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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...

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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!!!

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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...

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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...

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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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Posted: 18/12/2011 at 16:21

Just got back from this mornings race - a nice little 'out & back' 10.2K.

The trouble was that the race route, from the village of Hemylock in Devon, to the Wellington Monument & back, went up and down a hill. A 1 in 6 hill. A hill that hurt your calves & hamstrings on the way up, then destroyed your quads on the way down...  I happened to glance at my Garmin on the descent & saw that I was doing sub-5:20 miles!!!  With a 41:05 finishing time, it wasn't a PB by a long chalk, but I was second home for the club & we did clinch the team prize!

An easy 10k jog for me tomorrow morning then the rest of the day to put my feet up on the sofa to watch Doctor Who dvds...



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Posted: 14/12/2011 at 22:49

Have a look at some of the hotels in the Quirinal district. Not too expensive, still pretty central, and, more importantly, a short distance from the collosseum for that post race stagger...

Managed to miss the rain on  my run today. Talk about trying to shoe horn some mileage in...

Work - home the normal way: 3.5 miles. Work - home the big mileage way: a dirty great 10.5 mile loop 


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Posted: 13/12/2011 at 17:09

Discretion is the greater part of valour... I got changed, got to the front door, then reassessed the situation... At 4:15pm it was as black as pitch, blowing a gale, and starting to hail (again).

I kind of figure that it's only week three of a sixteen week schedule; I can afford to skip one interval session as long as I don't make a habit of it. After all, it's not as if I'm starting from zero fitness... So, by way of recompence I'll be running home from work tomorrow afternoon. If I were to go from a-b it would be 3.5 miles, but by incorporating a ruddy big loop it'll take me up to about 10.5...

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Posted: 13/12/2011 at 16:14

The weather in Bristol this evening is bloody horrendous - gale force winds, hail, torrential rain! Trail shoes, hi-viz jacket, and a steely resolve are what's called for...

I must be mad.

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Posted: 12/12/2011 at 22:24

16 very wet & windy 'easy' miles for me this evening, picking up the long run that I sacrificed in order to race on both yesterday & the day before... Mind you, Saturday was a cross-country league meeting (so I needed to go to pick up some points) and yesterday was the annual Christmas fancy dress 10K, starting & finishing by the pier on the beach at Weston-super-Mare (whereby I was not only the first reindeer, but the first finisher in full fancy dress ie. unaltered to make running easier).

Funnily enough though, with a 9-mile interval session tomorrow, an 8 mile 'easy' run, 7 mile 'steady' run, & a 14 mile 'easy' run, on the schedule for this week (plus a rest day on Saturday) my shortest run of the week is the 10K hill race I've got booked in for Sunday...!  

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