Thursday 6 th Sept 2012

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06/09/2012 at 06:12


Todays lyrics:I've been down - I've been beat

Yesterdays lyrics; 'Highway to Hell' by AC-DC

What:5M Fartlek

Why: I enjoy these sessions.

Tom: No not competitive these days. However saw a race that I fancy doing in spring of next year. Very early stages though !

Back later.

06/09/2012 at 06:18

We'd a guy early 20s in yesterday enquiring about joining the Royal Marines. ( I work currently in an armed forces careers office). They asked him about his fitness levels.' I've competed for Great Britain in the Decathlon !' was his reply

06/09/2012 at 07:06

Love it birkmyre. Sounds like a good job but I'm assuming this is the one that's coming to an end soon?

Should have got yesterday's lyrics and todsay's sound like something I'd listen to.

What:          hopefully an easy run later
Why:           dentist at 0900hrs
Last hard:    going back to the dentist today is going to be hard
Last rest:     29/8

Lyrics - no.

06/09/2012 at 08:09
Dreich here this morning

What: run with JS group this evening, work allowing
Why: it's Thursday
Last hard: Tuesday
Last rest: yesterday

Lyrics: no idea


06/09/2012 at 08:54

Morning, and a beautiful, if somewhat chilly, one. Good forecast and there is an outside chance that my tomatoes may start to ripen in the next few days!

What: hopefully this evening will see something like 5 k walk including stretches, walking backwards and 6 x 25 seconds.
Why: progress???

Leg kept waking me again, but after being up for an hour things are easing.

Hope the dentist is not as bad as you fear, LMH!

Birks: I imagine that young man competed for GB as a junior as I think its quite a long time since there was a senior Scottish decathlete in the GB team. Are you still planning on finishing work in the near future to become a professional athlete?

06/09/2012 at 10:13
Good morning.

I think i'm due a couple of easy days. Club session will probably see be lagging at the back just turning the legs over followed by a rest day tomorrow - first in 14 days, whilst Saturday I hope to do a steady 12M, which will be my longest run on the this comeback.

Alehouse: indeed - progress. As a matter of interest what kind of shoe do you wear when yo go these exercises?

Have a good day all.
06/09/2012 at 10:26

nice sessions yesterday tom, Chicka
like a few others I'm having an easy couple of days, so did 5 easy last night, will do the same tonight.
Still trying to work out the logistics re autumn marathon, not helped by getting dates thru for both grown up and kids cross country races....An evening with the calendar (scheduler) beckons..
think I know todays words

06/09/2012 at 10:29


What 6.38 (2 wu, 4@Tempo, .38 cd)
Why Thursday
Lyrics no 

Another hard day at work looms

Splits were 7:22, 7:21, 6:21, 6:22, 6:23, 6:17, 7:43.

Surprised at the consistanceyshowing theres life in the old dog yet.

Also used new racing shoes in prep for Abo.

06/09/2012 at 10:30

2 mile swim d&d

Cycle later.

Very cautious with the running - tried last night and wasnt quite right. All my favourite September races are passing me by - boo hoo

LMH - hope the person with the drill was ok to you.

Keep on runnin

I need new shoes





06/09/2012 at 10:43
Morning again!
Tom: no shoes for exercises in the house, as per advice. Outdoors I wear either asics 2160/2170 or ds trainers, which I am moving towards as the shoe of choice. Two new pairs arrived today, but will be stored away until I am running properly. Temptation is to be resisted! Shoes have approval from Phys and consultant.

Also bought some waterproof thermal gloves...useful for marshalling if nothing else!

For the record walked 40 mins briskly last night.
06/09/2012 at 10:45
Cross post! A shoe theme this morning! So what does everyone else wear?
06/09/2012 at 11:29
Postie - excellent tempo session there. How does that compare with your best state of fitness.

I normally wear a light trainer/racing shoe. In the past the shoe of choice being asics hyperspeed. However during the comeback I've been running in a heavier cushioned shoe - NB620 to protect my lower legs at this vulnerable stage of comeback. It's a rather inflexible shoe but very, very hard wearing - to date I've run just over 1000 miles without it showing much sign of wear or collapse in cushioning, though I suspect that if I compared it with new, the difference would be apparent.

Because I'm such a pronounced forefoot striker - short stride/high cadence (my running style can be compared to that of a demented crustacian) I find the high heel support puts me slightly off balance, especially when I'm running fatigued. So I have bought myself a couple of pairs of hyperspeed 5s and ran in them for the first time yesterday. They felt very comfortable, and as far as I can detect the change in position hasn't caused any calf soreness. It's partly the change in shoe that's occassioning the easy couple of days - and I'm in two minds as to wear them for the first long 12M on Saturday.

Oh and they are green - the essential colour for faster running.......
Blisters    pirate
06/09/2012 at 12:37

Ah yes, green shoes were definitely the choice in the Olympics.

Yesterday looked like it had a really promising opportunity for an hours training. It never happened. Perhaps the rest was valuable. I've not yet rekindled the enthusiasm/desperation/dedication/addiction for late night training. Trainers for me are Mizuno Wave Rider. They do what they say they should, and are a lot more economical than Asics or Nikes. I can't justify Asics Nimbus unless they are 50% discount. I've not actually tried the 2160/2170.

