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KR and Jane - gutted for you.
Welcome Upsy Daisy - congrats and hope it goes well.
Welcome too to seren nos.
Jools - hope you're feeling better soon.
Ant - good luck with the race.
It sounds like I'm one of the privileged few with no snow at the moment; very cold but no problems with running on the roads at the moment. 12 miles for me early this morning. Target was miles 1-4 @ MP+30%, 5-8 @MP+20%, 9-12 @MP+10%. Actual paces were MP+23%, MP+14% and MP+6%. Feeling very chuffed as I've also finished my sermon early, so I might even go out for a short recovery run in the morning
Another one here who used the RW 3:15 schedule with success two years ago. If you're wondering why I'm still here then, it's because I took a year off marathons, can you believe it!
Planned 16 outdoors yesterday came to nothing - blizzard, and then the gym shut just as I got there for a replacement treadie version, which I was dreading. And today I come down with a cold. Oh yes do I feel sorry for myself! Well done to everyone managing their runs in bad conditions, or indoors.
Welcome Upsy and seren.
Doesn't sound good luna man - speedy recovery.
Very jealous of the run GD - nice progressive pacing there. Hope the sermon went down well.
Lots of snow deposited here yesterday so a bit of sledging R&R yesterday afternoon. Not so good for today's planned 17 mile LSR. Went for the early morning road option. A bit nippy to say the least and the roads were covered in frozen slush with very little traction. So hard work but managed to get through 16 miles in 2:24 and no I'm not going to work out how slow that was All character building stuff and very atmospheric. Only came across 8 moving cars during the whole run.
Welcome seren nos!
Well done to everyone who managed to get the miles in despite the weather.
I managed another 6 miles this morning and added to the 18 yesterday brings my yearly total to 1,987. I’ve had a goal of running 2010 miles in 2010 which barring disaster should be reached with a few days to spare!
Definitely energy sapping out there this morning, but as MsE says it must be doing the muscles some good. Certainly good for mental strength, but most important the endorphins really get flowing.
Managed to get out just after 6 this morning and was out for just over 3 and a half hours to get a 23 miler in the bag. Nice to see a deer leaping across the path on a couple of occasions. Clearly the average pace (9:20) was nothing to shout about but it was about time on feet and apart from not really being able to speak when I got in due to the cold, I feel pretty good about it.
MsE wrote (see)
"up at a party drinking cocktails and watching me sing karaoke"
So come on - spill the beans. What's your signature tune?!! I'll tend to go for American Pie as long as the words are provided but I think that's just an excuse to hog the mike for a long time. No words available means I have to fall back on Wild Rover, Fields of Athenry and Jerusalem!
On the subject of singing, I had an enjoyable train journey back home on Wednesday last week in the company of various members of a local choir who'd been up carol singing in Trafalgar Square but had lost their conductor on the way back home. Very amusing to listen to all the phone calls that were taking place but once that was over and the train was delayed because someone had thrown a shopping trolley on the line (why?!), then I got into the Xmas spirit with what I thought was a pretty decent rendition of "In the Bleak Midwinter" to keep the rest of the carriage amused.
All good fun, though I did have that and "Good King Wenceslas" (plenty of deep and crisp and even snow lying all around!) continually going round my head while I was out this morning.
Hope Lunaman and anyone else with the sniffles gets better quickly. How are you feeling Jools?
11 treadmill miles for me this morning @7:45. Boring as hell but miles in the bank now. Will have to learn to love the treadmill this week it seems!
Could anyone tell me what the SuperSix thing you're all talking about is?!
Ormeski - have a look on the RW website front page. I think there's a link to it.
6 lucky people not only get entry to a spring marathon (Paris this time around but was London for the last few years) but also the benefit of a professional trainer and loads of goodies. In return they have to post what they've been up and get a whole load of questions / comments / advice for all us onlookers.
We've got a number of ex-Super Sixes on this thread so you're in famous company (NB: I'm not one of them!)
Lorenzo, very impresive again, well done in these conditions.
Lunaman, hope the colds not too bad, get well soon!
Well club handicap race was a no go today with the snow, decided to go out at 9.00 this morning try and do as much on the road as possible, hoping roads would be a better option...got a bit too dangerous... why dont drivers give a little bit more room when thy pass? plenty of room...oh well diferent route was called for and with the snow harder. Long story short 17 miles done 14 in the snow, legs knackered at the end but job done!!! 2h 15mins.
pub lunch soon one or two drinks too....
