what: Helsby 4 Villages half marathonwhy: too late to ask that now
Good luck to anyone else racing today, whether at Helsby, Brass Monkey, or elsewhere
Good luck racers
What: 16 M d&dWhy: long runs need to get longerLast rest: yesterdayLast hard: today, last 1.5M consist of nearly 1M steep uphill (half continious), character building living on a hilltop
Good luck racing people.
What: 4 miles easy d&dWhy: it had to be doneLast hard: getting up at 6am on a SundayLast rest: 2nd Jan
I am well chuffed at this morning's run. Av HR was nice and low and pace was the best it's ever been for that pace. Still snail's pace compared to everyone else on here but it is gratifying to see that consistent daily running is starting to pay off.
The reason for this morning's early start is that today is my mum's 80th birthday and us kids have organised a bit of a bash for her down where she lives near Southampton. So OH and I are catching the train down this morning.
what: easy 45 mins in forest
why: 10+ miles xctry race washed me out yesterday!
last hard: yesterday
last easy: 9/1
take care and good luck racers
Lots of racing going on today!
What: NowtWhy: Tight calf musclesLast hard: fridayLast rest: Today
Target setting: new aim a age graded sub 3 hour marathon....... only another 5 mins to knock off. That should keep me going for a a couple of years.
Good Luck to everyone racing today, awaiting reports with interest
Good luck to all racers today.
What: 16 miles easyWhy: Need to start buliding my long runs againLast Hard: In the wind yesterdayLast Rest: MondayLyrics: Not today
This should take my total to 50 for the week which is not bad at all.
Happy days y'all!
Had another rest day yesterday as my calf was still tight , feels better today .
What: 10/20M depending on how I feelWhy: Seeing if I canLast Hard:Being sensible the last two daysLast Rest: YesterdayLyrics: No
Stubbington Green 10K
Plan to run at 3:55 pace for a low 39 and a new shining PB, weather was predicted to be bad, very bad, but was perfect............... Pre race food of toast and marmalade followed by a snickers bar 70 mins from the start.
18 runners from our club running so had a strong team out for points in the Hampshire Road Race Lge, a pleaseant warm up and chat with friends, RW forumites, fetchies and club mates, the off to the start.
The Gun and off
1K - 3:52, pace manic as usual at the starts, but feel good 3rd place for club at present2K - 3:53, consistancy already, I like this, the tank is full and in cruise control3K - 4:01 Pace still showing as 3:53 but the blip is a hill, work hard and take club mate to move into 2nd (usual place for me)4k - 3:52, that the way I like it, solid and running well, starting to move through the fast starters who are now slowing.5K - 3:57 - on target and a 19:36 5k split, had a mouthfull of water at te drinks station hence the blip here, now to kick on6K - 3:49, pass a few known XC runners and see a V60 who is very handy, so hes my mark7K - 3:52, onto the seafront, wind not bad, but whats this, our No 1 club runner is only 75m ahead, have never beaten him or been that close to him, new mark, can I, I now he is coming back of injury, but even so.....8K - 3:43 - There is still fuel in the tank, time for the after burners and the snickers to strutt its stuff, foot down and accelerate for the last 3k.... closing on both V60 and club mate9K - 3:46 - Still burning still well on fire and within touching distance of V60, get him right on 9k marker 3m to go to clubmate, big kick now.....10K - 3:35 - Big kick and follow through too feeling really strong and see an even better V60 from my old club who I have never beaten, get him 10m before the line..... but just after the 9k marker, get clubmate. So get first for the club a second split of 18:49 (9 secs of a 5k PB 18:40).
so 38:25 on the watch and a new PB of 1:24
Rather happy and plan went plan, start within myself at 3:55 pace, ok went a bit quicker than that, but not much, then upped the pace from 5k when I knew I still have the fuel in the tank. Very happy.
Afternoon, looks a breezy, cold day so I'm intending to head indoors again for a bit of plodding on the treadmill and then some quality stretching!
