Carl D

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Posted: Today at 00:46

And I got my start corral for Chicago confirmed today. I am in Wave 1 Corral B. Approx start time 7:33am. My Reading HM time was 7 secs inside the cutoff for this pen. 

So just got to do the training now.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: Today at 00:44

Carter - good to hear that you are enjoying the break and getting some running in to challenge the eating and drinking. And yes it is very good of the weather to oblige and tell the winds to p**s off. 

PS - I have always enjoyed running after work and find running in the morning a struggle. God knows how I am going to start a marathon at 7:33am !!!!

While I have been increasing the miles the last few weeks this week is all about getting the intensity back into the running. It is not easy mind you but I keep telling myself that I am travelling so far for this marathon that it better be worth it so I need to crack on and get on with it.

Good hilly miles from you. Hard for us back here in cold UK to understand the problems you are having with the heat. Must be a nightmare as it makes everything harder. By the time October comes round you will be flying.

And yes I am booked into a hotel. Not far from the main shopping street so Mrs C can enjoy the trip !! whilst i enjoy the running.  I think it is the Courtyard Chicago Downtown. Something like that anyway. 

Robert - you have been very busy this week. No idea how you fit gym classes in and the running. Hard enough to cram 8 or 10 miles in in the evening without taking another chunk out for spin / kettle balls etc. Well done you. 

Have you races other than the marathon lined up ? 


8 was miles for me tonight. All about getting out there and knocking the sessions out now. Gets harder this time of year with holidays and that. Next few weeks will be challenging but got to force myself to keep doing it despite the distractions of the beach (with little sun) lol.

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Posted: 28/07/2015 at 23:58

Where has everybody gone ? All on holiday or just taking a break ?

Tonight was intervals night on the track for me.

It was really nice getting soaked to the skin too and the wind was less than pleasant.

2 miles warm up, followed by 5 x 1 mile at approx HM pace with 400m recoveries, 2 miles cool down.

Am waiting for the data to transfer off my watch so do not have exact stats.

The first mile was my slowest at c7:23mins. The next 2 miles were at c7:15mins. 

By mile 4 I was feeling it in my quads big style. But I knocked out a c7:10mins mile.

Mile 5 was a killer as the legs were tired and the lungs telling me that I had done enough. But c7:05mins mile to finish.

10 miles in total so a pretty good workout to kick start the week.

 And tonight was the first night in a long time that I had to contend with daylight fading rapidly as I approached the end of my run. Shame but looks like summer is over !!

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 23:11

Ali - that is one hell of a great run and a really great race report. Really good time too. Look what you can achieve when you are part of a running club and not wanting to let others down. 10 miles is a hard distance to are as it is short enough to go really fast but long enough that you need to respect it. And those hills sound brutal. Considering those hills and the fact that you were running the hard leg for the team, I think you should be so proud of your achievement.

You are in a rich vein of form at the moment and so should have a good autumn marathon in your legs. Have you entered one yet ? 

PS - an uneventful 13 miles is exactly what you want to be doing at this stage of the training. So that all sounds good. It must be hard balancing the visitors, the kids and the heat.

Robert - good strong run from you at the weekend. You seem to be running well at the moment and based on this a sub 4 is easily within grasp me thinks.

Running in unfamiliar territory i indeed tough but fun. Not having a clue where you are heading and what kind of running route you have selected is indeed challenging on the mind. 

My run on Saturday looked like this :

 8 miles yesterday which were non eventful and rounded off the week nicely.

This week I need to up the miles a little. So far so good.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 14:16

Yesterday was a bust and wet day so no running.

Travelled down to south west Kerry to visit my brother and his family. Kids having a great time. Cannot go much further west in this part of the country. If you do you are in the Atlantic !!

Fitting running in on holidays is always a challenge and doing long runs in unfamiliar territory is always challenging.

Got up this morning and headed off not sure if it was an 8 mile run or a 14 mile run.

It is rater hilly being mountainous so my strategy was to find a road that was not too hilly and stick with it for as long as possible before turning back on myself.

Found a road that slowly climbed up around the mountain. Took it for 4 miles. Had some loud dogs give me a noisy welcome at various points. At 4 miles and having climbed quite a lot I turned back. When I found the main road again I took another road that looked flattish. It also climbed and I even had to contend with cows being moved down the road for milking. Loads of sheep in the fields too.

I was not exactly running slow and probably was going too fast for what is supposed to be a slow run.

