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Bus, nope, Frankfurt. 27th October. There will be cheerleaders. No cheerleaders at Abingdon.
The Marc Almond reference does work a bit, but I can't see him doing any fell running.
BBB, nicely done at the masters championships. Shame so many people left you in the lurch, but nowt you can do about that. 800 certainly faster than my last one! Nope, no Watford this year. Marathon training means racing sparingly, and I can do particular justice to any 3000s or lower at the moment. I will be doing a 10,000 the Sunday before as well.
Can't believe we're getting tons of pictures of bald men and 80s synth pop stars, and Simon can't even be arsed to take a sly photo of Kelly Sotherton.
Were you eating crisps before or after your race Simon? Or was it during, and was the reason for the slowdown?
Tough session Stevie W, and nicely nailed.
Sounds nasty with the bloody piss (or pissy blood) Muddy, hope it turns out to be nothing to worry about. But cross country?! In August?! Hope you can pull it together for the marathon.
Track session last night was a tempo mile (which we now do as a precursor to all our sessions), then 6 miles alternating 800 at around 10K pace and 800 around marathon pace. Targets were 2:32/2:50 and wasn't too far off those, and even chucked in the final lap to make it up to 10K in 33:37. Done faster as a solo track session, but with the uneven pace I think that's decent.
Good thing with track sessions now is that, whereas I used to be running on my own even when there were 200 odd people there, now we have a good group of 10 or so guys all training together and pulling each other along. It will do our relay teams no end of good. Nature of last night's session was that it was solo, but good to have the group to fall back on.
Yes agree about the photos, should have tried one with Sothers. I wonder if I can dig out the old one with Jo Fenn..she's great too.
Muddy - well done to get it checked, agree with SG that once perhaps only if you are a runner, I think it's all that impact on hard surfaces that does it. I've had an issue years ago with the red stuff - suffice to say both times were after a hard xc race after drinking the night before and therefore taking Anadin extra on the morning of the race. it happened twice in the same circumstances.
So I don't do that anymore! (and gladly it's never happened again).
SG - Don't be like the 'experience gang'
Will keep an eye out on our club sessions, but I think I always know deep down I need to get back in the targeted tempo habit.
But looking back at the Moz training to start blocks off aiming at good performances between 5m - half, without doubt the 6 - 6.5mile MP/Threshold session is the key.
I used to do loads - I haven't done loads these last 2 years. Need to sort that.
Bus - i'll probably start disguising it instead, and piss about with more events like Endure, or odd distances, places etc
Let's give it a real smash for the next 2 years til the V status though.
Old days in Wycombe was either a rampage across town, or round a 0.9mile loop. Looking back, both had their minor risks. The former, roads to cross, the latter, drives round a loop that also had a petrol station on it. The latter was better though. The just short of a mile loop mentally split things up, as did the slight up and down. Instead of being super aware of how far to go, the laps just progressed, and before you knew it you were starting to dare I say enjoy it, which didn't really happen on the across town ones.
You certainly knew about it when trying to up the pace to HMP or Tempo (5sec a mile quicker than HMP) though!
Slough - people suggest the Jubilee River, but it's often windy, and a bit gravelly underfoot, and also isn't great to do much of a loop. There's Dorney Lake where one lap is 3miles, so could be a contender, but again maybe windy quite often, and also is no man's land in between work and home.
Could try Upton Court park, but it'd take 4 laps to get a 6 mile shift in, which with the bit of a climb up a grassy bank at the start, plus plenty of grass all in, could feel a bit of a shift - safe though!
There's also a pretty flat safe loop right next to my work, but not sure it'd be more than about 0.75m, so not sure If I could handle storming round that 8 times
The track is dull, but safe, and although it comes out slightly quicker than a road would, I'm not certain that's a bad thing - you're still getting the pace in. Perhaps when I mix up with 6-8 mile steady runs in the mid to 3/4 6s, those can be on the Slough routes to give some balance.
I know a local nutter who does 10mile tempos round a track distance, but not on a track! Just round a little cul de sac! That surely has to be the worst of all worlds
Looking forward to some diagonals tomorrow - footy pitch job.
There's a pitch 2miles from work, so 4miles there and back, with 15mins diagnoalling, that's a tidy 6.5m or so.
Hopefully hit a 63-64mile week, which is a good intro back towards top end.
Next week I'll make sure I get a good length Threshold run in, perhaps starting with 6.10-15 sort of pace in mind, rather than thinking I'm going to step back in at 6s!, and then either a hills, or 6-8m steady in, as well as a 10mile midweeker, and 14 long.
Glad to see what felt like the heaviest cold in history last night, has turned to nothing in one sleep! Must have triggered some light allergy or something!
MH - Yes goes to show what a bad 5,000m can do to you 3,000m on the track - good luck. Nice and flat for a change! I remember seeing loads of folk running like the 118 adverts, just on normal sunday runs - bizarre looking back.
Just short commute tonight as I didn't get back from London until 12.30am. Over the track tomorrow early doors then off to Brum again to see the mighty Cherries take on Villa.
SG - Yes that would be nice, going to be a tough match though - the midfield is where the biggest battle will be.
Forgot to say Mr Moraghan was at the MK 5,000M - Didn't get a chance to chat though.
Dachs - Forgot to say bout the crisps, that was my recovery. Few sort of American hard gums straight after, then the crisps. Felt awesome in the warm down!
I suppose it depends how well trained you are what the gap is between your HMP and MP.
I certainly never classed what I was running as a "MP" as what I'd actually do in a marathon, it was simply HMP +whatever.
But you strike me as pretty well trained, and not one of these people who have a massive gap between HMP and MP, so 10miles quicker than MP target is a superb run!