GULP just entered my first half marathon

feeling sick now!

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23/06/2013 at 14:04

Afternoon all

 well after saying there was going to be no running this weekend i didn't count wife having a different idea's so we were out the door this morning for what should have been 7 mile run  which in the end turn into 8

Edited: 23/06/2013 at 14:05
23/06/2013 at 17:23

Afternoon all

Sounds like a good start to trainingYvonne

You can't help yourself Toby!

9.5k fun run this morning. It was cold, wet and windy but I really enjoyed it. No idea of pace as forgot to charge Garmin but it took me 64.24 so should be under 11mm ave.. Felt like a good pace on the rare flat bits and I managed to run (v slowly) all the hills, and embraced the mud and puddles. There were even steps...up and down! So pleased especially as beat my frIend who usually beats me

So, pleased with my running this weekend. Will have a day off tomorrow 


23/06/2013 at 19:55

Rest day then Toby? 

Yvonne - sounds like you will have to slow down for me when we run together again if 9:30 something is your LSR pace now! Hope your diet changes do the trick.

Sal - glad you enjoyed run and woo-hoo to beating friend who normally beats you!

I've spent time today sorting through the letters etc. that have built up over the last few weeks. Took ages wading through it all but felt quite satisfied with it at the end. Have treated myself to some new shirts recently so took the opportunity to sort out some of the slightly tatty old ones today (Mrs WM will take them to homeless drop-in centre). 

Glasses of white wine on the go; meal deal is in oven; Mrs Wm waiting patiently for me to arrive with her dinner. I see that dinner is about ready so time for me to sign off ..

24/06/2013 at 14:13

afternoon all

well as it was such a lovely day today decided to do10 miles went OK i had decided not to look at my watch every 5 seconds and only look at the pace at the end after i had down loaded it have to say i was a little disappointed with the splits as i thought the run felt faster

24/06/2013 at 16:28

Checking Garmin; seeing mile splits; thinking I had run faster? That's always my problem Toby!

Club run tonight is "Siddington Canal - 25min out & back". We will let the 'speedy gonzales' members fly off ahead, then when we turn around, try to get back to base before they overtake us again. Hoping of course they haven't been tempted to turn for home after 24 mins. And we've not been tempted to cheat and do the same!  Mwah-hah-harrrrrrr  

25/06/2013 at 12:27

Really enjoyable club run last night along the Thames & Severn Canal.

Yvonne - I think this is the same disused canal you run along sometimes?

I ended up behind a group of ladies who are slightly faster than me so I had some 'hares' to chase on the way out. Our treasurer Andy wasn't running last night but I chuckled when I saw him standing on a bridge over the canal at the 2ml point - presumably he was checking up on us all! Those ladies ahead of me turned round after 24.5 minutes (tut tut!). But actually, that was really handy as I needed to dive into the bushes for a wee!

Feeling relieved    I set off after them. I'm happy to report I caught them all, overtook them and left them behind (go me!). I started getting overtaken in the last mile or so by some of the speedier runners so there were more 'hares' for me to chase after and I arrived back at base just inside 24 mins.


Edited: 25/06/2013 at 12:28
25/06/2013 at 13:58

Mel glad the club session went well

25/06/2013 at 20:34

Good evening All,

Just had a catch up and special chuckle goes to Mel - He seems to like going naked (I don't mean non garmin)

Too much to reply to individually but you all seem to be going well.

A quick update on myself - I have a 2 year plan for a major race coming that I'm looking at (will give me time to get fit enough) it is abroad and involves a swim a bike ride and a marathon to finish off with.  At the moment I'm running twice a week biking 3 times a week and a swim once a week all easy low heart rate.

Interesting conversation about HR when I first started running I did a Max HR test came out at 204, my max at a 10K when I was really fit and pushing it was 170 (about 188 maximum) I hit high 170's now just getting up some inclines.

Take care all & keep up the good work



25/06/2013 at 20:36

Well I'm beginning to feel like toby with not only doing my own training but also keeping my youngest daughter company as she embarks on her running career....with all the extra miles ....Jenny has an under active thyroid but after two years of doctors changing tablets and dosage her th levels are nearly normal and bless her she has put on a little weight which she would now like to lose I've booked us a holiday for next year our money is even tighter but it means no food treats.... in her first week she has lost 4lbs and yesterday she started her run/walk plan so we did 2 laps of our local meadow with the dogs running 2 mins and walking 2 mins on the first lap the second she chose posts and trees to run to and between like a fartleck run....she covered 3.5 miles all together she was well chuffed but knackered bless her......I then went and did my half training which yesterday was a threshold session 10 min easy 15 challenging and 10 easy so another 4 miles on top of the 3.5 with Jenny is a rest day for me but I'll do some Pilates later and I think Jenny wants to do a run but just 1 lap run/walk and the next just a walk...the dogs love this extra mileage 






Forgot to say she would like to eventually do some canicross with the dogs so they are in training to ...

