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Posted: Yesterday at 20:49

Had never heard of Hokas but sounds like they get a ringing endorsement. Website looks interesting. Any idea which retailers stock them?

Gosport is a very flat half with excellent opportunities for a PB - I took about 90s off my PB there last year. Don't recall it being windy on the day so I'm sure that would have helped. Not too many points for scenery but was well organised.

Looks like I'll be entering the Reigate half next month as it's on the list of events in our club Grand Prix and I've missed the first couple (12 across the course of the year, best  6 scores count). Definitely NOT in PB form at the moment so will treat it as a training run and may even attempt to run it without a watch let alone a Garmin and see what happens. 

Hope the weather's conducive for running at the moment - we had our first drops of rain in 2 weeks today!!! Currently staying in the hills just north of Madrid - planning to get out for another early run tomorrow morning.

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Posted: 16/08/2014 at 08:11

Hola from Extremadura, the part of Spain that the conquistadors came from. Cold in the winter, hot and dry in the summer - accoding to the signs, it was still about 29 degrees at 11.00 last night. Stayed last night just south of Trujillo (home of Pizarro) after a few days a bit further north in the hills in Castilla y Leon. 

Fortunately the temperature isn't too bad first thing so I've managed to get out for a run most mornings, including a couple with younger Lorenzito and one with Mrs L. Some very strange looks from people as I suspect cycling is more popular than running around here. Nothing spectacular in terms of mileage: 5 or 6 mile steady runs but it's nice to get back into the swing of things and try and work off the food from the day before!!

Poacher - hope you're feeling OK; sounds unpleasant. In answer to your question, I'm 99% there. I've had a verbal yes (well, a "go on then") so just need to sort out logistics. Will look back on your recommendations and make a booking. I presume that there won't be a problem actually getting a place in the race when enitrites open.

Minni, MsE - how are your Comrades plans coming along?

Gul - good to heat that you've made it back safely. Which part of France did you go to?

GM - good racing. Ditto Lit - cracking farewell performance.



Sub 3h15

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 08:18

OO - very timely advice. His foot has been sore recently and we had to call out the Runners Rescue Service (Mrs L!) out to pick us up when we went out for a run together on Sunday. He's given it a couple of days rest and says it OK now so hopefully will be alright for training this evening. 

GM - a good set of learnings there. I'm sure most of us can identify with many on that list. I know I need to spend some more time on core work but it's difficult when you get all the pain and none of the pleasure from being out there pounding the roads in the fresh air. Anyone any suggestions for enjoyable core work?

Has it been the same injury both times? 

5. 6. and 7. all sound related to me - for me it's important to go easy on the racing when there's a bigger goal in sight. Parkruns are great because I can treat them as a really good speed session and to some extent because they're free there's less pressure. When you've shelled out 20 quid or more for a 10K / HM then you feel you have to put a big effort in and it will take something out of you. 

Having a decent plan should prevent you doing too many hard sessions on the trot - I've found Hudson / Fitzgerald's Run Faster book really good and the plans not only help give you some structure but they have helped deliver PBs in HM and Mara as the focus races, while also delivering 5K and 10K PBs en route.

Very pleasant run in the early morning sunshine - 7.3 hilly miles on quiet country roads. 

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Posted: 06/08/2014 at 23:48

GM - what are the main things you learnt from previous marathon campaigns? You're a brave man thinking of taking up boxing - isn't there something less obviously painful?

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Posted: 06/08/2014 at 22:46

Minni - afraid so. His 18:05 at the weekend ranked him at 24 in the UK at U13 (i.e 13 and under). I managed to stick with him on Saturday right up until the point when the starter said "go".

OO - what's your HM PB? Sub 1:22 sounds like a sharp performance to me.

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Posted: 06/08/2014 at 19:00

Marrows - those pills sound good. How do you test for iron levels? A while back I was rejected as a blood donor (having donating many times in the past) because my haemoglobin levels (something to do with iron I think!) we're low and I was told that it's common for runners to have low iron levels. Eating liver and spinach is clearly one remedy and probably slightly better (if less pleasurable) than Guinness in the long term.

Minni - Newcastle is ahead of both Edinburgh and York at the moment. It's elder Lorenzito (rugby and cycling) who's looking for uni places at the mo so unfortunately parkrun won't be too high on his list of priorities but I've threatened him with doing a run on the Moor and then coming back to his place to get changed if he ends up in the  Toon. As you say, the vale of York itself is very flat but once you get out to where my in-laws live it's pretty hilly. 

Hope you're enjoying Spain - I'm not so good at warm weather running so with the forecast for Madrid being 35 degrees tomorrow, I suspect that I'll be getting up pretty early to head out.

Good pacing there OO - you're in great shape at the moment. Target for GNR?

Nothing notable to report on - just a 2 mile each way commuting run today but hoping to get out for a longer one tomorrow before heading up to Chester for a meeting in the afternoon.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 23:15

Sounds a tough parkrun this morning PMJ. 

Nice going Jools - you're developing a bit of a taste for these 3Ks!

OK parkrun in York for me this morning. No real speed sessions for the past couple of months meant it was going to be a struggle so I guess I can't complain with 19:30, a good 45s outside my PB.

As it turned out, I was the only one of the Lorenzo clan not to get a PB with Mrs L shaving a Bubka like 3s of her PB and younger Lorenzito taking about 20s off his time to finish 4th in 18:05. Not that he rubbed the scale of his victory in of course!

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Posted: 31/07/2014 at 09:24

Great performance from the Thunder Runners - podium finish and all the bling that goes with it. Definitely looking good for a trip to Durban next year eh?

Similarly awesome stuff from SJ - I still can't comprehend how anyone can keep going for that length of time. 

Thoughts go out to GM - not sure what to add, other than to encourage you to stick around here. 

Good luck to PMJ and Gul in their assault on the mile. I'm definitely nowhere near sub-6 pace at the moment, let alone sub-5:30, but I'm planning on doing the York parkrun on Saturday so will see how that goes. Will be happy with anything beginning with a 1!!

Looking at the scores on the doors for July shows a slight imbalance:

Bike miles: 675 (record monthly mileage) including longest ever ride on one day (150 miles)

Run miles: 67

PBs: none

Sprained ankles: one

Have changed our holiday plans from Israel to central Spain (Castilla y Leon) so will hopefully get some runs in before it gets too warm.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 14:42

Good session Gul - looking good for the mile.

Bet you were pleased with that run Marrows - you too OO.

Hope you enjoy the Games Jools - will be keeping my fingers crossed for Marigold. One of our club, Luke Caldwell, is running in the 5000m this evening. Great inspiration for the juniors to be able to see how far someone who started in the junior section can go.

Poacher - haven't sorted out the pass out yet, but I'm making good progress! 

Pleasing 11 miles for me this morning - longest run for nearly 3 months. Plenty of hills so average pace of 7:50 shows I haven't lost too much fitness.

Sitting in the sun at Tooting athletics track about to watch younger Lorenzito have another crack at the 3000m but they've had an hour's delay while they sort the seedings for the 100m races out. No idea what they've been up to!!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 22:59

Poacher - which hotel have you booked for Comrades?

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