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Postby Jack Hughes » 08 Sep 2018 13:59

or, to put it another way, first parkrun since may 2017 done.

A bit over a year.

Anyway, objectives:

1) Don't stop! (Did chose quite a hilly one - down one side of the park, up the other, repeat for 3 times).

2) Keep up a steady effort... HR strap has been mislaid somewhere, and the battery is probably flat, but, the HR was definitely up for me, in terms of RPE.

3) Don't break.

4) About 25 mins hopefully.

Results:

1 - 3 were accomplished. I was well out with #4 though. Oh well. Manged to break 27 minutes though - so sub 5:30/km. And it's a benchmark.

Performance is a big pie graph made up of a thick crust of unfitness, and sumptuous filling of over +1 st in weight over the last outing, with lashings of the custard of old age.

2 of those triangles I can do something about. Will be interesting to see what happens.

Calves, quads are now stiff and sore. But nothing too remarkable.

Might have a crack again next week.

It was raining, so I probably slowed myself a good bit by wearing too much.

Need to see if I can be a couple of pounds lighter too.

But oh my, doesn't it feel good to have the endorphin rush back; certainly rolls back the metaphorical grey clouds.
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Re: Too much pie

Postby jonathon.e » 08 Sep 2018 17:48

Great stuff.
Excellent news you are back out on the parkrun trail.
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Re: Too much pie

Postby Jimba » 09 Sep 2018 08:22

Great to hear you are back Jack, staying unbroken trumps all other objectives!

Ref the custard, I was looking at the Vitruvian results yesterday and it struck me how good the performances of people with lashings of custard were, compared to 5-10years ago. There are some amazing results in the 55-59 and 60-64 groups on a few races I have done including yesterday’s (not that I did it yesterday!). I am putting it down to a large cohort of people who took up racing/fitness in their 40s and are just moving up the age range. An alternative explanation is more are retiring early and devoting more time to training etc. One way or the other those podiums are just as difficult :lol:
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Re: Too much pie

Postby Jack Hughes » 10 Sep 2018 08:09

jonathon.e wrote:Great stuff.
Excellent news you are back out on the parkrun trail.
Trainers ? Bare foot, five fingers, flats, cushioned trainers?


10 year old garmin
5 year old trainers (not many miles on them).

Got about 5 years of running until I need some new ones.


Legs held up. Terrific DOMS in every leg muscle - calves, quads, hams, glutes. Don't anything anything is abnormal - calf was a bit tight before, might come out a bit tight afterwards.

Looking forward to going again. Tipped down all morning, so didn't get out the bike. Just had a reasonable walk in the late afternoon/evening.

Will probably try a 15 - 20 mins run tonight. Very slowly.

Consistency is key, after all. At this stage I would prefer to run very slowly than not at all.

Really need to shift the weight though, which will be challenging.
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Re: Too much pie

Postby Jack Hughes » 10 Sep 2018 08:17

Jimba wrote:Great to hear you are back Jack, staying unbroken trumps all other objectives!

Ref the custard, I was looking at the Vitruvian results yesterday and it struck me how good the performances of people with lashings of custard were, compared to 5-10years ago. There are some amazing results in the 55-59 and 60-64 groups on a few races I have done including yesterday’s (not that I did it yesterday!). I am putting it down to a large cohort of people who took up racing/fitness in their 40s and are just moving up the age range. An alternative explanation is more are retiring early and devoting more time to training etc. One way or the other those podiums are just as difficult :lol:


What I have consistently noted, in park run, is that the age group above me (i.e. yours) does consistently better, both median and mean, than my age group.

Small population (after 70 runners)

Top 3 VM 55+

10th @ 23:08
14th @ 23:45
26th @ 27:05

Top 3 VM 50+

5th @ 22:16
23rd @ 26:29
24th @ 26:56

Median 23:45 vs. 26:29
Mean 24:39 vs 25:14

Obviously, the running rot set in the year I was born ;)

p.s. it's quite a tough course as the times reflect, only the first finisher was under 20 minutes on Saturday.
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Re: Too much pie

Postby Jack Hughes » 10 Sep 2018 08:19

On the subject of trainers, the "on cloud" seem to be the "thought leaders" at the moment.

I'm currently using Inov-8 road-x 233: light (233g in size 8), flexible foot bed/sole, 6mm heel to toe drop.

Cloud - x: similar sort of weight, flexible foot bed/sole, 6mm heel to toe drop + more cushioning (according to the blurb).

Obviously, they cost a lot and don't last that long.
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Re: Too much pie

Postby jonathon.e » 10 Sep 2018 08:30

Jack Hughes wrote:On the subject of trainers, the "on cloud" seem to be the "thought leaders" at the moment.

I'm currently using Inov-8 road-x 233: light (233g in size 8), flexible foot bed/sole, 6mm heel to toe drop.

Cloud - x: similar sort of weight, flexible foot bed/sole, 6mm heel to toe drop + more cushioning (according to the blurb).

Obviously, they cost a lot and don't last that long.


I had not heard of them before, but just looked at them, very pricey for a short life trainer, but well regarded. It seems, capable of being used for training and racing. If they drop in price ( end of season sale ), I may look at them more.
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