He says: 'It's a bit feckin' windy.' She says: 'Yes, I really can't be arsed, and I've had two flapjacks for breakfast.'
It went something like that anyway!
P.S. Lit - on our discussion on how the mornings would get lighter now that we're past the shortest day - well you'd think so, wouldn't you? But apparently not...at least yet. Interesting article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30549149
Top effort, Muddy. A gold cell performance without Mr V's recent arrival.
Encouragingly brisk 5 miler from Marrows who will no doubt now undo all the hard work by getting smashed on her raffle prize, and some good miles and weight loss from McF.
Skinny - it's all useful miles in the bank by my reckoning. As for whether to reduce the distance of your LSR, I think I'd judge that by feel. Did you find the additional mileage fatigued you further?
Some good running there, Charlie - just be a bit wary of those hard efforts the day after a long run.
X-post yesterday, DT - I ran 20:02 at the same stage last year, but the 6:50 second mile in particular on Saturday sticks out like a sore thumb. Hard to say exactly how much the wind cost, but I've previously had nothing worse than 6:30 odd in a 5k for well over a year, was cruising at sub-6:20 pace in some summer 5k events that I didn't actually race, and even the slowest, painful last mile of the 10k at Shelton came out at 6:28 in October. So I doubt I've gone that far backwards, particularly as I had the 3rd mile of a sub-LT run come in at 6:38 ten days ago, am a bit more philosophical now, and will be trying not to throw the baby out with the bath water! Not always the most accurate of indicators, but I also see RB gave Saturday an SSS of 2.5 against Beeston's usual 1.0 in benign conditions.
11.5 miles yesterday well inside the recovery zone at 65% HRR, which brought up 43.5 for the week and just shy of 100 in the previous 16 days. Doubt I'll push on too far from there - quite tired now.
I can confirm that Lit rolled her eyes and looked suitably disapproving at the happy clappy bit of yesterday's parkrun proceedings...Christmas or not.
Well done, Mr V - excellent time in the conditions.
Good long running Lou & Lit, off out myself shortly for 11-ish to add to what was nearly 11.5 miles yesterday with an extended warm up and not one, but two cool downs totalling nearly 5 miles either side of the cafe breakfast.
The miles in my legs was another of the excuses I could have drawn on Muddy and Mr V, aye. Hope you're right about the payback further down the line, Mr V. Anyway, can tell I failed dismally to work hard enough yesterday. Despite the mileage on top of the parkrun I felt fine after & the legs ok today - was wiped out after my 18:51 there in the summer.
The wind drag on that santa hat had to be worth at least a minute.
If you've got enough breath left to shout 'OH MY GOD IS IT OVER' you're not working hard enough. Actually, though, I wasn't working hard enough either - I had the impression that not being strong enough to battle through the wind meant I couldn't hit 5k intensity even if I could have been bothered.
I, of course, can only concur.
Great to catch up with you, and have a breakfast cuppa and cob with you and Chris, but the parkrun itself was frankly shite!
Garmin reckons a 24mph westerly, and suspect that's conservative, and it didn't help getting isolated too far behind you and the couple of guys you were running alongside to even consider trying to catch up, but I'm not going to make too many excuses.
Clearly I respond best to fast training, and need it to run at my best. I'm getting more efficient at high aerobic paces, and still think I need this base period to allow me to handle higher volumes of quality in spring and summer. However, I won't be dragging it out beyond late January at the latest, before getting back to what I'm best at, and most enjoy.
Rest days leave me with that feeling too nowadays, Charlie. Most recent weeks I've lined up my pilates class as my one non-run day of the week, which at least scratches the itch of having done something that day.
Enjoy your turkey sandwich on Sunday, Muddy.
Musing over what I might run tomorrow, I looked back at last year's records and see on the equivalent weekend, and at a similar stage of base training, I ran a 20:02 parkrun - 15 seconds down on my 5k PB at the time. I reckon therefore that something close to 19:00 would be a decent result tomorrow with a lack of faster efforts recently and would put me a minute up on last year over 5k. If I can then carry an equivalent improvement at that and other distances into my racing through next year, I'd be well satisfied with that.
Regarding the festive spirit, I've got one of these somewhere that I need to dig out.