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What have you done to the hamstring M? Are we going to get a race report?
Gobi - is that 2.8 hours swimming in the whole month?
BSCDB - hope you can walk today!
Yesterday's lyrics - Have a Nice Day by the Stereophonics.
What: short, easy swimWhy: RHR up and trying to ease the legs before tomorrowLast hard: must be that long bikeLast rest: 25/4
Lyrics - maybe
M. - Congrats on the half marathon pb and congrats to your partner too. You made it sound so easy out there.
Rotorua Marathon Report Saturday - 30 April - thanks guys for all the well dones - but it wasn't pretty out there!
I got stung by another wasp the day before and my arm was aching, red and itchy!
Saturday was great for spectators - it was a beautiful sunny day - too hot for running. I was in trouble early on and very over-heated. I kept tipping water over my head, was hoping for something in the 3.40 type range, but it just got slower and slower and I was in a major marathon shuffle.
I was feeling bad so early I had to tell myself to cut it out, that even in my best marathon I wouldn't have finished by then. The organisers started the marathon walkers 90 minutes in front of the runners so even though I was feeling bad, at least I was catching walkers.
I knew only 2nd in my age-group was up for grabs, as the person who has the world's best W60 marathon time was running, but when I had a toilet stop I saw a grey haired lady in front of me so I pretty much thought I might be 3rd. So 3.55.20 chip time, very happy to finish..
Lyrics sound familur....
Apr stats - 135.02m
Nice reports M and NZC to go with the well dones.
Plan a few easy miles later and maybe the gym too.
Great report M. Nice to feel so strong even with a bit of a dodgy hamstring!
It must sound strange that M. said her start was cold, but that was around the back of the lake and one of the only places that there was shade on, and of course M. was out for a lot shorter time than I was!
My husband said it was 25 degrees and there were plenty of sunburnt people around.
I'll try not to waffle. You ever seen a grown man cry? I almost did cry doing this, no idea of what was ahead of me, I was off like a lamb to the slaughter. I had intended to do this as a training run,whooops!
Got to the race expo after catching train from Geneva to Lausanne, lovely scenery on the way. Organisation was fairly smooth and I lined up at 6.20 pm ready to go (not sure what's up with the late start). Just before the start I had a swiss guy say something to me in French, to which I replied "je ne comprends pas" and my best Gallic shrug. He then said something else to a guy behind me. Probably: "that English fool has no idea what he's about to receive".
Nice and smooth start and I was up and running quite quickly. The starts were phased, as I say, good organisation. The whole thing started off fairly flat, as we ran alongside the lake (wow, the scenery). I was whoping for about 1:40 ish and to find it fairly easy. No splits on my watch but I remember going through 1k in 5:30. Not long after a guy suffered a bad fall in a group right in front of me, he really bounced off the pavement. He was carrying a bottle of powerade or similar, that went flying. Didn't strike me as a good idea. I looked over my shoulder and he had that dazed and confused look people have if they wonder: "did I leave the oven on?" as his mates helped him.
It was flat until 3km, then it got a bit bumpy for a couple of km, then we started the inexorable (or should I say ineffable) climb to the summit at the castle (12km). I managed to get to 10km at just under 50 minutes, but then the gradient started to tell and the wheels started to come off. I had my name printed on my number (everyone does), and the support keeps you going, it really is a great race in the home of the olympics. Lots of high fives and people calling your name in a french accent. "ALLEZ BREEE-ON"; "BREEE-ON!"; "GO BREEE-ON!". I was half hoping for Jane Birkin to say in a husky voice "Je t'aime Breee-on", alas it was not forthcoming.
I'd never walked during a half before but the final little hill to the top I just had tp walk, it was too much, legs were really not happy at this point. It seemed to give me a little breather, and I was soon on my way downhill into the town square. By this time I was 2 minutes outside the 5 min/km pace, but I wasn't too fussed. There were some really steep downhills and that made my quads start to scream again, but at least I was fairly confident it was all downhill from here. Getting to 15km and now I was starting to get into pain. But i just tried to keep going, ouch ouch OUCH. Then I distinctly remember at 17km, not far from getting onto the flat just thinking: "this last 3 is going to hurt". My legs were too sore, I couldn't raise them with enough strength to keep the pace up, and I had to walk again.
