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Posted: Today at 14:21

Tommy - Well done. You made it. Yes, that stuff they have the cyclists doing sounds utterly horrendous, and as I mentioned at the time at the borderline of 'dubious practice' in my view. Did they give you any helpful stats and numbers about your own physiology / fitness? Not sure I'm going to be able to make that Charnwood Open event on 13th August now incidentally. Despite not racing it, I ended up as 2nd of 4 points scorers at the Worksop Summer League race (results finally out, Lit) for our Vets A Team who are still sitting in 3rd, and thus the bronze medal position overall. 13th August is also the final race at Teversal, so as I'll be in line for a team award now, I really ought to turn up there to try to help secure it.

Regarding the talk of building context around Lit's 17:55, another way I like to look at things is by working out for how long in a longer elite event us mere mortals would be able to keep up if we were running at PB pace over shorter distances. I noticed on Sunday that both of the first two 5km splits in the Commonwealth Games women's marathon for instance were slower than Lit's new 5k PB. Usually do this for myself though obviously, and had my 1500m pace as keeping up with the women's 10000m over their (albeit rather slow) opening laps last night. I also noticed that John Lane who finished 4th in the Decathlon came over the line in his 1500m in 4:55 last night - the same as my PB. Not sure I could run 4:55 having done 9 other events in the preceding 36 hours or so mind!

A handful of very easy miles for me over the last couple of nights ahead of tonight's 3000m Vets League outing in Nuneaton. Not an A race obviously, but should still be able to comfortably beat the PB of 11:02 which was done immediately post-injury off minimal mileage and zero specific training. Aiming to set off at 85 second laps, which if I can hold it might see me sneak under 10:40. Don't get under way until 8.25pm - going to be a late one by the time I've raced, cooled down, driven the hour or so home, fed, showered and climbed wearily into bed! 

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Posted: Yesterday at 11:12

Thanks for the updates, Skinny. Some very decent improvement going on at the moment. Hopefully others will be hopping aboard soon. Lou and DT perhaps best placed to be next in line based on recent training reports.

Good news that you're still making measurable progress yourself, even if (at least running wise) it's not as swift as I'm sure you'd like. Have you got a follow up physio appointment planned for a further assessment?

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Posted: Yesterday at 09:03

Quack, quack - oops.

Get that parkrun done, DT.

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Posted: 28/07/2014 at 14:16

Good excuse for a weekend away and to meet us though, Skinny

Dunno - think he used to be a fat cricketer though. 

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Posted: 28/07/2014 at 13:58

Lit - P'raps. A Garmin activities explore suggests others didn't lose anything like as much on that mile as I did though, so I think I was just a bit sh*t.

Skinny - Get yourself down for Newstead next year. Not just flat but net downhill. Plenty of room at our house for a Skinny lad, and Tommy and I will take you out to get p*ssed afterwards.

Lou - Excellent threshold session that. A real boost when you get the splits going in the right direction throughout as well. Looks like you're definitely getting back into some form now. Could be a good late summer / autmumn for you if you pick out the right events. I predict lots of PB action.

Welcome back, Tommy. Glad you enjoyed the Berlin bevvy up. Hot? Cool and fresh here now compared to what it had been, at least for the first half of the weekend. Have fun tomorrow - the home straight at last. Hope you get some useful input. I'm down there tonight, but just to pick up a vest for Wednesday night's Vet League meeting - might do the warm up round the campus with the group, but definitely skipping track this week!

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Posted: 28/07/2014 at 00:12

Evening all. Thanks for the comments, bit more phlegmatic about Friday now. A PB is a PB, ought to make the most of them really. Probably going to mean a target for the year missed though - unlikely to find another fast 5k before I retreat into base training for the winter.

Hope Scotland is treating you well so far, Lit. Cooler up there I imagine, which mercifully it is here now too as yesterday was a real stinker.

One marker of a below par performance on Friday was the fact that I was fresh and ache free yesterday, though took it very easy in a sweltering 28C recovery run. Saved myself to dip my toe into the water of a lactic tolerance session along the canal today as the focus switches back to the track, Wednesday's 3000m and a big weekend in a couple of weeks. Kept the volume and intensity sensible as it was a first bash.

Variable paced lengthy warm up, and a main session (borrowed and adapted slightly from something I cribbed off Dean) was 1000m, 600m, 400m with long recoveries at faster than 3000, 1500 and 800 pace respectively. First was into the teeth of a keener than expected breeze, other two with it assisting. First therefore felt harder than it should have done, other two perhaps not quite hard as they ought, though still hard enough! Paces of 5:36, 5:10 and 4:50 so hit the targets I'd set for myself.

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Posted: 27/07/2014 at 11:24

Steve Way.  

Michael Shelley. 

Superb from both of them.

Back later...itching to get out for a run after watching that!

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Posted: 26/07/2014 at 14:58

Congrats on the PB, Richard Get a few more parkruns in (and do your laces up properly  ) and there'll be plenty more to come off that as well I'm sure.

Good biking, DT.

Perhaps I'm being too hard on myself, but I'm still annoyed. 19:03 officially. I guess most of my sessions have been aimed at shorter stuff than 5k specifically, but if I take Dicky Wilkinson (one of the better V50s on the local circuit) who I beat over 3000m in the T&F County Champs, and finished a stride behind in the 5k at Wollaton Park recently - he ran 18:26 last night. He's perhaps had a blinder, but I shouldn't have lost 37 seconds to him. 18:59 was really my B target last night. Under my hat A target was 18:45, and I've seen nothing to change my mind that that's what I should have run. Unfortunate to get isolated like I did perhaps, but that second mile was bobbins and I clearly didn't grit my teeth and push on as I should have done. Looks like I was trying by the end though:


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Posted: 26/07/2014 at 00:01

Top stuff with no warm up to speak of, Muddy.

Hopefully worth the effort and frustration of the traffic for that big PB.

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Posted: 25/07/2014 at 23:14

Stunning result, Lit - even though I did hope you had a shot at 17:xx.

It's particularly mental when you consider that your 5k PB remained over 20 minutes until as recently as March...

...FFS! What progress. 

N.B. DT - yes, I'll let Muddy himself fill in the details, but you'd be right to assume that.

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