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Posted: 10/08/2014 at 10:40

On swimming my technique probably has flawes in it left, right and centre but I actually find bi-lateral breathing the most comfortable for the neck.

DrDave - happy belated birthday!

Jools - solid 14m other day and 10k. What are you aiming at in Frankfurt?

DanA - amazing picture, that was actually my favourite spot on the trek me and my Stepdad did. Truly mind blowing views! That's some serious distances you were running too.

PP - tough training from you. And yes these flat races are a different kettle of fish   haha. Actually trying to run fast/hard felt very different and very hard. Totally different kind if hurt too, but it was (uncomfortably) fun!

TR - enjoy your fishing/surfing, where are you going for this?

Lev - what Jools said, have a rest for a few days or some easy running, sound a bit blown out

CW - wild camp sounds ace. On grip/wet rock I don't think any shoe is going to be perfect. I think it's more to do with confidence and practice descending but as I've said before I think the mudclaw studs have better grip than 212s in general though the shoes are slightly heavier.

Just some steady running since my 10k. Did 7m yesterday and can feel a bit more road fitness coming back. Slightly annoyingly today I had to cut short my run at 5m as my calf had really tightened up and despite some stretching, brief massage and trying to run it off it just got worse. No point ploughing on risking injury and I'll just swim this afternoon instead as an addition. Probably x-train for a few days and pick the running up again midweek in London which might also help shift a minor heel niggle on the other foot.

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Posted: 07/08/2014 at 07:51

SL - hope the fuller thing turns out to be a one off (obviously)

PP - good miles the other day

CW - enjoy the rest of your stay 

bainspj - what was the Physio for?

TR - that sounds bloody hard that 30 secs on/off. I'll give it a go sometime though.

10k for me yesterday. Did an easy run tues and felt fine so thought I'd give it a go. 37.01. First 10k since 2012, first road race since March. 2 lap course, made the mistake of going out too quick and quickly felt very uncomfortable. The "fell" legs were always going to get a bit of a shock given zero speed work over the past few months. Enjoyed it though even if I felt very out of practice. Decent training with a number on, fitness will benefit. 



Sub 3

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:50

TR - what's the 30sec reps session? The scales tell me I need to lose a few pounds  too, lol although increased mileage should take care if that. The diet isn't bad.

Sub 3

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 08:13

TR - I ran 1.18.56 in Nottingham in Sept 2012. I've only ran one half sinice then which was this March locally. Ran 1.20.43 but its a challenging course and the wind on the day was off the scale so I was probably in sub 80 shape. Id come off a cross country season though so I'd raced a fair bit. The half in sept is pancake flat but on the coast so it really depend how the wind blows (literally). I think my endurance is decent and the legs are strong from the fells but due to Uni commitments I haven't run that high mileage and definitely need some quicker sessions. I'll need to up both to if I'm to pb but I've got a 10m race end of this month which should be a decent indicator of fitness.

TT - enjoy your holiday

AL P - good luck for your over distance run

Sub 3

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 08:51

DrD - likewise all the best

PP - nice one, great effort! That's a great placing on unfamiliar territory. Liked the report too. It's a very different type of "running" too isn't it. Going up is like an extended version of weird intervals, run when you can, trott uphill when you can combined with power walking hands on knees. Hope the trip as a whole was fun too!

Padams - hope you manage to get back to it soon after your accident.

TR - well done on your 10m race! Is the September 1/2 IM your main A race after London? I've got a half to Im at end of September and my A fell race target, middle October. The aim is a pb in the half and a sub 2.30 or even sub 2.25 at langdale horseshoe. 

Better again, easy run today I think. Might give a 10k a go on wed if I'm up to it and may be back in lakes at weekend training around Hellvellyn area as a mate needs a long run for a berghaus trail race in a few weeks. 

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Posted: 03/08/2014 at 11:45

CW - great effort in really testing conditions! Was the cloud right down on all the summits? I'd imagine it was. Great little review of the race. In relation to a few things you've mentioned and from what I've found in my fell races so far I'd say this (The Bus would probs agree/add to this)The difference between racing a route the first time and second time is like night and day - you have a better idea of which racing line to take, and better able to judge effort in terms of easing back on climbs early on. Apart from being too athletes the lads who do well know the routes like the back of their hand that they judge their efforts perfectly and can just convent rate on racing the route than thinking of where they're going.