After about 2 miles on this road with it continuing to climb, I turned back and headed for the town. 12.5 miles as I entered the outskirts of the town. Found a road that looped around and took that. WAs getting tired as the hills had taken alot out of me and with no food taken on board before the run I think I was running low on energy levels.

!4 miles on the watch as I got to the bottom of the hill up to my brothers place. Decided to walk this as the legs were well and truly done in.

1:51 on the watch so just under 8 min miling all in. 

We are heading back to our 'home' town of Kinsale tomorrow and I will get an 8 mile run in there to finish off the week with 40 miles. I was hoping to get a 5ft run in this week but just could not do it. 

However I am not going to stress out about this too much. I am running strong early in the training plan and enjoying it again which is the main thing.

How is everyone else doing this weekend ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 13:15

Ali - yes everyone here. Weather was great yesterday. So much so that I got sunburnt out running !! Probably be the winds by the sea. Today nott so good but seems to be the same everywhere.

Everyone here and enjoying it so far. The OH and kids are here for a ful 4 weeks so having a week or so back in London is not so bad.

Your club sounds really nice. And great that your run felt easy. It must be great to be going away racing with the club. The hils will be the same for everyone so enjoy the experience. Hopefully the weather will be kind to you.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 19:03

Carter - enjoy the holiday. Hopefully you wil get some running in whilst there. Your plans for next year are complex. You are right. Spring marathon guns blazing means that you will need a few months to recover before you take on the ULtra challenge.

But what do 2 ultras take out of you and will it really mean that you can go all out in an Autumn marathon ? 

No expert me. But if going all out in the marathon to get a GFA is the plan then I would do that in the Spring, nail it and then move over to Ultra running properly. Must be hard trying to balance both.

Will read your blog at some oint too ....

PS - keep at it. You will be fine.

Ali - definite bill to the father me tthinks.  Must have been a nightmare when it happpened. 

Robert - mixing up teh training and paces is what eventually laeds to better maraton times. 2 marathons in 20 days is setting yourself a big challeneg.

10 hilly miles by the sea for me today. 6 miles at MP. So feeling a little tired now. But quietly pleased with myself. Am back in London next week as there is something at work that I ahve to be there for and then back to Ireland.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 22:22

PS - you can move up if you have proof of fast enough HM or Full finishing times. You have to email them the proof by Aug 10th latest. I am trying to get into Pen B based on a less than 1:35 HM from Reading this Spring.

All a bit mad here tonight as I need to pack the car ahead of the long drive to Ireland tomorrow morning.

Got out this morning for my first run of the training campaign.

An interval session at the running track in Regents Park. Hard session for the first one.

8 miles with 6 x 800m at 5k-10k pace at its core with 400m jog recoveries.

Really tough but ran the 800m at 3:05 to 3:07.

Was nearly dying by the last one.

But it was a nice morning and there was some interesting scenery to watch amongst all the people with Personal Trainers as I puffed and panted my way around the track !!

Carter - great you have got out there for that first post race run.

Ali - great job. You are a demon at this shortish stuff now.

Robert - not all runs are good miles but they are miles all the same. Well done for getting out and getting them in the bank !!


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 23:55

Another  interesting stat for anyone who cares .....

The chart on my last post adds up to about 225 miles in 9 weeks.

At the peak of my training for Richmond, in the month of March I ran approx 240 miles and in the month of April just over 250 miles.

All relative I guess ....

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 21:44

Quiet on here this weekend. Assume everyone is out enjoying the good weather. 

So got my 6 miles in around 9am this morning. It was glorious out there.

8:25 ; 8:03 ; 7:56 ; 7:41 ; 7:37 ; 7:19

A little fast for a recovery run but it felt good.

It has been 9 weeks since my marathon efforts in Richmond Park.

In that time my weekly runs have steadily increased an I think I am ready to start marathon training again.

 Must be mad but here goes anyway ..... 

Only going to run 5 times per week not the 6 that I did during winter. Just do not have the time with family off school / holidays and all that jazz to try and kill myself. 

I am going to follow a modified version of my 16 week Hanson plan that I used before but only over the 12 weeks. Will loose one of the mid week short easy runs and concentrate on the core runs (tempo / interval and long run). I am going to train with a 3:20 marathon in mind so will pick my MP based on this and see how it feels a few weeks in.

Not expecting this to be easy but going to give it a whirl .....

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