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Posted: 29/01/2016 at 09:21

Dan - very jealous! I went there a few years ago with some mates - mainly did cycling, but also some running and joined in with some of the classes.

selbs - we get our entry fully paid, but no beers/food. Should be there again this year, although will need to check the dates against the ultra I've entered in July.

Ran out of time for planned run yesterday, but managed to squeeze in about 5M. 5M easy at lunchtime today then Southerns tomorrow.

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Posted: 28/01/2016 at 15:44

CW - I do find it weird that you get to the point of running 10m/m. Even when tired I'm fine at under 8s, but maybe I'm not training hard enough!

CJ - yes, I didn't really know how to describe the 6m/m efforts. I guess they were maybe marathon effort, but certainly not proper tempo that I would hope would be more like 5:30s.

SC2 - our company pays our entry fee for the JPMorgan race (as long as we actually run), so I guess that's how they get away with charging so much for those corporate events.

No training for me yesterday for various reasons, so will try to do about an hour or so tonight, then an easy run tomorrow.

Guessing lots of you will be at the Southerns on Saturday? I'm dreading it to be honest - 15k of mud and hills. But I can't really find an excuse not to do it yet, except that I'm going on holiday on Monday, so need to start packing....

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Posted: 27/01/2016 at 08:42

Pretty quiet on here recently - we were on the same page for a week!

bains - impressive speed on those 600s. And some nice tempo on the other run.

TT - that migraine sounds nasty. Good to hear you're through it now though, which must be the case given that pretty fast long run!

9M for me last night in the wind and rain. Decided to do a bit of a hills/tempo combo, so included 4x600m hills, 1M "easy tempo" (6 mins), straight into a 400m hill rep, then 1M at 6m/m again. The plan was to do more of the 400m hills, but I only planned to do 9M and misjudged the length of the first part of the session! Should have done 3 of each, rather than 4 and 1.

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Posted: 25/01/2016 at 08:32

Jools - those are decent reps within a fairly long run.

CC2 - good that you're managing to fit in a bit of running, hope everything's OK.

CW - 15M on a tough course must be about MP on an easier course, so sounds like a solid effort.

Wardi - nice long run. I hadn't realised you were doing Barcelona.

CD - well done in the duathlon. Seems a bit early in the year for that!

CJeff - sounds like you're putting in a nice block of training. Running in work shoes has to be worse than work trousers!

All easy running for me at the weekend - 19M on Saturday and then 8M on Sunday (after I'd done car parking duty and lead bike for the 10M race we host). Mainly off-road so lots of mud and very slow pace!

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Posted: 21/01/2016 at 20:19

TT - nice training, plenty of quality there.

CW - the usual craziness, but a new twist on it with the run in suit trousers!

I just had a good confidence-building run after the poor XC at the weekend. 12M increasing pace each mile, but managed it this time. First mile was too fast at 6:51 but felt really easy, then 6:47, 6:37, 6:33, 6:28, 6:21, 6:14, 6:07, 5:59, 5:56, 5:53, 5:42. The 11th mile was pleasing as it had a chunky hill in it, and I didn't look at the watch for the 12th, just pushed on. My very basic Garmin only has total time and total distance, so it's quite a mental exercise trying to adjust pace mid-mile to not go too fast or too slow! 2M cooldown with the dog to make 14M in about 1:31.

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Posted: 19/01/2016 at 15:23

Dan - you're probably right, I think I'm just looking for excuses. Luckily a few people bought cakes at work today so I've been implementing your advice.

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Posted: 18/01/2016 at 17:52

CD - I heard about that gizmo. My reactions were: 1) It won't be very accurate, and 2) Even if it is, what's the point. I'm sure lots of people will buy it though.

Al_P - hope the little one is OK. That's a large proportion of her life to not be well for!

Some very good training and racing (and training races) going on. I did another XC on Saturday, hoping to have a good run. The first mile on nice grass felt easy in 5:25, in the lead group, then we hit the mud and I went backwards as usual. Ended up with my worst ever placing in that league (18th). I think I'm just not built for mud - weighing about 20%-30% more than people around me probably doesn't help (e.g. my clubmate who is a similar pace to me is about 5 inches shorter, but 20kg lighter).

There was an opportunity for another XC yesterday but decided I need to start doing some long runs instead, so ran to the race, ran a bit while spectating, and ran back, for about 17M in total mainly off-road or on snow (or both).

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Posted: 13/01/2016 at 11:22

Wardi - that must be tough with the bridge gone, but I guess people get used to it or find a way to cope. Good effort in the 5M race!

Jools - 1k reps? Very disappointing, I was hoping for 950m or something similarly random. That's a decent pace in the mud.

Dachs - I was looking at some results and noticed Bucks had a V35 category. I thought I could do with that in the Herts champs, but I was beaten by a V50 so I probably shouldn't be claiming some sort of age-related moral victory.

Turns out we won the team prize at the counties, so I will be receiving some bling in due course. Did an easy 4.5M with the dog on Monday (her longest run so far), and 9M with some light tempo 1M efforts (5:4x) on the track last night, which felt pretty easy. I'll probably try a longer run this evening, then a couple of easy days before (another) XC on Saturday.

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Posted: 11/01/2016 at 09:03

Happy Birthday CW!

CC2 - congrats on all the bling.

Coro - sorry, didn't pop in this weekend so missed your post. I was at Stevenage yesterday - did min-Coro run and if so how did he do? He seems to have been doing pretty well in the Chiltern League this year. Good luck with that commute!

PP - solid run at the XC and backed up with a long run. Sounds like MsPP will be beating you fairly soon!

TR - well done on starting on the big mileage! Plenty of time to build up.

RS - that sounds pretty tough, especially at the end of a 113M week!

Herts XC for me yesterday. Had an OK run, 8th place, about 20s behind my clubmate who is marginally quicker than me over 10k. A bit of a strange course as there were muddy sections, dry grass sections, and a bit of unavoidable tarmac. I went for trail shoes, but most people went for spikes, which meant a lot of yoyo-ing back and forth depending on the surface. No idea which would have been faster, probably not much in it to be honest.

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Posted: 07/01/2016 at 09:20

CC2 - I've never done 100M in a week either! May have been very close when we did the treadmill WR thing though. I did 72M in the ultra in September and that was manageable so hopefully I'll make it. I think it's more mental than physical once you go beyond 40M or so anyway. Well done in the park runs!

PP - I agree with CJ, those miles are pretty quick.

CJ - I'm not too surprised Ian Kimpton did that, he is a bit good. He holds our park run course record too (think it's in the mid-14s) and wins the Chiltern League XC when he turns up. If you look at his London result this year his position will say 1st (as the elites are in a different category)!

Did about 9M including some km reps on Tuesday, then an easy-ish turbo last night. Work might prevent me from running for the next couple of days, but at least I'll be rested for the county champs on Sunday.

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