Sunday 23rd November 2008

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23/11/2008 at 07:48

Thanks for the good luck,

Good luck IM.

 what - Boscombe 10k
why - it's the final countdown

Dubai Dave    pirate
23/11/2008 at 08:19

Morning All

IM: Go girl

Hilly; Ditto

SSING: welcome, who were you in 2005 / 2006?

What: 3-4miles recovery in a moment
Why: Legs are toast
Last Hard: yesterday
Last rest: 14 days.

23/11/2008 at 08:26

morning all.

good lucks again to IM and Hilly 

Welcome SSING

I'm waiting to see what the weather is going to do here today.  It's snowing right now and there's snow on the ground.  It's a bit hilly round here to run on icy roads and pavements (scotty broke a finger in february attempting it).  

Feeling rather grotty too - I think I've just had more sleep in 2 nights than my body is used to and now I feel groggy.

So I'll be back a bit later to report on the what and why...

23/11/2008 at 09:27

Good luck racers

Welcome SSING

Recovery day today - so light gym + stretch + swim + sports massage later.

23/11/2008 at 09:53

hello again

OK, so I can post:

What: 3.3 miles in the snow d&d
Why: why not
Last hard: yesterday?
Last rest: 14 days

The snow on the pavement forced me to take it very slowly today which was a good thing so I ran easy for a change.   I'm particularly pleased that the first uphill mile is getting faster/feeling easier depending on how I choose to approach it.

Have a good day everyone. 

23/11/2008 at 10:31

Greetings all,

all the best to racers today

Welcome SSing

What - 9m (the 1st 4m with Jnr)
Why - Base
Last Hard - Getting out the door
Last Rest - most the week (30.5m for the week - cut backs.......)

Feel much better today and was great to run with Jnr even if the weather was terrible, wet and cold here in North Hmapshire......

Take care

Dubai Dave    pirate
23/11/2008 at 10:39

Snow???????????????  A balmy 28C in Dubai today.

3-4 miles morphed into 7! Cos I realised that anything in excess of 5.5 was going to take me past the 100 miles in 14 days since I started the comeback. Being the anorak I am it had to be done!

23/11/2008 at 11:05
Go racers go

Daley moment here today. Just over 2 hours of cyling in the cold and pissing rain, sat on a cold wet nappy. I usually see 10s of other cyclists on those roads on a Sunday - I only saw one other grinning fool today.
Spent the first 30 mins wishing I wasnt there and the last 30 loving it. I knew my feet were still there cos the pedals were still going round, but changing gear started to become a problem.

Just made a puddle in the kitchen !

U12s footie later and then U13s and U9s Cricket nets.
23/11/2008 at 11:17


Good luck Hilly and IM..and anyone else racing..

Welcome should have started todays thread posting at that time...looking forward to following your training..impressive targets..

What: 14 wet , undulating, windy miserable miles..glad its over and done with..

Why: LSR

Last hard:..that was

last rest : 12 days 

23/11/2008 at 12:28

Lyrics - no
Training - yes, 11 miles at 7.44s, ran out to Milford along the A6 and back, gently rolling - a couple of gentle  hills - gives me a bit of confidence that 1.40 should be doable at the Turkey Trotbut 1.35 might be a step too far.   Slowest half I've run (save one I ran with my partner) is about 1.36/7ish so I'll see if I can finish inside that.   I'm carrying a stone more than ideal racing weight but unlike when I first took up running the weight doesn't just seem to drop off now.

Beautiful crisp cold morning here - well once it had stopped sleeting it was. 

Off to see who SSing is

23/11/2008 at 13:29


Welcome SSing. I recognise the name from somewhere

Hilly - Hope all went well today was thinking of you while in my race in my efforts getting up one of the hills

What: 7.2k approx XC league race
Why: Its for the team
Last Hard: *laughs* today

Back from my first Cross country race in quite a few years, it had snowed early this morning and there was still some about once the race started 2 twisty laps with some steep inclines and some steep declines muddy in places slippy in others. I was fighting most of the way with 2 lady thrift green trotters one  disappeared and it was a mad tussle to the end. Finished 44th lady. sounds impressive eh! Finished in 38:47 course was about 7.2km (according to the permit). We won of course. We won the last outing so things looking good as a team. Next one is Dec 14th

Alas no HR stats as HRM had worked its way loose and no tme to fix it at the start but i worked hard couldn't talk at the finish. So just nodded head when team mate asked me a few questions

23/11/2008 at 13:55

Good luck Hilly and IM..and anyone else racing..

What : Still trying to decide.

23/11/2008 at 14:58

Well done Pammie on the xc.  If the weather was anything like it was here, wet and windy, then I bet the ground was a right mush.

I didn't end up racing for the DRRL title as my rival didn't turn up, so I was able to run round knowing that I'd won.  I tried to race hard, but have to admit to losing a bit of drive in places.  It was cold, wet and windy and not at all enjoyable, but job done.  3rd lady finisher so nice M&S voucher and bottle of red wine.

Finish time was 40:29 - not a fast course

23/11/2008 at 15:14


Hilly - congratulations on the title!!!

Race report: Swindon 10k

It's about 20 mins drive for me to the start in Wroughton.  About 15 mins into that journey, the clouds closed in and the heavens opened.  I felt really sorry for the car park attendants stood in the freezing rain.  However - "car park attendants" is always a good sign on the organisation front, especially ones who are prepared to stand out in that kind of weather.

