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Posted: Today at 11:51

Dr's appointment and a week off running, DT.

Well done Richard and Tommy.

I don't mean to be a killjoy, I can't understand the appeal (cost) of big sporting events, or big music events too.  They seem to have ballooned way beyond the sum of their parts. I'd much rather watch them on TV.

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Posted: Yesterday at 09:10

I notice Samir is still around.  Still making excuses.  (Still and very good runner, though)

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Posted: Yesterday at 09:02

Muddy - my recent mileage has been:19, 33, 31, 28, 36.  If this result in an 84 minute half then I will be very happy.  I did a fairly hefty session yesterday  and mip is not troubling me today so I might reintroduce another run this week.

Where does PP normally post?

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Posted: 28/09/2014 at 17:44

Very good muddy.  I was expecting something good too, but that is quicker than I was anticipating.

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Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:23

Probably should explain my unseemly outburst earlier...a friend of ours owns a holiday house in Cornwall: Whenever the house is not booked he invites a few people down.  basically a free holiday and I get do do some lovely coastal running, so I can't complain really.  I've know about it for a while, but hadn't put the dates together.  How was I supposed to know that school holidays are in November this year??

Anyway, I've entered Richmond Park Half instead, whcih is the week before, so probably actually suits me better.  A bit further to travel, but reportedly flat, fast and most importantly, picturesque.

Couple of chaps from our club did Berlin.  Good times.  

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Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:51

That is my suggested solution, DT.

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Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:24

You wear numbers front a back with a letter denoting which leg you are running.  Plus, there is a very obvious pace differential between those running 18 minute laps and those running 23+ minute laps.

Fucking fucked off this morning.  Just returned from a nice 8 mile tempo to be told we have been invited to a weekend away on the same weekend at Droitwich HM. Donington Park and Milton Keynes have been suggested as alternatives.  You'll have a more time to train, she says.  More time to get injured, I say...

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Posted: 28/09/2014 at 07:10

It was an informal interclub comp. Lots of fun and an opportunity to try something different. Ptoperly timed though, the results are all on Po10 & RB.

Dehydration might also be a factor in your post race malais, but I wouldn't worry too much unless it became a regular event.

Good luck to the half marathoners. Weather looks ideal here.

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Posted: 27/09/2014 at 20:48

Pete - glad to hear the op went well and you're back on your feet.

Charlie - I remember long runs used to leave me a bit knackered and a lunchtime tempo session would sometimes result in not a lot of work being done in the afternoon.  Doesn't bother me these days, like DT I'm straight back on childcare duty after a race so don't have the opportunity to mope around.

I did have a go at track running earlier in the summer (800m and mile) and developed a banging headache after each race.  It went after a few minutes though.

DT - I'm not familiar with the Belbroughton Scarecrow festival, but I've not lived long in this part of the world.

Skinny - That does look like a tasty steak.  

Richard - another comically paced race: Another PB.  You are obviously doing something right.  

Lit  - I've just been trying to schedule my last month of HM prep: 3x2mi at HMP will feature in there.  Next weekend I have a 10mile race which I'm thinking of running as alternating steady/HMP miles.

Midland Road Relays

I have to apologise a for the lack of race report after last week.  It was a really good event and great to run alongside, albeit briefly, some very fast runners.  I ws on leg five and it's been a long time since I felt as nervous as I did waiting in the starting pen, not knowing how long it would be until my team mate turned up.

Each leg was approx 3.7 miles so I decided to try running it at 5k pace from a few weeks ago to see how I fared; however the first mile winds up and down, through the woods and round some quite sharp corners on a slightly uneven surface so my pace was right down at about 7m/mi.

Second mile was out and back along a gently undulating road and managed to keep up a decent pace, but my heart wasn't really in it at this stage.  I passed a few runners on my leg and was passed by a few leg 6 runners who were lapping us.  I don't think I was passed by any leg 5 runners.

I'd been told that the last mile was a gradual downhill, so decided to get a move on and dipped under 6 m/mi.  The course then turns sharply and rise moderately for a little over 100m passed the team compound and is lined with all the other runners.  Something gave me kick up the arse and I managed a proper sprint finish.  

Official time of 23:09.  Team finished 61 out of 81.  No prize.

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Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:39

Afternoon folks.  Had a rather pressing project deadline  this week - give the choice, you know I would much rather spend my time shooting the breeze with you guys , but needs must when the devil drives.

Glad to see Skinny is continuing to progress and almost everyone else seems to be enjoying their running. Very impress with Mace's transformation from 100 stone couch potato to 60 mpw over a few weeks.

DT - If I was you I would put my feet up for a couple of weeks of nothing at all.

Bob - get the grass cut.

Welcome Charlie - If you like to draw analogies between running and modern art movements you'll fit in here.

I had a go at one of Daniels' combination sessions on Weds night.  following my adjustments for my measly mileage it  comprised 3x1200m at threshold, 2x800m at 3-5k pace and 2x200m at mile pace.  Far too much faffing to do on the road in the dark, on a carpet of conkers and beechnuts, so my paces were a bit all over the place but I expect it was effective overall.  I'll try to do sessions like that in daylight in future.

Hip felt ok afterwards which is promising.

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