Carl D

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Posted: Yesterday at 23:17

Have been having some odd weather these last few days. Thunder and lightening on Friday night and after a grey start yesterday, the sun came out in full force in the afternoon. But it was cool last night - well outside anyway. Still too hot inside the house. Today it was a day of a few seasons. Windy, wet and sunny. And it was a bit like this when I went out running quite late.

Carter - will be adapting my Hansons plan for 12 weeks instead of the 16 that I did previously. It seemed to have worked and is fairly logical to my simple mind so why not give it another go and see if it helps me bring home the bacon.

Ali - now now. I would be giving myself a coronary if I even thought about doing a Borat in public !!! No it was shorts and trainers sadly. I think what was shocking to the public was that there was a nutter actually running in the heat that evening.

Sounds like you have been having a really busy time with work so impressive that you are getting any running at all in. When is your next race ?

Robert - looks like the impending Ashes means that the weather will be confused judging by the forecast I saw tonight. Rain, heavy showers and 24deg !!

So had planned to get out for a cheeky 6 miles yesterday and was hoping to get 8 - 10 miles in today.

But the family activities yesterday with a few unexpected twists meant that the gap in the schedule I had seen did not quite materialise.

So today I went out with 10 -12 miles in my head depending on what the body was telling me.

I have a 6 miles route close by that I follow on The heath and decided that I would do this twice and if I was not up for the final two miles I could easily finish after 10 not too far from home.

 The high points of the route were at about 3 miles and again at 9 miles.

I did do all 12 miles which is my longest run since the marathon. It felt much better than I was expecting it to be.

1:37:12 overall which is 8:06 min miling.

Covered the first 6 miles in 49:33 and the second 6 miles in 47:36 which is a negative split of 1:57. 

I was pushing the last 3 miles and ran them in 7:48 ; 7:46 and 7:27.

Really good run finishing on 33 miles for the week off 4 runs. So after quite a few lethargic type runs where I felt as if I was only going through the motions, todays run felt more like it.

Hope everyone has been having a great weekend.

Carter - your ultra is next weekend ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: Yesterday at 17:06

All quiet on here. Hopefully Carter your Ultra has gone well !! Will be back on later. About to squeeze a long run in. Has been a mental weekend acting as taxi driver for the 3 kids.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:18
Carter - yes it was 36 dregs on Wednesday. People were describing travelling on the tube like getting into an oven. So yes running in that heat was probably mad.

I think that is a sensible plan. Always good to feel your way into these things. 47 miles is some distance and it is bound to be as much mental as physical. Hopefully it is not too warm as that would add to the challenge.

Have not started my training plan yet. Two more weeks and then I go again.

But out before work this morning for a 6 miles run in just over 50 minutes. Was quite warm even then. Have covered 21 miles so far this week and Hoping to get up to about 35. If I can keep at that for the next two weeks I will be ready for training. Body is talking to me a bit but suspect that the heat and lack of sleep because of the heat has something to do with that.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 00:37

Ali - not sure that I am cut out for 35deg with the humidity we have in Cost del London. 

Great run from you on the HM on Sunday. Considering the hills and the heat that was probably as good as could be managed. I am with Carter on the hills training. They really do make you a stronger runner. Sounds like you have found a good club too and everyone I know including those on here have improved greatly.

Carter - am still chuckling about your conversation with the nutritionalist. The poor fella must have been thinking he was having his worst nightmare. Somebody who kept coming back with question after question. He is probably still in shock.

Really good news about the ultra this weekend. You are in great running form and you will do well. What strategy are you adopting for this one ?

Robert - intervals are great and over time become so much easier. They work well as part of a varied running routine. Make sure you do not run two hard sessions back to back as you need to give the legs and body some recovery time.

What a contrast running on Sunday was with last night / tonight. On Sunday I got soaked doing 6 miles and had some chaffing on delicate parts due to the dragging t-shirt.  

Last night I covered 8 miles and did a MP paced tempo run. 2 miles w/u, 2 x 2 miles at MP (circa 7:55m/m) with 1 mile recovery in between and then 1 mile c/d.

This was a tough session as it was the first hard training session I have done in a few weeks. 

Decided to go out tonight for 7 miles easy paced. It was very hot. Most people must have thought me mad. And clothing was at a minimum. Hopefully I did not scare the many people who were out enjoying the sunshine. It was still in the 30degs plus so it was pretty damm hot and while I brought water it became too hot to drink. All a bit weird but a good workout.

Nell - Heard that it was very hot in the south of France so assume you are having good weather too. Hopefully it is a little less humid for you and you are getting some runs in.

