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Posted: 31/07/2015 at 22:18

A 10km/23km double for me to finish off the month. Still feeling a bit too ropey from the jabs to do anything other than run progressively, but it'll do for now.

KM: 506.67
Pace: 4:25
Rest Days: 9
Races: 2
Bootcamp/circuit sessions: 2 (only noted because I finally started to do some!).

And following PP's lead (though mine is almost like an inverse of his (and I only run).....
First 7 months:
2014 v 2015

Volume: 3767km v 2838km (931km less!!!)
Duration: 278hr v 207hrs
Pace: 4:26 v 4:23
Rest Days: 51 v 62.

Not a particularly pretty comparison, but it can only improve from here!

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Posted: 31/07/2015 at 15:28

Bouncing around the place PP. Just about to finish work now for the month. Run home, and then one more run (very early) tomorrow morning before the flight and then my next run will be at altitude
Good luck with the chocolate; a month out there might break me of my habit too! Nice stats also btw. It'll be interesting to see how much of an affect the extra running has!

You must really need that holiday SC2! I take it with the gap, and this being your last one that you're not really a fan of marathons?

Jtw - if you want to do more than 4m @ race pace I would go for something like 3 x 2m or 2 x 3m @ race pace........

Berlin Marathon 2015

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 14:56

Ah SC2, this must be where I saw you were doing Berlin then!

Nicely done on the HM challenge The older I get. That sounds much better than what I ended up doing - slipping around on a trail HM along the Thames in the rain.......

Another one here with about a stone to lose but I've got the next month (literally) focused on running so I expect to come back from that in very good shape

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Posted: 31/07/2015 at 12:42

Very nice PP, and yes, it is about 80m, though I won't be getting anywhere near that now.

Padams - quality 3km.

Likewise SC2. Did I see somewhere you're also doing Berlin btw?

Cheers Wardi. Pleased to report I got everything packed without needing to resort to a Tardis holdall Fingers crossed the injection does the trick.

Good luck CW!

And congratulations Muss!!! Plus, as Padams said, be prepared to cut yourself some slack and don't stress it.

I've been struggling since having my jabs the other day, so have gotten even less running in than I'd intended between that, spending as much time as possible with the kids, and packing, but no harm. I'm sure I'll make up for it over the next month

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Posted: 29/07/2015 at 10:33

Nicely done PP. Looking in very good shape with 8.5 weeks to go

CJ2 - 4 weeks

Matt3 - any races from 10m up I usually make them part of a long run. I don't like doing solo (longer) tempos, so tend to use races as replacements for those. Making it up to a long run also means you're helping your body to become more efficient (at fat burning) too.

This week is becoming increasingly difficult to fit running in as I'm dashing around doing last minute bits for Kenya, and have an extra bit of time planned with the kids too. I think if I make it over 130km it'll be an achievement at this rate!

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Posted: 28/07/2015 at 14:00

lol CC2. One good dose of sarcasm deserves another

Nice report PP and congrats on the bling It will be an interesting comparison. It's too early to talk figures for Maidenhead, but given my HM pb is on the New Forest course, untapered, at the end of a big week I'd like to think that the next few weeks would see my shape rapidly improve and allow me to take a good chunk off of that. Get yourself on the first leg @ the SEAA' and we'll see

Good to see the continued progress piscator.

Nice 10m CJ2.

And welcome Matt3 (if I haven't already said).

I never got to run yesterday (too busy getting stuff ready for Kenya, etc), but had the frustrating feeling that Sunday took very little out of my legs (bar the big chunk of flesh! ). I did manage to bag a progressive 25km today which proved I was right - 5km splits of 22:07, 21:06, 20:17, 19:29 and 17:54 - the last being both easier, and quicker, than my last 5km on Sunday! Running is starting to feel more fluid (even if the paces still have a way to go).

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Posted: 26/07/2015 at 23:47

A pb RS. (2:27:48), but I'm becoming hopeful that I can take a good chunk off of that if the next 9 weeks goes splendidly!
Snap on the races - just Maidenhead HM 3 weeks out, then SEAA Relays 6km 1 week out.

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Posted: 26/07/2015 at 21:25

CC2 - http://lmgtfy.com/?q=what+is+170km+in+miles ?

Nice volume Jools.

I missed your training marathon RS, so read back. Very nice! What's your target for Mablethorpe?

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Posted: 26/07/2015 at 16:43

Congrats CC2!

And a good weekend's work from Muss.

Down Tow Up Flow HM for me today. Horrible conditions (obviously) but this was along the Thames Towpath, so you can guess at the impact! Easier to do this by lessons learned rather than a report, so..........

1) Brooks t7' have to be the most inappropriate trainer possible for a primarily off road race in these conditions.
2) Gravel rash hurts - even more so when the reason you've got it is because you slipped in the mud yet managed to clear all the mud before you landed.
3) Nearly ending up in the Thames is particularly scary when you can't swim - refer to point 2; and yes I did actually think I was going in!!! If I hadn't grabbed a tuft of grass as I hit the ground and was sliding I may well have done.
4) A big bug getting caught in your throat will cause you to get physically sick.
5) It's frustrating to be closing ground on the leaders when you hit solid ground and reduced to a very slow jog as soon as you hit mud, and not much quicker on grass.
6) On days like today times are unimportant.

Somehow I still managed to come second (took a clubmate about 600m from the finish), 38s down on the leader. Points #2/3 and #4 cost me between 1:30-2:00, never mind the conditions/footing. I'm confident that today, even with the weather, I'd have been well under 75 on road (vs the actual 78:09).

I had intended to make this a 32km run, but I was shivering by the time the St. John's guy had sorted out the damage from the fall (still got some embedded gravel that he couldn't get out!), so didn't bother with a cool-down, so 26km for the day makes 170km for the week. Looking back it has been 45 weeks since I exceeded that, and I have to go back 109 weeks for the last time I put more than one week of that volume back to back (only 4 weeks bigger than this in all that time) - slightly scary figures given what I'm hoping to accomplish in 9 weeks time!!!

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Posted: 25/07/2015 at 23:05

Berlin for me too

It did indeed CW; cheers. Been up to my eyeballs trying to get things sorted in the new place, though as it is only (hopefully) a short term (6 months or so) rental, I'm debating how much unpacking is necessary........

CJ2 - if it feels too fast then slow down. It's more important to take everything on board than to blindly follow one figure if it doesn't feel right. My easy run pace is similar to PP. My paces are set off (theoretical, as I haven't raced one) 5km pace. Easy is 5km+2mins per mile, which is probably just a touch slower than PP' MP+90s.

I hope you're feeling better PP.

Dan - beautiful shot.

Got a trail HM tomorrow, which I'm intending to do as part of a long run. Not expecting much as my legs are shot due to both volume and quality. Hills+stuff session yesterday went quite well, despite the rain, and a bimbling 16km today has me on 144km for the week ahead of tomorrow. Things are definitely picking up

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