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loula it is very comforting to know that you were once as slow as I am - especially as you are obviously in a totally different league now, with the ultras.
Once I have had a few weeks of steady running, I am going to start having tempo runs and hill reps - think I will alternate weeks with to start with. I need the hill reps as the sussex course is pretty hilly. I try to make sure that I normally run on undulating routes so that I am not always on the flat though, which is going to help
well, thinking about watching a dvd tonight - might be 28 days later - I am going through a phase of want to watch horror films!
eldest son has been on the treadmill at the gym - says he has been jogging at 9km/h whch is good. Youngest wants to come and do a fun run when I go to a race - I think there might be one at sussex - that'll keep them busy while I am plodding
Evening lovely folk.
Well done Loula for your run and it's good to hear you're not coming down with a cold.
We did parkrun this morning. My two eldest daughters and I and it was brilliant. Yet again we had over 40 runners! We've only been going 11 weeks so this is really good. And there were some kids... and another family for the first time Best of all my No.2 girl set a new PB. She blasted the one from Christmas Eve by over a minute! It was 33.32 and today she ran 32.25! It is sooo much fun.
Byeck - just make sure you register on the website and your daughter if she's running too. Then take your barcode with you cos it will need to be scanned in at the end. I've always found it really friendly and the marshalls will cheer you along wonderfully. Some parkruns have a cafe where everyone grabs a coffee afterwards which can be a good way of getting to know folk.
Am sooooo tired. After parkrun it was straight home to pack a picnic, drop hubby at the station (cos he had lectures in London today) and then we went to a local wildlife park. The girls had won a prize of preparing cardboard crackers and going into the Meerkat enclosure to feed them. They also got free entry to the rest of the park. Was great fun. My No3 daughter is very scared of animals (no idea where she got that from ) but she did go into the enclosure and didn't scream or squeal so I'm really proud of her.
Chili - sounds like a great day for the kids! Feeding the meercats must have been fun. And really well done for the daughter that is scared of animals. They can pick up these fears from anywhere...
great parkrun times from your girls too - how old are they?
mathschick, i really am NOT fast, or any kind of good runner..honest. just cos im doing ultras doesnt mean im fast lol...im even slower actually!!...i think mara or ultra just require a certain mindset-thats all nothing great. and if you have the 'want' inside you to do any distance ...then you will do it , just you wait n see. i have faith in you!
chili, your girls are getting good at this run malarky....yes, im very tempted to print off those pics of Dean.or do i mean boss..and put thm on the fridge as inspiration
by'eck...little miss by eck LIKES Dean too??!!
The shadows are different and the back foot is higher.
Mathschick - I have four girls. My eldest is 9. She's as thin as a rake, a highly strung and sensitive girl who over thinks everything. We started running 2 years ago cos she is also high energy and wanted to run. She can be fast, but doesn't have much mental strength. However she talks about running in the Olympics all the time.
My twins are 8 (16mths between the three). It's the eldest twin who runs. She has a slightly chunkier form and is not a natural runner and has had to work quite hard to get up to 5k. But now she has, she loves it. She is mentally much stronger than my eldest and once she decides to do something will persevere.
They don't really compete with each other at parkrun. My big girl is fastest and over 1 mile can get a good time. But neither of them like running 5k on their own, so the 3 of us run it together It's becoming what we 'do'. And it is wonderful - we are building such fantastic memories and I love it. Next week I am race director and the girls will either help out with the tokens or might run with another lady we've become friendly with and goes the same pace.
My younger twin and 4yr old Smidge come along to cheer and help with the tokens. They are very much part of the parkrun family as is my hubby who puffs along at the very back and sometimes manages 1 1/2 miles.
chili..i just examined again...shame i had to it but someones got to..and i saw the shadow too and the shadow from his hand is different...facial expression slighlty different too..maybe they just got him to run wearing diff stuff etc....does look scarily similar pose though
heck ive just been reading through the info notes for my mara....im terrified now as i read that there is a 5hr cut off, which i knew but it also says that anyone who hasnt done the 2nd lap by 2:15pm (so in 3hr45mins) will be pulled off and directed to the finish!! its not well explained in distance but as i read it the first loop is what they call the big loop of 11.5miles then 2 subsequent ones of 7miles...so im thinking i gotta do 18.5miles by 2:15pm...thats ok because im managing 20miles in 3hr25ish....if its anymore thn that then im gonna be stuffed!!!!!!!!!!!!! helpppppppppppppppppp
Loula - take a deep breath..... and relax. You will be great. You will easily get in for under 5 hrs and thus you will make the cut off the loops. Just remember to stay steady pace at the beginning cos you don't want to burn up at 13 miles and slow to a crawl.
And we will be there to cheer you on! And there will be cake in CRAC Towers for when you're finished.
Mathschick - my girlies are very hard work. They never stop talking and require a lot of emotional energy. But they are great kids. Very bright, friendly and well behaved ... although I admit I really long for peace and 'alone time' on a daily basis.
chili....*breeeeathhhhe*.....am panicking a bit now....ok, a LOT!!!....i know i will scrape in under 5 hours but im just needing clarification about making the cut off by 3hr45min point..they havnt exactly said at what mile you have to be by what time before they pull you off route!.....
chili, miss llb is a chatterbox and quite a busy bee goodness knows whre she gets all that from....its questions questions, chatter chatter all day long, either that or very loud singing ala x FACTOR LOL
mmmm i will need LOTS of cakey after tht mara.....whatever time i do it in
Just read through all your posts........!!!! You were busy yesterday!
I'm at home today after all as my little one is quite ill with a temperature, sore throat and no appetite. His aunty was looking after him yesterday while we were at the swimming competition with my middle son and we didn't know until we got home how ill he was. I felt a bit guilty. So hubby has gone with middle son today. Yesterday's competition was fun. My boy swam really well in his 2 races (25m freestyle and the relay) and his team came 2nd in the relay. He is not as gifted as my daughter and also isn't as ambitious so we weren't expecting any great wins but he really enjoyed himself and amazingly managed to knock 3 seconds off his personal best time! He even phoned his sister up at her sleepover to tell her, he was sooo proud.
Anyway, no run for me today and I only managed a pathetic 1.79 miles yesterday in a break in the competition. I am also doing the January miles challenge so I'm a bit frustrated I can't get out for a run! Little one is a very good patient though, bless him. It is nasty weather here though: rainy, windy and getting colder so I'm going to snuggle down with my baby and a hot chocolate I think.
Have a good run today AF and anyone alse who is venturing out.
hi jude, aw sorry to hear little one isnt well...thats fab though abt your sons swimming coming along welland the point is he enjoys it....its brilliant when they really get into something and its the best feeling whn they are so chuffed with themselves
well its grey here too and damp. mr llb is first out of door today for a run. he is building up his mileage again now aa he is doing MILTON KEYNES marathon in April-his first one!...he has done quite a bit this week inc an 11miler thursday, and doing 7 today. hang on -i should get him doing the miles challenge!!!......
i may go out for a run later too...just a lickle one......
*crawls around hallway looking for remnants of last nights outfit*
Ecky, i fink i fell off my shoozies last night in lil 'ampton and left em on the bus.....shall i ring the nice policeman .......again...
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