Sunday 12 April, 09:37
6C, windy, overcast – turned brighter later. Ran with Jeff, just intended to take it steady with a lot of climbing on the outward run. Thought the hills were OK but my heart rate readings were off the scale; partly due to not wetting the contacts, mostly because it was tough. After a drink at 5 miles the route turned flatter then downhill. My legs held out to the end, really enjoyed the crowds and the shouts of ‘Jeff and Steve’. The time was a PB for a race half marathon. Good preparation for the Liverpool Marathon in June.
Distance (Garmin): 21:22km
Time: 1:53:03 (official)
Avg HR: 167bpm! (spikes, hills)
Avg pace: 5:20 min/km
White trainers #2
Saturday 19 February, 13:42
Cool, 2C, slight breeze. Went to Bolton to run 18 miles of the Ironman course with Jeff. It meant running just over 2.5 lengths of a 7 mile route from Horwich to Bolton centre along footpath and cycle track.
Brilliant running with Jeff, we kept pace with each other OK and the 3 hours passed quickly. Carried 800ml of cordial and had 4 gels. Tired towards the end but the long inclines and occasional short hills were good. Feeling quite ready for the Rome Marathon in 4 weeks.
Avg HR: 152bpm
Avg pace: 6:00 min/km
Naughton, Henderson (2) and Craig Beattie for the Blades.
Very open, end to end game. Lots of chances and could easily have been a higher score. Over 27,000 crowd were in good voice. Strengthened our 4th place in the Championship, moved to 1 point behind Reading in 3rd.
Top players today – Jamie Ward (on his full debut) ran and chased all over the front line. Naysmith had a good game at full back. O’Toole made his debut and was notable in the first half, bringing the ball down and making intelligent passes. Other strong performances all around the team. MOTM – Ward.
Went with Jeff and what a cracking game. Sun in our eyes – good seats behind the goal – and Jeff with his new specs could see the action at the Bramall Lane end more clearly than usual. A bright and breezy afternoon, instead of the rain that had been forecast.
Webber scored for Blades, Morgan og equalised for Brum, then Craig Beattie was fouled for a pen and Cotterill put it away.
Nice weather, good positive football from Blades, good crowd (24k+) that got behind the team right from the start. Best performance for a while. Kept it down and battled for every ball.
MOM for me – Monty.
Was good to see Jeff again. Gone to 5th in table.
Went with Jeff, and the pleasant winter sunshine didn’t make up for a poor Blades performance. Always hoofing it up in the air to our vertically-challenged strike force.
Lupoli scored in the 5th minute to equalise, and did well on his debut. Halford was the target man up front, provided cover on the right midfield and helped in defence too. He also took the long throws, which were so effective yet they changed to taking short ones(?). Halford was my MOTM.
Fans calling for Blackwell out – he seems to have no idea, no tactics, and can’t get them to play on the floor. Dropped to 5th place in the table and hope is fading of a strong finish to the season.
After a poor first half (went in 0-1 down), the Blades finally got going in the second half. Stephen Quinn equalised, Webber scored to make it 2-1 and Quinn got a third from a cracking free kick into the top corner to make it 3-1. By the end we were showboating, passing it around and fully in control.
Shock news that Paddy Kenny has been put on the transfer list, but his replacement Bennett, did very well. No worries if Paddy leaves in the transfer window.
Man of the match for me was Dyer – always running and chasing and went past defenders and made a few decent crosses – closely followed by Quinn and Naughton.
Had a good chat with Jeff about Christmas and this and that.
Went to watch The Blades v Reading at BDTBL on Sat 15/11/08. Brilliant seeing Jeff but a shame we lost 0-2. Played best in 2nd half, but Reading too good for us this time. A bogey side for us, and with Birmingham and Wolves they’re the 3 clear leaders of the Championship and vying for the 2 automatic promotion slots.
So far this season have been to:
Blades v QPR 16/8/08
Huddersfield v Blades (Carling Cup) 27/8/08
Blades v Cardiff 30/8/08
Blades v Watford 27/9/08
Blades v Bristol 4/10/08
Blades v Plymouth 1/11/08
Blades v Reading