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Things you want to say but can't

Posted: Today at 11:39

And bottom of your pile too?

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: Yesterday at 19:42
It would have been really nice if you'd actually done what you said you would

Going from 10k to Half Marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 07:13

Well done Stu, excellent time.  

The advice sounds good, you do need to build it up slowly though.  Plenty of time to October, so just gradually add a little to your long run.  You don't say how many runs you've been doing a week, but if it's three, you can probably safely add in another one straight away as long as it's easy and fairly short.

Heart rate... you can't 'work out' your max heart rate - you need to test it and find out what yours is, not what a formula says it might be This is...not fun.  I'm also not an expert on HR training so won't offer much advice, but there are some people who do know a lot about it so hopefully they'll appear.  To test your max, an accepted method is to warm up steadily to a decent pace, then run hard up a hill, jog down, and repeat this twice.  Theoretically, the third rep should see you hitting your max.  Probably. I found it so ridiculously uncomfortable that I probably didn't actually get quite up to max HR when I tried it, but it'll give you a better idea than a formula.

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 12:07

FFS, considering you are probably dealing with a lot of very fragile people, talking to you lot is like banging your head against a brick wall.  Heaven knows what some of your clients do when trying to get anywhere.

Overdone it?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 07:05

McF, not a clue on what you should be doing, but good luck with all the racing

DT, hills are brilliant.  I hate them, but having done more hilly trail runs this year I felt a lot stronger than I did so they definitely have benefits.

Tommy, how did the HM pace go? 

Get well soon, Mudlet.

I made a dogs dinner of the Clive Cookson 10K on Wednesday night.  A decent PB at 42:08 but nowhere near what I should have been capable of.  This was due to
1.  A slight rise complete with head wind throughout miles 1 and 4,
2.  A suicidal 6:20 for mile 2 
3.  A really congested first mile involving lots of ducking round people and accelerating to get past them without tripping them up as they slowed down within about 400m of the start
4.  Not caring enough and sort of giving up during mile 4
5.  Some really annoying bloke heavy breathing down my ear causing me to stick in some ill-advised bursts of speed too early on in order to lose him.

So I died a miserable death in the second half, basically.  But comfortingly, not nearly as badly as many others did, as I overtook a lot in the last mile or so.  Anyway, it'll do - still pretty shit but 2 minutes quicker than my ancient PB.  

Then yesterday I went cycling with a group for the first time - I was very uncertain of my ability and I turned up with my little hybrid bike that looked very much like a child's toy next to all the swish road bikes, so explained how useless I was going to be and please be gentle with me, only to find it a complete doddle so may keep quiet next time and just go for it.

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 06:54

Is 200mm correct Menn??  If everyone else is talking in excess of a metre, that sounds somewhat ridiculous.  Or is it a different measurement?

Thanks for the encouragement folks, will take a bit more off next time out I'm sure.  Only got to do one more 10K for club grand prix thing then I can abandon them again

BR and Reg, I'm actually quite enjoying your tri talk on here.  No ambitions of doing one, but it's nice to hear about something a bit different sometimes.

AWC, enjoy your chillout time

I have no idea what my stride length or cadence are, though I've been told by lots of people that my gait looks 'quite efficient'.  I suspect I'm in the shorter strides faster cadence bracket like most here - must be part of what makes a longer distance bias?  I am sure having short legs also contributes Also cannot sprint. 

P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 22:56
I was a bit shit, sorry guys. 42.10ish, should have been at least sub 42. Never mind, it'll do for a distance I hate (did I mention I don't like 10ks )

Nice one Macca and Scott!


Posted: 18/05/2016 at 07:33

Seems like more of a 'random thoughts' thread, Mr P.


P&D spring marathon 2016

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 06:49

Hi guys.

Planned to drop in and catch up with you all but wasted my spare five minutes on a moderately silly thread instead.  Sorry. Hope everyone is in good shape - gather from conversation that AWC needs well wishes - all the best to you AWC, and Millsy once again cements himself as an ultra running legend.  Well done again Sir.

Clive Cookson 10K tonight  If I don't run a PB something has gone badly wrong (current PB, for various reasons, is 44:20 on a short course  ).

I NEED HELP! Beginner needs to win race!

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 06:42

Well it does all kind of depend on how fast the people you are racing are  If you have some decent club runners in your work place that can do sub-5 for a mile you're not going to win.  If they're all a bit lardy then you've probably already got it in the bag.

The others have covered it training-wise - bin the drugs, protein shakes etc, run a bit longer and a lot slower most of the time - just do a quick-ish mile once a week at most.  

Lose some weight if you can.

Hope that the rest of your co-workers are slow.

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