Thursday, April 29, 2010
Visiting the old man
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Not the greatest
I set off steady - 3:50 for the first k. Then slowed slightly with 3:56 for the next two k's. I was working hard picking off the people ahead. Kilometre four was my slowest of the race and frustratingly outside four minutes in 4:03, but even overtaking people as I was that was upsetting. I rallied for the final kilometre to record 3:57 and a finish time of 19:42. Disappointing, I'll agree, but at least it was inside twenty - and believe me I feared I couldn't even achieve that after the warm up.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I have to put my hands up right at the outset and admit I had to cut things short and take a shortened route back to the car - I could nay take it captain, the dilithium crystals were overloading - read the legs were a little bit knackered. In all I covered 17 miles with 4,500 feet of ascent while Helen and Pat hit 20 miles and somewhere near 5,000+ feet.
It was a shitty day for a recce. The cloud was down, drizzling and wearing glasses meant visibility was rubbish. The sun did finally make an appearance in the last hour of the four and a half hour ordeal. Shouldn't grumble though. All in all it was an enjoyable day and certainly good training for the LAMM. I've run 26 miles and 6,000 feet of ascent this weekend. It's good to be free of cough, colds and over little niggles at last.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
A really nice day for it
Tomorrow we're heading to the mountains...
The route of today's run;
Friday, April 23, 2010
Back to bike-sics
So instead of a run I managed a rather sad forty five minutes on the bike. Still, I'm feeling almost fully well again and looking forward to a couple of good weekend runs. Tomorrow it'll be something flatish and then Sunday, providing there's no catastrophe, will be a long and much needed run in the Brecons.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I'm no ringer
I gave it a go and set off as strongly as I dared. Within a few hundred metres it was into the first climb and although not too long a climb I knew I was in for an agonising five miles. I dropped a couple of places as the course wound around. Up and down the tracks and trails. I caught a couple of people on the final climb before picking off another four on the mile long descent to the finish. I'm happy with that - at least next time I'll be starting higher up the field.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Made it to the track
I'm actually happy with my efforts. Still nowhere near the times I used to be able to run but at 1:40/41 per lap I was pretty pleased. Recovery for me was just over the minute. For Sean and Rick it was a tad over 90 seconds - that's the way the cookie crumbles for us slow, old bastards. You run slow. You don't get so much rest. Now, there's an incentive to run quicker (if ever I need one).
Still not feeling totally right. Got to start picking up soon though, as time is starting to run out for the LAMM. I'm gonna do it but it might just...
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Well the weekend - and all its glorious sunshine - is almost over and I've had a mare. I did not make the race as I was still feeling under the weather. I was really looking forward to it but it would have been stupid to attempt it.
Anyway I'm feeling almost back to normal now - just in time for work - that's lucky. Time is ticking on the LAMM so I need to plan training for the week ahead...
Saturday, April 17, 2010
What a pile of poo
Friday, April 16, 2010
That's me finished
Anyway, all I could manage was an hour on the bike tonight and I feel knackered. Need to get out for a long run tomorrow but it's going to be a challenge...
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Song of the nightingale
I was out there for and hour and twenty and around 10 miles. Culminating in a run up Nightingale Alley - and I didn't stop. It was a great evening for running - although the toxic, poisonous ash from the Icelandic volcano almost did for me. Not content with losing our reckless councils cash to their banking collapse they're trying to choke us to death with the ash of doom. I survived.
Feeling tired now though. Need some rest but also need to keep piling on the miles. I don't think I can afford to taper for the Mynydd Troed fell race on Sunday. It's a Chepstow Championship race but for me it'll just have to count as another hard training session. Need to get some more miles in so Saturday's going to be another long run. No rest for the wicked - or those building for the LAMM.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I made it to the track this evening but better than that I made it out for that lunch time run as well. Both runs were a bit of a compromise and surprisingly I think I'm feeling Saturday's race. I'll admit I was a bit achy after the race but not really too bad considering the tough nature of the course. It was in my legs today though, that's for sure.
At lunch Martin and I ran our normal Dundry route but for me it was steady. Not as slow as I have been but more than a minute slower than my quickest. Still, I got out there.
