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Rome 2012

Posted: 06/12/2011 at 15:25

Nine days into my Rome schedule and I'm not happy...

The mileage set out in my schedule is low at the moment, and a nice 12.5mile trot with a small group on Sunday morning was most enjoyable, however, the weather has taken a turn for the wintery and, accordingly, the temperature has dropped. This wouldn't worry most people, we've only had one very, very, mild early morning frost in Bristol, but I work outside all day & can only be described as 'thin blooded' at best, with an a-typical runners physique... The cold winds/breeze seem to cut right through me & I seem to spend most of my day chilled to my very marrow. To make matters worse, when I run the cold air attacks my lungs & my asthma kicks in making me sound like a knackered steam train...

Layers, running tights, hat, gloves, and a Buff pulled up over my face seems to be the way forward at the moment...

Rome 2012

Posted: 03/12/2011 at 11:23

Bloody nippy out there this morning!

A nice 'n' easy 7+ miler just to punish myself for drinking 3 pints of beer & polishing off a vegetable biryiani with a honey naan bread & a side order of saag aloo last night...

Tomorrow - it's back to the mud & hills

Rome 2012

Posted: 30/11/2011 at 19:41

Howey, once you've cracked that 90 minute barrier you'll start chipping away even further at your PB. I only ran my first sub-90 in September last year & have cracked out another 10 since, one of them a PB of 1:22:56...  It was the same with my 10K time, I chased after a sub-40 for most of the year before cracking it at the end of August. Since then I've notched up over 13 of the little beauties, crowning it with a 37:44...  I just wish that I could get my 5K times down now as they seem to be going in the wrong direction. At one point it seemed as if I'd manage a sub-18 (PB of 18:05) but at the moment I can't even even get under 19. I think that I've done too much slow twitch muscle work & neglected the fast twitch stuff of late. Hopefully I'll be able to redress the balance soon...

A nice little stretch of the legs this evening - a nice steady 5 mile loop, at 7:25/mi pace, before meeting up with Mrs Bloke & trotting out a 5K at 8:57/mi pace with her. Good workout for the both of us...

Rome 2012

Posted: 29/11/2011 at 15:16

Blowing a gale in bristol with a fair bit of rain whipping along every now & again. Not exactly the best weather to go for a run in... I'll rephrase that, not exactly the best weather in which to do a 5K race alongside a ring road this evening!!!

That'll teach me for signing up for the whole winter race series.... 

Rome 2012

Posted: 27/11/2011 at 19:27

The inaugral Trionium Bath Hilly Half Marathon is muddy mad mayhem. 13.75 miles (stupid bloody marshall) at an average 7:38/mi, 2723ft of ascent, 1483 calories burnt, and finished in 5th place with a time of 1:45:01 Geddin there!!!
Not bad for a 42 year old bloke who only gave up smoking a couple of years ago...
But, oh, my poor aching feet. I think my off road shoes must have shrunk as I have big man-size blisters under the arches of both feet & on the ends of several toes. I may well have another crack at this next year - as long as they still give you a carrot along with a medal & a t-shirt at the end of the race!!!

Right, an evening in front of the telly for me. Training for Rome begins in the morning...

Rome 2012

Posted: 25/11/2011 at 18:02

I'd prefer min/miles as I'm too long in the tooth for all this metric nonsense...

And I too would like to see some of these photos of inebriated female forummers.

Rome 2012

Posted: 21/11/2011 at 18:35

Managed to knock out a good solid 38:26 10K on Saturday. (Happy with that).  Sunday was a good muddy off-road hill session which included over 1000ft of ascent, and this evening was a very wet & windy 8 miles... Some more off-road to come before I start my training programme this time next week.

Rome 2012

Posted: 16/11/2011 at 23:20

WA - The Bramley 20 is a two lap affair, there is also a one lap 10 mile race on the same day, and from what I've been told the second lap can be quite lonely.

Saying that, I'll be there...

Rome 2012

Posted: 09/11/2011 at 15:21

Flexi-time is the best work-related invention ever.

I look at the rain lashing down & think to myself, "I bet it's getting really wet & muddy on the trails that I run up, down, & around, Bath racecourse..." Eureka!!! Use some flexi-leave, take the afternoon off & go and play in the mud! 

Thanks boss. Although I may be late in tomorrow as I now have to remove 4 inches of mud from my Adidas Swoops...

Rome 2012

Posted: 07/11/2011 at 22:15

Well done Tricky, still a damn good time even though the wheels came off... Now take it easy for a bit...

I have to keep telling myself that there's no point flogging myself to death in training at the moment - I don't want to be knackered when I start training for Rome at the end of the month. Just an off-road 10k, a flat 'n' fast 10k, & a hilly off-road half marathon to fit in between now & then...

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