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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...!!!

Rome 2012

Posted: 31/12/2011 at 16:11

Rest day today, ready for the first 10K of the year tomorrow morning, and I'm glad of it... Five pints of beer last night & I still feel ill... I'm glad that I'm climbing back on the wagon for a few months...

Just totted up my totals for the year:  2265 miles run, including 56 races, and personal best times set at 5K, 5 miles, 10K, 10 miles, Half Marathon, 20 miles, & the Marathon.

2012: Must try harder...

Rome 2012

Posted: 30/12/2011 at 11:43

Good thinking TD - I believe this is the one that you were referring to: Marathon Talk: Jantastic - Spring Motivation You can challenge other runners too. I'm in the system somewhere, but there's not too many of us from Bristol so I shouldn't be too difficult to find...

Well, I'm back from this mornings Long & Slow run and I've learnt something new: DO NOT consume a large bowl curried parsnip soup the evening before a long run. I would like to apologise to my mate Rob for getting him to stop a couple of times and to thank both McDonalds & a local Leisure Centre for the use of their facilities. I expect to lose a couple of pounds in weight from a long run, but 4 1/2 isn't good!!!

Rome 2012

Posted: 29/12/2011 at 23:03

After a week of flogging myself to death over the hills of the Cotswolds (and lots of festive feasting) I put my, only slightly overweight, body through two short runs today - the first in a near hurricane & the second in a torrential downpour... The forecast for tomorrows long run, when I plan to run 16 easy miles, looks like an amalgamation of the two - wet & windy. Must be something to do with the over consumption of sprouts...

Tomorrow is also my New Years Eve. December 31st will be a day of abstinance as I'm racing a 10K on Jan 1st, so I aim to drink my final pre-Rome alcohol tomorrow night...

That post-race glass of chianti is only 11 weeks away...

Rome 2012

Posted: 27/12/2011 at 15:00

A slow(ish) 10K race (41:41) for me this morning, complete with hills steep enough to wreck your lungs - anyone fancy a 600ft ascent within the first 4K? - 1003ft of ascent in total & I feel like a bit of a mess...

A nice easy 10 miles tomorrow. Strangely enough, there's more hills to come...

Rome 2012

Posted: 23/12/2011 at 19:46

Hiya folks & world!!!

Nearly ready for Christmas (humbug). Have put in a 10K tempo session (actually running at my fastest average training pace since August) dropped presents off to the kids, and packing to travel to the in-laws for the next few days... Tomorrow morning is scheduled for a 16 mile 'easy' run at 7:30/mi pace. Luckily a couple of people from the Club have said that they'll keep me company. All being well I should be finished running, sorted myself out, loaded the car, and on the motorway by lunchtime...

Christmas morning should see me putting in a lovely early morning run through a Cotswold deer park, before the rest of the household gets into gear. Have a good one folks!

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