Posted: 21/12/2016 at 09:09
Great reports Ryan & Dan, and great work in both cases despite the random photographer/tourist/cyclists hazards! Liking the old boys XC racing from SC & PP at the weekend too
CW - I have the Muon as well, was using it when we passed on the Busway a month or two back. I find it ok for running the twin flood LEDs on bright setting is usually enough for dark roads/non-technical offroad and the spot is reasonable for technical XC. On busy roads I pair it with a Silva button cell red flasher clipped to my shorts for a bit more visibility. Nice 15M at the weekend, that was a lot of laps of the Common though, looking at Strava....?
Padams - Top effort to get from the back to the front of the XC, reminds me of a XC race I did last summer, had an appalling start and watched about 50 stream past me around the first open field lap. Then we hit a narrow bit through the woods and I had to make tactical overtaking surges to get the places back before we strung out too much, not a great results but quite a lot of fun.
TR - Very glad to hear that you are back doing some running, I hope things improve (and sure they will) even if it is bit by bit.
TT - 'Tis that time of year when running plays second fiddle to a lot of things I find
CL - Good to see you again. I concur with PP, but don't forget white as well (practice what is preached recently myself)
RB - Excellent parkrun pacing
LMH - 80M/wk is solid. I thought you had knee trouble, or did that clear up?
Jooligan - You comments on a short sharpening run the day before a run run true here. I've taken to doing a bit of short quick stuff on the treadmill recently, either 4-5M with the last mile of 30'@16kph/30' Easy or the same distance progressively ramping the speed up. Think it helps the leg turnover and biomechanically preps for going faster. Anyway upshot is that I managed my fastest parkrun (17:30) in a long time a couple of weeks ago.
CD - Nice bit of 10k racing there.
Not a lot to report here, last week was going well with 60 odd banked up to Friday, but then carded a double zero due to an annoying weekend long cold bug . Could feel it coming in my runs a few days before, now hoping it hasn't knocked my fitness back much (I seem to be quite prone to this happening, even with minor illnesses!). Back to normal pretty much on Monday, so running resumes as normal. Although the back-end of this week is peppered with nights out and family stuff, so the next week is going to be a slightly haphazard taperish period into the 50k next Wednesday.