Latest posts by TippTop

1 to 10 of 6,603

Sub 3

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 18:37
Quality PP. You're one up on me then as I never made the Guinness tour when I was there last month, despite staying just around the corner from it!

Big volume RS! What is it you've got coming up?

Currently out in Madrid. I'd had my flights booked with a while as I was supposed to get a train on to Valencia for the marathon but obviously ditched that when I was told to take a break from running. Decided there was no reason to go on to Valencia now so decided to explore here instead.
It's surprisingly hilly (at least where I am) so I expect the marathon would be a slow one.

I also exchanged contracts on a house for me and the kids yesterday, completing next week, so super exciting times and loads of diy ahead. Will take my time though to make sure I don't knacker myself before London this time

Running wise I should be hopefully a touch higher than last week's 109km so continuing to build the volume slowly.

Sub 3

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 14:05

PP - best of luck for Saturday!

Sub 3

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 13:54

Nicely done on the long run PP.

Sounds like a good run, even if not quite what you wanted Padams. At least you slid accidentally. One of my clubmates in an earlier race decided that one of the hills was a little steep and scary, so slid down it rather than run down it...............

CharlieW wrote (see)

About 10 mins ago I picked up an email saying my VLM application was now accepted, so I filled in the form and coughed up my 35 quid: I have race number 762. Exciting!

Probably reasonably high in the list of responses you didn't expect to see to that given the unrequited love between me and spring marathons............ #754 here.

Sub 3

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 21:41

Congrats on the vet win CD

And likewise MsPP. (and not too shabby either PP)

Sub 3

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 21:37

A very very muddy Hants League xc today. I had 3 targets going into today. All optimistic as I'm heavier and have trained less than the last one due to the afore-mentioned distractions, but predicated upon the fact that I'm improving my ability to hurt a bit. Targets were a higher position than the last time (achieved, 48th vs 59th), a quicker average pace (achieved despite the beautifully ridiculous conditions) and to finish closer to the closest clubmate in front of me from the last time out (achieved - ~2mins the last time, ~1 minute this time I think).
As a bonus I finished a second xc heaving at the finish line. It's mainly due to lack of fitness, but gratifying to the extent that I've always shied away from working that hard in races (usually because I'm not used to shorter stuff/pushing that hard) and a bit of toughness never goes astray.

Sub 3

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 15:28

Afternoon all. Been a hectic last few weeks (quelle surprise; that seems to be one of the main lines I've posted here lately). Can't remember when I was last on, but commiserations to Jools on not getting what you deserved at Frankfurt (though at least you know why), and well done to ES @ NY. Also good to see coro popping in.

The last few weeks have seen a heavy cold, a stag do, a wedding and very little training. Oh, and I'm also in the process of buying a house which has consumed a lot of my time (it's a repossession so I've been given 4 weeks from offer accepted to completing - target date is Monday week) to try ensure everything is progressing to plan, finding out the situation with utilities, any outstanding issues (due to it being a repo as mentioned), etc, etc.

Plan was that training would start this week, but the fog chaos on Monday meant I started with a rest day. Track on Wednesday nearly ruined me - supposed to be 20 x 400m @ current 5km pace, but with legs ahead of lungs I was probably averaging quicker than 3km pace for 19 of them before a close to flat out last rep (the fact that it was a 72 will give a good indication of my lack of shape). It'll be a long road back (especially as I need to spend a lot of time doing work on the house once I get it), but I don't need to be fit for several months so I'm quite happy I'll be in the right shape at the right time (who knows, it might even play into my hands and avoid my usual winter niggle/cnba periods.

PP - I've shelved plans to do the CPC HM, so I'll be at Wokingham, Bath (same day as CPC) & Reading HMs next year.

Sub 3

Posted: 23/10/2015 at 15:34

That's a lot of racing Dan!

Nice reps ES.

Good news on the hip and those reps won't be long picking up from there PP.

Haha Wardi. I think the one collection of 'with ballast' photos is enough for a lifetime!


Up late last night with work, so didn't run until lunchtime, though it was a solid run. 10.22km tempo in 38:20 - 3:52 for the first 5km, 3:38 for the last 5.22km. 3:38 is probably inside current HM but felt reasonably comfortable in comparison to my Wednesday session.

Sub 3

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 15:28

Not with that speed if you build some endurance desk jockey.

Padams - I'll be doing 1m and 3km pace efforts for the next few weeks, so there will be a few more tough ones to come.

bains - I was supposed to do 3 sets on the track (3600m), but only done 2, so when I felt better on the way home I figured I'd throw in an 800m to compensate a little for the missed set. Sounds like 3 good sessions with the reps, fartlek and tempo. Nice one!

