Carl D

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Posted: 03/02/2016 at 23:29

Rob - man flu. Rest up and take it easy. 

PS - you are right. A few miles are better than no miles. Last week it was the travel and logistics that meant I could not do it. Was in a hotel where the gym did not open until 7.30 am and closed at 9pm FFS as Carter would say. Mental note not to stay there again. 

Set the alarm this morning for 6.15. It went off I turned it off. Decided that t was too cold to go out but the reality was I was tired. Got home (well my alternate home !!) at 8pm tonight. Ran 8 miles hard in 59:34. Felt good to give myself a workout

Sounds like everything is going well for you at the moment. Keep it up.

Carter - good run from you at lunch today. As ever, you have done your research well. I have just bought a few more pairs of my Mizuno Wave Inspire 11's and now should have enough pairs to get me through this year

IBB - Regent's Park is only down the road from me. You will have 2 or 3 laps to do on this one. But it is relatively flat and at that time you will not have too many people out and about so a good time is possible. Best of luck

Ali - Richmond is. Tough one but I enjoyed it despite not getting an official time. It was bordering on being too warm last year but hey ho. Yes work is manic but happy with it. So far so good. As you say the tightness is probably. A reaction to the long run. Keep an eye on it next run and ease into the run. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 22:41

Carter - some great running from you at the moment. The weekly mileage is good and  the length of each run is impressive so soon aftear focusing on the flatter stuff.

Much as I wanted to run Paris not running it is definitely the right decision. AS much as I like running there are more important things in life too.

So I have a decision to make but again I think it will be made for me. Edinburgh is on my list to do but not this year. Too close to school exams and this year we have two that we need to focus on, so my help at home will be needed.  So a local marathon would be better and hence I am back to Richmond Park (which is officially a trail marathon) which I ran last year.

PS - good to hear from you and we always find something interesting in what you share with us

Really impressive mileage in January and beats mine hands down. I like the determination to get another race in as you have nothing much else planned. 

And yes you have asked me a good question. Honest answer is that I do not know. But I do not need to enter the marathon until quite close to race day. I am going to set myself a more sensible training plan than last years effort and see can I get to the start line in reasonable shape. I am not targeting a PB or anything (I know the closer to the event I get my mind will begin to wander and think about the art of the possible) but right now it is. about taking part and using it to keep myself fit and healthy.

Work is very busy. The new role brings a lot of expectation. The travel that goes with it  adds a dimension that I did not have to think about before and being away from home means that you tend to work longer hours as there is not much more to do. I also have  regular discussions with colleagues on the other side of the world which adds to the unpredictability of the day. But it is a great job so would not have it any other way. Just need to get better at juggling a few more things ......


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 22:37

Hi all. It has been 10 days or so since I have posted which is becoming a habit this year. The new job and more the logistics associated with the new job is just making life a tad challenging at the moment. Also coincides with a really busy period with loads going on that I have got sucked into very early into my role. Makes it doubly challenging.

I managed 4 runs the week before last but only 6 miles each time as I just did not have the time.

This week I was travelling around the UK a lot and burning the candle at both ends so got zero runs in until today. Managed 8 miles and boy were they tough. It was like I was dragging the body around. Was quite tired after it but that is more to do with my body being generally tired after a busy few weeks. Even had to work yesterday which was a tad frustrating as I am trying to keep the weekends free for the family.

So when I was last on I was talking about the fact that Mrs C would prefer it if I did not do Paris. It is because she worries about my safety with all the recent troubles out there. The chances of something similar happening in London are quite high so am I any more unsafe in Paris. But anyway after thinking it over it is easier to agree and have an easy life. And as I said she is supportive of me doing anything I want in the UK and is very supportive with all my travelling each week. So life goes on.

I have not decided on which marathon I will do. The Manchester weekend does not suit me and not sure I fancy Milton Keynes. I have run the HM there and it is ok.

I might do Richmond Park again in which case I have 16 weeks to go. It is quite local which means I only take out half a day rather than a weekend. An alternative option is Edinburgh but that is a whole weekend. Also might be the start of half term which would not be ideal. Will make a call on it this week. 

Have had a quick skim back over the last two weeks. Everyone seems to be doing ok and making progress. Good running and good banter as normal. 

Planning a slightly less hectic week this week so should be back on soon.

Keep running all. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 22:46

PS - Happy New Year to you and good to see you are up and going for your shot of marathon fame and glory.

Like Ali I am struggling to make enough time to fit running in with the demands of the new job. It is not so much the job (but it is manic) it is all the travel I am doing with it at the moment. I have to plan my life, work out how many nights I am away from home, bring work clothes and running clothes and all that jazz and it means that 4 runs per week is about tops for me. Big contrast to last year here I was doing 6 runs week in week out without fail

So with my no real target in mind idea I looked at an Asics plan. I used this for my first marathon and it seems to have a maximum of 4 runs per week and as you say the slow runs are real slow.

