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Sub 3h15

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 12:34

quick "Good Luck" shout to G-Dawg, MsE  . . . . .

Sub 3h15

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 11:51

well done the Hull trio

OO - fine result in view of less than optimum mara training

WD - well toughed out; wise move to ease back  . . 

Poacher - "Stopped to talk to a few people and came home in 3.15"    - that taking the p*ss . . . . .


Sub 3h15

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 13:16

Good miles (again), Gul . .

Good luck at Hull, OO, WD, Poacher  - my VoGit clubmate (curse him,     he narrowly holds club VoGit mara record) is running . . .   

Ron Hill - yes, Poacher, a gent - was on our club's trip to Reims marathon in 1995 ;  kindly signed my copy of his autobiography *  - "please don't break my UK V40 marathon record of 2:15:46" !!!!!    (I just missed it )   

* "The Long Hard Road" (two volumes)   - not sure if now available, but highly recommended . . .

unlike Ron, just had a 5 day streak of CNBA, ended with 13 this morn . . .

Sub 3h15

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 11:26

Poacher wrote "Birch in your speedy heyday you must have been churning out some very decent numbers for years on end"  

Not really big miles - eg - I've never averaged 50mpw for a calendar year (closest was 49.nn), but a marathon schedule would have been maybe average 60 -65 mpw (with higher weeks included) - in fact prior to last year's VLM, legs held up enough to allow 13weeks (pre-taper)  at average 62mpw, with the last two weeks each at 70.   
It's really the old chestnut of "consistent consistency" that's given me the 30+ year average of 38mpw  - which, of itself, isn't owt to write home about, but I'm happy with it as I'm now in week 1588 of recorded running.

Speaking of Hull prompted me to delve in my records - did the old "Humber Bridge " marathon on 04/10/1992 - this was point to point (Hull to Grimsby), and crossed the bridge fairly early on - my diary states "weather fine, cool, with strong headwind most of the way" !  My splits suggest the wind took its toll in the 2nd half !!  

Sub 3h15

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 12:32

nice to see KR back  . . .

OO - a decent showing, esp with legs both "still" AND "shaky"  !  Very impressive by junior . . . . . 

Leslie - time to get your ar*e in gear 

excellent 73 mile weeks from Jools & Gul - and fine parkrunning/longrunning, Gul - and many congrats to Mrs Gul  -   ah, & nice to see the Peterborough HM (Great Eastern Run) still going strong - fond memories of my PB there back on 13/05/1990 !  (Still have paper copy of results)  

on the subject of weekly totals (and with reference to Jools' 8 day block of over 100), interested to see what is folks' highest in this regard? My highest in my (Mon- Sun) week is 80, with a 22 on the Mon following giving me a highest 8 day block of 102.  

Currently done half of my proposed 8 week block leading up to XC - 180 in the 4 weeks.   


Sub 3h15

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 16:14

OO - another excellent parkrun - are you disclosing a goal time to us for next week?

Splendid 22's from GDawg (splendid campaign, too) & MsE (welcome back - don't expect you look too tubby )  

Gul - fine parkrun, and good family double outing !   

60,176 now Gul - 16(.5)  today - 12 and a bit to & from park, missed start by a few mins, but chased down and managed 442nd from 619 finishers in official 30:25    then last mile and bits home.   

Sub 3h15

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 11:36

Thanks, Leslie - you prompted me to check, & yes - I'm on 60,160 !   

Sub 3h15

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:53

well prompted, Philip - 'tis indeed last day of month, so -

169 miles,  1290 year to date

this is week 3 of my planned 8 week "get fit for XC" schedule; two weeks prior have managed 94 miles inc 2 x 16's , 2 x "speed" sessions and a (lacklustre) parkrun

advanced another year in the VoGit category on Monday (celebrated well, though, hence only a tired 4 mile plod yesterday) -

nice to see Gerard back . . . . .


Sub 3h15

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 09:39

great day's work, Poacher - like the way you casually tick off these challenging mara's -  and yes, nice memento  . . .

good long run , OO - always testing when windy 

no runs here yet this week - my recurring CNBA has surfaced again  . . . .

Sub 3h15

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 12:06

which mara, Poacher ?
great to run with the nipper, Leslie 

good long running from GD & Gul. . . .

excellent victory, OO - congrats

nice ride, Lorenzo - 50 miles seems a long way to a non-cyclist  . .  

no running this morn - although I'm often disciplined enough to get up for Sat date with chums after late night, today I wasn't - rather cross with myself now  . . 

footy season starts tomorrow here, G-Dawg - Villa at home for my lot
my son knows how to live it up though, his mate is a Stockport fan, so they are off to Stockport v Alfreton in National League North  . . . .


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