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Another newbie, great! Welcome and stick around southwarkrunner.
Badbark - Unlucky and ouch! The same thing happened to a friend who was meant to be doing the Nationals. He's just coming back it now but that was early Jan. I kept hearing lots of horror stories in work most of my colleagues ski at least twice annually, personally I avoid it like the plague. Too much faff and far too risky. Much prefer the heat anyway for winter sun/training.
Easy parkrun for me today 21:24 followed by a 10k coastal cliff path run. Stunning scenery and no one around, just was well, as I fell over in some swampy marsh land, it was a soft squishy landing on my bum!! Some pics below.
Good mile building Birch
Great views on the trail run Gerard
Good to get the first 20 miler under the belt OO.
A very inspiring journey MsE.
Good morning miles Gul.
Worthing HM for me this morning. Quite a few Worthing & District Harriers runners wearing green and a number of Reading Road Runners.
A nice HM, not too large and the course (lots of loops through residential roads) worked well in today's windy conditions.
The plan was for an 18 mile run with the last 13 at MP. Not really sure what MP is at the moment but thought I'd try and run to Marathon HR (c. 165) and hope that might get me close to 1:30.
Set off at a controlled pace and managed to find a nice group of 4-6 to run with which provided some vital shelter and help push me a little harder than otherwise.
Splits came out pretty even between 6:35 and 6:50 and the heart rate stayed in the right zone.
Chip time of 1:28:04 which is a lot lower than I was expecting. Thanks to the group of fellow runners!
And a couple of miles warm down to give me 20 miles for the day and 58 for the week.
MsE - I like that story. I never used to take my phone but do now when I'm out on my own off the beat and track. Yes, it's stunning here and I'm lucky I'm a runner, so I can really appreciate the natural beauty of my surroundings. Hardly anyone around either. Jersey has about 50 miles of breath-taking coastline. The route I ran on Sunday was in prep for this Sunday's trail race. The terrain is brutal in parts, with lots of loose rocks and some very narrow paths with big drops. One false move and it could be game over! I think it will be a very tactical race with positioning at the start before the big climb key, as it's not possible to over take someone on some of the trail sections and quite dangerous. Fantastic news re your 16 miler and great pace too, taking into account for the serendipitous photo shoot.
Gul - Good start to the week.
RunningGas - It sure is amazing and there are loads of them here, that particular one is on the west coast and only 10 mins drive from the parkrun course. Nice 18 miler!
southwarkrunner - Well done on your 19.
nicko - That sounded like a tough run both physically and mentally. Still time to get ready for a decent stab at VLM.
MrSoft - Good MLR with MP miles too.
Not sure what to do today on lunch, might do some km reps depending on the wind. It's forecast to be very strong later so I might head inland and up hills if it is.
Lorenzo/OO - We ought to discuss arranging to meet up at Parly Hill if you guys are keen? Is there anyone else doing it on here?
Speed sesh planned for lunch today depending on the conditions. I do 1k reps along the promenade and believe me it's not fun when it's windy. There's usually a SW blowing and today was no different. Did a short warm up of about 1 mile and then 5 x 1km reps off 60s static recovery. Reps came out at 3:44/3:42/3:40/3:41 & 3:39. No's 2 & 4 were into the headwind (25mph) and felt hard and 1,3 & 5 felt moderately difficult but I held back a little bit. Roll on summer!
MsE - That's cool! Would be lovely if we could meet up. I think I will need a boost, the course looks tough but obviously depends on the conditions as to the level of toughness on the day.
OO - Me too. Would be great to meet up. Are you staying over night in London? I will be based near Tower Bridge.
SBD- Sounds like a very positive morning! So, will you still satisfy yourself with 3.20 at Brighton? I appreciate your aim is a London GFA, but even if you went maximal and it went wrong and the last 10 miles were a sufferfest, you'd probably only drop 1 minute a mile.
Early days to be honest. Happy to be training with a chance to be on the marathon start line after a few lean years.
I'm sure I was cruising as I approached the finish line ...
SBD your running style hasn't changes from the one on your avatar!
Gerard I'll go down Friday and stay at my daughters in Greenwich- will only be free on race day either before or after the race.