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Yeah, it's better to burn out than fade away
What: Reading HM.Why: For funzies Last effort: I suspect today.Last rest: 27/2.
Run well all.
ZaTTu, Go well today and anyone else partaking
MM: looking at that photo, we can swap for a week no problems
What: Might have a splash in the pool at lunchtime, might notWhy: Rest day / tiredLast Hard: The weekendLast rest: 13.03
Good luck Zattu and Chickadeee!
Anyone else racing? If so - hope you have a good one.
MM - sorry to hear about your relative. You seem to have made a fantastic recovery from your ankle surgery. I'm no expert but I think that if you run in spikes when you're not used to them you risk upsetting your calves. If I'm ever in your neck of the woods I'm going to gatecrash lunch
NZC - sounds as though you've found your mojo!
M - sounds as though you needed that rest.Are you happy with your race Gobi? I guess the focus was always on the 100k next week so pace was likely to be a little down on usual?
What: LSR.Why: it's Sunday.Last hard: 5/3.Last rest: 11/3.
Lyrics - yes.
MM - wow, amazing recovery you've made. So sorry to hear about your relative. Cool lunch spot but I've had enough of snow this year and I'm enjoying early spring! I'll be moaning about the heat soon enough.
Chick - don't beat yourself up.
Waiting for news from Reaading...
as for me, I did a dreary tour of the locality for my long run. There was clearly some kind of cycling or tri event going on with one bit of the course running through Otford. I've googled but can't find what it might have been. There's a sportive on down in Hildenborough but that's further south and didn't hit Otford.
What: 19.15 milesWhy: LSRLast hard: wednesdayLast rest: 8 Jan
So that's 3 x 20, 1 x 19 and a half marathon in the last five weeks. Toying with trying for an entry on the day at Paddock Wood half next weekend but the danger is I'll try to PB it only a week out from my first marathon of the year. I'll see how I feel nearer the time. I can get the train (or bus/train if engineering works) in less than an hour so it's no great upheaval...
Have a good day all.
MM: sorry to hear about your relative
Stickless: Glad the wedding went ok and that he was feeling better for the big day.
Well done to the racers.
Me: I was meant to run yesterday and swim today but ran out of time to run due to a friend visiting and trying to get to the bathroom shop to chose a new bathroom Swimming today is out of the question after a reaction to something has made my eye swell up (and running too due to contact lenses not being able to be worn - plus eye hurts when I move too much!). All in all a bit of a flop for the training! I did walk around Cambridge for 3 hours yesterday though so I'm sure that counts for something...
Never mind. Can get back to it tomorrow.
Hope everyone has enjoyed the sunshine.
Will read back in a bit, but for now......
Reading HM in 72:59 (anybody want to lay money it will be rounded to 73:00 on the official results? ) - which is an official 31s pb.
Had a bad stitch from ~0.5-~8m and then had a bit of hammy cramp that started coming on during mile 12 - mini analysis as to whys in a separate post for those interested, so splits were all over the place.
Went through the first mile in 5:10! Next mile was 5:19. Giving I had a stitch they didn't feel too rough, or possibly I was just concentrating on trying to clear the stitch, but reasonably positive in itself
Rough splits from the top of my head (Garmin auto ones were all out, but there were mats every 5k), 10k in 33:51, next 10k in something like 35:08 I think. I know I passed the 10m marker in 55:17 (meaning the last 5k was 17:42 - managing the cramp over the last bit cost me ~15-20s per mile at a guess as I slowed from 5:30 +/- to mid 5:4x on the auto splits).
Anyway, all in, good painful fun and I have enough to work out where I am. Temps/conditions were generally good, but it felt humid, and it was a bit breezy at times, especially out towards the stadium for the last 5k.
Main thing though was that I enjoyed being out and mixing with runners/racers again and just loved being out there. I'd have rather gotten my pain by running quicker rather than being restricted by a stitch and cramp, but there you go. All things considered I was 72:59 good on the day, and off the back of 7 weeks averaging 30mpw, and the last 8 averaging ~87mpw after the year I've had I think that's a decent starting point (even better when problems are taking into account).
I reckon the stitch was caused my too much water before the start, not enough of a warm-up (too congested, so was constantly start/stopping) being too excited and bouncing around, and, I think possibly carrying my inhaler up until 7m (as soon as I chucked it it started to go) - I'd noticed my right shoulder (same side as stitch) was tight, so was probably gripping it too much.
