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That is a small but nice sounding parkrun, Pete. Good time as well - even more impressed now I realise your age. And brilliant work on the first place!
Enjoyed the photos, SG. Hadn’t realised what a festival vibe it seems to have. I’ve never been to a full on festival (sorry, Jools), but reckon this could be ideal. Some rapid laps there - very impressed they continued even well after the first couple. Bet it was good to scope the course a couple of times before the night shift. Impressed with the IT side of things as well. An unexpected, but I guess good, challenge that running faster than planned means less rest for your buddies! A deservedly epic report for a massive stint from you and your team. Absolutely great going and well done on the win!
Impressively fast 15M/three laps straight, Dachs.
Good luck with the move, Bus. And well organised on some lovely off road running routes on the doorstep!
Reg: ‘underwater breastroke/caterpillar dance’ 😆. Nice one on the track session today.
Seem to be in a rhythm of peaks and troughs with each training week. Whilst not ‘usual’ training plan-style, seems to be going ok.
After last week’s Wednesday race, headed out super early doors for a first 20M of the campaign. Lovely to run at sunrise and clocked a steady set of 7:30s on a pretty hilly route (290m ascent). A return to parkrun the following day, just taking it easy. That said, the new course is more scenic, but much more challenging - will be especially so with the buggy this week.
A quiet few days whilst away again, before a second BAC-style session yesterday. 3.5M jog to the track and back, with a planned session of 12 mins tempo, 5 x 2 mins hard, 12 mins tempo (2 min jog recoveries). Did some rough conversions for a tortoise like me and settled on 3k, 5 x 500m, 3k, all of 400 jogs. Completely different kind of session to recent times and really enjoyable. Held 6:30s (1:37 laps) for the tempo (track timing rather than the more generous GPS), then 5:58 (1:28-9 laps) for the hard and 6:30s again for the last chunk. All in, 14M at 6:58 on the watch, although this is probably slightly flattering. Wore the Adios, and my god did my calves know about it this morning!
3M super easy buggy shakeout early doors (9:40 pace or something ridiculous), then a further 7M again with buggy at lunch time at a more sensible 8:40s.
Definitely in the zone of getting in miles wherever possible, and it seems to be working. Trusting the process and seeing some incremental fitness gains.
Planning on another long one tomorrow morning with a couple of MP chunks, before a quieter weekend.
As it is my birthday month, I tried to use the Nike birthday discount to reduced a pair of NExt%2 - but got told they wren’t available for this as they were customised. Annoyed as can’t see anything else that I am actually willing to pay. What is the best value super-shoe others would recommend?
Yesterday a couple of mates & I ran the Welsh 3000s which starts on top of Snowdon then crosses the National Park summitting each of the 15 3,000’ peaks in about 26 miles. With the run up Snowdon & the descent from Foel Fras at the end it came to 34 miles & about 13,000’
Pete the paired relays sound fun.
That’s a ball ache, PMJ (and SG). No doubt you’ll find a route that works for you. A Strength Running ITB video helped me, as well as some painful massage then my glutes on a hockey ball.
Crib Goch looks a bit tasty in those conditions, Jools! Epic adventures as always.
Bus - I’d also recommend something with mapping features. I use it (within a running app) on the Apple Watch and it is so good when following a new route. Or even the breadcrumb path if wanting to retrace steps.
First married couple must be a rare feat, SC.
First 70M week in a long time, bolstered by a few very easy recovery doubles (some buggy, all 9m/m+), but also a second 20M of the campaign. Calves still very stiff at this point, and the entirety of the water cycle seemed to unleash itself upon me. So never going to be fast. 7:30 average even including 3 x 15 min steadier efforts. Definitely character building!
Easy weekend before kicking things off with a 7 this morn with strides and 3 up on the hill this afternoon. Lovely to get the expansive views.