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20/11/2011 at 09:11

Morning all!

 Re the point about PB, I've never really thought about it like that before, I just assumed a PB was exactly that  ah well, I guess it dosn't really matter as long as I keep improving, lol!

 Boo - I am LOVING dubstep too, it makes up a good proportion of my running tracks, I'm a sucker for a a huge bass drop!

 My runs have been a bit pants this week, or should I say my non-runs...  I was meant to go for my club run Thurs eve, but the husband had to go take a judo class while the sensei was away (my eldest daughter (6.5) went with him for her first ever session, and absolutely loved it!). 

 Then Fri eve I was at a friend's drinking wine & eating chinese, very late night, shattered yesterday, and last night the husband did a naughty and brought home an indian (I think he felt left out from Fri!) followed by more wine (damn you cabernet shiraz!).  I feel pretty good this morning though, so I'm considering going out shortly, as we have a friend emigrating to NZ next week (as you do), and I'm cooking dinner for 11 this afternoon  which I am certain will involve more wine   Today's menu will be coq au vin , hahaha, more wine, what a surprise!!!  Absoutely LUSH recipe, I've made it so many times lately!  Serving with creamed potatoes & slow braised red cabbage, can't wait!

 Seriously though, as we get closer to the half mara, I'm considering giving up the booze altogether, I don't drink all week anyway, and I don't want it to hamper my LSRs as I get closer to 10 & 12 miles....

 Mal & Sabbie - sounds like you've both been through the wringer of late  really hope things start looking up for you both xx

 Haha Mal, that made me laugh, totally the sort of thing I'd do!!

20/11/2011 at 10:31
Morning All.

Mal we have recycled so many kids pressies over the years. It gets so expensive with all the parties and if they don't want the present I don't think there's anything wrong in passing it on. I'm ashamed to say we have even recycled a few without opening them. God knows what was inside but we never had any complaints!

Suzie cooking for 11 sounds frightening. My wife does have a Mahoosive family with loads of kids so birthday parties are the most we do but that could include 25 people. Lots of Pizza and crisps - they are easily pleased and that's the adults!

Well I got out this morning in some of the thickest fog I've seen. Ran almost 10k in about 53 mins. So v pleased. I would have been happier if I'd done a full 10 but I calculated the route wrong and lost a bit on the way somewhere. Still no aches or pains and felt like I could do a bit more without too much trouble. Come the new year I'm going to push my LSR out to about 10 miles in prep for the HM.

I may look at the Silverstone HM too Booey. May as well make the most of feeling this fit.
20/11/2011 at 18:47

Silver that'd be great, you should definitely have a go at the Silverstone HM. Well done on your run time, fantastic!

Glad to know you and Susie recycle presents too. I think doing it without unwrapping it is funny but risky! What if it contained a peronalised gift!

Feeling much better so looking forward to running as soon as I am able.

Susie, there was a theme emerging in your post! Sounds lovely though, how did it go?  I'm a perfectly competent cook but wouldn't feel confident enough to cook for so many people.

20/11/2011 at 20:13
I want to upload a profile photo but they're all too big, how have you all managed? Not sure what the photo should actually be, that's the next conundrum.
20/11/2011 at 20:35

Hi all,

Not been on much last few days. My laptop has packed up, got Dell coming out tomorrow to replace the hard drive. 

Race was a bit of a disaster this morning. Made two stupid mistakes which I will hopefully learn from!

First of all I turned my Garmin on only to discover that the battery was almost dead. Thought I had charged it earlier in the week but obviously I hadn't

Secondly I set out running with my mate who is much quicker than me and was obviously going far too quickly(first mile split was 6:28 I found out after) because come the first big hill he left me behind and I was struggling so much I had to walk.

Managed to get going again but had to stop twice more on the same hill, it lasted for 2km and was a total killer.

Plugged through the rest of the race but felt rubbish. Course was very tough but I had made it much harder for myself.

Managed to finish in 53.48 or thereabouts but felt a bit silly and upset with myself.

Mate had come down from Liverpool and it was his first ever race, he did it in 46.30ish so was made up.

Best bit of the day was going back to watch the match with another mate in a pub in Lichfield, couldn't drink because I was driving but result was rather good

20/11/2011 at 21:09
Stripes I've been wondering how you got on all day. The time was good so you shouldn't be too hard on yourself. If this included a couple of walks aswell it's not at all bad and if you know you went out fast (and that was fast!) At least you know why you felt so jaded. Hills do me in too so a 2km one sounds like a grueller! You still ran 10k in 53mins and finished the thing so well done.

