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Posted: Today at 16:05

I'm following on Twitter.  It's going to make tonight's rehearsal (7.30-10) a bit precarious if they're aiming for 6.5 hours, but I'm sure my desk partner won't mind my mobile phone sat on the music stand blocking the notes...

5M easy this morning.

Sub 3

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 14:20

Welcome, Finish Gantry.  P&D up to 70mpw has taken me from 3.19 to 2.52 over the last 7 years so my view is it definitely ain't broke and I'm sticking to it.  Hoping it'll help me chip yet more off next April!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 14:13

KR: it's generally P&D's 55-70 mpw schedule, so most of it is fairly steady aerobic running: 7.50-8.20m/m.  The quality work is gradually getting faster (helped by getting to my club sessions when I can), but there hasn't been a significant increase in my 'normal' training pace.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 20:50

Abbers: 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: just before VLM 2013 (flu); calf tear (August 2013 - but I could cross train) and just before Christmas 2014 (flu).  So out of 104 weeks, I've only missed 4 and I've probably hit 60-70 mpw consistently for about 70 of the remaining 100 weeks.  Finally breaking 3 hours last year after a lot of failures did a lot for my confidence and although a positive mental attitude isn't a substitute for training, you need the PMA as well as the training.  And I think I'm probably a couple of pounds lighter than I tended to race at before (although not just at the moment: I've certainly enjoyed my end of season rest and relaxation period!).

Sub 3h15

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 17:18

OO!  Such good news: (a) that you are alive and (b) on a really great result.  That must be a very high age-grading?  Of course 1.00.05 would have been almost as good as an age-grading, but somehow those round numbers mean such a lot...  I hope you celebrated in style - and merited some V50 silverware!

Understanding Race Results

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:10

I ran Leeds yesterday, too.  My main criticism of an otherwise fairly well organised race is that they need to have smaller time bands after 35 mins - 10 minute groupings are pretty ridiculous for a 10k!

Sub 3

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 08:37

Well done to ThR and Dachs at the Dash, too.  ES: I've never found the Regent's Park course very fast, for some peculiar reason, so that sounds like a solid performance.

Padams: thank you for giving  one of my all time favourite race excuses: avoiding ducks.  It looks like you could have done with our local PCSOs:

How much benefit from drugs

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 21:21

According to Tyler Hamilton's book the doping only achieves a certain amount: they still all watched their weight very carefully and trained very hard; it was possible to win single-stage races clean but the insinuation in the book is that no-one who won a lengthy multi-stage during the doping era was clean.  What doping seems to enable is a level of consistency which clean athletes don't achieve.  Personally I think that must take the edge off the satisfaction you get when everything clicks: it's a cliche, but if you don't experience the lows of disappointment, the high you feel when you achieve success just isn't the same!

Sub 3

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 18:49
The uppers on track spikes are usually more flimsy than xc spikes and you get a bit more grip on a xc outsole. As long as you're prepared for the chance that track spikes may suffer some damage you could risk it. Just buy some longer actual spikes (9s or 12s at a guess) as track spikes are stupidly short and you'll be like Bambi on ice!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:20

That's very kind of you, Minni.  I hope that your surgery goes ok and you then get to have lots of fun running, too.  This sort of spell of running makes all the cr*p times when I couldn't pb for love nor money worth it.  Just!

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