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Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: Yesterday at 16:27

Torrington Christmas Caper done. 9.8 miles of mud, fields, trails and 950 feet of climb. Completed in 1:27:30, average 8:57, not bad for an almost completely off road run. Really good atmosphere, well organised and thoroughly enjoyable, especially the mud. Good job they had showers!

Started half way down the pack as I was a little concerned at going off too fast and dying on the hills and through the mud etc. Although I got stuck behind a group along the first mile it probably didn't harm my time as I think I paced myself well today. The first half mile was along a country lane before we headed along a narrow and very muddy track. Puddles galore and lots of people slipping and sliding, god knows how the few people I spotted in road shoes got on!

Miles two and three were nice and steady along some trails. Nothing too technical but you had to watch your step as you went. Mile four had a decent but steady climb overall and it was at this point I started to warm to the challenge, settling into a nice rhythm. Mile 5 was again a steady mile with a lot of mud and water to navigate through and around! Half way!

Going into the second half I was really relaxed and slowly gaining on plenty of runners in front. Mile six started with a sharp climb, hands required on knees from  half way up before a equally sharp downhill stretch which tested the quads, and brakes, as we descended through the woods. Mile seven, not far to go now and a lovely scenic flat stretch with rivers and green fields filling the view. Mile eight was very flat and I chucked in an 8 minute mile here going toward the final stretch.

The last 1.8 miles was fairly tough. The fields were really boggy and testing on tiring legs, 10:30 for mile nine and 10:00mm pace for the last 0.8 with 250 feet of climb back towards the start. This saw a few runners in front of me grinding to an almost complete halt. Then all of a sudden we were a few hundred yards from the finish. I put in a finish sprint to the line to fend off a late challenge lol.

Great run and will return next year.

 December - 42.53

2014 - 944.92


Who knew?

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 21:03

Hilarious, where's Louis Theroux?


Sub 4 Amy: #asics262

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 23:54

Hi Amy (and Steve), I'll be following your thread with interest as i'm running my first marathon next June, hopefully sub 4. Will be nice to see how the sessions go well in advance of tackling them myself. The weather may play a part in my attempt but I try to run on my birthday each year and it's my 40th in 2015 so thought i'd make it special with my first marathon.

I'm running the Grizzly for the second year running in March so will have a decent base level of fitness (I hope). This will leave me 14 weeks until my marathon.

Question for Steve.....With a decent winter behind me do you think I could jump in at week 3 of the schedule? I'm basically following a beginners marathon schedule for the Grizzly which will be more of a 'fun run' for my wife and I as it's such a unique event rather than a race. I appreciate there are lots of factors to consider and no schedule is ever set in stone but any advice would be welcome.

Apologies for hijacking the thread for my own gain but there doesn't seem to be another current sub 4 thread going at the moment? 


Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 22:59

Yes, dear work colleagues, I will have a wonderful Christmas. 

I won't have to pass you and your zombie looking mates on fag end pavement before smelling you all for the first hour of work. The stench of stale fags filling the air will be absent from my mind (and nose) for 10 whole days. 

Nor will I have to watch you all scratching your overhanging bellies and arses at the coffee machine while you talk about needing to get fit and lose weight.

And the irony of you all walking around drinking cans of monster 'energy' drink....

If you put as much effort into your work as you do stuffing your faces and drinking bloody coffee all day we could all have a bigger bonus next year.

Merry Christmas


From Treadmill to Outdoors

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 22:38

Parkrun would be a great place to go. There's no reason not to join a club, most have groups according to pace and various paces within those groups. If they don't, they're not a club worth joining so find one that does. Run easy, or at the same effort as the treadmill. It will be slower as you're propelling yourself forward rather than going up and down on the spot. Road running will increase the risk of injury so mix in trails and off road if you can. Don't be afraid to explore.  

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 10:28
Lol B2B...yes, this is a beginners thread! We're just beginning different journeys than we were a while back. 5 ks including the wonderful Parkrun, 10ks, 10 miles, half maras, marathons and even ultras. There's something for everyone on here.

