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Rome 2012

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...!  

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...

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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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