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Posted: 23/07/2015 at 19:58

Jools -unlucky on not bagging a PB but it is nice to know you are in good shape.

TT - glad the move went ok and you are coming into some great form

Always interesting to see CW's training though not tempted to replicate.

CJ2  -what marathon you training for?

DanA - serious amount of training from you. What is your next race? Love the alps but only seen them from saddle of my bike (or an armchair with a beer), tempted to do some runs one day soon.

Off to see Diamond League tomorrow night. It will be interesting to see what shape Bolt is in (poor I think). And see if Mo has a good 3000m.


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Posted: 19/07/2015 at 15:40

Hello all - I have been lurking rather posting recently. Nice to see PP knocking out PBs less so to see those shorts again. Looks like DrD has got himself in great shape with some fine results.  I have spent the last couple of months running slower but further as I prepared for my first Ultra. Then been inspired/horrified by accounts from DanA and SL about their exploits.

I ran the 50 mile Endure 12/50 yesterday. The race starts at 7pm and there is options to run 50k, 50 miles or for 12 hours. With the 12 hour race it can be solo or teams of 2, 4 or 6. I managed to finish in 7:22 for 2nd place. I was 10 minutes behind first place (who was someone I told about the race only on Wednesday - so I could have been first, drat!).

One of mates was supporting and gave me splits. I couldn't believe it when he told me I was in 2nd place at half way. Later with one lap to go he told me 3rd place was 30s behind and 4th place 45s behind. Not the news I wanted as it was nearly impossible to tell who was running as a team or solo. With 4 miles to go, a runner passed me, who I (correctly) assumed was in my race. I decided I couldn't wait it out for a sprint finish - it would have been a sprint in slo-mo at 9 min miling! So I put in a burst and dropped him. Alas when I got to the finish it became clear the 3rd place runner was a lap behind and 4th two laps behind - so was I had a buffer of 1 hour!


I did find the running at night tough and if I was to do another I would invest in a much better head torch as I did manage to run into the odd bush. The ground was pretty uneven in places so think with better conditions I could go faster. The effort felt easier than racing a marathon and my legs feel less damaged than after a road marathon. On the fuel front I didn't really take that much, I had practised eating honey sandwiches and boiled potatoes - so had a bit of both and also had 2 gels and some lucosade. The last 20 miles was just water which felt ok. The real challenge, as everyone had told me, was the mental one and fighting the relentless desire to just give up and go to bed

Once I have recovered it will be back to the more sensible pursuit of marathon training accompanied with  more regular posting here. But first there is fridge load of beer to be drunk.

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Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:02

Sorry to hear of your loss Selbs.

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Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:48

CC82 - great PB and I am sure next time you will be sub 3.

Bains - good to see you on the road to recovery

CW - nice kit. My mate has just bought the Garmin Epix which has maps and routing. It looks good but rather pricey.

ES - good to see you building on your maratjon PB with more PBs.

CD - well done in Dorking nd county medal.

Jools - 3000m sounds a tough race to me. Well done on getting out there post illness

Wardi - nice double

JAP -good stuff on parkrun and long run

TT - sounds a tough 5 mile race, well done on 5th

Lev - new job sounds exciting.  It seems your rebuild up is paying dividends

Dan - reps on Boxhill sound brutal

I took inspiration from Dan and headed out on North Downs myself today with a mate. Ran from Guildford to Farnham and back. So 26.2 hilly miles in just under 4 hours. Hopefully good training for ultra and for first time ever stopped on a run for a coffee - which turned out to be a triple-espresso as the barista got confused! I helped the last 10 miles fly by!

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Posted: 19/05/2015 at 21:10

good tip CW


Dan  it is the Endure 12/50 (12 hour and 50 mile race) on 18th/19th July. It is a around a 5 mile loop and the race starts at 7pm - so there will be the chance to do a few laps in daylight. What are you suggestions on long run  and back to back run? .. and thanks for tip about head torch.

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Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:12

arghh! just lost my post, so keep it brief

TT  - I had run Paris but don't recall many cobbles just really poor road conditions

JAP,Joe RE well done on excellent races.

Dan  I would say you are bonkers but I have been persuaded to enter a 50 mile race, which to add to the fun is at night. So grateful for any training tips for a complete ultra novice 

I thought I would start the training the hard way. 12 miles Sat am followed by 9 pints at beer festival and 2 burgers. Expected to feel pretty bad on Sunday but weirdly felt ok (must have been the burgers!) so managed to knock out a slow 20 miles.

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Posted: 03/05/2015 at 19:47

Ditto what others said about Lev and Jools reports. Inspiring stuff.

Good work on the repairs Wardi. I do find YouTube and bit of googling excellent for taking things to part and more importantly putting them back together.

PP - really sorry to hear of your injury. I hope a few days rest and you will be back at it.  Sorry, I never got the chance to buy a pint on Sunday. It was great to run with you for a short time at about mile 21.

I managed to run today but hamstrings were tight so gave up at 3 miles. So back to the beer for a few more days.


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Posted: 27/04/2015 at 18:59

I like the stats this year - passed 215 and was passed by 41

And loving the race reports.

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Posted: 27/04/2015 at 11:26

Here is my brief and uneventful race report.

Marathon number 19 and training was hampered with adductor injury in January and February. Missed 8 days with a bad cold in March. Started a new job in April and was without a kitchen for last 3 weeks due to house being turned into a building site. This litany of excuses meant I didn't know what shape I was in. Apart from a few parkruns  and half marathon run at slightly quicker than marathon effort, I had run the grand total of 6 miles at sub 3 marathon pace. So the plan was to set off at sub 3 but accept I may have to slow. I would have been happy with sub 3:05. The main aim was to enjoy the race as a PB was not going to happen.

The race ended up being the most comfortable marathon I have ever run.  Until mile 19, I was always about 200 metres behind the blue and green pacers. Finally caught up with PhilPub and had a chat for a mile at mile 22.  I managed a neg spit (1:29:34/1:29:26) to finish in 2:58:50. Even managed a bit of  sprint finish for a change.

I was probably in better shape than I thought. So maybe running lots of slow (~8mm) miles and avoiding speed work does gets  me in quite good shape. Just need to repeat again in October and add a bit of icing to the cake and aim for sub 2:55.

Looking forward to read more exciting race reports (than this one!)

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Posted: 26/04/2015 at 17:37

It was great to meet up at FGFA start and see so many happy faces in the Red Lion. Apologies if I asked your name or time and instantly forgot! Well done to everyone what ever you managed.

I ran 2:58:50 today and was pleased as I really didn't know what shape I was in, felt in nicely in control the whole way - so probably was in better shape than I thought. Will try to write up a longer report tomorrow but there will be far more interesting race report from others.

Time for more beer 

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