Carl D

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Posted: 26/06/2016 at 21:59

Not much running for me this last week. Had work engagements every evening during the week.

Managed to force myself out on Saturday morning for parkrun. I must be slightly mad as it is a tough run. Finished in 49th place this week which is my highest place finish over the last few weeks. Was a bit slower this week but that was to be expected.

Hoping for a better week ahead.

Nick - sounds like you had a good break.

Carter - great that you are getting back into it and I feel your pain. Getting going again is the hardest thing. I seem to be doing this every few weeks at the moment. 

IBB - do not know how you do it. Another race so soon. Well done you.

Rob - seems like you are preparing well for FVC. 

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Wonder what everyone who have gone a little quiet have been up to ......

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:40

Robert - it is a great event and I am not surprised that you found the end tough. All guns blazing for a mile from a standing start is hard. The turns around half way are not easy but it is a great course in a great location. As you say it is free too and it is well organised.

Well done to you and Mrs R for her PB.

10 miles for me in the middle of the day, between music lessons and gym competitions bringing my weekly total to 24 miles. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 22:46

Robert - yes this has proved the most challenging year from a running point of view. All relates to being busy at work and living away during the week. It has proved difficult to get any decent pattern going. 

I had myself down for the 6 minute slot. Was just over last year so wanted to try and go for it. Shame but there is always next year.

I had started doing some speedwork with this in mind and have been happy enough although I knew I was probably a little off my intended pace.

Best of luck to both you and Mrs R for tomorrow.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 22:12

A bit quiet on here at the moment. Parkrun last weekend was good and knocked another 15 seconds off the previous attempt. Each week getting a little better. Need to get another 30 seconds faster on the current course and I will be happy. Summer challenge for me.

7 miles the other evening at a good pace.

Am down for the 1mile race this weekend in London but have other things on now.

Work is still getting in the way of a decent training week.

I have a family clash the weekend of the Chicago marathon. My Mum was 80 this year and we normally all return from the various far flung places that we are and have a weekend in a hotel in Ireland, nice meal and all that. Did not happen earlier this year as her brother (my uncle) passed away.

So we have finally managed to persuade her to have the little family celebration but it is looking like the only weekend that the majority can do is the same weekend as the Chicago marathon. 

If I say no as I want to run 26.2 miles, I do not think it would go down too well. 

Maybe somebody somewhere is trying to tell me something .....


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 22:03

washwood - awesome. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 00:38

Just a quick note. I should be asleep. 

At home tonight and got out to the running track. Bliss but hard. 2m w/u, 4 x 800m with 400m rec and 1 mile rec at end.

Loved it but it hurt. About 3:20 per 800m. Not bad. Not good. But ok. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 14:09

Just over 6 miles from me this morning bringing my weekly total off 5 runs (including the 10k race) to a whopping 27 miles. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 11:41

parkrun for me too. 40 secs faster than my last outing. Some way off my PB but cannot get close to that on this course. The course is hilly with 6 up and downs and the last 700m are all uphill and it is not a gradual incline !! We are using the alternative course which is much more demanding than the usual course. Average pace slower than my 10km of last Monday !! Gives you an idea of the terrain.

Nick - good time from you today.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 22:04

Nick - yes much faster than expected so it felt like a PB. Have never used a HRM so no idea what they do. I think I would find running to a constant heartbeat quite hard. Much prefer to run to feel. Good that you got some runs in even though you were away. The first time going over 10 miles after a marathon is always a nice feeling. So easy when you are in the groove of marathon training but hard to do when just getting back into it.

IBB - well done on your race and yes that is a race report. Running loops is mentally tough and I would guess that most people would be running outside the race line leading to a bigger distance than what you were expecting. Great to see that you are planning the next one already.

Ali - yes really pleased that i made myself race and it has helped focus the mind about getting running back as part of what I do. So much so that I ran on both Tuesday (4m) and Wednesday (6m). Both at around 8m/m pace. Taking a break today and will run again tomorrow. Need to get going again anyway as I need to shed the few pounds that crept on over the last few months of being busy.

And why am I not surprised that you managed another PB. As you say a great week. And a fab last km. So what are you up to next ?

PS - I normally recover quite quickly from racing and getting out the following 2 evenings is proof of that. 18 weeks to go so I need to get going in the next 2 weeks. Looking to build back up and then have a 16 week plan. Need to decide which plan to follow. I will probably do a modified Hansons plan.

Sorry to hear about your hip. Hopefully it will sort itself out. Do not put yourself under pressure re the BQ. Focus on getting to the level you need to be at and closer to the race you can think about strategy to get the BQ. 

What is everyone else up to. It is a bit quieter than normal on here.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 13:18

Ali - best of luck with the 5000m for tomorrow. 

Rob and iBB - amazing running. I cannot imagine how you managed to keep focused for so long with so many laps of the course.

washwood -like you I have been absent with work and life continuing to be hectic leaving little time for browsing the old tinternet. Running has been sporadic over the last month. Did manage a session of the track in the last week and I had forgotten ho much I love these hard sessions. This was what underpinned my running last year and I have been neglecting them this year.

Time to start training properly rather than just running.

Today i raced the London 10000. Coldest bank holiday Monday I can remember.

I was really not sure about this at all. No proper training. Last few weeks have only been about 20 miles per week.

I was in the first of four waves so put myself at the back and it took about 4 mins to get over the line.

Mentally I had prepared myself for a tough race and set a sub 50 mins as a target. Purely from a lack of running leading to a lack of fitness.

Set off at a nice pace and finished the first mile in 7:33. Feeling ok I pushed it for the next 2 miles and covered these in 7:20 and 7:22. As it is more or less an out and back course, it was interesting to see the winner on the other side of the road when I passing the 3km mark. He looked strong. He would have been about 6km and only started about 5 mins before me. 

While I was happy with my pace I was not sure if I could hold it so I kept telling myself to keep focusing on the current mile. Mile 4 was 7:17 and I managed to keep this pace for mile 5 - 7:19.

I was hurting by now but kept focusing on the groups ahead of me and trying to catch them, pass them and then picked the next target to catch. I got through mile 6 in 7:02. 

By now there was not much left in the tank but kept pushing on and covered the last section in 2:10. 

6.34 miles according to my Garmin in 46:03. Really happy with that. A negative split too with my last mile being my fastest mile. About 1:30 off my PB but considering that I would have settled for a sub 50, this was fab.

It would have been so easy not to run today. But really glad I did. Shows me that I have not lost it completely and will give me the boost I need to take control of everything and get training properly again.

Hopefully i will find time to get on here more regularly even if it is only a short post.

What is everyone else up to now we are heading for the summer season ?

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