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29/04/2013 at 15:00

lol...I couldn't even get in the ballot to get rejected! 

very much enjoying the running total Red!

29/04/2013 at 21:54

glad I set my alarm for 1am!

30/04/2013 at 21:35

Evening all,

Running streak day 10 of 111

7.52 undulating/hilly miles mostly on the lanes except for the last 2.5 miles across the fields. It was jolly cold out there at 5:30am but I had to go early to head off into London.

Total miles so far 85.57 

01/05/2013 at 07:04

Top work red, too busy with coursework marking this week to run so far but going to try and gout to this eve. Meant to be running a half this weekend in marlow

01/05/2013 at 08:56

6 miles incl 6x 3 mins effots with 1 min recovery. Efforts at between 7:00 and 7:15 pace.

I felt hevy in my legs and couldn't quite get up a decent speed each time - 7.15 sounds fast but it's only a bit ahead of 10k pace, perhaps slower than my next 5k pace and I certainly shouldn't be having to push hard to do it after 2 minutes! Oh well, maybe that half marathon took more than my legs were willing to give?!

Resting up tonight (housework!) and a longish run tomorrow....

01/05/2013 at 15:24

Afternoon all,

Another glorious day here.

Running streak day 11 of 111 (soon be into double figures)

5.91 miles all across fields or on woodland paths. Stumbled on a few tree roots but managed not to kiss the earth this time!

Total miles so far 90.48

Jim, LOL at the housework you glamour boy!

Andrew, hope the weather's nice for your 1/2.  I'm off to Badminton horse trials on Friday and Saturday as ARUK are their charity of the year.  I'll be speaking on their radio station and I've been given permission to do my daily runs around the grounds - how cool is that 

01/05/2013 at 16:44

I worked at Badminton a few times! they used to bus a load of us from Bath Uni to help do carparking in the mornings then get a free pass for the afternoons! we used to play "spot the horse" - a cruel game where we ranked the girls and their mums for looks, and got double points if the family's horse was better looking!

Glorious sunshine this afternoon so might ignore the housework and run along the river instead!

01/05/2013 at 20:54

LOL at your Badminton game Jim!  Good plan to ditch tthe housework.

02/05/2013 at 09:18

even better than ditching the housework was a visit to the running shop. New pair of dual-layer shorts for LSRs...

Got home and put a load of washing on. Rock and roll!

02/05/2013 at 14:51

im not sure i could cope with that kind of high pressure lifestyle Jim! though I do love buying new running gear, mainly as its so rare that I allow myself anything new.

need to get out for a run this evening.  Been bogged down marking coursework all week so not been out since Sunday when I ran a speedy 4 miles (average pace little under 7 min miles) but want to make the most of this lovely weather so going to do about 6-7 at about 7.45-8min miles i think (about the pace I want to run this half on Sunday at) Looking forward to Sunday if it stays nice as its all along the rivers so not a run to get a time in, just one to relax and enjoy the atmosphere me thinks

02/05/2013 at 22:50

A night of house cleaning for me ...zero runs to log 

Love new running gear....already know my next trainer purchase, but will have to wait till they go in the salel

I signed up for a local 10k race this week. Its in about 10 weeks so am looking to beat 52mins....

Andrew good luck in half this weekend...

03/05/2013 at 21:55

good luck Andrew! you should beat my 1:44... just keep it steady!

03/05/2013 at 23:44

thanks guys, tho not likely Jim, not planning on racing this one im still feeling it on my runs from VLM. (tho you never know what will happen on the day) so plan is to go under 1hr 50 and enjoy the race. Will be aiming to go sub 1:40 in Oxford in Oct

04/05/2013 at 00:08

regular sub 1:50 runs will give you great confidence. Have fun!

05/05/2013 at 15:26

So much for plodding it. Felt fairly fresh this morn so thought I'd give it a go today and stay at 1hr 40 pace for as long as possible and see what happens. Now proud owner of a shiny new PB half marathon time of 1:39:45. previous PB was 1:41:12 set about 5yrs ago at silverstone

05/05/2013 at 16:06

congratulations Andrew, that's awesome!

06/05/2013 at 09:32

Glorious morning here and will be running xc when the bread has finished baking.

Andrew, that's brilliant!  Very well done.  It's always gratifying to beat a long-standing pb 

Still on a high from Badminton Horse Trials and still got a silly grin all over my face!

I haven't been slacking on my Running Streak whilst away so here are my latest runs (there will be another one to add for today but I haven't been out yet):

Running streak days 12 - 14 of 111

Day 12 - 5.85 miles all on grass, around the car parks, camp sites and some of the grounds at Badminton. Got stopped loads of times by people asking me what I was doing (I had the scarf around my neck!!!).

Day 13 - 5.62 miles all on grass, followed most of the xc route with additional bits across the front of the house and along a couple of the entrance lanes. All at Badminton again but without the scarf.

Day 14 - 5.51 miles back home along the lanes.

Total miles so far 107.46 

06/05/2013 at 12:56

Running streak day 15 of 111

5.53 miles, 2 on the lanes, 3 on rough grass.  I seem to be upping the pace quite naturally although I'm not pushing at all, just running at what feels like a comfortable pace.  No structured speedwork for another couple of weeks yet.

Total miles so far 112.99

Now for some gardening 

06/05/2013 at 21:41

100+ miles in 2 weeks Redhead? excellent!

06/05/2013 at 22:11

Right, after beating my half marathon PB last week, I decided to treat myself in the only ways I know how. Half a tub of ice-cream, and a marathon entry.

The only "difficulty" was the marathon was today, in 20 dgeree heat! Milton Keynes was the place; it's a mostly flat race, but with dozens of underpasses which made for a 650ft total climb. They didn't half hurt!

I started well, averaging 8:40-9:00 pace, and pootled through halfway in about 1:56, but the heat had already hurt me, and the second half was just hellish and never-ending! It went wrong when I took a gel and then had to spend 2 minutes sat in a portaloo. I managed another reasonable mile for the 16th, but then hit the wall and walked a few times; I managed a couple of reasonable miles, but by then, "reasonable" meant more-like 9:20 pace. Having already lost my target of a super-good time, and then lost my target of 4 hours, I just had to keep running under 10:00 pace for the last few miles to get a PB, and then though it lost with spells of struggling to run at 10:30. Fortunately I got to the football stadium "just in time" and managed to shave about 70 seconds off my PB. For that, wahoo!

Worst PB ever!

Lessons learnt:

  • don't enter a marathon the week before running
  • avoid marathons when it's going to be 20 degrees
  • 35 miles a week is not enough, especially when it doesn't include decent length LSRs. I ran 1 x 20, 18.6, 17, 16 and a couple of 15s and a few 13s/14s. Way not enough!
  • A PB is a PB, and must always be celebrated with ice-cream, no matter how "poor" the method of its gaining!
Edited: 06/05/2013 at 22:30
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