Just a Little Bit Further - 2014

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31/12/2013 at 20:40

Happy New Year to you and welcome to the 2014 thread.

As the title suggests we are here for anyone who just wants to go a 'little bit further'. Several of us have been together on this thread for a couple of years but we always welcome new members. So whether you're aiming to increase from 5k to your first 10k, or training for a marathon or Ultra, please feel free to come and join us.

On this thread you will get lots of laughs, support, encouragement, cake and hopefully a bit of running knowledge  Very occasionally we even manage to meet up at a real race or training day!

So please come on in, make yourself known and join us in running 'Just A Little Bit Further' in 2014!

31/12/2013 at 21:33

Hello everyone and a happy new year when it comes

Well done chilli on your run today

Weather forecast looks okay for tomorrow so hope to do my 4 mile promathon

Have a good one everyone and speak to you all next year


01/01/2014 at 08:49




I am going to my 4 mile promathon race. Will let you all know I get on later.

Hello AF,Chilli,Jude,MC,Loula,Matt ,Nandy ,ecky,byeck and everyone

01/01/2014 at 09:59
Happy new year everyone! Hope you all had a great night. Any good phys related resolutions?

I've been busy and not posted on the old thread in aaaaages. In that time I've renovated a flat, moved house, started a new job, planned a wedding and run my first half but hopefully I'm back now.

Franny, enjoy your run!
01/01/2014 at 10:16

Happy New Year everyone

MrsN - good to hear from you - sounds like you have had a busy time

Franny good luck

not sure if I will get out today for a run, though saying that I could do with a bit of headspace

I don't really make resolutions....so none for me


01/01/2014 at 11:47

Happy New Year everybody!

Franny - Good Luck!

Mrs Noel - Good to have you back. Busy time for you.

MC - Hope you get a run today.

Chili - Glad you got a run yesterday.

Did a fairly quick (for me)  6 miler this morning. Now doing schoolwork. Boys have gone swimming training with hubby and daughter has a temperature and is in bed.   

New years resolutions:

1.Enjoy running when I can and not get depressed when I can't.

2. Stay below a certain weight......coz I can run faster when I'm lighter...

Bit boring but I can't think of anything else which is achievable!

Looking forward to our New Year's dinner. We are having salmon...

Have a lovely day folks.

01/01/2014 at 12:39


Nice to here from you Mrs Noel Sounds like you have been very busy.

MC Hope you get out your run later.

Jude Well done on your quick 6 miles. Good resolution to keep you motivated so nothing boring about that at all.

I am back from my Promathon 1st race of 2014. 400 runners took part. Not got official time as yet but my Garmin says 32.11 which I am very pleased with as I predicted 35 mins. Was perfect running conditions for it.

My resolutions erm not really got any but just to e healthy with no injuries and to get PBs in my HM distance and 10k Distance so a sub 1.50 half and a sub 50 10k

Hope everyone had a good time last night if they were partying. We are off to the In laws for New Years Dinner.

Have a nice day everyone.

01/01/2014 at 13:28

Happy New Year all !!!

Mine is to make sure I make time to run - weather is never a problem I love wet, mud etc etc - just work got in the way last year So this year my challenge is get the balance right ...............

01/01/2014 at 13:40

Hi Tracey

work has been getting in my way too lately! I am going to have to get the balance right too, as I get cranky when I am stressed at work and don't get my running done!

01/01/2014 at 13:43

Afternoon & happy new year.

Franny well done for your flying start to the new year- those legs are speedy.

Day off today from running as it is miserable & windy down here.1 st day off since Boxing Day.

Jude well done on your 6 miler.

Tracey welcome.

Mrs Noël you have been busy.When is the big day?

Chili-thanks for starting the thread.

MC- I don't make resolutions as I would only break them!

01/01/2014 at 14:13

Franny - well done! That is a super time! Wish I could run one 8 minute mile.

Hey, that could be a goal for me this year... one 8 minute mile!!

