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Posted: 14/09/2014 at 21:54

PS - I agree with all the others who have given you advice about running a race 2 weeks out. Too close. Don't do it. Don't even go there thinking of using it as a training run. Save yourself for race day. You have trained well so don't worry. Stick to your plan. You will be fine. Sub 4 on its way.

Canter - I hear you. Instructions need to be logical.

Nell - you will be fine in York. Your training has gone very well. Am sure Sean will be along soon with his memories of York.

Carter - good to see that you are getting the miles back in and everything is working normally. Great advice for PS. 

Ali - nice week from you too. 

And me. Well I did go out on the road in Toronto again on Friday morning and did circa 8 miles in under an hour.

Nothing this weekend as the trip and overnight flight back on Friday night meant I have been whacked all weekend. Most important to get it out of my system and I will get a few runs in this week.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 21:47

Have updated our race schedule.


Our Race Schedule 

Sep 21 : Reigate Half - Canter ; Bristol Half - Stuart ; Ladybower 20 - Carter

Sep 28 :Berlin Marathon - Ricky ; Linlithgow 10k - Ali

Oct 5 : Chester Marathon - PS

Oct 12 : Royal Parks Half - CarlYork Marathon - Nell

Oct 27 : Dublin Marathon - Canter


Apr 19 : Manchester  Marathon - Carter

19 Sep : Hardmoors 60 - Carter

11 Oct : Chicago Marathon - Carl


11 / 12 Jun : South Downs Way 100 - Carter


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 05:44

All of a sudden it is really busy back on here. Must be some races about.

Will catch up with the last page tomorrow.

Damp here this morning so it was the dreaded treddie for me.

5 miles of random hills in 40 minutes.

I was sooooo bored after 10 mins.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 04:46

Hello to everyone from a very wet Toronto tonight. Even had the joys of being chucked out of teh hotel for 45mins for fire alarm as some idiot was smoking in their room.

Big G - great to 'see' you back on here. Baby just round the corner. I remember back to my first (11 years ago now). Very exciting time ahead and you should enjoy. Getting back into running if the limbs are up to it is not a bad thing either. As long as yu don't go too mad. Sad news at your club indeed.

PS - I was wondering how you ahd been getting on. Seems that you are on track for Chester. Stick to teh sub 4 pln and bank that as a minimum. Do not put too much pressure o you to make 3:50 but if on teh day you feel you can go for it them do but if it gets too much scale back early enough so that you do not bonk and miss the sub 4. 

Carter - probably the right decision for you. No point putting yourself under too muh strain. 50 miles is a hell of a long way.

Sean - I would take that for a HM time so maybe not what you were after but still very respectable.

Nell - good running from you as usual.

Canter - 2 weeks to a HM and a new pair of trainers. It is only 13.1 miles so you will be fine.

Arrived over here on Monday night. DEcided not to get up early to get a run in on Tuesday as I was still in tired mode. Chatting to people over dinner last night we got into teh subject of running and gym versus the open air. I was talking about not knowing where to run. So they advised to exit the hotel, turn right and it was fairly flat for a few miles.

So 6.15 this morning off out I went. Pleasant enough morning compared to tonight. No running watch so took my work blackberry to keep an eye on the time. I decided I would run out from the hotel for 25 to 30 mins and then back. Flat it was not. Up and down. I ended up at the on/off ramps to the 401 freeway in 30 minutes and came back in 27 mins. 

Tired but pleased.

Checked on google maps tonight and I reckon I ran 8 - 8.5 miles. Crazy or what. No wonder I was tired.

I might do the same route again tomorrow morning if it is not raining. Beats the treddie which I hate with a passion.

So Windy City.

Work is not going to get any easier the next few weeks and as I have pushed my body to the limits with working long hours and then pushing the running I do not think I can do that for another 2 -3 weeks and be in good shape to run 26.2 miles. It would be madness and also very selfish of me as I am spending too much time away from the family in any case before I even think about running.

If I am travelling that distance I need to be on top form and be going for a PB. If it was Boston it would be just taking part. But the Windy City is a flat course and a PB is possible. 

So I opted to defer my place to next year.

I am at one with this decision as I feel it is the right one for me at the moment. The good thing is I can run the Royal Parks Half taht day instead and that is well within my grasp with the training I have done.

Life sometimes gets in the way and there will be another race. it is not the end of the world.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:24

Ali - fantastic job getting your friend round to target yesterday. You have done this a few times now and seem to have a great knack for it. And as Nell says you got some great miles into the legs yesterday at an easyish pace so that will help with the recovery nicely.

Nell - what can I say but a fantastic well done for getting under the 90min mark in a HM. I think you are setting yourself up really well for the York marathon in a few weeks time. Your training plan seems to be working.

I have had a crap week of running really. Tuesday was the only day running during the week. Got out for 10 miles at MP yesterday but could not do anything today as I had family stuff to tend to.

