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30/10/2011 at 22:31

Hi all,

Very busy weekend. 

Garmin arrived Friday, very impressive, unlike my running. Went out early this morning but didn't feel right from start. Was attempting 7 miles but had to give up about half way, just couldn't carry on. Really dented my confidence ahead of supposedly going to the club on Tuesday and a 7 mile race next Sunday

31/10/2011 at 11:35
Morning Stripes and all!

Shame about your first run with the Garmin. I had a similar run a couple of weeks ago just before my first club outing but it was ok in the end. The other runners will pull you through so don't be too disheartened.

Does the Garmin look good? Things that concern me are battery life and finding the satellites which I heard can take ages. If you think it's worth the money I have my eye on one on eBay at the moment do Ill prob go for it.

I ran a quick 2.5 miles on Sunday morning. I was out at 6.30 and I didn't pass a soul. Good way to start the day and burn off the booze from the night before.

Mal - I've been through the lack of motivatoon too for the last few weeks but my club run is giving me a good reason to go out on a Tuesday. Just a short run of a mile now and again will keep you in shape. With a young family it must be difficult finding any time though so don't feel bad about it.
31/10/2011 at 13:48

Hi Silver,

The battery lasts about ten hours and the satellite lock on was really quick yesterday, maybe 30 seconds from turning it on. Not sure what kind of area is best to live in, mine is average, its not totally rural but its not exactly Manhattan either. The download from watch to computer is simple. The Garmin website is much better than the bundled software. Still learning about the watch but the options are great and the wealth of data it creates is amazing. I studied Friday's good 4 mile run intently but have yet to look at yesterdays disaster

31/10/2011 at 15:13
Sounds good Stripes. I'm going to go for it I think. I'll have a look on eBay tonight.

Just did a steady 5.5k at lunchtime. All off road so loved it running through leaves and mud. The temp is still 17 degrees down here so it's lovely - grey skies but no rain so great for running although I had the wind full in my face for the last mile.

Makes it worth coming to work when I can get out at lunchtime. I hate being stuck behind my desk all day!
31/10/2011 at 18:08

Stripes, sorry to hear you've had a rubbish run and it has dented your confidence. I hope you have a brilliant run with the club to offset it. I'm not running enough for a Garmin but it sounds brilliant.

Silver your run sounds lovely, I'm looking forward to getting to the stage when 5k is gentle!

I got out for a run this afternoon, it was really good. A 2.5km loop through the park and alongside the river. I really enjoyed it so I may have found my groove again. I hope so.

Edited: 31/10/2011 at 18:09
31/10/2011 at 21:43
Hi Mal. Well done with the 2.5k - that's a good distance when you are low on motivation. Which river do you run along as it sounds like a great route?

It is hard work getting out sometimes and it's so easy to put it off. I just try to remember how good it feels when you finish. That feeling of satisfaction is second to none and worth all the effort.

I kept my run relatively slow today so I have some energy for the club run tomorrow evening. Not that I'm that fast anyway but I know slowing down by 10 to 15 seconds a km makes a huge difference to how well I cope.

Most important thing is that we both got out there and got a bit healthier and a bit fitter cos that's what it's all about!
01/11/2011 at 00:07

Hi Mal and Silver, well done on your runs.

Just got back from a great gig, saw Steve Earle at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

Finally uploaded the run from Sunday and think I may have gone off too fast again, hoping that if I do go tomorrow I will find it easier running with others.

01/11/2011 at 08:08
Morning All! Kids woke me up at stupid o'clock this morning as they haven't got used to the clock change this weekend. Too many sweets last night I think.

Stripes have a great run this evening. Hope all goes well and they are a friendly bunch. I'm sure it will be fine.

Best of Luck.
01/11/2011 at 21:43

Hi all,

Club run went well. Did about six miles with a couple of stops. Enjoyed running with other people. Spoke to a few of them and will definitely be going back. Glad I have done it and also that I have laid Sunday to rest.

