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That race where the guy went over. Why wasn't everyone going the same way?
It was Maidenhead 10 from a few days ago Ric; it's always like that as there is a monument/statue in the middle of the mini roundabout just after the start and you can go either way round. Best is to start on the inside and go round on inside but lots don't appreciate that. Some start middle or wide then try to go inside route cutting across and then the problems occur. IMO the srart is dim as they could easily adjust the course to have an extra bit in the business park then avoid that chaotic start.
In 2006, he was literally A mile ahead! Ridiculous quality. I just can't imagine being that good you can turn up pretty much any class of race in the country and be a contender outright.
Odd week this week then, 2 drives up to Manchester, one up and back on the same day - but also the week off work.
Quads still felt a little bit on the 8 this morn, so most likely will do a pair of easy runs tomorrow, rather than the club sesh in the evening, which would involve 2x40min drives.
Therefore will probably do a 5k paced session as a single on Wed, and then drive up north. Little pootle on the Thursday as soon as I get back, and most likely the week's long run on Friday - with Wycombe away at Wimbledon sat, and up and back to Manc on Sunday
Sunday looks the most sensible rest day, but Thursday at a gentle 4 will be easy.
I had looked at the most insane plan of staying up there in between games, but the racing plan got carried away to - Salford Quays 5k Thur, Chester 5k Friday, Blackpool 5k Saturday, and Morecambe 5k Sunday.
But I realised the amount of driving, hanging about and cost involved, plus basically most likely putting in 4 x sub paced efforts made the whole thing absolutely ridiculous - plus it would have taken about 13 posts to write up
Good running all - PeteM and Muddy with the Parkrun, SG with a tidy, steady 10, Jools with the fell race.
I too was in Dorset, down in Poole visiting the folks for Easter, with lots of beach hut time and ice creams - and paddling in the very cold water. A bit better than that 800m in a hailstorm I did last week! Running wise..
Weds - dropped off at Mecca (Vitality stadium) and ran to my folks house via the beach. Really misty - was weird when I got to the top of the cliffs and how warm the mist was coming up and over the top! Not often you are between the piers and can't see either of them. About 6 miles all in.
Thurs - Ran 6 miles to Canford school and did 10 x 400 barefoot on the lovely wet manicured grass. Somehow after 9 reps managed to take the skin off the bottom of both big toes. Did the last rep, in pain, obviously. Averaged 70's weird barefoot.
Friday - Long run in the heat, tortuous. 11 miles or so
Saturday - Bmth parkrun, 2nd in 16.21, felt quite good as there are a couple of hills and twisty bits on each lap.
Sunday - sod all.
Yesterday - Langmay trophy, back home in LB. Back first in 30.45 - for 5.6 miles or so, about 34 for a 10k. started steady, so things starting to get there I think.
Reg - think I need to start my no cakes, biscuits or sweets diet again too.
Brilliant parkrun there Muddy and augurs well for VLM. What's your target there?
Muddy, I need to take you out on the town, as I'd look like a fun guy in comparison
Best of luck though
Just getting to Staines will be a success Ric. Will that be your first race since the one there 2 years ago? Or was there some Metros thing in there too, a relay maybe? Sort of have half a memory, but maybe not?
Anyway, as i'm on a lazy week off, there was no way I was doing my usual up at 6 for getting going to the track for 7. After all, it's unlikely any school will be there, so awkward is the track to book, and it only being April.
Therefore, got to the track, bloody school on there!
Just to make it even sillier, they're standing on the straight, chucking javelins about!
Buggered out of dodge quick smart, and decided I'd do a similar session next to a local park, on a lovely straight road. Next to a main road, but still lovely.
Figured that if I did the original 8x600 (or maybe 2mins), i'd run out of road, and have to run across some road entrances, or into some rough, so trimmed it to 1.30s, but 10.
Therefore, 10x1.30, off 1.30.
Had a blast, didn't feel "That" fast, but pleased to see all of them under 5.20, bar 1, which was 5.21. A couple of outliers at the faster end while i got my bearings.
As the original session was 8x600,2x400x2x400, I thought i'd add a bit of extra on the end, so added 4x30secs hard - all nicely under 5 pace.
Romeo Dunn - so bath, eat, and off to United, for a most bizarre premise, where a win would help us, but a loss would stop the most hated rivals win the league. What a carry on!
See if i can better my record of 3 goals for United in 8 games this season!!!
X post - missed that Bus.
Sounds an impressive body of work there. Looks like a period of recovery -no parkruns or insane hilly routes for a bit, and stick to a bit of walking, and gentle flat stuff, and start from there?
Think the short answer is your target is about 2'45 then isn't it Muddy🤔
Wondered where you were JB. I thought you normally savoured the race reports
Will check yours in a bit. Unusual by your standards that little bit of flouncing. Doesn't look "that much" of a meltdown either to be honest. Never knock a pb, as you never know what circumstances will come up! I'm sure that's Moz wisdom from years back.
While you have a good chance of 2.40-2.45, be careful with too sharp a start! Especially if you've had an awkward week illness wise.
Bus is spot on with his take of Phil's 20mile versus Marathon rating for Muddy.
For starters, it depends what level you've put into the 20. Secondly, it depends on your other times relative to it. Muddy's half was well above yours at the time of your 2.50 Phil, and I'd say your 2.50 was paced perfectly that day.
If Muddy gets the right weather, and puts the shift he's capable of, there's no reason he can't kiss that top end. (erm, so to speak )
4.5miler for me, after a drive back from the North.
A new record for me, 3 United games in a row without seeing them score! That's also (if I may add the Arsenal away game in too for giggles), a mere 3 goals In 9 games!
I only need to see a third of a goal to match that!
With another United game Sunday, and Wimbledon v Wycombe away Saturday, I'll do my LSR tomorrow, and try and get it all into a 50mile week. That works as a post Maidy "recovery" week, had a session and will have a long un, and it's not often I'll go to 3 footy games needing a fair drive in the same week - so it's fine.
Bus - Jools -heal up - need to keep all the supportive lads fit and in form, as otherwise, the threat of this site finally dying - and having to move this elsewhere may become a real thing...was chatting with Curly who used to be a big poster on the Middle Ground thread (and here sometimes) about such a thing.
I know other well numbered posters such as Barnsley Runner and his wife Dawn have found similar, and moved to a FB group.
Wouldn't work for the race reports as such I guess. Did have the website blog for a while - but here is better.
Thought there was a chance I was going to join the walking wounded this morning. Tripped over a tree root in the woods and down I went. I have to say, I dealt with the fall with a fair amount of skill.Not a scratch or even shaken up. Good job I've done all that upper body strength work.
Ric - you were saved as you've basically beefed your upper body up to Arnie levels, so just bounced off the floor? That sort of thing?
A trip in the woods is very easily done - and often very easily an ankle turn or worse.
I know 3 Dashers who have currently done similar - ranging from trips to landing awks.
I've a few times landed on the side of my foot and thought that was close. Did do my ankle ligaments over a decade ago now - in football. One of these very nominal little contacts, but such a serious injury out of it.
Certainly don't miss playing football these days. I never wanted to be one of those players whose pace and fitness has long gone, who take to the pitch 3-4 stone heavier than everyone else, covered in strappings. But it's that injury risk I couldn't face now.
Once you lose that "invincibility" thing as a footballer, you're half way finished I think.