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Posted: 06/02/2016 at 16:35

Good combo there Badbark - a parkrun and a sub-37 10K in the same outing.

Hope you've warmed up now Jools.

Have bought myself a new pair of racing shoes but wasn't that keen on the Fastwitches so ended up going for a pair of Mizuno Hitogamis which felt alot more comfortable and lighter.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 13:18

GM - thanks. I read somewhere that the Fastwitches were only recommended for sub 2:45 marathoners but sounds like you've been happy with them.

General views on the Fastwitches and the Kinvara seem to be very positive so I'm going to be heading off to the running shop this afternoon! 

WS - did you just throw anything in that was close by?! 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 12:37

First post for a while - work and home life are a bit manic at the moment, plus I had a couple of trips to the cultural hotspots of Swindon and Basingstoke!

Willy Samson - welcome. Plenty of advice dispensed on here and will be great to hear all your tales and thoughts.

Talking of tales, glad you made it back safely Poacher - how long are you back here for?

Welcome back too to SBD.

Hope that G-Dawg enjoyed the Grim. Not sure that worrying about the weather is the right thing though - when you're up to your waist in water, a few drops from above don't make that much difference.

Love the photos Badbark - classic finishing straight gurning.

Good mileage there Gul - sounds like we've had similar experiences as my mileage is similar to yours and my long run this morning felt pretty tough as well.

Anyway, I have managed to get out on each of the last few days: commuting runs on Monday and Friday but a somewhat disappointing attempt at a HMP/MP 6 miles stretch in the middle of a run on Tuesday in which I failed to get below 7m/m on all except one of the miles.Sub-3 is looking some way off now so I'll need a bit confidence booster in the half I'm doing in a couple of weeks to feel as though it's achievable.

7 muddy miles on Weds and 11.5 hilly ones on Thursday felt OK but today's was something of a slog, although the fact that about 90% of it was off road and large parts of that were hilly and/or muddy were good reasons for it feeling rather energy-sapping.

Anyhow, it was just over 23 in the bag to take me up to 64 for the week. Feet up to watch the rugby this afternoon and then a rest day (my dedicated core work day) tomorrow.

Good luck to anyone pinning a number on tomorrow.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 13:51

Some good long running this weekend from SJ, PMJ, OO53, Gul (4am start!) and Badbark. Trust Speedy and Hilly also had good ones, despite the weather.

A relaxed 10 off-road miles up to the top of Box Hill and back with a mate this morning for me to round off a cutback week - 48 for the week in total and 233 for the month (highest ever January) so hopefully building a decent base. 

It meant another run out for my new trail shoes - the first pair of non-Mizunos (other than dabbling with a pair of Hokas) for many a year.

TBH I'm very impressed with the comfort and general feel of the Saucony Peregrine so am wondering whether to switch to a Sacouny race shoe as well. I seem to remember some comments about the Fastwitch on here a while ago - anyone any recent experience of Saucony road shoes?

Sub 3h15

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 11:01

Gul - that sub-3:15 (never mind sub-3:30) will be yours soon! Hope you enjoyed your lie-in.

Good luck with the XC Jools

Freemers - I suspect I'll be at Cranleigh as well (assuming that you're talking about Cranleigh in Surrey); haven't made up my mind as to whether I'll do the 15 or the 21 mile option yet. 

Talking of Cranleigh, I felt inspired by all the talk of the parkruns so decided to try out the one at Cranleigh as it's only about half an hour away and relatively small (no more than about 50 runners) The description of the course said it could be muddy in place but I thought I'd take road shoes anyway.

Big mistake - it was by some margin the muddiest, most slippery parkrun I've ever done. Far more like cross country - the lad who finished first was wearing spikes said that he wished he'd worn longer ones. That said, it was a good course and I'd definitely run it again, just with different footwear! 3rd place in a rather embarrassing 23:30 something, so I'll treat it as a decent tempo run and head out for a longer run tomorrow morning.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 23:21

Yay SJ - great news (I think!)

Hilly - I think you're right about running faster when it's not dark. As I do most of my winter training with a head torch on, I hope you're right. The first acid test for me will be a HM in a couple of weeks time.

Sounds like a tough session G-Dawg. That's well under 6min/mile pace isn't it?

Gul - still doing the core work once a week, although I keep telling myself I should be doing a couple of evening sessions as well as half an hour a week probably isn't enough.

Back safely from Middlesborough - it was a long day though. Fortunately I had enough time to sneak a 5 mile easy run in before I had to get the train which gave me the opportunity to give my new trail shoes a go - suffice to say they don't look very new any more! 


Sub 3h15

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 22:48

Hilly - Aiming to peak for London; will be the ninth time I've done it and I love the experience. Following P&D for the first time, so hopefully will be able to achieve what many other folks on here have done and secure a PB (preferably one beginning with a 2!) on the back of it.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 14:47

Wow Birch - makes me exhausted just reading those stats. Sounds like you've got your eyes on smashing through 65,000 and just keeping on going.

I'm with G-Dawg on the benefits of logging runs on fetch although I didn't start until 2009 (3 years into my return to running). 

Like the idea of Badbark's "run until I stop" day - perhaps we need some kind of sweepstake on how far he'll go! 50 miles in my starter for ten, but that's only because the days are still short and the weather might restrict him.

Welcome back Hilly.

Fingers crossed for your entry SJ.

Working from home today so managed to get 11.5 miles in rather blustery conditions in this morning to follow on from 9.6 miles yesterday and 4.7 (incorporating some strides) on Monday. Hoping to give my new off-road shoes a first run out tomorrow for a short one before heading up to Middlesborough for the day.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 13:15

Great bricking BI - did you resist the temptation as you ran through the factory?

Birch - I'm not sure I'd worry that much about having heavy legs after 10 miles plus a parkrun. Sounds pretty normal to me.

Good stuff from you too OO - hope Speedy was well.

Impressive long running from Gul (what time were you hoping to be out of the house if you were "not out until 4.18"?!) and G-Dawg. Like the idea of "Damp January". 

Long run for me too this morning - all a bit rushed as I slept through the alarm and needed to be back by 9.00 but still managed to get just over 20 hilly miles in the bag by heading over towards Leith Hill. A few meaty gradients in there meant it was tough going at times but I managed to finish with a spring in my step. Sunrise looked rather beautiful but unfortunately I was running in the wrong direction to really appreciate it.

Takes me up to 62 miles for the week - happy with that.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 22:55

BB et al - all those stories remind me of when I had a Well Man check up and I had to fill out a diary of what I'd eaten over a 4 day period which just happened to coincide with a time when I fitted two 20 milers (+ a couple of other runs) in so probably consumed about 15,000 calories over that time period. Suffice to say I was a little bit slimmer when I turned up than they thought I would be. 

I also got on the couch for the heart rate check and they had to check the machine was still working! 

Good speedy running there on the turbo Abbers and you too GM - sounds as though your running partner is a bit nippy.

KR - I was staying in Berkswell near Coventry (you're in Leicester aren't you?) and managed to get out for just under 12 miles first thing. A bit chilly but good to be getting a decent length midweek run in.

30+ years Birch! Wow - that's one heck of a time to be running. Chapeau. Look forward to the stats.

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