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what: Helsby 4 Villages half marathonwhy: too late to ask that now
Good luck to anyone else racing today, whether at Helsby, Brass Monkey, or elsewhere
Good luck racers
What: 16 M d&dWhy: long runs need to get longerLast rest: yesterdayLast hard: today, last 1.5M consist of nearly 1M steep uphill (half continious), character building living on a hilltop
Good luck racing people.
What: 4 miles easy d&dWhy: it had to be doneLast hard: getting up at 6am on a SundayLast rest: 2nd Jan
I am well chuffed at this morning's run. Av HR was nice and low and pace was the best it's ever been for that pace. Still snail's pace compared to everyone else on here but it is gratifying to see that consistent daily running is starting to pay off.
The reason for this morning's early start is that today is my mum's 80th birthday and us kids have organised a bit of a bash for her down where she lives near Southampton. So OH and I are catching the train down this morning.
what: easy 45 mins in forest
why: 10+ miles xctry race washed me out yesterday!
last hard: yesterday
last easy: 9/1
take care and good luck racers
Lots of racing going on today!
What: NowtWhy: Tight calf musclesLast hard: fridayLast rest: Today
Target setting: new aim a age graded sub 3 hour marathon....... only another 5 mins to knock off. That should keep me going for a a couple of years.
Good Luck to everyone racing today, awaiting reports with interest
Good luck to all racers today.
What: 16 miles easyWhy: Need to start buliding my long runs againLast Hard: In the wind yesterdayLast Rest: MondayLyrics: Not today
This should take my total to 50 for the week which is not bad at all.
Happy days y'all!
Had another rest day yesterday as my calf was still tight , feels better today .
What: 10/20M depending on how I feelWhy: Seeing if I canLast Hard:Being sensible the last two daysLast Rest: YesterdayLyrics: No
Stubbington Green 10K
Plan to run at 3:55 pace for a low 39 and a new shining PB, weather was predicted to be bad, very bad, but was perfect............... Pre race food of toast and marmalade followed by a snickers bar 70 mins from the start.
18 runners from our club running so had a strong team out for points in the Hampshire Road Race Lge, a pleaseant warm up and chat with friends, RW forumites, fetchies and club mates, the off to the start.
The Gun and off
1K - 3:52, pace manic as usual at the starts, but feel good 3rd place for club at present2K - 3:53, consistancy already, I like this, the tank is full and in cruise control3K - 4:01 Pace still showing as 3:53 but the blip is a hill, work hard and take club mate to move into 2nd (usual place for me)4k - 3:52, that the way I like it, solid and running well, starting to move through the fast starters who are now slowing.5K - 3:57 - on target and a 19:36 5k split, had a mouthfull of water at te drinks station hence the blip here, now to kick on6K - 3:49, pass a few known XC runners and see a V60 who is very handy, so hes my mark7K - 3:52, onto the seafront, wind not bad, but whats this, our No 1 club runner is only 75m ahead, have never beaten him or been that close to him, new mark, can I, I now he is coming back of injury, but even so.....8K - 3:43 - There is still fuel in the tank, time for the after burners and the snickers to strutt its stuff, foot down and accelerate for the last 3k.... closing on both V60 and club mate9K - 3:46 - Still burning still well on fire and within touching distance of V60, get him right on 9k marker 3m to go to clubmate, big kick now.....10K - 3:35 - Big kick and follow through too feeling really strong and see an even better V60 from my old club who I have never beaten, get him 10m before the line..... but just after the 9k marker, get clubmate. So get first for the club a second split of 18:49 (9 secs of a 5k PB 18:40).
so 38:25 on the watch and a new PB of 1:24
Rather happy and plan went plan, start within myself at 3:55 pace, ok went a bit quicker than that, but not much, then upped the pace from 5k when I knew I still have the fuel in the tank. Very happy.
Afternoon, looks a breezy, cold day so I'm intending to head indoors again for a bit of plodding on the treadmill and then some quality stretching!
