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24/08/2012 at 07:11

Hi all - sorry for the absence..... been a bit full on here, new job taking it out of me a bit - lots to learn, all new technology and a million different systems and packages to be used!  Steep learning curve much!

Running - i've been out a fair bit (shorter runs mainly) and started at our local pure gym and am doing 3/4 spin classes a week.  Not forever but for a little while.  

Mal - hope things pick up.  We had a particularly stressful year 2010 / 2011 in our family, but things have picked up this year.  There's generally always an end point to miserable situations so fingers crossed you all turn a corner soon xxx 

26/08/2012 at 00:47
Think our little thread is dying on its arse

Did a half marathon in training today(1:57) so felt I deserved a few drinks after!

Hope you are all well.

Bet you enjoyed the game Silver
26/08/2012 at 08:50

Hi Stripes - I think you're right - but from my end, i'm not getting the email reminders stating that there's been a posting made - so i'm just forgetting to check it so often!!!  

I wonder why that is - I haven't changed any settings.

Did a little run this morning (6.2 miles) but it was all down a canal tow path, through kissing gates - was lovely.  87 miles for the month so far - so it looks like I will make my target of 90 miles (am now thinking to push for the 100!!!)

I've been doing lots of spinning too this past week as i've joined a 'pure gym' near to where I live.  So cheap with all the classes included at 17 quid a month!  I will be a member for a couple of months until my OH comes home and then i'll get fat again LOL!

Happy Bank Hol weekend to everyone.  Stripes - sounds like your training is doing brilliant!! Keep it up and let us know if you get in the marathon (have you put your name down yet?)

26/08/2012 at 09:36
Well done Emma. You are way ahead of me on miles(76) but I should still beat last months 80.

Not entered a marathon as yet. Not sure how London entry works but think its full for at least the next ten years

Was thinking of something smaller like Stratford upon Avon but will see how my body reacts to runs of 18+ miles in the months leading up to Christmas before I commit.
Have you got any races coming up?
26/08/2012 at 19:53

I don't have any big races - I get a potential RNLI 5 miles in Portsmouth next month and then a definite 10k (Hursley 10k) on the 23rd Sept..... I opted for the 10k rather than the half marathon which is on the same day (lol)....

October there's a definite 10 mile Great South Run, but I may look to do a shorter one (a couple of weeks before...) maybe, maybe not - I like collecting medals at the moment though I'm sure the novelty will wear off!!!

What about you?  I know you had a race last week or the week before was it? I lose track of time..... any more in the calendar?


26/08/2012 at 20:44
Hi Guys - just had a quick scan back through posts but been a bit busy with the hols to write too much. Hope the thread isn't dying - I'll try to contribute a bit more.

The Barca game was unbelievable Stripes. Me and my boy flew up to Barcelona specially for it and the whole experience was fantastic. Walking down the road with 90000 fans at 12.30 at night in 32 degree heat was something else. I toOk a lot of video which I will try to post when I'm back. Thanks to my dads generosity we had seats right next to the touch line and level with the penalty area. I could almost shake Messis hand we were that close. Thing is every other game will seem a letdown after that. Great result for Liverpool today - I thought they had Man City didn't you?

Anyway I've run a couple more times up and around this godforsaken Spanish mountain mainly early morning as its been 38degrees and humid everyday. We've had a great time but I'm sick of the pool and San Miguel/ Sangria now. I'd love a bit of rain and a nice cup of tea!!

Well done on the running all - I'm in training for Oxford half when I get back!!
27/08/2012 at 08:17

Lol Silver! Sick of the pool and San Miguel and want rain and tea - well, there's plenty of that about for when you get home!!! 

Oxford Half - phew - I know I could do another half marathon but really, after 10 miles I start to flag.... 

27/08/2012 at 09:50
Ha ha Silver. Glad the game was good. Anything will be a letdown after that Thought we gave it away yesterday which was upsetting but there were some good signs.

I have got two definites(Lichfield 10k and Macclesfield HM) plus a couple of maybes so similar to you Emma.
28/08/2012 at 09:47

Hola all

Well I can report that I have done no running this month, but my walking is getting stronger. Been away camping this weekend in the Peak District, was scared about going as didn't think I'd manage, but after a couple of can't get out of bed (as in can't stand up) moments and everyone arranging days that wouldn't take it too much out of me it ended up a weekend of pub, drink, beer with the odd 300yd walk in between (pub to tent and back ). We tried to go to Chatsworth House yesterday but without a scooter there was no way I'd of managed it so gave it a miss and came home.

Less than 2 weeks till back at the hospital now where hopefully I'll get some positive news.  One guy who we were camping with said after his 10 week intense physio he is running/cycling etc so fingers crossed.  It will hurt but I can't wait to be active again.

Glad to hear that everyone is doing so well and still signing up to races, I can't see any until back on feet, but still have Silverstone HM to look forward to. Haven't given up on that one

Silver - glad you have had a good holiday and that you and your boy enjoyed the football.

Em - brilliant running, impressed with spinning, and great milage

Stripes - Great HM time, bet you are really chuffed.

Mal - Hope all gets better soon and that we hear more from you.

Boo - What you up to?

