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Posted: 31/01/2016 at 19:15
Badbark wrote (see)
Lorenzo wrote (see)

TBH I'm very impressed with the comfort and general feel of the Saucony Peregrine so am wondering whether to switch to a Sacouny race shoe as well. I seem to remember some comments about the Fastwitch on here a while ago - anyone any recent experience of Saucony road shoes?

I use Saucony Guides as my 'work-horse' shoes, and have run over 2000 miles in two pairs, without injury. I also use Saucony Kinvaras as my racing shoes, over all distances from 5k to marathon. I think they are both great shoes, so don't think you can go far wrong with Saucony.

I'm a Saucony fan too. Peregrines for trail and Kinvara 4s for everything up to marathon.  I have some Fastwitches too but find they are lacking in forefoot cushioning for serious miles so don't get taken out much. I'm not so keen on the later incarnations of the Kinvara - too cushioned for my liking - but many do like them and everyone is different!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 16:09

Badbark - hope this weekend's marathon is a good one.

GDawg -  good solid running from you. Race day is still ages away and you are putting in good strong long ones (oo-er) already.

Gul - great long run despite that "late" start

Abbers - you are running well, is the work life balance a bit better now?

BikeIt -  well done on the surprise PB! That's a great time.

Philip - that is one hell of a long time to be going.  Secret to running longevity please?

OO - still super speedy.  You don't seem to ever slow really.

Birch - heavy legs makes me think that they are lactate filled. Did you run the earlier steady run a bit faster than you would normally? Or fail to eat enough carbs to fuel the muscles adequately before depleting them in that run?  You did do a lot of running at variable speeds which would give me heavy legs without having to think about the reasons why. I think you are too hard on yourself!

Lorenzo - hello neighbour! Looking good.  

SJ - how's the body holding up?

Speedy - big hugs.  Congrats on that excellent parkrun standard.

Finished the week today on 47.5 miles with an 11 mile trail run at 7:51/mi.  It reminded me to avoid muddy trails for now as my calf tweaks slightly at the moment from the instability.  For Boston training, I will need to keep it boring and keep it paved.  There. I said it.  Week 1 of 12 begins on Monday.  

Sub 3h15

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 09:45

BikeIt - thank you for the great advice.  I will play around with my downhill form using the technique you recommend. I think the downhill at Boston is a gentle one which is what catches people out.  Perhaps Poacher (and anyone else who has run it) can give me so inside info?

BadBark - that sounds very promising. Good luck this weekend in holding back more than anything 

Sorry not to read back and comment. A quick browse shows you are all doing well and I don't think anyone is on the bench which is WONDERFUL.  Let's keep it that way team!  Just wanted to say to Birch (because obviously you want bossing around from me), that even if you aren't marathoning I think you should still train for stuff. It is vital we keep moving as we age as the old adage "use it or lose it" really does apply.  You are also an inspiration to me so please keep up with your amazing feats.

Quick Me Me Me update (feel free to ignore!) Have been busy revising for exams which is a bit of a shock to the system having not sat exams in two decades.  Have come to the end of an 8 week maintenance plan to take me to the start of a 12 week schedule for Boston.  I have never managed to complete a plan uninterrupted by one thing or another so I am hoping I will manage 12 weeks and get the essential elements in.  Using McMillan having signed up for their Run Club which gives me access to plans, coaches to grill and seek advice from.  So far so good.  Mileage not massive, only around 40-50 or so.  This week have done: 
Mon 7.33@7:20/mi
Tue 7@7:33/mi
Wed 11.5@7:14/mi
Thur AM 3@7:38/mi; 1 hour yoga; 3@7:36/mi
and today will run easy for 50-60 mins.  It is all based on time which is quite nice because I can just choose a loop and run free. When the marathon plan starts there is more quality stuff in but I will err on the side of caution given my injury history.  I don't want to risk not making it to Boston having had to bow out of York last Oct due to an ankle sprain.  Sorry, enough me.  Back to my books.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 20:11

BadBark - sounds like they are on top of the situation which is great (whether you like it or not!)  And anyway, if you can run a 37 min 10K one weekend and a marathon the next it seems to me you are still managing to do more than the rest of us combined   Keeping fingers crossed for you. And good luck for the weekend!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 15:20

Apologies for absence (as if you missed me, eh?) and lack of input. I am deep in studies but popping in to check on BadBark's progress.  I AM WATCHING YOU THEREFORE (even if you don't hear from me  )

Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 15:18

13th Feb - Rio Resort, Klerksdorp -BI - sub 3:20

10th April - MANCHESTER - SJ- sub 3.15 (if can get some miles in) Run-walk experiment

10th April - MANCHESTER - Gerard - No fixed time goal as yet, the training in the next few months will determine that.

