Carl D

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RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 16:41

PS - On the running front, really pleased that you are considering two back to back marathons again next year. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 16:40
Petite Stratfordaise wrote (see)

Does anyone else have visions of Alan Partridge in the Travel Tavern when Carl is talking about his new digs?! 

PS - Now, now  

My digs are a room in an acquaintances house. I have got my own room at the top of the house, with a little alcove area which acts as my kitchen (kettle, toaster, microwave and fridge) and I have use of a bathroom with a shower. During the week nobody else is about other than the couple whose house it is. I can come and go as I please which suits me. It is not like home but it will do for now. Sometime after Christmas when daylight improves I will start looking for my own place. But for now, the location is ok - 12 minute drive to/from work when I am in Gloucester area, it is cheap - would not get a room in a commercial b&B at this price, and they are friendly when I have the odd chat with them in their kitchen. 

No running so far this week. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 20:50

So I now have 157 miles left to achieve 2015 in 2015.

I have managed to run 3/4 times most weeks and last week ran 29 miles, this week 35 miles.

Two runs away from home this past week. Both just following the road in a place I do not know. Not as nice as my runs back home in London but it gets the job done.

I have some travelling to do between now and the Christmas hols so it will be tight. 

Need to be getting 30 - 32 miles in per week to get there.

New job is good so far. Nice people. Loads for me to get on with and sort out but I sorptive knew that before I started.

Much better vibes than my old place.

The digs are working out well so far although it does take a bit of getting used to as it is not home.

Race Calender


15/11 Abbey 10k Dash - Sean

15/11 Rugged Radnage - Washwood

28/11 Turkey Trot (5K and 1M) - PS

29/11 Benidorm HM – washwood

13/12 Andy Reading 10k - washwood

13/12 Christmas Olympic Park - Elle T (poss Rob depends on legs)

13/12 Bonsai HM (Central Park) - PS


06/02 QEOP 10k - Rob

13/03 Silverstone Half - Rob and Elle T

19/03 Hardmoors 55 - Carter

Mar 16 NYC HM - PS (maybe)

03/04 Paris Marathon – Carl 

03/04 Regents Park 10k - Rob

10/04 Manchester Marathon - Washwood, Carter

17/04 Brighton Marathon - Will

24/04 London Marathon - Mrs R

01/05 New Jersey Marathon - PS

28/5 Kent Roadrunner marathon - Rob

11/06 South Downs Way 100 - Carter

19/08 Mr & Mrs C – Wedding

19/09 Kent Coyote Marathon - Rob



RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 19:07




RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 19:06

PS - my lad is still playing loads of footie and this last week on top of his running he managed three football matches during the week too !! Some nice races too. Do you have to dress us for the turkey trot 

Started the new job last Monday which is why there has been radio silence. Decided that this was a rubbish time of year to take time off and taking 3 weeks at christmas instead.

Have you got your HM training plan sorted ?

Christmas starts much earlier in the US I guess with Thanksgiving and all that. My girls have started signing Christmas carols and the like so I guess it is safe enough to talk to me about it. But i do hate Christmas shopping. Do not mind browsing mind you ...

Carter - sorry to hear that things are tough at home at the moment. At least you are getting some running in to take your mind off things. We are here for you whenever you need to sound off / have a pop at us / have the craic and all that.

More on the 2015 in 2015 later. Still working at it.

You would be proud of me. Got to my digs in Gloucester late Monday evening. Got up at 6am on Tuesday and headed out for a run. Just followed the roads out for 3 miles and then turned round and came back. 6 miles done before breakfast.

Your approach to marathon training has worked well for you and the proof was you smashing it at Manchester earlier this year. All training plans are similar. It is all about what mileage is comfortable and as you say getting to the starting line on race day feeling good and fresh, not worn out and knackered.

Sean - thanks for telling me that I will be an old slow git in a few years. My nephew who is 15 can already knock out sub 20 min 5k's. Youngsters are just too fast and from what I have seen, my fella will be beating me over short distances fairly soon lol.

Truly awesome 10k time and once again you turned up, raced it your way and nailed it. It was coming and really pleased for you. Great race report too.

The weather was shocking this last week so people should be grateful that organisers let races happen not be slating them.

