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Posted: Yesterday at 18:37

Ha, i suspected something like that !! You probably won't break my legs because i most probably won't be beating you

I don't know about working better yet but I certainly feel like a stronger ( i don't just mean faster) runner this campaign,  and i can only put that down to more miles and doing more hills last year. And as you say, the 55-70 does look a bit shit and light-weight in places. I remember looking at it 2 years ago and thinking " Holy F#*k"  But i guess thats the natural progression for marathon running and as you run more you can cope with more. I imagine you'd have absolutely no problem stepping up and doing another 15-20 a week.

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:36

As for training, i've been plodding away doing the P&D 70-85 18 week plan but missed the first week for various reasons including probably the most horrendous spell at work over the last month that i can remember.

No days off for 4 weeks now and i seem to be coping with weeks of 70, 74, 75 and 79 this week gone. I did a 19 today which was 8 w/u, Canterbury 10 at MP and 1 c/d.I did the 10 in 63:45 which is a bit quicker than MP and probably felt a bit harder than it should have ( although HR stats are about right so probably the mileage having an affect). I was aiming for 5mins @ MP then 1min surges @ about HMP and MP was feeling very easy after the surges.

Legs feel good now tough so all ok at the moment

Overdone it?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:17

A nice mix of weekend running all

Lit - break my legs ?? I can only imagine tha has something to do with VMLM

And i missed muddy's 5M pb as well. Shit, that man is a racing demon.

McF - you asked yonks ago about miles on shoes, i've got several pairs of Asics with nearly 1000 miles on that still seem to be going strong but i'll retire them at 1000. They certainly seem to be a very robust shoe.

Here's my year end summary effort:

Races : not many but pb's over Marathon, HM, 10k, 10M

Highs -

  • Brighton GFA
  • 3rd place Thanet 10
  • big 5k pb off almost nil speed work but plenty of miles.

Lows - 

  • I think i cold have gone sub 3 in Brighton if i hadn't been such a dick with my pre-race routine/nutrition so the last few miles there were a bit of a low and the chimp gave me a right kicking.
  • And then i don't think i recovered properly, getting caught up in club relays and stuff ( my 1st summer with the club ) and ended up with a persistent groin niggle all summer that stopped me racing. All my clubmates were racing and i felt like i was letting them down. One of the cons of being a member of a running club

Thread performance - from memory there were quite a few

  • Lou's HM towards the end of the year was one where i remember thinking " Blimey, i wasn't expecting that" Probably because Lou seemed to be injured/struggling a fair bit so it was nice to see him pull out a top performance.
  • muddy slamming home a 2 minute pb in the space of 2weeks over HM somewhere around the same time and his general improvement
  • Pete's run across the road after his op made me smile and was no mean achievement.
  • Lit's 2:56 at VMLM - i was there supporting that day and saw her come past on Tower Bridge. I shouted but she completely fucking ignored me and didn't stop to give me an autograph Later on the Embankment i saw the 3 pacer go past and couldn't see her so felt a bit gutted thinking she'd blown up. It was very warm and i'd seen several runners being stretchered off the course. I actually laughed in disbelief when i found out what she'd done
  • Skinny's comeback 10M pb - totally unexpected and quite amazing considering the year he'd had to that point
  • DT's VMLM - i'm not sure if the report was on here or another thread but that sounded painful and i take my hat off to anone who can battle through that.

But for me the stand out performance was BBB's antics on the track. He seemed to set about it with a real passion and clearly knows what he's doing Some of his reports had my legs filling with lactic acid just reading it. Great stuff , great training and a brilliant 2:20 over 800m

2015 Aims

  • Sub 3 at VMLM
  • Recovery properly
  • Align my pb's
  • Tame the Chimp


EDIT : ( forgot the rest ..... )


Thread poster - no contest this one = SKINNY

Ever-present even when injured and doing nothing more than swimming and makes me chuckle quite a lot

One to watch - I think everyone is expecting Charlie to do well and that includes me. But my money's on Lou who seems to be plugging away nicely now and i reckon is the thread's dark horse.

Overdone it?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 12:33

Hi folks, just a quick dive in and looking at the latest table it looks like muddy has continued on his ' north face of the Eiger ' upward curve with a 10k pb and a mental HM pb. Great work mudman, that is some seriously impressive stuff. You clearly have more than your fair share of natural talent

Apologies if i have missed any other pb's but i'll try to catch up properly over the weekend and will do one of them year end summary thingermebobs


Overdone it?

Posted: 14/12/2014 at 16:24
Fantastic time muddy and at your rate of progress i'd say odds on to go sub 60 next time. Well done

well done also to McF and Charlie

Lou - some nice miles there

After planning a long run with parkrun tagged on the end yesterday, I changed my mind when I woke up and decided to have a stab at my pb. But in the 3 mile warm up to get there my HR was unusually high and I didn't feel on it so decided to take it easy which then turned into a bit quicker than an MP run. That felt a bit harder than it should have so I think I made the right decision to abort the pb attempt.

Tagged another 8 on for 14 and a nice 5M in very crisp, icy conditions this morning for a 33M week.

Overdone it?

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 13:07
Charlie W wrote (see)
 But the 5k was my PB before my actual PB, if you follow.



How many pb's are we allowed ?

14 miles before dawn this week. I couldn't be arsed this morning with 80mph gusts so carried on letting my body recover

No colds here but the family have all had it and my lack of enthusiasm this week makes me think something is in the pipeline. I usually pick something up around XMAS. Ho Ho Hum

The 2014 Marathon Thread.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 19:32
Stewart - thanks I think I had it in me but it wasn't meant to be and is a nice target for next year. Nice 10 yourself last night.

Overdone it?

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 18:18
Skinny - no,no, it wasn't the sort one could catch. Like I said, bit if a dodgy tum ....

Overdone it?

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 18:02
DT - I very nearly 'touched wood' as it goes

Overdone it?

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 15:09

I got caught short a few weeks back on my long run and had to duck into some fairly sparse bushes.

I had a slightly dodgy stomach before i left the house but in typical fashion i thought " must remember to take some loo roll" .... and then got distracted and forgot to pack it.

Anyway, i imagined myself as some kind of Bear Grylls foraging around and trying to find some sort of suitable natural substitute for loo roll ( like a decent sized leaf ) But all i could find was tiny leaves so had to make do with a clear plastic "Steak Bake" wrapper so that kind of pissed on my "living-off-the-land-survival-expert" fantasy.

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