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Ploddingrunner Running Plodding Slogging Through Road Races

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The fear arises!

Run on, running is life, although life sometimes intrudes. Running buddies, however, are forever and I love all of my running buddies. (Lia.)

To break 2 hours in a half marathon, which Lia had never done and which was my goal, you have to run 9:09 miles. Eight days before the race I timed myself ...

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What does one say about a 50 mile race that takes them 11 1/2 hours to complete. This was my fourth ultra, after running 3 50K's starting with IAT 2010, ...

... it over the line together, with a couple of race officials, Cate and Ruth applauding us in. It was 7:38am, 19 hours and 38 minutes since we'd set off.

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By the seventh mile I was used up though and I caught up with her one last time and told her to go for it and leave me behind, to make the race ...

My other friend had to drop out of the race and for that I am sorry. But I had helped her train during the spring for a hilly half marathon (the course ...

It was a 7-mile race on the side of ski slope, interspersed with various challenges, like wading waist-deep through mud, ...

After that I checked out the finish area – another massive show of merchandise stands and, of course, the stadium arrival – before returning to the 40km ...

Me running this race a few years ago

In other words, I told Lia to run with me for at least the first few miles, as I had the racing and coaching experience necessary to set up a negative split ...

I didn't really feel the need to take them and then I decided not to for the duration of the race, I was curious to see just how much this would hurt.

Jonathan Blackledge (Oxford/Belgrave) outsprints Paulo Natali (Cambridge/Italy) to

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Ilkley Moor Fell Race

Again, there were all the familiar Somerset Series regulars (well, minus the two Matts, one of whom has been injured most the year, and the other of whom ...

Mile 2 - Run with Stephanie and her dog. Really nice two miles, I wish it were happening later in the race when I will need the company, but still a nice ...

Four guys in pikachu hats taking a pre-race photo

Another great Raven's turnout yesterday at the Inter Financial Services Cross County Champs over at Richmond Park. I have always struggled with cross ...

I ran the Canterbury 10 miler road race yesterday. This is only the third 10 mile race I have ever done, so thought I might be in with an outside chance of ...

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This was a tremendous step forward for a previously plodding runner who was now starting to come into her own as an athlete. After a taper run of seven ...

... next three miles up Rock Creek Park we noticeably got under a nine-minute per mile pace, which boded well for breaking two hours in the 13.1 mile race, ...

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I slogged through the run and tried to gear up for my customary sprint finish. Unfortunately my legs only responded for a split second before I had to ...

The last time through the creek.

My Garmin was reading long, so I expected to finish closer to 50.4 miles, as measured by my watch. Tom was struggling (as was I) and he asked me if we had ...

Picked out in particularly pro focus, worthy of George himself

Indeed, this 13.1 miles would be the farthest I had run in five years, the prior recent long run being eleven miles with Lia two weeks earlier, ...

I guess this is proof there were downhill sections. I'm in the back running with Michael.

As for me, since the race I've been savoring my return to near my old pre-injury abilities in running. Did I already say my running was in a happy place ...

Sage (First female!) and I, post run. Love that this gal has been relocated to RVA, and hope for many more runs and races together in 2014!!

From the end of Powerline there is a road section that seems to take forever to get you to Outward Bound at the fish hatchery which is around 24 miles into ...

Race bling & beer Bling! Bridge Road Brewers Bling IPA is usual beer of choice straight after a big run!

Weather was perfect, a slightly smaller field than last year but still a good number of Ravens (even someone called Arif running ...

Race specific swimming. I've been slogging myself up and down the pool all winter working on my stroke, but now the water has warmed up a bit, ...

12 weeks seems like a long time & I know it won't fly by, because when you are doing an interval on the turbo, 5 minutes is a long long time!

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I assured her we would now be going downhill, or downstream, as soon as we rounded the cone and she immediately started attacking the race at that point, ...

Once I'd stopped being a big baby about missing the last three days of HOAH, I started looking for races and found this one. A double marathon (Sat/Sun), ...

Clichés & Cobblestones (Epilogue): A Look Back at My First Half Marathon

Age is no barrier to running – and joining a local club can help you too

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Neil and Jeff chasing hard at the 2016 event, a superb race where the top 2 were separated by only 3 minutes at the end.

(Cruising!)

I could see how proud Lia was at her breakthrough race, smashing her PR by ...

“If you divert over to the other block, you will be able to finish the marathon and get your medals. No one will know the difference.

Running is good for you, and so is oral hygiene. Slightly terrifying inflatable tooth race mascot by Northeast Delta Dental.

Really need to work on that post-race pose :P

Lia's 10-mile mark was 1:24:41 (8:28) while mine was 1:26:44 (8:40). Her last 5K was 26:19 (8:28) while mine was 28:09 (9:04). When I tired and dropped back ...

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I remember the minus-degrees 20-mile run with Bex in February 2007 which led to her sub-four hour marathon in April, and the plus-90 degrees 11-mile run ...

Running through the research bases.

Dragging a dead weight: The coffee was not a great idea, as it threatened to return for most of the journey to Howtown. I was really overheating and using ...

Up the first big slope, just ahead of Jonathan

Coming out of an aid station about 1/2 way into the race.

... by MotoGP's real life commentator, but having some live commentary reacting to the race or even some pit crew chatter would have livened up the races ...

After the war they kept on competing and turning out in the traditional road and country races but the results were not as good as before the war.

Race Video (Part 1) by Carry on Running www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM72z6qIRMY. Race Video (Part 2) by Carry on Running www.youtube.com/watch?v=68Mk8ahdz-Q

Week 5 began with 2 plods to recover from the previous day's hard session. It also began with the weekly tentative posting of my blog, where I cringe a ...

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One man's Tri795 – “Ticking off the Bucket List”

Things roll over in minds. Everything starts to annoy the runners who are fuelling up on tension. The slow service. The overbearing hotel manager.

Running around in circles near the Golden Gate Bridge

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Nic doing his best gangster look to stop the cars and help me across the road at CP5. Photo from HK Run

We purposefully held back the first mile, so as not to burn up all our excess energy in our early-race excitement, then gradually picked up the pace to ...

Three days before Comrades I nipped into the Expo to collect my number. They make you feel special as an international runner with a special fasttrack queue ...

By my garmin it was 8:00:20 but the official time on my certificate says 7:58 so I will take that. Bob had finished the short route and was there ready to ...

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305 Half Marathon Race Report

Running past 'Murdo' on Jelly Bean Hill

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Photo Credit: Garth McInerney

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Who's bright idea was it to have x2 long distance (21 mile) fell races with a cumulative climb of over 6500ft the day after each other in the stunning Peak ...

49.1 miles, Photo by Katie DeSplinter

Start picture from the race organization

It's hard to make a good movie out of ultra running. Let's face it, it's not that exciting to watch someone plodding around and eating rice pudding in a way ...

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Heading up Walna Scar Road

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By the time we finished the race my fingers felt like Otter Pops, due in large part to my choice of bringing the $1 Walmart gloves instead of real gloves.

A few minutes later.

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The race is less than a month away and I've been thinking about potential race-day disasters (always the optimist). In an effort to help my first time half ...

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I worked my way, very patiently back up towards Mt. Elbert climb and the Half Pipe aid station. The steeper the climb got through those sections, ...

Clutch-time race-face. Central Park.

Just before the forest exit on the 3rd lap at the top of a climb I could see a body sprawled across the trail, Michael had booted a rock and taken a ...

So I went out and the second I did I was glad of it. The wind was hilariously strong and so I opted to run straight into it, that way I could ...

Chasing down the gazelle.