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Sub 3h15

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 15:28

Oooh a thread list! Always love a good thread list...

08/03/15 - Surrey Half Marathon - Sub-90 - G-Dawg
12/04/15 - Brighton Marathon - Sub-3.19 - G-Dawg
12/04/15 - Brighton Marathon - 3:04:xx - FINgers
19/04/15 - Manchester Marathon - Sub-3 - Knight Rider
26/04/15 - VLM - Sub 3:15 (for GFA) - GoldenEagle

Sub 3h15

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 09:53

Oooh its a bit cold isn't it?

Thanks for the talks on cramps, I'm glad it's not just me  that suffers. And yes, I've managed to pull muscles from cramp too. Compression might be a more serious solution too, going to look into it. In the mean time I'll get back on the Wellman....

Is it too early for G&T?

8 miles Steady in the plan for today, not sure when but I'll fit it in sometime around lunchtime.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 15:27
PhilipMJones wrote (see)

Fingers: muscle cramps yes. I now take magnesium, calcium and vitamin E which is supposed to allow the body to absorb the other 2. Probably a classic case of internet doctor falsehood but works for me so may be the placebo effect.


Dr Google sometimes does come up trumps, I'll give it a go and see.

knight rider wrote (see)

FINgers, I get cramp in my toes and it makes my two boys go into fits of laughter when I roll on the ground in agony! When did you last have a massage? It good be you need to have a good session.


A number of nights recently I've woken up my wife as I leap out of bed trying to stretch out odd muscles in my legs - the worst are when my hip flexors go, trying to get them to relax/stretch with only the power of my very weak abs to rotate my pelvis is a nightmare and requires all sorts of contortionism! I'm pretty sure the amount of amusement/annoyance my wife feels when it happens is directly related to the time on the clock!

What frustrates me the most is people who don't suffer cramps don't understand the pain.... I mention pain at home too and am reminded we have 2 children............

Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 12:19

Afternoon all,

Oooh, the bench is getting busy - take care people and get well/fit too.

Rubbish week last week generally with running suffering, one half of our pair of 7month old cats decided to venture too far from home and she unfortunately got clipped by a car and didn;t make it home. You half expect these things with cats I suppose but it's still tough when it happens, especially with our young kids who find it hard to understand. It's brought a few conversations forward in our house about life and death and the like.

Anyway, normal service has resumed with my running this week and stepping up the commitment to it too - need to make this build up count.

GE - the thermometer said -4 in the car this morning at 5am when I left for work. Brrr.

PMJ - tried the predictor.. all I can say is I hope it's wrong! If it's right I'm way off target at the moment. To be honest, I'm not convinced, to achieve my PB there is no way I was running at an average pace as fast as it is claiming - I think a bigger sample of runners is needed.

Good to see the Jantastic scores still coming in at 100% for the CC Team, and I've been quietly chuckling to myself this morning reading the posts on here and actually trying to pair up names to names.... simple things etc...

Question of the day - does anyone else on here suffer from muscle cramps at night? I sometimes get pretty awful ones in my legs and feet. I have tried a number of times to relate their occurrence something like my training load, or diet or general rest etc. but can't seem to find any pattern.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 12:31

Oh, meant to say, Lorenzo - Abingdon is on my "wish list" too but have for various reasons a number of DNS against it as a race.

So maybe 2015 might be the year, and a resurrection of our VLM train, this time maybe I might be able to stay with you for the full distance, but judging by your recent times, I'll be long off the back wen you finish!

It's supposed to be a quick course though!

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Posted: 01/12/2014 at 08:36

Good work Jools! Again!

Lorenzo - I'd be up for a bit of international flavour... but I think the kids might object, unless of course you're alowed to have ketchup...

Minni/Slokey - having done a fair bit of swimming in the past - legs dropping can be a problem with incorrect breathing. The head should rotate only to half out the water, nothing more. This then keeps the body rotation down. With your body straight, you go faster and your legs stay up, it is amazing how much even a slight modification on technique can change how you move through the water. Very much like running really.

Stinking cold here - so limited running over the weekend. I'm not stressing though as thinking big picture. I don't want to hammer myself into the ground now and set myself up for a longer layoff again.

So today it is an admin day for me - the task is to find a decent couple of warmup HMs in the run up to Brighton in the spring. A bit worried that I might have left it a little late this time and a lot might be full already.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:19

Morning all,

Indeed, sad news from the world of Cricket. There's an interesting article on the BBC today about sportsmen deaths.

Having just had a monster read back of the last week the post that sticks out for me today is (and I've extracted the best bits)

Joolska wrote (see)

 I'd say mostly consistency.  Basically for the last 2 years I've only had 3 periods when I haven't been able to train as planned: need the PMA as well as the training.  

I couldn't agree more. If I'm positive in my mind when I train then I train well, if I have a bad session or few days of bad training then this seems to knock my confidence and I start to be less positive about my training.

The biggest leap in my performances followed a consistent section of training, resulting in my first sub 90 half, and this seemed to elevate me to believing I could run faster generally, and generally I have.

Confidence in training give confident performances....

Or Consistent Consistency.

Talking of CC - Jantasitc kicks off again soon - seeing as we did pretty well last year as a thread, anyone up for a repeat performance?

I like that they are planning on linking it to Strava this year, and having on ly just discovered Strava I'm quite excited about what they are planning...

Now just need to catch up with a years worth of MT podcasts. Good to hear Poacher is making an appearance - but I thought that sort of Media Ta*ting was only to be seen on the Sub3 thread.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 10:13

Fishey - P&D vs Paula.... Both plans have a lot of structure to them, and a lot of miles, but P&D seem to focus a lot on the General Aerobic running with one or two more structured sessions in the week - Paula's plan is a bit more varied.

I happen to have a link here to her plan, it's only there for my benefit and personal reference but for educational reasons you might want to have a quick look...

They're both pretty hard core though...

Sub 3h15

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 15:24

KR - Agree regarding the sub40 10k, although I'm still carrying a (very soft) 10k pb as I've only run them outside of my "optimum fitness window".

I'm not sure I could hack the full 24wks of the plan but just using the first few weeks as a framework to get a good base back.

That said, the PaulaR plan that I've got is pretty full on - I think that I managed to hit about 80% of sessions in any given week last time out so if I can do that or better I should be ok.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 10:03

Morning peeps,

After a bit f a false start last week I'm back training proper. Cheers for the welcome backs.

SJ - I make that only about 30 miles a day... easy.

Nayan - Depends on how long a build up you are thinking about - if you are targeting a spring mara 2015 I would look more at the HM times than the 10k times if you want an indication. If you can run sub 90 now then that would put you in a good position to target 3:15 but things will need to go well. Weekly mileage is way more variable - some people on here can get away with not so much but others a lot more. For me to get sub 3:15 I'd run 88mins for HM and averaged between 40 and 50 miles for about 16 weeks. But I'm not a natural runner so need to really apply myself. Good luck.

6miles General Aerobic running for me today with 10x100m strides thrown in - just starting to get a bit of structure back to my training. The plan is to follow the forst few weeks of P&D 24wk 70mile plan to get a bit of a foundation, and then follow the same PaulaR plan that I followed last time out which got me to a PB. Loose target at the moment is to run a GFA in Brighton next spring. That's a long way off though. 

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