Sat 02nd May 2009

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02/05/2009 at 08:30

... but you couldnt see me

Off to run in the SML today (5000m) and help with it all as is a home meeting.

TT - LOL this will be my 11th Mara, Taper is going well and I have taper madness...

Take care

02/05/2009 at 08:49

Morning folks.

RFJ - oops, sorry mate, you've told me that before too. I'm afraid my brain is not fully functioning at the moment (even by it's normal erratic standards!)

Gobi - my longest ever streak is 50 days, which I will marginally pass before a rest-day next Friday. At the moment the idea of not running for a whole day just seems completely wrong. God knows how I'll get through taper.....

What: 11m gentle jogging with 2 x 10 x 100m hill sprints (3mins between sets) d&d / 6m rec pm.
Why: Schedule.
Last hard: this am - I really enjoy all the speedwork I'm doing, so I feel bad calling it hard (if that makes sense?).
Last rest: 17/03.
Lyrics: No.

2 x 3k TT on track last night with 5mins (drink/jog) recovery. Times were 9:47 and 9:53 which confirmed what I (and I think my coach) expected from the last few sessions - I'm in good nick aerobically, but leg speed is a limiting factor at the moment (possibly partially mileage related). Still, I could have worse problems I guess

Good luck to all racers and have a great day folks

02/05/2009 at 08:58


Not been around for several days due to a very nice holiday in Amsterdam, so completely out of touch with what everyone is doing.  Had a great break, though, including being in Amsterdam on Queen's Day which is the very definition of organised chaos - with the emphasis on chaos.  I have never seen so many people in one place and they were nearly all wearing orange!  But the Dutch sure know how to party...

Haven't run anywhere since Stratford Marathon last weekend, but have walked miles (and miles) around Amsterdam.  Calves are sore, but more from walking than from any after effects of last weekend.

What: 5.5M soon
Why: to see if I can still run
Last hard: last Sunday
Last rest: all last week (but see above)

Time to re-think running goals.  Overall, disappointed not to break 4 hours last weekend, but have promised Mrs SGQ that was my last marathon.  So, I think the focus now moves to breaking the 100 minutes for the half-marathon.  Plenty of time to think about it, though, as I don't run well in the heat so have never bothered to enter races in June-August.  Next targets will, I think, be Cricklade and/or Swindon half-marathons in Sept/Oct - normally only a week apart, so probably can't go for good times in both.  Cricklade is first and flat, Swindon is second and hilly, so I think that's that decision made...

Will try to catch up with everyone's running later.

02/05/2009 at 09:44

Morning all from sunny Devon.

Tried a couple of big hills this morning, first time since my comeback, with the benefit of a lovelly ridge run between them.  So -

What:  6+ hilly miles
Why:  More building

Longer run tomorrow.

Blisters    pirate
02/05/2009 at 10:37

OOh, Cricklade HM, must check the dates. I want a good HM this year, so I'll need to attack a few of the I reckon.

Heaven only knows how Ronhill managed to run every day. I presume he must have mashed his back at some time. Any running now would slow the repair regime. Big picture and all that. Shocked to see the weight has crept (raced) up to 12st 2lb already. I consider my weight to be 11-7 when in training, and 11-4 for pb racing. 12-00 to 12-02 is my unfit-and-I-don't-care weight.

TippTopp you are sounding like you are on form. It's there and it's waiting for the occassion. Hold that tiger!

40 mins: please send us a dollop of sunny shine up the Counties. Thanks. Good to see that you're making the progress again.

SGQ: It sounds like a plan to me. I think that we should pitch you against 40min in a head to head race. What do you reckon?

02/05/2009 at 10:56

greetings from sunny Kent. Gorgeous out there again.

What: 3.1 miles 'easy'
Why: junk miles
Last hard: that was never gong to be easy after the Rioja I drank last night
Last rest: 16 Feb

Went to dinner with friends last night - chilli,  followed by cheesecake and washed down with industrial quantities of wine. Sore head and unhappy guts today!  Totally predictable consequences but probably worth it!   

This is definitely my longest streak - 75 days. But of course I run few  miles than most of the rest of you and much more slowly.  

Enjoy your Saturday. 

02/05/2009 at 10:58

oh yes, meant to say to any of you here in the South East - if you fancy a challenging multi-terrain race in beautiful surroundings, consider the Sevenoaks 7 next weekend.  It's our club's race and it's a toughie.  I'm marshalling this year but would be doing it if they hadn't made me feel guilty!

02/05/2009 at 11:50

Morning all,

Holly:  Come on, give us a FLM report!

  • What:  10m
  • Why:  bass
  • Last Hard:  1/1
  • Last Rest:  16/3

Have a good bank holiday!

02/05/2009 at 13:19
Blisters - I reckon 40mins has the edge at the moment.  Well, actually, he's substantially faster.  But I like a difficult target to aim at...
Edited: 02/05/2009 at 13:20
Dubai Dave    pirate
02/05/2009 at 13:38

Hi all

Back from the beach, have been attacked by kids in the pool all day. Plus side is that when they went to sleep at 2000 last night so did I, 12 hours of undisturbed bliss!

What: 4 miles tempo later at the DRR TT
Why: Haven't been for ages
Last Hard: Monday
Last Rest: Sunday

Yesterdays Lyrics. Bright side of the road Van Morisson.

02/05/2009 at 16:43

Greetings from Sunny Essex

Busy night last night wasn't relishing todays run thought i'd be tireder (is that a word) than yesterday, 10:40 for first mile before geting in my stride

At just before 3 miles along river i spy a cargo ship opposite me i used to play ship fartlek at times, racing the ships and boats is most fun although they are faster. so i try to keep pace with this ship it moves ahead of me but i don't give up this lasts about half a mile before we go our seperate ways

What: 5ΒΌ miles
Why: mileage
Last Hard: Wednesday
02/05/2009 at 19:33

Report from SML (Andover) 5000m

Really good run, hard but very rewarding, 5th from 15, Winner of B String Match 1. 0.41, 1.23, 1.22, 1.23, 1.24, 1.25, 1.26, 1.26, 1.27, 1.26, 1. 27, 1.27, 1.23 - 17:46 and very happy. (as PB on the road is 18:14 and previous (but old) track PB was 19:15.

Take care

Edited: 02/05/2009 at 19:35
02/05/2009 at 21:48

RFJ - well done. Very impressive improvement on top of what was already very impressive improvement. Will be interested to see how the mara pans out.

Pammie - I like the idea of ship fartlek

Cheers Blisters. Not on form yet, but things are looking better than they have done for a while Re: weight - it always shoots up after a mara temporarily as your body regroups and repairs. Don't worry about it, it'll even out soon enough I'd expect.

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