PS - how is the training coming along ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 18:31

Costa del London ...... 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 00:12

So take my eye off this for a few days and come back to find that we have 3 year olds posting. Very impressive indeed PS. 

PS - good to see that you are getting stuck into your plan. Always difficult to juggle everything and with the kids off important to make the runs you do count.

What temperatures are you getting now ? We are in the high 20's in London with 31deg forecast for next week. 

Nell - well done on the bqq last weekend. Sounds like it all went to plan. 

Carter - good week of running from you. that Tour of Bradwell  route sounds brutal. You have to be in great shape to be able to cover that type of terrain. And you defo deserved beer o'clock. Interesting that you are still running too fast. Seems to be a common 'problem' on here at the moment.

Robert - welcome to this mad group of runners. Some good races under your belt already and am sure that with he right quality and quantity of training that a sub 4 is easily within reach. Loads of good advice on here and you will find everyone friendly and happy to provide you an opinion or two. Just be a tad careful on the go out fast and try and hold on advice that Cater is promoting. It does not work for all and can lead to spectacular blowouts. If that is something you feel you want to do, be prepared for the odd bad experience. But in fairness it has worked spectacularly well for Carter this year so what do I know.

Ali - expecting a good race from you tomorrow. You are running well and seem to be in a really good place. Best of luck. Looking forward to the report.

So today I achieved the big 10. The first time I have gone over 10 miles since my marathon. Felt good to do this. Have managed a few runs this week so ticking over. Need to start thinking about getting some quality sessions in soon but it is nice not having the pressure of a schedule to follow. This will change in a few weeks. 

Hopefully everyone is having a great weekend. More footy for my lad tomorrow.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 22:54

PS - well done your lad. That is impressive considering the amount of time you have been out there. Sounds like you have the right connections too !!

My boy has potential and is convinced he will be a football player. He is not the tallest but packs a mighty tackle for his size, is intelligent on the pitch and can kick the ball accurately farther than most his age that I have seen. And playing him in the middle at the back even though he is not the tallest tells me that his coaches have a lot of confidence in him.

But as I keep telling him, only a few ever make it and it is not all it is cracked out to be.

Tough exercise class. I will stick to running  

Carter - sounds like you had a great weekend away. Sorry to hear about Harvey but needs must I guess ..

Hopefully you can find an ultra local as I am really keen to see how you get on with it.

6 miles for me tonight. Circa 49 mins. Felt much stronger than I did last week so pleased with that. Next run will be early Thursday morning.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 23:11

Is anyone out there ? Cannot start talking to myself or someone will accuse me of going and which I am in any case but nobody is to know. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 19:57

Ali - Valencia. Sounds rather nice. Today whilst standing at the side of the picth it went from roasting to being cold with a very strong wind. Bizarre weather. Would much prefer the 32 degrees you are having for sure.

It is always nice getting out for a run on hols so enjoy.

PS - Footie went ok. They got knocked out in the semi final 1-0 by the team that won it last year. He is playing U12 even though he is really an U11. I thought he did very well. He was solid as the centre half. Rescued the team many times. He won them the quarter final with a peach of a free kick with a minute to go from just outside his area. He landed it on the head of his striker who managed to direct it into the back of the net. But they ram out of legs in the semi's. Overall a great day out. He left his old club and is now playing for a brand new team at another club. Coaches are very good. They have only been playing together since Easter so things looking good for next season.

Did you get the run in yet ? May be with the inlays being in the house you will be able to sneak out for a few extra runs !!

Nell - how was the barbecue ?

Could not go out this morning as the girls were making a fuss of me. After being on my feet all day, decided to go out for the 6 miles when I came home. Legs were a tad tired with it being the 4th day on the bounce.

28 miles done this week as the faster side of easy pace. So all in all not a bad week.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 20:52

Nell - am seriously impressed how cool you and your son seem to be about his condition. I think I would be freaking out.

It will certainly make for a memorable holiday.

Sunny yesterday. Misting when I was out earlier today. Now it is heavy rain. Bizarre !!

Agree that running on holiday is fantastic. No pressures of everyday life and usually everyone is doing stuff so being out running is not a problem.

Ali - you certainly are busy at the moment so getting a 10 mile run in, the day of your grad ball is seriously impressive.

Enjoy the holiday and with the family. Sound like it was a great night out too.

AS I was updating my running spreadsheets tonight, realised that I have gone over 1000 miles this year already. 

Another 8 miles today and if I can get up early )is) tomorrow might squeeze another 6 in.

Have decided that I will only do 12 weeks for Chicago as I cannot face a 16 week plan. Will be running more consistently from this week to build up to 40+ miles before training starts proper in a few weeks.

Tomorrow I have the joys of standing on another touchline for another footie tournament. Hopefully it will be dry.

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