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Rome 2012

Posted: 08/02/2012 at 17:12

They say that at some point in your marathon training schedule you will have one or two really, really, awful training runs... Runs so horrible that you just want to pack up, go home, have a shower, then climb back into bed...

I've had my two bad runs - last night & this morning. Both were completely wrecked, the pace had to be reduced, the distance slightly cut short, and several emergency pit-stops had to be taken...

Why? Lets just say, I've had a visit from the 'Gingerbread Man'...


Rome 2012

Posted: 04/02/2012 at 21:20

I ran in a 10.3K cross-country race in Tewkesbury this afternoon - in a blizzard... Couldn't follow the track properly, the ground was frozen solid, there were a number of fallers (myself included), a howling wind & it was freezing cold... That said, I finished in 39th place, our team came 4th & one of our guys picked up a silver medal for the series...! Worth turning up after all...

Got a nice 14.5 miles at 6:30-6:45/mi pace planned for tomorrow morning. Just hope that it's not too icey... 

Rome 2012

Posted: 01/02/2012 at 19:10

I raced a 5K in -4c last night and that was bloody freezing!!! How I managed to finish in 18:37 is beyond me - I was probably sub-conciously trying to finish faster in order to get my coat back from the wife... I did have to laugh to myself though - in order to race 3 miles I first had to run 2 miles in order to 'warm up', then another 1.5 miles to 'cool down'...

Did another cold run after work this evening: a 10.5 mile interval session (1 mile jog & strides warm up / 4 x 10 min fast efforts with 2 min jog recoveries / jog cool down to finish) My jaw was numb when I got home & I'm still waiting for the feeling to come back to my fingers & toes...

Rome 2012

Posted: 28/01/2012 at 17:34

I'm more than happy with my training at the moment.

The higher mileage is fun (I'm now at that stage where I view 13-15 miles as only a medium sized run) but I could do with sharpening up a bit on the speed side of things, but I've got a couple of 5k & 10k races coming up which should sort that out...

Rome 2012

Posted: 25/01/2012 at 18:59

Argh - no long run at the weekend due to a heavy cold & throat infection! What, how did that happen, I've never been ill in the middle of a training schedule before...? I could've cried!!!

I did a 'Leadership in Running Fitness' course on Saturday, felt lousy by the time I got home, ate my tea, then basically died until Monday morning when I crawled to the GPs surgery. Got a "No running until you can breath properly" lecture (I'm an asthmatic) followed by a "reduce your mileage until your body has recovered" lecture. Now well into a course of antibiotics which have sorted me out a treat, and the problem I've discovered is that the illness-enforced 3 day running ban has allowed my batteries to fully recharge & almost overload. 10K last night & 10 miles this evening and I feel 'bouncey' ala Tigger...!!!

On the work front, having handed my notice in at work on Friday (after a long chat with my new boss to decide on a start date and a promise that he'd honour my annual leave so that I can get to Rome...) I'm actually working even harder now than I have done for quite a while and will end up so far ahead of my schedule that by the time I finish there will be a few people scratching their heads, asking how it is that I could do it so quickly yet everyone else is behind schedule.... (my grand scheme for wrecking the job for my successor). I start the on Feb 20th TD, so basically I'll do my workplace induction & in-house training then have my Roman Holiday, before returning to start work properly a fortnight later...  


Rome 2012

Posted: 16/01/2012 at 16:53

Well done on the long runs over the weekend folks, especially you Ed. Hills have a habit of making you fitter than you realise at the time... 

First bit of news: On the plus side I finished 27th in a local mudfest race around the farmlands, villages, golf course, & embankment of the River Severn yesterday, claiming top marks in my age group for our Club championship. On the down side, I tried to dismantle a stile with my knee, nearly knocking the thing apart & making my knee an amazingly lumpy purple shadow of its former self. Oh well, Arnicare Gel to the rescue... On another down side, I'm not sure that everything that I ran through yesterday was technically mud. As my wife pointed out "mud is brown and the stuff on your shoes is green..." 

Second bit of news: Had a phone call earlier - I got the job

Rome 2012

Posted: 13/01/2012 at 19:23

Took a day off work today as I had a job interview this morning - then blew the stress out of my system by going for a nice 'n' easy 8 mile off-road jog this afternoon. It's been a fair few weeks since I was able to run down a hill purely for fun...

The big kid in me made me run down the big hills with my arms out in aeroplane fashion whilst shouting "Whhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.................."  

Rome 2012

Posted: 10/01/2012 at 22:31

Track work for me this evening... 1500m warm up / 12 x 300m fast efforts with 100m recovery / 1500m warm down. Short, sharp, and painful. I needed to do it because I can't apply myself to quality sessions properly when I train alone, but boy did it hurt; just didn't seem to be able to get enough air into my lungs...

Jogging in to work again in the morning (3.5 miles) then jogging home again after (12.5 miles). But first - sleep...

Rome 2012

Posted: 08/01/2012 at 11:30

An absolutely lovely crisp early morning run completed. A lovely looping course around some of the towns & villages between Bristol & Bath; made even better by the fact that while I was out & about yesterday I'd stashed some bottles of water, meaning that I only had to carry my gels with me. (on the negative side, the water was a tad cold this morning...)

Knocked out 18 miles in 2:09:56, plus a 1.25 mile warm up, giving me a total of 19.25miles!! Felt like I could have quite happily gone on running a fair few miles further. My legs felt good & there was plenty of gas left in the tank at the end - my last mile was sub-7:00...

The trouble is that Rome isn't for another 9 weeks - I hope I feel this good then...

Now for a soak in the bath, a pile of roast veg for lunch, an early evening swim, followed by a game of badminton. Today, Superman has nothing on me!!!


Rome 2012

Posted: 03/01/2012 at 21:34

Yes, my health form was signed by my doctor, scanned in as a pdf, then sent with my entry documents via the Maratona website. All sorted.

Today was horrendous, weatherwise, in Bristol. High winds & torrential rain... So it was yesterday that my car thoughtfully decided it needed to fall apart requiring a day at the garage - while I had to cycle to work. Then work outside all day. Then cycle home again... The car was fixed (hurrah) & I picked it back up from the garage before going out for my Tuesday 'quality' session. Tonight: 1 mile jog / 12x2min (1/4 mile) uphill efforts with downhill jog recoveries / 1 mile jog. In what can only be described as a typhoon.

A post workout soak in the bath & mug of steaming hot tea has never seemed so good before...!!!

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