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Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014

Posted: Today at 09:00
Hi Quinn. On the day, getting to 20 miles in 3 hours always gets me sub 4, so it sounds like you'll have a good shot at it!

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: Today at 08:56
Malcs that is all so encouraging - the new shoes might help the PTT. I'm just breaking in a new pair of Asics 1100s [only have 2 pairs left of my mega stash].

Hi Chickadee - at the moment I'm mainly doing quad and calf activations before I go out on a run, but I've been trying something new as well, well nw to me, and that is to sit or lie down and to bring focus to whiceever muscle group. This works well with glutes and has the added bonus for me anyway that I'm making a neural connection.

Otherwise I've done all the leg swinging out to the back routines, standing clams etc

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 08:34
Holland & all - I'm bearing in mind that I still had the neural problem when I did the recce with my sister, so my right quads were stiff and numb, horribly shunty on the downhills, so everything probably felt more extreme in terms of hilliness.

We ran from the start at the uni directly to Stamford Bridge [skipped thw town part], and some of that was cross country, kind of nea rather than on the course. We then ran back from Stamford Bridge on the actual coirse but skipped the out & back.

Part of thereason we didn't follow theexact course at all times, as was my plan, was that my sister wasn't hapoy on busy roads with no pavement or verge.

There were indeed some scary moments on blind bends.
My impression was of 14-17 having a slight drag, 17-20 going down but then back up; a climb to 20m, downhill then flat to 25, with that hill at the end followed by the sharp downhill finish that got me a black toenail on the good side [probably assisted by running oddlyish]

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: Yesterday at 08:19
Angela your energy is intoxicating, those photos really say it all about how much you two are enjoying the whole thing.

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 09:03
I didn't know you had to qualify for Comrades, but good to know...

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 08:59
Me too Judith, although I think I had a following wind on the way home.

Chri5B - congratulations, great time.

Thanks for all the course profile info, had been looking on MapMyRun and was discovering a lot of variance.

It still looks nowhere near flat, and from my recce a couple of weeks ago it isn't! Maybe it depends what you're used to.

I'd been considering differential pacing in blocks to suit the dips & climbs!

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:21
Hans hope you're OK, my quad thing has an adductor element at times, and that aspect was helped by activating the quads [sit on a chair, feet or foot as if trying to push it away from you, but actually digging into the floor, hold for 6 secs at a time]...?

Malcs I've had a lot of arch stuff linked to the post tib tendon. If your foot isn't slapping down like a wet fish you should be alright if it's not getting worse.

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 14:36
Rachel I'm sure I've bored you guys before with the tale of my trying to run with my brother once. He said no problem I'm doing a recovery run, so we set out along the canal near his house [this is in NI], and we did 13 x 8 min miles,with a few very welcome stops for surfacing and crossing busy roads!

Obviously this would have been a huge half PB for me if it had been a race, and my brother actually said he couldn't run any slower.

Similarly when Nike Town opened at Oxford Circus they asked our club for some real runners for promotion gigs and came to the track where they selected me amongst others [a range of looks more than anything, but actually most of our top runners inc an Olympian].

We were to report to City Hall, did that, and was there kitted out in signature apparel including a nifty pair of very flat [for years ago] shoes which happened to be in suitable West Ham colours.

Throughout the process I was asking *are you sure?!*, and received constant reassurance that we would be jogging slowly to Oxford Circus distributing freebies to school children and tourists.

I'm sure you've guessed that things immediately became competitive once we started, and the whole thing turned into a bizarre bus, bike & cab dodging VO2 max session in the wrong shoes.

At one point a delightful youth offered the opinion that I ws *so dying*. To which I slowed to briefly explain the facts of the matter along the lines of the education I normally reserve for the VMLM roadside Surrey Quays pundits [*these are the fun runners coming now*]

Sarah I'm so glad you're in 2 - incredible that you'll already be recovering from the big one!

This morning I attempted the progression 20 I'd binned several times due to leg incapacity, and although I was 6 secs slow on average for the first 7@MP+45, I more tha nailed the next 7 @MP+25, dipped again trying for 6@MP by average 7 secs/mile, but hey overall I did 22.14 in well under 4 hours despite the onslaught of dogs, bikes, kids, carp fishermen, and twisty diversions good weather brings out.

It will have to do.

Come on Angela!

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 15:25
Nice PR there Stan, I jogged round my local in 29:23, quads had indeed regressed, not too badly, but by 2.5 miles my left knee became sore.

Had been tempted to do the long run today, glad I decided to go for more recovery and hit it tomorrow [ironically even start pace is faster than today's PR}.

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 18:40
Angela - enjoy! Can't wait to read about it.

My York pack arrived today, I'm in Zone 2!!!
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