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Posted: 23/11/2014 at 12:59

Minni - I was very restrained. I only bought, er, 2 new pairs of shoes (one off road, one road), 2 jackets (both massively reduced), 2 tops, a pair of shorts and a box of Beet It bars. 

Speedy - don't be disheartened. You are still on the comeback trail so the form and the fitness will come back.

Good shows from the parkrun gents.

I'm sure many of you will have seen this from the MT posts on Bookface, but if you haven't it's well worth watching if you want to get a sense of what battling with adversity is all about: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11909407&ex_cid=sportscenterTW 

Epsom 10 for me this morning - pouring with rain on an undulating course (especially for the first half) which meant plenty of puddles (above ankle high in places) coupled with some fairly inconsiderate driving resulting in something of a soaking by the end.

All in all, a combination of factors that didn't give me much confidence for a decent time but I was aiming for sub-70 (compared to a PB of 65:30ish on a dry, flat course). Reined back after a fast downhill first mile (6:05!) and fortunately tagged along with another bloke from 5 miles onwards.

Upshot was that we both ended up gunning it in the last mile and I was pretty chuffed to a. put the hammer down in the last 400m to beat him and b. get under 67 minutes (66:45 ish). 

PB for Mrs L as well, so all round a good morning - just about dried off and warmed up now!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 09:07

Crikey Gul - that's a tough couple of days. Hope you enjoy your Xmas lunch today.

Easy 4 miles for me this morning as I'm running the Epsom 10 tomorrow. Not sure what to expect from the course but it seems to be quite undulating so anything sub 70 will be a tick in the box, especially if the weather stays as it is down here.

Just about to head off to the Running and Endurance Show at Sandown Park - as they've had some good offers there in the past, I've got a sneaky suspicion I might come back with some new kit!! 


Comrades 2015

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 20:25

Great stuff SW3. Having seen much of Spain but not Valencia yet, I fancy going there but not sure I'll be able to swing another overseas marathon next year though so it might have to Abingdon as an autumn one to aim at.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 23:23

Glad to hear you're enjoying things again BI. Sounds positive from Fishy and Leslie as well.

Another year older today - "celebrated" with an early 5 x 3 mins intervals sesh. Presents included a running jacket, a new running backpack, a book of tales of ultra marathon running and some compression socks. And people dare to call me a one-trick pony?! 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 08:20

Super fab stuff from you OO - clearly MsOO's performance inspired you on to even dizzier heights!

Wishing you all the best with the op Minni - hopefully it means you'll be toeing the starting line at Comrades 2016.

Good to hear that you're on the comeback trail Abbers. Very sensible approach to ease yourself back into things.

Easy commuting runs for me yesterday; just over 8 undulating miles this morning.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 21:35

BI - great stuff. Look forward to catching up with you.

WIth just over 6 months to go, it's time to start feeling even more inspired. Can anyone recommend any books on the history of Comrades or any specific training guides? Bruce Fordyce's definitive work doesn't seem to be on sale in the UK.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:06

Great stuff Jools - you're absolutely flying at the moment. Just reward for all the hard work that you've put in over the last few months. You'll definitely be on your own in Chandos in April waiting for the rest of us to arrive!

What's happened to OO?

13.5 hilly and muddy miles for me this morning - hard work at times but thoroughly enjoyable.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 19:00


Sub 3h15

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 15:13

Fab stuff from MsOO - massive chunk off the PB and top spot on the podium to boot.

Expecting similar things from Poacher this weekend as well!

MsE - I'd agree with many of the opinions with regards the 20 mile race. It's not worth racing it hard unless it's far enough away from your A race to give you a chance to recover and not jeopardise either the A race or the training in the build up to it. There's a good race just down the road from you at Cranleigh in March which is at the perfect time for the build up to London - they have a 15 and 21 mile option. I've done the 21 mile a couple of times and with hindsight burnt a couple of matches out on the course and this affected my London time. I'll definitely be going for the 15 mile option in 2015.

It's been an odd week this week for me - very busy workwise and my running plans were further hampered by turning my ankle (again!) when out early Monday morning. Fortunately it wasn't too serious so after a day's rest I was back out again. Finished the working week with a fantastically wet and muddy 7 mile plod through the woods.

Woking parkrun this morning - a relatively new one (they're on number 14 or so) and an interesting 3 lap mixture of paths around the leisure centre and tracks through the woods. Too many sharp turns and slippery bits (as a result of the same rain that caused part of the M25 to collapse!) to expect a fast time, so I guess I should be reasonably happy with 19:44. 

Plan to head out onto the trails again tomorrow morning.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 23:14

Impressive cycling in the Lakes from SJ and Fishy - I'm much more of a fair weather cyclist and can get any kind of enjoyment cycling in the cold, wind and rain.

Can't see anyone having raced this weekend with the exception of OO churning out another useful parkrun.

Manically busy week last week but managed to get out running every day for a post marathon week of 35 miles. I even managed a first this morning by doing a 45 mins spinning class sandwiched by a 2.5 miles run down to the leisure centre.

Workload not looking any better this coming week with an early morning start to head over to Gloucestershire but hope to get a quick yomp through the woods in beforehand.

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