10th April - MANCHESTER - Poacher - cd be GFA (3.19.59) attempt, if not then a sighter.

10th April - MANCHESTER - knight rider - sub 3

18th April - BOSTON - VTrunner - sub3:15 hopefully (but training conditions may dictate); have fun above all else though.

18th April - BOSTON - MsE - sub-2:55 (if I can work out how to run downhill better)

24th April - VMLM16 - Joolska - 2.44 - 2.48

24th April - VMLM16 - PhilipMJones - sub-3 if possible, if not enjoy it.

24th April - VMLM16 - G-Dawg - Just enjoy my first GFA. Probably be too warm for sub-3.13 (PB)

24th April - VMLM16 - Lorenzo - aiming for sub-3 at the moment but will take stock closer to the time

Sub 3h15

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 19:26
Badbark wrote (see)

That’s a great post GM summarizing the last few weeks excellently. Belated Happy Birthday OO!

Thanks for all the kind words about my recent (minor) marathon victory. I get a mention on the Jabbra Podium on Marathon Talk this week at about 54 minutes.

Unfortunately I have a bit of bad news. My Doctor tells me the mole I have had recently removed was a malignant melanoma.  This is the dangerous type of skin cancer that can spread into other regions.

It appears the 15 or so sunny holidays in the last 10 years has caught up with me.  I’m waiting to see a dermatologist for more tests, which might involve taking away more skin around the area and a lymph node biopsy.

I’m determined to stay positive and I’m confident I’ll get the all clear soon. Whatever the outcome, I’m up for the fight and refuse to be beaten.  

"Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best." – Meb Keflezighi

Sorry to hear this news, BB.  Sending you much hope that the tests run clear and you are soon back on the road.  Will be keeping an eye on your progress so keep in touch if you can.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 17:39

Hey Speedy!  You just saved me posting an update on me except I've not done the long run and have sprained my ankle (again)   The way I look at it is I am just happy to be alive and running (when I am not nursing a sprained ankle).  Life is never perfect but it is far closer to perfect for some of us lucky ones than others.  

5 weeks to York for me. A week to the Bristol HM.  I am doomed.


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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 12:13



Leslie H wrote (see)


Physio today and well its another (up to) 12 weeks out for me with another extended ban on running  but we are starting strength training and squats and my tendinitis is almost gone so I can actually do the exercises now  Looks like its going to be a slow process ! but progress of sorts  patience was mentioned several times ,must see if I can borrow some 


Take heart. You have a definite timeline!  When I was out with my achilles injuries, I didn't have ANY timeline and it was a case of waiting for something that may never happen.  This is GOOD NEWS 

Some sound running from you all but notably from Frizzle (sub-3:15 beckons easily) and a commendably late one from KR.

Been quietly rolling out the miles and trying not to aggravate any historical injuries so putting the brakes on and doing lots of stretching and rolling.  I think I am suffering from lack of the usual yoga and pilates that happens when the kids are at school.  Thank goodness term starts next week!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 16:44

Congrats to Badbark on the podium finish!  Sounds like you fought hard for that.  Great time.

Good to see you racking up those longer runs now, Bike It!  And that you have a marathon lined up. 

Gul - still a decent morning run. I failed to hit LT on my scheduled 12 w/7@LT yesterday but put this down to: (a) trying to run it on the back of my first 70 mile week; (b) a day after a scoffing a 7 course taster menu at Whatley Manor; and (c) slightly needing to do a poo.

Leslie - movement is movement. Well done on getting that done before the night shift!

Great monster miles from KR (who I think may have a hidden talent for ultras).

Frizzle - sounds like your training is going well.  Did those MRP - 10s miles feel comfy?

Speedy - am following your blog.  You poor thing   I admire you achieving what you are given your circumstances.  You may surpise yourself at Chester?

6 recovery miles with the dog this morning picking blackberries and getting stung by the nettles in the process.  Will try for another 4 this evening once MrE gets home.

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