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The Thousand Mile Club - 2017

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 17:17

 Muttley, not sure that you can deny the logic of Muttley Jnr there; that did cheer up my day!

Harmander, impressive mileage - well done on racking that up already!

senidM - again, decent mileage; good to ensure you take care of yourself if you've not been 100% - so many horrible bugs doing the rounds!!

Nell - what's your marathon?

I did a paltry 1.23 miles today. Headed for the trails which I believe yesterday had some nice crisp snow on them. Today however, I almost didn't make it from my car to the pavement, then when I reached the trails there was a bit of ice to skirt around. Managed just over half a mile before encountering an open patch with a complete covering of ice - horrible, thawed snow that had refrozen overnight so was just absolutely treacherous. Nearly fell over trying to get back across the car park to my car too - like a bottle!  

Texted my friends who were heading out later to advise them of conditions - they went anyway and I got a text from one of them later saying she'd fallen on her bum and it hurt a lot. Not good. On the upside, the thaw should ensure they're clear for next weekend!

Did an easy warm up yesterday followed by parkrun with my big sister, so nice easy miles. Need to get my arse in gear as I'm training for a half marathon in February.

YTD: 51.13 miles

HM Training plan including parkruns

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 06:39

In the past I've run parkrun but just used it as part of another run like folks have said - dependent on what's on the plan it could be a tempo, easy, or part of the long run.

My club coach is against us racing it every week as it doesn't do you good whatever your aim. Even if you want a PB, after the initial flurry of times you then need to back off and run easy before picking the 'right' week to go for it. New or otherwise, you're not going to find a schedule that has you 'race' 5k every week. You'd be done! 

Good luck! 

The Thousand Mile Club - 2017

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 21:47
Well, that was fun! I am bracing myself for the cold, so went out for a head torch run tonight and very much enjoyed it so did 10.14 miles. Fab new head torch from Santa - he knew I'd been hankering after something like a floodlight so decided as I'm relatively cheap to run to get me the Petzl Nao +. It was ace! I'd never have gone rampaging around the woods like that with my old one.
YTD: 37.56 (There will no doubt be a few eeeks when I do nothing!)

The Thousand Mile Club - 2017

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 17:46

Long run on the trails today with friends - time passed very quickly  11.98 miles,

YTD: 27.42 miles

Can anyone recommend a 5k training plan?

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 07:44

Pfitzinger and Latter: Faster Road Racing 

You can get the book on Amazon and it's a decent read. Plans from 5k to half marathon, with 3 levels for each. I I usually just stick with the lowest mileage as that's up to 40 a week at peak which is enough for me. 

The Thousand Mile Club - 2017

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 16:54
3.49 easy miles, testing out my gut! It appears that in running a PB on Monday followed by a hill walk, yoga & head torch run on Tuesday maybe wasn't my best idea as I had a very upset stomach and pretty much 24 hours of sleep on Wednesday! Feeling okay now although a bit of a sore throat ????

YTD: 15.44 miles

Washing running clothes.

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 08:01

Halo - it's a great non-bio designed for sports kit that gets rid of the smells. I sometimes find with regular supermarket non-bio the sweat can linger.

On the colour front, throw in a Dylon Colour Catcher sheet with each wash, then provided you take out the washing when it's done (rather than leaving it in the machine all day while at work or whatever), anything white will stay white. Works wonders! 

The Thousand Mile Club - 2017

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:13

Pleased to report that I got my New Year off to a good start by running a 10k PB today 

The Thousand Mile Club - 2017

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 18:14
Happy New Year folks. No miles for me today - volunteered at parkrun. Running a 10k tomorrow so hopefully that'll get the year off to a good start. ????

Running highlight of 2016 and Goals for 2017

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 07:56

I had a good year, coming back stronger after a long injury (5 months) last year. Highlights for me were getting some unexpected good times ...

I followed the Pfitzinger and Latter plans, initially targeting 5k to get some speed back, then switching to other distances. By the end of the year I'd achieved my second fastest half marathon time (1:35:57), and PBs for 10 miles (1:08:44) and 5k (19:50).

The 5k was the one I was most delighted with as I took a chunk off my previous best from 2014 and this was always a dream time for me.

2017 goals? Consolidate what I've done. I'd like to do another marathon in the future, but my priority for this year is to continue running strong and hopefully get a PB for 10k and half marathon too. 

Wishing you all good health and success in your running in 2017! 

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