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Nice weekend racing, OO.
Nicko, is that the same issue that was troubling you when you first started posting here last January?
SBD- I just pop my headtorch on and hit the lanes regardless of lights etc.
Still smashing some great miles out there, Gul!
Birch, nice 12. How big is that Percy Pud race to attract someone like that?
Saturday was my usual spin and bodypump combo then 4 painful hungover miles yesterday. It was my wifes birthday Friday and Saturday night we went to some 80s party event.
Racing Sunday, so a reduced schedule this week.
Onegear- That sounds like a cracking few years you had there mind to start from scratch at 49 and still get into sub 3 shape in 50s!
Gul, my quite expensive garmin has all these functions for everyday use inc sleep tracking, stress and rhr and in fact looks quite unsporty. However I keep it purely for running just to keep it in good shape. I have a basic fitbit charge HR for daily stats.
My race is the annual Christmas pudding 10 miler. It my only attempt each year at the distance but fell victim to the snow last December. It was then re-run in early January but I was injured. My pb is 63.24 so 6.20mm pace. I've not run sub 6.20mm pace in a race longer than 10k so I am hoping it'll happen Sunday.
Nice pics Birch. I can see the attraction for her then.
Fairly big session over lunch - 2k at 10kp (90) 1k at 5kp (3 mins) Repeat (3m) Repeat. The 10k efforts came out 6.10-6.15 pace and felt quite solid and controlled. The 5k efforts were about 6mm and took me into that discomfort zone I don't like!!
If I told you I’d run a marathon today 38 minutes slower than my recent
PB, you’d probably think it was an easy jog. However, nothing could be further
from the truth. I completed the EAMS Santa Marathon in 3:25 and struggled
I haven’t had a proper rest for months and it’s really catching up with
me. Setting a goal of running over 3650 miles this year (10 miles daily
average), has turned out to be much harder than I expected. It was fine until
Berlin but I’ve really struggled recently, without any ‘A’ races to train for.
Today’s weather was awful with strong winds and rain on an exposed
coastal course. It was out and back route 6 ½ times with the wind in our face
coming back. My goal was to run sub 3:15 but found 7:20 to 7:30 pace tough
early on. I felt tightness in my abs, hips and glutes.
I reached half way in 1:38 but was struggling to maintain pace. I
decided to ditch the sub 3:15 attempt and just try to get to the end. My pace
continued to decrease as the miles went on and I was feeling miserable. I just
about managed to run the whole way despite really wanted to walk late on.
I was so glad when I finally finished. This was much harder than most of
my sub 3s! I was soaked to my skin, freezing and feeling weak as a kitten.
On reflection I’m very proud of today, as it was bloody tough. I was
awarded my 75th marathon medal before the race, after achieving this
milestone a few weeks ago. So that’s 76 now completed. with two more before the
end of the year. Then, I’ll finally take a well-earned rest!
I had the notification for them as well today. I've got a pretty fresh pair that I wore in Yorkshire that I have put back in the box for London. I'll get another pair on the next release.
They are a great shoe. Not sure if you have tried a pair on before? The minute you put them on your feet and move in them you realise they are different to anything you have ever worn.
Take it easy, Gul! Chasing miles is great to an extent but not if that pursuit costs you.
Crikey, that sounds like a rough day, Badbark!!
8 miles hilly mlr yesterday. Easing back now for Sunday. Wind forecast now upto 15mph.....
Badbark - whatever the result, another marathon ticked off the list in a time most will never achieve - and just casually on a weekday! Congrats, and let's see a picture of your shiny 75 medal!
I’m also surprised there are so many midweek maras over your way. I rarely see mid week races above 10k here.
13th Half Marathon Day - Castle - Sunday.
14th Valentine's Day - Loughshore - Thursday.
3rd EAMS - EOI - V36 - Sunday.
16th Stormathon - Loughshore - Saturday
17th St Patrick's - Loughshore - Sunday
6th FATLAD - Woodburn - Saturday
28th Not London - Castle - Sunday
4th Belfast B2B - TBC - Saturday
18th FATLAD - Woodburn - Saturday
25th PWC - Stormont - Saturday
8th FATLAD - Woodburn - Saturday
4th Independence Day - Castle - Thursday
10th FATLAD - Woodburn- Saturday
17th or 18th Ultimate Knockagh - Knockagh
7th FATLAD - Woodburn - Saturday
22nd EAMS EOI-V36 Sunday
12th FATLAD - Woodburn - Saturday
26th Dublin B2B - Loughshore Saturday
3rd Halloween - V36 - Sunday
21st FATLAD washup - TBC - Thursday
22nd FATLAD washup TBC - Friday
4th Santa Run - Loughshore - Wednesday
20th Black Eye - TBC - Friday
30th NYB2B - Castle - Monday
31st NYB2B - TBC - Tuesday.
Remember these dates and venues are a guide for now. All events will be subject to Parade Commission and relevant local authorities granting permission.
Gul – That’s a great session and show’s your still in 3 to 3:15 marathon
GD – Well done on the tough track session. I believe the ones you don’t
quite hit your target are more beneficial in the long run. It show’s you were
working hard throughout.
OO – Good luck in the XC and enjoy the party!
Thanks for the positive beard comments!
I ran 18 miles today including a 19:04 Parkrun. I wasn’t flat out, so
very happy with that after Wednesday’s marathon and a few drinks last night.
I bought a new Garmin chest strap and I like all the new average stats from today's run.
Cadence – 172 spm
Stride length – 1.19 m
Vertical Ratio – 8.7%
Ground Contact Time balance – 50.5\49.5%
Vertical oscillation – 10.5 cm
Ground contact time – 228 ms
The most interesting stat was the GCT balance, which looking at a graph
shows that I favour my right the faster I run. It was about 51/49% at a 8 m/m
pace throughout, but 48/52% during the Parkrun.