Aws - the weather conditions are not very encouraging for running at present. I'm not bothering to look at speed at the moment, it's enough just to get a few miles done. Roll on Spring.
Lovely picture. The hills in that part of the world are amazing, aren't they, - so abrupt.
Was working today, so NRD. The wind on the coast was such that I could barely stand.
aws' painting must have frightened eveyone off
awstemperature is rising!
Grahamexcellent running in the windy conditions - one never gains whiat one loses into the wind on the return
Traceyhigh mileage family
Columbasimilar weather conditions here though it got colder and drier as the night progressed
NZCIt's so long ago that I have quite forgotten about marathons - and I am trying not to think about them just yet either!!!
Last night was good - 3.5 miles to get there in 28:15 laden with haversack and change of clothes and then a brisk 4.5 miles topped off with a long run for home when challenged by my resident young sprint finish fancier - no chance for her last night !!
Today's wind has been bitingly cold. Straight from the north.awsIf you keep doing the same training your pace will plateau.TSHigh mileage stuff and 8 min miling ain't bad either.JJ
JJit would be nice to think it was 8m/m but alas the reality is a bit different.Well the wind started here before it got to you .
The good side was that despite being cold it was very clear and dry early on with just the thinnest of crescent moons low in the dawn sky.
5.1 miles done in 42:28 with avHR 136 and a max of 154 as I essayed the harder route (ie hillier!!) up Hipps Hill for the first time
1m 8:40 avhr 131 max 1412m 7:54 avhr 134 max 1423m 8:20 avhr 136 max 1444m 8:10 avhr 137 max 1465m 8:50 avhr 147 max 154 Hipps Hill
The steeper hill path at the end left me feeling distinctly weak in the legs - just not used to tougher gradients as yet - indeed my legs are just beginning to cumulatively feel the last few weeks and a bit of zip in them has gone - breathing and HR are fine
Good morning,Still hostile weather here, currently it is -19c with a high wind so it looks like yet another treadmill session for me.
TS,Still a nice 5 miler in the bag. I seemed to have passed that point in my training cycle. My legs have no problem with the mileage but I have no zip in them yet. 8 min miling is no problem but if I go under that they quickly start to die, speed work not far away though,
Graham,3 days down, 30.4k done, 3 days to go, how are you doing?
Yesterday's run was a steady easy pace, ending with a pickup over the last k
I managed to get hold of one of the larger fans and the gym and I think it made a difference as my %WHR looks a lot better.
Ceal - there's a "butterfly world" near Aberystwyth; I have been there a couple of times when my brother and his family have been staying. Stand still for a minute or two and you're almost sure to get alighted on. My sister-in-law was particularly pleased becuase she's from the Philippines and so were some of the butterflies. She had a long conversation with the man who runs the place, and who goes out every year to the Philippines (among many other places) to collect caterpillars. However, he didn't have any of the butterflies she remembered best as he said those ones are so short-lived it's not worth bringing them back. She remembers fields full of them, all fluttering together.
I ran to the town lake today and decided to do something different, - a pyramid session, - 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 (minutes, that is), with walk/jog breaks the same length of time between them. The first one I did at 9:22 mm, the 2 and 3 minute ones were in the 10s, the 4 and 5 minute ones in the 11s. It was a lot colder than I'd anticipated, - there was ice on the lake, and a couple of patches of it on the pavements, where water seemed to have run across them from people's gardens.
Columba,great pyramid, I find them really good for sharpening before a race, moving through all of the race paces from 3k to the half seems to push me that little bit further.
Graham,Day 4, I am now at 40.7k. You are very quiet. Are you off on an Ultra so you can hit a 100 miles this week.
The last few days on the treadmill have been with some company. I think a number of the ladies at the gym feel sorry for an old geyser gasping away and have started to run alongside me and chat. It certainly helps the run pass easier. Makes me try a little harder too.
Mick, I'm at 25.5 miles so more or less that same as you. Not too optimistic though as I've got a left knee which is aching a bit. It's been doing that for a while now but seems a bit worse after today's 7 mile run. I'd planned 10.4 miles tomorrow and 5 on Saturday but don't intend to take any chances, just not worth it.
Columba, always good to try something different for a bit of variety.
ceal, I hope you're achilles trouble is showing signs of improvement.
Graham,You just have your nose infront. Not good about the knee though, but it may be due to your hard race and will pass quickly.My current plan is 5 miles tomorrow and 10 on Saturday so we are very close. I may have to add a few, not that I am competitive or anything.
Mick, sounds like we would have been neck and neck. I'm not too worried about the knee but running on it in the next day or two wouldn't be sensible and would definitely do more harm than good. Best to think medium and long-term I reckon. Well done again for the miles you're managing these days. I look forward to seeing it reflected in your race times in the summer.
5.09M; 1:06:53.5; 13:09/M; 0°C
I was a little later getting out this am so my 6miler was downgraded.
Couldn't be late as Angela has to go for a bone scan at 10:00.
awsall the best to Angela - is the scan for density?
Columbavery sophisticated training session - pyramid sessions!! Well done
Grahambad news picking up a knee niggle - I reckon its all this running in the dark - one cannot always get the right footfall to suit the conditions underfoot.Just watch Mick6 take advantage of your situation
Mick6I see you are employing pacers now as well in your efforts . Another good effort on the treadie - the fan must help to keep you cooled off a bit.I often see the same girl in the morning running in the opposite direction to me. Up until this morning she has studiously avoided making any response to my normal "morning" greeting that I hand out to anyone I pass but this morning she actually said "hello - isn't it cold" so I guess she has decided I am 'armless!!!
Ceala butterfly house sounds pretty good when the weather is as it is troublesome achilles/surrounding muscle/tendon - it really is suck it and see. I started back if you remember with very short runs of 1-2 miles just to warm up for my exercises - and now look what I have landed myself in for
Very dry cold this morning with a light snow fall of very fine flakes that stuck instantly to eyelashes and face.Bigged it up a bit and added a tiny bit more distance and, because my body was telling my mind it was tired when faced with Hipps Hill, I chose the steeper path to show who was boss here. It's 53m of climb in a mile so Garmin tells me - and I believe it!!
5.35 miles done in 44:34 (8:24m/m) with rubbish HR readings possibly because I did not sweat a drop outside despite being clad in thermal top, techie tee shirt and CCJ
1m 8:342m 7:42 avhr 133 max 139 only mile where HR was properly recorded3m 8:17 4m 8:215m 9:02 Hipps Hill.35m 2:38
enjoyed that -perfect running conditions - even the hill was ok even though my legs were weak on it and it meant I had a nice downhill finish to my home for the last 0.3 mile
Sorry been awol mix of work and so forth. Went for a run walk mor run than walk though 6½ mils and was almost home - almost and i collided with the road no eal damage a bruised knee and face a bit battered oh yes and black eye bu seem ok today just not very pretty
meeting the girls om work, going to the Harvester one has been off ith a broken wrist
Try and catch up later
Thanks for all your good wishes for Angela. Was no problem, not sure when we get the result though. Yes, TS, density. She's been on stuff to address the condition for quite some time. Don't ask me what exactly, she takes so many meds I can't keep track. Seeing I don't take anything I'm not of that mindset.
How self-centred can you get?
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