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Off for a days walking today in preparation for a short trekking holiday at the end of the month. Need to make sure my boots are OK - last worn in January running down Kilimanjaro like a mad man.
Had a Good 20 mile LR this morning. Was gutted to see the time was 2:22:23 - for some reason this upsets me. Last 8 miles were at 6:42 pace and this felt reasonably good. I am however struggling with running on flat roads, I just seem to nod off and loose concentration. Before I know it the pace is falling off. I think I have grown addicted to chasing target paces on undulating and hilly runs.
13M this morning including Cambridge parkrun in 20.35. A little slower than I wanted, but then the warm-up was a little longer than I wanted and the legs were still tired from yesterday's 15M, so I'll take it. And ending up with 13M today means I can get away with 4M tomorrow and still hit 50M for the week
Off to a wedding this afternoon so some dancing as cross training this evening;)
I think that's a pretty impressive LSR, AR - I'd take it with both hands! If I'm on straight roads I often distract myself by counting to 100 (i.e. 400 strides). It makes me keep my cadence up so I theoretically don't lose speed.
Finally made it back on here after a couple of weeks away (without Internet access) and then it's been a busy week.
More impressive running from Speedy and OO, and some great training being put in by many others. I dread to think what was in the water at Windermere that made SJ go so doo-lally!
Hope you had a good time in Southport Ant - surely Portugal can't come close!
I had a fantastic 2 weeks in the Basque Region - we rented a cottage midway between Bilbao and San Sebastian and then found out when we arrived that the hamlet it was in was about a mile up a hill with (accoridng to the Garmin) about 150m of climb from top to bottom. Not huge amounts of fun at the end whether I was on 2 legs or 2 wheels (I took the bike out there) but becuase the scenery was so great and the roads were such good qulaity, especially for cycling, I managed to get in a dozen sessions of either running or on the bike.
The runs tended to be shorter (6 miles with 530m of climb) being the longest, but I managed to get about 150 miles in on the bike and it was brilliant!! Ant may also be able to vouch for it, but if you want great scenery, fantastic food and friendly people then the Basque Region takes some beating. Oh, and we were very lucky with the weather as well!
Back in Blighty and I've managed to get some miles in since I've been back; a coupel of short session then 50 miles to and from work yesterday on the bike and a 19 miler up to the top of Leith Hill this morning. Good prep for the Greensand Marathon at the end of October and perhaps a couple of duathlons this autumn as well.
Off to see the athletics at the Paralympics this afternoon, then again tomorrow morning follwed by the swimming. Having missed out on athletics at the Olympics Im dead excited about the prospect of being in the Olympic Stadium.
Can't help on the list I'm afraid SJ - where's Keir when you need him.
I can't remember when we last saw the list. But wasn't there a spreadsheet thingie...,
Nice one Speedy - can this be updated online?
Well done Speedy - I kept meaning to post that. Lorenzo you should be able to edit it.
Sounds like a cracking holiday Lorenzo- I lived in Spain for a couple of years and regret not exploring the Basque region. Nice steaks I seem to recall.
Sounds like a great time to me AR if you were on your own- no shame in that kind of speed ovr 20 miles.
Shake a leg Joolska
Have a great time AR - Petra is one (of many) places on my "I fancy going there" list.
OO - the final meal we had was a fantastic ox steak at this great cider house , but I can never get enough seafood or jamon serrano when I go to Spain. Team trip to Ant's place for the Asturias Marathon?! Which part of Spain did you live in?
Awesome day at the Paralympics yesterday - world records falling like dominos! Back there today for athletics in the morning, then swimming in the evening.
Good luck to anyone racing today.
DM - the early morning runs will definitely continue; just pounding the well-lit streets instead of dark country lanes AR - solid 20 miler; must have been tempting to log 2:22:22. SJ - hope your limbs feel fresher today for your LSR. Jools - nice parkrun and MLR. Lorenzo - welcome back. Holday sounds fab. Enjoy the paralympics. OOlg - good luck with the race today and that applies to anyone else racing too. Winner of King's Lynn parkrun finished in 20:03 yesterday so missed out there!
We're all different DM, but my intended marathon pace is also 7 min miles and I run my long runs at about 8.10s.
Finally nailed that ruddy sub 40 10k today. No idea of position but it was a big race with an elite field many 'Great Runs' would be jealous of. They were offering free entry and accommodation to those meeting the 'elite' criteria. I most certainly did not meet that criteria! (sub 36 for girls, sub 31 for chaps). I didn't want to risk another shit or bust like earlier this year when it ended with a 40.16 bust, so I didn't push *too* hard. Hard enough though in hot and humid conditions. 39.37 on the Garmin. Most people were complaining they were down on their expected times as well. More to come on a cooler day now that the psychological barrier is down.
Completed my 10 miler today in 60:08, a course PB and 5th on the all time list. It was an absolute scorcher but heat doesn't affect me as much as most. I should be devastated to miss the hour but I was always behind. This is a good time for this hilly course. Ran it fairly even paces, 30:20 at half way. My club got a vet team prize and I was 3rd home. All round very pleased with that.
Don't be too hard on yourself DM, that's great pace for solo running. Great sub 40 Speedy!
Great barrier breaking, Speedy, and excellent result too, OO . . . .