Don't let our thread die  what else would we do???

28/08/2012 at 12:17

Hi guys

I have just booked a holiday  Fuerteventura 4th Oct for a week  whey hey cant wait  we are stopping in Costa Calma again as we know there is a good windsurfing place there what OH used before.  Different hotel though which is right on the beach behind the windsurfing place  it means OH only has a few yards to walk back to me sunbathing and food and drink haha

Had a lovely BH weekend, I ran Sat 6.2 and Mon 5 still no LSR  gonna try and do one this week otherwise I am out of time  HM a week Sunday  oh well its my own fault I will have to see what I can manage but really wanna beat my time of 2.22

Off to Westbay camping this weekend Fri-Sun, mates 50th Friday so we should have a laugh  just preying the weather is kind

My end of month running total is going to be pretty grim again I think unless I do squeeze the LSR in this week, I will keep you informed

Stripes - well done the HM training time - brilliant  rather you than me if you do decide on the Mara, are you prepared for training to take over your life

Em - well done on the high mileage again this month, at least you are consistant unlike me

Silver - holiday sounds great, glad you had a good time

Maam - counting the days off now till hospital ah, think positive and hopefully all will be good and you can start on physio

Mal - hows things?  hope all ok

28/08/2012 at 18:34
Hi all.

Glad you had a good weekend away Maam. The pub beats walking any day!

Booey. Hope you manage to get your LSR in this week. Sure you will smash your best HM time.

Had my gait rechecked at a different shop and have ended up with non Adidas shoes so will have to change my username!
28/08/2012 at 20:50

This forum is very strange - i've started getting email notifications again.

hee hee - what's your new name going to be Stripes?  Brooksy?  Asicsoid?  Niker-Boy? 

Just done my tempo session.  Felt easier today!!!

28/08/2012 at 23:54

Well done Emma. What does it consist of? I know I will have to try some proper speedwork if I am ever going to improve but not sure where to start.

I have been varying the pace of my runs for a long time now and try to do one faster run each week.

Cant take a 'fartlek' serious but then I have got an incredibly juvenile sense of humour

Ha Ha. You were close with Niker-Boy

Was thinking of 'Swoosh' but imagine it would cost me a few million dollars!

The shoes do feel good though. I've always been a slow starter but for the last few months I have been extremely cautious early in my runs due to the knee niggle but it wasn't there at all tonight. Not sure if its the shoes, the exercises, psychosomatic or just a fluke


29/08/2012 at 18:08
Hi all.

Glad you had a good weekend away Maam. The pub beats walking any day!

Booey. Hope you manage to get your LSR in this week. Sure you will smash your best HM time.

Had my gait rechecked at a different shop and have ended up with non Adidas shoes so will have to change my username!
29/08/2012 at 21:18

Stripes your playing copy cat again

I've had a great night out with the OH at the pics to see The Expendables 2. Fantastic film, so cheezy, full of action but just brilliant!

29/08/2012 at 21:41
Oh no. Sorry. Bloody phone. Glad you enjoyed the film.
30/08/2012 at 07:08

hi Stripes

The speed session on Tuesday was a pyramid (?) or something.... basically there's a track of 400 metres at the leisure centre - its grass but they've cut the grass and painted lines.  We did 100 metres full pelt, 100 metre jog recovery. Then 200 metres full pelt, 100 metre jog recovery 300 metres full pelt, 100 metres jog recovery... then 200 / 100, 100 / 100 x 5 (or was it 4). The faster team members got to do the 300 metres twice in the middle.  And we had to avoid the dog sick.  

I can never bring myself to really do the fartlek (titter titter) on my own - I do it for a few lamposts then realise its too much hard work and potter on around at my pace again.  Do you have a local running club that do speed training?  I joined mine for this reason only (and as a bonus I get to do races at cheaper rates!!!)

30/08/2012 at 11:26
Blimey that sounds tough, although I'm sure the dog sick made everyone go a bit quicker.

The local club didn't do anything like that on the few trials I had. May try a different club in the next town. They appear to be much larger and their website makes them seem very well organised.
30/08/2012 at 12:10

Em that does sound like hard work, but I recon it has to reap rewards. I keep looking at joining my local club but unless I get a move with work it isn't worth it as I'm not home early enough to run with them That is when I can run!

Stripes, don't loose heart, you'll get there. I must admit I find the fartlek between lamposts a good challenge to myself. I mentally play games with myself to make it a which will win out mind or body and up till now my mind has set strong enough to carry me through every speed bit

Been out today for a bit of a wonder round shops and do some shopping for cooking tonight, got friends coming round for dinner as a kind of trying to set them up type thing.  They seem to like each other but won't do anything so call it a helping hand Candles at the ready!

31/08/2012 at 09:42

Morning all.

Last night went well even if did add a few pounds to the waist. Was nice to cook for friends again though. Might even try to make it a more regular thing too

Oh, I've spoken to work and I'm going to do a trial run to work next week to see if feasible for me to get there and back safely with a view to returning to work the w/c 10th! Looking forward to going back but sure after 1 day I'll be fed up again Oh well lotto win still hasn't come my way so don't have a choice

Hope everyone else is doing well and has a great weekend planned

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