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Sky_Blue_Daz

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On the late shift today , very hungover . Popped into Finbars and the Parkgate after the game both decent places
 

Sky_Blue_Daz

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On a nightshift tonight so got 5 miles done this morning,
 

Travs

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Club session with Godiva tonight.

5 x 1km with 90secs rest...

3:22
3:21
3:20
3:24
3:25

The final two being an absolute ordeal.

Whilst the club fell training i do up in the Lakes is incredibly tough and sometimes very intense, they just can't match the intensity of the flat sessions compared to down here at Godiva.
 
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Great_Expectations

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The London marathon is looming ever closer (~6 weeks away) and my training still isn’t anywhere near where it needs to be.

I felt great for the virtual last October, but since covid at the start of the year knocked me back I was gradually starting to get back onto 30/35 miles a week and then lockdown was lifted and socialising was a thing again and my running took another hit.

I did do London Landmarks Half a few weeks ago in 1:40 which I was pleased with all things considered, so there’s hope!

Got to try and get as much running in as I can and try and get a 15 and 17/18 miler in and I’ll be happy enough.

I’ve said it before, but I enjoy an ale and a social too much to be a ‘proper’ runner! However going to cut down until marathon week and see how much it improves my fitness and body fat.
 
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Travs

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6 weeks gives you a bit of time to increase your base. As you suggest, get as much regular running in as possible (without going mental, overdoing it and getting injured)

If it was 2-3 weeks i'd say just concentrate on doing a few good sessions to sharpen you up, and concentrate on getting to the start line fresh and free from injury.

I think it's possible to get round a marathon without full commitment to training, so long as you only intend to "complete".... but if you intend to "compete" then you can't cheat the miles in training.
 
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Travs

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Club night with Godiva... 25 minute cross-country effort.

7 miles in total, on top of 7 miles in the morning, made for a solid day.

Debating a parkrun tomorrow, possibly Bedworth or Warwick Racecourse.
 
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CrawleySkyBlue

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Did the Tilgate Parkrun (Crawley) the Saturday before last in just over 18:30. A bit down on my peak levels during the middle of the pandemic where I was doing the course on my own in around 18:10. Down to missed training due to negotiating a house move, a misbehaving puppy and drinking too much during the euros!

Got a 60 min session at 4:00min per KM planned for lunchtime today. Happy weekend running people.
 
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Travs

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Got a 60 min session at 4:00min per KM planned for lunchtime today.
That's a fair session... i was doing similar before i moved up to Lakes, on the track at Nuneaton... Longer sessions, 10/12km/etc trying to keep below 4:00/km pace.

It does give you confidence when you find yourself running something like 39mins for 10km on a non-flat-out training run. And strengthened my belief that i could hold that pace for a half-marathon on a flat course.

Although my most recent coach at Godiva (although he has just left), believed that was still too intense for that kind of distance, and wouldn't recommend over about 20-25mins at that sort of pace in training.
 

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I love the idea of doing a Parkrun but wish they had an afternoon option too. Other than the probability I'm at least a little hungover at 9am on a Saturday, being a night owl means I just don't function in the morning, especially when it comes to exercise.
 

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That's a fair session... i was doing similar before i moved up to Lakes, on the track at Nuneaton... Longer sessions, 10/12km/etc trying to keep below 4:00/km pace.

It does give you confidence when you find yourself running something like 39mins for 10km on a non-flat-out training run. And strengthened my belief that i could hold that pace for a half-marathon on a flat course.

Although my most recent coach at Godiva (although he has just left), believed that was still too intense for that kind of distance, and wouldn't recommend over about 20-25mins at that sort of pace in training.
Interesting. I regularly do a training run of 10km in anywhere between 38:30-40:00. Maybe do it once or twice a week. Much prefer these consistent sessions to reps which I find much harder.

Agreed though running a 4:00/km for 10km does breed confidence.
 

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I love the idea of doing a Parkrun but wish they had an afternoon option too. Other than the probability I'm at least a little hungover at 9am on a Saturday, being a night owl means I just don't function in the morning, especially when it comes to exercise.
Same here. Always fancied doing it but not at 9 on a Saturday morning.
 

