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Hope AWC is getting on well
Notice on Strava that Joe has racked up some swim and run miles today!
http://www.runjumpthrow.com/videos/24074 Anyone wanting to watch some athletic, the Grand Prix from Loughborough is being streamed
Great work sticking on with the park runs JCG.
Session this morning 6mins, 3 x 3mins, 4 x 75s and 10 x 30s. Rep paces were 5.06
4.46, 4.52, 4.53
4.44, 4.44, 4.36, 4.41
Was pleased with the paces and it showed in how slow and terrible the 30s felt
Macca I can’t quite get my head around 22000ft of climbing. Not far
Some great training from Scott. The opposite end to the above
distances and height gain but so fast per lap.
No CWR for me, Jooligan, although it’s a shame. Flying
solo on the parenting front this weekend so hope to manage a parkbuggyrun at
best. I did a leg (9, I think) of the CWR a few years ago. Enjoyed it but you
certainly have to recce it first – which I didn’t. Think everyone got lost at
least once. Cracking finish line photo – how on earth do you look so fresh?!
Great running at the Freckleton
Half, Ramjet, and brilliant photo.
Love it when a plan comes together.
Some huge training from Joe. Cotton wool time?
Hope you’re feeling stronger, spoons. Looks like the 10k went well?
AWC that’s absolutely fantastic, and in such hot weather as well. As
you say, it was untapered and so I think it should be a massive confidence
boost for the 100M. Looking forward to the report.
Lovely to hear from you JCG. My wife carried on doing parkrun
until where you are now, albeit with increasing walk breaks and loo stops. Just
do whatever you are comfortable with.
Good lord Hazel¸ is it only 12 weeks until Berlin?! Your trip looked great
and no doubt the walking and hills will set you up nicely.
Managed to secure a late place in
the Nailsworth 10k. It got an immediate tick when we realised there was a
toddler friendly park very close to the start/finish, however I got a real
taste of things to come when a 1.5M warm up contained 400ft of climbing. Despite
the race series being called ‘trailmania’, I was shocked at just how ‘gnarly’
the trails were. I had assumed that with the very dry weather it would be easy
going underfoot – instead we were met loads of branches, leaves, boggy mud and
trees to climb through. I was in third place from the start and was in awe of
the leader. He could scale styles with no hands and no perceptible break in
stride – every style result in another 10m gap for him. Very impressive. There
was a massive climb after about a k until we eventually came out of the woods.
This was where the nettles started. These, combined with the long thick grass
actually pissed me off quite a lot and reduced the enjoyment of the actual
running – rare for me! About half way through I somehow stumbled going uphill.
It was a very innocuous bit of hard pack trail. I fell onto all fours not too
heavily, and so was gobsmacked to see (another)
massive hole in my knee. Deeper than last March, skin flapping and the muscle
on show. I swore loudly and looked around for help. As none was coming I decided
to bat on. The nettles certainly stung but then I think helped numb the pain. I
was in second by this point so pushed on, but never went close to the red zone
for effort. Just tried to enjoy the spectacular views during the downhill
finish. Nice to come second, especially as my wife came third lady. When I looked
down at the finish, I was relieved to see the wound wasn’t on my kneecap – a bit
lower and to the side. The fly that had crawled inside it was disgusting
however. Four hours in A&E was a painful wait, although I sat in the kids’
waiting room watching the football so shouldn’t complain. Internal and external
stitches. What a muppet! Hoping that I can return to running quicker this time
as not being on the kneecap it shouldn’t be stretched quite so much.
Nice to hear from you JCG, great you’ve been able to keep up the running.
Great session Scott.
Sure the rest will have done you some good Hazel.
Incredible effort AWC, superb stuff. Look forward to the report.
Sounds painful SQ, and your description has put me off my elevenses Hope it doesn’t take you out for too long.
Another superb weekend Joe, impressive long run.
Stone 10K for me yesterday. Great low-key race on a pretty flat 2 loop course. It was being used for an intercounty championship so plenty of faster runners up front. After a terrible 10K last month I was a bit nervous, but started well and was averaging around 6 min/mi until half way. After that I slowed a little as the heat started to get to me a bit, and it was hard to muster the motivation to really push myself without a PB on the cards.
I still managed to duck under 38 minutes though with 37:57 official time. That’s slower than half marathon PB pace, but a massive improvement over last month. Given that I’ve been concentrating on short sharp stuff with very little longer tempo work etc I’ll take that.
It's been a long time I know but I have been reading occasionally so have kept up to date with the fantastic training and racing that has, as ever, been going on. I will endeavour to stick around now as I'm getting back into it but this thread is most probably on it's last legs anyway!
