Ryan Snell

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Posted: 23/09/2016 at 18:37
Jools and SL - Nice wins

CW - 2 or 3 months ago I thought I'd experiment with cadence on a flattish 2 mile loop to see if it was worth trying to change it. I did 3 loops - one normal, one higher cadence and one lower. The normal one was fastest, then higher cadence, then lower. All the heart rates were similar so I concluded that staying as I am was the best thing to do.

GBRM - Welcome. No need for sub 3 to post here. Nice five miler at Weston.

I have highly predictable taper lethargy - feel sluggish, heavy-legged and have convinced myself that I won't recover in time. No idea why it doesn't get any easier even though I know what's coming.

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Posted: 21/09/2016 at 19:56
Interesting stuff about cadence Charlie. I think that there's more to it than pace though - you could easily be quicker because you using more power per stride as the cadence slows which may eventually be more inefficient energy-wise. Do you have the HR data to crosss reference? I think another consideration is that higher cadence creates reduced impact forces so might be effective at injury prevention? I have no strong feelings either way about cadence and just run naturally - it's normally around 190 but 200-210 when racing.
Last double (8+7) for me today before Jersey a week Sunday. Got various niggles and complaints that will hopefully sort themselves out before a 3000m on the track on Tuesday night.

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Posted: 17/09/2016 at 05:55
Dan A, Jools, RB, ES - Strong looking sets of intervals.

TR - I've not been around on here for a while either but it's still nice to see you posting. I think everyone would love to see the orange vest chugging down the Embankment in 2:5x as soon as possible.

My Jersey training has been going pretty well; a very similar format to before but with a few little tweaks to make it fit around life a bit better. I do some genuine recovery runs rather than easy/steady all the time, 2x18 milers each week and on Weds I raced a 5k. It wasn't at all planned so I'd done my usual pre-breakfast 11 at 7:12/mile and a 1.5m jog with the wife in the afternoon. The last week I've felt a bit like I was going backwards so decided to race to test it out.
I decided to go out hard and try to hold it - PB was 16:47 so the plan was 3:17/km to sneak under 16:30. 1st km was 3:17 and felt good so worked hard to stay with a group and did 3:13 for 2nd and 3rd kms - 9:43 at 3km which smashed a very old track PB! Things understandably got difficult in the 4th km but ground out 3:18 and the last km was pure survival and was a painful 3:21 to give 16:29 (watch measured 5.05) - a confidence booster at just the right time.
Two weeks to go now!

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Posted: 09/09/2016 at 19:07
LMH - Love the sound of your run. It's great when everything just feels right.
I won't be near the front at Jersey - when I was sorting out my free entry I was told that they have taken 5 entries from sub 2:18 runnners and another 3 sub 2:30! The first prize is ??2.5k and there's time bonuses.

TT - Yep, still the same course. I want to run well rather than needing to. I hope this small difference in mental approach will make a big difference.

Jools - I hope you're right. Been following your blog and it feels like you're shaping nicely for something special in Chicago.

CW - When is your marathon this Autumn?

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Posted: 08/09/2016 at 11:03
AlanB - I got rid of the Frankfurt entry after my retirement declaration. I'm happy to be doing Jersey though. It's a bit hilly and a small race so no possibility of chasing times which feels right. I'm sure your funk will lift soon but binning the 10k sounds sensble to me.

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Posted: 07/09/2016 at 20:07
Hello all,

Only a short readback I'm afraid.

Congratulations to Padams for the new arrival.
Likewise to CW and AlanB for the marathon wins.
I didn't get far enough back to work out what mental ultra DanA has done recently but I'm sure it was mightily impressive.
Jools - looks like things are coming together nicely and you're racking up some impressive miles.

It's been a weird few months for me and I'll try to not bore you too much with the details.
Not going sub 2:30 at London devastated me. I thought about doing various ultras and marathons, then publicly declared that I wasn't going to race them at all anymore. Tried short fast training, got injured. Tried short normal training and wasn't fast enough. Decided to just run when I felt like it which resulted in 4 x 100+ mile weeks, got in decent-ish shape, entered Jersey marathon and made myself look like a right idiot after the very public 'marathon retirement'.
Jersey is on Oct 2nd and I don't really have a time target - just want to get to the start line in decent condition and then finish knowing that I gave it everything.

Gloucester City Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 19:43

Pisa Marathon 2016 package for sale

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 20:00
The race number is transferable. I'll pay the cost to change the flights. (30 quid) I did exactly the same trip last year and it was fine for just one night.

Pisa Marathon 2016 package for sale

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 19:19


I have a place in the Pisa marathon 2016 to sell along with hotel in Pisa (with a late checkout), flights from Gatwick (out Sat, back Sun), parking at Gatwick for the duration and a hotel at Gatwick on Fri night.

I think it all cost close to £300 but will listen to any reasonable offers so please send me a message or reply on here.

Many thanks



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Posted: 08/05/2016 at 17:47


TR - Sounds like good news.

Padams - Nice running at MK

Wardi - Seville is a cracking marathon and city. Slightly chaotic at the start due to elite/sub 2:45 and Spanish national Vets champs all getting a bit mixed up but nothing too horrendous. The course is pancake flat and very well supported in places. The old town is stunning and you get to run through it for a while around 22-24m. Finish is in the 'Olympic' stadium (built for a failed Olympic bid) and is a cracker. I highly recommend it as a race and place to visit. I'll definitely be doing it again and taking the wife with me for some culture afterwards

I've been running as and when I felt like it this week which has been very nice. Got some new racing shoes and tested them on Thurs with a solo 36:40 10k then did a Parkrun in 17:00 on Sat. 10k race planned a week today.

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