And she was also amazed by poohbear and her weight loss achievements and her running determination ....Jenny couldn't believe her eyes when toby and poohbear came to visit a month ago thank you to poohbear for giving Jenny her inspiration I really think this time she will do it ...

Wtnmel yes its the same canal i run down sometimes ...where did you start from?? well done on playing catch up the t shirts ..its a game im trying to play when i run a race ...

25/06/2013 at 22:29

I taker it that's an ironman CW? That deserves a GULP .just reading Chrissie Wellingtons autobiography and she makes them sound tough. Great challenge to undertake though.

Thats great that you're supporting your daughter Yvonne.

meetings from 12-830 today so glad to get out for an easy 4 tonight and see some sunshine. 



26/06/2013 at 03:29

CW good on you you've got more determination in you than i have marathon trainings enough for me

26/06/2013 at 14:11

Hi everyone,

CW - nice to hear from you and hear about your plans .. sounds like that's an Ironman you are aiming for. FoxyLady (ex-poster on here) recently did a 70.3 in Majorca. FairyElephant (another ex-poster) is doing an Ironman next year. Hope you can pop back occasionally to let us know how you are getting on. Re HR training .. really must get on and do bleep test soon. It's true .. I do like getting nekkid

Yvonne - well done to Jenny re recent weight loss and run/walk progress. BTW, look on early pages of this thread and you would see various sprogs being referred to as HL1, HL2 etc. It's a LOTR reference and this thread being about HM's. Re the old canal, we started from Siddington but I think the bit between there and Cricklade no longer exists (swallowed up by the water park?). I always use the "catch the t-shirt in front" method in races .. I followed B&T's t-shirt for ages at Corsham.

*waves* to everyone else

Club intervals/hills session this evening. No idea where we will be going or what exactly we'll be doing .. just know it will be hard work.

26/06/2013 at 16:09

Afternoon all

Well just a little 3 miles for me today have to say it was nice down here again today so just chucked on a t-shirt, shorts and a pair of running shoe was out the door and home again in roughly 25 minutes as i didn't even bother taking my Garmin today

26/06/2013 at 23:08

Evening all! 

Yvonne - hope cutting out the dairy helps. There's lots of dairy alternatives around these days so hopefully you don't starve. Well done to your daughter as well, both on the weight loss and the running.

Mel - funnily enough I think I'm busy on the day of that race...  glad the club run went well - always good to have someone to 'chase'!

Toby - still lots of running for you - well done! And good to hear Mrs Toby is still running too!

Sal - well done on the fun run - sounds tough! And glad you got to get out in the sunshine tonight.

Cw - definitely sounds like an ironman to me too - how exciting!  Best of luck with it all.

10k race for me tomorrow night - hope its not too humid by then!

27/06/2013 at 20:33

B&T - funny I'm busy too that day 


CW - nice to see you pour your head round the door. 



Not much running for me this week, only a 3.5 miler on Monday, planning on 8 Saturday, life has just kinda got in the way this week. Really need to get back on it next week. Off to Wembley Sunday to see Olly Murs and Robbie Williams, so hoping to be in some fit state to run Monday evening. 


27/06/2013 at 21:27

Evening all

How was your race B&T-cold and wet here so good for racing!

How were your hills Mel? That's what I did tonight 6x300m uphill at 3k effort. Went well but felt tough on my legs at the time




27/06/2013 at 23:50

Evening! Sal - thanks for asking, I was just going to quickly tell you how I got on.  No race report yet, but yes it was pouring with rain which meant it was very chilly at the start and for the first 1k, but then it was okay. 

Bear in mind I ran this race last year in 59:26, and my current 10k PB was 58:35 on the flat Castle Combe motor circuit,  then I'm tel you that my time tonight was 

... (drumroll) 55:20


Feeling a bit tired now,  but having a sneaky school night beer to celebrate


28/06/2013 at 04:06

B&T congratulations on the PB that a good old chunk of time you took of there

28/06/2013 at 07:31

Excellent B&T fab PeeBee

28/06/2013 at 13:20

Even I am busy on that day!

Dee - shame when life gets in the way - hope you manage your 8 miler this weekend and enjoy the concert.

Sal - I missed the club session due to traffic jams around my office .. took me 30mins to travel 1ml. Grrrrr!! Well done re your hill intervals.

B&T - wow!! Very impressive 10k time and noooo PB 

*waves* to everyone else

As mentioned, missed the club session on Wed so went out last night. Did the same 4ml route as the last two weeks - 1ml warmup; 2x 1ml loop on slope (so .5ml downhill then .5ml uphill); 1ml back to base. Felt good at the time and on checking, time was 4min quicker and avg pace (9:17 mm) almost a min quicker than last week. Going to try and fit in a 7-8ml run tomorrow as we are visiting family on Sunday.

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