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Overdone it?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 22:53

Well done, Marrows. A good session mirroring Lou's there for the tempo section the other night.

Cheers, Andrew - hope you now get a good stretch of continuous training under your belt.

Skinny - Excellent run last night, but still some patience required it seems. At least everyone is on side with eventually getting you back to where you want to be. Although I've had a great time with the track racing, I can sympathise with your point on the long runs. I'm slightly surprised to find myself really looking forward to getting back out there on some longer routes once this weekend is out of the way. Long runs aren't my favourite of the week for the most part, but have increasingly found myself missing them recently.

One of my longer continuous runs of the last few months last night in fact, with a very pleasant, undulating 5.5 miles or so through the woods. Will soon be too dark for that route in the evening though as was very gloomy under the canopy. Back to a leg loosening couple of miles with plenty of stretching this evening. A few more miles tomorrow, and then a drive up to Leeds for a final blast round the track on Saturday.

DT - Stay cautious!

The Middle Ground

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 16:41

Hey all.

It's been a while. I never quite got back into posting here once I began to shake off my injury problems back in late spring / early summer.

Nevertheless, as well as communicating with some via various means outside of the thread, I have still been lurking, and it's been good to see further progress from several, notably WJH moving forward again, Duck (and perhaps even more impressively Mother Duck!) still running brilliantly, TR and Mr V getting right back into things, Chubby and alehouse firmly on the comeback trail, and what looks like another studious marathon campaign from Dr Dan - hope it yields the deserved result. Also good to see iower, Wardi and Andrew showing their faces again recently, plus an appearance from Ratzer, though it's a great shame the latter is still unable to run. Apologies to anyone I've missed - you don't count DT as I talk to you plenty anyway.

I was specifically calling in to see if Dan was still planning to run at the Leeds Golden Mile event on Saturday as he'd previously mentioned he might? I see PRF and OH are already on the entry list.

I'm hoping to be there, and will be signing up later this afternoon / this evening for my final event of what became, eventually, a very successful track season that I've absolutely loved and has exceeded all my expectations. The PB for a Mile sits at 5:22.4, but is actually a bit soft now with the progress I've made since setting it in late June. I've run a 1500m in 4:53 and an 800m in 2:19 (78.37% WAVA!) since, meaning I'll be chasing something closer to 5:15 on Saturday if conditions are right.

Any road, look forward to hopefully meeting PRF and OH on Saturday, and perhaps Dan too if you are planning to be there.


Overdone it?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 09:49

Andrew - Hi. Sorry to hear you're still struggling to get back from injury properly. And yes, I remember that you were an 'O'. Pal of mine was a schoolmate with Sladey, and I won't bore you and everyone else with the full story of how the heated post-match pitchside debate I had with our former chairman 20 years ago, may or may not have had some bearing on the timing of his removal as Notts manager a day or two later. Any road, I see he lives to fight another day despite last night's draw - and quite right too in this instance. You were much the better side, particularly in the second half. Plenty of honest endeavour from Notts which has been a rarity in recent years, but we still aren't very good, it was pretty stupefying to watch from a home perspective, and with a bit more confidence in front of goal, your confident approach play would have resulted in a comfortable victory. Hope he gets you going again.

Good luck again for later, Pete. Well done for getting some kilometreage under your belt first.

My BMI is 20.6 at my current weight of 11st 2lb. Just lighter than smack in the middle of the 'normal' range. I.E. About as normal as you can get on that measurement, but really rather slim indeed when contrasted with what has become the norm in the increasingly obese society in which we live. I've got no desire to be any lighter than that, but neither have I any desire to be be knocking up towards 14st again - the difference in my feeling of well being is enormous. Bloody brilliant before and after photos of one our club members on the club Facebook page yesterday. He's lost nearly 7 stone in the last 18-20 months or so, and although his progress has stalled a bit since, he bagged himself a 17:48 parkrun back in April, only just over a year after starting out! It's not like he's some sprightly young 20 something either - not sure of his exact age, but he's a V35.

On the comments of others, as I headed out the door from work already changed for the track on Monday night, one of my directors made a comment along the lines of, 'I've not seen legs like that since the chicken...blah, blah, blah.' Water off a duck's back to me, and I laughed along with him, but no doubt if I made an equivalent comment to the miserable, morbidly obese, all-day-long-snack-chomping 20 stone colleague I have the misfortune to sit next to, I'd be hauled over the coals. Meh.

That sounds a bloody good run, Lou. I'm even more confident you've got a big breakthrough round the corner if that felt comfortable.

The walk to and from the football did me some good last night, the legs are feeling fine today and I'm looking forward to getting some easy miles in after work tonight.

Overdone it?

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 15:29

Marrows - Lights or not, the third race in two days wasn't so much making me feel bad-ass, as making my ass feel bad...along with various other body parts. It does add something to the atmosphere under the lights though, yes - certainly felt an extra buzz at Oxford a couple of weeks ago. Even with the obvious physical limitations, I think last night was just a bit too relaxed and low key for the same effect though.

6 miles at HMP sounds obscenely tough in training. If it's got to be continuous, MP would still be a good session but more manageable, or a 3 x 2m or at least 2 x 3m off a couple of minutes or three interval should also stop you from running yourself into the ground.

Muddy - Nice edit...and about right that! Tentatively good news on the injury. I'm now in the regular habit of giving my ankles a spin and drawing shapes with them when I'm sat on the sofa watching TV. Get lots of lovely crackling noises out of them to start with, and usually feels better once I'm done.


