lou Diamonds

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Overdone it?

Posted: Today at 12:43

Mad - you look much happier marathoning than I did.

yeltz - does the club have this as a logo:



I have three non-club vests and I prefer to wear them whenever it's warm.  I only wear club vests (of which I have two) for races: They're not very comfortable tbh, and a bit short so they often leave my belly exposed to opportunist race photographers.

There are open graded 800m in Leamington on 5th Aug, which may be of interest to some.  I'm tempted, but it clashes with BRAT 5k, which I would also like to do.


Overdone it?

Posted: Today at 12:38

Mad - you look much happier marathoning than I did.

yeltz - does the club have this as a logo:

I seem to have developed one of those tender spots on the top of my right foot that have been so popular on here recently.

Overdone it?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 21:08

Nice prizes Muddy and Madbee.

I expect most of us have had similar thoughts at one time or another over the last 12 months yeltzdan.

Ryton 5

The Spa Striders' five miler is now in its second year.  I volunteered for car parking duties, which I also did last year, hoping that once I'd got everyone parked I could quickly change and get a race.  However, on arrival I learnt that I'd also been allocated a marshalling spot, but RD promised to sub me if she had anyone spare.  Knowing the race had sold out last year I decided to enter anyway and not long after I received word that cover had been found.  Phew I would have been annoyed to lose the £3 entry fee.

So finished parking, got changed queued for the toilet and lined up.  I'd done a few star jumps in the car park, but that was about the extent of my warm up.

And we're off.  The course is two long laps and one short lap, or maybe one long and two short. In any case it's all gravel pathways round a restored gravel pit, nature reserve/activity centre type place.  Quite a narrow twisty turny route, with a few sharp corners and some some quick ups and downs, though no major inclines. There is one corner with a sharp right at the bottom of a short bank, where I learned I could make up quite a few yards by taking a racing line and sling-shotting through the apex like Voyager 1 passing Jupiter and Saturn.

There is always a lot of familiar faces at these local summer league races and many of them were there at Ryton, but it seems like the pack has been shuffled a bit over the winter – some have got quicker and some have slowed.  Not surprising I suppose, but I ‘ve lost some familiar benchmarks of my position in the field.  Nevertheless I soldiered on and was pleased to find that despite all the adversity I was mustering the will to put in a decent effort. 

I overtook a few people and no doubt some over took me.  There was a lot of support from the marshals (home advantage) and there was a chap wearing much too tight shorts and vest.  At around 400m to go I put in a late surge to pass a rival, only for him to me again a few metres before the line.

Time was 31:48, which a bit off from a pb time, but not that far off and I think some way ahead of where I was at this stage last year.


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Posted: 03/07/2015 at 16:06

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Overdone it?

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 13:02

Well done Tommy - new pb and it sounds like you raced it intelligently.

Good luck for Sunday Madbee - hope it isn't too unpleasant.  I'll be interested to see how you get on as I'm planning to do Broadway marathon having not really trained properly as it comes just 6 weeks after Shelton 10k, which will probably be one of my A races for the summer and I'll be largely in 10k mode until then.

Ryton 5 went well last night - really enjoyed the race and was pleased with my performance.  Fell I mustered a reasonable effort - more on that later.

Overdone it?

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 14:05

Mace -  Did you deliberately run to feel absolutely fooked?

Skinny - I've just been sent a report which calculates predicts foundation settlement to 100th of a millimeter.

Last night I had a plan to do the scheduled 8*400m fast (well that was last weeks session, but I couldn't be bothered to program a new session) - got about 200m up the road before realising there was no chance of doing anything quick, so settled on a very slow 5miles.

Much cooler today, so hopefully I'll be able to discharge my carparking duties quickly and efficiently and get in the club's 5 miler tonight.

Overdone it?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:30

Love this one  "[...]complete disregard for conventional plot" - Sunday Business Post

I'll stop now.

Overdone it?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:27

Charlie - just had a quick skim though your amazon reviews.  There seems to be one 'fan' who has given all your books one star without having read any of them as they are too full of bad language.

You should watch out for her.

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