I need to treat myself to some new shoes but (I'm a tight Yorkshireman) can't seem to find anywhere that sells those shoes that aren't up to date. I think that someone on here used to get them from some place that did older stock? I'm a size 11, any recommendations?
RFJ - cracking run. Very nicely controlled. Congrats.
Sorry to hear that Stickless. Hope you feel better soon.
Pammie - nice mileage. You're still on a roll!
Podro - I couldn't resist looking through those menus when I sent them on. Think I'll need to organise a trip back there. I love the food and beer.
Hope I haven't missed anybody in a quick read back. Will check in later for more reports.
What: 16m am (8 easy out / 8 back a bit brisker, aka Tempo Lite) / 5m steady on the treadie at lunchtime.Why: In the mara specific phase, Sunday and Monday will be my two toughest/most important days, so this is a bridging day to what I'll be doing then.Last hard: this am.Last rest: Yesterday.Lyrics: No.
Enjoy the rest of the day folks!
Well done on the race RFJ.
Sorry to hear about the problems Stickless. Very strange symptoms. Hope things improve.
Brass Monkey ReportNot running well at the moment so wasn't expecting much. Decided to start out easy and then just see how it went. Bumped into a few of the usual suspects at the start and during the race including Wardi.
Mile 1 - 6:36 - Started off too far back and had to move through trafficMile 2 - 6:27 - Easing through crowds keeping pace with a couple of clubmatesMile 3 - 6:27 - In good steady groupMile 4 - 6:37 - Feeling OK turn into loop at top of courseMile 5 - 6:34 - Into a headwind, not very strong. Make effort to cross to another group aheadMile 6 - 6:27 - turn into top of course. Muddy roadsMile 7 - 6:39 - onwards to start turn back towards the finishMile 8 - 6:31 - long straighht boring roadMile 9 - 6:30 - overtaking a few who have gone out too fastMile 10 - 6:38 - spot a local rival in distance who I have never beaten before. Make him my targetMile 11 - 6:42 - target closer. Need good effort to close the gap before the endMile 12 - 6:35 - target 10m ahead and tiring. Closing him down quicklyMile 13.1 - 7:16 - Overtake target just after the 12 mile marker and push on to the end overtaking a couple more. get pipped by 4 fast finishers in the final 1/4 mile.
Finish time (unofficial) 1:26:04 which was unexpected and very welcome. Just under 2 minutes slower than PB though.After the race I ran back to meet Mrs Podro who had a terrible time with a poorly hip. Ran over 2 miles back up the course and met her well past the railway bridge. Accompanied her to the finish for a total run of 19 miles. Very well organised this year with chip timing and a rucksack at the end instead of the traditional sweatshirt.
Well done Podro for Brass Monkey, must have been quite tough today with that wind. I'll check back later or tomorrow for more reports on the race.
What: just run in the gym as didn't fancy a cold breezy run. 4M in 33mins (from 8.34m/m to 7.30m/m pace), which pleased me as it's been a long time since I did this sort of speed on a treadmill (or anywhere) in regular training, especially after yesterday's 7M. Why: ticking over and getting in my weekly 20-22M training (21M actually this week, like last week) Last rest: Friday
If I can get my weekend 'long' run up to 10M, I'll be pleased as I can then race up to 10k when the less-cold weather comes along. Thanks again, AF, for the link; I've bought myself a nice new pair of Nike shoes for a lot cheaper than some places!
tbh, would be v surprised if someone got the lyrics today without googling a certain affirmative prog rock band....
....but no apologies for that - this was the best thing they ever did (only no-one noticed) and I've often used this piece when travelling to Borders League fixtures for inspiration.
