its fun running underground for a mile or two and a nice fast flat finish with a great view of waterfront too. Its quite a few friends PB course. June 9th already confirmed as date.
With all this talk of races.. I've entered a ton the last 18 months. feels a bit weird after doing 5 halfs and 2 x 10ks in 4 YEARS, then out injured for ~2.
Since March 2011, just done a rough mental count:- 1 ultra, 2 marathons, a 24 miler, 2 x 20 milers, 4 halfs, 5 x 10ks, 2 x 5k. Phew. Oh and 7 club races, 5 in just the last 2 months. Probably doesn't sound a lot to some on here (Jovi!), but gotta be grateful I didn't give up 2 years+ ago. November 2010 was start of my plan to get back into shape & hopefully manage to run again, so any day now getting to end of Year 2.
Successful plan! (if I'm allowed to self toot).
Been some fabulous results for people this year, AH, WT & Fido. and DtF. (((All)))
Lots of talk of people doing lots of races proper running thread. I have one more marathon booked in this year. Round the lakes in MK. Will be a pure training run although will try for a sub 4
FRC thanks for your encouragement on remembering. Tips noted. Here's my attempt for today's parkrun:
My iPhone says 3 degrees C and 18 mph winds in Dulwich this morning. And I wake up with a distinctly dodgy sensation in my stomach. Once I'm on my bike and cycling the 5 miles there the cold really starts to bite. By the time I arrive and have cycled round a couple of times trying to keep warm I am seriously considering not doing it today. My fingers really hurt as I get off my bike and lock it up at the cafe.
Once I'm off my bike the wind seems to drop and I'm at the start and taking off layers ready to start. Some high knee and heel action to get warm and, dodgy stomach notwithstanding, it doesn't seem such a bad idea after all. Prior to Friday night I was ready for a PB attempt so decide to push the first km and see how I feel. Current PB 20:12 and I know from experience my watch typically records the race as 5.1km so pace needs to read sub 4:00/km. Make a more sensible start than usual - watch reading 4:05(ish)/km as I get into the first 500m. Feeling not too cold and stomach just enough in the background that I can ignore it for now. My watch is set to display pace per km (current km) and pace per km (overall). I get pace under 4:00/km within first km and keep going. Dulwich parkrun is 3 equal laps so approximately 1 mile/1.7km per lap. At the end of the first lap I feel like I'm running hard (and fast - watch reads under 4:00/km) but wonder if I can keep it up. Second lap starts and I think "well I can probably do this for another lap, but two?". Pull on runners in front over start of lap which is very slightly uphill to keep my pace close to 4:00/km though it slips over. Pull it back in target later in the slightly downhill parts of the lap. Final lap. As I pass start finish I wish someone would call out a time, but no-one does. My watch reads something like 4:06/km (current km) - that's ok, just started the lap and this is the uphill part. And 3:58/km (overall) - good. I needn't have worried about being cold. My left lace comes completely undone (that never happens). I decide to ignore it. In fact part of my recent running coaching has been to keep my feet soft and relaxed and so it's easier not to curl my toes to try and "grab" my shoe. Complete the uphill section and push on through the second third of the lap. Even though it hurts I pull on the runners in front. Round the final bend and I know the closing 500m is uphill to the start/finish. Shout at myself for the second or third time as I force myself to make a push to pull away from the person I've just pulled in. Barely look at my watch on the final km. Aware that last I checked it read around 3:58/km (overall). Know that even if my watch reads 5.1km at the end that 0.1km will take 24 seconds at 4:00/km so no let up. Push, push. Finished ...
... hear people coming in behind me being told "Come on! You can get inside 20 minutes!". Check my watch. Recorded exactly 5.00km today. (So my pace of sub 4:00/lm will be accurate ...) Time ... 19:50! Yay!
Splits 3:58, 3:57, 3:56, 4:10, 3:49. Perhaps my shoe coming untied distracted me more than I thought.
Iklebutn Miles wrote (see)
Ooh I forgot I'm doing Silverstone Half on 3rd March too...
You are? Sounds like a fun location. [goes to check diary]
blimey - very speedy 5km cicero....
FRC your list of races is just showing off. mental..... even to Jovi!!!!
Umbongo - you cannot call 9 min miling slow on a SUB 4 THREAD and especially to me as at the moment I am lucky to do 10 min miling with the newbies!!! 9 min miles is not slow!!!!!
WT - I saw my brother last night the one you met - the one who has done a 2 hour 32 min marathon - he is going to do Liverpool next October .. could be my 12th ??? if I get through the one next weekend and Brighton 2013? what do you reckon??
AH - am really in denial about it to be honest far more concerned at the moment by the Sales Conference on Tuesday and having to present to 60 people... very good distraction plus just been at my mum and dads so far too busy doing chores etc to think... now trying to catch very cheeky cat that keeps coming into kitchen and nicking food - it even just came in and got two sachets of cat food (unopened!!) as far as the cat flap but not quite through it and out!!!! really want to catch it and tip a jug of water over it!!
One hour run tomorrow - cant believe am doing a marathon next week.. mad...
Susan you will be fine enjoy
thank you Martin - will pack your Gremlin busting beans
did not mean to offend you FRC - this thread has been going for years and we have all changed and done more or less and some have been injured and had to stop and some have gone on to do lots more and some just chug along around the same and the point is its still a sub 4 thread - sometimes I think people forget that... you have done amazingly incredibly pantherlegly hugely impressivley lots of running and very fast running and very far and fast running and I did not mean to offend you ......
Afternoon chaps. Wonder how Jovi did.
About to sit down and blog about this morning's swim. Bloody hell. I reckon if I can just get in and survive the first five mins of something like that I can bloody survive anything.
Jovi - well done. And it's definitely time for wine in Jovi land. Sounds really tough... s0 it's lucky you ARE tough.
Have blogged about today's swim. Bit long - sorry..
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