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SteveIcon...09-10-2016 @ 19:29 
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As long as everything goes well 2:15 sounds achievable. Whatever happens and no matter how easy if feels stick to your planned pace at first. You can always speed up in the second half if you are going well. You can't undo the effects of starting too fast. It's not nice suffering through the second half feeling completely broken!
little_aIcon...11-10-2016 @ 19:40 
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Last long one for now, well apart from Sunday.

9.6 mile 1:40:11

Short faster one on Thursday, and a dead slow Parkrun on Saturday and that's that. Sunday we run.

Sunday after noon I eat KFC and drink Guinness.
little_aIcon...11-10-2016 @ 19:42 
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Also, whilst I haven't acknowledged every nugget of help and advice that you more experienced guys have thrown me I have taken them onboard and hopefully will reap the benefits if I can stick to them, so thanks for that.Happy
BoarIcon...11-10-2016 @ 19:43 
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best of luck !!

that KFC is gonna taste mighty fine !
CuddlesIcon...11-10-2016 @ 21:01 
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I haven't had kfc in bloody ages.

Good luck hombre!
little_aIcon...13-10-2016 @ 18:53 
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4k run 23:31. Finger lickin good!
little_aIconParkrun #4815-10-2016 @ 18:50 
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Warrington Park Run 32:22. Nice and easy.
little_aIconManchester Half Marathon16-10-2016 @ 18:08 
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My first organised half marathon. Set myself the goal of doing 2:30 when I first took this thing on. I've only ever done 13 and a bit miles once before and the time wasn't confidence boosting. My almost 10 mile runs have been a bit more encouraging so I'm up for it. I've had loads of great advice and I used the bits that made sense.
Pre race - I had my arse kicked for trying to run at the paces I've done previously at a heavier weight, so a couple of weeks ago I tightened all the diet up and cut all junk food, alcohol and excess carbs. Bwt first thing 84.8K. Target weight.
Getting to the venue was straight forward, great organisation for bag drop etc although weather was a tad cold for standing around outside. 5 mins before that start the rain came and brought a bit more cold with it. Walking to the start line took 10 minutes after the race started then we're off. 2k in and the weather although didn't change got pleasant.
Race start - BOAR had given me the great advice of 'ace the pace, ace the race' and armed with a Garmin that gives current pace this was the plan. Best advice ever. I set out to run in 5k segments under 35 mins to give me a target time of 2:27. The 5ks went as followed -
0-5 00:32:35
5-10 00:31:51
10-15 00:32:38
15-20 00:34:40
20-21+ 00:07:51
Finish 02:19:35

I faded a good bit after 18k, but I'll work on what could have gone better at this one before the next one. For now I did what I set out to do.

Post race - bucket of KFC, big open bag of Cadburys heroes between me and my Mrs (who also did it and was pleased with her time) and a case of Carling with the dogs on my lap. I predict an early night with a big smile on my face. Life after lifting. Good days.
ChrisMcCarthyIcon...16-10-2016 @ 18:40 
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Good Man!!
BoarIcon...16-10-2016 @ 18:42 
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superb day all round for you n val !! congrats

and I'm honoured to have played a small part !
SteveIcon...16-10-2016 @ 19:50 
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Well done to both of you especially sticking to the pace early on. It's so easy to get excited and go off too fast.

Has that inspired you to want to do more or never again?
CuddlesIcon...16-10-2016 @ 21:29 
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Great work matey.

What's next?
RickIcon...16-10-2016 @ 22:36 
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Post Edited: 16.10.2016 @ 22:37 PM by Rick
Well done mate. Life after lifting indeed!
little_aIcon...17-10-2016 @ 13:03 
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Steve said:Has that inspired you to want to do more or never again?


Cuddles said:What's next?


Definitely wonít be the last one for three reasons Ė
1) I feel much healthier doing this kind of training
2) It didnít take an unhealthy amount out of me
3) I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would
As for what next, Well Iíd like to get this time nearer to two hours next time out, and possibly under this time next year. Iím seriously pondering a full marathon next year too, but this is at the thinking only stage yet. Am aiming to make every 10k under 60 mins which is something Iíve only done twice so far, PB parkruns this year, Manchester night run next month and this 10k cross country with Ed Clarke later in the year. Iím enjoying my running right now, but I need to get back on my bike and hopefully do my first ton if I get enough of a break in the weather this year. Could do with tightening up my 85k frame so a bit more on the weights is on the cards. All in all itís a good time to be me.
BodIcon...17-10-2016 @ 13:47 
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Job well done. I don't comment much at all, but there are half a dozen journals on here I look at regularly & it's great to see the progress being made. You seem to enjoy it too, which never does any harm! I'm almost tempted to start cycling again in a half-serious manner!

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