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Rome 2012

Posted: 13/03/2012 at 13:05

Won't be at the Druids Den to watch the rugby I'm afraid, but am definately up for meeting up there post race.

How far post race though? Is there a suggested time for meeting up? 

Rome 2012

Posted: 12/03/2012 at 14:33
Ooh... Roma tickets... I was just trying to get a couple of cheap ones online & was debating whether I should just leave it until I get to Rome...  Send me a PM with the cost & I'll let you know if I can afford them. Not being a skinflint, it's just that I'm used to League Two football & League Two prices...

Rome 2012

Posted: 11/03/2012 at 15:02

EE3 - I didn't get to meet MY, but Mrs Bloke did get a couple of nice photos of Liz Yelling...

Any way, this morning was the Bath Half Marathon. And, honestly, I really did try to take it easy(ish).

Rule 1: Stick to your planned 6:50/mi pace, Rule 2: Ammend rule one & stick to your now ammended 6:40/mi pace, Rule 3: Tear up the rule book & enjoy yourself...
I felt good, the pace felt easy, I started running with fellow club members, but after a while I looked around & they were no longer on my shoulder; I waved at the crowds, had a bit of a dance, high-fived the kids, stopped for a quick chat & a slurp of coffee with a friends (on more than one ocassion), stopped to ensure a few fellow runners were bearing up ok, and 'jogged' across the line in 1:25:53 - an average of 6:28/mi... Oops.

The strange thing is that I felt as if I could have quite happily done it all again. Now I need to ensure that I get adequate rest before next Sundays race...

Rome 2012

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 20:40

Nah, no '26.2 MT technical Tee' for me I'm afraid, just my bog standard yellow & blue Bitton Road Runners club vest... BTW Liz is racing the Bath Half tomorrow so I may even get to say hello to MY...

And William Bloke? Sad to say that it's nothing more than the name of a 1996 Billy Bragg album that I kind of adopted as my alias on a couple of forums. Even my Bristol Rovers shirts used to say 'W Bloke 69' on the back...

Gold for me: Sub-3hrs; Silver sub-3:04; Bronze sub-3:10


Rome 2012

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 08:26

Rest day today - just time for a bit of last minute pre-holiday shopping...

I'm running in the Bath Half Marathon tomorrow. I made myself a promise that when I've run it 10 times then won't run it again. Tomorrow is my 6th... My problem is that I've got a bad habit of thrashing out a good run the week before I run a marathon. I can get away with running a fast 10K the week before, but not a Half Marathon... I can just about get away with running Bath at 6:47-6:50/mi pace but nothing quicker, although I know I can run a lot quicker than that; even my short sessions are getting faster. I was running along yesterday, thinking "God, this feels slow" then looked at my Garmin & realised that I was trotting along at 6:35/mi!!!. However, I have to be strict with myself & remember that the Rome Marathon is my A-goal this Spring. I can always chase Half Marathon PBs later on this year...

Monday is a self-imposed rest day, Tuesday is packing day, then we fly out on Wednesday!! Thursday morning will see me putting in an early morning jog around Circus Maximus - I can't wai!


Rome 2012

Posted: 09/03/2012 at 18:34

OneTit - Druids Den is at 28 Via San Martino ai Monti, & Druids Rock is at 1 Piazza Esquilino...

I'll be the bald bloke with a knackered body & a 'give me beer expression' on his face...

Rome 2012

Posted: 08/03/2012 at 22:47
Hmm... Post run drinkies at which mock-oirish boozer - Druids Den or Druids Rock???

Rome 2012

Posted: 07/03/2012 at 19:35

Only a week to ge before we fly out - how excited am am???  We're flying out on Wednesday then heading to the expo to pick up my number first thing on Thursday morning (which also gives me a chance to nose around the EUR area)

Are we going to try to meet up anywhere before and/or after the marathon? If we meet up post race, I would suggest that we make it somewhere in the evening so that we can all have a chance to return to some resemblance of human beings first...

Onetit: They do satchets/tubs of porridge in other flavours too - including plain...

Rome 2012

Posted: 05/03/2012 at 20:58

I had a strange conversation with Mrs Bloke last night that revolved in trying to save up for a really good holiday. Of course to save up enough money we need a long term goal, thus giving us the time to have a really good, no expenses spared time away, in a city that we'd both love to visit, and of course there has to be a marathon involved too... My intention is to run London in the spring of 2013 & Abingdon in the Autumn of 2012, so, with all those things taken into consideration - I'm virtually decided on the Florence Marathon in November 2014...

Crazy Lady - I always have porridge the morning of a race. And because I don't trust people to make it the way I like it, or I want to be 100% sure that I will have porridge for breakfast, I always have one of these in my race kit...


Rome 2012

Posted: 04/03/2012 at 15:13

H. It's at times like this that we all realise just how fragile life is...

Ran my last proper pre-taper long run this morning. 18 miles at an easy pace, with Mrs Bloke cycling alongside as usual, through cold rain & even colder rain... Had to make an unplanned stop after 8 miles and, although I never buy food from there, I was rather glad to be able to take advantage of the golden arches this morning... A few post run aches & pains but, thankfully, nothing serious to worry about... Mrs Bloke is cooking a nice pile of roast veg (no meat) for tea & a banana loaf for dessert, before we go for a nice gentle swim this evening. After that, I'll attack the coffee machine & she'll play badminton for an hour (I'm not allowed this close to a marathon) before we head to the pub for an hour...

The coming week is going to seem strange. Mon-Fri no run is longer than 6 miles & on Sunday I'm running in the Bath Half Marathon at an easy pace... We'll probably do some sightseeing afterwards, but I'm unsure whether Mrs Bloke will see the irony if I take her to see the Roman Baths...


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