Lyrics, seem familiar, but no bells.

Training will happen today, I'm taking the MG down to the garage for some work and MOT. I'll have to run home, obviously.

06/09/2012 at 13:08


I could kick myself. I so should so of got nyesterdays lyrics and i'm sure i should know todays but brain not functioning yet

As for shoes  over the last few years progressing towards lightweights  i mainly wear Saucony Kinvaras love them occasionally wear the fastwitch's (yes i'm a Saucony girl) still have a pair in a box i haven't worn yet which i bought a few years back

I still live and hope that Saucony will sponsor me

Just under 6 miles cycle home including hills - buggers

Run later dunno what yet

06/09/2012 at 13:25
I'm also pretty mean regarding the price I'm prepared to pay for running shoes. Rule is not to pay over ??50, so I spend a fair bit of time looking for end of range bargains - my favourite shoes of the current era were Nike Ekidens now long discontinued. My fav shoes ever were Adidas SL72 (in name of the 1972 Olympics). They are still available as "vintage footwear", but very flimsey and very, very expensive. The flimsiest shoe I ever wore was a canvas topped Onitsuka (sic) tiger - they cost 30 shillings (??1.50) back in the late 60s. I also recall owning a pair of Gola spikes back then.
Edited: 06/09/2012 at 13:27
06/09/2012 at 13:42

Tom: I think I had the very same Tiger cubs! Glorified pump/plimsol or whatever one calls the things you wear at school! I, too, had some Gola shoes when I was at school: can't remember how it happened but I was given a free pair before they were released as long as I did a review. After that I was a Reebok man...mainly because I worked for them selling shoes at races whilst I was a student and in my first couple of years of teaching: I was largely paid in free or substantially discounted kit. My connections finished with them when they wanted me to work full-time for them at £20 a week, which was less than I was getting as a teacher. I turned it down...and in the next couple of years Reebok took off. When I knew them they just had one shop in Bury and had no other outlets. Reebok's success can be entirely put down to me NOT working for them!

Christmas is coming: I've just baked the cake, anyway!

06/09/2012 at 14:00
Looks like I underestimated the wind on Tuesday - local rag reports wind recorded as regularly Gusting to 60 mph - I'll mebbe not be too hard on myself for those 16 MM paces up the hill into the wind

Mizuno waverider 7
06/09/2012 at 14:13

shoes - I love shoes

Pammie: might as well copy and paste your post . a) kicking myself re. AC/DC yesterday - doh!!! and b) Saucony rocks. Mirage, Fastwitch and Kinvara for me.

LMH: oh no, more dentist's torture?? You poor thing. These appointments really wear you out.

Postie and Tom: good sessions, both of you.

Tom: yes, preparing for Bremen marathon on October 7. Feeling far from ready though. I thought a 12 week P&D schedule would suffice as I used to peak to soon previously but I'm slightly panicky if I think that I have basically only 2 more training weeks and then it's taper time. HELP!!!

what: 15 miles earlier
why: MLR
last hard: yesterday
last rest 25/8
lyrics: yes

06/09/2012 at 14:45

Asics Kayano's - expensive but the shoe I adopted (with orthotics) post running rehab and I daren't change - if it ain't broke etc. Wore a brand new out of the box pair for my easy run today but they are bought discounted or I have them for xmas and birthday presents (also usually last seasons model).

Dentist wasn't as traumatic as feared - everything is ok at the moment, he recommended root canal work - which the NHS won't fund - so instead I've been referred to a specialist dentist for an extraction. Specialist as the root is apparently 'unusual and complicated'. Just lucky I guess

chickadeee - you're going to be just fine. What's your target?

OH - I think you're excused

Dustin - hope you can make it fit.

postie - good running.

Alehouse - keep resisting!

Tom - do you have any races planned.

06/09/2012 at 15:55
Alehouse: Reebok, nowadays they seem to specialise in the nondescript leisure footwear to be found in JJB Sports. I seem to remember a shoe they made in the 70s which has a zig-zag sole - quite deep ridges. It was quite a good shoe but the sole had a habit of coming away from the uppers.

Again on the shoe front, and apologies to those who have heard this before. As I mentioned earlier my favourite shoe of the 70s was the SL72, a fairly flimsy affair. In those days I was running about 90-95 miles a week and my forefoot style meant I was getting through a pair in about 4-5 weeks. In particular there was a point on the outside of my forefoot where the sole would wear off completely, so I used to nail a metal boot stud (using a cobblers last*) to the point of wear. That way I could treble the life of the shoe until the stud wore away. The disadvantage of course was that I made the most irritating clicking sound when I ran. When I ran really quickly on concrete I could raise sparks (honest!)

* The cobblers last, I wonder what happened to that....probably in the shed with the chimney sweep brushes and the sodastream.

LMH: The club runs in the frostbite league a closed series of off road winter 5m races. Advantage is that I won't get hung up on pace and I can monitor my progress relative to my club mates. I'm also considering (subject to perceptions of fitness) in running the local West Pinchbeck 10k for rather poignant reasons.
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