My foot injury had me benched for 3 weeks and still hasn't gone away so I made the decision just to get on with it regardless. It's not too bad whilst running but needs icing etc. after every run and is more annoying than anything else now.
Wasn't going to race Swansea HM yesterday but decided to give it a go with very little expectation-particularly in the heat. Was pleasantly surprised that I was able to hold 5:5x pace throughout without burying myself to finish in 1:17:21. Felt good to be running with a bit of purpose for a change as to just plodding along thinking about the foot pain. Didn't enjoy the heat in the last few miles though! Foot felt fine during the race but very sore (as usual!) after and today. Managed a 5 mile recovery this morning and legs not too battered so, hopefully onwards and upwards.
Cracking HM Ramjet!
Reg- I noted you ran a fantastic 5k a while back and a very quick 10k soon after that weird team running/camping thingy you did. Clearly in great shape at the moment.
Spoons-looks like you are getting back into it. Where you injured for a while after London?
That sounds nasty SQ-hope it heals quickly.
Scott-Great to see you are flying at the moment. Have you got lots of track races coming up?
Fantastic stuff AWC! Looking forward to reading about it soon.
Joe-Incredible training you are putting in-inspirational stuff! Really hope it pays off for you in a few weeks time.
Any races at the weekend Jools?
Must have been running on alot of adrenaline after the fall SQ, sounds nasty. Hopefully it doesn't keep you out for too long
Looks like you're on top form in all 3 disciplines Joe!
Certainly shouldn't be disappointed with that time Spoons considering your sessions are targeted to the shorter stuff
What does the foot problem actually appear to be Tom? Not bad being able to run 1:17 off limited training
Something must be wrong, Jools didn't race at least twice this weekend?!
Yes, lots of track races coming up, main ones will be Watford Opens every other wednesday that alternate between 800m and then 1500m/3000m. Will be occasional other races around them too. Jools the next 800m, I suspect will be at Watford 2 weeks on wednesday
Nice racing, spoons. Definitely on an upward trajectory.
Cracking half time, Tom. Hope the foot is ok.
I like the staccato conversation description Jooligan.
Good luck with the tack races Scott.
Macca, I think I might have to start wearing a helmet at this rate.
Great to hear from you HA. Pleased it was a good trip back to the motherland.
Pleased to have run a 5M recovery tester today. No pain and stitches didn’t seem to bleed. Very pleasing. May even try some intervals tomorrow but will judge how the greater range of motion affects things.
Welcome back Tom. Hope the foot injury clears. Impressive HM time after 3 weeks off!
Decent parkrun if you were tired Jools.
Busy schedule Scott! Good luck.
Good to hear you too, HA. Any autumn plans?
Glad the knee seems ok SQ. Might see you at the track if you make it?
No rest for the wicked eh AWC!?
No injuries Tom, other than to my pride! Just the usual post-marathon slump. I’m not totally sure what causes it Reg, I suspect a number of factors. A marathon definitely takes a lot out of me, despite being able to cope with plenty of miles in training. However, I had a similar (if not quite so extreme) dip in form when I took a week off after the GSR last year, so it can’t entirely be the effects of a marathon.
I suspect I lose fitness faster than “normal”, don’t know if that’s due to my non-sporting background. And when you factor in a 2-3 week taper, then a few weeks of no/little running post-marathon (effectively doubled this time with doing London), it’s quite a lot of time to detrain I guess. Plus I’m a complete glutton after a big race and usually put on 10 lbs, which definitely doesn’t help!
Lovely sunny 10 miles along the canal for me this morning, although it was already getting warm at 7am. Glad I’m not doing doubles at the moment as heading out in the afternoon would be toasty.
Absolutely true Joe, I don't expect to be on top form all the time. It's just a bit unnerving quite how much I seem to drop off, although I should have learned by now. I just have to accept I'm not one of those people that can piggyback more performances off a marathon like some seem to manage.
More great training from you. Must be tough in this weather but at least you will hopefully be conditioned for it if the weather is hot for the IM.
Welcome back Steve. If you’re starting your NYC plan next week, we definitely need a new thread. I will get on the case.
Session at the track this morning, sadly without SQ to keep me honest. 12x300m with 100m walk/100m jog recovery. All between 55s and 59s, mostly 57s which I’m happy with on a grass track. My sub-5 goal feels very daunting given that is a touch faster than my average for these 300m reps. Although I suppose a 5x1k @ 5K session always feels pretty tough, but somehow in a race you can string them together without the recoveries.
Hello - quick one from me. Have pulled out of Manchester marathon (deferred) as PF still not gone. I'm assuming it's PF, haven't seen anyone about it. Not ran for about 6 weeks, it is definitely getting better, but still there - so going to give it more time. Been going to gym and now have massive biceps.All the best in your spring races or whatever you're doing....