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Overdone it?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 19:59

to kill him.  He took this on board and didn't.  Bonus marks there.

Mile 10, working harder, but also getting faster - 6:45, then two 6:43s.  Hurting no -, to borrow Muddy's term - sodding hump back bridge and sodding flyover drained the energy from my legs and I was starting to really have to push.  At this point I did actually (in my head) suggest to Andy that he might want to shut up, as his choice of motivational line was both amusing and making me want to laugh and waste breath and also rather cheesy which doesn't appeal when your lungs and feet are on fire.  

Anyway, there it was, the 800 to go sign, then 600, then 400 - by way of some clever lies involving the amount of time left, which I think was actually the amount of time before 1:29, in retrospect, Andy made me squeeze every drop of remaining energy in the sprint finish and I crossed the line, hands in the air as if I'd won the bloody thing.

 What this picture thankfully does not show is 5 seconds later when I was bent double retching up a hair-ball.  Well ok, not actually a hair ball.  I was honouring DT in his knowing of my perfect pacer - that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Anyway, even sick did not put a damper on the amazingness of having finally cracked it, and I was absolutely thrilled.  Mr Mad also made his target of under 1:23, so we were a happy pair.  Posed briefly for photos with Andy and his mate, then dispersed, me to jog another mile and everyone else to get tea and cheer other runners in.  Fantastic race, fantastic pacer and finally the smashing of the barrier I had been waiting for so long.  

Overdone it?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 19:58

Brilliant Muddy, but you also forgot to curse sodding elusive forumite for ruining your warm up...

Good work on the steadily increasing mileage Bob.  Really good to have you back

I apologise in advance, my report is dull, because it was about as uneventful a race as it gets really. 

Our club bus arrived surprisingly early, so there was plenty of time for loo queues, group photos, putting on and taking off layers and all manner of general race faffing.  Once this was done, I pottered off with a club mate to warm up a bit when an even taller than I imagined, gently spoken bloke wearing too many layers asked if I was me.  In a shocking display of disloyalty, I left my club mate to warm up by himself and jogged back with Muddy, who went in search of Andy, but unfortunately by the time he had located him I had decided it was too dangerous to skip my second loo visit, and impolitely disappeared before they returned.  Anyway, all was well, because Muddy made up for my lack of observancy by spotting me coming up to the start line and uniting me with the famous Andy Yu and his mate Dave, who had been given an entry to the race as a birthday present. 

We faffed a bit more, looking for someone to deposit sleeves with, failed so I shoved mine in my pocket and left Muddy to fend for himself.  Bumped into Mr Mad at this point who I hadn't seen since the club photo which he very unusually did not miss this time.  Good lucks exchanged and in a surprisingly low key sort of whooosh we were off.  I decided I was going to just do as I was told, so tried not to panic as my watch continued to show 7s for most of the first mile.  We must have notched it up a little as mile one (marker exactly in sync with watch, as it was almost all the way round) came in at 6:53.  Perfect.  I'd told Andy even splits was the only way I was going to do it, so while I was a little concerned about having something in reserve to give the end a bit of welly, the pace felt very comfortable so we settled in and ticked off the next couple of miles, chatting mostly, with Andy occasionally reminding me to rein it back a bit when I got over-anxious and started speeding up.  

Water station came and went, I thought I was being clever in trying the Pete Pfitzinger tip of squeezing the top of the cup together to drink out of a smaller 'spout', however it just served to split the cup down the side so the water went down my top instead of up my nose.  Oh well.  I'd tell you what pace the miles were but since they were all between 6:47 and 6:52 it would be boring and not very enlightening as to how things were.  

Mile six and we cruised past C, who I do a lot of training with and whose times I had been chasing for the last couple of years.  Coincidentally this was roughly where I overtook her (for the first time ever) last year, so I growled at her and told her not to let it happen again.  She just grinned at me and told me to go for it.  I told her off at the end.  

Next couple of miles still comfortable, still chatting a bit.  Andy asked what my sprint finish was like, I responded that it was naff, but more reliable than trying to get any faster before mile 10/11.  He told me tell him to shut up if I wanted to at any point to which I replied that I actually quite like being told what to do, and to keep giving instructions, I also explained that I would almost certainly continue to respond out of politeness even if I was dying, so not to necessarily believe I was conversational  

Mile 9.  Starting to work a little.  I explained to Andy that if told me at 10 miles that there was a parkrun to go I would be quite likel

P&D spring marathon 2017

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 07:31

Woahhh ML84 that's an amazing time!  You must have been near my fast club-mate - he ran 73 mins and won the V45 category...and was disappointed 

Ramjet, wow, well executed race there.  To manage to finish with 6:10 and 6:00 miles when 6:30 was target pace is awesome. 