Good luck everyone on their training this week!
See Amid the Winter Snow...people are still running! I really admire you lot.
Minni wrote (see)
I found the route long.
Los 8 kms de Castrillón
This race goes from the town of Piedras Blancas along the coast to the seaside resort of Salinas and back again, and has now reached its 18th edition. I last did it in 2005, when 475 finished. This year there were a staggering 1,125, making it by far the biggest race in Asturias in terms of participation.
Having shown the necessary documentation as Johnny Foreigner, I got the race number and chip in good time and was able to change and warm-up for a good while in bright sunshine, and not the biting cold I'd expected.
As the 5 o'clock gun approached I got into position but was still a way back from the start. When we set off there was all manner of pushing and jostling; despite this I still managed to get to the first km in 3:48. The second km is downhill, so while you can peg it along, at the back of your mind you know you've got to come back up it towards the end of the race. Anyway, this was a quickie, 3:41, and trying not to go all-out too soon. Lots of people cheering on as we went through a tunnel and emerged on the seafront of Salinas, but by this point I was working hard and not enjoying myself a great deal. I was desperately trying to hold onto the pace, and it hurt, to be honest, but hey - only 5, then 4 then 3 kms to go, and kms in 3:49, 3:52 and 3:52 were in the bag for a 5k of 19:04 (can I have that as a PB?).
We then turned back towards Piedras Blancas again and the road is definitely uphill, and it was not just my imagination. I really had to grit my teeth and push on but the terrain told in the kms of 3:55 and 4:00 before we got onto the final stretch, a long, long straight road with the town there in the distance waiting for you. I was going through a very private agony by now with my HR up to 165bpm.
I thought the finish was on this road but i couldn't see it. I then realised there was a right turn to negotiate, and imagined the finish would be right there as my Garmin told me the 8kms were just about up, so I put on a bit of a spurt and overtook three runners. Imagine, if you will, my horror as I went round the corner to see the finish was still 500m away...still, no holding back now and I belted down to the best of my ability and veritably charged through the arches to the finish, in 32:15.
What I didn't know was, despite the race's name, it is not 8kms any more - they had to change the route and it's now 8.480m (5.27m) officially, which my Garmin concurs with. So I'm very happy with my 32:15, as it works out at 3:48/km (6:06mm). 162nd place out of 1,125 finishers.
Nice goodie bag, and guess what colour the t-shirt is?
Drove home in 35 mins and had a long soak in a lovely hot bath with a beer. Oh, the decadence. Then went out to the works' Christmas dinner and managed to get roaring drunk, come home at 6:00 and get into all sorts of trouble with Mrs Ant . Forced to sleep in the spare room, but this morning she relented and let me out of the doghouse just before lunch. Phew!
I'm going to do a cheeky 7-8 miles later on, to see how my head is. Oh, and my legs...
Brilliant race Ant! No wonder you were looking forward to it. Really impressive pace. Err...orange t-shirt perchance?
Excellent miles being put in by loads of people, notably Lorenzo and BarryB. The dedication of the people on here is really inspirational, hence...
14.5 miles for me today, slipping and sliding on the snow and ice along the river front and round 2 parks. An absolutely beautiful day. Average 8:14mm and 133bpm. Many strange looks and whispered discussions from passers by.
Great race Ant - good to be reasurred there's some speed in those legs eh ! Glad you're back out of the doghouse
Nice long stuff from Lorenzo, Keir, Badbark,BandB and others
Snow back with aplomb here today so did a hilly treadmill 9 mile fartlek run - all a bit of fiddle. I never really like the lack of structure in fartlek and am never sure if I'm too easy or too hard on myself.
Eminem at karaoke Jane??!! Wicked
Great report Ant and great race also.
Very impressive long commited runs being carried out, especially given the conditions.
No running, nice restful day on the couch prior to cooking Sunday lunch for the family.
Lazy get Scooby I'm cooking a roast now too.
I reckon your button pushing fingers get as much of a workout as your legs in a fartlek on the treadie, Fraser.
Which Eminem song, Jane? I hopes it's one with loads of swearing?! Nice run btw and it really doesn't matter about the pace.
That's a great time Ant, well done, especially for holding out at the end when misjudging the finish line position!
If this sniffle stays in the head, I'm tempted to get out there tomorrow regardless, all this talk of running. At least I get quality time with the foam roller, mmmm.
Anyone planning their long run next weekend for Christmas Day?!