Training Session - Sunday 5 January

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05/01/2003 at 17:55
What: 15 miles steady long in 2 hours 5 mins

Why: weekly long run beginning to increase distance for April 13 marathon

Last hard day: Friday tempo run

Last rest day: Monday

05/01/2003 at 19:41
What: Hereford county XC (and league match)
Minus 2, going firm to permafrost, beautiful clear, sunny day. Actually not ideal on this course as you can see just about all of the route all of the time and there are four laps.
Cautious because of my bad back so I ran a steady effort for the first three laps and pushed the last one. Limited stride length and flexibility, I couldn't have sprinted if you'd paid me. Suprised myself by running 20 seconds faster than last year on a (very slightly) longer course this year. I also beat a clubmate I've never beaten before (shouldn't matter really, but it does!)

I feel a bit like KK - if only.., what if?.. But there's no way I'm going to run a 10k pb tomorrow - hats off to you KK.

I don't actually know my position because I went off for a hot chocolate with the mrs after seeing the rest of the runners in, and forgot to go back to find out! ( I think it was about the 30 mark though).

Next rest: tomorrow, maybe the bike in the gym and a sauna.
Next hard: we'll see how the back is.
05/01/2003 at 20:26
What: Full Body Strength Session plus 15min bike (181 kcals, high rpms)
Why: Weights helps guv', plus it counts towards my quality tim quota with me ol' dear.
Rest as above... very good gym sesh actually, esp. given this morning.
05/01/2003 at 21:30
KK, good result today. Sub 36 min 10k is well within your current capabilities, specially if you remember to taper before it! (taper means not hard)

What: 22 hilly miles in 3hrs & 2 secs.
Why: long run + it was such a good day for a run, apart for the icy roads. At this rate I'll be lucky to go under 1:30 at Helsby!
Last hard day: probably Wednesday
Last rest day: yesterday

Can't wait for the track to reopen as I am badly in need of some quality speed sessions.
05/01/2003 at 21:31
KK - you're certifiable !!

Laura - yes, on departure morning from the Lakes yesterday it was beautifully clear with fresh snow over all the hills. Fantastic and we had to leave !! C'est la vie. But at least today was great here - running up Long Walk to Windsor castle with frosty grass all around was A1 fab.
05/01/2003 at 22:20
'Not hard'??? Whats that? Only going twice the race distance @ projected race pace -20secs/mile? Or running only with a 50kg backpack instead of a 70kg the day before? ;)
Good run today Drew, 22 miles for half marathon training! Sounds like the school of Horwill.
Cant wait for our track to re-open either mate. Having said that, I live in Reading, & our only track has been closed for the last 2.5 years, so whats new...
05/01/2003 at 22:22
Mr C.: Blue skies in Berkshire? What club are you a member of then fella? (I read your profile, Im not some sorta stalker or psychic!
05/01/2003 at 22:24
World's longest standing headcold stopped me getting up and going to 10km Regents park this morning (5 pints and 2 gins - gin never drink the stuff???) didn't help - took the missus for a pub lunch then went for a 7.30pm easy 3 miler (very guilty & hate missing races) - it's a bit cold out - and i had a pants run.

Nevermind i'll do a longer one tomorrow
05/01/2003 at 22:46
Well done to everyone who raced or ran long today.
Cold but relatively nice today - make the most of it as I gather the wind chill is due to return later this week....

what: to Caldy CC once more & 6 planned laps of the grounds became 5 when I realised how little I still had in my legs after Friday. 12.9 miles only, in 101:18

why: Sunday long run

last hard day: Fri
last rest day: Sat

Temperature about -1C - went out in my specs expecting it to be crystal clear - on such mornings in winter, you can trot along Hoylake prom and see snowy peaks in Snowdonia ahead of you; look right and slightly backwards and some of the peaks of S Cumbria (Black Combe?) are visible also.

But nothing doing - low level mist on the sea obscured things.

Not much in the legs at all - decided to omit the 6th lap of Caldy as I was plodding round the grounds in various states of partially/totally frozen quagmire.

600m from home and getting ever slower, passed a woman standing on the pavement watching her dog cr@p on the grass verge (on a lead). Passed her on the far side of the dog; which nonetheless completed its business & decided it fancied a bit of slow-moving black Lycra. I'm delighted to say that in taking evasive action I somehow managed to knee the mutt firmly in the throat......

05/01/2003 at 22:57
Mike, your action against the dog has surely earned you a place in runners' heaven, and on its own makes your long run worthwhile!

Sorry you didn't get any decent views, anyway, that's the hard work done, what you doing next weekend?
06/01/2003 at 00:01
Mike-what a place to run, I envy you......
And quality for kneeing the mutt......respect
06/01/2003 at 10:46
Last ?

What : Tadley x-c meeting - Run as a guest.
5.3 miles same course as their Pre Christmas run when I ran 37.12.

Felt a bit ropey overnight, not sure I'm 100% over the Christmas week bugs, but felt fine after the warmup but made a decision to run sensibly....

Fields frozen solid,woods carved up and boggy,streams deep and freezing.Still managed a steady pace and managed to creep my way up the field and finished 59th male in 40.04.
All in all quite pleased.
06/01/2003 at 14:53
Who won the Tadley Dustin?
06/01/2003 at 14:53
07/01/2003 at 10:16
Dunno, I'll go and check the results on their website.
Might have to think of joining a team to get into this x-c more regularly next winter....

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