Sunday 11th November 2012

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11/11/2012 at 19:25

LMH I take the hip comment back!  Just back from lacrosse practice with a fat lip and a bruised hip (got hit in the face and then fell over when running backwards, we were playing inside so the ground was hard).  Bruise pride as well! 

Tom I think I should stick to running (forwards)!

11/11/2012 at 19:42

Ooops emzap - hope it's nothing serious.

Blisters - it was lovely out today but I was glad of my winter boots bought very cheaply (as about two seasons out of date) and a size too big so I could also wear thermal socks. Can't recommend a pair highly enough.

Tom - what do you enjoy most? I like the distance as I'm never going to be fast over shorter distances but I can outlast some people. I guess WAVA doesn't do it for you?

11/11/2012 at 20:49

Great running 7D and well earnt PB

11/11/2012 at 20:50
LMH, my favourite distance over the years has always been 10M. Back in the day (1970s) the HM was never run...standard distances were 5M, 6M and 10M. 5k and 10k were normally only run on track. In those days a good time at 10M (ie sub 50mins!) is what defined a runner, hence its attraction, and I've never lost my fondness for the distance. Nowadays of course it's sub 70min that I'm chasing

I confess I have applied WAVA to my performances from 2002 and 2008, and what it demonstrates is that my performances during this period are effectively comparable with those in the 1970s when I was in my 20s.
11/11/2012 at 21:07


7D: well done on the 10k PB! The sub 40 will come! Remember it is only 6 or 7 weeks ago that you broke 20 for 5k, if I remember correctly! I was going to say that I have always suggested to others that they need to be running around 19:15 for 5k to break 40 for 10k: rather pleased with myself this evening when I looked up the McMillan Pace Calculator: for 39:59 it suggests 19:15 is the equivalent!

Tom:  I have two regrets re running (and I note that you will have run MUCH faster than 19 something during a 10k or 10 miler...we just didn't have 5k races!).
1. Never broke 2 minutes for 800 (or even 880 yards!): McMilland suggests from my other times that I should have;
2. Never ran a marathon: wasn't going to do one unless I was going to run sub 2:30.  There was a very different view of marathons in the 70s/early 80s!

Emzap:  never fancied lacrosse. Good game to watch though! (One of my neighbours is the England Team Manager and I used to work with his wife: a good source of tickets!!)

Achilles update: don't speak too soon, but am now less worried about the Achilles than the very tender ankle bones and shin. And calf. Seem to have spent too long on my feet today, but that hopefully is a good sign in that I am now able to, whereas a week ago I wouldn't even have thought about it.

Wabo:  hope yesterday's race went well. Thought Spurs deserved a point today!

Off to play with McMillan and WAVA!

11/11/2012 at 21:08

Cross post with Tom:  took a long time to post as I am listening to a great tennis match at the same time!

11/11/2012 at 21:51

Alehouse: yeah, I agree, felt like some pace was lacking rather than stamina. After next week and the remaining club races, I'm done racing until March. Got some work to take care of and I'd really like to focus on training in the spare time I do have.

11/11/2012 at 22:00

7D: yes, I think you should cut back on racing, the occasional club race and parkrun apart. Now is the time to put miles in the bank! I don't think it is the time of year to be worrying too much about times in any case (either in races or training): conditions are rarely good...too cold, wet, muddy, windy etc. The speed will largely come from the strength from lots of miles and lots of hills, and your new club will help with this.

11/11/2012 at 22:34

What: 5K MoRun

Why: Movember

Lyrics: Thought I knew them until I read the second line....

Did the 5K MoRun in Battersea Park this morning which was fab, finally got a sub 30mins 5K after all this time so I'm super thrilled, feels like I'm finally getting somewhere with my running as I've been stuck in a rut for what feel like a year! Definitely the hardest run I've done for a while, felt pretty sick as I crossed the finish line and the disgusting coconut water didn't help, had a sip and started to heave, not nice!! Next goal is a sub 60mins 10K by the end of the year hopefully!

11/11/2012 at 23:15
Alehouse, as I think you probably know my original background was in MD - 800m/1500m, but even before that at the age of 16 I was running 440yds. I think it was the way in those days that you moved up through the distances gradually. In fact I ran MD almost exclusively until I was aged 24 (er that was 1972), though I did run a 10M for a tryout in 1968 (or 1969?) - Shaftesbury 10M in 57:35, which by the standards of the time was pretty unremarkable. Didn't run another one until 1975.
11/11/2012 at 23:33
Tom: ditto, basically in that it was track and cross country, with very few road races...area and national road relays were the key races on the roads. I, too, was about 24 before I really raced anything on the roads.

Well done HH! Onwards and upwards!

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