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Hard swimming session for me Friday evening as I had missed two so nice to get back into it. Training was mainly using paddles which wasn't easy.
Nice long run 2old. Barry definately is getting very frustrated with the pesky calf & Barcelona is getting closer!
I'm continuing on with the HM training plan. 10 miles for me this morning
Free - excellent
quick check in. 1:32. Felt like a real fail though. Just found it so bloody hard!
Freemers - well done, an awesome time!
A.A - well done to you too, I can but dream of a 1:32 half mara, that is a fantastic time!
Chick - I really admire your monster miles, how do you fit it all in? Another great long run from you!
Barry - sorry to hear your calf is still giving you grief, really hope it comes right before your marathon!
Pink - training going well for you.
Bro - fab race report, you have trained really hard and it is great to see you smash your p.b, well done!
Carrot - HOW did you bang out such a fast 10km on the mileage you are doing? Awesome stuff, looking really good for your spring marathon too!
Darren - still enjoying those faster intervals! I would definitely consider doing the Chelmsford marathon next year if it gets good reviews from this year. I guess mentally with doing 2 laps you will already know what to expect in the second half of the race.
2Old - fantastic 22 miles from you.
Simon - good to see your achilles likes the new shoes
Minni - are you really doing 20x1 miles?! Gosh, I get bored on a treadmill after anything longer than 1hr!
o4S - well done on equaling your time, fantastic too that your ladies team is in the lead!
Sorry if I missed anyone out, you guys don't half yarn during the week! So the fizz has given me the green light to run again Plan of attack is to keep up the cycling, get back into spin and build up to 3 jogs a week. Leaving the garmin at home (mainly because Mr Kiwi thinks it is his now!) but slow and easy will hopefully keep the knee injury free. Today did 1 1/2 hours on the mountain bike, through country lanes and bridal paths, completely mud splattered, was great
Kiwi - Glad to hear you've been given the all clear to run again, and that you're going to take it easy.
Free - Great time, and 2min improvement from last year.
AA - Brilliant time for your half, esp after your hip probs.
Carrot - wow that's a brilliant 10k pb. Very well done! How are you feeling today?
Freemers - you sound thrilled with today's 20 (and rightly so) so I'm thinking it all went well and you finished feeling strong? Sounds like you're in great shape.
AA - that's a brilliant HM time. Just a few months ago you couldn't run and you've not raced since. That indicates you're in fine form and you should be very pleased. I've read that the weather wasn't favourable?
Kiwi - thrilled for you. Just out of interest - have you considered that the spinning might be aggravating your knee? Just a thought.
Yesterday was XC for me. Really enjoyed it and felt like I had a very strong run. Today was a plodtastic 20.
EDIT: Freemers - sorry, just read your post on here - I'd read it elsewhere before. The last few miles is always tough but you were so much faster than last year. Do you have another 20m race coming up?
Brilliant run Freemer- a great confidence booster for the marathon.
AA, that's still a very good HM time and shows you're in good shape.
Carrot, congrats on the PB!
Kiwi, glad you're back with us!
Chick, I don't know how you manage that mileage. I've just completed my first ever 60-mile week and I'm knackered! Time-on-feet 22 today, about 7 of which was off-road and some it quite muddy, in just over 3 hours at an ave. 8:18mm. Was meant to be a 20 but the off-road detour was longer than expected and there was no quicker way home!
Daren - Nice 22m, just think only another half hour, and you would of finished a marathon, easy-peasy.
AA - that's far from a fail! You know when you're at full fitness with an injury free build up, you can go much quicker. I heard it was windy down there today which can't have helped. You're doing great, you really are.
Wow, well done today Free that's a very quick 20M!
Good news about the Achilles Simon, sounds like a bit of extra cushioning has helped. Well done on the long run. Do you get any bother from the shoulder when you're running?
Kiwi that's great that you can run again, it's probably for the best if Mr Kiwi has 'borrowed' the garmin for a little while, just ease back into it without worrying about how fast you're going. Fingers crossed this time round you'll not have any set backs
Parsnip said he saw you yesterday Minni, well done on the great running.
Go Daren! 60M weeks already. Are you sure you're not planning a secret spring marathon before your autumn comeback?
8M steady done this morning, legs felt better once running than they did when I got out of bed! As much as I love running, it's a lovely feeling getting up on a Sunday with only 8M to do
Stanley Park was lovely Barry, it would be ideal for a parkrun. Two hours on a bike is always impressive! Hope the calf feels OK after that.
Chick I like to hide behind the 'marathon training' veil with these shorter races, I would probably crack under the pressure if I ever tapered for a 10K. Well done on the hilly 22M! I think that's a good plan to swap some of the P&D interval sessions for some hill reps. I have every faith in you that it will all come together on the day
This thread is really smoking at the moment. Should be some more stonking times coming up in the marathons.