Sub 3

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 21:28

Fingers crossed for you Jools!

Sensible PP.

I managed 2 sets of the planned 3. 2400m at mile effort is not bad (relative) volume I guess. Had to stop after the second 400m so as not to chuck up. After the 2nd 300m I needed to stop or it was getting messy. Still, I wanted to start spending some time in the hurt box so safe to say I achieved that. Jogged home and felt a bit better on the way so ran a fast 800m to bump the volume up (but a little easier because it was dark and on the road).

Times nothing to write home about (understandably given current condition/extra ballast), but at least consistent - 91.5, 73.1, 52.7, 91.1, 73.1, 52.0 (so an average of 72.25s per lap, or just under 4:51 for a full mile). 800m on the road was 2:31.

Bit of a culture shock, but good fun nonetheless

Sub 3

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 12:41

Afternoon all!

Some good racing and training going on; as per usual!

CJeff - congrats on bagging the sub-3. Sounds like there was more in the tank too.

Padams - good HM off of little (even by your standards) running.

ES - congrats on the pb; bodes well for NY.

CW - best of luck for Snowdonia.

Jools - likewise for Frankfurt!

Not much to report from me. Came down with a heavy cold (going around the office) last week, so had a couple of days off. Recovered in time for a messy 2 day stag do, but very little running over the week (~57km I think?).

Back at it this week. Stood on the scales this morning to see I'm carrying an extra 5kg or so (probably not surprising given I've hardly run since Kenya; i.e. about 7 weeks of very little, or nothing at all)!  

Long run is up to 22km now (started low and adding 1km per week to keep a lid on things). First track session/real effort in forever tonight. Slightly nervous as it's the start of an approach to training I've always wanted to try but never got around to before (and unlike some of you, I (very, very, very) rarely run anything faster than 10k pace in training, and even then it's not by much).. Basically starting off with shorter sharper reps and building individual and total volume as I go along.
Tonight is down as 3 sets of {500m, 400m, 300m} all at mile effort. Luckily I'm so out of shape I suspect that a flat out mile would probably be the wrong side of 5 minutes at the moment.

1 to 10 of 6,603

Discussions started by TippTop

Sunday 20th March 2011

Alright I got somethin' to say 
Replies: 23    Views: 1939
Last Post: 21/03/2011 at 00:16

Monday 28th June 2010

If you were me, then you'd be 
Replies: 25    Views: 2455
Last Post: 28/06/2010 at 22:45

Tuesday 15th December

Been there, done that, messed around 
Replies: 17    Views: 1536
Last Post: 15/12/2009 at 22:33

Thursday 3rd December 2009

Obstacles are inefficient, follow your intuition, 
Replies: 29    Views: 2087
Last Post: 03/12/2009 at 23:50

Saturday 22nd August 2009

I was like, good gracious ass is bodacious 
Replies: 15    Views: 1885
Last Post: 22/08/2009 at 23:09

Thursday July 9th 2009

Now and then when I see her face 
Replies: 22    Views: 1999
Last Post: 09/07/2009 at 23:07

Tuesday 30 June 2009

Come play my game I'll test ya 
Replies: 21    Views: 1987
Last Post: 30/06/2009 at 23:13

Wednesday 27th May 2009

Now there's a backseat lover 
Replies: 21    Views: 1862
Last Post: 27/05/2009 at 23:28

Friday 22nd May 2009

What I've got, you've got to get it put it in you 
Replies: 30    Views: 2087
Last Post: 22/05/2009 at 22:39

Thursday 21st May 2009

He can make you love, he can make you cry 
Replies: 26    Views: 2032
Last Post: 21/05/2009 at 23:14

Wednesday 13th May 2009

I wake up everyday it's a daydream 
Replies: 22    Views: 1826
Last Post: 13/05/2009 at 23:23

Wednesday 6th May 2009

This is the crossing at the main intersection 
Replies: 26    Views: 1688
Last Post: 06/05/2009 at 23:51

Thursday 19th March

The waiting drove me mad... you're finally here and I'm a mess 
Replies: 25    Views: 1162
Last Post: 19/03/2009 at 21:08

Sunday 15th February

Work it, make it, do it, makes us 
Replies: 33    Views: 1531
Last Post: 16/02/2009 at 01:00

Sunday 8th February 2009

Those who run seem to have all the fun 
Replies: 26    Views: 1516
Last Post: 08/02/2009 at 23:56
1 to 15 of 32 threads