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Hmm that is odd if they came from the Nike store
Re: the scarf, its just plain boring knit stitch, though it does tell like a story of my life... the knitting gets tighter at times of stress. You can see where I took my A levels.... when I went to University, all sorts of things. And My mum weighs in sometimes too, so I guess its a joint project, but just a beige scarf. The thread is designed for machine knitting, which is why its taking so long by hand
Hope you're having a good day at work, and loooking forward to some speed work. It'll be a nice easy 4 miles for me this evening, and then rest until race on Sunday.
I did 5 miles yesterday with a couple of half marathon paced bursts... though they ended up being 25s per mile faster than intended race pace for my goal, still I will try to stick to the pacing plan. The second 5 mile section will really determin the outcome, so I just have to remember that whilst running. Just have to consider nutrition whilst I'm actually runnning then I'll feel fully prepared.
I guess you're done for races until London now? I'm considering adding a 10k I just saw advertised thats nearby on the 1st April, to race it. I have a half marathon again in a month, but I think that should be about marathon pace control...
Mrs P rckon they can be quite rough at Netball. She's gonig tonight but will be taking it easy before Liverpool.
I haven't done much running so far this week. Instead of going to running club on Tuesday night I had a really good workout at the gym, which made a nice change - I do go to the gym on a Friday morning but it's before work so I only have a limited amount of time. Then yesterday I did a 5 mile run at lunchtime at marathon pace which was fairly comfortable. Today I'm scheduled for a 9 mile slow run, so it's going to be another long boring run home from work - not much fun but at least I get it out of the way at a decent time so I can have my dinner and put my little boy to bed. I may have said it before but the weekday runs are a bit of a drag, I enjoy the long runs on a Sunday morning much more.
I sympathise regarding your trainers Sarah. I've never quite had it that bad but there have been a couple of occasions when I've had a pair I've been really happy with then when I've changed them the newer version has been lacking something. I'm actually finding that to an extent with my current ones - they are OK and will do for now, but I much preferred my old ones.
How did work go Sarah? Did you get your session done?
I was late getting to club, I got there just as they were setting off and just saw the last couple of runners in the distance. I caught them up as it was a downhill stretch and had a brief chat wih another chap who is doing London. It was our "Lamp post" night, but in reverse so I was a bit confused about the route. So we started with a half mile of what was supposed to fast-slow between the lamp posts but we hadn't settled down and it was a bit ragged. An 8mm uphill mile to the next muster, then a 7mm to the industrial estate, where we do a 800m loop, but as it was the "wrong" direction and I was ahead of the others I ended up doing it twice. Then a 1k loop, and I was quite chuffed to find myself at 6:50's here for the first time in a long time. Then a final effort up a longish hill back to the leisure centre.
Nice to chat to some people I hadn't seen for a while, but I've noticed our group has gone from a very social bunch of both sexes to almost exclusively men and it is a shame really, it's been going for years and if we don't do something it'll become a lads' club where the slower "new" people won't be catered for.
Nice one Sarah. Speed training makes me feel old and tired! 5 weeks to go!
I did a mixture of CV and resistance work in the gym - I started with 25 mins on the cross trainer, did some weights, squats, lunges and leg presses, then 10 hard mins on the step machine and some stretches. Also a couple of minutes on the punch bag, which I find incredibly hard work but it's good for releasing your frustrations!
As much as I wasn't looking forward to last night's run it actually went quite well - I wasn't aiming for any particular time, just to go at a comfortable but steady pace, but I ended up doing 9.5 miles @ 7.56/mile so right on my marathon pace and I was happy with that.
That was a really good pace you managed in your speed training - you even kept up a decent pace during your "rest" periods which is always a good sign. I've found the speed sessions quite hard during the marathon training but in general like you I do enjoy them - they work you hard but afterwards it feels like they have really done you good and they are a good test of whether your fitness is improving. I have three or four different ones I do fairly regularly and I keep a note of my times for comparison. My training schedule has also included some hill interval sessions (ie run up, jog down) and I think these are definately helpful so I will carry on doing them from time to time - they still work your lungs like normal interval training ut are great for building up the strenth in your legs and glutes.
Good luck at Colchester on Sunday! There will be a few people from my running club (Havering '90 Joggers) there as it's part of our "Winter Cup" competition, in fact if I wasn't doing the VLM I would probably be there myself. I've never done the HM before but I've done the Colchester 10k.
Thanks for the luck! I only recently discovered the Colchester Half Marathon, and didn't even know we had a 10k!!! D'oh. What time of year is it, I should sign up.
Though, now we're going to have plenty of parkruns to enjoy
The Colchester 10k is on 12th May this year. I may well do it myself as I don't have any races scheduled for May - I'll see how I'm feeling after the VLM.
Aha, that might be why I forgo it. My Marathon is Halstead and Essex Marathon, a mere 10 miles away from Colchester, is on 12th May!
Perhaps I can do it next year- will be a few weeks before my wedding, but I suspect 10k training is morelikely to fit in with wedding prep than marathon training...
Sarah - good to hear the knees are feeling better. What running have you planned for the weekend? I was quite calm about being 5 weeks out but with the Paris lot all getting into their tapers I'll admit I'm starting to feel a little bit nervy. How are you holding up mentally?
Minni - so, what's your prediction for the Six Nations decider? I asked Mrs Malcs and got the obvious reply. Personally I think it could be a classic. No idea about France vs Scotland. WHo knows what France side will turn up.
Malcs - yes its going to be a great afternoon/evening of rugby. Long run done and got the beers in. I'll be cheering on Wales later.
Sarah - Often when I get new shoes I'm not sure about them until I've worn them a few times. How are you feeling about tomorrow? I hope the weather is OK. I fitted in my long run today as the forecast is rain and snow here tomorrow.
Btw, I think I'm going to do the Newcastle Parkrun on Easter Saturday if you're up?