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Posted: 18/11/2016 at 19:34
CW - I'm only 2 numbers behind you! (#1161 to your #1159). So you're in great company. I'll be delighted to be only 2 places behind you on the day - granted you'll be suicidal if that happens, but it's a price worth paying for me to have my day out in the sun. You could even record the moment on your miniscule mobile phone

Speaking of VLM - I cobbled together a bit of a training plan today. The first time I've done that since 2012. So a break from my usual 'completely winging it' plan. I managed to do 4 weeks' worth which takes me to the Brass Monkey. That's more than enough for now I think. Let's not get carried away.

Oh and having seen a semi-naked TT on Facebook, I can confirm I won't be ordering a Reading Road Runners calendar.

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Posted: 17/11/2016 at 18:55
**stares at screen**

2 weeks away and you need a Nobel Prize in Physics to understand anyone's posts.

1161 here by the way.

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Posted: 02/11/2016 at 20:45
PP - not sure I dare. They're.....erm.....*very* short aren't they?!?! Still, if we line up you, me then Al_P in a red, gold and green stylee outside the Red Lion they can play Karma Chameleon as they cart us of for indecent exposure

They go well with the vest though, so all will be ok. Would prefer a drawstring in an ideal world, so I could wear them nice and snug against my chiselled torso, but not to worry.

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Posted: 02/11/2016 at 10:44


Absolutely glorious day up here, if rather cold.

TR - great to see you posting again, although less great re the foot/groin combo. It seems you're getting there with the PF, but if it helps I've always found ice to be really effective for that. I mean properly ramming your foot into it though (I've got one of those hot/cold packs so it's not a solid block, although a bag of peas would work just as well). I'd usually stand in the kitchen, leaning against the worktop with my head in my hands trying to tolerate the pain for 15 minutes at a time. Repeat as often as possible. The pain was bad for the first minute or so, but then it wasn't too bad. I did all the golf ball rolling, heel inserts, iced-bottle rolling etc and found that to be by far the best thing for me. We're all different obviously, but maybe give it a whirl. Sadly nothing to offer on the groin thing. Although I love the sound of Tourettes sneezing! If I was Mrs. TR I'd have been tempted to lace everything with pepper, just for comedy effect!! Chins up though mate, hope you get it sorted soon.

jooligan - well raced! Not much to add really, other than to reiterate that you can't do everything. So maybe finish the XC series and then come the new year focus on the Mara. Nothing to stop you still doing races if you want, but use them as part of the bigger picture. There's a 10 mile race I'll be doing in early March, but I'll have ran 10-12 miles beforehand so I'll try and 'race' it at MP. A few sacrifices and you should be all smiles come VLM day. Then pick up the parkruns and stuff again from there.

padams - reasonable.

SL - reasonable also.

Alan B - that's a tremendous run under the circumstances, but I'm gutted for you really. Your prep deserved a better return than that, but as TR says, you can only do your best on the day. You'll smash that to pieces in the next one though.

CC2 - well done at Worksop. I've never actually raced there but I know the route quite well. Always seems to yield quite quick times, so it's a funny course.

Dan - fingers crossed all goes ok for the next 2 and a bit weeks. Keep washing those hands!

RB - sounds like a quiet month in April!! Do you think you'll do all 3? Might you give VLM a miss given the Fling too? Hopefully not as it would be good to see you.

PP - tremendous mileage planned there. Frightening in fact! Will be really interesting to see how London goes for you - but it's got to be your year for a gold Xempo top!


All going ok here. I'm feeling incredibly good actually, considering the 2 Marathons in a month. Having to curb my enthusiasm to do too much quick stuff too soon really, so just trying to enjoy my running. Had a glorious 10 miler just as the sun was rising this morning. Was about -3C too, but just perfect for running. 

I'm off on holiday on Sat too - going to Malta for 2 weeks. Our first holiday for 4 years, so really looking forward to it. I'll do a bit of running over there but nothing structured or OTT. Mostly eating cake I imagine. And no doubt I'll see how I tolerate the odd beer here and there. If I don't go daft I should be ok!

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Posted: 29/10/2016 at 14:13

CW - commando-style pint? I'd probably prefer it if you wore pants, but why not?

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Posted: 26/10/2016 at 14:56


CW - nice one re Brass Monkey. I think one of the chaps who was in our apartment in Berlin is booked in there too. He ran 2'34 at Berlin but has yet to break 75 for a Half, so you might well be running with him as well as seeing him in the hotel! I don't think you'll finish too far apart anyway. Oh and I'm prob similar to you really re a quick well done etc afterwards - I'll have the family waiting somewhere back in York, so I won't be hanging round much.

piscator - ah yes, that makes sense! I moved up to the Lakes about 15 months ago, so I run for Derwent AC (Cockermouth) now. Still 2nd claim with the Harriers and still do the odd thing for them if I'm back visiting my folks, but that explains why you didn't recognise me. I had my lenses in too, so basically I was in disguise from when you last saw me!!

Alan - cheers, and sorry to hear about you having had similar. Mr Boat (not posted in a while cos he's been injured) had similar too. Not great eh? Still, we've just got to live our lives I guess. And on that, taper well for Frankfurt - really hope it goes well for you.

Just a couple of steady plods here, but my legs feel remarkably fine. I'm being strict with only doing really easy stuff for a couple of weeks at least though - but thus far I'm feeling ok.

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Posted: 25/10/2016 at 11:26


SL - cracking run fella, and congrats on the win!! An understated race report too - if I ever win anything (doubtful I know) I'm going for the full Lev length report - 13 pages, and a half-time break for refreshments. You're in great nick. By the way - given what's happened to Race Jase over this past 6 months or so, you must be thinking of similar for next year? You've got to be there or thereabouts I'd have thought? You doing VLM again? If so, run well there and who knows? Exciting times though!