Loved the footie. I thought Liverpool had blown it in the 2nd half but Johnsons goal was a classic. We always seem to turn it on against the big teams - just wish we could be consistent!

Mal it took me ages to reduce a pic small enough to add to the profile. I ended up nicking mine off the Internet (choose a really small image to keep the size down) and then saving as a jpg with a very low resolution. It did take several frustrating goes to get it to work so good luck. Can't wait to see what you choose.
20/11/2011 at 21:26

Cheers Silver,

Irony of Johnson scoring was that Sky were itching for Torres or Meireles to score and give it the big Ex-Liverpool player beats them nonsense

It was a great finish, I had been complaining my legs were aching but jumped off my stool when it went in to which my mates said 'Your legs are okay now'

Think the best thing about the race was that I have learned a big lesson!

Well done on your run this morning by the way. Glad you are feeling good.

21/11/2011 at 10:30

Morning all  hope you all had a great weekend

Abba show was great, we had so much fun dancing and singing along.  Birmingham was heaving day and night, German Market was on which is always good.  Broad Street was mental Sat night but a great atmosphere.

Silver - must have been great going to Uni there   I really do love it there, shopping/shows/gigs/nightlife its got it all.  Rather go there anyday than to London, only takes an hour from home and the Prem Inn I always stay at is right in the centre with secure parking so ideal.

Glad you managed to get out for your run even though it was foggy

Would be great if you decided to do Silverstone HM

Stripes - your race time was good and like you say you have learnt a few lessons   I am a great believer in yes go to a race with a friend/fellow runner, but agree before you will only be running at your own pace so therefore at the start line say, have a great race see you at the finish  

Not had a run now since Thurs so I am well and truly rested and ready to go.  I think I am going to do a stint on the treadmill tonight then tomorrow I have the day off and do my LSR in the light  and fog probably haha

21/11/2011 at 11:07

Morning all!

OK, so after I posted yesterday morning, I went out for a quick short one, just 2.5 miles, but I found it way more tough than I should have, and I know it's because my pace was all over the show.  I set my iPhone app to tell me my pace in my ear every 1 minute, and one minute it was 9.48 min/mile, then next it might be 6.45 m/m, then 8.30 m/m, then 7.00 *sigh*.  I really neeeeeed a Forerunner!

 My husband is currently looking for proper shoes, he's a slight over-pronator so is looking at stability/support shoes - what do you guys have Stripes & Silver?  Took me long enough to find mine, which I love and have been fantastic (Asics Gel 1160) - wonder if they do them in men's, hmmm.

Silver - Look at you go!  53 mins is a great time, and to think only a month or two ago you were concerned you weren't going to get past 5-6k, now look   Definitely sign up for a half, I think you'd be great!  Haha, I don't think I'd have the balls to give a present away without opening it, plus the suspense would near kill me (not that I'm nosy or anything.... ).

 Mal - Thanks, it went really well!  I just made a nice easy dish that could bubble away most of the day, nothing too fussy y'know.  But yes, it was very lovely, and everyone had a great time   Glad you're on the mend, when do you think you'll get out for a run next?  Where in the country are you?  Oh, and I used a program called Irfanview to resize a pic of Santorini that I already had on my hard drive (it's where I got married last year).

Stripes - really sorry to hear the race didn't go as well as you would have liked, but as you say, you made some mistakes and can learn from them.  Having said all that, you finished it, and in a great time too, so don't be too hard on yourself!

Boo - sounds like you had a fantastic weekend!  I absolutely love Brum, for all the reasons you said, and definitely prefer it to London too.  Hope the LSR goes well tomorrow!

 Zumba for me tonight, so I'll not be running til Wed, boo.

21/11/2011 at 11:40

Suzie - at least you did a run, its always better than not at all   glad your family dindins went well, sounds lush

I also have the Asics Gel 1160 and also like you think they are so good, I have had no probs at all with them from day one.  I am sure they do the same for men just a different number

21/11/2011 at 13:52

Morning All,

Boo – sounds like you had a great weekend. 

I love Brum – had many excellent years there and loads of fun in the late 80’s/ early 90’s as a student.  The Bierkeller was a fave venue – loads of dancing on tables and all that! And student night (Mondays) at The Powerhouse (subsequently Ritzys) was a classic.  I lived in Perry Barr but at that time a black cab home was only £4 so we always went out in the city centre.  I agree with you and Suzie that it’s much better than London and easy to get to even from my place.  