Overdone it?

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 14:39
literatin wrote (see)

He's 6'1'' DT - that seems reasonably slim to me!

Ha! And surprise club championships from Bob. Go on, admit that it crossed your mind that it'd be cool to get a surprise PB, unsuitable as the situation and timing were...

Indeed. Family and friends started moaning at me for being too thin when I dropped below 12 stone!

And yes, naturally.  I was gunning for a PB when I set off certainly.

Overdone it?

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 14:31

Ha! No, wasn't on my mind today actually, Skinny. It has occurred to me before, as I quite often have a squint at what others' handicaps are up to, particularly after a race, and it would be handy to have them all in one place. However, when I thought it through, they're up and down like a whore's drawers, so it would be a right pain to maintain.

Richard - Sounds, er...very interesting. Small wonder you ran fast in an attempt to get it all over with. Like Skinny, I'm not sure I could concentrate on anything, no matter how interesting, when running hard and particularly not when racing. Any news on the proposal by the way? And yes, just a brisk walk to and from Meadow Lane for the footy tonight, with recovery paced stuff and plenty of stretching on the menu after that until Friday, when I'll try to add a few strides. 

DT - Seems good advice - at least you've still got the cross trainer to keep you ticking over, and glad the leg is feeling better. It's really crap when you're reminded of an injury with every step.

Overdone it?

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 12:34

Club Championships - 800m

'Training' was a bit different at Charnwood last night, as the Club Champs were being held. After my usual solo warm up / stretching, I couldn't find my normal training group who were apparently training 'on grass' somewhere on the campus, but did bump into another of the very fast middle-distance fellas (Gary - winner of V45 silver over 800 at the Nationals, and who Dean knows) along with his increasingly swift lad. They were planning to run the club 800m, with an ambitious shot at 2:00 for the young 'un, off a recent PB of 2:03. Was considering it anyway, and although my legs felt a bit mashed from Sunday decided I may as well tag along behind them - would be interesting to see how they got on if nothing else good came of it. At some point in the next year or two, I've ambitions to be racing rounds in successive days at some of the more major Vets championships anyway, so no time like the present to get a taster.

Ended up doing a near 5 mile warm up plus drills and stretching over the course of an hour and a half in an attempt to loosen off, and felt ok by the time we lined up. Gary and his son raced off like the clappers, lad leading Dad through the bell in sub-58 apparently! I got to 200m in just over 33 seconds which was fine, but was working harder than I ought, and realised despite all that warming up, I just couldn't extend my legs and get the necessary stride length going. Had already faded to just over 70s at the bell, and whilst I tried to kick in annoyance, I just couldn't make that time back up. A youngster came up on to my shoulder going into the final bend, and this time there was nothing there when I tried to respond, I was just too stiff to lengthen my stride, and had all but seized up by the time I crossed the line in 2:23.4. That mental first lap led to lad and Dad fading to about 2:04 and 2:05 respectively - brave old effort though, and was good to see them flying round under the floodlights on that first lap.

Lots more strength and flexibility required for me if I am going to race rounds successfully methinks. Still, that would have been a 6 second PB only 5 weeks ago, all good experience, and if the results make it on to PO10/RB as they did last year, should when combined with Sunday's efforts see the handicap down to 3.4, or possibly 3.3 depending on the SSS. Lit hangs on to her thread lead there having dropped to 3.2 after Sunday's race.

Hoping to recover in time for Saturday's mile in Leeds, but might be touch and go - my legs really are very sore indeed today!

Overdone it?

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 12:21

Richard - Ha! You've been rumbled. Will the cheeky podcast lead to you being an outcast...? I think you need to tell us what it was so we can haughtily decide whether forgiveness is in order?

Bit careless of you to hide behind all those other runners, just as the photographer was trying to get your best angle, Lit. (You were probably craftily drafting?)

Interesting comparison with SG there, Skinny - and good to see those further improvements reflected in the main tables - well done again, folks. That medal count is getting silly, Lit!

Another 'race' report coming up from me shortly - sort of. Yes, another race - making 3 in just over 24 hours. Feeling it today - oof!

Pete - If you're reading, hope all went as hoped for yesterday and the wheels are in motion.

Overdone it?

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 15:04

Blimey, Pete - that's a bit of a bombshell. 

Glad to hear that the prognosis appears good with you having caught it early however. All the best for this afternoon and with what is to come - the sooner the better it would seem. Keep us posted when you can.

Overdone it?

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:21

Cheers, folks. And yes, don't get me wrong, I'm not doom and gloom about yesterday. Have just got a bit spoilt recently. Dean - if someone had told me I'd be consolidating at sub 2:20 for 800m back in the spring, I wouldn't have believed them. Will hopefully have another crack at the Mile on Saturday up in Leeds. I would be disappointed not to break the PB there.

Looks like some good running there, Marrows. Your new group member may be a tad leisurely paced, but has a bit about him by the sound of it!

Good luck with the drains and golfing, Skinny. How's the calf, Muddy?

Agree with OGL's sentiments re: Edinburgh parkrun if and when you get chance, Lit. Try to pick a calmer day than this one back in April however - - 25mph is a very conservative estimate of the wind that day, fortunately I wasn't racing it!

Heading along to Charnwood tonight, various options open, the most sensible of which would just be to run round the group warm up, catch up with the lads, and then head home without setting foot on the track, but we'll see.

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