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Sub 3h15

Posted: Yesterday at 09:49

agh !! just checked  - it was 3:20:19 -   41 all important seconds there !  

Sub 3h15

Posted: Yesterday at 09:19

+1 for "Lore of Running" - essential reference tome, but plenty in there for pleasure reading - "Learning from the Experts" for example - analysis of the training of great distance runners - is a section I return to; also the great ultra runner Ann Trason's career is examined - imo Trason's 5 point simple training philosophy is perfectly relevant to marathon training also . . . . .

Gerard, lots in Noakes also re "the ageing runner" - I'd be interested to hear about your friend's experience as a comparison to mine - I ran 3:21 at 57 (in the howling gale at Nottm), and had a decent half PB "back in the day", as you put it, but I fit the Noakes theory of lots of training and racing miles having a detrimental effect as one ages -as an example, my WAVA scores are much lower now than my PB's - 

interesting stuff, though . . . . . 


Sub 3h15

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 09:23

I still record my training in small pocket diaries. I record my companions (if any), weather conditions (only if extreme).  
Strava and the like hold no interest for me, but clearly do for many.
I must admit I find it slightly irksome that my club's website front page has a continually updating log of Strava runs for the day, so for example I now know that 2 club members (who I don't actually know) have achieved 3.3 km & 3.9 km runs this morning !!  
Season's greetings from E(Birch)nezer 


Sub 3h15

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 17:54

Good day's work there, Jools !

XC here too - grassy uneven parkland, steep muddy hills, stiff wind - was tough work supporting offspring ! 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 11:17

Interested to see what you decide, Gul  . . . . .

16 frosty (icy in parts - parkrun cancelled) miles today; again, starting in darkness but running into lovely clear, sunny day  . . . .

Sub 3h15

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 12:48

Morning all -
Gerard - great to hear you sounding so upbeat - happy for you  . . . .
Poacher - 17 around 7oaks is a well-bagged session; a solid brick indeed . . .
Leslie - good double, fine weekly total, & splendid parkrun - impressive work  . .
Lorenzo/OO - yes, it is rewarding when our offspring choose to run with us - particularly when, like yours this week, and mine the other week, are up early to accomplish the task before the day's other commitments  . . . . 
welcome back VTr - about 1degree c here this am, so quite balmy compared with your conditions  . . .you must scoff at KR and the hat/leggings  

no hat here - I still have a full bonce-worth of hair, despite being (by the reckoning of Leslie & Ms(tiqu)E absolutely geriatric !!  ( you two - old? - pah!)  

10 miles starting in the dark, emerging into beautiful sunshine, then parkrun, then a couple home for a satisfying 15 today. parkrun score - 21:47, 1st VoGit, 63/363 overall, 73.6 % WAVA

before I go - hope you're ready to roll again on Monday, Gul  . . . . .

Sub 3h15

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 17:53

Gerard - good weekend's running there . . . . .
Speedy - good 15
Leslie - good monthly total,
solid month from Philip -"a long weekend in Blackpool" sounds interesting - maybe a "Kiss me Quick" hat could be acquired to disguise the grey locks and confuse rivals in those sprint finishes  . . . .

186 mile month here, inc 1 parkrun . . . .


Sub 3h15

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 11:25

Jools, I don't think anyone on here would accuse you of smugness, ever !!
I think maybe you should now deservedly follow Philip's example (I like your style, PMJ), and " damage a bottle of red wine or two" . Very well done (again) ! 

to return to the mundane; a misty, drizzly 15 mile bimble here 50/50 tarmac/trail

Sub 3h15

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 19:53

Leslie - well done on the post-night shift 12 - I certainly remember those, and don't miss them at all !  Good hilly 8 today also - same here, and I see Lorenzo trumps us slightly with a 9 .  (Can't avoid the hills here MsE - the city is built on them )!  btw, if there is a secret to running longevity, I think it must be sheer bloody-mindedness with a helping of luck  . . . .

Sub 3h15

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 10:51

getting tedious now, Jools, all these PB's

hope that's just a warning niggle, Gul  . . . . 

decent tempo from Leslie -  

9 here today in the mist - 3 out to the 5K loop, 4 x 1K with jog recovery, 3 miles back.

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