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Overdone it?

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 10:49

Morning all, thanks for the welcome backs.

As I woke up in time, forced myself hurriedly out of the door for a parkrun this morning. Only had time for just over a 5 minute warm up, and forgot my watch, which may have been a blessing in disguise as couldn't torture myself with how unfit I am, and whilst uncomfortable at times wasn't an eyeballs out effort.

Picked a couple of likely fellas to chase round and picked them both off in a half decent finish which was enough to duck (just) under the 20 mark with 19:55. 

1:40 down on where I was in May last year, and over a minute down on two years ago, but not unhappy with that in the circumstances of only averaging 13 miles/week since the beginning of December. 

Overdone it?

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 16:25

Quick call in to wish all the marafunners good luck on Sunday. Keep your snow boots handy.

Also well done to Lou with his excellent Manchester effort, to Madbee for smashing through 20 minutes for 5k (doubt I'd manage it at the moment), to DT for the 5k PB, and anything else of import I might have missed whilst I've been slacking.

Hello to everyone else.

Still not training properly here, as the lurgy I thought I'd shifted last time I posted came back with a vengeance by way of a chest infection that kept me out of the relays that Tommy did. Got some good miles in on hols in Lanzarote including running up a volcano (twice), but struggling to get into a routine at home as work's busy, and we're taking some tentative steps towards a possible (local) house move so running is well down the list of priorities for now.

The last time I really raced or even ran particularly fast in any organised way was my last 1500m of the season in September, and despite telling Charnwood I wasn't fit, have still been asked to run 1500m in the Vets league at Kettering next week. This will be very, very messy. I ran a Mile in 5:05 back in September, but if I can get within 15-20 seconds of that on Wednesday for 109m less it will be a result. I think I'll pick someone (slow) to race, and forget about the time.

Overdone it?

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 19:15

Cheers, folks.

Good running all. A PB after an injury scare and reduced running sounds like a result to me, McF. Looking good for London, DT. Excellent comeback, Richard and a belter from Tommy - smashed that 90 minute barrier there.

Finally got some decent running in here too - a slightly longer progressive run yesterday with a couple of miles cool down tagged on the end, and a slower 10 today - first 10 miler since late November. Over 18 for the weekend in total, and 23.5 since Thursday, so starting to actually look like training again rather than just some occasional tw@tting about in some running shoes.

Overdone it?

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 14:11

Hello all.

Still not much running here recently.

Have been keeping tabs on some more excellent performances though, with the Cov 3 all turning in cracking runs the other week, Charlie also pulling out a 5m PB, and Lit putting in a very good showing at the Scots XC before getting back on the prize winning trail last week.

Liking that rep progression, Skinny and I'm sure you'll be flying again soon, Muddy.

'Ello to Madbee (hope you've turned a corner now) and Richard - thanks for the heads up, sounds great, and I am looking at a possible international competition next year, but it would be slightly closer to home - European Vets T&F Champs in Denmark.

I need to turn a corner very soon if I'm going to maintain such lofty ambitions however as I just seem to lurch from one issue to the next at the moment, and am now 3 months without anything like proper training.

As Tommy mentioned, although I got round the Nationals without aggravating the previous injury, I did struggle and initially just thought the soreness (during and after) was down to being hopelessly out of condition. Found I'd got a ligament strain however (likely one of those stray turnips) when I first had a trot out 3 days later, and hobbled home after 2 miles. Was much improved a couple of days later, and had plans for a decent weekend's running before the nasiest bout of lurgy I've had for a couple of years struck me down for another week. Grrr.

Still not right now, but did get out for a progressive 5+ miles last night, felt no aches, pains or strains and really quite enjoyed it despite the lurgy and being heavier than I have been since autumn 2012. Looking to get some decent running in this weekend, and hopefully the comeback FINALLY starts here. Think I'll have to get a parkrun in at some point to prove I'm worth a place alongside Tommy in the final team that we take to Brum for the relays, we've got some rapid improvers at the club.

P.S. Did someone mention cats and cucumbers? Great fun.


literatin wrote (see)

It's lovely weather in Scotland today. But you wouldn't want to trip over a turnip here, because it would be a swede.

I'd have thought it more likely that you of all people would be tripping over a Danish rather than a swede.

Overdone it?

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:29

Exactly right, Skinny. When putting the trainers on and getting out there is a habit, you do it unthinkingly. When it's cold, dark, wet or windy and often a combination of the lot however, and the habit isn't there, thought does come into it and that thought is often, 'you must be f***ing joking!'