Does anybody remember the challenges we use to have when Spartak was with us?  I ran my best 5Km time while doing one of those. Perhaps we could have a New Year mile challenge and aim for an average time. (A time we could achieve as a group average.) Anybody fancy it? Esp. for  the non- club runners it would be nice to have a goal. Just an idea!!

Hi Tracey! Welcome! Yeh, work gets in the way, doesn't it?

AF - Enjoy your rest day! 


01/01/2014 at 14:43

I wasn't on the thread in the Spartak times - how does the challenge work? I am still very slow, but am getting close to 12min miles now. Might be fun to do a warm up, run a mile without any walks and see what time I get though

01/01/2014 at 15:53

MC - We may need your help as the mathematician!  But we could all give ourselves a goal time, add them all up and divide by the number of people taking part. Then give ourselves a week to do a time trial for the mile. At the end of the week add our times together and see if we have beaten our goal average.... Or something like that!     

01/01/2014 at 15:55

ok, good idea. My goal time would be 12 mins. 

01/01/2014 at 17:26

My goal time is 8:30. 

(Nobody has to take part in the challenge!)

Shall we say the deadline for running your mile is January 7th?

01/01/2014 at 17:54

ok, that gives us a week! 

01/01/2014 at 18:06
I'm up for that my goal is 7:20.

AF we get married on Easter Saturday - can't believe it's only 108 days away now lol

Franny, well done on your race.

I deliberately kept today as my rest day expecting to feel like death but I'm actually fine. The OH, however, is a different story! Sadly, I'm back at work tomorrow while he has leave till 18 Jan. Rubbish. I am off the week after next mind!

My resolutions are:
To be more consistent and progressive in my training - I'm using Joe Friel's triathlon books for this.
To concentrate on lean, quality protein, good fats, reduced sugar and lots of variety in my diet.
To focus more on recovery - good sleep, massage/foam roller and more stretching.

Goals wise, this year I'm moving up to Olympic triathlon level and want to hit under 3 hours plus I want to go under 2 hours for my half Mara and 50 mins for 10K.
Edited: 01/01/2014 at 18:07
01/01/2014 at 18:41

Sounds a good idea Jude. Now not sure what my goal would be. My average time is usually about 8.30 when going for a leasurely run & my best ever mile is 6.37. So I will go for 7.30 as I run mainly off road. If I get a chance of a road go will aim for 7.00.

Do find with old age going too fast a bit hard work!! Scarily it's my big 50 on the 26th Feb....urgh,

Franny-We've booked our trip to Edinburgh. Staying at Hotel Indigo which is in the centre. Going up on the 26th and returning on 29th so hopefully a morning run on the 27th or 27th!! + of course some restaurant tips!! 

01/01/2014 at 19:42

Hi Everyone! Great to see you that you found the new thread. Big welcomes to Mrs N and Tracey.

A fast 1 mile? That sounds like a good challenge. Ummm, will have a think about what my time should be when I've had a bit more sleep.

We have been on holiday at my parents house in the North East. It's been a lovely time and I am so thrilled to spend time with my brother and family whom we haven't seen for 18mths cos of my brother's illness. He has bi-polar and the family is a bit disorganised. They didn't tell us that their children were all sick on Monday. And all four of my girlies now have a tummy bug. It made for a very slow journey back home down the A1 this afternoon. But we are now safely home.

I haven't set any real goals for this year cos I'm trying to manage my own expectations and wait until after my op in Feb. However, I would really like to do the Thames Meander Marathon again and break 4hrs 30 mins.

01/01/2014 at 21:44
Happy new year people!!

Just a quick one!

I hope you all had a great Christmas! I've had two weeks of work which has been great but has absolutely flown by!! Back to work in the morning! I had a nice 12 miler on Sunday on a real hilly route, I enjoyed it though. Interval training yesterday which I didn't enjoy so much!

AF - well done on the mileage, impressive! Puts my 185 miles to shame!!

I hope you are all well and I'll have a proper catch up tomorrow.

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