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Awesome PB from "Macca the non Slacker" - everyone knew it was coming - at this rate the Olympics are on the cards!
NE- well done on the miles logged - In the past I have found long slow hard miles over hills has done me good come marathon day. Careful you get the cold cleared up though!
Well done millsy on more solid running
Could have been you Jools!
Joe, great report as ever. I’m definitely at the “will I ever get back to that shape” stage! Your progress over the last few months gives some inspiration though. And reading about Katie’s continued troubles reminds me that while I’ve not had the best of times lately, it could certainly be far worse. Superb long run from you.
I got in trouble with HA and Reg for calling a 16.3 mile run an MLR on Strava, so not sure what all this talk of 20+ mile MLRs is
Great week AWC.
HA do you think there’s possibly a bit of rose-tinted glasses there too? I know I’m guilty of remembering past training a bit more positively than it really was sometimes. Regardless, definitely better to be a bit cautious and stay healthy. And at least you know you really put everything out there for the half.
Nice long run TR.
Congrats on the PB Macca, deserved and not at all surprising given your current form. Love the line “ticking off things that were never even on the list”. Long may that continue for you!
Sounds like a solid performance given the week you’ve had Jooligan.
That must have been a strange sight NE! Good work on the consistent mileage.
Great parkrun Millsy.
Lovely image to see while eating breakfast FBT. Glad I didn’t go for coco-pops
Glute felt fine at the weekend, but decided to play it safe with a few days rest. I’ve already written off London, so nothing to be gained by rushing back too quickly. Lovely sunny recovery with SQ this morning, we were both rather slow albeit for very different reasons! Glute felt fine during the run, just a vague sense of tightness when I stopped but that could be because I’m hyper-aware of it at the moment. Feels normal now so fingers crossed. Will keep to easy running this week (hopefully anyway), and concentrate of doing plenty of glute exercises and S&C.
Early morning dogging is a first for this thread, TR. Strong long run. Out of interest,
how to you gauge such precise pacing without a GPS watch – known landmarks?
HA you remain the
master of listening to your body. I am trying to follow your lead regarding the
plan intervals tomorrow – and sack them off. Hope you feel yourself again soon.
Absolutely superb parkrunning, Macca. Really well-deserved sub 18 time. Would you consider a crack
at a 5000 on the track? Rapid also from Millsy.
Blimey, AWC, not
a bad three days there!
I think you’re definitely right about the crash taking it
out of you mentally and physically, Jools.
Listen to the body and recover well. I must admit I went for a lengthy warm up
in order to find a spot to do what bears do best.
Great long run, Joe.
Nice to have company. Not a bad think to practise getting a little dehydrated at
the end – as long as you recover promptly.
A good week and an excellent long run, NE. Very funny about the frogs – think I would find that quite scary
in the dark.
Absolutely outstanding half, Hamo. You are in excellent condition. Punchy warm up before a PB as
well! Great that you will have a full crack at London – don’t want to miss the
opportunity. Recover well this week, I would be careful of the intervals
A super attitude regarding the injuries, spoons. You’ll be back stronger than
ever. And a long run in London will be great timing pre Berlin.
Nice long run, Steve.
Any races soon?
A pleasing week totalling 86M and (hopefully) full recovery
of the back. Yesterday was the FoD half and it remains a real favourite. I was
running it in the context of zero taper and no hill or trail training, but wanted
to give it a good crack nonetheless. The weather was stunning and the trails
were in great nick. Took a gamble and wore the VFs. I was unsure about this as
it adds precious mileage and the softer trails might mean less return on the propulsion,
but fancied the confidence boost if nothing else. Surprised and a little worried that no one else near me on the start line had them on - certainly not the norm these days.
