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Chick - nice one- the 2nd age place on a tough course says it all.... Definitely not shit! Like your prize too Don't expect I will get one . Any conclusions for Boston from the race?
Minni- if you can race VLM try to do it. As you know Edinburgh can get very hot so it's not an ideal fall back race
Chick - seriously stop beating yourself up - a muddy, off road half and you placed 2nd lady and 1st in your age group, you did well! A muddy off road route is never going to be comparable to an on road half....
And 2Old congrats on your first in age group, great to see the bling rolling in today!
Daren - well done , that's a v impressive time and congrats on the big PB.
2old - Very well done on the age group win. Happy days.
Chick - 1.36 in muddy conditions sounds like a quick time to me and 2nd lady and age group win shows how good it is. Well done. Double that plus a bit on the road in better conditions means a very good time marathon time.
Chick- kiwi is spot on. Only positive thinking from now on please. Some find their HM pace is not far off MP ,that's the way it is for me with HM pace and 10k pace. Looks like your MP is your pace today plus 5-10 seconds which looks faster than your actual target For Boston . Worth thinking about?
Kiwi- thanks though not sure if I get any bling ...would be nice...a family heirloom lol
Congratulations on your sub 1:30 HM's guys. I went out for my LSR today and it did pass my mind that it would have been a better day for the Alloa HM this week as opposed to last week when it was blowing a gale. But I suppose that is running for you ;0)
Hi Minni, Conditions were perfect at Edinburgh last year, the year before though it was baking. Hopefully you can get sorted for London....
Hi Chick, Free month gym membership, that is a good mornings work!
It was a lovely sunny morning and I quite enjoyed running down to Portobello and back. I live not far from the ski slope in Edinburgh at Fairmilehead, so it is a nice easy run down to Portobello and then a harder one back up. 18.5 miles achieved and the first cold bath of the campaign when I got back they do the job, but the first few minutes kill me!
Daren - a amazing time. What a PB! Looking good for a sub 3 marathon now... No pressure!
chick - sorry, but 2nd women On an off road, muddy half in 1:36 is amazing. You should really feel confident about Boston now. It's all about the effort.
Nell - sounds like a lovely run. What marathon are you training for?
2old - congrats on the cat win. Brilliant. You should get a prize for that...?
Col- 1.29 seems slower than 89mins
2Old / Col / Darren; top work guys
Chick: stop beating yourself up, 1st AG is 1st !
2 hours on the bike, half on , half off road, a hours walk with the family and then an hour of football with kids, shattered.
San Domenico 30km report:First of all note that the distsnce was reduced to 30km due to a large sink hole appearing on the route and a section had to left out. Actual race measured 18.75miles on most garmins. Anyway I was in for an automatic PB since I've never raced 30k
As we turned into the car park the heavens opened and sleet, hail and torrential rain was blown in on a strong NW wind - not a good omen! Knowing that the wheels were going to come off at some point I made the wise decision to simply jettison them at the start and save myself the frustration of seeing them blow off the hillside before my eyes. This is a small, low key race, almost exclusively made up of club runners and people training for a spring marathon - although to be honest it is not ideal, a few really pokey hills and a 3-4 mile off road section which was muddy, stoney and uneven. We started down the Taff Trail, at this point a tarmac cycle path, which gradually drops down the valley, with one evil 20%+ hill up. At around 6.5 miles you leave the cycle way and head up on the biggest hill of the route on a minor road. Certainly brought the pace down , but a nice descent made up for it.
Got to 10km in an average of slightly over 8mm but by 10 miles we were on the off road section and the average had dropped to 8.15mm - but still going well. Then the rough ground started to make my back hurt, we turned into the head wind and then the hail started After finally getting off the rough section we had to negotiate about a 100 steps up the far side of the valley to rejoin the Taff Trail, try as I might I had to walk that section so clocked a 10.08mm followed by a 9.23 as the route turned into the wind for the last 6 miles and up another hill.
Soon settled down a bit but was plodding by now as my back, glutes and hamstrings asked to be taken into care. Finally crossed the line in 2.42, avaerage pace 8.39mm and nice bottle of wine for first F55
BA wandered in just over 3 hours, so a lot slower than Bramley, but he seems OK
So no great expectation for VLM but has given me the confidence that with sufficient Ibuprofen I should be able to make it round
We even walked for an hour afterwards to ease the legs out........................
Sounds like Team Minni have had a good day of racing - especially the guys! Brilliant times everyone.
Simon / Minni / KFC: take it easy and make sure you are OK before you do too much
Chick: forget the time, its all about the cake with off-road races
AA: Hope you enjoyed the intervals.....................
Brief check in - just returned to Swindon from Warwick
A PB for me @ Warwick Half 2.06.41
Will read back later
Hi AA, I am training for Edinburgh, hence why my plan is so behind everyone else's. Just as I am getting into the high LSR mileage everyone is starting to taper which feels odd.... seems a shame not to run Edinburgh as it is on my doorstep and saves travelling or overnight stays etc... ;0) Although I think next year I may try another spring venue...
jeez daren - that is starting to verge into sub 3 marathon territory. Sub 3:15/3:10 must be pretty nailed on
well done to all the other racers.