I am loosely following a 12 week version of it and will see where it leaves me

Tonight was a classic. I had hoped to get away from work at 7pm. It was 8.30 so with the temp at -3deg heading out for 6 - 8 miles at about 9pm just is mad. But with the rest of the week logistically challenging I am heading out at 6am in the morning whatever the temperature. Insane or what

And to top it all the OH who has always been very supportive of my crazy running habit and is 100% behind what I am doing work wise is dead against me doing Paris. I am very relaxed that it will be very safe but she is having none of it. Big decision to make in the next few days. If I drop it to keep the peace (and I do see this from her point of view) what marathon do I do instead ?

Carter - some good running despite the challenges of the change of diet. Cooking lessons now too....

Ali - getting the work life balance right is always tough and going from training to being a fully fledged teacher is a big step and it will definitely take time to adjust. It will get easier over time. Stick with it and just fit the running around what you do. THis worked for you last year when you had busy periods and if I recall you did have a great year overall.

Rob - Great race from you. Loved the report. Swimming in 2 feet of water is not a good look ...

IBB - everything seems to be going well at the moment. Good race too

Washwood - what's up ? 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 18/01/2016 at 00:19

Still alive and ran 4 times this past week. Will make time to come back on and post tomorrow night. To all those up north just be safe if you are out running.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 18:34

Not been on much this last week as life has got very busy again with me going back to work and criss crossing the country before having a busy weekend being taxi driver.

Still adjusting to working away during the week and just need to get a bit more organised with things to make it all work smoothly.

Had a light running week this past week and managed 28 miles off 3 runs.

12 week marathon training starts this week although OH is not keen on me going through with the Paris marathon with all the recent bombings / shootings etc. So I will need to persuade her that it will be very safe.

My targets for this year are to set myself no real targets. I am hoping to do 3 marathons. With work and travelling I am not sure that I will be able to stick rigidly to my training plan like I did last year so assuming that the OH leaves me go to Paris, I am looking to do a good time but it will depend on how the training goes. I will do what I can and come race day what will be will be. I do want to break 3:30 soon and it would be great if I can deliver this in 2016.

I am not setting myself any mileage targets as it sort of means that running takes over your life.

I do want to stay injury free and this running does not get any easier as we get older.

So I think it is all about keeping fit and healthy and enjoying my running.

Carter - thanks for posting the race list.

Well done to everyone for getting out there. Weather has certainly turned colder this last week although I am still refusing to don the running tights just yet.

Will try and sneak back on later and have a good read back this last week. Keep on running folks.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 22:14

Rob - you are right. It is only 38 miles per week so should have been easy .....

I must compare this to the last few years as I know it was a big step up in miles. Hopefully I have left something in the tank for the spring marathon and do not spend all the training recovering.

Marathon training starts in a weeks time and I am going to train for 12 weeks. Will base this on the Hanson's plan that i followed last year. Must put this into a spreadsheet in the next day or so.

Shame about NYE and everything that followed. No wonder you did not make it to the park run. As we had a gang in the house we went over to Kite Hill on Hampstead Heath to watch the London fireworks. There were 100's of people milling about and it was a nice way to see in the NY. Got to bed at 3am so when I stirred briefly at 8.30am I just turned over and told myself not to be silly. NYD was a slow day.

Glad that you got a run in later in any case.

Ali - 1200 miles is a good solid year. Agree that setting a mileage target is tough when so many things can get in the way. I only decided on the 2015 mile challenge in the middle of October when I realised that it was possible. 

You have had a fab year of running and am looking forward to reading about loads of good races this coming year.

Well done on your 4 mile PB. Another PB. 

Elle - interesting what you say about the long run. The Damsons plan maxes out at either 16m or 18m. But there are no 22 or 22m long runs as some do. I am sure that Carter will have a thing or too to say about this when he next pops in for a chat.

Good to see the training is going well and that you are managing all the social media commitments. I find it hard enough at times just to post on a single thread !!

And yes am sure that Richard (Rob) will keep us informed. Still chuckling about that.

Got my first run of 2016 in today. Damp but not raining too hard and still running in shorts, I managed 10.3 miles.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 19:24

So it is done.

Have captured the run below. Not the hardest. Not the fastest. Not the easiest. But the most satisfying run of 2015.

So I can now say that I have run 2015 miles in 2015. It is a long way.


My stats for the year look like this.

 Really chuffed with myself for completing this challenge. It was not easy and having declared that I was going to do it, I had to complete it. At times I thought I might fall short as life kept getting in the way but at a few key moments I pulled a long run out of the bag which kept me just about in touch.

Going to enjoy the celebrations tonight.

Happy New Year to everyone and for those brave enough to be running tomorrow - best of luck and as Carter says do not be shite. 


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 13:00

So it is the last day of the year and the sun is shining.

Time for a run .....

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 22:08

Rob - having come this far it would be silly not to finish it.

Have a busy day tomorrow as got both my sister and brother with their families coming to stay the night and we have a few neighbours joining us as well to see in the NY.

The local park run is on on NY but it is a 9am rather than 10am start. Might do it but having run part of the course yesterday it will be very wet, mucky and slippy through the woods on the Heath. I suppose it will depend how late or early we finish....

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