I have not really got the miles in the legs that I was hoping to have by now and work is catching up with me making it difficult. The last few weeks have been quite pressurised for one reason and another and this is going to continue for the next few weeks too. Added to this I am off to Toronto tomorrow afternoon and not back until the early hours of Saturday morning for what will be quite an intense week of meetings and negotiations.

All of this is leaving me more than a tad tired generally.

As work pays the bills this has to take priority but playing catch up with training is not easy and in fairness is only contributing to the general fatigue.

I have been contemplating deferring my Chicago marathon place until next year as it is a long way to go and not perform as I should do. I have to do this my Tuesday night.

My accommodation is fully refundable and as my flight was booked with air miles I am able to alter this for a small fee too so no worries there.

This is a major dilemma. My body is pretty well knackered at the moment and it is telling me that it needs a break. Something has to give. I need to cut something back or risk burning myself out which is stupid. 

However if I could get a few decent weeks training in before the end of the month I know I would have a good crack at this.

Am going to sleep on it tonight but am leaning to playing it safe.


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:00

Anymore for anymore ? 

Our Race Schedule 

Sep 21 : Reigate Half - CanterBristol Half - Stuart ; Ladybower 50 - Carter

Sep 28 :Berlin Marathon - Ricky ; Linlithgow 10k - Ali

Oct 5 : Chester Marathon - PS

Oct 12 : Chicago Marathon - Carl ; Royal Parks Half - Carl ; York Marathon - Nell

Oct 27 : Dublin Marathon - Canter


Apr 19 : Manchester - Carter

19 Sep : Hardmoors 60 - Carter


11 / 12 Jun : South Downs Way 100 - Carter

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 23:35

Managed to get out tonight but the light was fading fast so my plan to run 8 miles did not quite work out. Ended up doing 7 which was good.

Tried my usual rolling hills.

The first circuit was not too bad. Could see people emerge from the twilight on the paths of the Heath in the more open spaces. The paths under the trees were not so easy to see people. Could hear stuff. Strange.

The second circuit was alright on the main paths but then it takes me further into the Heath and a good and proper wooded area. I could not really make out the paths here and could not see what was under my feet. Had to slow right down to avoid injuring myself as I would have fallen over.

There was probably a good half mile hear where I was running blind. Not a good feeling.

I managed the third circuit and the difference between this and the first one was incredible. At least I was on firmer ground on this one so I was able to pick the pace up again.

Rather than try the fourth which would have taken me back into darkness I aborted and finished with a hilly stretch through the streets.

Average pace tonight was 7:38 m/m. Although slower than previous sessions this was pretty darn good considerin' it was so dark.

Decided that a headtorch would not have really helped so unless I do this run really early looks like this session is out for some time.

Shame as it is one I have really come to enjoy. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 23:17

Ali - really sorry to hear about your troubles during your race today. Every so often we all have a crap run. We all just hope that it is not while we have decided to perform. 

Hopefully it is just a bug as you say and you will be back to yourself in a few days.

Lesson to all of us. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 21:01

Ali - how did you get on with your 10k today ?

So I got home on Friday night and was quite tired after a mad week at work. So I decided that a tempo run was completely out of the question.

The challenge then was what to fit in over the weekend.

I managed an 8 mile tempo run yesterday.

8:04 ; 7:43 ; 7:34 ; 7:19 ; 7:04 ; 6:53 ; 7:56 and 7:58.

A great progressive run in 1:00:36 with an average of 7:34 m/m. 

The only way I was going to get a long run in today was to get up and out the door for 6.30am. Now that was just not going to happen. 

So I had to give the LSR a skip and settle for a 10 mile run at MP. Now initially the legs were a tad heavy and maybe the route I chose had something to do with this as well as I hit the incline from the start.

 8:10 ; 8:11 ; 7:19 ; 7:37 ; 7:50 ; 7:43 ; 7:48 ; 8:00 ; 7:59 and 8:00

10 miles in 7:52 m/m average.

So no LSR but I did run 18 miles hard across the 2 days and within a 24 hour period.

So overall I am pretty pleased with that. I am not stressing over following my training plan like a slave this time as work and family life are making this tricky. Not an easy time of the year to train for a marathon if I was being honest. But I am enjoying my running when I get out for it.

How is everyone else doing ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 20:43

First here is the updated race schedule I have being promising for a wee while.  PS, let me know the details of your winter 10k series and I will add them to the list. 

Our Race Schedule 

Today : Perth 10k - Ali

Sep 6 : Perthshire Half - Ali ; Scottish Half - Nell

Sep 7 : Vale of York Half - Sean

Sep 21 : Reigate Half - Canter ; Bristol Half - Stuart ; Ladybower 50 - Carter

Sep 28 : Barns Green Half - Canter ; Berlin Marathon - Ricky ; Linlithgow 10k - Ali

Oct 5 : Chester Marathon - PS

Oct 12 : Chicago Marathon - Carl ; Royal Parks Half - Carl ; York Marathon - Nell

Oct 27 : Dublin Marathon - Canter


Apr 19 : Manchester - Carter

19 Sep : Hardmoors 60 - Carter


11 / 12 Jun : South Downs Way 100 - Carter

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