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I’m looking forward to read the National reports.
I ran 35 miles ultra-training training today in just over 5
hours. It was tough with the b2b marathons still in my legs from last weekend. I
did manage a few miles a tad quicker running a 22 minute Parkrun after 21
miles. So it was a perfect session for my next three races which are all
Are there recognised dreaded sessions for P&D?
Only the final one (11K tempo compared to an initial 6K tempo) which comes towards the end of the peak mileage week! Agreed, they are generally fun.
Leslie H said:As for dreaded P%D sessions 20 with 14 a mp is right up there for me !!!
Indeed! But if you run the MP sessions as part of the race they're a lot easier!
Well done on respectable finishes at the Nationals Lorenzo, Gerard and OO. It almost sounds fun! Good to see you've recovered enough for a 15 mile LR today, Lorenzo.
A good session Birch.
Keep on building the miles Leslie. Any targets on the horizon?
Not as cold as I feared this morning although still a strong wind. 22 miles in 2:47, with the last 5 miles at 7:16 m/m. Had planned a time on feet easy run but found it difficult to resist a progressive build up over the second half.
77 miles for the week and only 7 weeks to Brighton. The endurance is looking pretty solid (20, 20, 21 and 22 long runs so far). So a 3-week taper and the next 4 weeks to focus on building the speed.
Yes I was well beaten by you 2 guys in the smackdown at the Nationals. I started slow with a first mile over 9 mins with the hold ups. I had short spikes and found it very wobbly in the muddy sections- just slowed to avoid a Gerard style fall. I felt comfortable the whole way round and really enjoyed it- but the result shows how rubbish I am at XC. As said great to meet you guys and glad you both ran well. Hope you enjoyed a night in the bright lights Gerard and got home safely.
I was fit enough for a 17 mile plod this morning, bringing up a 60 mile week.
I ran from Greenwich to Victoria Park in East London Lorenzo. Of course you'd know if you ever looked on Strava these days and posted your runs It was pathetically slow one but still worth it. Legs are good this evening so I'll probably be back out tomorrow.
Great result for Poachette there- absolutely fab!
Gerard hope there's a photo of you face down in the mud
Well done on the xc all and good pics.
Well done on the 82nd mara, Poacher and the ultra, Badbark.
I guess that is the runners mentality, Poacher. I always said once I could get below 40 minutes consistently for 10k I would be happy. Whilst I do still get a sense of satisfaction from being able to routinely do it, I am far from happy with just stopping at that.
Good running everyone else.
I wonder how Nicko got on in Brighton. A few people I saw who run it posted about a crippling headwind for last 3.5 miles. Though as its an out and back, I guess there must have been a benefit also.
A very comfortable 15 yesterday at 7.54mm gave me my 60 for the week which is my highest ever now. I am 11 miles short of my highest ever monthly total as well of 193, but more importantly I am eyeing up 200. Given February is obviously 3 days short, I would be very happy to get to either my highest ever month total or 200. I can then taper back for Bath half.
SBD - that's a great tempo run in my books. Good fast finish LSR too. Your training is really solid.Leslie - onwards and upwards still though.Birch - nice MLR with intervals.Badbark - impressive ultra training.Lorenzo - cracking effort - doesn't sound at all appealing to me!GM - ditto - well done on surviving and coming home first in the smackdown.OO - keeping upright sounds like quite an achievement in those conditions. Well done too.GD - good long run.Like the photos guys.Poacher - a tough day for a mara. Only 18 more for the ton!RunningGas - good week of training chalked up.Nick / Southwark runner- excellent racing in those conditions. Don't be disappointed, especially with a 3 min PB, Nick!Mrs GD was ill this weekend and I had to ditch plans for a run on Saturday morning. But I did get an extra 2 miles in on Friday afternoon with an easy run to the GP surgery for some jabs. Sunday morning was busy, so just time for 4 progressive miles to make 60 for the week. And this morning, I did 10 miles including the pyramid strides session again.
Birch - That was some run by your boy. How on earth he can run almost 6mm dead on that course is just beyond me. You must have been very proud. One of our runners who has slightly quicker pb's than your boy was a further 5 mins back. Is he very strong on the country? I wish I was better at it.
swr/Nicko - Two very good performances in the conditions. Nothing worse than running into a headwind for the last miles in a race. Well done both.
Gul - I hope Mrs GD is ok now? 60 is still big miles in my book. I did a grand total of 14.9 last week.
DT - Things are looking good.
SBD - Fine running and also looking very positive.
Back on the road today. 5k on lunch along the prom in the sunshine and 30mph wind!! @ 6:55mm.