Anyway, headlines are: 74th, 1:24:46 (chip) 1:24:51 (gun)
so, 1:25 target achieved, feeling quite pleased
more details later
Stickless, get well soon
RFJ-well done on the pb, and you too Podro
I did a pb at the brass monke half too, by-drum roll-ONE WHOLE SECOND
I was very, very unwell after gut wise, i could have given no more
(mind you, had gut trubble all week)
At least i know that last years sub two hour half wasnt a fluke
oooh, just read a bit further back
Well DONE Dubai dave
DD/Joe - Hope the tight calf muscles improve
RFJ - Lovely racing - even nicer pb
Stickless - hope you are feeling better. Hope your friend beats it
Podro - good racing, unexpected is always welcoming
What: 15 miles in 2:32 (70% WHR)Why: Long runLast Hard: Today
Mike - i admit i did google
Hippo well done on your pb,hope you are feeling better soon
PH a PB is a PB well done
Great Running Mike
Timebeest great new PB well done
Good racing too from Podro, well done
RFJ, excellent shiny new PB, and a very well judged and competed race
Stickless, your vision problem soulnds nasty, but also sounds as though 'they' are taking it seriously, which has got to be good
Podro, that was very evenly paced, and great that you did so well when you weren't expecting it
MikeS, and PH and tinebeest, seems to be a great day for PBs day; well done to all of you
What: 20ml, recceing the Stratford Marathon route; later, perhaps weights and recovery runWhy: I was dithering about whether to enter Stratford, and now I'm just as unsure. Its really convenient for me, only c 30mins drive away, and not too big a field (which I like).
I knew there were some hills and that part is along a disused railway with packed sand surface. The railway surface is fine, a few puddles at the moment, but should be OK in April, but the hills... I hate hills and they really slow me down, and I'm worried that if I work hard up them they will take too much out of me for the rest of the course; They actually only add up to about 70m on each of two laps, and most of that is one quite steep hill, and several long but not too steep drags.
Now the question is, do I:- a) enter anyhow, but accept that it will be 5-10mins slower than I might run on a flat courseb) enter and spent the next 14 weeks working really hard on hill repsc) enter a different marathon eg Lochaber (long journey); Halstead (ditto) (can anyone eg PH tell me how these two compare on course profile with Stratford); Prague or Hamburg or Copenhagen (I don't really want to make a long w/e of a marathon this spring as I'm already going to the Algarve for warm weather training a month earllier)
What: Long session yesterday, at last !
Well run to Dubai Dave, RFJ, Hipps, tinebeest, Mike and anybody else that I've missed...
Have a proper read back now to catch up.
Mava - Hope your Mum has a wonderful 80th.
Dubai Dave - love the new target.
RFJ - 10k 38.25 - great stuff - nice PB guess you are one happy boy.
Stickless - sorry to hear things aren't doing what they are supposed to.
Podro - 1.26 half - good run - sorry to hear Mrs Podro was having problems.
Mike S. - congrats on bettering your target.
PH - another sub 2 and a pb - good one. Maybe your body must like only having to go half the distance sometimes.
Pammie - you are just stacking in those miles - well done.
tinebeest - congrats on your huge 10 mile pb - you sound over the moon.
Gobi - can't be bad - 4th and 56.03 in the middle of a long run!!
TMR - nice 20 miler - a) enter now and enjoy - being close to home must be a huge benefit.
What: Ernie Haskill 3000m and 800m. Woke up feeling tired and thought I'd just go back to sleep. Then I changed my mind - told myself not to be so lazy. The 3000m wasn't too bad until I thought I'd try to pick up the pace on the last 200m, silly old girl, felt like I was going to vomit. The body is only used to easy running - must have thought what are you trying to do to me!! Then the wait for the 800m - thought only 2 laps - can't be that bad. Had a bit of a coughing fit afterwards, and went home and took the gkids to the beach. Not sure of my times - but nothing to write home about. Usual 60 year old woman was in front of me in both races!! The point of these races is to see who gets the highest age-grading over a series of 3 meetings. After the first meeting she was 81.32% and I was 80.59% so unless I somehow find a new boost to my speed - she will win the trophy. I really just turn up to keep her honest, and I think she appreciates that
Good running everyone.