That's the spirit Robert. I really enjoy running in the rain (to a point!). It's refreshing and gives you such satisfaction when you're done.

RW v Fetch June Running Challenge

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 22:58

5k handicap run with the club tonight......and I won!!! A few seconds off my pb but really pleased. 



Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 22:55

B2B, I think the only way to do it would be to run the extra miles first, there's no way I could run through the finish and keep going! I will stick to the mara and look for an ultra on another date. The plan is to run one during my 40th year so I may try to find something during a school holiday as this would make things easier for us with the kids. 

Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 22:48

I'm so glad I pushed myself. I'm really confident I can go under 23 minutes now. In daylight, with a flat course, I can sense a time I could never have dreamed of before I joined the running club. 

December - 32.10

2014 - 934.49






Starting again from the beginning!

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 22:47

You'll get there Robert. I lost a lot of weight cycling before taking up running and have used this thread and the people who post here as inspiration and motivation. Enjoy the 5k!

5k handicap run with the club tonight. A decent turn out (around 15 runners?) in damp but decent running conditions. The first runner set off with an 4+ minute head start over the second. They in turn had 4 minutes on Mrs JR who had around 40-50 seconds head start on me. This went on until finally the fastest runner started. I had someone to run with tonight which helped and we had a real race from start to finish, running side by side until the final 50 metres!

The first lap of three went ok, I concentrated on keeping my pace around the target 7:25 mark, tried to run my own race and forget those in front of me as there was plenty of time to catch them. I wasn't really feeling it tonight and found the pace quite tough to maintain. If I didn't have someone alongside me I maybe wouldn't have had it in me to keep it going. At the start of lap 2 we passed the time keepers who clearly sensed a race developing and we now had Mrs JR in our sights. The hill on lap two was an absolute bastard (excuse my French). My breathing was all over the place, my legs felt like fast setting concrete and the urge to quit was strong. My running partner was starting to move away from me and I had to dig deep to stay with her, trying to tell myself that if I could stay with her she would drag me along to a pb. Starting the 3rd and final lap we had caught up with Mrs JR who must have heard my laboured breathing as she immediately upped the pace. I let her go but didn't have to wait long and at the bottom of the hill overtook her but really wanted to stay with her as I was finding the pace really hard to stick with by now. 

The hill (part 3) was awful. I must have sounded bloody dreadful going up the hill, all arms and heavy legs. I made an effort to move away from my rival as we overtook another runner, the first starter now in sight too. As I made the effort she simply cruised back alongside me, as if telling me she was still there and not going away. All of a sudden she seemed to make a break for it, although it may have just been me slowing down at the top of the hill! I had to really dig in now, even thinking about the night Jo Pavey refused to let those Kenyans go away from her. I told myself I may never get the chance to win another race and to hang in there. 

As we rounded the turn at the top of the hill, the short downhill giving some respite, we entered the last half mile stretch. It was here I made my move, upping the pace slightly. Unfortunately for me, my running partner simply cruised back alongside me again. I regained my composure and tried to relax before making another effort. Another effort, same result. There seemed no chance for me. Those two efforts really took it out of me and I could only hope I wasn't alone. The last 1/4 mile was all sub 7 pace, the final 150 odd metres at 4:30 pace. (How the hell do pro's run that pace for miles on end?). The final effort finally saw me move away and I had at long last managed to lose my rival. 

I crossed the finish line absolutely shot to pieces. My legs were like jelly, I could have thrown up and I could hardly get my breath. My time of 23:06 (unconfirmed) was 2 seconds slower than last month but this felt harder. It's the first time i've stood on a starting line with someone and raced them start to finish. If anything, it proved to me that the body goes way further than your mind and after running a very comfortable 10 miles for the last few Sundays proved the Ghost Runner right. It's not the distance but the pace that kills. That run really hurt. 

I'm so glad I pushed myself. I'm really confident I can go under 23 minu

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