The cramp was a simple one. I noticed after a few miles my left trainer was a little too loosely tied, and when my trainer is loose I know I have a habit of fidgeting my toes when it slides, which, in turn, I reckon, caused the hammy to go a little funny as it kept breaking my stride.
All in, I reckon if I want a quick spring HM next year I'll have to run somewhere other than Reading as I think I get a little too excited/distracted with so many people shouting out for me and I know I run better when I'm more isolated (e.g. when I travelled to Edinburgh).
Well done Jeb and Zattu!
Nice to see you Sporta - any chance of popping in a little more often? Sounds as though training is going well.
Stickless - that 12 must be your longest in a while? Hope you recover enough to get out again tomorrow.
Cheers Sporta. I noticed your 50km on FB - impressively nuts! Good luck for Longtom. What's the Comrades target?
Gobi - it's tricky enough to get the running mix right. Throwing a bike element in whilst in running focus was always going to mean something gave somewhere, so sounds like a good 'bad' one to me. Very positive on the second run. What's the course profile like for next week?
MM - that sucks indeed. Sorry to hear about your relative. Re: spikes, if you're not used to them they'll thrash your calves. I'd go with trainers myself. Cool pic btw!
chicka - you've been sick for quite a while so not sure what you expected. I've got some 10k training ideas based on Jack Daniels, so will try post some of the sessions I'll be doing later to give you an idea.
Stickless - delighted to hear that all went off well for bro-in-law. My sis has started her chemo as well, but so far she seems to be suffering minimal side-effects.
Very nicely done JEB.
Chickadee - 1.40 is still pretty good.
I think the main thing is you want to run a good 10k is to run 60 miles a week - if you can do that you can run hard from start to finish, and you seem to be able to handle mileage easily so shouldn't be a problem for you, and if you throw in a few quality sessions too to make it interesting, it should be good.
Mava - good long runs.
Stickless - lovely that your brother-in-law was able to make it to the alter. You sound like you are getting pretty strong.
JEB - congrats for your 10k PB and 3rd placing - good on you.
ZaTTu - great stuff - good to be back!! Let's hope they don't round it to 73!
Sporta - nice 50km there mate! Good luck for Longtom!!
What: 3000m - 13.00.94 - only wished it was 12.59.94 what a difference a second makes
Good running everyone.
Chickadee- well done
ZaTTu -good comeback
Sporta - good 50km
NZC - next time for going under..
Me - 4 laps of lightning run 12 hour race, only did that (4 laps) as running partner was ill, so treated as a long run then declared myself finished after the 4 laps (22.5m) niceLSR done.
Rounded to 73:00 unfortunately NZC. Nice 3k.
Gobi - best of luck for it. Sounds like a completely different course from your last 100km (iirc that was the Italian one?).
RFJ - sounds like a nice way to bag a long run.
Puffed away on a nice Cuban (Montecristo Petit Tubo for anybody interested in such things) with a drop of Scotch this evening. I feel like I've finally put the whole knee saga behind me.
Lyrics were Rock of Ages by Def Leppard.
Evening! (or should I say good night?)
@Little M.iss Ultra Happy & MavaYeah, I can't complain about the recovery from the injury. It was actually quite severe. I crushed the "bump" on outside of the ankle (don't know the English word for it) and ruptured 3 tendons while at it. It ended with me having 1 titan plate, 8 titan screws and some staples to fixate the bone and put the tendons back to where they where supposed to attach to the bone.Nice long runs.@JEB1974Nice raced, and congratulations to the 3rd place.@chickadeeeThere are tons of more races to run. Just take your experiences from this race with you to upcoming ones. Under performing sucks, but we all do it once in a while.@ZaTTUBummer it was rounded up. However, nice raced this early in the season. Looking forward to see your progress towards your fall marathon. I think I'll take my chances with spikes even if they trash my calves for a few days. I think I need all the help I can get to cut a few extra seconds.@NZChristineIsn't it pretty usual to hit that :00 or :01 as a runner? I feel like I do it in at least half of my races
What: 75min easy paced runWhy: Easy runs make racing easy Last hard: Thursday maybe?Last rest: -
An ok training week with 87 miles run. Cutting down the mileage to around 60 during next week to allow for recovery and some kind of performance on Thursdays 3k.