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RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 11:12

Rob - very well done on the ultra. Maybe you could carry some wipes next time so you don't lose another sock ?? Now rest !

Nick - what footwear did you end up running the XC ?

A 30 mile week for me with a 13.5 mile in the peaks on Saturday. I've been having a few niggles with my ankle, calves, achilles and particularly my shins and I think I may have been doing a bit too much too soon. I'm winding things back a bit for now and plan on doing some zone 2 heart rate running for a while which will hopefully help with the niggles while I'm building back up again

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 08:14

Nick – I can’t help you with XC shoes as I’ve never run a race of that type before. I can only imagine that you will need some trotters with plenty of grip. There are loads to choose from, some that have better grip on rocks, grass, mud etc, it depends on the type of terrain you will be racing on. Manchester is an ideal race to be targeting a PB, it’s as flat as they come.

Ali – glad to see the XC season has started, I imagine you will soon have plenty of mud up in Glasgow !

Carl – you have to start somewhere and, as you say, build up your base again. I have found it as tough mentally as physically as it feels like you really are starting from scratch again and when you know what you have been capable of in the past it can be tough to keep positive. Especially when you are carrying an extra couple of pounds. I thought Brighton had sold out months ago ?

Rob – as you say, this year you have learnt a lot with regards race planning, next year sounds much more sensible. How is the weight management going ?

IBB – I loved the Manchester marathon as well, until they admitted that it was a short course !

An easy week for me last week with just a couple of runs. I had a sore ankle so didn’t think it was worth pushing too hard but that is much better now so this week will be a bigger week. The plan is for a couple of easy runs, some hill repeats (I’ve started at 3 and will try and add 1 on each week) and then a long run at the weekend. Will be heading up in to the peaks somewhere so no doubt it will be rather muddy as we have had plenty of rain already. The healthy eating is still a bit inconsistent, it’s tough when those chocolate digestives keep calling me ! I’m also looking forward to some head torch runs as when the clocks change I will be upping my runs to 5 a week including one evening run in the woods/peaks.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 07:55

How sexist is that ??!! 2 women get in but us 2 fellas dont !!

I'm sure you ladies will enjoy the experience

Carl - any plans to do a spring marathon next year ? 


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 19:31
Well done IBB !!

I got my usual sod off response only this time by email

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 08:09

Ali - I don't mind running in the cold weather, just get a few layers on and make sure my hands and head are warm and away I go. apparently, despite the 30 miler being along a fair bit of towpaths, the course is pretty runnable. You seem to be getting better each year and you are still telling us of what great races you have run. So close to a PB on such a tough course is terrific going, I hope you have a good XC season and are in good shape to have a crack at a marathon PB in the spring.

Rob - when in decent shape the run I did would have been pretty tough but considering my fitness levels at the moment it was a bit of a brute. The 2 big climbs were definitely a shock to the system, particularly the first which was very steep and technical. I had to make several stops as I was really blowing ! It was such a lovely day though that I really enjoyed the run. I'm sure I will benefit from the run and can feel the legs getting stronger each time. You are very organised to have your 2017 calendar sorted already ! As you say, 3000ft of elevation over 50k isn't a massive amount. Keep eating and drinking and walk up the climbs and you will be absolutely fine. Which race is it you're running ?

A 30 mile week for me last week that included are 13 mile hilly, trail run with over 2k of climbing. As said earlier, the climbs were tough as I haven't done that sort of climbing in months. I was pretty pleased with the pace of the run, 12:50 mins per mile, as it was hilly, technical in places and already quite boggy as well. The knee is holding up fine at the moment but I do need to increase the amount of S&C I'm doing now my mileage is going up. Another similar week planned for me, about 30 miles; the temptation, now I'm enjoying my running again, is to start doing too much which I will need to keep an eye on.

Hope every is running well.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 20:10

Nell - I think I'm going back to the Hardmoors 55 in March. #unfinishedbusiness

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 10:03

Nell - good to hear from you again and good luck at Amsterdame, hope the ITB keeps away.

Carl - work still getting in the way of life I see.

Ali - another solid year of racing. And good for you pacing at Parkrun.

Washwood - didn't you run in Benidorm last year ?

IBB - Autumn finishes the third weekend in December I think.

Rob - had a few days of being really healthy. Have tucked in to some biscuits and a few beers but not as bad as previously. Back on the healthy bandwagon again.

A cut back week for me last week as the legs were starting to feel a bit tired after my first 3 week block of running in months. 3 runs and 15 miles so I'm now back and ready to go again. I've booked in to the Waterways 30 in January which is a 30 miler along the canal paths in Nottinghamshire. Not sure yet if I will just use it as a training run or give it a good go to get a decent time. At least I've got something in the plan to train and aim for. The weather has turned quite a bit the last couple of weeks up north, it's really quite cold of an evening now and Mrs C even switched the heating on last night ! 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 12:31

Nick - is it the in laws up in the Peak District you visited ? If so, which Parkrun did you do ?

IBB - What's up next for you ?

Washwood - an ultra is the natural progression after a marathon. Then you will realise that is is all the others who are insane, not us . Centurion running are not far from you, they have the South Downs Way 50 and the North Downs way 50 too. They are meant to be really great, well organised races. Oh, and tough !

So, 3 solid weeks running for me where I have managed 17, 23 and now 25 miles. Saturday was my longest run in 6 months, just over 10 miles. It's still hard going but I'm slowly getting there. I've even started to think about what races I could enter...


RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:27

Rob - that's my line of work too. Currently manual testing but trying to break into automation.

IBB - it's a secret marathon, that's why they aren't telling you anything !!

My running is going well at the moment, easy running is still a bit tougher than previously but that's to be expected and I know it will get easier over the next few weeks. Weight loss is going very well, 11lbs lost in 3 weeks and feeling so much better. Only had a couple of beers in all that time, only munched and biscuits once and cut down the amount of lattes I've been having. I'm feeling more positive now than the last 6 months or so so heading in the right direction

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 13:35

Rob - quality assurance testing ?

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