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Posted: Yesterday at 18:19

Cheers for the info chaps. I don't mind a couple of hills - I ran New Forest HM as my 4 weeks out race last year and that's not particularly flat, so 'reasonably quick' sounds spot on for what I need.

Dan - that's me sold then. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try grab a photo with her, but I guess she must be inundated with these requests.

Still struggling with breathing, but it has progressed to only being an issue with faster stuff, so that's definite progress from when a jog last week felt like I was doing a mile race.

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Posted: Yesterday at 12:54

Wow. A post from Dull! Sorry to hear the achilles are still bothering you.

Is anybody doing the Ealing HM on the 28th of September? Or can anybody tell me if it's a quick course? I'm looking for a HM 4 weeks out from Frankfurt and it's either that or Windsor (which doesn't start until lunchtime)........

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Posted: 28/07/2014 at 08:52

Brilliant performance by Marigold yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview too. Very impressed by Shelley and Trengrove also. The top Aussies do seem to have a knack of getting their preparation spot on.

Like Padams (glad to hear the leg is improving), not much news from me either. The hayfever finally got the better of me midweek, so I got put on extra meds to try sort it and didn't run from Wednesday until yesterday.

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Posted: 22/07/2014 at 09:26

Nice weekend of training TR and good to see you getting some run consistency/frequency going.

Good to see Al_P and DrD getting back to it.

CW - hopefully you fare better on the fells than on the kerbs of St Ives. Still a solid 10k.

3 prizes from 3 races Dan; good consistency!

Glad to hear you're recovering quickly Padams.

Tmoth - 24hrs on a track? Bonkers! Congrats on the national bronze

That's excellent training Lev_ but not entirely sure 71m in singles is the best structure for a cutback week personally. You sound like you're getting stronger but just make sure you're working with your body rather than against it.

Bad luck on the knee selbs. You really go through the wringer, don't you!

I had my first surge long run of this campaign yesterday. 21m with surges of 1,2,10,1,2,5 (minutes) starting every 10 minutes. Averaged 5:13m/m for the surges (5:23m/m for the 10mins down to 4:48m/m for the 1mins) and 6:45m/m for the recoveries. Finished off with the last 7.5m @ 6:40 to average 6:30 for the whole lot.

A good track session of 8 x 800m, 1 x 1600m @ 5m race pace (though I ran the 1600 at around 5km pace) on Friday last week (as part of a 104m week) combined with yesterday suggests I'm reasonably close to pb shape (even if I don't necessarily feel it yet - I think my basic condition is rising cycle on cycle) so as long as I manage to do a bit on holiday (2 weeks beach, all inclusive - intention is to do 90mins every second day) I reckon I can take a bit off come Frankfurt.

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Posted: 18/07/2014 at 22:48

Less detective work and more anally retentive CRAB, but you're welcome ;-)

PP - I used to have the same issues with running hard and late, but, luckily for me, Mrs TT usually has dinner ready for me when I get in and a couple of glasses of a nice red usually helps me relax.

Padams - from my perspective you are being too nice. It's the driver's responsibility to see you, as Scott has said.

Top bombing Jools. Very positive

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Posted: 18/07/2014 at 09:55

Flipping heck Padams! It sounds like you landed quite heavily! Fingers crossed you heal up well!

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Posted: 17/07/2014 at 22:22

TR - I guessed it was a case of priorities. Thanks for putting up the link.

CRAB - kudos or respec' or whatever word it is the kids use these days Your write up made me want to do an Ironman again (as in reignited the desire, not as in I've already done one), and, bearing in mind I can't swim and don't like being on a bike amongst traffic that's going some! I may even look into starting swimming lessons again (in 14.5 weeks time).

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Posted: 17/07/2014 at 21:28

Dan - I could be wrong, but as I remember it was wtgy who recounted it as their football manager's pre-match advice - "Kick it hard and don't be shit".

PP - the MP with track; always before or occasionally after (practise whilst tired)? Sounds positive on the tempo.

Nice workout DrD.

RS78 - I've found (and my last marathon backed this up as I didn't use PSP22) that carb-loading using PSP22 instead of just food, and in a controlled manner works better for me than trying to carb-load with food where I am more liable to end up overdoing it and heavy-legged.

Shame about Abo TR, but you know your body well enough by now to know if it's worthwhile this far out.

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Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:12

Padams - yeah, it was a bit eclectic. The first 2 were probably around 3km/2m race pace, the hills were probably 5km-10km effort and the last mile was between 10k-10m effort, so a lot of boxes ticked! It seems to work for me though.

PP - excellent track work/first double. A lot of my track sessions often feel like that (and I usually hit around 20 for the day with them as well). How are you going to progress that session (or are you just going to do different ones)?

Nice session Al_P.

I love your attention to detail CW.

I spend most of today's medium feeling like I was breathing through a (very small) straw, so kept it very easy. Bloody hayfever!

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Posted: 15/07/2014 at 22:02

CRAB - nice. Good luck with that!

Good that you know which is your priority CW.

Nice tempo DrD. If you feel you need more strength you could try something like I done today (what I term hills+stuff) - the running on at a decent clip after the hill reps seems to work well for me to build strength with maybe one of these sessions every 3-4 weeks. It also ticks a lot of boxes. It obviously won't be in PnD, but I always think you should only use schedules as a rough guide to work out what works for you.

First proper session since the mara today for me. 2.5m up, 1/2m @ 4:59m/m, long jog, 1m @ 5:04m/m, long jog, 6 x ~420m hills at a solid (but, not yet, hard) effort, sprinting the last ~100m of the last one, straight into 2m 'brisk' (6:35m/m) and 1m @ 5:22m/m. Hard work in the heat but it was nice to have my legs a bit more responsive.

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