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My Last Run

Posted: Today at 08:10

JT - Sorry to learn about your rebelious body, hopefully it's a brief rest on ther treatment table.

Ness - Speed queen! Kudos

Not too cold out this morning so opted not to season my hands before leaving the door, that particular experiment will have to wait for another day.  Just a 5 mile plod as it's club training tonight but it was probably the most comfortable and effortless run i've had in ages.  A fine feeling.

Emptying the tank on race day.....

Posted: Yesterday at 15:30
PhilPub wrote (see)

...Fast forward to this year, I manage to knock 4 minutes off that time at Berlin.  It was technically a negative split, but only by 3 seconds, so effectively a very evenly paced race.  35-42km was run within 1sec/km of average pace, i.e. bang-on, but I felt absolutely terrible!  So a negative split would have been a more pleasurable experience but I am sure would have produced a slower time.  I don't want to put myself through such an experience every time I race, but to my mind it was absolutely the best way to run the fastest time possible.



That's a great picture Phil, the pain you're suffering is abundantly obvious.  I think that picture is as perfect an illustration you could find of how hard running, especially racing, really is.

I've tried to lift heavy weights, i've cycled hard, i've done competitive sports of varying degrees but nothing quite matches the latter stages of a race when you've put everything in to it and all that's really left is the last tiny fragment of your energy reserves and your frayed resolve.  You have no wheels, no team mates and no aid to support you.  It's your legs ability to carry your weight and your mind's ability to motivate them to keep doing it.  Racing is tough.

My Last Run

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 11:00

Ness - Mine seems to be getting worse.  I'm genuinely thinking of starting to run it normal thick gloves and not running gloves.  Hope your hands have defrosted by now

Lily - Your legs may not win anything for looks (your words, not mine.  I'm sure they're better than you say!) but I bet they beat most of your mates at forward propulsion

Swits - **Bows, then doffs cap....then bows again**

6 miles with 4x1000m on another frosty morn.  There was a touch of ice on the paths today to boot so it was the first run of the winter(ish) when I had to be a little careful about my foot placement.

My Last Run

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 09:02

Morning running dudes.

Certainly all change this morning Swits as a frost struck Bury overnight, the first of November after a spate in early October and nothing since.  Never really got warm on the run as temperatures were below freezing throughout, I struggled getting the key in the door on my return home due to how numb my hands were, despite two pairs of gloves.  My circulation sucks.  Anyway, 10 miles today in the chill, dark early morn.

My Last Run

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:19

DD, happy birthday old boy, hope you have a belting day.

Swits - Inspiring mileage, those legs of yours have some stories to tell

Ness - thanks lass, i'm feeling well immersed in it now and enjoying the experience.  I have historically not socialised with any runners, now i'm surrounded by dozens of the little blighters. Hope you enjoyed the river run.

15 miler today, lovely running weather but my bladder was not playing ball and opted for making two pre run cups of tea feel like i'd drained the Leeds/Liverpool.

My Last Run

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 09:35

Swits - Always fulfilling to go the extra mile!

Carter - 1500ft of elevation id 7 miles?  Have I misunderstood that?  Gulp.

6 miles with club last night, now a fully paid up "Holcombe Harrier".  6 mile recovery run today.  Perfect running weather right now, it simply couldn't be better.

My Last Run

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 09:06

JH - There is always someone quicker than you unless you're number one but that's a cracking time regardless.  Sadly, we can't all be 31 minute 10k runners   Good luck with the twinge, hopefully just a bit of post racing turmoil and nothing more.

9 last night with 4 at LT and then 7 this morning to complete 32 miles in 3 days, probably my biggest mileage load since last April.  Guess i'm starting to ramp ahead of marathon training next month.

My Last Run

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 21:19

Ness - what a hoot that sounds.  Glad you had fun, it sounds hard not to in that setting.

Jack - Hat's off to you mate, you've made absolutely sensational progress whilst you've been on this thread and that is an immense time.  Think that now makes you the resident speed demon   Very well done to you.

Well done others on a variety of impressive ruining exploits.

16 mile LSR for Sunday including much dodging of dogs, children, cyclists, horses and large piles of stuff that used to be in horses.

My Last Run

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 10:27

JH - Hope you're right but i'll settle for just having a good time.  Anything else is bonus territory.

7 this morning.  A precipitation free yet damp feeling morning, distinct late autumn chill in the air and a general absence of cheer about the place.  Probably my run mirroring my mood but it felt lacking in zip, freedom and energy, despite the slow pace.

My Last Run

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 08:23

JH - Yes indeed, i'm joining.  In fact, it was club run night last night.  Bit different this week as the dude who takes a fast group out was there.  He nearly broke me.  Very fast, very hard, very hilly 7.5 miles.  I flipping loved it

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