Sunday 24th May 2009

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24/05/2009 at 08:23


Good to see the summer this morning!

 what - 2hrs/15 miles am / 4 miles pm
 why - picking the training up again

24/05/2009 at 10:20

Scheduled rest day today. First time I've had sore legs since I started runnning 6 weeks ago. Did 33 miles this week, having brought it up gradually from 20 over the 6 weeks. Now that my legs are sore (only a little sore, but sore all the same) I'm glad I've been building up slowly.

Perhaps someone could give me some advice on a kind of mini taper this week so that I can have a good crack at this 3.5 mile TT on Friday. I'm thinking 5 miles steady Monday, rest Tuesday, steady club run Wednesday, rest Thursday, eyeballs out on the day! Not really sure what to expect but I'm hoping I can do sub-22.

24/05/2009 at 10:45

Morning folks.

AB - if this TT is going to be a regular thing, then why not do it as part of training (i.e. no mini taper) and then repeat the same approach each time?

Nice one on the mileage RFJ.

Gobi - bad luck mate. Still steps in the right direction though. On the bright side, at least all the extra time for swimming and cycling will help your tri performance.

What: 18.3m easy d&d / possibly 6m recovery jog pm
Why: taper - 1 week to go!
Last hard: Wednesday.
Last rest: Monday.
Lyrics: No.

Felt very very comfortable this morning. Pleased with that as that was my last easy run pre-Edinburgh. Everything next week is recovery jogging, bar 2km of 45m sprints/55m floats tomorrow and a 2km TT on Wednesday......

Good luck to all racers today. It's warming up nicely out there. I'll be keeping fingers crossed for cooler temperatures and more cloud cover next Sunday!

Have a good day all!

24/05/2009 at 11:12
Morning all.

Hi Hilly.

Can't advise from any point of authority Andy, but if you've been building up steadily, probably what you've planned will give your legs all the rest they need to leave them sharp on the day.

Me? I realise I haven't been around for over two weeks. Time is short and home internet at best intermittent. My mother was around for a while. This is a good thing; we get on well. She heartily approves and supports my running, and in her own way keeps equally active. For her it was a matter of walking miles every day - up to 5 miles, and at 85 and following a bad winter, this is a triumph. During that time I've not managed anything more than maintenance running, between 3 and 5 miles, more often struggling than not.

I was therefore determined to do better today, and set off with a goal of 6 miles in mind. It felt absolutely awful setting off, very stiff, and I tripped over almost the first kerb I came to, cracked my elbow but good on the concrete and bounced against the wooden fencing with a resounding thud. That catalysed resolve. There was going to be no turning back at the meadow, No Matter What.

I am not going to lose running. I stop to stretch at the meadow. Even after a mile of jogging it's like stretching cold plasticene, but legs feel marginally better for it. Trot on, across the river and through the meadows. A friend comes running past me the other way. For a moment, a wave of embarrassment at my graceless gait gets the better of me. Only for a moment. Not giving up. If this is the best I can do, this is what I am going to do. Head up. Square shoulders. Think of core. Keep going.

At this speed at least there are no issues of getting out of breath, or even overly sweaty. Through Grantchester, not even pausing to admire Mr. Archer's horse. Through Trumpington, cut towards the hospital. Here neglected fields have celebrated with a magnificent display of meadow flowers. Diverted by the railway where workings on a guided busway block my path. That adds an extra half mile or so. But the diversion has a reward: students have trodden a path beside the fence, where the pines lend welcome shade and springy needles. Slog on by the road to regain the kingfisher stream. I haven't seen a kingfisher there for some time now - they were working on it all last winter - but at least at the far end there is glorious shade and excellent footing. By the allotments I abandon the pretence of running: my gait is now all but indistinguishable from a walk now anyway, and certainly no faster. But I do so with a sense of Job Done. I am nearly home. I did what I set out to do, if not exactly in the style I would have liked. Two clear fingers to my enemy.

I will pay the price later as vengeful cramps take their toll, but it is a small price to pay for the sense of jubilation that such a run provides.

Go well all, and above all enjoy it. Running is a gift.

24/05/2009 at 11:21

Hi Stickless.  Sounds like an eventful outing this morning.  Good on your mum and her walks.

