P + D training for VLM 2013

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22/03/2013 at 10:53

15 is FGFA "Fucking Great For Arlbarstard"?   Yipee to not too much snow in Wilsmlow, it was coming down thick and fast in Cheshiiiireee this morning but now it is just poncey southern snow.  (i.e. not a lot).   I am definitely sticking to my plan HOWEVER I may do the 5 miles previous then absolutely cane the 13.1 and die at the end with a 10 min PW (so, MRP). 

Men - have fun at home, I am praying kids don't get sent home from school early, I have bogs to clean in Chateau HeOw.

I did my 12 mile MLR after all (well ended up 15 miles all in all...). I found the canal that err, goes South and hit that after doing few miles on road.  Pleased to report foot is ok!  


22/03/2013 at 10:55

Oh and in other HeOw news, it looks like I may be a pacer at Chester Marathon for the 4:15 or 4:30 crew!  

22/03/2013 at 12:07

looks like i'll be aiming for a 10k PB in a snowy Battersea park tomorrow morning.

How much time can I theoretically take off for the weather conditions? I'm thinking about 10 mins

22/03/2013 at 12:16

Same here AG, although I haven't registered yet. I'll see how blizzardy it looks in the morning.

I suppose running in a blizzard means you get an ice bath as you train?

22/03/2013 at 12:22

make sure you warm up properly guys if you are planning on going at 10k speed!!

22/03/2013 at 12:23
I knew there was a reason why I hated my mid week 14 miler on Wednseday. I have been laid up with the lurgy ever since. Sore throat, shivers and generally feeling rubbish - I think it may be the worst of possible known medical conditions known as Man Flu! I had a rest night last night and am currently contemplating what to do for the rest of the weekend. Was meant to run a 10k on Sunday and do 18 miles tonight, but am now thinking I should probably rest tonight and see if I am feeling up to doing the 18 miles on Sunday instead. Could squeeze a tempo in on Sat if I am feeling better - I said I had peaked too soon!   Also does anyone know how on earth you get from Whitechapel / Stepney Green to Blackheath? (preferably without using buses).
22/03/2013 at 12:25

i would've thought 10k speed should keep me quite warm, but i'll probably have full length tracky pants and a full sleeved top to keep me warm whilst we're hanging about to start.

i'm just hoping i can get there in time for the registration. they say that the registration desk is open til 7:50am, and i'll be dropping off the missus at work at about 7:30 so need to race back from St Thomas's to get to Battersea. Shouldn't be too difficult at that time.

22/03/2013 at 12:45

Good afternoon all, Blue start for me, think I put under 3.45 on my application so probably a few pens back and mass toilets!

Had a lay in this morning and didn't get out for my run until 6.30am!  Can't run tomorrow so shifted my "tune up race" to this morning, 9 miles with 5 at tempo.  Bloody wind was horrendous so ran four of the tempo miles into, the one with it behind me was a doddle and quite a bit quicker.

Running 20 on Sunday with 14 at MP as I dodged it last week with an HM.  Forecast is snow for us tomorrow so hopefully will have cleared by Sunday.

22/03/2013 at 12:46
I too have a 10k planned for Saturday, in Richmond.
Unfortunately I have a cold, skipped the 14 this week but did the vo2 and recoveries and strides.

Had hoped for a PB on Saturday but now not so confident.....
22/03/2013 at 13:15

i've just checked on the battersea park run and they offer prizes for the first 7 U50 Men. Hoping the snow will keep all but 6 others away

22/03/2013 at 13:30


Nice banter about GFA, FGFA and championship places

Chris: now is probably the best time to catch the lurgy. I'm terrified of getting ill 2 days prior to April 21


Chris J77 wrote (see)
What's the blue start like then? Is it the crap one? That's where I am.

I was on blue in 2010 and it was shit. Lots of slow runners in front. Make sure you get into one of the first pens! I had put 3:45 on my entry form and law-abiding idiot that I am ligned up in the correct pen

Surrey Runner wrote (see)
Bit worried that the green start could be packed with slow 'celebs' and other media types.

On the other hand if Nell McAndrew is running again then can try and use her as a pace maker.

Nell is about to give birth to her 2nd child any minute. I doubt she will be rocking up on the Green start this year

2nd MLR of the weekd d&d. 15miles. Nothing beats strong winds, horizontal snow and a lovely cool minus 5 degrees . Anyway, wot doesn't kill ya ...  alternated MP& steady running to make the time pass quicker

22/03/2013 at 13:40
I intend to jump straight to the front of the blue pens chick. I don't care how much abuse I take. I haven't trained for 16 weeks to be stuck behind 'Dave from accounts' or whoever is just turning up for and will be setting off at a crawl.

Oh dear, I have turned into one of those 'proper' / 'annoying' runners.
22/03/2013 at 13:49

11m MLR this morning.  I was running easy and nearly forgot to turn around at halfway.  When I turned around I realised why.....   the fierce headwind made the remaining miles feel like running through treacle!

Planned MLR pace:  10:48 to 9:54

Actual: 10:12/10:46/10:12/10:15/10:13/9:50/9:46/9:44/9:48/9:49/9:38

Snow hasn't arrived here yet.  It's forecast for all day tomorrow and Sunday morning, so it will be interesting to see if the race goes ahead on Sunday.  If not, I'll run my own 20m route in the snow again again again 

22/03/2013 at 14:02

AG, where did you find that info about prizes? I can't find much about the race online...not that I'll be troubling the top 7.

22/03/2013 at 14:11


Chris J77 wrote (see)
I intend to jump straight to the front of the blue pens chick. I don't care how much abuse I take. I haven't trained for 16 weeks to be stuck behind 'Dave from accounts' or whoever is just turning up for and will be setting off at a crawl.

Oh dear, I have turned into one of those 'proper' / 'annoying' runners.

Push me out of the way gently Chris

Edited: 22/03/2013 at 14:17
22/03/2013 at 14:34

Hello. Horrible cold wind on my 9mi jog today. If windy like that on sunday will make any new PB's hard to come by.

22/03/2013 at 15:20

JF 50 I was thinking something similar myself.

22/03/2013 at 15:23
15west welcome to the FGFA pen
HeOw well done with your running.
Ten well done on yout MLR
Chick great running.
JF50 well done in poor conditions.

Snow drifts and power cuts here in our 3rd winter of the year............
Managed to get to the pool before work and did 1 mile front crawl, today is a rest day for me first in two weeks so no running but will do 30 mins stretching later
22/03/2013 at 15:28

NP they showed the outskirts of Belfast on BBC news this morning and it didn't look great for a run.  Good timimg on the rest day

Fiona, combined front we'll hold our ground in those pens, are you Blue?

22/03/2013 at 15:31
Not a good time for the half marathon tomorrow, it's still on but I am not racing it now but will run close to MP if its possible in this wind.....
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