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Overdone it?

Posted: Today 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.

Overdone it?

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 13:45

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

Overdone it?

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 13:42

I think the key thing is whether or not the local paper considers him to be elite.  Is he their go-to man for opinion on local running related issues?

Overdone it?

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 13:30

Stop kidding us Skinny: You and Lit will be holding hands across the finish line and you know it.

Great performances all.  Excellent progresses/returns to form.

Div 3 xc was a completely flat, fairly dry, three lapper down in Gloucester.  I started sensibly and just held a consistent pace.  At about 4 miles I was running with a clubmate and a King Heath runner (KHR).  Kings Heath were in first place to our second after the first fixture, so he was the one to beat.  I tried a few tentative surges over the next mile but he stuck with me.  Then at about 5 miles my clubmate upped the pace but KHR stayed with my.  I was feeling reasobly comfortable so I decided to let my clubmate go and bag the points and I eased off a little and just sat on KHR's shoulder until the final corner when I hit the gas and beat him comfortable.

Incredible race-craft!! I was please with that.

Unfortunately, we were still beaten by KH overall, and also Black Pear Joggers, who were particularly unimpressive in the first fixture, but beat us by about 40 points this time.

So we're still in second with BPJ in third.  I think us three will go up but final positions will probably depend on how many runners BPJ field for the remaining fixtures.

Overdone it?

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 12:55
DT19 wrote (see)

I did my first intervals in months tonight. 3 x 1 mile off 400m. Target was 5.41 and came out 5.38, 5.42 and 5.40. Effort level felt about right for type of session though there's now a deep ache in my hamstrings, which clearly weren't too pleased. 

That looks like a fairly typical interval pace for me and DT, though I tend to do 1200m rather than a mile as ..er..it's easier.

Rich - check the parkrun website before you travel as I turned up for at least one 5k pb attack last winter to find the event cancelled due to ice.

Muddy - I've been a bit ill again the week with a cold and sore throat, so no running since Sunday.  Bodes well for xc on saturday :/  Never really thought about eating when ill with a cold - It doesn't stop me eating, of that I'm sure.

West Midlanders might be interested that a date for Cov HM of 19th March has been confirmed.

In other news we wrapped all the kids Christmas presents last night.  how's that for preparation!

Need info on hill repeats

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 13:11

There's not really a right or wrong way to do it.  If you're interested in developing power for sprinting or middle distance then focus on short fast sprints up a steep incline.  If you see it more as a general strength builder or interval substitute then find a longer hill and run at a more moderate pace.

If you're training for xc or trail running you might want to practice running downhill too as this can be just as hard on the legs.  So find a suitable hill and run up and down quite fast for a few minutes, have a rest, repeat.

P&D spring marathon 2017

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 10:28
Reg Wand wrote (see)
Horrific headwind this morning and if it stays for this evening I am going to start a week early and do my LT run with a tailwind. Every LT run I did last time was into a headwind.


They always are - and the PMP sessions.

P&D spring marathon 2017

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 09:53

Last year several of my LT session were substituted for xc races.  I think I wore a hr monitor for one or two of them and found that the average hr was probably a little lower than I would expect.  Perhaps the difficult terrain means that, in cv terms, you don't work quite as hard as you should even if it feels like you are.

As the xc races were on saturday, these were always followed by a long run on sunday, which was nice.

P&D spring marathon 2017

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 21:27

Sandbagging?  Ok, but it's early days yet.  I'm sure I'll revise it appropriately nearer the time. 

No spring marathon for McF next year.  She's in full xc mode at the moment, but no doubt she'll return to the fold one day.

Rather lethargic 3 mile tempo at lunch today.  Nice that it wasn't raining.

P&D spring marathon 2017

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 11:54

Impressive list - I thought the 55 plan was standard, but it looks like most are planning considerably more.

Target is sub 3.  I manged 3:00.40 at Manchester this year using the 55 plan and I think I'm  fitter at the moment then I was at this time last year so, all being well, with a few extra miles in the bank, 41 seconds shouldn't be too much of a stretch.

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