I managed to do my LT session eventually on Saturday morning - but only had time to do 6M rather than 7M @ 7:08 - close enough I reckon. And then my first 20M of the campaign on Sunday , did that at 8:35. So I suppose it is a coming together slowly and a rather unspectacularly.
And as for total mileage - I did a mere 176 in Feb - which may be low compared to you all here, but is my highest Feb marathon mileage (by only a couple of miles)
Ant - Well done on your 1st pacey 20.
Carot -Sometimes it aches after a couple of hours of running, so I have to rest it by my side. Still trying to rebuild the muscle strength, but getting there.
Well done Freemers
AA I wouldn't call that a fail. You shouldn't be disheartened. The time is still good. Well done
Kiwi good to see you training again
Carrot Brilliant PB. Stanley park is lovely, we used to go there a lot.
Rest day for me today
Freemers- you should feel really confident now. That's such a good confidence booster for sub 3:15
Reading Half - 1:32.42
i decided to run it with my garmin set to average pace only. Probably suicidal but I just wanted to run on feel. And god did I! I knew at 2 miles it just wasn't gonna be my day. It all just felt so hard. I think my total lack of racing experience in the last year hasn't helped. My time out didn't help. And the effing wind was a nightmare! it felt like I was going backwards from @5 miles!
6:41 6:43 7:02 6:45 6:34 6:46 7:10 7:23 7:14 7:05 7:23 7:30 7:19 (6:34) ave 7:02 pace. The last 3 miles we're into such a strong headwind. couple of hills in mile 3&8
disappointed as it's another knock to my confidence. felt like jacking the whole lot in yesterday. hey ho! 6 weeks today I hope I feel a lot better!
Kiwi - Good news.
AA - Try not to be too down about it, you've come back well from injury and there are some quick miles in those splits.
Freemers - Very strong 20 miler.
Carrot - Yeah keep looking out for a Blackpool Parkrun when we go up but not one yet. I know it can change but weather for Barcelona is looking a bit warm.
Chick/Ant/Minni/Daren - Well done on the long runs.
Simon/2old - Thanks for the advice but no reaction from calf during or after. It's a problem when leg is fully extended at end of stride just on toe off. Don't think I get it in that position during cycling, my bike has normal pedals so not sure if that makes any difference.
Barry - Glad to hear the calf is ok when your cycling. Yes no Parkrun in Blacpool. I think your nearest is Preston, about 17m away.
Free/AA - Nice race reports from you girls.
Freemers - great report. You'd expect the last few miles to feel quite hard at this stage? You're sounding very strong and focused with just (less than!) six weeks to go. Bring it on!
AA - I read that the wind was bad at Reading. I think you need to get yourself a 10k booked! Very well done yesterday - from bust to that is a matter of months is amazing.
Carrot - how long to go? You're on for a great marathon too. Did Parsnip enjoy the XC? I didn't think he looked like he was feeling the love when I saw him running but he was on lap three.
Sounds like you're ok Ant. Nice to get the first 20 under your belt.
((AA))- Considering everything you've been through with your injury and with tough conditions on the day I really don't think you should be disappointed. You also have a few more weeks of solid training ahead of you. It will come together.
Free- very speedy 20m. Impressive stuff!
Carrot- smoking 10k PB, many congrats. I am not looking forward to going back to 10k racing... sigh.
Kiwi- great news. Look forward to the come back!
I spent the weekend in Poland getting some admin sorted which was probably for the best as this way avoided temptation to run. 20min easy planned for after work and I must say I'm looking forward to it.
Excellent race report, Freemers. The last miles will always feel hard, especially on your own. Cash prizes are the best Good to hear Spoons is still alive AA: what the others said - 1:32 is a strong performance off a less than ideal build up and you shouldn't let it knock your confidence.Ant: excellent training there. I have the dreaded 7 miler @ LT scheduled for this week . Plan was to do a 15k race on Sunday but that would mean I'd have to do my 22 miler during the week and I'm a bit apprehensive of 2 22 milers within 5 days. It's also a 2 hour+ drive one-way to the race and it doesn't seem worth it. I would probably run a faster time in a race environment but it seems a little too much hassle.
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Hi guys, Chick, I don't know how you manage that mileage. I've just completed my first ever 60-mile week and I'm knackered! Time-on-feet 22 today, about 7 of which was off-road and some it quite muddy, in just over 3 hours at an ave. 8:18mm. Was meant to be a 20 but the off-road detour was longer than expected and there was no quicker way home!
Excellent running, Daren. You'll get used to the mileage I was knackered during my first year of P&D but then slowly got used to 60+ mile weeks
AA / Free / Carrot: times to die for in my book! The wind was a nightmare down here as well yesterday, although I was running so badly it made little difference. At least you should be sheltered in London, failing that there should be plenty of tall runners
Having run my heart out at the last XC with a respectable time and position, I finished with a niggly back and excruciatingly sore hamstring ( which I think stems from the back). Decided to bin the HM on Sunday and just do a slow 16 mile run. Slow doesn't even begin to describe it