Lovely to see TR popping in. I was wondering how you were doing. Nice to see the young TRs still doing well at cricket
padams - nice multi-eventing at the track! Nice one re the gym membership too. Before I moved to the Lakes I used to go to a gym with a pool, sauna, steam room etc. I can't say I really used it much, but I do miss not being able to pop in for a bit post-hard session.
Alan B - some excellent mileage, and some decent pace thrown in too! Be very interested to see how you get on at Frankfurt. And nice one re Fetch too!
LMH - no idea re the Celtic Plate. Is it something you have to be selected for, or can you run it anyway (but not counting for your country?)
bains - glad to hear you're over your various ailments. Onwards and upwards now hopefully!
Jimbob - well done at the track event, and nice video! Reminded me of one a friend posted on FB - he'd been roped into doing the Steeplechase, and the clip was of him and another fella getting to the water jump, stopping, climbing over it, standing on the edge looking a bit tentative, jumping into the water and then carrying on again!
ES - I think doing a half as MP after a decent warm up is an excellent way of training for the Mara. I might try a couple of those myself actually, time-permitting (I work Sundays, so not always easy).
PP - that holiday sounds great!
Likewise SL and CW - very jealous actually. My last holiday was in 2012, but we'll hopefully get away for a week in October.
Sorry to hear about RB's gout - sounds nasty fella. Fingers crossed it's all ok for the weekend.
TT - good to see you getting back to it.
Dan - sounds lovely! Perhaps Xempo could start a range of colour-coded running helmets for such races?
Re me - all ok really. This liver thing I've got is so-so. It's not really treatable so just a matter of getting on with it. But at least I know what it is and that it's nothing massively serious, so running won't make it worse as such. It might make the symptoms worse, but that's for me to manage. I'm tired a lot, and quite yellow! One of the symptoms is jaundice, but not to worry.
Managed a half decent session last night. 13 miles which included 1 x 2 mile rep (target pace was 6'00s, and did 5'56, 5'58), then 12 x 400(ish) - prob nearer 420m actually, on a slopey school playing field. The kids were playing cricket on the field where the (lumpy, boggy and grass) track is, so we knocked our own 400ish loop which included a nice hill! I then did another 1 mile at 6'00 to finish, running 13.5 in total. Left achilles bothering me quite a lot today, which is ironic and annoying. I've had weeks of issues with my right one - I went back to wearing my orthotics in a neutral shoe and that cleared instantly, but now my left is in bits. So God knows. Will sort it out though I'm sure.
bains - hope you're feeling better and that little bug/fever subsided ok.
PP - likewise, and well done on the 5k/3k combo. Agree that when you feel a bit better that 3k PB is history!
TT - glad to see you getting back to it. Shocking weight gain though. I expect you weigh about 7 and a half stone now
wardi - nice long run/cycle double. I look forward to your debut in an Ironman next year. Little tip though - I think you're supposed to do the biking bit before the run.
ES - I wouldn't get too hung up on paces this far out. It's about hitting the right intensity level I think. Do the training and the fitness will come. If you carry on as you are I think you'l be there or thereabouts on race day.
Things a little brighter here. I had some blood tests done and something has come up re the bilirubin levels in my liver (nothing to do with alcohol either!) A thing called Gilbert's Syndrome. Quite often symptom-free for many people who have it, but not for me it seems. It's nothing too serious, but it can cause you to have major bouts of fatigue. They advise you to steer clear of dieting, dehydration and hard exercise - so perfect for Mara training then.....
It's actually no big deal if I can manage the symptoms. The doctor I saw was excellent. He treats someone else who's got it who does Triathlon. It seems an effective way to keep on top of it is to eat a very good diet. Not quite paleo, but cutting out any processed stuff where possible. I've been doing that for the past week or so and I feel much better, if a little tired.
Had a good week's training though. Managed 74 miles with a couple of sessions and a lumpy 19 miler around Ennerdale Water yesterday. The pace is pretty sedate, but I refer myself to the advice given to ES above. I've got 11 weeks til Berlin now, and I feel I'm starting to make a bit of progress. Splendid. I love a happy ending
TT - sorry to hear about the injuries. Healing vibes to you. I must admit I thought the Intercostals were a group of islands off Portugal. Sure I went on holiday there once....
Nice 3000 from joolska, and another great run from padams at the parkrun. You must be chuffed cos you never usually win races, do you?
Alan B - yes I keep tabs on.my beats per mile stats too. Like you (and PP) I'm in top shape when it's about 900. Which explains my current readings of 14,376. For info if you log your training on Fetch it gives you the stat there, so you don't have to work it out. I imagine that's where the blog writers get theirs from? (guessing Marigold and RaceJase? If so both are on Fetch). Cracking week's training too by the way.
CW - legend!! You're having an absolutely storming year fella. Fantastic!!
Nice week's training by ES, and 5k-ing from Mrs. ES.
And very quick reps from the drugged-up one. Well done PP, bodes well for the track race.
Glasgow for me last weekend for RB's wedding, and I can confirm it was reasonable. I met njord and Caz on the train, and got to Glasgow about 6:00pm Friday. Met RB and went straight to the Honeymoon Suite at the Grand Hotel to try on our kilts and what not (basically RB had to dress us both, cos we had no idea what we were doing). Ate all RB's chocolate covered strawberries (he had his with pork scratchings, in the same mouthful). Kelv opted for the wasabi nuts, which proved to be a juvenile error when he came to take his contact lenses out We then went to the pub and pretended to have Welsh ancestry when the footy was on. I had far too much to drink.
Sat morn I had a hangover, which was less than ideal as we were doing the parkrun. Mine was fuelled 100% by Estrella. The starter set us off and I ran sideways straight into a tree. TBH I genuinely feared for my safety, as we had to run round a big lake 3 times. I negotiated that ok as it happened, and also managed to elbow a woman in the face on the tight, narrow section which cheered me up no end. I felt a bit bad in hindsight, as technically she wasn't even in the park - I had to stop and lean quite a long way over the railings, but I managed to land a blow squarely in the chops Somehow managed to drag by beer-filled frame round in 18'35, which wasn't bad considering. We then ran straight to Wetherspoons to start the whole process off again. Lovely.
Wedding was cracking. Didn't get back to hotel til 2, so our Sunday morning long run was 4 miles. Again fuelled by beer, and again a rather sorry affair.
Just done a couple of easy days since, but I did a very early 13 with 3 x 2 miles at 6'30 this morn (off 3 mins). 6'30ish is what I hope Mara pace might be in 12 weeks. May have to re-evaluate, as it's about 10k pace currently!!