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RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 13:52

2old - been there and done that with falling off the TM.  Hurts! 

Bro - taper week is taking its toll if you're running into gates....cotton wool time for you!

The Norwich HM was pretty uneventful once we'd started, but we all got a freezing cold soaking beforehand as it was barely above freezing and pouring with rain.  It did stop but I was pretty cold throughout.  Plus they had changed the course and found a few extra hills.  I ended up with 1.35.48 which isn't too bad a time for this stage in the year - I've done a lot worse at this race in the past so have to be happy overall.

Sub 3:30 Gingermagic: #Irunsuccess

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 17:05
Well that was a cold one! Heavy rain / sleet before the start meant we were all wet and freezing cold on the start line in Norwich. Thankfully it did stop but the temperature never rose much and there was a bit of a biting wind at times. Plus it was a different course this year and they seem to have found some hills in Norfolk!

Overall I felt OK in the run - running around 7.10-7.20 pace mostly, apart from the hilly sections. Finished in 1.35.48. Not my best but better than most Norwich HMs I've done so pretty happy overall.

I'd found Angela after a mile or so and we had a quick chat then. We also met up after the end - great to meet you

Sub 3:30 Gingermagic: #Irunsuccess

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 16:41

GM - sounds like a good store day ahead of you

I'm taking things pretty easy this week, ahead of the Norwich HM on Sunday.  Thankfully the forecast for Sunday looks OK - pretty chilly which is fine, and the wind looks like it should have died down by then.  I did do a short tempo session on Tuesday, but nothing more until a few easy miles on Saturday and then the race.

Angela - it looks like I completely cocked up Great Bentley and haven't entered it after all .  I was doing a whole load of entries at the same time and could have sworn I did that one, but I am not on the list and have no confirmation email!  I know they allow transfers so if you know of anyone who ends up pulling out let me know!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 16:35

Well done on sticking to the challenge Chick - rather you than me in that kinda weather.

2Old - hope you can get some answers soon with the MRI results.

Barry - hmmm....sounds like the wheels fell off there really quickly.  Might need to look through your training logs and see what's what. Doing the long runs too quickly maybe? Risk that you leave your best running on the training ground and not in the race. 

I'm tempted by a ykw soon I have to say - won't be this weekend because of the HM on Sunday, plus the forecast for Saturday morning is 40-50 mph gusts.  Maybe the week after.  Thankfully the forecast for Sunday looks kinder.  Getting cold though (1-5 degrees all day) but winds dying down so fingers crossed could be a good one.


Bro - what's your target for San Seb?  You're due a great time I would say. 


Sub 3:30 Gingermagic: #Irunsuccess

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 06:31
Great racing GM, perfect pacing! The wind was brutal yesterday too, so that makes it even more impressive

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 06:19
Sorry it didn't go to plan Barry. Tough day.

Mile reps on Saturday - 3 sets at 6.24, 6.20 and 6.14. Ouch! Then 19 miles yesterday which was really hard work in the wind. Will be an easy week as I have the Norwich HM on Sunday. I just hope the weather is on my side.

Sub 3:30 Gingermagic: #Irunsuccess

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 06:06
Angela - normally I'd say yes to a drink after Norwich but this time I have to pass . My PH is away which means our dog will be home alone and I'll need to get back to him, otherwise it'd be too long on his own. But we could try and meet up before? It's a bit of a scrum but maybe in the changing room? I'm not sure what I'm aiming for - probably around 1.35 or there about a but it's hugely dependent on the weather. If it's wet and windy I'll back off. What about you? Did you know they've changed the course - now one lap not two. I haven't checked the elevation profile but hopefully still pretty flat.

Sense - I'd recommend Bungay too. Really nice race, small but good support.

Sub 3:30 Gingermagic: #Irunsuccess

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 14:53

Hi folks - great to see a new mentoring thread and a load of the Soups crowd on here already....must be the start of marathon training .  I've been awol from the forums for ages, mega busy but shouldn't use that as an excuse....will try and do better!

I'm feeling envigorated and have entered a load of races in the Spring - sadly not the Essex 20 which I just couldn't fit in. I'm doing the Great Bentley HM (are you doing that Angela?) and Tarpley 20 in February, the Cranleigh 21 in March and the Wymondham 20 early April....all building up to VMLM for which I sorted my entry this week....champ start number 257 (yikes that's a low number).

I'm not running huge miles at the moment, although my long run is up to 18, just not doing many other sessions yet - 3-4 runs a week. The fresh legs are helping my speed though as I did 10 x 500m @ 16.0kph last week, which is my fastest ever interval session.  And it didn't feel that bad, so maybe there is a sub 6 mile in me somewhere.  I have the Norwich HM in a couple of weeks - not really expecting much but I'll see how I feel. 

Anyway, I hope those on the injury bench can sort things out soon, and for everyone else, have some great training days ahead

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 09:53

Hi everyone - sorry for the ultra long absense   Been distracted by things - not a great excuse and I will try and do better!

Glad to see some solid autumn marathons from 2old, Chick, AA, Carrot and Minni - loved that report!  Is Bro up next?  Looks like you are in super speedy form so looking like a great time.

My running is going OK.  Not getting huge miles in, but the quality sessions are coming together - managed 10 x 500m @ 16.0kph last week, which is my quickest ever interval session. Not entirely sure where that speed is coming from - maybe fresh legs has something to do with it, as I'm only running 3-4 days a week.

So what else....well two good things have happened this week.  One is that I got my VLM entry sorted.  Bib number 257, nice and low

Second one is I finally got to the end of the new job interview process - this was a long long process (first met them in June), stressful and hard work.  But thankfully the offer came through last week, and I resigned from my current job yesterday. Now got to negotiate on my rediculously long notice period (6 months!).  Hopefully will cut that down.  Anyway, at least I can start to concentrate on the more important things like running  

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 08:37

Minni - the Sunday is my birthday and we're planning lunch out somewhere, so I'll probably not be the most popular if I try and sneak a race in!  And definitely not a fell race (you know me and hills!).  But we're there for a fortnight, so maybe a run the following weekend...and I might go to Druridge Bay for the parkrun on the Saturday.  But yes, definitely dinner....I'll text you at some point when we are there and we can sort something out

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