Great MP runs there Tom and John.  Quite a contrast in your perceptions of them, but both equally impressive!  I have the 18 with 10 to look forward to next week  

HA, 8th is amazing at XC, they're generally seriously competitive.

Already congratulated Mr Sandbag Muddy But well done again.

I managed my first sub 90 at Brass Monkey, after two and a half years of trying.  1:28:43, thanks to Muddy's mate who paced me absolutely perfectly and pushed me in the last mile through some clever, tactical lies to make sure I squeezed absolutely everything I could out of it.  Really, really pleased.  Knackered, but pleased.

Overdone it?

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 16:15
1:28:43 I also have blisters muddy. Did have a look round for you upstairs afterwards but I had hung around a while waiting for others to finish so probably missed you.

Overdone it?

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 13:47
Haha! Well I thought I'd better make him feel at home (that's the first time ever, by the way).

Muddy... I will if you will

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Posted: 15/01/2017 at 12:42
Muddy thank you so much for joining me up with Andy. What a legend, DT's description of an impeccable pacer couldn't be more accurate. (I did it, by the way )

Overdone it?

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 07:34
Sorry, late response to Muddy, but yes, I'll be in club colours as usual. You'll not miss us, there's about 15 of us being green... we usually hang out fairly near the door.

Overdone it?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 06:58

Cheers Muddy and DT - is this the famous Andy Yu?  I don't know if I'm quite in sub 90 shape at the moment, but conditions look ok on Sunday, and I said the same this time last year when I ran 1:30:58 off a month of being ill - so in theory after a month of decent training I should be able to knock a minute off, if I am not too knackered on the day as I don't think I've really slowed down over the year.

Overdone it?

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 13:54

Thanks for book recommendation lit, I will check that out.  Sounds amusing.

Overdone it?

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 13:54

Oh, I am going to take that back and do a review since Lou's just posted one and my other option is doing my tax return

2016 Mileage

2584 Pleased with this, as it's down to consistency.

2016 Race Total

15, pleased with this too.  I was really selective and I think it worked out much better than trying to do too many last year, especially in the summer

2016 pbs

Marathon, half marathon, 10mile, 10k, 5k (well, parkrun.  Does that count?)


2016 Running Highlights

  1. 3.10 at London - partly because I wasn't expecting much improvement on last year but also because I just absolutely loved it.  
  2. Winning the Hamsterley 11.5 mile race - I know it's a random distance but I won because I had worked hard at training on hills, paced it well and actually raced it tactically.
  3. Doing some crazy long runs.  No official ultras as yet, but plenty of informal ones 

2016 Running Lowlights

July.  Blaydon and Swaledale.  I think I had, to be highly appropriate for this thread, overdone it, and I staggered round both of these hating them.  Blaydon would have been my first ever DNF, if there had actually been anywhere that it was possible to leave the course.

2016 Thread Race Performances of the year

Well I had wanted to be original and not go for Lit's Chester performance, but it was pretty awesome and she's barely mentioned it, so thought someone ought to

DT's several PBs that he's worked so hard for, particularly with at least partly overcoming his finish line anxiety issues.

McF hoovering up prizes left, right and centre

2016 Thread poster of the year

This one's too hard actually.  Skinny cracks me up, and always finds time to mention people when he posts, and I enjoy Pete's quietly humorous contributions too.

2017 Aims

I don't actually know.  I'd like to do an ultra, I think, and I'm always looking for a marathon PB.  I would also really like to crack the 90 minute half that has continued to elude me for the two years I should have been able to achieve it.  Not planning to get too hung up on anything specific though, my main aim is to enjoy running and not end up beating myself up if things don't go to plan.

Most Missed thread poster

I miss Marrows.  I don't miss her marathon time, as it displaces my bronze cell, but I do miss her comments.

2017 One to watch

Tough one.  Lots of people seem poised to make gains in the near future.  I'm cheating a bit, perhaps, when I say Rich, as he has the most potential for big leaps ahead I think, given his previous training and how he has been stepping things up.

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