Sunday 26th August 2012

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26/08/2012 at 08:50

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues

Morning all, are some of you having a lie in today?

What 21.5 LSR
Why confidence building
Lyrics was going to set these yesterday but was beaten to it.

Hapyy running/racing sleepy heads.

26/08/2012 at 09:04


Yesterday's lyrics were: "Love is the Drug", Roxy Music.

Today's lyrics: yes.

What: a walk and stretches etc
Why: day 6 for fight the flab plus Achilles and calf (aren't we sick of those words!) need a gentle test.

Nice long run Postie!

Hope for some race reports later!

Edited: 26/08/2012 at 09:18
26/08/2012 at 10:03

morning all, 
nice long run postie!
what - hopefully an easy hour later if I get time 
why - out with family all day, perhaps Science Museum , we'll see 

lyric - yes I do

have a lovely Sunday 

26/08/2012 at 10:19


Rest for me today, 13mi yesterday in the rain's left me feeling quite poo.

Gonna take my son swimming

26/08/2012 at 10:28
Good morning

Lyrics: Yes, but I did have confirm courtesy of Google.

Steady 8 miles around Regents Park - more ducks than joggers today. A very enjoyable effort, made the more so by not being timed.Expected to be a bit knocked up after yesterday's effort, but not so.

Have a good day all.
26/08/2012 at 10:59

What: sea swim (done)
Why: wake up after yesterday's HM and wedding hop
Last hard: Nyesterday (HM followed by wedding dance)
Last rest Saturday

Nice bright day here

(my "race report" on 25th thread)

26/08/2012 at 14:14

Afternoon all.

Some good running yesterday PP, RFJ, OH.

What: 6.5 km "jog" up the mountain next to the house.  Hard work indeed.  Took my OH with me and we had to walk up bits of it.  Then on the way down we had to shelter under some trees as there was rain of biblical proportions!
Why: exploring my new territory
Last hard: the hill!

I have a new aim now though - run to the top of the hill with no walking, it's 400 m so quite a long way...

Have a good one all.

Blisters    pirate
26/08/2012 at 14:23

Lyrics: yes

Postie: glad to see the long runs appearing in the thread again. Let me see, is this the Abingdon campaign?
As or the sleepy heads comment, some of us were up at the unnatural hour of 0630 to head off to our races
Spark, welcome aboard.
Tom: Sometimes it’s just getting out there and doing a bit that is enough to lift the spirits.
OH: That’s some action packed weekend. I’m intrigued to find out which came first, the wedding arrangements or the half marathon race?
EMzap: Happy exploring. New trail shoes on the shopping list yet? 

Just pressed the send button by accident. Race report to follow.

Edited: 26/08/2012 at 14:25
26/08/2012 at 14:24

Emzap:  we have had rain of Biblical proportions, too! Yesterday I went a well-known supermaket and the car park was flooded with the water half way up the wheels of people's cars: quite funny watching people with their laden trolleys scratching their heads wondering how they were going back to their cars. Some were taking their shoes and socks off, rolling their trousers up and paddling. Glad it wasn't me! I drove off and went elsewhere to a German based supermarket chain!
Running to the top of the hill sounds a good challenge!

Blisters    pirate
26/08/2012 at 14:58

Malmesbury Triathlon (400m pool/22km bike/5km run) 

Easy navigation, all out and back stuff, even in the pool.
This was my first ever tri, so I had mentally rehearsed the transitions, and arrived early enough to get sorted. I still made a silly pre-start goof, by forgetting to take EVERYTHING I’d need to the transition/start area. A jog back to the car for my goggles was needed.

My wild estimate for the swim was 13 min when I entered. I revised it to 12 after my hols. Still that put me squarely with the whales. (Not theWales’, but they only live 5 miles away). I had nice space to swim in for half the distance, then ran into boat traffic. Tapping ankles didn’t make a difference and I had to actually overtake one. It was like trying to pass lorries on the M6 after that, just sit in there and wait for 4 lengths. So, I hit the end jumped out, ripped off the hat and ran to T1 as they all faffed about. 

T1, like clockwork. My bike was the furthest away from the entry/exit, so that was a long run in cleats. Got on and three of us hit the road simultaneously. One guy on a white bike made a gap ahead, and I managed to pull away from the other. I was told to ride it like I’d stolen it, and by crikey I gave it some effort. White bike seemed to not be getting further away, and at one point I started to close, until he spotted me and started to try a bit. 

T2, not bad either, although the chap next to me was 5s quicker. 

“Run”. I was expecting bad legs, but FFS, this wasn’t funny. Somehow I managed to keep pace with those around me, who were all running like ducks. I bet I was too. After 1k it was simply time to JDFI. Passed the guy off the white bike and ran as hard as I could. Which wasn’t that fast. The km markers came as slowly as mile markers, but they did come. I heard the famous Blisters Steam Train on the last 2km so I was at the right effort level. The final 400m is a 300m uphill climb, with a 100m steep finish. Dig deep and act like a runner. 

