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Posted: 30/01/2015 at 13:06

Amazing isn't it G-Dawg? Younger Lorenzito was getting very excited as there was a rumour on Snapbook (or is it Facechat?) that the schools in Surrey were going to be closed today but it turned out to be false hope. Wouldn't have surprised me if they had taken such action in the face of such extreme weather conditions though.

Fingers crossed for you MsE - good news for Minni. Hope your foot is OK soon Gul.

Back running this morning - 4.5 mile commuting run. Good to be out in the fresh air again.


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Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:55

Ooo - I like this calculator PMJ.

My standard age weight fudged times are now as follows:

5K: 16:46 (tried to catch SJ at the end but couldn't quite manage it!)
10K: 34:40 (OMG!)
1/2 mara: 1:16:39
Marathon: 2:44:21 (outsprinted GE after we both went off the Champs start and it was nip and tuck all the way!)

Not too much ballast to lose (currently 70kg) but shedding 20+ years is going to be a little bit more difficult. 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 23:34

I'm with GE on WAVA scores - absolute time is still more meaningful to me.

Well done for resisting the temptation Jools

Enjoy Disney VTr - how much snow did you end up getting?

Update from the bench: after a mini double on Monday my thigh was still sore so went to the osteopath on Tuesday morning - thankfully he said it was nothing more than a tight muscle and after a bit of treatment recommended regular stretching (bah!) and a spiky massage ball.

Am taking a couple of days off running to give things time to recover before another mini double on Friday. Can I count reading the Bob de la Motte book as cross training?!

Managed to get a great Vince Lombardi quote in a presentation today: "If you're not fired with enthusiasm, you'll be fired, with enthusiasm". Made me smile anyway, if not my team!!!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 22:56

VTR, Marrows - I'll be following what you two are up to closely. If I wasn't focusing on Comrades as my A race on the spring I'd be aiming for a sub 3:05 at London with the aim of sub 3 in the autumn (Abingdon?)

ssc - you're dead right. Sometimes just getting out there and running for the sheer pleasure of it is the best thing you can do. It's all too easy to get bogged down by the weight of a strict plan.

Wool - that's good going. Which marathon are you doing?

Sub 3h15

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 18:38

Jools - x-post. Wow! Another fab performance from you - at this rate 2015 will be even better than 2014.

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Posted: 24/01/2015 at 18:37

Great news from MsE - look forward to seeing you at VLM.

Also good to see Gul bagging a nice 20 and to hear of the prize winners at Datchet(?)

So go on BI - did you bag the 6 pack?

How did you get on down in Brighton today RFJ - I was down with younger Lorenzito who was competing in the u15s race. Looked to be lovely conditions for a quick run round the park!

I'm still on and off the bench with a sore thigh - decided to head out for an easy 4 miler this morning as it was just a dull ache, but it's still definitely not 100% (or even close). Will probably take a rest day tomorrow to be on the safe side and see how it is next week - fortunately I'd managed to get my Jantastic quota in with the various commuting runs.

So, a little bit down but trying to cheer myself up by reading Bob de la Motte's Runaway Comrade and making plans for the rest of the year so here goes:

01/03/15 - Bath Half Marathon - sub 87 - MsE 
08/03/15 - Surrey Half Marathon - Sub-90 - G-Dawg 
14/03/15 - The Spring Shakespeare Marathon - 3:10 PMJ 
14/03/15 - The Spring Shakespeare Marathon - 3:14:59 Gul Darr (entered!)
15/03/15 - Loughborough Half Marathon - sub 1.24.52 - CC2 Speedy Goth
29/03/15 - Cranleigh 15 - sub 1:45 - Lorenzo
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 
26/04/15 - VLM - sub 2.52 - Joolska 
26/04/15 - VLM - sub 3:10 - MsE
26/04/15 - VLM - sub 2.58 - CC2  Speedy Goth
26/04/15 - VLM - sub 3:15 (and enjoy it!) - Lorenzo
31/05/15 - Comrades - sub 9 - Lorenzo

Sub 3h15

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 07:18

Gul - another good progressive run from you there. Do you keep an eye on your Garmin to ensure such a consistent increase in pace or do you let you body judge the pace and just see how things end up?

i remember Sea Devils as well, but in my mind you just can't beat the Daleks.

Great discussion on crisps - I'm a big fan of those thin slices of a mix of vegetables but happily eat "normal" crisps with the exception of S&V and C&O. 

GE - I'm taking an alternative approach to a dry Janaury. Feels a bit excessive to go the whole hog so doing a more phased approach: 20 hours dry, 4 hours not dry each day. Works perfectly! 

Midway through a run-train-run commute at the moment so hopefully will have managed just over 7 miles by the time I get in.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/01/2015 at 23:54

No cramps in bed for me - not sure I do anything special to avoid it, although I can recommend red wine and Coco Pops (not together) to anyone who fancies a bit of alternative medicine to avoid cramping up.

GM - go easy!! 

RFJ - Google Maps + a good memory and I'm sure you'll have more fun running along the streets than you will do on the dreadmill. Alternatively, if you've got a decent spec Garmin, then just set the map function and do an out and back and follow the route on the screen.

Eased myself off the bench to manage a 4.5 run back from the office to Wimbledon. Still slightly sore, but not feeling too bad. More damage probably done by standing on a cold platform as first train cancelled and second train delayed.

Seemed to be quite a few runners combining a run with a train journey this evening.

Will be taking a rest day tomorrow to be on the safe side.

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Posted: 19/01/2015 at 23:03

Gutted for you MsE - you deserve a bit more luck and an injury free training run. ma keeping fingers, toes and other parts of my body crossed that it's not as bad as you fear.

Talking of injuries, I'm mystified by the sore feeling in upper leg. I'm hoping I've not overdone things recently but I've got a soreness that doesn't seem to restrict itself to one place. Took things easy on the 4.5 mile (over 2 stretches) worth of commute this morning before my evening run back to the station was scuppered by a security alert at our office which meant that a. I had to leave my kit in the office and b. borrow some money for the train ticket home. At least I've got the excuse to give my leg a rest tomorrow and save the running for the evening commuting rather than head out into sub-zero temperatures.

I'm not convinced by that predictor PMJ. Firstly it seems to be based on a sample of only 22 and secondly it says that based on my average pace last week (8:09) over 60 miles, I'd get a 3:08:xx marathon but if upped the mileage to 70 miles a week and kept the same pace I'd get a 3:03:xx marathon. Will running an extra 10 miles at 8:09 pace really shave 5 mins of my marathon time? Also, how does it differentiate between 60 miles all at 8:09 pace vs a mixture of 30 miles at 7:09 and 30 miles at 9:09 pace (which I appreciate doesn't quite average out at 8:09 but you know what I mean!)

Sub 3h15

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 14:07

Some more impressive long running from Speedy, Gul and Birch. 

Well done to the parkrunners too - not easy getting up to speed in such cold temperatures.

Cold start here as well with icy patches but had warmed up a bit by the time I got home. 23 miles in total including 2 loops up and down Box Hill. Takes me up to just over 60 for the week so far - so far, so good.

Both Lorenzitos are out this evening so looking forward to a cinema date a bit later with Mrs L!! 

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