3M warm up, quick chat with Jooligan, then went pretty hard
from the off. The first 2.5M is downhill, so wasn’t too shocked to see a 5:40
and 5:30 clock up, but knew I was working fairly hard. It then consistently
climbs from 2.5 – 7M, and I found this very tough, getting overtaken quite a
lot. Just a relentless hill. Lost motivation a little, but soon started enjoying things again when seeing family and then letting rip on the flats and
downhills. Shocked to encounter a full-blown rave at about mile 9, and actually
found the booming bass pretty hard to deal with. When at race effort it makes
me feel a bit sick, and have experienced similar things when music is pumped
out in the tunnels of Paris and London. Couldn’t quite work out if it was just getting
started, although the comatose casualty in a ditch suggested it had been going
on since the night before. Pushed hard towards the end, although the last
couple of miles climb again, so felt slow. Delighted to finish in 16/2000 and
1:21:27. I’ll take that in a big week and with plenty of climbing in the race.
Jooligan alerted me to a possible missed prize. It turns out the race doubled
as the Trail Running Association short course national championship and I scoped
4th MV35 – some gender parity at last! Will see what might turn up
in the post in due course.
Quads feeling battered today. Probably the downhills that I hadn’t
at all prepared for, but I do also wonder if the VFs result in a slightly
different running style for me. Enjoyable 7M recovery with spoons in sunny
weather. Might struggle to fit in the remaining 3 later, so perhaps tomorrow.
Can’t see intervals happening tomorrow morning, so will play about with the
week a bit.
Great progression run Steve. Always hard to muster LT at the end of a big run.
Wise decision on the intervals SQ.
Solid final long run George, enjoy the taper.
Good luck for the intervals AWC. Having Parliament Hill track within easy reach is one of the biggest things I miss about London (friends a distant second ).
TR I’m hoping to still run London, just as an elaborate long run. It’s ironic that my main focus for several years was getting a GFA time so I could finally run London, but I’ve still yet to run it in anger. Third time lucky next year hopefully!
Fantastic intervals so soon after the HM Hamo.
As I can’t run as much as I’d like I figured I’d give swimming another crack, and make use of my neglected gym membership. 30 minutes in the pool, although only 20 minutes of actual swimming according to my watch. I’m comically bad at it, but hopefully good cross-training.
Easy seven miles this morning, staying on the river loops so I could abort if needs be. The top of my ITB was a little sore towards the end, but not like last week when it was getting painful. Feels ok now, so hopefully a manageable niggle that will improve as I continue the strengthening exercises.
Jools – on a trail half after the week you had that was probably a decent result.
SQ – great placing, especially with little specific training for that sort of course. Sensible to move the intervals as far away as possible imho. I do fancy a track 5000m, I think there are some nearby in the summer but by then I’ll have slogged any speed out of my body with a few ultras.
NE – well done on the 50m week streak and the trail LR. I’ve been surprised by the eyes of cows, horses, sheep and foxes but never frogs. The park run age grading was just under 82% which is almost in line with the recent half (83%).
Millsy – 14th at Bushey must take some doing, excellent result.
Hamo – excellent HM time and PB, followed up with intervals this morning. I think I’m in a similar quandry over how brave to set out in the marathon, well done for nailing your colours to the mast.
Joe – fantastic 24m LR pace, especially after such a big week. To be fair yes you did predict a 17:30 and I think I replied with a laughing emoji, I take it back. In all seriousness, I do respect and take on board the advice and opinions here and am very grateful for them – I wouldn’t have set out at sub 1mile (old) pb pace last Saturday otherwise😀To that end, any thoughts on MP pace in 12 days time gratefully received, from anyone. For info 1:18:44 half, training MP @ 6:30, hard but not having to desperately cling on, I’m leaning towards 6:25pace.
Spoons – fingers crossed the glute continues to behave, glad to hear you intend to enjoy London as a long training run.
Steve – Great progression LR, looks a bit like duathlon training though ? Watch out for the yellow card.
George – great final 20 miler, good luck with the abstinence.
AWC – 16,15,30 makes a great few days of training especially if feeling good. I love the views from the top of Parliament Hill, recommended if you have time.
TR - as alluded to earlier, out in the real world 15m might be called a long run. Well done for backing it up with the intervals.
Last LR of 17m in the bag for me yesterday, only one double digit run left and its not even a half.