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Posted: Yesterday at 07:46

bainspj - I agree with Dan/CW. I've got one lightweight backpack (Inov8) which I can hardly tell is there, and a bigger one (OMM) I used for the Saunders this year (carrying tent, sleeping bag, stove etc.) which was also no issue for the 10 hours of racing.

8.5M last night inc. 4x1M in around 5:20 (wasn't measured so might be a few seconds out). Calves felt sore towards the end (I didn't do the last rep), but that's just because I haven't run fast for so long. Bruised leg was fine.

 

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Posted: 19/08/2014 at 14:01

PP/DrD - my favourite climb ever (although very painful). DrD - it's Sa Calobra.

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Posted: 18/08/2014 at 07:55

DrD - very nice, even getting close to MP for 10M of a LR in imperfect conditions is good.

Jools - nice mileage. Sounds like the 20s are getting easier too.

TR - hope you and the family enjoyed Cornwall. A surfboard injury is much cooler than turning an ankle on a LSR or other running-related ailments!

Tmoth - sounds like a fuelling issue to me. It can happen very suddenly like that, and you might not have even known you were getting near the limit if you hadn't got there (if that makes sense).

Parkrun went better than expected on Saturday. 3M warm-up, then set off reasonably steadily (was not even in the top 10 for the first 800m or so). Gradually moved through pushing on a bit but not too hard and ended up 2nd in 16:37. Weirdly that's only 30s outside my best on that course, with a bit left in the tank and all the time I've had off. Lucky I managed that time though as I was nearly chicked (4s behind, and she was closely followed by Claire Hallisey).

Then 75 mins on the turbo yesterday morning inc. 8x5mins fairly hard. Did most of it outside, which was a bit more enjoyable than in the garage, but had to quickly move back into the garage after the 7th interval when the heavens opened.

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Posted: 15/08/2014 at 07:45

Very impressed with everyone knocking out the BAC sessions - they're tough. I'll need to try to do some of them in Feb/March, preferably with some clubmates as I guess they'd be even harder on your own.

PP - very impressive. To be even more OCD you could have marked out each 9.3m (actually you'd need some at 4.65m gaps as well for the 0.5M intervals) so that you were taking splits at each 0.5M and 1M rather than 800m and 1600m. Amateur.

Ran for 46 mins this morning almost all on grass and almost couldn't feel anything wrong with my leg, so I think it's nearly there. Might try the parkrun tomorrow (not full gas) just to see how unfit I am. Also been doing a few turbos over the last few days.

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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:43

Promising run this evening, 6.5M inc. 6x800m on a hilly loop. Obviously I didn't hammer it but the leg was fine except when running downhill on a hard surface, and even then it wasn't too bad.

It didn't get any worse through the session and feels ok now, just a slightly tight calf (but that might just be due to the lack of recent training!). And I wasn't too slow either, so don't seem to have lost too much.

Will see how it feels in the morning and maybe try an easy 7M or so on Thursday (will turbo tomorrow).

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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 07:52

Marigold - see http://the5krunner.com/2014/08/12/me-vs-steve-way-garmin-style/. Thought you might be interested to know that someone's analysing your Vertical Oscillation and Ground Contact Time, the ultimate in pointless stats....

CW - sounds like you're having a good time in the Lakes. I'm jealous!

Just a MTB ride last night (road bike is being fixed and checked over before I ride it again). Going to go to the running club tonight and see how it goes.

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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 12:50

PP - great run, definitely worth a sub-16 in good conditions. Sounds like my 3k a few months ago where I reeled someone in from a long way back - a lot more fun than being the one reeled in!

Jools - everyone knows you wait until just after the finish line to stop your watch. Partly so that your official time is not a disappointment when it's a couple of seconds slower, but mainly to avoid photos like that!

SL - not bad to be able to run a low-33 and be that disappointed. You're just being paranoid about the heart, but it's one of those things you've got to be confident about for obvious reasons! Hope you're all sorted soon.

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Posted: 11/08/2014 at 08:41

Lev - if you want to keep running, I suggest going out without a watch on a scenic route. Take your time and enjoy being out in the sun (hopefully!), and just come back when you feel like it. Alternatively, just don't run for a couple of days, but I prefer the first option when not feeling up for "proper" running.

ON7 - well done at Bearbrook. I was actually going to run (leg was feeling OK), but saw the weather and decided against it! I would have run if I'd been "racing", but not much point going out in that weather to jog around in 45 mins. Think that's my 3rd DNS in 10 years (no DNFs).

Jools - sounds like a good run, I'm assuming it was fairly windy?

Al_P - well done, especially with the parkrun combo. Outrageous for Marigold to show up pot-hunting. I expect in ultras even if you're not feeling good towards the end, if you're running OK you're probably making up ground on others.

DrDave - very nice training, sounds like you're going well.

I tried a run on Friday and did 4M without too many problems. Pace was OK too, but maybe because I'm very well rested! Then an hour on the turbo yesterday.

So I think I'm nearly ready to resume some more consistent training. I'll probably stick to shorter runs for now though.

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Posted: 08/08/2014 at 09:14

TR - sounds like you've got a good plan with the drills etc. Stick at it and it will start to click - might be a bit tedious to get to that point but it's worth it.

50 mins on the turbo this morning including some 10 min efforts. Leg was fine, although I might have lost a bit of power in the last 3 weeks. Mind you, turboing in a small garage with no airflow in the summer means heat is probably the limiting factor!

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Posted: 07/08/2014 at 14:57

ON7 - yes, that's the one. It's a club champs race, so I'd like to at least jog round to bag some points.

Dan - please cease posting (particularly photos like that) until you're back in the boring UK running up and down the Thames or similar.

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