15 miles d&d for me.  Warm, but pleasant out there.  My legs were tired, but a good feeling when I finished.

Nice running, TT

24/05/2009 at 12:40

Morning all,

Nice to see you posting hilly

Stickless - your Mum sounds cool, 5 mile walks at 85! Good going to you as well!

My mate Tristan at the halfway point tells me that Dave and Hideo are on schedule and looking good for their goals at Comrades! An advanced big 'thank you' for making his day!

What: 8-10 miles later on hills

Why: slowly building the Sunday runs from this week on

Last Hard: mmmmm

Lyrics nope

Have a great day and look forward to hearing the stories from Comrades!

24/05/2009 at 13:09
DD looks like he's cruising for well under 9 hrs
24/05/2009 at 13:11


Quick greetings from Lanzarote.  Can't read back as the minutes are ticking away and I don't have another euro coin.

Lovely here, warm but windy.  I've run every day so far and managed a 33 mile week Sunday to Saturday last week.  The heat is tough for me but I think I'm finally aclimatising. 

We went to watch the Lanzarote Ironman yesterday.  First man in finished in 8:54:01, second man 8:57 something.  It's a tough course I think.  Reminded me again why I don't want to do one.  There were apparently 4 pirates there but only 2 in pirate kit. 

Right, I'm off to watch the grand prix with a nice cold pint of cider!  See you all next week.

24/05/2009 at 13:42

Nice work DD. Based on that % improvement it looks like you need to get your finger out for your next mara and knock a chunk off of that too!

"Running is a gift" - true words Stickless Good to see you posting again.

mava - sounds nice. I will confess to the Lanzarote Ironman whetting a desire in me to do one someday. I've always wanted to tbh, but as I've got a lot of stuff I want to do in the mara first it may take a long long while before I get to do one. On the plus side, that just gives me time to learn how to swim.......

I'd meant to post the Comrades tracker up earlier but forgot until I saw Trini's posts:

DD - 9445

SD - 9436

24/05/2009 at 14:08

Afternoon all,

TT:  Good to see you're only logging 24.3 miles during the taper.   

Stickless:  Good to have you back!  You run through Trumpington?  Camberwick Green and Chigley too?

  • What:  22m. 
  • Why:  Suddenly remembered why I'm not keen on autumn maras!  Still, only 25s slower than last week and a bit warmer.
  • Last Hard:  1/1
  • Last Rest:  15/5

Right. off to check on Conrades Crew.

Have a good one!

24/05/2009 at 14:09

AB - Depends on what you want from it and how important it is in the big picture.
Most on here know i do a regular 5km once a month and most of the time i do it TT's way ie. no taper. What i normally do after todays long run run normally Monday, Tuesday club session though admittedly a bit close to Friday, Wednesday no more than an hour but on thursday i usually choose to do 4 miles (40 minutes for me) But with some short fast strides at the time of the following days race/TT if possible. I do 6 x 50metre-ish strides with walk/jog back recoveries

Will this be a regular occurance as they can be useful for a good speed session in company.

Mava - Sounds like you are having a great time

Thanks Trini for the updates, thank Tristan will you.

What: 12.92 miles
Why: long run
Last Hard: Today it was warm
Lyrics - No

Hoped to wake early - i did but fell back asleep again managed to get out at 9:30 but had to be back for deliveryman with my shopping. But a good run done it was very warm but its probably going to be like this in 3 weeks time for the sarfend half. Normal route but decided to run some country lanes too which i don't normally do 2 hrs 13 but HR was a bit high lost a good 2½ lbs on route today

24/05/2009 at 14:43

Good afternoon!

What: about 20 mins with a few strides thrown in
Why: had planned to do more, but  shins not keen, although they cope better with the strides than the slow plodding.
Last hard: May 19th
Last rest: Dec 24th

For the first time since I'm not sure when the sun is out! It rained everyday last week...usually all day it seemed.Good for the garden, though.

Off to check on DD

Need to see you on here more often Hilly! 

24/05/2009 at 15:10

Afternoon everyone

  Well done DD, that's a great performance!  Hope SD has a good finish

Trini - that race sounds intense... rather you than me!!!

