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The Middle Ground

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:36

TR The Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall on Nov 2nd is billed as fast and flat - I think I'll be targeting it (mainly because it's less than 5 minutes away - mind you, by the time I've driven a 45 min round trip to drop Little Miss CB off with grandparents...)


The Middle Ground

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 12:59

Hi Josh - welcome back and take it easy building up mileage - listen to Alehouse!

Duck well run and a good result given that your legs weren't in it and the conditions. Another time...

Good result TR. Parkrun seems to be responsible for a new generation of fast youngsters. An 11 yr old girl just ran a 7:09 2k junior parkrun!

Good track session Velloo - it's never too late!

Looking good for GNR Mr V.

Birchwood 10k this morning. A target was PB, B target was sub 45, C target was finish and get the luxury bath towel! Is was very wet and windy early doors so much so that when the time came to get out of the car for my warm up I considered snuggling back down for another half hour and just going for the C target!

Rain stopped before the start and I got my sunglasses out! It was still very windy though. Miles 1 and 2 went well and I thought that I may be on for a pb, but the wheels fell off in mile 3, and it was a struggle from there on! I'd like to say I didn't take it to the well, but when I tried to pick up the pace over the last few hundred metres there was nothing there!

44:15 (25 secs outside PB), and the BS factor says the wind and undulations were worth at least 26 secs! I'm happy with that considering the lack of consistency recently, and my pb will get slashed when proper training resumes in September.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:52

Well done Duck, Mr V and the record breaking Mother Duck

2 weeks in the lakes during which time I logged 2 hilly 6 milers, lots of small walks (we do have a 3 year old), floating on lakes and ice cream eating (I managed to substitue with tea on at least half the ice cream visits!)

Back into it today with 11 miles in the torrential rain, struggled at the end and had really tight calves afterwards.


The Middle Ground

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 15:07

Enjoy the week off Mr V.

It's hot out there. I set off at 1pm aiming for 10 miles with 10x800m at 10k pace. I managed the first 2 on target before a gradual slowing and by the last 2 efforts my legs were shot. Which tells me a few things; My 10k time is way off the time predicted by my 5k pb; I need to do more longer tempo efforts; I need to do longer runs and I shouldn't run in the scorching midday heat!

Enjoy the sunshine everyone.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 16:41

Some great training going on here. Only slow running here. I was planning at running a hard tempo at Delamere Parkrun but the weather was more suited to swimming, so I offered to pace a friend to 25 mins. We failed, but not due to my pacing!

10 easy this morning in the sunshine, hopefully trying a 10k pace session tomorrow.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 19:58

DNS tonight. Nothing major, just a niggling headache all day that I couldn't shake, and feeling run down generally. Decided a 5k in the heat wasn't the best idea and lit the barbeque! Early night tonight and will try to get a gentle 9 in tomorrow once Little Miss CB is at preschool.

Hi Ratzer

Looking like ridiculously hard sessions TR and DT. Well done.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 14:19

Good hangover cure TR!

Just read back - too much to comment on for now!

I only ran once in the 9 days after Sale, and that was a gentle 3.5 miles. I swam once and had a 4 day DofE trip to the Lakes. I figured sleep and recovery were more important than logging miles. 9 miles yesterday and 6 miles with 6x200m this morning, and I'm sort of feeling ready for the next Sale Sizzler on Thursday!

The Middle Ground

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 21:36

Sale Sizzler 5k

Excuses first - I'd had a dodgy gut all day and must have gone to the toilet a few thousand times today! I'm also physically and mentally shattered due to things at work, so much so that colleagues have repeatedly asked me if I'm ok and seem concerned that I'll make it home awake!

I managed to stick on target pace for the first mile and a bit, but after that the effort was just too much and my stomach was starting to cramp, so just after passing Alehouse I slowed to a jog and trotted in, stopping to introduce myself to Alehouse on the next lap!

I'm upset now, but not because of the race, that's just symptomatic of everything else, but because I've allowed myself to get this run down. And yet I know it'll happen again! It was a crap run, they happen and I haven't had one for a while so was due one. There's another sizzler in two weeks and if I feel good I'll go for sub 20 then.

Alehouse sorry I didn't stick around, I really was in a bad place after the race. Hope to see you in a couple of weeks.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:50

Lots going on here suddenly.

Sounds like you're making good progress DT, fingers crossed for the 10ks.

Sorry Andrew. It really does seem to be one thing after another.

Decided not to swim tomorrow morning (closest thing to a taper I'm going to get!) - tired and lots to do at work. Fun and games.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 09:41

Well done PRF and Hannah. I normally find myself travelling fast through Rhyl...

200s this morning were fastest yet - 10s/mile faster than last week which in turn were the fastest yet by 6s/mile. Steep improvement curve at the moment.

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