400 Swim: 09:56 (Blimey! Well chuffed)
T1: 01:36 (respectable)
22k Bike: 44:20 (18.6mph)
T2: 01:40 (couldn’t run at all well)
5k Run: 23:12 (told you it was bad) 

It turns out that I took 4 minutes out of Mr White Bike just on the run. Yay!
Back home for Sunday Lunch. Result!

26/08/2012 at 15:09

Blisters  wow well done, that's really good, I bet you're chuffed.

Ale  he he at the people in the car park!

26/08/2012 at 15:19
Blisters: as you say, result! Well done on your debut...and unlike the marathon I can't hear the cry of "never again!" When's the next one?
Blisters    pirate
26/08/2012 at 16:50

Next tri is in 2 weeks time, this one will be supported/scrutinised by the Club, as it will be a team event. We have two teams of 6.

26/08/2012 at 17:32

Blisters - well done, on breaking the seal. looks like you had a better swim than run, and you're a runner too.

26/08/2012 at 17:33

Nice work Blisters

Lryics yes

Race Report - Cutting it fine...

Pewsey Vale Half Mara today, aim was sub 90... outcome - SUCCESS by 12 seconds.....

1st race that I have properly raced since Netley back in May... so a tad nervous, small warm up and all in order... aim was to hit 6:45s as early as I could, nowing that this is my PB course (1:26:09) and that there was a big hill at 4-5m and again around 10-11m (more of a long drag), plus with the hamstring tendon tear back end of last year and bladder surgery in Jan, not sure what to expect.

1m - 6:59, Not the best of starts and really found it hard to get into the pace
2m - 6:48, A tad better and rust departing from the body...
3m - 6:51, A few ups and downs so OK
4m - 7:11, Hill and it hurt.......
5m - 6:46, Andown the other side and pacing where I need it....
6m - 6:45, Liking this.....
Half way in 45:39 and a bit off the pace
7m - 6:48, Some consistancy...
8m - 6:52, nearly go wrong as in own world and nearly miss the marshall... good job she had a loud (mouth) voice.... we did have a quick laugh..
9m - 6:40, Back on the money
10m - 6:54, The long drag starts and the heat is kicking in.....
11m - 7:07, The wheels on the bus are SQUARE...... not happy, overheating struggling, mind goes....
12m - 6:31, Opposite to mile 11, the wheels are round, thanks to the 3rd lady who pulls me along, now I have a chance, but need to stay strong...
13m - 6:47, Just what the doc ordered even with the last hill, and retake the the 3rd lady and 2 guys
13.12m - .42 thats was cutting it fine.......... 1:29:48......

32nd overall, very happy, but hard work.... Mrs RFJ ran her 1st half and came away with silverware..... as 3rd counter in the Ladies Andover AC team just pipping the sub 2 hour mark.....

Take care

26/08/2012 at 19:43

Well done Blisters and RFJ and Mrs RFJ. Job done in all cases.

Rest day tomorrow and then back to commuting runs from Tuesday.

26/08/2012 at 20:11


Apologies being late got back from the race late as the Organising clubs chief coach said to stick around as he thought my club might be in for a team prize. Then i had a little shift at work Back now. But first

Blisters well done esp beating Mr White

RFJ/Mrs RFJ well done to you both Good work

Postie nice long run I would of started thread but couldn't think of owt

Mel Batty 10km

Awake at 7 didn't want to get up but this is for Mel so up i got made myself an egg sandwich and set off Got there  had the normal pre race chit chat There used to be a Mel Batty 10 mile race and met  one guy who did 61 minutes for the 1990 race his plan was to run todays race in the same time My main goal was to beat my Horndon time which was 55:15 so going for 5;30 kms  

Just took each km at a time and tried to pass whoever was in front I knew some of the Marshalls all work for the same company so a bit of jokey banter as i passed near the end one whoom (is a good quality runner himself) i said saw your twin at the start he told me off stop talking (he was right) go catch them. One of them was (i thought) an ex club mate from a club we both were members of back in the late 80s so i try and chase did catch him but he wasn't  who i thought it was but got a nice final split which i thought was great


53:41 finish not a pb but best time since 2008 which i  was pretty pleased with We didn't win team prize due to only 2 female runners from our club Awww schucks A lovely gesture Mels wife was there to hand out the prizes Sounds like they hope to run it again next year. I'll be there. Also met Marders - lovely chap spoke to him afterwards

26/08/2012 at 20:15

Well done Pammie

26/08/2012 at 20:19

Great work Pammie! Great report and pleasing run! Yes, I had noticed Marders had won! Really good that you got your best time for 4 years: really pleased for you! Continue to train with consistent consistency, do a few more parkruns and I think your time will come down further. What's your all time PB?

And well done the RFJ team!

26/08/2012 at 20:45

Thanks RFJ/Alehouse

Alehouse funnily enough chatting to Marders i mentioned that "consistent consistency" is one of the things to do

All time pb 49:51 back in 2005 Will do another parkrun in 2 weeks and have entered the september LFOTM

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