Nell - have you made a decision on the running club yet. Sounds like it is a good one and am sure you could incorporate it into your marathon schedule easy enough.

Agree on it being great that it is my son's decision. He has already noticed the benefit it gives to his footie. 

That 8 x 800 session is always a good one. I have not been doing any speed stuff lately. Focusing on the mileage but at least 2 runs a week are at tempo pace so this is keeping me in good nick.

Yes started the new job this week. All good so far. Nice bunch. Very welcoming. Loads to do so will be busy and my schedule for the next few weeks is going to put pressure on my 2015 goal. We will see.

Glad you got out during the week in spite of the bad weather. Shame about working at weekends. 


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:00

All - sorry not been on much over the last week or two. Was a tad busy with everything going on and just did not have the time to pop on and catch up and have a natter.

Found a spare 30 mins today to have a read back and see what has been keeping you all busy.

washwood - good race from you last weekend. Sounded tough but you enjoyed it. Training has gone well ahead of your HM in Benidorm so expect you will do well. And of course you will have a break from the rather harsh weather we are having here at the moment.

Robert - great to hear you talk about breaking 3:30 in 2016 and not 2017. Us runners do like giving ourselves little challenges don't we !! And looks like you have a busy 2016 ahead with all those races too.

Christmas shopping in November. What is going on ?

Being overtaken by a kid is hard enough when racing but one is a Spurs shirt would be tough for anyone to take. Not a bad time considering it was your first run post TM and the conditions yesterday morning were shite. 

Glad to see that you are getting your training plan sorted and that you are ready to gt going again. Always hard after a marathon and you did two in quick succession so deserved the break.

Ali - my son took part in the 2km XC event last Saturday. Conditions were poor with it raining overnight and again during the day. Parliament Hill fields is one of the courses used in the National XC Championships and is regarded as being one of the toughest so a great place to start ..

He was racing a year up and he said afterwards that it felt much longer than 2km. The winners came in about 7:40 and he was something like 10:10. Overall his team came 4th out of 33 teams. He enjoyed it and I think he has another XC race next weekend.

He certainly has the running bug and now trains twice a week, a combination of track running and hills.

Good to see that despite being busy at school you are still getting some decent runs in and managing the club stuff too.

Great park run yesterday considering the weather and sounds like your whole family has got the bug which is great.

Great news that you have signed up for a spring marathon and no doubt your winter of club running and xc races will put you in good shape for your training.


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 00:49

Just back in from a night out with friends to celebrate me moving on.

Has been a crazy few days.

Last day at work tomorrow. sad. Not really. Looking forward to next chapter.

Will be on over the weekend to catch up. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 20:06

Ali - do not worry about posting regularly. Every so often we all get very busy and it is hard to find the time to hop on here and do our thing. As long as we know you are ok and out there racing when you can and keeping in touch with your club leaderboard then we are all good.

Sounds like tough underfoot conditions but that is what XC are all about. Good result again.

My 12 year old son has joined the local running club and trains with them twice a week. This was his decision. He came home one day from school and declared that he was going to start running. Have just had to purchase his first pair of spikes as he is racing next Saturday in the XC races as part of the London Youth Games. The XC event is on Parliament Hill so will be a tough first race. He is going up an age group as they are short boys at that age. It will only be 2km but it will be a good start. 

Rob - amazing race from you and delighted with the result. It was a horrible day as you say. With this being so close to Abingdon you should be really pleased with yourself. Pity the course was not signposted or marshalled as well as it should be. But as you say for those living close to London it is an option this time of year but would imagine it would be tough if it were a pleasant day and the crowds were out for a stroll along the river. 

Hope you had a few drinks to celebrate and are planning a few easy weeks to recover well from your recent races.

So I got out today and completed 9 miles. As the legs were complaining a bit at me yesterday I eased off the pace today and wound back by about 30 secs per mile. Legs much happier with me as a result.

I now have 222 miles to go to hit 2015 in 2015.

32 miles per week for the next 7 weeks gets me there and this would leave the few days before New Year to catch up if I miss a few miles here and there.

