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Posted: Yesterday at 17:57

Lev - that a bit of a shame but sounds like it's fairly managable. Can you do a bit of cycling to replace some running?

Clearly I'm massively disadvantaged at my height/weight, and that's going to be my excuse for a while now. I can't really use the bike accident excuse now as it's been 3 months now. I might print off that list of sub-27 runners and keep it on me at all times for when people make the "long legs" claim. I'm 5 inches taller than Solinsky and nearly 2 stone heavier (and he is much heavier than the rest).

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Posted: Yesterday at 08:23

DrD - funny you should say that about short runners being faster. The number of times people say to me "no wonder you can run fast, you're legs are twice as long as mine", it really is quite irritating. I just ask them to name a top runner or two and they quickly notice they're all about 5'6.

I was hoping to try to lose a bit of weight for next year, but have been banned by the Mrs and my mum, despite being close to "overweight" on BMI.

Good luck to all the Frankfurters this weekend, and others racing. I'm doing a local 10M race - no idea how it's going to go but apparently it's hilly so I doubt it will be particularly fast.

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Posted: 22/10/2014 at 09:58

Just wanted to congratulate LS21 on a great run and even better report!

Very busy at work but managed to cram in a bit of training - nothing worth describing in any detail though.

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Posted: 20/10/2014 at 08:15

Agree with others on the Yorkshire marathon coverage. Having said that, each time I put my TV on C4 at the weekends Marders seems to be on it!

Some amazing results at Abo considering the conditions. Anyone getting a PB yesterday should be able to find a few more minutes on another day. Sounds like the marshalling wasn't great either....

A particular congrats to Ryan for hitting a very nicely judged time! And DrD for a massive PB despite various issues. Definitely a 2:30 runner in the making.

I was down in Bournemouth for the weekend so did 19M along the prom (basically the full length and back), keeping it steady with the tailwind on the way out, and working a bit harder into the wind on the way back (was slightly quicker back despite the wind). Average pace was just over 7s. That's my longest run for about 6 months I think.

Then 70M on the bike yesterday going into North Dorset (getting slightly lost) then turning south to the Purbecks, so lots of hills and wind. Noticed I had a slow puncture on the way back, which may have explained why it felt like hard work, so cut the route slightly short (was planning 80M) and made it home with a couple of stops to pump the tyre up a bit.

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Posted: 13/10/2014 at 12:02

SL - I bet that's a relief!

I just read RS's report properly (just skimmed it the first time), and respect for finishing after that fall! They do say fell runners have a screw loose.

TT/Dan - that's a pain, turning an ankle is really annoying as it can happen so easily. Hope they heal quickly.

KD - as you say, I'd expect you to be aerobically strong but not have the running legs (like me). Keep working at it and it will come.

TJB - well done on popping your cherry. The Met League seems to have become even stronger now. I used to think the Chiltern League was a similar standard, but looking at the Met League results from Claybury, I doubt I would have made the top 30.

Saw Crab's result at Kona and assumed something fairly major must have happened. Not managed to find out yet, but will try a bit of stalking at lunchtime.

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Posted: 13/10/2014 at 08:04

Wow, lost track of all the great performances from the weekend, but particular congrats to RaceJase for nailing the marathon. I guess you'll be looking at 2:1x now?!

PP - nice one on Sa Calobra. Not a bad road is it?! The descent is the funniest part - after about 10 mins you start thinking about the fact that you've got to get back up it.

XC went well on Saturday - 13th place which is my best in that league. Got caught out at the start as the hooter went about 3 mins after they gave the 5 minute warning, with no 1 minute warning, and I was mid-conversation with a clubmate not very near the front. But maybe that helped as I had to hold back a bit for a while as I worked my way through and finished strongly.

Will aim for a top 10 by the end of the season with my aim of increasing running focus, although it largely depends on the quality of the field (I think it was a bit weaker this weekend compared to previous seasons).

Then 3 hours on the bike yesterday, with a few sprint points etc. I was feeling quite good for some reason, which made it enjoyable!

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Posted: 11/10/2014 at 11:45

PP - nice ride. I'll be very disappointed if you don't do Sa Calobra before you leave though!

TR - good session, it made the time pass quickly as well! I didn't push the big gear stuff hard enough though - next time!

Marders - have a good race, I'm sure you'll smash it!

5.5M easy last night and 45 mins easy on the turbo this morning just to loosen the legs up for XC later. Not really feeling confident but will just see how it goes. The course is slightly annoying as it's mainly quite muddy (spikes best), but there is a section of unavoidable tarmac - last time I wore spikes and wrecked them (several got bent). So going for trail shoes this time, which will probably be slower on the majority of the course, but never mind.

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Posted: 10/10/2014 at 14:19

Changing the subject....Kona and Chicago Marathon (Bekele vs. Kipchoge) this weekend should make for good (virtual) viewing.

Good luck to all the weekend racers.

Not a lot to report from me. Big turbo session on Wednesday (did the one TR posted), easy run yesterday and another easy day today before first XC of the season tomorrow.

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Posted: 07/10/2014 at 21:24

Agree with others that P&D is a bit heavy in the last week.

10M for me tonight inc. track session of 10 mins, 8x400, 10 mins. Did exactly 3k in the first rep, started the 400s on 72s then worked my way down to 68s once my legs remembered how to go fast. Ran out of time to finish the last rep but was on pace for 3k again.

Legs are pretty sore now!

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Posted: 06/10/2014 at 08:37

MikeS - welcome and well done at Berlin. That has to be a pretty good age-grading - I'm guessing over 90%?!

Al_P - that is massive training, you must go well once you've tapered.

TT - similarly, very impressive training. And that sounds like a very good result in the HM given the course and training earlier in the week.

Gobi - I did laugh slightly at the AG win I'm afraid! Your swimming must have improved a bit, or you've just become even more of a beast on the bike. Obviously not running too badly either with that HM time.

DrDave - sounds like a decent 10k considering. You're in need of a nice easy taper, then you'll be ready to go!

CW - solid 10k and well done on the prize.

TR - that sounds like a fairly tough session but might try it one Wednesday evening. I do 2 or 3 x 20 mins occasionally and it is tough to keep pushing hard, but supposedly is one of the best sessions to do.

Some nice training by lots of others too (TJB, Jools, ThR and probably lots of others).

Wasn't out too late on Friday, but had quite a few beers so wasn't feeling top-notch for Saturday's run. Did 2 hours with the usual crowd though - no idea on distance but I doubt it was more than 15M (almost all off-road though).

Really nice ride yesterday - 80M in 4 hours on a slightly flatter route than our usual rides. Only issue was that I clearly didn't wear enough clothing and was really cold for the first 30 mins. Perfect by the end though!

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