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I love the idea of doing a Parkrun but wish they had an afternoon option too. Other than the probability I'm at least a little hungover at 9am on a Saturday, being a night owl means I just don't function in the morning, especially when it comes to exercise.
I used to do it hungover more often than not, it does help snap you out of it if you can get up
 

Travs

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You don't have to religiously attend training sessions when you join a club.

I often go months without seeing people from my own club at sessions. Indeed my "first" club is Godiva yet i now live in the Lake District.

Benefit of club membership is it registers you with EA/UKA, which is often a condition of entry for decent level races. Also enables you to run (for free, as paid by club) in the road relays, cross country leagues and championships, track league fixtures, etc.

In my opinion it's very good value.... membership at Godiva is less than £90/year... if you do a couple of cross-country fixtures, a couple of champs races, maybe one or two relays, it's worth that in entry fees alone.... let alone the training.
 
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Travs

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Bedworth Parkrun this morning 18:40

Had planned to go over to Warwick Racecourse which in my opinion should be much quicker (anyone who's done Bedworth will know there's a number of tight corners and steep hill sections which really break up any rhythm).... but sadly didn't have enough time to make it over there.

Still, reasonably pleased with 18:40 at Bedworth. A big improvement on a few weeks ago at Cov when i didn't feel "tuned up" at all and ran something like 19:20
 

Travs

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Entered the Nueaton 10km a fortnight today.

Anyone done it before, know the route? Flat?
 

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Entered the Nueaton 10km a fortnight today.

Anyone done it before, know the route? Flat?
Starts outside the council house, up dual carriageway. Left past pingles, down past Attleboro arms then into the park behind Sainsbury’s ans back down to the dual carriageway. I think it’s two laps and finishes with 800m on the pingles track.
No hills but a couple of gentle slopes.
 
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Travs

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Looks a decent enough course. I'm familiar with most of it as when i do track sessions at Pingles i do a fair part of that circuit as a warm-up.
 
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Another 5k today, slowly getting back into the habit. 23:30, all splits under 5/km for the first time in a while, last couple under 4:30/km
 
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Travs

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Club session at Godiva last night, 12 x 400mtrs on the track, with 75secs rest.

Generally kept them at 78-80secs (3:15-3:20/km pace). Also did an extra 13th rep wearing my mate's Nike carbon springy plate shoes, which are absolutely ridiculous, i can see why people run faster times in them, and also see why they are banned in a lot of races!

10 miles on top of 5 miles in the morning, gave a solid day.

British Fell Championships this weekend up on the Pennines (only a dozen miles from home!). Will be hoping for a decent position, but more looking to next year when i move up to veteran over-40 category, where i'm hoping to be competitive and score champs points.
 

Sky_Blue_Daz

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Got another 5 miles done then walked the dog for 3 miles yesterday
 

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I'm getting back into it after having my momentum knocked by a couple of minor illnesses. My London Marathon date got pushed back by 6 months to October 2022 which I'm not totally gutted about. Extra time to get fit before I start properly training.
 

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Not running per se , I've joined the gym , and the cycling machine is my go to .

Looking to shift 4 stone .. First session today 40 minutes .. legs didn't work when I came off the machine 🤣
 
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Travs

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Raced in the British Fell Champs today up on the North Pennines. It is usally a 4 race series, over varying race distances, but due to covid this year was a one-off, winner takes all race.

Finished 95th which i was very pleased with, having never finished in the top 150 before in an english/brit champs race, let alone inside the top 100...

Also managed to be the final scorer for my Cumbrian club in the team event, and a scoring member of the 5th best fell running club in the UK...!
 

Earlsdon_Skyblue1

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Not really run I a year or two but I want to start again. Any advice?

Do a lot of weights but my cardio is nonexistent l.
 

Great_Expectations

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Not really run I a year or two but I want to start again. Any advice?

Do a lot of weights but my cardio is nonexistent l.
Start slow, don’t put any pressure or expectation on yourself and within a couple of weeks you’ll see an improvement and at that point you can start setting some goals.

Also vary your routes, it’s the only thing that keeps me going. I constantly try to find new areas to explore and include, even if it’s just a new cut through behind streets or something that silly and simple. Couldn’t do the same route/routes repeatedly, it would bore me to death.

Travs can probably give you some specific/proper advice re training, but hopefully this helps!
 
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