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Rome 2012

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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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...

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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

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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...

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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.... 

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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...

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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.

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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.

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