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Posted: Today at 08:34

PP - quality month! It will be really good to see it pay off for you in (just!!!) 26 days time
And, just for you: 20.14m @ 6:03, with 15.5m @ ~5:55 and the last 1.5m @ 5:31. Better?

Padams - I was thinking the same. I usually end up with a much lower week somewhere in the last few for various reasons (42m 3 weeks out from Frankfurt last year due to a twisted ankle) and it never hurts in the long run. Good luck for the weekend!

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Posted: Yesterday at 18:28

Good luck CC2. Nice volume!

Flipping heck Dan. I don't know whether to be impressed by the fact that you carried on, or if I should question your sanity! I know you like these races, but given your track record of issues on them are you not tempted to turn your hand to a different distance that your body can deal with better and try to maximise that? There's obviously no questioning your mental fortitude but your body does seem to have issues keeping up (I suspect/expect that I would have similar body issues, which is what is stopping me from trying a proper ultra at the moment). I'm sure I know the answer, but no harm throwing it out there for consideration.

Nice quicker running RS, Jools (congrats on the bounty) and Wardi.

CW - if/when I go back I will be wearing a much more suitable shoe. I was in racers out there the whole time and the incident happened when I was wearing a 160g pair of very flimsy Pumas.

Courtesy of the foot I hadn't actually run since Friday morning (got up Saturday and realised as soon as I stood on it it would be foolhardy to say the least - taking the sensible option and resting up can be hard at the best of times, but even more so on your last day at altitude when the last week has been such a pig!).

With the lingering after effects of the bug, and the travelling I was still feeling quite ropey today, but..........

5km easy, 25km @ 3:41 (felt comfortable), 2.41km @ 3:26 (felt good) to make a total of 32.41km @ 3:46.

All things considered, not a bad first run back at sea level, especially as it included a few climbs. Could feel the foot slightly over the last few km, but nothing major.

That makes the monthly stats:
Volume: 612.17km
Pace: 4:32
Rest Days: 5.

Given that last week only contributed 53km to that total I'm pretty pleased with the rest of the volume in Kenya. Hopefully it pays off in 4 weeks time.

Sub 3

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 19:21

Fair enough with the pace PP. I didn't think you'd allow yourself to be swayed. I ended up not running this evening - the bruise has swollen out nicely, so iced it instead, but will try run on it tomorrow morning (laps of the dirt track, so if the worst comes to the worst I'm only 2.5km from the camp). If I get to come again I'll be bringing much more padded shoes as lightweights/racers are really not great for the terrain here.

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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 12:44

Afternoon all.

We managed to work out in between that the cause of all the sickness in camp was an American kid who had a vom bug and insisted on sitting down with everyone at various times to tell us how bad he was feeling. We had all forgotten about it until yesterday. If I get my hands on him............

After 2 days of nothing I managed a slow 8km and 18km double yesterday, and 10km this morning - can still feel the bug in my legs though as I feel like I'm dragging two dead lumps around. 
The other issue is that yesterday am I landed heavily on a sharp stone and have a huge bruise on the sole of my foot, right behind the head of my middle toe, so each step is a little painful at the moment........... Sod's Law!

Anyway, at least I'm not being sick, so that's something!

Nice session CW!

And very impressive PP. I'm with Padams. 5:3x for sure. All aboard the train? Still just over 4 weeks to go too.

Nice on the weight loss Wardi. Ironically I reckon I'm the heaviest I've been in the last fortnight, but I know it's just the bloating, so once that clears I'll hopefully be nudging under 60kg

Sub 3

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 15:41

Lev_ - impressive stuff! Right now I wouldn't be able to run sub-3:25, never mind sub-2:25 (see below!).

Quality stuff PP.

Wardi - it has been good, but could have been so much better. I overdone it the first week and had a tumble, spent the 2nd week rectifying that, both of which meant I never made the fartlek sessions, and now I won't make tomorrow's either. On the plus side though it has allowed me to regain some condition and make up for the months of woeful/haphazard training.
Overall though I'm not cut out to be a full-time athlete. I've learned a lot that I'll carry with me, but I'm ready to come back to reality now

Nice alternating miles Padams.

So I've not run since Monday. 5 or 6 of us have come down with the same bug, though I suspect it's food poisoning and not a standard GI bug. Most of the rest think the same, but it's obviously hard to prove either way. With rainy season not being particularly rainy though it is apparently possible that the water used to wash food might be contaminated............
Either way, I woke up Monday night vomiting, couldn't eat until 3:30 in the afternoon, and, in total, since then I've had one a grand total of 4 slices of bread, 5 (very) mini rolls and a small bowl of porridge. I'm not convinced I'll manage dinner this evening either.

Hopefully I'll manage some form of running tomorrow, even if it's only a short gentle jog........

Sub 3

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 19:32

CC2 - I meant to say earlier that I hope the health issues are nothing major and are under control.

Sub 3

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 13:09

Padams - funnily enough that's something I've addressed in this week's blog. From where I was 5 weeks ago I would be honestly delighted with a pb of any description. Florence sounds like it was a fun time; it's on my list to visit!

How is your shin now Muss?

Good progress piscator.

Berlin Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:37

Sounds like you still got a good workout DS2; well done!

And a nice long run PJF.

Another solid week in the bag here. 157km, which included a nice bit of quality across the week - 8km of reps, but split across track and road on Tuesday/Wednesday (convoluted reason for that) totalling 26:36, the famous Kenyan fartlek (somewhere between 200-250 runners doing a 20 x 1min jog/2min fast session on hilly dirt roads - absolutely amazing), a 4km+ progressive uphill tempo (3:51), a 5km track tempo (17:51) and topped off with a 38km long run (32km easy, and stretched the legs a little for the uphill last 6km (4:09)).

Given that it was only 5 weeks ago I started training properly (last 9 months were woeful for various reasons), and 3 weeks ago coming out here I was 63.6kg (pb race weight was 59kg) I'm very pleased with progress.

I've averaged 155.5km for the last 5 weeks and I suspect I'm nudging under 60kg (will have a weigh-in tomorrow to check), so am now expecting a pb, which, frankly, seemed untenable 5 weeks ago, and tentatively thinking that somewhere under 2:25 might be viable if the next 5 weeks go well!

Mo Farah wins gold

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 15:50

There were no deliberate attempts to trip him. The last lap was just a collision around back markers; it happens. One of the earlier ones was from his training buddy Rupp, not Kamworor. And again, when everybody is chopping and changing position like that these things are more likely to happen.

Berlin Marathon 2015

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 14:31

Cheers PP. It must be one of the few big ones that still do cups!

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