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RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: Yesterday at 20:56

Fortunately for my figure 2Old, you are not me! What is this lie-in you speak of? I have plans for tomorrow, of which BA is currently blissfully unaware 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: Yesterday at 20:35

Ferocious winds, torrential rain and monstrous mud - just an average event I suppose 

Got blown over twice, once on the Roaches and once on Shutlingsloe, we both slipped and fell in the mud (along with most of the other participants) and on reaching the 15 mile checkpoint declined the offer of the 7 mile 'Cheshire Loop' and carried on to finish the 22 mile course. Plenty of steep climbs but not really a running route given the conditions. Still, 125 miles in the last week and a good time in the pub tonight - forecast looking a bit grim for tomorrow so good luck all you racers.

AA: don't overdo it now!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 21:01

22 miles done today in good weather. Some 'interesting' navigation and a bit of back tracking was required but we managed to get round without any major arguments 

Weather looks foul for the event tomorrow, but there are different distances possible (20/22/27/29) so if it gets too miserable we can trade down. 

DD: it's true that you don't really need to do too much long running for a 50, but to get a good time the pacing is the key thing. If you haven't done many ultras in the past the tendency is to go off too fast and die a long, slow and horrible death 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:30

23 miles in the sunshine yesterday, then woke this morning to a covering of snow, rain and sleet from above and a ferocious wind from (seemingly) everywhere. Did 10k this afternoon, when the wind was worse but the rain had stopped. Just couldn't get warm at all. Walking 20+ miles tomorrow, then 29 mile event Saturday. As Freemers said - weather not looking good. 

My shoes are simply muddy..................

Keep up the training everyone, it would be dreadful if you couldn't show me up properly 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 16:20

15 miles today in the Peak District, accompanied by sun, hail, sleet and rain in no particular order (BA was also in tow, muttering darkly about tired legs). Some 'interesting' hills and I'm starting to feel quite relaxed about the relatively small amount of climb on this year's 100 - only 12,000 ft compared to around 17,000 last year.

AA: sorry to hear you are still a bit under the weather, but congratulations to Nick. Just don't try to cram in too much training before Boston.  

Brol: at least Dorset hills aren't really steep - just long.  Didn't feel anything as bad as the Wye Valley hills. How many ultras have you done in the run up to Comrades?

Freemers: you'll be back in Norwich before I finish in London 

2Old: I waited didn't I, what more does he need??? Perhaps sensibly he kept a tight grip on the map today, we were off-road on some obscure paths and he wanted to make sure I didn't disappear leaving him totally lost.

Nell:  thinking is generally found to be a mistake in my book 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 22:54

Fabulous day out in the Dorset hills - 31 miles with 5,000 feet of ascent.  Did most of it with BA, started together then I sort of got ahead, but waited for him at the 17 mile checkpoint and we finished together [although I did do a bit of waiting at the tops of climbs and let him set the pace on the downhills.  We have agreed that I try to blast the 35 mile event in 3 weeks with my sub 3 marathon friend, but do next weeks 30 miler together.

Highlights of today were:

A checkpoint in one of the oldest buildings in Dorset - a restored chapel in the middle of a farm in the middle of nowhere.  Walking through a flock of coal black Hebridean sheep with their very new lambs, fabulous homemade cakes and savoury flapjacks at the checkpoints, good company and lots of old friends to stop and chat to, fantastic views and brilliant sunshine - plus Ireland's ladies also won the 6 nations rugby................................

Off to the Peak District for a week tomorrow, will check in to make sure none of you are slacking

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 21:19

Well done the Irish - I have aged 10 years this afternoon / evening 

AA: yes I promised BA I would do this one with him, having abandoned him the last two weeks

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 13:48

Re the 20v30 this weekend. I had planned to do both, needing the speed from the 20 mile road race for VLM and the endurance from the 30 for the 100. However my legs are still feeling the effects of the 53 hilly miles two weeks ago and the hilly 20 last week, so as we are going on holiday Monday for a week of running and walking I decided that discretion might be a good idea for once.  

My idea of a moderate pace is somewhat different to everyone else on this thread 

Good Luck AA and Carrot - look on the bright side, you shouldn't get lost on your events whereas we almost certainly will........

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 19:23

2Old: I also like my shirts nicely ironed - why do you think I have been married to BA for coming up to 40 years!! 

Wonderful day today - out on the bikes to view the eclipse, then 40 miles in glorious sunshine, primroses and daffodils in the banks, blossom in the hedgerows, wobbly little lambs in the fields plus a tea stop with homemade gingerbread and back for lunch sitting out in the garden.  Spring has [at least temporarily] sprung!!

Have binned the 20 mile race tomorrow to concentrate on the 30 mile off-road jaunt on Sunday, then off for a week of walking and running in the Peak District with another 30 miler there next weekend.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:27

2Old: hugs are always acceptable and in any case Freemers is spot on, BA is on a different start - in Stratford-upon-Avon   BTW you don't fancy eloping do you?? I could offer BA to Mrs 2Old - bathroom cleaning and ironing a speciality (his not mine).................................

Barry:  I was assuming Nell would have bragging rights on sub 3.00........

AA: are you starting to feel any better yet?  Champ start or green start this year?

Chick: I agree about March v April for running.  I reckon doing a marathon as part of a team is the way forward for me.

Freemers: have faith and go for it, you are definitely training at sub 3.15

Currently worried about my surgeon's eyesight and level of intelligence - he has just described me (in a letter to my GP) as an extremely pleasant lady.  BA reckons he has mixed me up with the person before or after - so hope their operation is nothing too drastic 

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