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Posted: Yesterday at 13:29

Too early for me too, so very well done for  getting it done.  I'm planning a similar session on saturday morning but it will starting at seven at the very earliest.

Good performances from last weekends racers - top pb-ing and great smileyfinish line photo from Madbee - all and example to all of us pained scowlers.

And characteristic craziness from Tommy 

Glad to see evidence of Big's mojo returning.  Good luck for the weekend - hope the weather is good for you.

Whilst we're on the subject of running books, I've decided to treat myself and received a copy of Daniels 3rd Edn yesterday.  After a quick flick through the new bits I noticed his comment that although marathon paced running has mental benefits, the physiological benefits are no greater than normal easy running .  I'll ask him about that at his coaching workshop next week if I get chance.

How does Garmin calculate my supposed VO2 max?

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 20:02
Have a look at this https://www.firstbeat.com/en/science-and-physiology/fitness-level/

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Posted: 11/01/2017 at 13:25

2016 Mileage

1949 running miles

Not a lot of downtime this year iirc

2016 Race Total

I’ve been cautious about the number of races entered, but still managed 21

Amount of different race distances taken part in:

8 standard distances, some cross country and a handful of miscellaneous.

1 x marathon, 4 x half marathon, 1 10k, 1x10miles, 1x5miles, 2x parkrun, 3x xc, 1x1500m, 1x800m

2016 pbs

Marathon, half marathon (twice), 10mile, 10k, parkrun (twice), 800m and I think 1500m.

Pretty good yeah?  I few people have mention that my improvement has been notable this year and maybe it has, but it’s worth bearing in mind that during 2015 I trained reasonably well, but for various reasons I failed to convert that into race times.  So the 2016 pbs are really a result of 24 months rather than just 12 months of training.

2016 Running Highlights

  1. Coventry Half, because it was quite a bit quicker than I was hoping for. 
  2. Manchester marathon.  Because it wasn’t awful and I didn’t get stuck in the baggage queues.
  3. Getting a men’s cross country team together that seems genuinely enthusiastic about it.

But I think the main thing I’ve taken from last year is a general sense of consistent progress.  Minimal setbacks and fairly consistent enthusiasm.

2016 Running Lowlights

None really. Being a bit ill at the end of the summer, thus missing my planned 10k pb attack. Kenilworth half had the potential to be a bit of a horror story, but fortunately I threw the towel in early before it got too unpleasant.

2016 Thread Race Performances of the year

I’m always impressed when Skinny has a bit of time off then immediately comes back with a massive pb.  Glad to see he’s progressing well.

Pete propping up the ttt, but putting in performances that can only be described as quite good for someone of his age.

Lit’s pot-hunting probably deserves a mention too.

2016 Thread poster of the year

Still DT.  And I’m please to discover since we are now also friends on facebook that the hilarity isn’t limited to his running exploits.

2017 Aims

More massive pbs obvs!

And I’ll probably have a crack at an ultra or two over the summer.

Most Missed thread poster

I seem to find it increasingly difficult to keep up with the thread and particularly to contribute meaningfully.  So my contributions are what I miss most.  Hope this doesn’t sound too egotistical and self-obsessed.

2017 One to watch

I think Skinny will love his marathon exploits this time and emerge a strong runner.

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Posted: 10/01/2017 at 13:17

Hi Mace,  Sorry to hear you've been having a bad time, hope things improve and you enjoy London.  The correlation between your wtw nominations and poor performance is so strong that it can't be coincidence.  Probably wise that you abstain.

Blummin eck Skinny.  My target is a few weeks at around 60mpw - I think that's plenty.

Muddy - see you've found the photos from Saturday - there are some good ones.  

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Posted: 09/01/2017 at 13:19

Hi folks  - I was intending to prepare a 2016 running summary this lunchtime, but I seem to have run out of time again.

Good to see Bob back in action and hope to hear of a return to form this year.

Busy weekend of running for me just passed - County xc champs on the Satruday on an exceptionally wet course. And with Leamington being the toughest course I know of at the best of time this made for an excellent afternoon.  The whole McD family returned home afterwards very tired and completely clarted with mud.

Then Sunday was Naunton Nearly 19, which I remember as a very pleasant scenic jog two years ago.  This time in the mud and on xc tired legs it was a very different beast.  My time of 2:43 was about 13 mins slower than last time, despite being considerably fitter and better trained this time round.  The last couple of miles across very sticky ploughed fields were far from fun and I have to admit I walked a teeny bit.

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Posted: 27/12/2016 at 10:36
14 with 8@pmp this morning. Ooof!!

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Posted: 24/12/2016 at 16:50
Happy Christmas folks.
Try not to Overdo it over the festive season.

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Posted: 14/12/2016 at 13:50

Bread and dripping Skinny?  I thought that would be part of your daily diet in Cumbria.

I agree with DT that disabled toilets are accessible toilets rather than priority toilets.  However, I don't condone 'setting up basecamp' or other such activities that mean the facility is unavailable for an unreasonable length of time.

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Posted: 09/12/2016 at 13:37

Nice medal Velloo.

I can't see the point of invitational elites unless the race is on television and thus the outlay is covered by the revenue.  It can't help marketting to general runners - surely no one thinks 'I'm going to enter such and and such marathon, because a handfull of top 50 ranked kenyans will be running at the same time.

For domestic elites I guess they want to develop a reputation as a 'racers race' or something.  Obviously a complicated business though.

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Posted: 06/12/2016 at 13:45

btw which 'other thread' is it?  I love a good ding dong.

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