Parked and looked out at the rain.  "Hang on - there's some blue sky over there - which way is the weather travelling?  Looks promising - think I'll sit here for 10 minutes".  Rain duly stopped (just at the time when the car park attendants could start to think about going inside!!), so I trekked over to race HQ.  Quietly busy here - short queue for online entrants to pick up their numbers, but efficiently done.  By the time I got outside, it was sunny!

Bit of a warm up, weather improving all the time.  On the start line at 1055 for an 1100 start.  Crikey - for a first running of a local event, there's hundreds of us!  I see people with numbers up to 450, maybe beyond - I was expecting maybe 200.

And we're off.  Bit crowded at the start and they didn't line us up in any kind of pace order (which is my only, very minor, criticism of the whole organisation).  So, I spent the first km picking my way round slower people.  I am now a confirmed fan of the "no MP3 players at races" idea - the number of times I got cut up by people with earphones suddenly changing direction when I was coming up behind them was crazy.

Splits as follows - these are off my Garmin.  I got to the 1km marker on the course in 4.09, but there's no way I ran that quickly with the crowds.  I'm pretty sure this km was short and my Garmin registered the whole thing as 9.95km.  However, for reasons that will become apparent, I'm blaming that on the Garmin, not on the course!

1km - 4.28 - flat start, feeling stronger than normal at the start
2km - 4.21 - out of the crowds and settling in
3km - 4.26 - this is feeling ok, actually
4km - 4.36 - we turned a corner here and ran into the wind and slightly uphill
5km - 4.39 - held up a bit here when the road narrowed and I caught some slower runners at just the wrong time
6km - 4.26 - basically the same road as the 2nd km - seriously thinking about a PB by now
7km - 4.29 - repeat of 3rd km and only slightly slower - PB looking a strong possibility
8km - 4.45 - repeat of 4th km - again, into the wind and slightly uphill - struggling, but I think the PB is in the bag
9km - 4.43 - repeat of 5th km, still only a little bit slower!
10km- 4.22 - this was only 0.95km on my watch, however...

...that makes for a total time of 45.20.  Given that my PB before today was 46.18, that's got to be a very satisfactory morning's work.

Nice touch at the end with jaffa cakes and jelly babies on offer by the finish line.

Race HQ was inside Swindon Karting - it was thoughtful of the organisers to arrange some post race entertainment in the form of loads of youngsters racing round the karting track at speeds that scared me.  I did a race session there for a stag night a while ago and this lot were driving a lot more bravely than I did!

By the time I had been to the loo and got myself a cup of coffee, the first few pages of the results were already posted on a noticeboard, including mine.  That's pretty efficient, I reckon.

Very well organised.  Good course.  Friendly marshalls.  A big "well done" to Grass Roots Events.

Oh, and did I mention - I got a PB!

23/11/2008 at 15:18
I feel a lot better about being 48 in a couple of weeks after that...
23/11/2008 at 15:19
Well done on the pb SGQ and the XC Pammie
23/11/2008 at 15:46

congrats Hilly.

Well done on a shiny new PB SGQ.

We've now had all kinds of weather today - snow, sunshine, torrential rain, wind.  The joys of November in Kent.

Making flapjacks now to cheer me up.

23/11/2008 at 15:58

Hilly brilliant, but I hope rival didn't not turn up cos she hadn't got a place

SGQ well done on the PB

What: 10.6 ml, mainly easy with a few faster bits
Weather mainly sunny, with a few burst of heavy rain
Why: last longish run

23/11/2008 at 16:31
Congrats on the title Hilly, sounds like your weather was worse down south than here up north.

SGQ.. excellent PB and good pacing in the conditions too. Those jaffa cakes will make for one of your 5-a-day then {O:

Pammie.. xc must have been tough today. Well done on the team prize.

Leeds Abbey Dash 10k for me. Very fortunate with the weather, still raining/sleeting as we arrived in Leeds. By 9am the rain stopped, the winds dropped and the sun came out so conditions were almost perfect for the 9:30 start.

I haven't raced 10k or very much else for that matter since July so a target of circa 40 mins was the aim. Nicely controlled to half way (19:44) then fairly even splits to finish in 39:27. Had a bit of a battle with Monique in the last k but just manged to pip the young Dewsburyite to the line. I do need to sharpen up over this sort of distance but at this point in the campaign this is quite promising.

4 miles easy when I got home to ease out the stiffness.

Those of you who remember Jon Pepper from this thread - he finished 3rd today in 29:42. Not bad for a 20 yr old!

With this being an out & back course you get to see some of the leaders coming back as you approach half way. Fantastic to see those V55 evergreens Mike Hager & Martin Rees yards apart. Results show Rees was in first with a 31:60 chip time (I kid you not!) versus Hager's 32:27. Awesome stuff from the old guys! Yours truly was duly humbled by his 62 year old clubmate - 38:33 and he was only 2nd.

23/11/2008 at 16:57

Hello again

Thanks for the well dones

Hilly - Brillant it was mushy in places and exposed, must get some proper shoes though as i feel i may be making this a regular thing

SGQ - Well done on your new pb. An excellent mornings work.

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