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Overdone it?

Posted: Today at 13:52

DT - Not envying you the big needle!

Decent mileage there, Skinny - that's about what I'm averaging during my base period. Hoped it would be closer to 40, but the niggle put the mockers on that.

Charlie, you nutter. And you Mace...41 in 3 days?! Funk snakes. Rather impressive too, McF, particularly with some of them buggy laden.

Hope your comeback session with the club goes well tonight, Mr V.

Tommy - Aye, Steve also said to me in a mail exchange that he felt dizzy at the end, so as you say...if he was suffering. Looked at the Parliament Hill course for the Nationals next month, and that seems to have TWICE the climbing over a similar distance...oh sh*te!

I kept the intensity right down on my long run last night, just shy of 11 miles @ 8:27 / 65% HRR average, and only that high because I decided to include some hillage. Pilates tonight, but jogging there and back for a change, as tomorrow is an enforced rest day.

Overdone it?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 23:24

Definitely flattering lighting, Lou! Looked a very good threshold effort yesterday on Connect. You look well placed to nick the silver cell at Bourton, albeit I'll be trying to pinch it back again the following week at Rushcliffe.

Nice report, Tommy. No wonder you ran fast if you were 'trying to stay within touching distance of Bob, Lou and DT' when two of us weren't even there though! Really looked like the conditions shook up the middle of the pack runners up yesterday. Lit's ex-clubmate Tim seems to have thrived and finished well ahead of his clubmate Geoff, as well as our Wayne and Sam, all of whom I've trailed recently, whilst another ex-cricketer, Karl Glendinning and a Kettering runner who I chatted to at the North Mids race, both of whom I beat in the race for the line that day beat all of the above. As you say though, from your report I'd have hated it, so would probably have been behind all of you! Looks a great pace if right, but what distance did you have? DT had it at 6.9 miles on Connect.

Are you running with the club tomorrow BTW? I feel fresh enough to tackle a long run, but might end up doing it solo anyway, so I can keep the intensity down in case Howard turns up!

Muddy - Thanks. Just seen your comments on Connect too, though think my MHR is likely to be mid-high 170s rather than your mid-180s, so probably not quite as much headroom as it might first appear. I did average 161 bpm at the first XC of the season though, and although it was fairly tame by XC standards, didn't feel like my legs allowed me to really hurt myself as I would in a road 10k. I only noticed the 'SLOW' sign in the road on that pic as I posted it! I do hope that was the photographer's sense of humour where he positioned himself and not just a coincidence! 

Overdone it?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 20:19

Bit more on the track racing options.

As Lou suggests, it might be that you need to join one of the competing clubs to be able to run, but as mentioned yesterday, if you do so, as I understand it, they'll certainly allow you to run as a guest even if you don't count as a points scorer. Not sure about the South Division, but several clubs in the East would be crying out for extra competitors anyway. I also think it might be worth asking the question on whether they'd allow you to run as an unattached guest to dip your toe in the water.

Muddy - I'd virtually guarantee you'd take most of those 30 seconds off your 5k time just by running on the track rather than road. Take another 30 seconds off, which you've a great chance of doing (and more) over the next 6 months, and you're right in the thick of it. And no, you don't have to be affiliated to any of the Masters clubs to compete in the BMAF Champs, but it was cheaper entry and also gives you access to the Midland Championships (which you can't run as an Open athlete), so for the sake of £17 I'll probably be joining Midland Masters this year as a further second (third?!) claim club.

And generally on the second claim issue - yep, what Lit says.

Charlie - Yes, some grizzled looking blokes there - speedy buggers though as I notice one of them looks to be local runner Andy Wetherill, an unlikely looking speed merchant, but a speed merchant he is (16:47 5k last year) - and still ranked 8th V55 in the country despite not doing much since the summer.

Just been looking at yesterday's XC results. I concur with Tommy's assessment that he had a good 'un, he's right in there amongst some of those I've been competing against throughout the winter, and I'd have had it all on to hold him off. With DT not far behind, that looks a cracking effort too. Well run both.

Great parkrun progress from McF - massive comeback PB, and at this time of year with the progress he's already made, Charlie's consistency bodes well for an imminent further leap forward.

Good review, Mace - ta for the vote of confidence. Looking forward to seeing what you can do with (hopefully) a healthy streak of running over the coming months. That mileage!

Cracking long run, marrows. Very nice 10 @ MP.

And finally, here's a novel picture. Not only having to squint into the glorious sunshine, and a different vest, but even more unusual...look, no mud! Hurrah!

Overdone it?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 15:23

Brief-ish call in, as despite running just under 10 miles (including WU/CD) I am also eating all the food. So there, Lit

Good long running folks.

Enjoyable morning at the Barrow 6 for me, if a bit more undulating than I was anticipating. The calf felt strong in the warm up and throughout a moderately hard effort in the race, however, apart from just a hint of stiffness again on the climbs when I backed off to protect it. 