Going to be touch and go I feel. It will force me to find some new routes when I am away during the week as I think this will be where the bulk of the weekly mileage needs to come from. I can probably get away with one run at the weekend providing I do it early but not much more than that ....


How did everyone else's weekend go ?


Any more races for the race list ?


Current Race List


29/11 Benidorm HM – washwood

13/12 Andy Reading 10k - washwood


19/03 Hardmoors 55 - Carter

03/14 Paris Marathon – Carl 

10/04 Manchester Marathon - Washwood, Carter

17/04 Brighton Marathon - Will

24/04 London Marathon - Mrs R

28/5 Kent Roadrunner marathon - Rob

11/06 South Downs Way 100 - Carter

19/08 Mr & Mrs C – Wedding 


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 13:38

Rob - having being out for a 6 mile trot earlier I can vouch for the fact that it is a truly horrible day. I do not mind running in the rain. Nor the wind. but put the too together and it is just horrible. So hopefully this winter weather we are having did not interfere with your run along the Thames. 

With a 10am start you should be in the business end of the race at the moment. Stay strong and nail it. 

PS - have not posted since your race report. Well done for digging deep and finishing in a respectful time and gold that as the days have passed since the race you have come to your senses. It is a tough course. You had battled around the Chicago route only a few weeks before so a sub 4 time taking that into consideration was always going to be tough. Also there was the getting up at stupid o'clock, the long waiting beforehand and all that. Bound to make it harder. So hold your head high. Another marathon done and a good time.

You are a sub 4 marathoner as you have bagged that medal. You will do it again. Carter has given you some thoughts on what to do differently. I wonder should you introduce some more variety into the running and some more intensity too. As Carter says keep the long runs slow. Interval training is hard but does not have to mean repeats of 400m/800m sprints. This year I have been doing intervals that consist of running 2m or 3m intervals at faster than MP with a mile recovery in between. This is a tough training run but very satisfying afterwards when it has been nailed. 

Ali - good running from you at the moment. You are ticking over nicely and should be in great running form moving into the spring. And good news that your mum is slowly getting back into it. 

I have pushed it a bit since Chicago as I am chasing this silly target for the end of the year. My body is telling me that it has been through a lot this year and with 1800 miles so far in the bank and having completed 2 marathons it is hardly surprising.

I start my new job in just over a week and hopefully everything that goes with that and the complication of being away from home does not get too much in the way of the running. But if it does it does ....

Carter - XC90 is a good car. I am on my second as with 3 kids and trips to Ireland you can pack an awful lot into them. 

Sean - great to hear that the injury woes seems to be behind you. You are super speedy so with a bit of focussed training am sure that you can nail the sub 40 for 10k.

Nell - not everyone is cut out to run long stuff and the fast short stuff. I normally like easing my way into a race but with the 5k/10k one's you have to come out of the traps fast and hold on. I think it needs a different kind of training as it is all about knocking a few seconds off each mile. 

3 runs completed so far this week. 23 miles in the bank. Tomorrow needs to be 8 - 10m to keep me on track for my end of year target.

Been a strange week. Had my leaving do with my friends at work and buried a close colleague who passed away unexpectedly the weekend I was in Chicago. He was 5 years younger than me. Makes you think .....  

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 23:12
Nell Blue wrote (see)

Hi Carl, Nice 10.5 the other night. The cyclist probably got you back at the top of the hill! Nice tempo too, seem to be carrying on nicely.

Nell - nope, the cyclist never caught me which was surprising. Either I was super fast or they were rubbish at cycling. I like to think it was the former but suspect it was the latter.

Sub 40 mins for a 10k is a great result. And yes some proper training may get you below 35 mins lol.

PS - I have had a quick peek at the race results. As Carter says that was a great performance considering you had run a marathon only a few short weeks ago.  

So got 6.53 miles in yesterday at just under 8 min miling. Running quite well really.

So 2015 in 2015 sounds a nice target to aim for. To get there I need to run 32 miles each week for the next 8 weeks, giving me a few days between Christmas and New Year to make up any slack. Going to be close as I have 5 weeks away from home with the new job and not sure how much running i will get in. Am going to give it a shot though as it would be a nice end to the year.

Rob - plan for the weekend seems sensible to me. Run how you feel.


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