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Place in Royal Parks available for sale

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 20:28

I have a place in the Royal Parks half but pressure of work has meant that my training over the last couple of weeks has been rubbish. 

It is a great half and I really want to do it but not sure my body is up to it.

If anyone is interested in buying this place from me, please message me. 


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Posted: 28/09/2014 at 20:25

Nell - you seem to have gone on very well with this plan. Would you recommend this one above the others you have tried ?

I did not get out for a run today. Between the golf on the telly, work I was trying to do and am still trying to do on the computer, giving the kids some attention and taking the little fella to his football match (6-5 winners) there was just not time. Plus I am feeling tired. Too much work really. Need some quality downtime in the next week or two. 

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Posted: 26/09/2014 at 21:58

So have just about survived another crazy week at work.

Just come on here to check if anyone is still actually running.

PS - as Carter says you will not loose too much fitness but might be an idea to do some non impact cardio work at the gym. I am no expert in these matters but I think that will help.

Carter - depending on  how radical this change of diet is, it could be leaving you fatigued as you adjust to a different balance of carbs / protein etc. So you might need to adjust when you run to make sure you are not always using your reserves for normal running. Not sure this makes sense when written down but it has been a long week.

Ali - great to hear you have settled in well and are busy. As Carter says just think of those hols.

Nell - you are our shining light at the moment. I am expecting great things from you as you have been following this plan of yours superbly well.

Canter - any more races planned for you or you just going to focus on club running over the winter ?

So this weekend we have Ricky running in Berlin. In case you are 'lurking' best of luck mate and let us know how you got on. 

So I am going to get some running in this weekend but will wait to the morning before deciding what to do. 

What has everyone got planned ? 

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Posted: 24/09/2014 at 02:00

Now the fact that I have come on here to see what is going on at this time says it all really.

PS - I feel your pain but really impressed with your good nature and focus on race day. You will get to the start line and do fine.

Carter - need to think about the spring marathon. Manchester is a possibility but I also fancy Edinburgh. Then there is Paris that might also be calling for me to return.

Canter - great race report. Yes races that do not split runners according to time on the narrow park paths are a tad frustrating as it is predictable. But a great race all round.

I did manage to get home early (ish) tonight and got out for a run. Likley to be only mid week gallop.

Running track for 800m intervals. I mile warm up and 1.5 mile cooldown.

Could only manage 8 intervals tonight : 

3:16 ; 3:14 ; 3:14 ; 3:12 ; 3:15 ; 3:12 ; 3:12 and 3:10.

The tank was empty on the last interval.

I did enjoy this as it gave me a buzz after. They were tough and not having done this for a few weeks you can feel that the legs were not as light as they should be. Everything just a tad laboured.

The running clubs were flying around me. And they were banging the laps out like no tomorrow. Intimidating really. 

Mad penalty shootout in the footie tonight. Never seen anything like it. 


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Posted: 22/09/2014 at 23:10

Hello everyone.

Have just popped out from a mad and hectic week or so to see what everyone is up to.

PS - sorry to hear about the PF. Rest, rest and more rest. You have done loads of training. Important thing is to recover and you will do this quicker by resting. Yes it defies logic but it is true. 

And yes Carter and I have been around here for a while and certainly I intend hanging aound for a lot longer. Have not got anywhere close to my goals yet and keeping in touch with you all on here is an important part of keeping me honest and focused.

Carter - I think we all love carbs so running helps find a balance.

Nell - good solid running from you as normal.

Canter - great HM time especially off a minimalist training plan. Well done.

So last week was so mad that running was just not on the agenda. I did manage to get out for 10 miles at the weekend which i completed in 7:59 m /m. But this was tougher than it should have been. Probably because I am fatigued from work pressures etc.

So I def made the right call about Chicago. I am not going to stress about chasing a PB at the Royal Parks HM on the same day. I think my training will be sporadic between now and then. I will get in what I can but it will not be easy. So finishing in a sensible time is now the goal.

Ali - where have you gone ?

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

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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.


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