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Mick - Many thanks. I'd better clarify that my fastest times were being achieved at around the same age when your fastest time would be about 8 minutes quicker over 10K! You lost me a bit in the stats but it's great that you can combine your love of fitness with your love of - and skills in - stats. I guess that the lack of perfect performance predictability is something to do with intervening variables such as diet, conditions on the day, motivation, efficiency, sleep and probably many others? Interesting to ponder, though.
hello all - I'iiiiiiiimmmm back
Raywell done for surviving Dublin - it can be tricky!!Quick storyDuring the late '80's, and at the height of the IRA troubles, I was project managing a plastics plant for a Dutch company in Ireland just outside of Dublin. It was a international team from 5-6 countries.We had finished the first big phase and so I took the team for a night out in Dublin guided by the Irish contractors. We finished up in a large folk club where the majority of the songs were about past oppression and the Troubles. The compere on stage heard that there were a group of Englishmen in the club and made some pointed comments about the British and the government in London. So me, emboldened by several Guinnesses, stood up and said "Talk about oppression over here, you should try coming from the NE of England and then you'll all know about oppression from London"Cue great applause and much more free Guinness to consume for the rest of the evening
Excellent miling session - should stand you in good stead.
Johnwell done on your new parkrun course - it's anther place you will have to go back to in order to defend your positionOne's body gets used to the feel of a certain pace and one knows intuitively how fast one is going I've never been big on pre race predictions of time - I tended just to go out a run by feel up to HM's. The only ones I have been careful about have been marathons but even then I overcooked it in the first one I did, running a HM PB for the first half, then crawling the last few miles with absolutely nothing in the tank!!!On shorter races one can always adjust pace and finish as energy resources are there but marathons do find one out.
MickNah - just train moreLove your phrase "pony tailed". I shall promptly adopt it as it regularly happens to me. In fact his morning I was pony tailed by a tall blond young lady wearing a brown tee shirt with Ontario Canada on the back with a tree and a path. I couldn't catch her to find out more
Columbayou are being very disciplined over your layoff
Just be careful of those bad backs out there people. They can turn very nasty
Three days of travelling about by rail and plane makes me realise just how carp our transport system is. One would think that when it's -6 C at 0800 someone would anticipate that a plane that has stood on the tarmac all night may need de-icing. Oh no, they have to wait until everyone gets on before starting that so my flight to S'ton on Friday was delayed by 45 minutes whilst they did precisely that!!
Anyway beautiful, cold frosty morning here, crunchy underfoot but a bright, low sun as I did 7.25 miles in 70 min (9:39m/m) and av HR 131 67% WHR) with a max of 149 (80% WHR)
09:53 122 13308:52 130 13809:16 132 13909:53 132 136 delayed crossing a road09:19 131 13710:55 138 149 Hipps Hill09:29 134 13602:25 136 140
felt pretty comfortable apart from some twinges in the right leg which felt slightly nervy in origin. However concentrating on Hipps Hill dissipated them!!
I finally glanced up at the top of Hipps Hill to see the distant moor tops resplendently glistening with the hard white frost in the bright sunshine. I thought longingly of the days when I would stretch out and run there and back just for fun and thought to myself "not yet old man, not yet"Unfortunately the image that was planted in my brain still remained (apologies to S+G) when I firstly read MIck's tales of the past and again when I looked at Garmin Connect and it still shows the last long run I did as a reminder of times past on 26 May 2013. Here was my report on it
Lovely morning here - out early to beat the heat (long time since I said that!!) but found it was still cool on the moor tops as a steady northerly breeze/wind took the edge of any temperature gain from the sun.The sky was alive with larks and curlews giving it everything to establish territory and mock this intruder but I was content to listen as I ran 18.1 miles in 2:40:47 (8:49m/m) with avHr128 (63%WHR) and a max of 147
1 09:38 126 1532 09:00 129 1473 09:06 131 1394 09:11 136 1415 08:44 131 1386 08:47 128 1377 08:13 121 1338 09:02 133 1419 08:31 127 13310 08:28 123 12611 08:01 120 12512 08:21 121 12413 08:37 125 14714 08:49 130 14515 09:05 133 14016 08:45 130 14017 09:16 133 13818 08:55 135 14019 01:11 129 132
the next week I was stricken with my spinal problems and four years on I still can't run one mile at the pace I ran 18 at then
The past is a different country
TS - welcome back. Good story about the evening out in Ireland. I think most trips to Ireland generate a good story or two!
A 7 miler for me today.
TS,The next time I am in the UK we should meet up for a drink and reminisce about the 'good old days'.I was most impressed with your run from back when so I checked to see what I was up to that weekend. I ran a 10k.
05:30 PM Saturday, May 25, 2013 National Capital10k, 12c, cloud, windy, HRM battery failed, head wind on second half. 3rd place. Weather data Ottawa Mean Temp = 11c, Min Temp = 6c, Max Temp = 16c Humidity = 51% Mean Wind Speed = 21 kph, Mean Wind Direction = North Run Duration = 47:51, Run Length = 10.1 Kms or 6.3 Miles Average Run Pace = 04:44 per Km or 07:37 per Mile, Age grade = 73.6 % Average Run Cadence = 87.4, Average stride length = 1.2 m Lap Duration Kms Miles Per Km Per Mile Cadence Slength(m) 01 04:37 1.0 0.6 04:37 07:25 88.0 1.23 02 04:35 1.0 0.6 04:35 07:23 89.0 1.22 03 04:37 1.0 0.6 04:37 07:26 88.0 1.23 04 04:47 1.0 0.6 04:47 07:42 88.0 1.19 05 04:47 1.0 0.6 04:47 07:42 87.0 1.20 06 04:41 1.0 0.6 04:41 07:32 87.0 1.23 07 04:45 1.0 0.6 04:45 07:38 87.0 1.21 08 04:51 1.0 0.6 04:51 07:48 87.0 1.19 09 04:49 1.0 0.6 04:49 07:44 87.0 1.20 10 04:50 1.0 0.6 04:50 07:46 86.0 1.20 11 00:33 0.1 0.1 04:34 07:22 88.0 1.24
I can remember be very disappointed with my time and placing.