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The Middle Ground

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 14:52

Good running Dr. Dan!

AndrewD have you had a sports massage? I know its an investment but well worth it for managing niggles.


The Middle Ground

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 10:28

Ratzer yes they did bike fit as part of the process. Never been on rollers before then - was weird. I need to book in for the 6 week check so I can get them to look at it again...I think it is too high as I can barely reach the floor and it strains my toes when stopped at lights, but they said it should be that high to get the most power I do find the gears too easy as well (I use 8 of 9 when between junctions and 9 on the flat most of the time), so perhaps its just my massive thighs causing problems...

Brandon Hill is tough! Climb the tower if you really want a workout.

Haha AndrewD but not the ballet eh. Sorry about your knee - 72 hrs rest cures most niggles.

I normally do pilates once a week as weel, but its during work hours and has fallen off over Xmas as meeting keep getting put in for that time. It is free though so cant complain too much.


The Middle Ground

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 09:17

Hi Ratzer sorry to hear you are getting fat

Alehouse I havent seen them for ages as I dont get to parkrun much anymore. How was Hyde?

Dr. Dan when you started bike commuting did it result in a reduction in volume of running? I got home last night, soaked, cold and pissed off after cycling through strike traffic and surpisingliy didnt make it out for a run. I also have very tight hips and back... wonder if my position on the bike needs looking at. I'll be somewhere near 100 miles on the bike this week as I'll be using it on Sunday as transport.

I often find the parkrun after a thursday session is hard!

MYOX long hill reps are good. Enjoy the rest.

Surrey County Champs on Saturday meant a gold medal for my team (woot!), but sadly a DNF for me as aforementioned tight hips gave me the threat of a pulled hamstring. Massage on Sunday, and its starting to feel better, but the bike commutes are not helping. First ballet class tomorrow as well just to pile on the misery/fitness

Will run tonight and see how the hamstring/back is, but could definitely do with getting some more stretching in and less stress at work in


The Middle Ground

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 17:09
DT19 wrote (see)

Equally at the end of Feb I ran 1.25 half then in tbe two weeks prior to London a 39.31 10k and 19.03 5k. You will see my half time is on paper way better than the other two times, but I only managed 3.08, probably due to the fact I average about 30 miles a week. 

You ran your half pb two weeks before london

Agree about the 3:08 being a lack of miles, loads of men in my running club have amazing times to half, but never quite achieve their potential at the marathon, but then they dont want to train 80 miles a week.

You can "cheat" distances up to a half off low mileage. The marathon bites back if you do that (in general, for most people, there is always one who can pull it off!).


The Middle Ground

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 14:08

DT19 I was going to say the same (but a bit more bluntly!) last night...

MXOX I am by no means a speed monster, but my 5k time is 19:14, half 1:28:51 and full 3:15:28...

The full was set 1 month after the half and the 5k one week before so they are quite aligned. When my half time was 1:35 I was running maras at about 3:30 times. Its pretty normal for those who have relied on speed to sturggle to convert their shorter distance times at the marathon. Not impossible but usually requires a lot of mileage building over consecutive attempts...

The Middle Ground

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 11:35

AndrewD if you have been there before it is always easier to get back! Focus on keeping consistent consistency and go from there.

I am attending a coaches development day on 15th Jan and one of the topics is goal setting - it is a hard thing to do, but I like stretching goals. Not everyone responds to that though.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 06:23
Lol you have a thing DT

I also have county champs at the mud fest that is Lloyd Park, we were second last year and I scored (holy knows how), so team has a lot to liver up to! Win will go to Aldershot as usual of course, but might be touching a medal depending on who comes from other teams!

The Middle Ground

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 22:04

You too Welshpoppy

Hope everyone is training well?

A decent week, despite a cold and a 4 mile run today in central London this evening (travelling to Paris for work tomorrow so may not get a run in and definitely missing running club).

I'm not sure how many of you know about why I have had so much time off from training, but long story short I struggle to metabolise fat so often have low energy levels and can get very unwell quite quickly if I am not careful. In addition, I have been doing a very stressful job and got married in June (woot!), so training just got pushed to the bottom of the list.

However, I am probably at the level where I can begin working with my coach again, although at a much reduced level from before. I also now have a shiny new bike and have been cycling the 10 miles to work 2-3 days a week for the last 5 weeks so that is helping the cross training.

Next Friday I start ballet to help my flexibility and hopefully it will be uphill from here. I dont think I will get back to my 80 miles a week training, but I would like to get back in 5k shape. I'll skip marathons for now

2017 is going to be a good one

London Trail Running Hot Spots

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 18:25

Epping forest is amazing! Check out the London Loop sections that pass through there:

Most London loop routes involve some mud, but are not always well signed so do take a print out of the map with. They start and end at stations so are a good bet for long runs as well, you can then take a train home.

Epping Forest walking map:

And Orion Harriers are based in the forest as well, I think they train there quite a bit.

Also Lloyd Park is good, as is Hampstead Heath and Wimbledon Common and there's a good 7.5 mile course from Blackheath on this page that is muddy:

Other places we run xc over the winter:
1. Polesden Lacey - national trust property in the Surrey Hills
2. West End Common Esher also surrey
3. Beckhenham Place Park
4. Denbies Vineyard Surrey
5. MItcham Common
6. Happy Valley/Farthing Downs

Any of those should be muddy at this time of year




Moraghan Training - Stevie G

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 17:30
Pete we did the same double today (although as part of a long run so a LOT slower), it's only 2miles between on foot so well worth running next year ????

Stevie you old softie! I am in the pb's zero club too... Like you I am happy to be running at all.

HNY all ????
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