Stickless - well done on embracing the running and for having the strength of will to get through it!

  • What:  4 miles easy
  • Why:  Easy day
  • Last hard:  15/5/09
  • Last rest:  9/5/09 

Typical that the nicest day of the week was the one where I had the least running planned .  51.2 miles for the week which I am very happy with. 

Some nice running going on here!  Hope it's a good day for all

24/05/2009 at 15:26

Afternoon all:

What: Wokingham HM - first 7 miles in 6:01mpm, last six miles in 6:15 - oh dear! - blame it on the heat + field well spaced out (both meanings). Came in 1:20:40ish - but second MV45-MV50 (who makes up these categories?)
Why: Berks CC - won't know how I've done in that for a while yet I suspect
Last hard: 4 hrs ago
Last rest: Yesterday

Well done DD. Nice 'are you sure its a taper' run TT

24/05/2009 at 15:41

7 miles easy today to clear head.

Yesterdays Lyrics Changes By David Bowie

No to Lyrics.

24/05/2009 at 16:25

Well done SD!

Far too hot for a recovery run to actually mean recovery (at any pace) and I've got a massage booked for this evening, so no second run today, so just the mere 18.3 AF

Well done MG. Good result, Berks CC target achieved I would think if you were second M45-M50?

Edited: 24/05/2009 at 16:26
24/05/2009 at 18:20

Bow down to her on Sunday,' Hilly?
Lyrics: Yes.

What: 250 - 180- 250 -180 - 250
Almost perfect at track today. I ran really well. Fast but relaxed. Near death experience beween reps but not during...

Now how often do I say I ran well?
Answer - 'never' to my knowledge.

If only I could bottle it and reproduce that state in a race.Sigh.

But big smile for today's running.
Oh and it was.... warm. BLISS!

PS Some nice running and racing going on....congrats to DD and SD, expect we'll hear more soon. And Michael G. Nice one! AND Good to see you Stickless and read your lovely post.

Edited: 24/05/2009 at 18:24
24/05/2009 at 19:35

sharkie - i think if you are saying you ran really well we can interpret it as 'brilliant', nice to hear things going well for you. bit scary with the near death experience though

hilly - does this mean we should be wishing you a happy birthday ?  if so, hope you're having a great day. glad to hear you're well over the marathon. i do know the lyrics today

AB - all the best for your TT. i'm inclined to agree with TT if you're doing it as a regular thing, just have an easy day on thursday

TT - getting close but no trace of nerves coming through yet. really hope things come together this time and no bad luck !

stickless - your mum sounds in finie fettle. enjoyed your tale of the run and particullarly the 'job done' though i must admit like AF i was going down the trumpton route with you

thanks for the e-postcard mava - hope you enjoy the rest of the hols

good week's training jason, not surprised your pleased with it

michael - not sure what time you were aiming for but 1.20 in this heat sounds a fine performance to me. hope it's good news on the county age group

sounds like SD and DD have had a good day, looking forward to the reports back when they've recovered

after feeling a bit down in the mouth yesterday reflecting on the 5k it bucked me up no end reading all your encouraging comments, thanks for the feedback and support guys. lots more to go at so need to buckle down and get on with it and stop festering

gave the foot 2 days off from running so yesterday was 70 mins aquajogging/cross training and today was 60 mins same.  pool nice and quiet both days, everyone must be on holiday or out in the sunshine

enjoy the rest of the long weekend, hope this weather continues

24/05/2009 at 19:44

Photos quickly on facebook from the half way at Comrades. Thanks to Dave and SD for their brief stops with Tristan! SD (Hideo) you are going to be in the local papers!

Tristan with Dave and Slow Duck at halfway

24/05/2009 at 20:01

Glad you had a good session at the track, Sharkie.  I take it you're a Dylan fan?

Clink - not my birthday, but BR informed me it was Dylan's birthday so I chose lyrics of his with birthday in them.

Thanks Trini.  I don't post much anywhere these days.  I do try to lurk a few times a week though.

Nice long run, AF.

No second run as planned.  Got a bit of a blister (first one in years) which made it difficult to walk so decided not to attempt the second run.  Hope it'll be ok by tomorrow.

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