Effort wise what I've found is just how hard it is on the legs, lower back, arms and just how on the limit you're aerobic system is during most of the race be it power walking hands on knees or then jogging trying to recover after a climb! The ,long races also do take a lot of fuel, it's easy to bonk on a climb late in a race (or early, see Wasdale, haha) The descending is practice as Dan has mentioned. I'm getting much better and more confident but with that comes the knowledge of descents too.

As far as footwear goes, in the conditions you ran in with wet rock I don't think anything is going to be perfect shoe wise. Personally speaking I find the grip (as well as the shoe) better on the 265s than the 212s. There's more rubber studs and they're a bit flatter and having raced in both types of shoes i feel far more secure in 265s. That said what you ran in was about as bad as it gets by the sounds of things.

What an athlete Ricky Lightoot is, extraordinary ability on that kind of terrain. Anyway well done again mate and enjoy the rest of your holiday 

3.5 mile jogg (just faster than a walk). Feel much better, no way could I have knocked out a fell race yesterday though.

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Posted: 02/08/2014 at 09:43


Lev - you're training/analysis is up there with CW.

The Bus - fair point 3 peaks terrain/Marigold. Have you done Langdale horseshoe? Top race

Good luck to the folk with baby related developments DrDave/bainspj

Cheers for comments re missing race, bit better today but in no way strong enough for a fell race in torrid conditions. No biggy, got some road races on the horizon and Grisedale and Langdale horseshoe fell races in sept/oct. Theres even a 10k locally midweek coming up if I feel up to it. Looking forward to see how CW gets on at Borrowdale today.


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Posted: 01/08/2014 at 09:25

CW - typical Sod's law, have woken up feeling rough as this morning, very low energy, body ache, feels like some sort of bug. Going to make a decision later but if I feel like this I'll probs do the sensible thing and skip it as I don't fancy hauling myself over the fells unwell. If the weather was decent I'd consider coming over to watch or trott round if I felt a lot better tomorrow but it's a wash out. I don't like to take chances racing with my "chequered" past re that fatigue condition too. Save my self for some autumn fell races. If I don't make it, hope it goes well for you, it'll be a great experience If it's very misty, look out for the purple vests of Borrowdale, they'll know where they're going. Bugger 

Sub 3

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:42

DrDave/SL/TT - top training. 17m before breakfast, blimey!

bainspj - hope the session goes well.

The Bus
- be interesting to see how Marigold would fair in something like the 3 peaks I agree but Pen-y-gent, Whernside and Inglebrough are a different kettle of fish and the likes of Lightfoot and Jebb might have something to say about a shoe in result, lol 

PP - good luck in your lakes race if you read this

CW - it's on, lift from Newcastle tomorrow early evening. Going to be a wet one! Just a case of how much it rains, not if it rains, haha. Nav shouldn't be too bad, be enough runners about, if it's right down around Glaramara it could be interesting I guess. The Montane waterproof is finally going to get some use that's for sure. You know what I look like I think, I'll probs be standing with other NFR runners (purple with green stripe) but I'll look out for you either way. I've got a tow bar to fit round you to pull me up the first climb......and possibly more . Ed: seen updated forecast, v low cloud base all day

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Posted: 30/07/2014 at 08:46

CW/PP - looking more likely now, plan B in effect. Probs getting a lift over Friday (still tbc) and have reserved a bunk bed at YHA Borrowdale a short walk away from Sca Fell hotel/start area in Rosthwaite. Think my lot are all camping in Rosthwaite at start area. (CW, I don't actually drive (to be rectified in next year or so) hence extra travel complications. Just need to confirm plans with people next few days.

bainspj - tough session and thanks 

Old No7 - good luck with your track meet

Couple decent sessions last few days for me, probs a bit too much last night. Bit of rowing/bike hills yesterday for an hour and club session last night which was a mixture of 5k, 10k and half pacing tempo efforts. First fast stuff for a bit, dropped down a group with sat in mind but still manageably tough,about 8-9m in total with wu/cd. Very easy few days/rest for me now. 

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