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Posted: Today at 21:10

just realised there's a day left in July, so 8 tomorrow will yield 150 for the month - not a lot, but sounds better than 142, somehow !  

OO - belting parkrun - your WAVA must be over 80%  ?   

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Posted: Today at 14:04

hi all - not posted for a bit - strange month of part CNBA, part life issues etc - anyway, it's only 12 weeks to first XC of the series, so need to get in shape to defend my title , so 15.5 on Wed, drove over to daughter's local parkrun today and recorded 21:36 for 33/397  &  1st VOGIT  with 74.92%  WAVA  - so relatively pleased.  btw, PMJ - your time must yield a decent WAVA score?  

month's total only 142 (just creeping over 50% of Gul's tally) - I really hope you cash in on these miles in the Autumn, Gul  . . .


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Posted: 13/07/2016 at 19:30

GD - my mara PB is  2:46 (see Avatar), but that was way back in 1991 - last year's VLM  was 3:18 -   both around 76% WAVA, though.  

Poacher - yes, a couple of mates keep trying to tempt me with trail races, but the one they did at the weekend doesn't encourage - further than advertised distance, misdirection by marshals resulting in added loops for some but not all - so no accurate finishing places etc 

6 easy bagged today, and daughter here on flying visit, so 15 planned with her tomorrow. 



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Posted: 13/07/2016 at 10:04

quiet lately  . . .  good a time as any for a "me" post 

but first, good to see VTr pop back, and Gul is quietly stacking up the miles - remind me, what's the Autumn mara you have lined up? 

  . .  well, not much going on here - at least I managed 39 last week, despite the continuing CNBA which saw me amass just 33 miles in the previous fortnight. I need a goal to get me going, I guess, but the main issue is whether I've retired from marathon running. I intended last year's VLM to be the swansong, but something in me won't let go. I certainly wouldn't better the time, but it's so satisfying to plan and execute a campaign. On the other hand, why not finish with a really good memory (which VLM 2015 was), and concentrate on other distances (esp as WAVA for 10K & half mara indicate I'm "better" at those ) ?  In the meantime, I have 10K a week from now, so better head out for a run . . . .


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Posted: 04/07/2016 at 17:44

Great result on that course, Poacher

good decision to eschew the spikes, Jools, in view of recent calf niggle

nice long running, GD 

only 5 miles last week, due to a few issues, but today's 6 felt like I was wearing ankle weights !  Very heavy legged  . . . 

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Posted: 30/06/2016 at 15:23

Had a touch of CNBA, with only 3 runs in the 10 days up to & inc y'day since my 10K. 
Have entered another 10K next month, so with a nod to that I managed 3 x 1 mile in the park today, with mile w/up jog, & 2 x 400m hills on way back.
172 for the month, with the 10K and a parkrun being my "all-out" efforts.

976 at the halfway point , slightly below the mark for intended total of 2,000 for the year.

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Posted: 26/06/2016 at 11:08

It's all been said before, Badbark , but -      


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Posted: 24/06/2016 at 19:26

good luck, Badbark  . . . .

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Posted: 22/06/2016 at 14:07

nice mile, GD - well done with the PB ! 

keep it going, Abbers - steady as she goes  . . .

SJ - exploits noted with due deference  . . . .

Jools - these situations never easy - hope all works out for you  . . .

Freemers - yes, thanks - was good to sport a number once again and push myself

took a 2 day rest after the 10K, back to it with 7 easy today  . . .

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Posted: 20/06/2016 at 09:18

Great achievement, Lorenzo - I still can't contemplate any event where the reporter states "as I got to 65 miles I decided that more of a DBS approach was needed "  . .

Nice mile, Philip (that's easier to comprehend - although I guess there was at least a couple of minutes pain invovolved) !   

Normanby Hall 10K yesterday for me, in North Lincs, near to my daughter's base. Build up to this was an 11 day streak up to & inc Thurs of 81 miles, rest Fri, 6 easy on Sat. However, impromptu dinner invitation was issued late Sat afternoon, which was followed by drinks at friend's place.  Bed at 4:15am,  alarm set for 5:45, drive to daughter's, then on to venue !  

Felt a bit light-headed during my 10 mins warmup jog, and then bit odd in the first K, but adrenaline did its job and I just ran as hard as I could!  Went through halfway in 21:50 ( just 5 seconds slower than last week's parkrun), but faded 2nd half to finish in 45:02 gun time (44:58 on my watch).  In all honesty, I don't think the lack of sleep slowed me down that much - apart from a recent couple of parkruns, this was my first race effort of the year, so job done - and no reaction from the niggle issues of this year.  74% WAVa acceptable.

81st overall from 373 finishers.  No Vogit categories in results (just 1st male & female vet). The first running of the event; I was quite inpressed - pretty flat course, well organised, cake & bottle of water at the finish !  

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