I need to treat myself to some new shoes but (I'm a tight Yorkshireman) can't seem to find anywhere that sells those shoes that aren't up to date. I think that someone on here used to get them from some place that did older stock? I'm a size 11, any recommendations?
RFJ - cracking run. Very nicely controlled. Congrats.
Sorry to hear that Stickless. Hope you feel better soon.
Pammie - nice mileage. You're still on a roll!
Podro - I couldn't resist looking through those menus when I sent them on. Think I'll need to organise a trip back there. I love the food and beer.
Hope I haven't missed anybody in a quick read back. Will check in later for more reports.
What: 16m am (8 easy out / 8 back a bit brisker, aka Tempo Lite) / 5m steady on the treadie at lunchtime.Why: In the mara specific phase, Sunday and Monday will be my two toughest/most important days, so this is a bridging day to what I'll be doing then.Last hard: this am.Last rest: Yesterday.Lyrics: No.
Enjoy the rest of the day folks!
Well done on the race RFJ.
Sorry to hear about the problems Stickless. Very strange symptoms. Hope things improve.
Brass Monkey ReportNot running well at the moment so wasn't expecting much. Decided to start out easy and then just see how it went. Bumped into a few of the usual suspects at the start and during the race including Wardi.
Mile 1 - 6:36 - Started off too far back and had to move through trafficMile 2 - 6:27 - Easing through crowds keeping pace with a couple of clubmatesMile 3 - 6:27 - In good steady groupMile 4 - 6:37 - Feeling OK turn into loop at top of courseMile 5 - 6:34 - Into a headwind, not very strong. Make effort to cross to another group aheadMile 6 - 6:27 - turn into top of course. Muddy roadsMile 7 - 6:39 - onwards to start turn back towards the finishMile 8 - 6:31 - long straighht boring roadMile 9 - 6:30 - overtaking a few who have gone out too fastMile 10 - 6:38 - spot a local rival in distance who I have never beaten before. Make him my targetMile 11 - 6:42 - target closer. Need good effort to close the gap before the endMile 12 - 6:35 - target 10m ahead and tiring. Closing him down quicklyMile 13.1 - 7:16 - Overtake target just after the 12 mile marker and push on to the end overtaking a couple more. get pipped by 4 fast finishers in the final 1/4 mile.
Finish time (unofficial) 1:26:04 which was unexpected and very welcome. Just under 2 minutes slower than PB though.After the race I ran back to meet Mrs Podro who had a terrible time with a poorly hip. Ran over 2 miles back up the course and met her well past the railway bridge. Accompanied her to the finish for a total run of 19 miles. Very well organised this year with chip timing and a rucksack at the end instead of the traditional sweatshirt.
Well done Podro for Brass Monkey, must have been quite tough today with that wind. I'll check back later or tomorrow for more reports on the race.
What: just run in the gym as didn't fancy a cold breezy run. 4M in 33mins (from 8.34m/m to 7.30m/m pace), which pleased me as it's been a long time since I did this sort of speed on a treadmill (or anywhere) in regular training, especially after yesterday's 7M. Why: ticking over and getting in my weekly 20-22M training (21M actually this week, like last week) Last rest: Friday
If I can get my weekend 'long' run up to 10M, I'll be pleased as I can then race up to 10k when the less-cold weather comes along. Thanks again, AF, for the link; I've bought myself a nice new pair of Nike shoes for a lot cheaper than some places!
tbh, would be v surprised if someone got the lyrics today without googling a certain affirmative prog rock band....
....but no apologies for that - this was the best thing they ever did (only no-one noticed) and I've often used this piece when travelling to Borders League fixtures for inspiration.
Anyway, headlines are: 74th, 1:24:46 (chip) 1:24:51 (gun)
so, 1:25 target achieved, feeling quite pleased
more details later
Stickless, get well soon
RFJ-well done on the pb, and you too Podro
I did a pb at the brass monke half too, by-drum roll-ONE WHOLE SECOND
I was very, very unwell after gut wise, i could have given no more
(mind you, had gut trubble all week)
At least i know that last years sub two hour half wasnt a fluke
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