Dan - as I said on Sunday, I think that's a cracking run really. Exactly what you needed. And the last few always hurt, so I wouldn't worry about it. Taper well and you'll be fine.

Al_P - well done again on Sunday. Sorry I missed you at the end. 4th is a cracking result though (almost as impressive as 16th). And I def fell your pain re the solo time-trial nature of the race.

CW - good stuff re Brass Monkey. I think we're making a weekend of it, so coming down Sat going back Mon tea time. Just sorting accommodation now - prob looking at Premier Inn Blossom St North. Caz/Kelv already booked in there for info.

joolska - thank you, and yes, these last few weeks haven't been textbook! I'd been ticking along as best I could but struggling quite a bit. I then got sorted at the Docs so did 2 x 80 mile weeks and a cut back week for Berlin (hence me saying I thought it came round a bit quick). I then did about 30 miles the week after, 2 x 70ish mile weeks and then another cut back before Abingdon. Not sure it was ideal, but I'm more than happy with the times I ran.

jooligan - see above to joolska. I did 2 in 4 weeks so it's doable. But I'd just do quite easy running between now and the next one personally. Maybe a parkrun 8 days out, and maybe a few strides here and there. I personally wouldn't be racing or doing any proper sessions between now and then though. 

Legs feel ok here, other than a bit of a niggly left hammy. Had a proper look at my splits last night too. Only 8 seconds between my fastest and slowest mile (6'27 quickest, 6'35 slowest), so happy enough with my pacing again. No idea re heart rate cos I didn't wear my chest strap again (on purpose this time!)

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Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:35

x-post - well done to padams and Alan B on the XC too - top results fellas!


And it chopped the bottom of my last post off! All I went on to say was that I've not got a 2'53 and a 2'50 to show after 18 months of pretty poor stuff. So happy enough. My 9th and 10th sub-3s too.

I'll be a London I think, but a bit of downtime first. 2 raced Marathons within a month take it out of you. I feel physically and emotionally wrecked today - prob made worse by the 5 and a half hour drive back home last night!!

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Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:34

Morning all.

Firstly HUGE congratulations to GBRM for nailing the sub-3 - excellent stuff, well done!!

Well done to piscator too - an excellent run that!! Superbly well executed.

And then the flip side re jooligan - that's really terrible luck to have your race affected by something out of your control. I guess all you can do is to try again - you must be gutted though, so really sorry your illness took it out of you.

Good to see PP posting again. I had a quick look at your Marathon plan, but it looked very scary so I closed it down straight away and ate a pork pie instead

RS - SPO stands for 'Sports Prevention Officer' - a reference to people's wives/partners/boyfriends etc, and the challenges we all face balancing training with family life! Just a light-hearted thing. I think TR coined the term? He certainly used to say it a lot anyway. 

CC2 - take your point re Brass Monkey, but I've always used it as a target, and then done a 12 week specific Mara phase from there. That works well for me. If you're in any kind of shape it's a nailed on PB. Even I've ran 77'xx there, and I'm shit

Anyway, Facebook peeps will know this but I was at Abingdon yesterday too. Long time posters will remember when my brother died (over 4 years ago now!) - that was in July 2012. To help me deal with it/give me something to focus on I decided to do Abingdon - I got selbs' number actually. If you're lurking selbs I hope you and the family are well mate. So the race is quite special for me, just for my own reasons. Not sure if it's because I've moved away from my folks now or whatever, but I decided I'd like to do it again this year - again, just for me personally to mark my brother's passing in my own way. No big deal, just me doing my own thing and dealing with it in my own way. That's why I just kept it to myself really.

I managed to get a number back in August I think, and I'd ran Berlin 4 weeks ago anyway - so getting round wasn't going to be an issue. I actually felt Berlin came round a little bit early for me in a way too - having 4 more weeks *could* help, but I full-on raced Berlin so I had to balance training on with recovering sufficiently and then a mini-taper.

I think i did an ok job in hindsight. Scores on the doors was a 2'50'31 for 16th place. Pleased with that, but also a little frustrated I couldn't dip under 2'50. I ran entirely to feel again and hit halfway in 84'56, so I gave myself every chance. I just lost a couple of seconds a mile in the second half - so a very solid run but I'm still feeling a bit 'if only' this morning. Must admit I found it tough at times. I effectively had a 16 mile solo time trial. I was entirely on my own from 4-20 miles. Nobody anywhere near me. I couldn't even see the group in front, and the group behind were a fair way back. It was quite breezy in places yesterday too, so a bit frustrated re circumstances but that's just how it was. I ran the best I could and I genuinely couldn't have gone any quicker. I started to pass people in the last 10k - probably passed 12-15 people at a guess, so I ran well.

Was great to see Al_P beforehand and have a chinwag. I also had a nice chat to Dan, both before and after the race (and in the starting pen in fact!) I also think I might have said 'well done' to piscator based on your description, but I'm not sure? I had a purple vest with a yellow diagonal stripe across it (nice!) - with DAC in big letters on the back.

Anyway, 2 raced Marathons in a month was tough, but I've now got a 2'53 and a 2'50 to show

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Posted: 19/10/2016 at 08:53
Little M.iss Happy wrote (see)

Are you all fixed now then LS21? Stuart's link is on the previous page.

Ah yes, so it is. TBH I tend to find SL's posts a bit boring, so I don't really read them properly

And re me - sort of (ish). The bilirubin thing isn't really treatable. It's just a matter of trying to manage it as best I can, and a bit of trial and error re certain things that make it worse. I'm mostly having good days, but a few bad ones too. But I'm getting there.

Dan - muy bueno. Supposed to be a nice race, so hopefully all goes well

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