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Mundane thread

Posted: Today at 07:27

Mmm, I love Port Salut.  What it lacks in pungency it makes up for in sponginess.  

I had a nasty plastic cheese sandwich yesterday   It was the only alternative to corned beef pie, the thought of which makes me feel a bit sick...

Mundane thread

Posted: Yesterday at 14:19

Hello Mundanies.  *dishes out cups of tea and blocks of cheese*

I am having an exceptionally frustrating day.  

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: Yesterday at 14:07

I'm sorry, what?  You two strapping blokes are going to stand and watch an 8 and a bit stone woman carry 40 boxes upstairs because you're 'only volunteers and risk assessment doesn't cover going upstairs'?

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 07:43

BOLLOCKS!!! Just wrote second race report and then deleted the whole bloody thing.

In summary, Northumberland Coastal Run:

Hot.  14 miles is a bloody long way when it's hot and you've run a hilly half the day before.  And it was hot, and I ran a hilly half the day before.  It's probably best you're spared the details to be honest.  Suffice to say there were about 6 miles altogether of running on sand, many bottle-necks, relentless sun, not enough water stations, poorly organised registration, and even the stunning scenery did not make up for the fact that it was really bloody hot.  Here is a picture of me explaining to our club treasurer (who persuaded us all to do the run then pulled out) that I was about to die.  I have NO IDEA where all the other 800 runners were at this point.  Maybe I was last.  I look delirious, actually, maybe I'd just completely gone off the route and run to, like, Scotland or something.

 Finished in 2:02:28, which is a bit pants, really, but I wasn't complaining.  Any kind of finish would have done.

Inter-club relays tonight - only 2.2 miles though thank fook.   P&D is in the bin this week, was meant to be 10 with 6 at LT but clearly that is not going to happen.  I will settle for 6 with 2.2 at whatever pace I can force out of my trashed legs.

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 07:36

(oops, bit late now.)  Passed lots of people who were used to running in super-flat East Yorkshire. Felt a bit cyclist smug myself.

13. Hallelujah!  Nearly the end.

World's longest 0.1 of a mile.  Finish in the showground.  Sweaty and panting Mr Mad at the end, excellent, he can't have been here long.  Looked at watch to see I'd just squeaked in at 1:49:55 - not a bad effort considering the amount of ascent and the fact I was going steady for a lot of it.  Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended race, water stations were excellent (sponges at 3 of them made life much more comfortable), and an excellent variety of refuelling options at the showground at the end - I went for the gourmet burger and real ale tent, and contentedly watched as it began to chuck it down.  An excellent, if challenging day out.


P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 07:30

Scott and Westy take the Thread Hero crown for paced runs in those temps yesterday!  I was hot sat in the office with all the windows open so can't imagine doing an LT run in it.  Good job you'd had the haircut Westy.  Scott, hope the interview goes well.

andrews, hope the 4 was more pleasant than you feared.

JR, I think the recovery refers more to pace than distance.  Fergs probably, technically, did a GA run a little slower, but if you describe it as recovery it puts the pace in perspective a bit better.  Nice extra 0.3 there.

Eggler, don't worry - those runs happen, especially in this weather.  Keep plugging away and take stock a bit later on with a race a or two to see if you need to adjust your target.  You'll probably find when the cooler weather arrives that you come to life again.

Right then, the double-race weekend:

Parte the Firste.  Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon.

An amusing and half-arsed effort to carb-load the night before (ok, it might be pointless for a half, but it's fun and can't do any harm!) led to an extremely sluggish reaction to the alarm at 6:30am, therefore didn't make it into the car until 7:30 to trek through the Saturday morning York traffic.  To amuse ourselves, Mr Mad and I bickered about whether or not his sat nav was crap.  I was right.  Thank you, sensible race-organisers, for the clear printed instructions for reaching the showground.

9:00am.  Wee'd in roadside cafe toilets.

9:10am.  Discussed the absence of hills with Mr Mad, and decided it was going to be easy and the reviews were all totally dramatic and written by people who lived in East Yorkshire and had therefore never seen a hill in their life.

9:15am.  Drove up big F-off hill to the showground.

9:20am.  Wee'd in portaloo at showground, after chatting to some friendly people in the queue who wanted to know where the heck Evenwood was.  

9:50am.  Start line.  Decided needed a wee.  Did not go.  Friendly banter with more people.  'Where on earth is Evenwood'?? Spotted one other person from a vaguely local club, and decided to stand next to him to avoid any more quizzing on the location of the club.  He looked at me, smiled, and asked where Evenwood was. Luckily the horn went before I had chance to impatiently explain that it was all of about 10 miles from where his club was.  

Mile1.  Mmm, downhill, nice  Concentrated on just getting into a rhythm and sticking at a comfortable 8mm pace (or just under).

Miles2-3.  Mmm, downhill and off-road.  Very nice.  Keep the rhythm and just enjoy it.  

4.  Uphill.  Twisty.  Eww.  

5-6.  Nice and flat, plenty of chatty people, through a village with a smattering of supporters.  Thoroughly pleasant, short hill to attack.  Oh, excellent, halfway and ahead of target pace.

7. Epic downhill.  Did half a mile at 6:52 pace which is unheard of for me.  Apparently this used to be the end, until they moved the showground.  8-9 I passed quite a few people, who looked a little bit like they knew something I didn't.

10-11.  Discovered what people knew that I didn't.  Uphill.  Puff, pant, sweat.  Pace out the window.  There was a big cycle race also going on in the opposite direction.  As I contemplated death, one of them cheerily called to his mate behind 'This is a good bit of downhill, isn't it?'.  Smug gits with their wheels and their downhills.

12.  Bit more level.  Remembered I was not trying to kill myself in this, and that had race to do tomorrow (oops, bit la

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:44

If it's not ok, say no when the person asks you, not yes at the time then complain to everyone else the following week that it isn't ok and they need to change plans which wouldn't have been fixed if you hadn't said yes.

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 06:10
Morning all. I seem to be alive. Yesterday was HOT.

Three words

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 18:30

Cracking half marathon

P&D Autumn Marathon Training Thread 2014

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 18:21

I always type marathong for some reason.  Not sure what this says about my touch-typing sub-conscious.

Cracking little half marathon today.  Over 1000ft elevation gain, but friendly, well organised and thoroughly enjoyable course. Was very close to MP average, in fact I was on for average 8mm until 10 miles, when the relentless 3 mile climb began! I'll be back with replies and a report, but it's time for food, bath and an early night in prep for race 2 tomorrow!

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