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Sub 3h15

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 09:14
Well done Badbark - great result! In your first ultra too!

Lorenzo - brilliant, that's a good chunk off your PB. I quite fancy the idea of the 2miler in Bat Park. I used to live just round the corner so know the park very well.

Jools - indeed, I was following the updates on Twitter too - to be honest I find Marigold a true inspiration and proof of what can be achieved if you focus and knuckle down to some serious hard work. I'm a bit behind on MT currently but looking forward to listening to his interview.

Blisters - ah bu**er that doesn't sound great but unless they've amputated I'm hoping that a year off is on the pessimistic side!

Gul - great confidence builder!

For me today I'm hoping to get out at some point for a very slow tester at something a little longer that I've been running recently but still probably I the single figures, maybe push to 10 but seeing as I'm on a very long road back I need to be cautious.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 09:02
Morning all!

Just popping by quickly to let you know there's a great article in The Times today about off road, or "wild" running today.

Might be worth a look.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 14:28
Badbark - good luck tomorrow! Let us know how you get on with Matt Fitzgerald???s diet plan - I'm just now reading his book with interest.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 07:08
Gul - what barbers/hair dressers are open at this time in the morning?!??!

Leslie - not sure to be fair if I've met anyone who 220-age works for - let alone runners!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 07:04
Morning all, an "easy" few again for me today. Still hard work but I've got to keep telling my self it will get easier and it's going to be worth it in the end.

Thanks for all the tips on shoes - I've read lots of good things about the inov8s but I have a tendency to turn my ankle probably need a little more supportive unfortunately. It's seems I'm going to have to change my normal retailer and actually leave the house to go to an actual shop!

SB - watch out on those ribs. I cracked a rib and damaged my intercostal muscle a few years ago playing rugby and the pain sounds very similar. Not that you can do a lot for ribs other than rest them so they can heal. Go easy.

Happy running y'all!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 11:44

Morning All,

"Easy" few miles to the station this morning. A little tough to be fair but I guess it's going to be a long road back.

PMJ - Cheers for the info on WAVA - I can't get the link you posted to work but I get the idea. Many thanks - now to break the world record...

Speedy - Yes not cheap - I didn't do them all but a lot of them you can "take" during the same session on the machine so they give you a very sizable discount for multiple tests. I think if you did them all individually you'd end up with a bill the wrong side of a grand! Way, way beyond my budget.

Leslie - My max HR on the test came in at 183 (from HR data I've recorded in the past in races this was bit lower than I expected but that is old data). This doesn't affect the final figures too much as they work out the results based on blood tests that are taken throughout though. It also shows that the "210 - age" rule of thumb doesn't work for me as that would give me 172.

Poacher - Sorry to hear about the job vs training woes. I'm sure Comrades will be ok though. I'm basing that assumption on the second part of your post (and I paraphrase) Multiple marathons - it's easy to do 2 in a weekend....

And finally a Question - seeing as the hilly trails/paths around me don't seem to be drying out any time soon I think that I need to get me a pair of trail shoes. Currently I run in Kayano on the road as I need some stability but have no idea when it comes to trail shoes. Looking for some recommendations to stop me slipping over every few steps. Any help would be appreciated.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 12:19

Lorenzo - I did the test here:

They do all sorts of test and I think you get a reduction in cost if you do multiple tests at the same time - not sure on this as it was a gift...

It was actually a lot of fun - although it does involve a section at maximal to get Max HR - and we all know how painful that can be. I did get slightly worried when they put a crash mat down behind the treadmill!!

Good luck in the 10k at the w/e!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 10:15

So, as promised last week, now that the VLM buzz is easing off a bit I'll tell you about what has been a great Mojo restorer for me.

It was my birthday in March and Mrs Fin decided that my running was going proper stagnant (I really wasn't doing much) and so she decided she'd send me to get a "fitness test". She didn't really know what it would involve but she'd heard me talking about them in the past, so she googled.

Basically, I went to the University of Westminster and was connected up to some fancy kit to run a progression run on a treadmill.

It was great!

And very revealing. clearly I am the answer to "who ate all the pies" and I didn't know it.

Without going into the results too much and boring everyone, it has highlighted for me both strengths and current weaknesses, and most importantly it has given me the kick up the rear that I needed to get back on it.

The positive from it was that, despite actually doing very little over the last 6 months in the way of training my VO2max is still quite good - coming in at 57, which I'm quite pleased with considering, but the downside is that the test showed that I don't  currently have the basic cardio/aerobic conditioning to back that up. Which is unsurprising seeing as I’ve not really run any further that a few miles each day. I was categorised as “Novice” in that area  - a little humbling….

But it’s all fixable though. They have given me some very specific HR zones and paces to train at, which I've never done before so it's going to be an interesting experiment now to see if what they have advised will work.

And I need to lose some weight too. Obviously.

If I do all that they have recommended then it seems a good marathon time (maybe sub3) might be on the cards in the future. The results actually point to much faster but I'm a bit sceptical of trying to relate lab results to the real world as so many factors come to play but let’s see how we go.

The short of it is that I'm back and raring to go! And motivated as much as I have been for a long time.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:36

Mennania - The early editions of P&D certainly did have a multiple marathon plan but can't comment on the later one.

I really should start to try to understand WAVA as there seems to be more and more chat about it! No clue at the moment - idiots guide anyone? PMJ?

Badbark - love your taper madness cure. Sounds a bit like my recent training plans - ie omit any sensibleness from them!

SBD - Welcome back - it sounds like you've had a very similar experience to me - work-life-training balance getting in the way. More on that in a bit.

Speedy - hope you're feeling better, at least the cold arrived now and not just before VLM. If I've not said already, well done at VLM - you're a prime example of how hard work and perseverance does pay off with real progression of results.

Gul and Badbark - cracking mileage records!

It's that time of the month again isn't it.... Mileage logs. Not a lot to report here as only just got back in the game, with a measly 40 miles logged...

But getting back to it, slowly...

Shobukhova - Alledged Drug Cheat

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:12
cougie wrote (see)
Not alleged cheat though is she ? Definite cheat ?

Yes, probably, just didn't want to get RW into trouble....

I guess she has the right to appeal.

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