This evening I decided to run run it short and sharp. I knew my legs wouldn't run the full lap at anything other than dead slow so I stepped it down to run 200's. I started off with a slow four hundred in eighty plus followed by a sixty second three hundred. The it was down to business. I wanted to see what the old pegs could do and proceeded to run four reps in 34, 33, 32 and 32s. I was pleased with that but found the last one really tough. I finished with a three hundred in 54s.
So there is life - or in this case - speed in the legs. No way I could run a full lap quickly though but at least the legs got a taste of running quick.
To put it in perspective though, Sean and Tim where hitting out laps in 56 seconds - now that is indecent - not to mention illegal in some states in America.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
No more rest
Monday, April 12, 2010
The route of silence
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Not so silent valley
What a great race. Felt strong through the entire 10.5 miles and 4,500 feet of ascent. Helen had a good run too, coming home in 3rd but not a million miles behind the winner.
I set off easy - as per the plan. The first climb, 5 minutes in, is an absolute bastard. From there I pushed on. With the worst out the way it was time to go for it.
I steadily gained places. Took good race lines and all in all had my best race for ages. Beating several people who normally best me into the bargain - and by some distance.
My goal of finishing inside 2:30 was accomplished as I crossed the line in 2:24 and about 94th place - back of the net. I'm dead pleased right now. I'm definately on the way back...
Thursday, April 08, 2010
We arrived safely last night. Fellow Calder Valley runners have been arriving through the day. Things took a turn for the worst once Staff Sergent Stagger arrived and got us out for a full recce - I was only going out to have a look at things from the car park!
The race has it all. Steep, rocky ups. Steeper, rocky descents. Quick technical sections and boggy bits - and even boggier bits. It's going to be a long 11 miles and an altitude busting 4,500 feet of ascent - I'm knackered after just running the recce.
Monday, April 05, 2010
The race headed up right from the start. Up to Corndon. I took it steady, almost tripped over on a dog but made it to the top - eventually. Then it was down rapidly to meet a short road section before another short, sharp peak and back down again. A final road section, climbing towards the third peak. The road gave way to track before eventually making summit number three. Then it was break neck speed back down to the finish.
I had some fun. Gained a few places on the second and third climbs - and gained even more during all the descents, especially the final one where I almost, very nearly almost, ran like a mad man.
Helen was pipped to the post by Anna Barlett but still had a good race in my opinion. And now it's time for some well earned rest before we're off to Ireland on midweek for the first of the British Championship Races - where I fully intend to not come last. There might be some radio silence...
The Corndon 3 Peaks Route;
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Long time absent
We were out for just over the hour, 11km with 700 feet of muddy ascent. I'm beginning to fatigue. Heaven only knows how hard tomorrow's Corndon race is going to be. Operation 'I'm going to be doing a bloody lot of walking' may swing into operation at some point during the seven mile fell race in the Stretton Hills.
And here for the record, is this mornings route.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
In all we covered about eight and a half miles but more impressive was the 3,200 feet of ascent. I felt it my legs, this being my third straight day, having totaled about 26 miles and close to 6,000 feet of ascent.
Then it was back to the pub for some lunch, a chat and then a quiz session from the Big Pub Quiz Book. Lou wasn't happy until we'd had a few questions on flowers and shrubs but to be honest I think Dick took the round - he knew a little too much on that subject if you ask me...
Tomorrow I'm off down to Ashton Court for a long overdue Sunday morning run through the woods...
Here's today's route;
Friday, April 02, 2010
Flaxley Wood was the destination of today's run. An easy, meandering seven miles with 1,000 feet of ascent run at a leisurely pace. Me, Helen and the dogs. Unusually Pedwar had a bit of life in him. The rest of us didn't, well, I didn't but it's the getting out there and doing it that counts.
Tomorrow we're off to Mynydd Troed for a recce with my Chepstow crew. And later this afternoon I might, just might, hop on the bike for an hour...
Thursday, April 01, 2010
By the time I got back to the car I was flippin' soaked, not to mention frozen. It was a good run despite all that and sets me up for a fine weekend of training.
We hope to get out for a long run in the Brecon Beacons (or Black Mountains) and I want to run at least one other hour plus session - as well as the Corndon race on Easter Monday. It's going to be a long weekend....
Here's today's route;