The visceral race reports won't return (sorry Lou) until I do actually 'race' one, but the link below tells most of the story, except to add that I noted going through 5k in about 19:45 feeling fresh as a daisy, which puts the Beeston parkrun debacle into context and is only just outside 10k PB pace.Eventual average pace which slowed to keep effort even into the wind and up a gentle incline throughout most of mile 5 and a steep hill in mile 6 was 6:28/m, which compares well with 10k PB pace of 6:20/m on a flat course on a still day.

Pretty happy with the platform that gives me as I hope to start easing back into some faster paced training over the next week or two.

Overdone it?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 23:10

Evening folks. A hearty well done to parkrunners and XC'ers alike. I was still thinking I might come down to Wolly Park, but (and here's words I never expected to be writing!) once I said I wasn't running, my daughter really wanted me to take her to the football. Poor thing still hasn't seen us win.

Calf feels ok, but glad from the reports not to have subjected it to that course, so likely to head to Barrow for tomorrow's race and will decide how hard to go in the warm up. Certainly won't be an all out effort though.

Off to bed so full answers to the questions re: Vets league / BMAF tomorrow, but in short, you don't need to be selected to compete to run in MVTFL as you can guest for a competing club that you're a member of - just £17 as second claim for Midland Masters annual membership for instance, or £29 if first claim.

Eat fat?

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 01:10

Dark chocolate doesn't get better value, or tastier, than Morrisons 85% in their Signature range. £1.29 each and often on offer at 2 for £2.

I prefer it to the Green & Black's personally.

Overdone it?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:09

Mace you old scrote!

Sounds great, Lou. Got some Leffe in for the old man and I tonight as it happens. Let us know how it turns out. I think it was an away game at Walsall that first introduced me to the joys of mild - I remember it was a chestnut mild but from a long since forgotten, and probably now defunct brewery. I like your description of some of the pales. I don't mind the odd one every now and then, but when they're overhopped I find them crap session beers and quite unpleasant after a couple of them. I like the darker brews with some maltiness to balance off the hops.

Heads up for Charlie if he does fancy a crack at some track racing this year, and perhaps Lou if he fancies some second claim (or possibly guest) action. The Midland Vets League fixtures are now out. Here's the Southern Division fixtures and competing clubs: -

The East Division that I'll be competing and/or guesting in for Charnwood have also got a fixture at Leamington this year in April.

If Dean's lurking and isn't already aware the British Masters T&F Champs dates are also now out - 25th & 26th July again at Alexander Stadium in Brum. Have already mentioned this in a PM, but reckon Muddy ought to have a bash at this too, at least in the 5000m. I think he could be every competitive in the V45 category over that distance by then.

Nice to have some warm weather target races to look forward to again even if we're still some way from being done with the cold, dark and mud just yet.

Overdone it?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 10:49

What's the Grand Cru, Lou? Sounds good. Belgian beers are top of my list, and have a couple of these quietly ageing away for future drinking:

I'm also a fan of mild. Quite a few of the local Nottingham breweries have their own, and are regularly available in at least 3 of my locals.

I'm not a fan of spam however. 

Good stuff, McF. Also, I'm no hexpert when it comes to marathon plans obviously, but if you're planning to race both the 10k and 5m all out, perhaps that might be leaning towards a spot of overdoing it? (It's the sort of thing I'd do though, so this is very a much an objectively viewed do as I say, and not as I do. )

Decent, if fairly short progression run last night, with 4 undulating, continuous loops of just under a km each by HR targeting 142/146/150/154 bpm, the last being about LT. HR came out about right and the loop at LT clocked 6:23 pace, which is encouraging. Had a jog to make sure adrenaline wasn't masking any trouble with the calf, and then ran 90 seconds hard uphill. All ok, but possibly slightly stiff afterwards and this morning, so given I think it is XC and hill work which brought this on, 7.5 miles across a hilly XC course tomorrow is probably a risk too far. Will make a final decision in the morning, but have an option on a rather flatter 6 mile road race for Charnwood on Sunday, which also gives me an extra day's recovery, so I might do that as a hard-ish tempo instead.

Overdone it?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 15:14

Ah, Lou. As DT suggests, the Big 4 Splatdown could be turning into a half strength damp squib.

As a (non-Guardian reading) pragmatist, I try to have a general awareness of buying home grown, locally produced goods from independent retailers where I can (it's true that you do miss 'em when they're gone), but within practical boundaries, and never find myself conflicted if I stray! I'm not a big fan of French wine, so I clock up a few more wine miles from just across the border in the Rioja region for the most part. I'm usually a red wine drinker, but when I do drink white, like DT, by choice I'd always be reaching for a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. I used to be particularly partial to a drop of that after a successful, scorching summer afternoon on the cricket about twice a year then!

Overdone it?

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 11:07

Lit getting ready for her ride to work.

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