Good point on parkrun, I can think of several likely candidates at most of the local parkruns who would have me gnashing my teeth when they inevitably crossed the line ahead of me at current fitness.

EDIT: X-Post - cheers, DT.

Overdone it?

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 16:08

Afternoon all. Happy New Year. 

Have been keeping an occasional eye on things here in my absence. Something in the cooking at the McDiamonds household methinks, some great running going on there. Good to see DT continuing go from strength-to-strength too (as well as continuing to recount the detail of his bowel habits in unnecessary detail), and glad to see most of the injury / comeback brigade making some strides in the right direction.

As DT noticed via Connect, and as discussed with Tommy and Muddy elsewhere, I have been doing some running, but really not very much at all. This is now mostly due to lack of motivation rather than lingering injury problems. Getting back into the habit at this time of year, I always seem to hit a downer in the dark misery of January and February nowadays, has proven nigh on impossible.

Trying not to stress about it too much though, and just doing a bit of what I fancy when I can be arsed, though quite how this is going to work out when I try to tackle the National XC and its 'testing hills' at Donington next week remains to be seen - badly one suspects as I've not tackled more than a 7 miler since early December which is probably not even course distance. I would like to run it though, as was a cracking day out at Parly Hill last year, and also really enjoyed being part of the 2014 event at Wollaton Park.

The good news is the T&F Nationals aren't until mid-September this year, so am consoling myself with the thought that I'll lose very little by doing, and actually probably enjoy far more, my base period in the better light and weather of spring. Toying with the idea of a parkrun in the morning, just to lay down a marker and see if it stirs the competitive juices a bit...

...more likely I'll drink too much tonight, and then roll over and go back to sleep in the morning though. 

Overdone it?

Posted: 24/12/2015 at 12:22

I suppose that depends where he's headed. Dunedin or Invercargill in the south, and certainly. Auckland or Whangarei in the north, and not so much.

Anyway, good to hear from you Richard, sounds exciting and I hope it works out for you and you get back to the running. Did you get married? 

Nasty rash of thread injuries and niggles being experienced at the moment, I'm losing count. I see elsewhere that Lou's been struck down with the Christmas lurgy too. Hopefully that's the last of all this business, and all injuries and ailments will be shrugged off soon.

Overdone it?

Posted: 23/12/2015 at 10:57

Skinny - Yes, that was my thinking too so fairly relaxed about it. Only slight frustration is that I was just starting to feel fit enough to really start enjoying the longer running again, and will have to go through that process again now.

DT - Wroclaw, it's a beautiful spot. Highly recommend it, particularly at this time of year when they have a superb Christmas market in the main square. I really like Poland, and it's still cheap as chips as well. Flights, quality hotel, airport transfers, a couple of presents to bring back plus all our food and drink over 3 days came in at just over £200, and I still came home with notes in my wallet from the £100 currency we'd exchanged. One example - a large meal and a pint for the 5 of us came in at less than £20 in total.

Overdone it?

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 13:24
Skinny Fetish Fan wrote (see)

EDIT: I don't think Bob likes reporting his running to us unless we can go 'Ooooffft' after reading.

No running to report. 

Not for 10 days now at least, and much reduced mileage before that. In one of my last posts I recklessly tempted fate by saying that training by HR had kept me largely injury free, and I hadn't had a completely blank week in all 3 years I'd been running...well I have now - donut!

Picked up a calf strain trying to squeeze a long run in the day after a relatively light 5k pace session and before I disappeared on the lash to Poland with the lads. To be honest I might have been able to run through it if it was later in the year, but as it wasn't disappearing in a hurry when I tried that initially, decided to give it and everything else some complete rest. 

Feels ok now though, so will probably try to get back to it with a short 2 or 3 miler tonight or tomorrow. Will be interesting to see whether the fitness I've lost is as extensive as the weight I've gained. 

Been browsing through occasionally whilst I've been sulking and was great to see McF and DT pull out a couple of big PBs. Looks like most are going fairly well, but hope that Lit (and me) can get back to it properly over Christmas.

And on that note...merry Christmas and a speedy New Year to all. Have a good 'un if I'm still too grumpy to post again beforehand. 

The Long Run

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 11:23

Well, it wasn't very helpful if you were specifically talking about Paul's situation. We already know that he 'can't do anything on Tuesday and Wednesday' which leaves him with a maximum of 5 days to play with, and probably less than that.

How on earth can he keep his long run to 20% of his weekly mileage in that situation? Please give us an example.

And 35% of an 80 mile week as a long run? WTF? That's a 28 mile run. 

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