Now got next race this weekend to worry about

01/11/2011 at 22:36
Well done Stripes. Glad it went well tonight. Were there a lot of people there?

I missed my club run tonight as I've been minding the kids all day and had to get them to bed this evening. Not too worried though as I've covered a few miles over the last 2 days. Really enjoying it too and may get out for another 5 or 6 tomorrow.

I'm really pleased for you getting out with the club. Well done.

Did you use the Garmin?
01/11/2011 at 22:55

Hi Silver,

Didn't use the Garmin, thought I would look a bit of a plonker first time there but lots of people had them. Will use it next week when I go. I'm getting the money for it as a birthday present so I shouldn't really be using it for 3 weeks until I hit the big four zero

There were lots of people there, between 30-40 I would guess. The stopping and starting was a bit of a shock to the system but I am sure I will get used to it. That is another thing that the Garmin can cope with, apparently you can set it so that it cuts out the time you have stopped without you having to turn it on and off again.

Glad you are enjoying your running again. You have got to try a race now. You will get nagged until you do, especially when Booey gets back

02/11/2011 at 11:30
Hi Stripes. 30-40 is a good turn out. I know what you mean about the stopping it gets annoying sometimes and my legs tighten up too. We are only standing for a min or two max and that's only a couple of times throughout the evening though.

Thinking about a lunchtime run today. May do the 7.5k route near the office if I have time. After a day with the kids yesterday I need a bit of freedom and a good run in the country would help.

02/11/2011 at 11:41
Good stuff. I am gonna rest today then just do a gentle four tomorrow ready for Sunday.
02/11/2011 at 13:51

Hi I am back  did you miss me  

I am mad mad busy at work as expected so its a quick hello and I will have to chat more tomorrow

I had a great time away although the running plan didnt come together, we had a fair bit of rain and it just didn't happen but hey hoo

Hopefully can get away 4.30ish to make running club tonight at 5.15

Not had time to read back yet catch up 2moz *waves*

02/11/2011 at 14:56
Well hello there Boo!

Boy has it been quiet round here without you! I'm glad you're back as I was tempted to stray into those other threads where the serious runners lurk.

Stripes has kept me company and you'll be pleased to hear we have both been putting in the miles over the last few days.

So why no long run in Newquay? Was the weather that bad as its been great here v mild and dry. How did your hubby do with the windsurfing?

I missed my club run last night due to family stuff and feel a bit miffed about it but it was a long day of school drop offs and swimming lessons so I felt like I'd run a marathon by 7.30.

Enjoy your run this evening - I'll look for the lights on the horizon again!
02/11/2011 at 16:48
Just come across this HM next weekend. It's made for me as my mother in law lives about 1/2 m from the start and a colleague of mine lives about 500 yards from the finish.

It's virtually flat and all on paths etc which is what I'm used to.

Am I mad to go for it?

http://www.purplepatchrunning.com/races/grand-union-canal-half-marathon-
02/11/2011 at 17:16

Hi Booey, nice to have you back. Hope the weekend was good despite the weather.

Silver, it looks like a good race but only you know if you are ready to go that far. Personally I wouldn't but I am always looking on the bleak side. Its not until 13th so you have got 11 days to prepare

02/11/2011 at 17:23
11 days isn't long is it. I figure it would be a test and a good race as I know the area and it's very picturesque.

The first half doesnt worrye as thats about 10k. I guess it doesn't matter if I end up walking some of the second half?

I will see if I can get the wife's permission to have Sunday morning off and if she'll pick me up. From past experience that will almost be as hard as doing the run itself!
02/11/2011 at 18:35
Hope you do get permission!
02/11/2011 at 18:41
Hello stranger. You must stop teasing us with these short posts. Tell us what's going on in Maladroit Mansions! Did you get a chance to run anymore.

Mrs Silver hasn't mentioned the email I sent her about the race since I got home So I know it won't be easy getting the nod!
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