Johnny, used to do lots of parachuting ( years ago ) and the best time do a " jump" was first light or last light, as the weather was at its best then.
Parkrun today at 79% avg HR in a time of 23.18 mins felt very comfortable.
15 mile's on the treadmill felt like i was running forever !
71% avg, 55 miles this week .
Ashman - 15m on the dready - not sure if that is heroic or mad.
Good work Stew and RS.
Definately better at 5am JB. At 5am I can only feel the rain but at 7am I can see it as well!
How was The Phantom Menace Brian?
A good race today. Thanet duathlon in which I came 3rd overall last year. Not sure how I would fare with less cycling and no speed work this time. I also haven't done anything race paced since the end of October, so today was a real test of how HADD 70 - 80% work would pay off at a harder effort.
First 2.4m road run @ 6.10m/m 165bpm (86%) felt hard - but I was pleased to be 2nd, 8 sec behind the leader at this point. Made up a couple of seconds in transition and soon caught and passed him on some technical bits on the bike.
The 9m bike section was so, so wet and muddy. Came to a complete standstill on a few occassions in the water and mud. Really tough going. On the back of the course I came off 3 times and ended up wadding next to the bike for a bit. Fell off twice again on the 2nd lap which had been churned up even more by the riders. Although it was flat and had 1m in total of tarmac the bike split averaged 5.56m/m - 157bpm (83%)
I lost some time in 2nd transition with standard rather than elastic laces on my trail shoes, and I enjoyed overtaking 20 riders over the loop. Worst bit was where they redirect the runners through 5 water filled dykes. The worst was just short of waist deep and so slippery it was hard to get out of. 7.45m/m 159bpm (84%) for these 4.5miles.
Overall 1hr 32min and the win, 90sec ahead of 2nd place, who is a sub 3hr marathon runner / IM athlete and also 11 yr younger than me.
Finished the day with some intervals pretending to be a boy eating dragon, chasing my kids round a local playground
Well done Keir !!
Keir well done sounded like great fun.
16 miles today and knocked another chunk of time off, 70% avg HR in 2.28 mins
Catching up after long weekend away (not running) but competing in Sporting Car Trials finals in Cornwall (which involved lots of walking up slippy hills and lots of adrenalin rushes so HR got high but not necessarily in a good 'sustained' way)
Chick - RESPECT!!
Keir - great performance - HADDing rules
Been on bench for a week - so back to running this week. Worried now about trying for PB at Silverstone HM in March. I'll just have to relax about it and see how it goes.
Keir ... fantastic win! Sounded like a tough day out too!!
Brian. Sounded like a really tough day out for you too ... hard to cope with 1st class and all!
13.2 miles at the crack of dawn yesterday ... 68% maxHR on a very hilly route ... legs were still mashed from Brian's 5M race on Friday. And boy of boy was it was COLD at 6:30! Then went off to the peco XC race at Bramley Fall to watch my son race over 2M - he came in 3rd and just avoided getting chicked by the first girl (very important when you're 14!) ... she was literally half his size.
Double commute day today... stage 1 done.
Good running, Dr. Dan Keir: top class racing .Andy: sorry to hear you are benched. Remember what I said about regular physio / sports massages ... perhaps something to try to "un-bench" you sooner rather than later?
StewartC wrote (see)
That is some session Chick, how long did it take to recover from, and excellent pacing, all your hard work is paying off I'm going to put the last couple of days out of my mind and just crack on with the "shit" phase, I'm not sure weather to rest or not tonight as I had a sports massage
I'm very lucky to recover quite quick. Generally any exertion is forgotten by the time I'm home and got some food down me throat ... the occasional rest day helps too. Monday is usually my rest day.I would rest after a sports massage.
hollers wrote (see)
I've had my own wow moments this week. An evening 9 miler at 75% came in at 7:55 pace which represents approx a minute improvement from when I started hadding 10 weeks ago and then did 11 miles with 9 @ 80% and I was hitting 7:10-7:15 without any obvious drift. I'm nervous about doing my next run in case it's a disappointment.
- top news, hollers. See, your long run yesterday proved how far you've come and that the good runs earlier in the week weren't a one-hit wonder. Hope the groin thing is just a small niggle.
JohnnyBike wrote (see)
I visited my orthotics man yesterday for gait analysis. My current orthotics (which are 7 years old) are correcting my calves by about 90% but I have ordered some new ones to get the extra 10%. I think it worth it if if helps me avoid injury. That costs me at last 2 physio sessions a time so £70 * 4 injuries a year. This morning ran 4.75 miles to the gym, stretched etc for about 10 mins and then ran home for another 3 miles. I was adopting a jog/walk/stare into the distance strategy round about 6 miles as the break had caused me to stiffen up a bit, then a runner had the temerity to go past - no doubt feeling very cocky. I gave him 25 yards start and then ran 45-50 seconds a mile quicker than I had been doing for 1.5 miles for only a 10bpm rise in HR. Stuffed him into the distance. It is those little things that make me feel I can improve relatively quickly once I start getting the miles in.
I visited my orthotics man yesterday for gait analysis. My current orthotics (which are 7 years old) are correcting my calves by about 90% but I have ordered some new ones to get the extra 10%. I think it worth it if if helps me avoid injury. That costs me at last 2 physio sessions a time so £70 * 4 injuries a year.
This morning ran 4.75 miles to the gym, stretched etc for about 10 mins and then ran home for another 3 miles. I was adopting a jog/walk/stare into the distance strategy round about 6 miles as the break had caused me to stiffen up a bit, then a runner had the temerity to go past - no doubt feeling very cocky. I gave him 25 yards start and then ran 45-50 seconds a mile quicker than I had been doing for 1.5 miles for only a 10bpm rise in HR. Stuffed him into the distance. It is those little things that make me feel I can improve relatively quickly once I start getting the miles in.
Nice one, Johnny. I love it when you leave people eating your dust . Hope the orthotics erase those calf probs once and for all.
Secondly I think it was here or on the P&D thread she said something about the weather normally being better at 05:00 then than later on in the morning and I wondered if anybody else had picked up on that and how factual it was.
Would be interested if it's the same in other regions. I'm in Northern Germany and got wet on many a lunchtime or evening run cursing myself for being such a lazy sod because early morning it was fine and dry
whoops, that was cut off ...BD: hope your running goes well this week. Did 19 miles progressive yesterday - 6m @ 9mm, 6@ 8:30 and 6@ 8:00 and 1m coold down. Felt pretty strong but the cold wind and occasional sleet shower made it a bit hard in places.
BD, Hope this week is back to normal training-wise.
DrDan, Nice long run, and thumbs up to Dan jnr! A chip off the old block...
chick, good progressive long run there. Don't you be peaking too early.
Lunchtime towpath 90min run, 12M @ 7:27 for 139 (75%) Did an MP session with a colleague, middle 70mins at 7:15 pace.
A very Impressive Long Run Chick !!
Nice lunchime Run too Brian -Nice MP pace in the middle.
A record week for me last week. 70 miles. Doubles certainly help the mileage. A cut back week this week to about 55 or so I think. I have also dropped out of a 12Km race to ensure that I avoid injury. At the moment its mainly slow miles for me - with the odd SS or progressive run. Running with the dog has helped keep the miles slow Happy with Training so far - just need a few more long runs under the belt in the next few weeks !! !!
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