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The Middle Ground

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 22:15

Alehouse - Sounds like a very good job on the nose if there was so little in the way of after effects. And the streak continues......


Duck/Thirsk - It is certainly a sign of how things have changed when we have expressions of mild disappointment at 16:30 5Ks


Mr V - Standing next to you, HO and your other half at Kirkby made me feel like a midget When did everyone get so tall?


Had a cracking evening at the Night of the 10,000m PBs last night at Parliament Hill, what a great innovation. It has to be said that this event, Kent Roadrunner and the Red Bull Global race are exactly what us needed to make running entertaining and drag it into the midern age. Last night we got to stand in lane 3 drinking beer while the best runners in the UK and further afield were battling it out for Olympic places literally 1 metre in front of your nose, you can't get much closer to a top class event than that.

HO got a little bit of a taste of the atmosphere by running in the curtain raiser at 5pm. She had realistic expectations of being last by up to about a minute but it actually turned out pretty well with consistent 87.5s laps to finish 11th of 21 and 3rd lady in 36:33. As of today that gives a UK rank of 30 but there is such a lack of runners in that 4 minutes between 32-36 minutes.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 11:00

It is like the good old times in here, isn't it?

So close last night Dr Dan but then again it was raining so you were carrying extra weight by the end, that must be worth at least a second.


Alehouse - Hope the nose issues go well today and maybe you'll still be able to squeeze a mile in somewhere, you know Ron would


So John Carr 5K last night was a bit surprising. 30 miles have been run in the 3 days immediately following Sunday's marathon and yet at the end of it out pops the fastest official 5k of the year at 17:44. As the last 5k as a V45 that'll do nicely.

This was despite a little coming together at the the halfway turnaround point with none other than HO. We both nearly ended up on the floor and certainly lost momentum as a result. Mind you she still managed 17:30 to go with her 17:45 and 17:43 from the last two weeks. When you consider that on the two weekends in between she has won the Leeds HM and then run a 2:55 marathon that's not a bad couple of weeks!


The Middle Ground

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 22:20

Alehouse - Is that 647 consecutive days? If so, that would appear to be one of the best things to focus on for building strength and consistency. It never did Ron any harm with his 17000+ run day and even HO is on a current streak of 1100+.

Dr Dan - Interesting that you had the same thoughts about Leeds last week. It was a day for sensible pacing and you got it right. Somehow we got a pic featured in Athletics Weekly of me and HO passing in front of the town hall just before the finish. Standards have clearly fallen at AW these days

Had a relaxed even paced run around the Latvian capital this morning. As last week we decided to run together with no real interest in times as such. Riga marathon was being used to try to bag Olympic qualifying times for a few of the elites so it was a pretty tasty field. However, with 10k to go we were told we were 42nd male and 10th female so we decided to crack on a bit and by the end had clawed up to 33rd and 8th in a time of 2:55:06. A very enjoyable morning in the former 3rd biggest city in Russia.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 22:28

DT19 - You played it well relative to those around you, that's basically all is a race is in a nutshell. You ran it intelligently and gained places as a result

Alehouse - I will indeed. After about 4 miles we decided to run the race together in memory of a certain pet that we lost this week. Although it was a big field the feedback from the course suggested that she had a comfortable lead in the second half so there was no need to push too hard in the heat. Having said that, she still managed a few seconds quicker than last year in 1:23. Running in together caused a few problems for the Plusnet banner unfurlers trying to set up the shot of the 1st lady crossing the line unaccompanied

Six years old ran 3:19 for 900m park run

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:19

To be honest, a lot of people will read this and be pained by the simple fact that the question is being asked. As Cougie says just let him run when he wants to run, if he enjoys it then he'll carry on, if he finds something that interests him more then he may well not be bothered with running at all. Does it matter either way?

The Middle Ground

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 07:11

Dr Dan - amazing that we didnt bump into each other yesterday, after all there were only 7000 runners and a few more thousand spectators! 

Anyway, looking forward to your thoughts on the conditions, I can't recall a race where so many 'experienced' runners struggled badly. To be honest it was hot but if you took that into account from the outset the effect on times was minimal, maybe a minute at most. On the other hand, run the first half hard and it would be an inevitable crash and burn situation.


Both male and female winners were the same runners as last year and both ran slightly faster times, so that gives some limitation to how much conditions were worth.


The Middle Ground

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 17:07

Good luck tomorrow Dan, hopefully see you there.....

The Middle Ground

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 09:08

Dr Dan - You could well be right about the sneaky ploy. You'll go well at Leeds HM based on your VOY performance and, as you know, it is a course which rewards sensible pacing with all the tough stuff being in the first half. Talking of Leeds HM, I currently have the shiney winner's trophy in the my car and have the task of depositing it behind a bin this morning. Seems a bit wrong somehow! Can you imagine if a little dog discovers it, it could be a re-run if the 1966 World Cup trophy saga all over again

Malcs - You're right. At various points on the course I managed to have brief chats with 6 different friends, although mainly in the second half when it has thinned out a bit.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 07:32

WJH - Yes, indeed it is Riga. I don't know much about it yet, that's the next task....

Malcs - Brilliant, what a small world. The chap in question was a friend who had told nobody at all that he was running so I was somewhat surprised to see him there. He had not run at London before so we were running through a few of the things to eatch out for on the course He coped with it all reasonably well as he went on to clock 2:49:09.

The irony is that when he came up alongside I said 'what are you doing here?'. Then, a few miles up the road he bumped into HO and uttered the very same words after being told by me earlier that she definitely wasn't running!

Bad luck with York, as for this year it may or may not be on the agenda but definitely not entered yet.

Negative split marathons

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 14:19

Theres quite a lot of 'it depends' caveats for this sort of question.

If the course was completely flat in both halves, the temperature was exactly the same for the entire duration of the race, wind stayed exactly constant and you managed to stay within the same proximity of the racing line in both halves then I would say that as close to even pacing as possible is optimal.

But, as those caveats are very unlikely in the majority of marathons it is even effort that is likely to be optimal regardless of conditions and course profile. That could equate to a negative split, a positive split or even pacing but is within your own control regardless of what is thrown at you.


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