I did my last 20 today and despite yesterday's hangover it went pretty well. Did it text book P&D with the last 5 miles @ 8:15. Taper town now - yay (mind you that still seems to involve 45 miles next week)
nell - don't blame you!
ant - I've gone a bit off piste with P&D in the last few weeks. Reckon ill aim for @35-40 next week! Happy tapering
Nell- you probably do need to cross the border sometime
Ant- disciplined 20. Daren is easily in 3.10 or lower territory IMO fwiw . 45 isn't too bad with a 17 mile LR
AA- like the idea of off piste P&D
pink- congrats on yourPB . Sub2 next time
Last week for me before taper coming up. 62 miles this week ,maybe a few less next week and my last 20.
2old - nice! and bling! Daren - smashing PB. I can only dream of going sub 90... one day...
Chick - does not sound shit to me. well done
Nice PB pink - looking forward to hearing more about the race
O4S - nice 30k PB! Glad you and BA both got round OK
Well done to your friend in her first HM kiwi - hope she enjoyed it!
simon - grinding noises don't sound good...
Thanks for the tips barry. I've already got my next marathon booked for August (Reykjavik) which I was going to jog, but as I'm not now expecting a good race in London I think that plan will change! For the one with BH am prob going to go for something fun and low key with friends, maybe off road rather than a fast one. We'll see.
Well done on the age group wins 2Old, O4S and Chick and the PB Pinklady
Sorry Kiwi, didn't mean to snub you! I tend to get very much in the zone when I run, although quite a painful zone by Ongar Road! I didn't spot my own dad when I ran VLM, so I wouldn't take it personally!
Just reading back a bit - Minni, sorry things aren't going to plan for you at the moment and hope you make the start line at VLM.
Thanks for all the congratulations guys and all the setting of marathon targets for me No idea what that will be yet - there's a long way to go so I'll see where I'm at in October.
Anyway, Brentwood HM report. Lovely event, pleasant countryside course - a bit undulating at times, but no real hills to speak of - and plenty of support along the way. A nice, cool day for it too - a bit breezy, but not too bad. So all good for a PB attempt and I must admit, I was feeling confident as training has been going well lately.
The first couple of miles are largely downhill so my splits of 6:13 and 6:20 weren't as kamikaze as they sound! Having found a nice rhythm, I started working my way through the runners who'd started a bit too fast, picking them off one at a time. The next five miles (undulating, and a bit more up than down) were 6:27, 6:40, 6:32, 6:28 and 6:30 and I went through halfway knowing the PB was on. Btw I went through 10k on my Garmin in about 40:10!
The next section was tough - a slight, but long uphill drag and also into the breeze too - 6:46 for mile 8 - but picked it back up with a 6:33. However, the dreaded stitch had been starting to rear its ugly head and was getting more and more painful. I decided the only option if I was going to finish without stopping was to ease off a little bit while pushing my hand into the bit that hurt and hope I could get it under control. That was my slowest mile (6:48) on a quicker bit of the course, but it seemed to do the job and the pain was easing.
My legs were getting tired by this point though and, having lost a bit of momentum due to the stitch, I just focused on keeping a nice steady pace up for the remaining few miles (6:42 - 6:39 - 6:41) and then picked it up to 6mm for the last bit as the crowd cheered us home (it was a great atmosphere at the finish!).
Very happy with that - particularly when I think that this time last year I hadn't run for 3 months and wasn't even sure I was going to take it up again. I do think I can go a bit faster too, as I think the stitch probably lost me 20-30 seconds. Now bring on the marathon!
Btw the first runner home for our club today did 1:19.
He runs twice a week - our club session and a 10-mile "long" run.
Some people make you sick!
Oh and forgot to say on my report - 60th out of 2,425
2old great result there for you congratulations Hope you enjoyed the well deserved glass of red
Brilliant Daren you must be so pleased
Chick still a good time & 2nd lady to boot well done
Nice one O4S
FRC I booked a place at Warwick when Wokingham was cancelled but then found the Eton Dorney HM which I ran. Next HM is Stratford Upon Avon - Barry has now decided to run it as well
Rest day for me today after yesterday. Happy with my time but would love to finish a HM in under the 2 hour mark.
Meant to say, devoted wife that I am, I chose a bottle off red wine as my prize despite the fact that I only drink white. BA thinks I must be having an affair...........
04S - San Domenico sounds very exotic, well done on the bling and a good confidence boost for VLM.
Daren - Good report and nice 10K split, when are you racing at 10K next, sub 40 must be a given. Shame about the stitch but you coped with it well. Congrats again.
Freemers - Very disciplined run, VLM will soon be here.
FRC - very tasty repeats and well raced on tired legs.
5 miles for me this morning, frosty but the sun was out so lovely conditions.
Excellent stuff, O4S I guess yesterday's course wouldn't have classified as off road in your book though. It was all woodland paths really. But if off road means great cake I may change from being a road runner Everything was home-made and truly delicious, especially the apple cake with honey-glazed pecan nuts. Yum!!Excellent repeats, FRC. Fab report, Daren. Oh yeah, that infamous mile 8 hill, I remember that one. The downhill start is great though. I love downhill starts Glad you managed to keep that stitch under control.Freemers: Nice one. Can't wait for my final 20 .... I have 2 more to go :-/2old: I know what you are saying. If I were to run a flat marathon like London or Hamburg I would probably give 3:15 a go because on the flat that pace feels very doable these days. But what with Boston and the hills I will be sensible and stick with sub 3:20. Given my back injury even a 3:20 would be a bit of a miracleI've also embraced yesterday's 1:36 as my post-injury HM PB