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Posted: 14/08/2014 at 23:08

Carter - impressive forward planning indeed. Good to hear that things are nearly back to normal.

PS - you are doing fine. It is only a few seconds slower so nothing really. Looks like you are getting your race head on. Having a series of races lined up definitely focuses the mind.

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Posted: 14/08/2014 at 23:06

Nell - 10 miles before work. You will be up very early indeed. Good session from you yesterday. Footie again .

Ali - yes doing the same route over and over can be monotonous but once every week or so is not too bad and as you say you can see progress. On Tuesday I knew which miles I needed to push harder on to improve my time. 

Funny how different runs , same distance, at the same pace can feel totally different. The hill session on Tuesday was tough. And yes compared to Carter's exploits they are only baby hills but for me they are big enough.

Tonight I went for a flatter route still with some inclines and a progressively faster tempo style run. Roughly the same average pace as the hill session but it felt much harder to keep it going. 

8 miles in total.

7:53; 7:27 ; 7:18 ; 7:10 ; 7:00 ; 6:51 ; 7:40 ; 7:39

Average 7:22 m/m.

The 6:51 mile was really hard to make happen and I was on the edge.

So does this faster stuff help. It must do as it is pushing the body, making things work harder. The trick is to allow recovery. But what do i really know about that.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:35

And only a modest 592 feet of elevation gain ............

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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:34

So tonight I was originally going to do 800m intervals and at the last minute decided that I would do my usual rolling hills at pace.

 Decision was on the basis of I will not be able to do this much more as we move into September as with the evenings closing in and work being busy meaning no early evening runs will be possible, it will be too dark in the wooded sections. Running without being able to see where your feet are is not clever.

It was clear skies when I went out but after a mile in, the skies became black very quickly and then it poured. So I got soaked and it did not matter whether I was in the open or under trees it was very wet, cold and windy.

I pushed it very hard tonight and my splits were :

7:41 ; 7:17 ; 7:28 ; 7:26 ; 7:05 ; 7:33 ; 7:12 and 7:18.

Average pace 7:22 m/m.

Smashed my previous best of 7:34 m/m.

8 miles in 59 mins. Some going even if I say so myself.

Where did that come from. Conditions were the worst I have run in for a while. I was up super early this morning too.

There is no doubt that adding this run to my repertoire has really improved my base fitness level. 

Easy run planned for tomorrow.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:25

Nell - great 800m intervals there. Like you I find myself asking that question. How the heck am I supposed to keep this pace going for 10k. Madness.

PS - great to hear from you and that the training has continued despite the holidays. Yes marathon training is one of those things that requires focus and dedication and you do find yourself putting this head of other things. And despite all of this we all find ourselves going back for more. 

Ali - great running from you at the mo. You are a star for taking on pacing friends. Not easy to do this but well worth seeing the improvements. Some people just need that extra encouragement. 

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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 22:20

Carter - what an amazing achievement. You are a legend on here. What a race to enter in the first place. And considering the will I won't I debate you were having with us only a few short weeks ago, you not only took part. You nailed it. Better than you expected you say. You are being modest.

And what a great report.

Not sure where you found the stamina to write that. It is a great read and I have had to read it twice to make sure I got it all.

I love running but as Nell says, you race report confirmed what I was thinking about ultras. Enjoy reading about them but no desire to put myself through that. You on the other hand have been itching to do this for a while and you should be really proud of the outcome.

Suppose you are now converted. Amazing .......

And not even able to enjoy the Magners properly afterwards. What would Spoons think of that eh ? 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:51

Ali - great race report. And really good pacing of yourself throughout. Finished strong so yes I guess you could go quite a bit faster. Well done.

Carter - An Ultra runner. Well done. Can't wait for the race report.

I got out this morning but a little later than planned so only had enough time to run 10 miles. Any more and I would have been in a spot of family bother which is not worth it.

I do love running in Kinsale. Hilly so tough but the scenery is absolutely stunning. It was sunny and windy this morning after last nights storms. But teh views out over the countryside, the river that runs out to sea, the harbour are brilliant.

10 miles in 8:20 m/m.

So technically a cutback week but tbh needed to give the body a bit of a rest.

This week is going to be a tad tricky as work and travel back and forth between Kinsale and London will make time for running hard to come by. Will see how I manage. 

So Carter still recovering then. No doubt having a few Magners in celebration .......

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 22:54

Ali - great run from you today. Bang on the money.

Nell - 1:34 is not to be sniffed at. Maybe a little slower than last year but still  a great time. 

Weather turned rotton here in the south west of Ireland this afternoon and it has not stopped since. So I put off any thoughts of going out for a trot as becoming a drowned rat after 30 seconds of a 90 minute workout was not very appealing.

Hoping that the weather lets up overnight so that I can get out early tomorrow.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 11:42

Carter - best of luck for today. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

Ali - go for it with your 10k. You never know you might surprise yourself.

And yes during the week I do tend to run after work. I never seem to be able to get up early enough to get it over with at the start of the day. I suppose each end of the day has its own challenges. I do seem to run better in the evenings though.

I will get out later today. Probably for 10 -12 miles and I will do another 4 miles tomorrow. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 07:55

Ali - guessed you would have been a bit busy. Very exciting times for you ahead.

And well done for pacing your friend round to a new PB. Must give you great satisfaction.

Went for my usual rollings hills on The Heath last night. You really do notice the nights coming in now as it was very gloomy by the time I finished. Last hill section in the woods was a bit mad as it was impossible to see the underfoot conditions.

Managed to complete the 8  miles in 7:34 m/m which I am very pleased with.

Clearly I enjoy running in the evening 

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