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Posted: Today at 13:28

Afternoon all

Glad to hear you got home alive, Lit and i'm impressed that you are able to quantify your sweatiness so accurately.

Skinny - my boss amuses me in a similar way by stating something like " French sales in the budget are about £1.5 million ( which is perfectly acceptable in the context of the discussion ) But then because she's a complete pedant and control freak will go on to say " Well, actually i think it's £1,499,849 or it might be £1,499,859, i can't remember exactly but i can check ...... "

Anyway, 6 x 750m off 90 secs Tues am. I ran to feel and did them in average 5:33/M which was only a second slower than the shorter reps i did on Friday. I don't think 5:33 is my 5k pace though as i was absolutely FOOKED at the end, so much so that i had to stop about 50 mtrs short on the last rep as i felt i was actually close to dropping dead

Yesterday morning i did 12 miles and it was too warm even with a 6am start. At one point along the coast i came to a hill and couldn't be bothered so i went down some steps to the bay ( a bay i've never been to before ) with the intention of running along the beach. This was bloody hard work running across very soft sand to get to the firmer bits and i wondered if the hill would have been easier. To my horror, i got around the sandy headland and was met by nothing but rocks so had to go back the same way and did the hill after all. At the top i was ready to lay down and go to sleep despite having only been awake for an hour.

4M recovery this morning followed by a bit of prawning down the beach with my son was much more pleasant.

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Posted: 29/06/2015 at 08:53

Marvellous win Lit I did one of those twatty finishes at VMLM but at least you had a tape so can be excused

Family visit to London at the weekend. We visited the museums and then had a wander through Hyde Park. I can imagine running round there for hours and not getting bored. I was very jealous of the many runners we saw despite it being incredibly warm.

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Posted: 26/06/2015 at 10:39
DT19 wrote (see)

Good session, Mace. I have this image of you approaching the school gates with a cheeky bounce in your stride fully expecting them to be closed then falling to your knees briefly in despair!

apart from the "bounce" that's pretty much spot on, DT

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Posted: 26/06/2015 at 09:18

Abbey Dash is a bit far for me as it's more than half an hour

You lot are definitely spoilt for choice

Alarm went off at 5:45am and i hit snooze 4 times before dragging my sorry backside out of bed and forcing it out the door. I had a plan to do 5 sets of 200(200jog) 200(400jg) 400(200jog) on the school running track that my club uses, but only if the school gates were open and i could actually get on the track. This is the first time i've even considered doing this after 18 months or so as a member of the club.

15min jog there and to my horror the gates were open so a few times round the track and some half hearted strides and i was on. Target was 40's for the 200's and 81's for the 400's.

After the first rep my hips and hams felt as tight as a drum and i was ready to jog home but having binned a similar session recently i gritted my teeth and dug in. Had no idea on paces until after the session but the early reps definitely felt relatively slow and hard work. At various times i thought of Big's 60 something second laps and muddy's 16:xx which almost brought a tear to my eye.

43.4  42.7  84.4

42.5  42.0  84.2

42.4  41.9  82.5

39.4  39.6  81.6

39.8  39.7  80.4 

So after a shitty start it got better and felt much more fluid. I need to do a bit more of this sort of stuff i think and sticking a few more strides into easy runs.

X-POST , sorry to hear that, Big I too feel like i'm falling to pieces but in a not injured way. However, i do feel like i have an injury waiting to happen, really don't feel right at all but can't put my finger on it ....

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Posted: 25/06/2015 at 09:00
muddyfunster wrote (see)

Mace - another win clocked up and good interval training but '6m in 60 minutes' ? That right ?


it is indeed ... well, 58 mins to be precise so it worked out at around 9:40/M. We only had the one group ( normally there are 3 ) and I did a lot of jog/chat with some of the club's slower runners.


Lit - are you training for anything in particular ? And what Madbee said


A rather warm but windy 14M last night @ 7:38/M and i think i felt worse than i did at the VMLM finish. Probably not the best idea after Tuesday but it was the only chance this week to get a long run in so was a must having not done one last week. HR Stats churn out 1020 beats per mile so considerably off the 930-940 of 3-4 weeks ago.

I seem to have gone backwards

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Posted: 24/06/2015 at 16:05

Good racing Lou & DT

Excellent racing with pb's/prizes Madbee, Tommy and muddy with a superb sub 17

I've been a bit of a lazy bugger with just 25 miles over 3 runs last week. Felt very tired most of the week and totally lacking in any sort of motivation and really CNBA'd, although it did finish with a WIN and a 17:58 parkrun.That wasn't a max effort but i think i'm a fair bit off pb pace.

This week has started a bit better with 6M in 60mins with the club on Monday and last night i went out for 6 x 750 (90secs) @ 5:42 ave and almost chucked up at the end which was nice.

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Posted: 16/06/2015 at 13:10

fair cop, grammatically poor

I wouldn't disagree but are you saying even though it's a personal thing, good habit = stretch, bad habit = don't stretch


EDIT : McF - that's a shame as you were going so well. Hope you're recovered soon.

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Posted: 16/06/2015 at 10:02
Skinny Fetish Fan wrote (see)
Mace I didn't report the bullying - this was 35 years ago when you just dealt with whatever shit was going on - anyway life generally was good it was just my running experience that was shit.

I think you're right, kids did just deal with it. I had a particularly unpleasant teacher in my 2nd year of junior school and didn't think to tell my parents about him bouncing board rubbers off our heads for not paying 100% attention in class. And i didn't grass him up the time he stabbed a pencil in my palm 3 or 4 times as punishment for me doing the same to my rubber. " There you go, how do you like it !?" he screamed at me. Infact i only told my Dad about it about 15 years ago when we were visiting my uncle in hospital and that teacher was laying in a pitiful state in the bed next to my uncle.

DT - i can see your reasoning and hopefully it will work for you. Interesting that you " stretch robustly at least once a day " I'm sure you're aware that there's a school of thought that too much stretching may not be good for you, have you considered backing off on it a little to see if that helps ? I don't do much stretching at all and certainly not every day. The last time i did any serious stretching ( about half an hour of it ) i ended up with a calf strain leading up to the Thanet 10 in December.

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Posted: 15/06/2015 at 14:31

muddy - i'm not sure 5:5x is HM pace and will take the HR stats with a pinch of salt for now off just the one run. Especially as, like i say, i'm sure i've put a few pounds on over the last couple of months. I think i have a bit of a problem focussing on anything once marathon training is over. I have good intentions of following a plan for shorter distances but end up getting into a casual mindset and just do as i fancy.

Tommy - good question and i don't really know the answer but i certainly wouldn't ( or couldn't ) do what Big does !!  

DT - i'm biting my tongue very hard All the best with your session


I have a t-shirt from last year's JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Battersea Park which has " FINISHER" in massive letters across it. I haven't worn that one and hopefully this year's one will be a bit more cool  


Tommy2D wrote (see)


Mace - where's the commitment?! Bob drives for over 2 hours to run round in a circle for 2 mins, surely you can drive for an hour to run a gold cell snatching 10k!  


WTF !!! I think you have me mixed up with somebody else

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Posted: 15/06/2015 at 11:17
That looks to be about 5:40's ish

I have a club champs 10k on 12th July but I think it's a fair drive away ( over an hour ) and I'm not sure I can be arsed with it. Also a memorial 10k a couple weeks after that which is local but I'm not sure if that will be properly measured/ PO10. not exactly spoilt for choice down here.
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