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Posted: Yesterday at 15:37

Solid running in Florence JB and selbs. I was there in August and can imagine the cobbles would be tough in the later miles. Lovely city though.

CW - that's a good run in those conditions.

Some other impressive training going on (PP, SL, TT etc.).

ES - I'm not convinced about that MJ story! Was his theory properly tested?!

Not a lot of training in the last week or so for me due to work stuff (mainly socials to be fair), home stuff, and then was away for a long weekend in Vienna Friday-Monday just gone, where I was having too much fun sightseeing, eating and drinking to do a lot of training. Think I hit about 120M for November in the end!

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Posted: 24/11/2015 at 17:09

Dan - I might be running the FH10 this year as it's a club champs race, but will be on car park duty beforehand. It's very well organised/marshalled (obviously). It's not a particularly fast course - no massive hills but continually undulating, so maybe 1-2 mins slower than optimal. There are two possible routes depending on whether a particular spot is flooded or not - if not, it is a figure of eight (fine except a bit sketchy at the "crossover" if there is a pack near the back, but normally fine). If it is flooded, it becomes two laps, which is a bit more annoying having to overtake backmarkers.

Clearly the weather can be poor at that time of year, but I'm afraid I can't help with that.

Ryan - fair play, like I said, I wouldn't have the confidence to go with that plan but will be great if it works out. And as you say, a great base for London either way.

No running today as I've got a work social thing this evening, but managed a few exercises before breakfast this morning (single leg squats etc.).

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Posted: 23/11/2015 at 16:41

Ryan - that sounds very interesting and impressive dedication to keep banging out those miles (especially as it's probably fairly tedious running at that pace all the time). Just to confirm, are you not planning on running faster than 7 m/m at all until the race (other than the last mile or two of the 7-milers)? And no runs longer than 11M? I wouldn't have the confidence to follow that plan, but fair play if you pull it off!

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Posted: 23/11/2015 at 07:55

Ryan - big mileage there, hope it pays dividends. Very sensible not doing any sessions if you've upped the mileage a lot.

Wardi/Jools - nice long(ish) runs.

10M very easy for me on Saturday morning, mainly just catching up with a friend and then watching the park run. Then XC yesterday, the lower standard league that we take part in. A few of us cycled there and back, about 15M each way - the first 10 minutes was painfully cold! I had a better race than the last XC - 3 guys, including 2 that I usually have a good battle with, pulled away in the first mile or so and I was well clear in 4th. I felt fairly comfortable and it's a low key race so wasn't putting any pressure on myself to try to catch the other 3. After the first lap I was about 12 secs behind, but then started to close in on two of them without really increasing pace. With a mile to go I caught them and still felt fairly strong, so pushed on and dropped them up the last hill. In the end I wasn't actually that far behind the winner, but he may have had more in the tank (don't know who he was).

The ride home was fairly tough after that, but a good morning's training.

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Posted: 20/11/2015 at 07:55

PP - sounds like a good plan with the hilly fartlek. Chasing Strava segments is a dangerous game to start playing!

12.5M for me last night, trying to run each mile faster than the previous one (except the last 1.5M cooldown). Unfortunately the first two miles were slightly downhill (6:57 and 6:54, couldn't go much slower), which set a tougher target for the rest. Then I misjudged mile 4 with a 6:33, so the rest was all 6:2x and faster. The last two were 5:57 and 5:55, but I failed as mile 8 was 1 second slower than mile 7 (lost track of pace a bit as it was on a poorly lit trail with some undulations). A bit of a silly session but gives you something to think about!

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Posted: 19/11/2015 at 08:30

Dan - definitely agree that getting Kenyans along does not make the race more attractive (in fact, likely to do the opposite). Whenever they show the higlights of the Brighton Marathon on TV, I just want to see the Brits racing for 3rd (ish) place, rather than a battle between two random Kenyans I've never heard of.

Turbo last night - made it up as I went along and ended up doing 5 mins warm-up, then 20 mins at 240W, 15 at 260W, 10 at 280, 5 at 300W and 2 at 320W, then cooldown. None of that felt too hard - having a fan makes a massive difference!

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Posted: 18/11/2015 at 12:01

Dan - I think it's a combination of a fast course, and getting a critical mass of good runners encourages others to go e.g. my and my fast clubmate very nearly went but couldn't go in the end - we wouldn't make a trip like that to any other 10k race.

bains - just took the dog for a run. Decided to go offroad with a headtorch on, which was good fun.

PP - nice mile reps in that wind!

A tough hill session with the club last night. Did 1 lap, 2 laps, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1, where 1 "lap" is up and down a steep hill of about 200m i.e. running hard down the hill as well up. 8M in total inc. jogging there and back.

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Posted: 16/11/2015 at 16:19

PP - solid run there. I certainly would not have run well in that mud! I saw Chris won overall, although I wasn't really surprised! Today I can start running in some masters events I think, which is quite depressing but maybe I should go for an England vest next year.

Dan - very nice for a last minute race entry. Sounds like a good event - I like the idea of sauna/jacuzzi at the finish.

CW - it wasn't a proper race (in your mind) so you shouldn't be disappointed with the time. Must have been annoying to have someone showboat over the line in front of you though!

Just a couple of easy/steady runs for me, including Sunday morning along the Dorset coast, where the wind was so strong at one point I though I might never make it home.

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Posted: 13/11/2015 at 15:47

Good luck PP, it should be a great experience. We need to see pics of:
- ridiculous red shorts
- awesome gurning
These can both be covered in one shot if that works out.

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Posted: 13/11/2015 at 13:21

12M for me last night - felt a bit stiff to start with but was moving quite nicely after about 5M and ticking along at 6:2x pace fairly omfortably. Average for the whole run was just over 6:30s. No problems for the knee(s) either, and I now have two days with probably no training due to various social engagements, so will try a longer run on Sunday.

Good luck to anyone racing this weekend - hope you find someone about my size to tuck behind!

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