I got into the park, justa couple of miles left and I was like a wheezing old jalopy. I just needed a sign on my back saying: "Running in, please pass." Not that anyone needed a second invitation as people went flying past the clapped-out old banger that was me. Someone shouted my name and to be honest I gotreally choked. 1km to go and my legs were hardly functioning. I kept on walking and then staggering and a brief run before walking again. I got to the track 200 m to go and to be honest, I was half tempted to jack it all in as a bad job. Never have I got round a track so slow. Until the last 30m when I somehow managed a sprint finish of sorts.
IT WAS OVER!
(Apart form 2 mile walk back to metro).
Special mention to the guy who ran with clown shoes over his running shoes. (Yes, I did beat him.)
Blimey - I out trained Gobi! Admittedly only in the swim but still
M - even better result with a dodgy hamstring from the off then - that sub 1.30 must be yours for the taking in five weeks.
NZC - well fought for. Hope you're pleased with yourself.
BSCDB - ouch.
BCDB - Sounded a tough race - didn't envy you the walk bsack to the metro
NZC - Really well done great result.. Really pleased for you Bummer about the wasp sting. Hope you are ok
M - Maybe you were a lot quicker because you didn't have a watch sometimes i think they can hold you back a bit. Yes there good to make sure you don't start too fast but sometimes i think they can hold you back its a fine balance.Your partner is a speedy chap.
What: 7.89 miles brisk 9:56 paceWhy: wanted to make it 30 miles this week sad and badLast Hard: Today a lot of headwindLyrics No
Also cycled home from work this morning 7½ miles in 41:28 headwind most of the way its not normally like this - horrible but thats done now. Was tired still when i set out so don't understand how i ran that quick esp with the bike legs on
Run 105 miles Best month since March 2010Bike 82 miles
Enjoyed the reports, not least of BCDB's fell-like road race. Well battled, and well battled NZC. M: I'm sure there is lots more to come.
What: 30 mins steady (with the same yesterday). Both off road, but it is getting increasingly rutted.Why: unsure at the moment...struggled rather for the last few daysLast hard: running on tired legs.Last rest: 495 days ago
Tom thanks - training is coming together and my times in traing. Don't always post times on here usually post them on over 60s. Been edging near 10 min miles for a few weeks now. My normal easy run would of been 10:30-10:40 still early days
I can't answer for alehouse but hpe you don't mind me chiming in, but i'm a former streaker only 293 days i found it was my best time training wise, feel stronger at this time. Currently on Day 33 and i guess i can see improvements already Granted its mostly easy which i think it has to be. Not sure why but it takes away the Will i run today and replaces it with how far.
I'm convinced its a good method for me. i feel more mentally stronger doing it
Tom: perfect sense! With regard to the streak my fear is that if I miss a day I may well be tempted to miss another one, and then another one. Nothing to do with losing all my fitness overnight! Longest streak was over 11 years, but not sure it did me any good! When I was running at my best I always took Friday off. I would probably be best forming a strict plan and sticking to it. There is a bit of a plan each week where I try to include 1 x LSR, 1 x hills, 1 x reps, but in general I just run as I feel, which is fine as I have no great ambitions at present (quick note to self, just under a 1000 days until the new age group). Am considering a review of my "plan" though to try and up the miles, injuries permitting. I need a stricter flexibility/strengthening regime too. Further note to self: I coach others quite well but I guess its a case of "do what I say, not what I do."
Cross post with Pammie: totally agree with "Will i run today and replaces it with how far.
I'm convinced its a good method for me. i feel more mentally stronger doing it." There is a definite mental strength from going out when you don't want to , and from going out every day come rain or shine etc.