Breaking news on the trainer front Suzie – after talking with my v. experienced running friend (a Dad at football) about some off-road New Balance RXTerraine trainers I saw on eBay he recommended they would be ideal – anyway I bid on them and got them for £6. They have been worn twice but they are as good as new.  Not quite the cool ones I was looking at last week but they do have the extra nobbly soles so should do the job in the mud – if they fit ok(?).  It’s worth a try for £6 even if they are used!  Will let you know what they are like through the fields when I get them.  Also bought a cool base layer top with fleece lining as it was cold in fog on Sunday and for once it’s not Karrimor!. With regard to over-pronating – I have just relied on good gel insoles (approx. £20) instead of the ones that come with the shoes – my aches and pains disappeared completely once I removed the standard insoles and added these to my Nikes so I’ll be doing the same again with the New Balance.

I know I keep going on about it but I am loving my running at the moment.  Sunday in the fog was fab and I’m not even feeling tired after my runs anymore.  I think the club runs are increasing my fitness levels a lot – it must be all those bloody hills!

Seriously looking at another HM marathon before April.  If Silverstone doesn’t work then Watford looks good, although it’s a gold event with some top names and 2500 runners!

21/11/2011 at 15:17

Sorry I keep forgetting but which HM are you already booked to do Silver?

Do silverstone, do silverstone, do silverstone

21/11/2011 at 15:22


forgot to tell you the most important news, I weighed myself Sat morning and I was 10'7  I have lost exactly a stone since I started running  whoop whoop *does a lil dance* whoop whoop  well pleased, I have been so close for weeks.  I am sure I am more again now after curry and drinks in Brum but thats not the point haha

21/11/2011 at 15:38
It's Reading Boo but it's not til April.

I do like the idea of running round Silverstone. When is that one again. I need a couple of weeks rest before Reading.

Mucho Congrats on the weight loss that's an excellent result. How can loosing weight be this much fun . It's not right is it?
21/11/2011 at 15:52

Silverstone HM is 11th March - do it do it do it

just been looking  and there is a 10K this sunday at Woburn Abbey organised by Up and Running, just wondering if I should give that a go

I know how cool loosing weight and not being on a diet, its gotta be a first for me  haha  I really am able to eat what I like aswell, its only the drink I have kinda given up but running has total made me forget about liking to drink loads.

I never dreamed I would ever say 'I would rather run than drink'  what a life changing experience this running is

21/11/2011 at 16:14
Totally agree my friend!
I'm generally eating healthier but my portions are no smaller than before. I seem to have found a happy medium by doing 10k club run, 5k office run and 8-10k LSR each week. Gives me a days rest between each and keeps me v happy and healthy.
21/11/2011 at 16:28

Right I am off and not on ere 2moz or I doubt anyway

Catch you all weds

21/11/2011 at 23:16
See you Wednesday Booey. I am jealous of you all loving running right now, I'm having some good runs but finding it a chore as well, am I pushing myself too hard if I feel like that or is it normal?
22/11/2011 at 00:07
I've just received some great advice to get some motivation back. I am new to running and I wasn't expecting to find it so hard to go out.

I just don't want to go. I was told to go easier on myself first so that I am only pushing myself for things I can achieve then when I am feeling better to book an event.

I have just entered a 10k in February.
22/11/2011 at 10:18

Hi Bobby & welcome!  I totally agree, I was just doing 5k once a week with little motivation to go out any more than that - and then came the Great South Run!  I went from that 5k once a week to 20+k over 3 sessions a week.  Maybe that's what you need to do Mal, if you haven't already?  I'm finding some of my runs hard too, hence needing a GPS watch, my min/mile is so erratic as I said earlier.  Have you been tracking your pace?

 Boo - Well done!!  That's a fantastic loss, and I love running for the same reasons.  I've only lost a few lb, I'm now bang on 10st, but my body shape has changed, my legs are slimmer, more defined, and that mummy-tummy seems to be slowly disappearing too - get in!  I would LOVE to get down to my wedding weight of 9st 7 though, I felt fantastic then, but hey, I'm happy and healthier so I'm in no rush.

Silver - cheers for the trainer info, I shall pass it on to the hubby!

 Just a quickie from me as my 3 yr old is demanding to play on the CBeebies website, lol!

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