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Posted: 12/08/2016 at 10:56

Morning all (if there's anyone about, been very quiet for a few days!). Significant AWOL period in these parts from me, due to 7 weeks of work travel and hols. Nice to see LS back on again and going pretty well considering your recent run of injury issues. Hope marathon training is going well for the likes of TTWardi and Joolska (sorry not had time to fully catch up with all the goings-on). Hoping all is well in the Padams household too.

Think I managed about 4 days at home in total amongst all my travels... Upside was that I got to go running in a nice range of places including Edmonton, Calgary, St John's Newfoundland, Isle of Man, Wick (Caithness) and Cornwall. Downside was that my fitness has plummeted, not entirely sure why, I was reasonably consistent with my running and it was all pretty much easy stuff (apart from the odd bonkers football stadium stairs session in Edmonton - Quads did not enjoy). Culminated in a fun trail half in Edmonton, but not my best race by a very long way, only came 4th overall after two guys in front missed a turn and went 4k out their way!

Back home and back on it properly now, I'm in for Abo on 23rd Oct so had 12 weeks to get into some sort of marathon running shape since returning to normality. Plan is 4wks or so of just easy building mileage with the odd hill effort thrown in running around the New Forest. Then I'll add in a couple of medium long steady runs in a week (a la Hadd's approach) to work on raising my LT. This method seemed to work well in the run up to London this year, but was scuppered by a pair of silly injuries (1x icy root slippage & 1x stubborn insistence on completing a long run). So my aim is to get through to Abo injury-free. Supplementing the training with 2xwk gym strength & conditioning as well as 2x20 single leg squats twice a day to try to fend off niggles (and looking out for malicious tree roots!)

Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 13:47

Scott (E)  - I've seen some pretty impressive come-backs from what seemed like running career ending problems!

I took a big hit in fitness post-VLM, as I usually do, and just took it easy until I started to see things improving. That started happening around early June, but then went awry possibly in part due to a virus that my kids got. From mid June onwards it gets tricky to follow exact what happens as I'm travelling loads, running is moderately consistent, but with quite a lot more elevation gain than I'm use to. For the sake of not wanting to bugger myself up with injury I chilled out and enjoyed the running (mostly early am, not great for me). Then through July my training got more gappy and in the end I sacked off running for most of a family camping holiday in Cornwall and just accepted that I would start afresh on my return to more normal everyday life!

Scott (P) - You're going exceptional well right now, the gap between us at a 5k would be a gulf!

Scott's training log, advice, support

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 09:29
Hi mate saw your post on Facebook yesterday, so came on here to catch up with what's been happening. Sounds like a pretty bad state of affairs and I feel for you. But maybe this needs a much longer term outlook than just measuring in weeks off? By giving your body time proper to recuperate and strengthening the specific weaknesses, you could well be back in action.
Although no where near as bad a situation as your's, I've not been loving my running recently, all the work travel/poor diet seems to have played havoc with my fitness and there might be other underlaying reasons (since my fitness has plummeted despite running reasonably consistently over the past 6 weeks). But time was put in perspective for me this morning listening to an interview with Aussie Scott Westcott on Marathon. At the age 41 He's finally been selected for the Rio Olympic team as a marathoner after 20 years of trying. Good things come to those who

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Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:56

CD - Good work by CD Jnr, nice medal haul!

CW - Photographic evidence below capturing my momentary annoyance at being unsuspectingly out-kicked to the line by the red flash of Reading RR...

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/637980/gallery/468778_227822434_small.jpg?width=350

 

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Posted: 27/04/2016 at 09:22

Dan - I think you are doing very well to sub-3 after 4 days of standing up and little natural light, hope you can bag a good result next year with just the race to focus on. It is a brilliant event regardless of how we actually do on the day. Nice photo and that's some impressive FV40 running from your team mate!

Muss - Great report, knowing what sporting governing bodies are like, you never know the rules make change again and you could be at Tokyo 2020 

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Posted: 26/04/2016 at 14:31

LJB - That's a tidy crop of spring marathon results to be proud of, topped off with a Sub-3 on Sunday, nice one!

Wardi - Sorry I missed you at the pub, I was around long enough to swap times with a few peps, consume a large pasty and wash it down with a pint before heading off with my folks.

Ryan - Kudos for having the balls to go for 2:30 even though you said you thought the HR was high early on in the opening miles. You have run an awesome set of marathons in recent months, 2:30 will come! FWIW I felt I did better this year by having no HR data visible at all, last year I had high HR backed off after 10k, when I reckon, looking back at me relative fitness compared to this year, I should have pushed on and would have probably PB'd (instead of been 20secs over). This year, not as fit, but still extracted a reasonable result (2015 +30sec) despite running the first half a bit hot, if I'd been HR-watching on Sunday it would have likely been the other side of 2:34...

SL - a decent training run then? 

Got out for first post London run at lunchtime, 6M nice & easy. Legs felt good, just a few aches from the quads and slightly tight calves, which a massage later should help sort out.

 

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Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:50

Ticktock - good work getting under the 3 hour mark, that's a solid clocking, nice to say hi outside the pub afterwards too. Enjoy the burger!

TT - You're right, I would have done the same thing (well at least tried to!) if it had been me behind...

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Posted: 25/04/2016 at 09:25

Coro - Cheers, that was the classic marathon running experience yesterday, not been one to encourage the crowd on before, but pick the right places to do it and get the timing right and it doesn't half give you a lift! I'll ping you a message.

Padams - Marathon training obviously prepares you well for other types of endurance events too!

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Posted: 25/04/2016 at 08:29

Forgot to mention, well done Speedy for getting out and round yesterday, can't have been easy for you, sure you'll be back with vengeance next year!

Scores on the door for me was 2:33:37 with 76:05/77:32. Legs felt great throughout, just lacking the aerobic fitness to maintain the pace in the second half. I was on PB pace until 20/21M. Ran to feel with with no HR data visible on my Garmin, still averaged a very typical 165bpm, although the first half was probably a little spicy (169bpm) and hence the slower back 13.1... Overall it was a fantastic race, ran a decent chunk from 15k to just over halfway in the company of Coro feeling amazing and getting the crowds going. The last 5M were a bit of a toil, but managed to close the final 1.2 at solid sub 2:30 pace (5:40/M). Had my arms out for a bit of a celebratory line-crossing, only to see a familiar green/blue vest topped with a red barnet come sprinting past to nip me to the line, school boy error 

Great to catch up with lots of people in the 'Lion afterwards, same time next year 

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Posted: 25/04/2016 at 07:58

Some great times coming in from yesterday, reckon CW & Muss took the 'biggest smiles at the Red Lion' prize. Awesome runs from TT, Dachs, Selbs, CD and RyanS (full credit for a gutsy shot at sub 2:30 mate!). Such a shame you couldn't toe the line Jools, hope you can bag a good one at Chicago later in the year

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