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15/08/2012 at 18:30

Hi Maam,

Both I would imagine 5 miles last night in a little over 53 minutes it was a very warm evening so was quite happy with a relatively gentle pace, interval session on Thursday which strangely I'm looking forward too 

16/08/2012 at 10:05

If you are looking forward to intervals you have a serious running bug mate! Crazy is my thought, but guess they work well

I'm hoping to go for a bit longer of a walk today, that is if I can get my timing right to be picked up at the other end

17/08/2012 at 09:57

Hi Maam,

How did the walk go yesterday?

Interval session last night as previously mentioned, hard session after the warm up we did prymids 1 min effort 30 secs,  2mins effort 1min rest, 3min effort 1:30 rest and back down again, I was totally knackered, after a quick recovery we moved on to murders 20secs max effort followed by 10sec rest x 8, 20 sec seems like enternity and 10secs is over in a blink of an eye.

Happy I got through the session.

21/08/2012 at 18:58


That sounds a crazy, painful workout, but full of reward I'm sure.  You'll be building speed and strength in no time with training like that!

How is your daughter getting on?

My walk was good, did 550m in 12 mins so not too bad. Feeling more confident on my feet. Went to town this morning with OH for a bit and walked/hobbled ok.

Went driving on Sunday (about 3minute drive) and struggled. OH said was lots of huffing and puffing and knee has been painful since. Yesterday could barely walk on it! I'm officially fed up and running out of positive thoughts/chin up feelings I just can't believe it has been 5 half weeks since the op and I still can't drive, go to work, walk normally, straighten leg or bend leg beyond 90 degrees. Got to wait till 10th Sept before back seeing specialist.

The good news is I have finally booked a physio appointment which is 14th Sept and I can't wait. I do have my heart set on them working miracles on me though.

I'm camping this weekend which should be fun as I can't kneal down, can't go on long walks etc! Oh well, I'll make the most of it and if too tough will just come home.

22/08/2012 at 11:11

Hi Maam,

I can't imagine how difficult it must be for you, and it's easy for me to tell you to  stay positive, you'll be fighting fit in no time etc.... try not to think to far ahead, set yourself little acheivable goals, a bit like when you start running for the fist time.  Hopefully the physio sessions will acelerate the healing process, fingers crossed.

My daughter is doing really well, she will be up in the three mile group on Thursday, she loves to do a little sprint at the end of her run and last week she did a bolt pose at the finish, she's quite a character

So with only five weeks to go to the 10k and seven for the half, I'll need to increase the intensisty of the training, due to being out on Saturday night (curry followed by a lot of beer) I ran quite late and only did five and a half miles @ around 10:45mm, at least I got out.  Last night I took the four mile group there was around eight in the group.  I ended up shuttling up and down the group as some of them went off like a train, I didn't mind so much as it allowed me to mix up my paces throughout the run. average pace for the run was 10:40, but during the shuttles I was up running @ 8:xx pace, and for me that is quick.

I'm going to the gym tonight, I'll probably run there and back need to do some resitance work, its been a while.

22/08/2012 at 15:29

Thanks for the confidence Stewart, it is helpful and does keep me going a bit further.  I wasn't finding it too tough until I reached a rut of better that I don't seem to be able to get past, but like you say hopefully the physio will help.

Your daughter sounds like such a good laugh and good at running too

Good luck for your runs and of course tonights gym session. I'm already sure that with your current training you'll do great in both

23/08/2012 at 10:27

Hi Maam,

I didn't get to the gym as it was getting a little late and I needed to get a dvd back to the store before it closed, so I went for a run instead.

I decided on a tempo run 1 mile warmup followed by three fast and fininshed with a half mile warm down.  Splits are as follows.

1. 10:10mm

2. 9.36mm

3. 9:28mm

4. 9:04mm

5. 10:44mm (0.5miles)

overall avg pace was 9:42mm 4.5 miles in 43:17.

Jog Scotland tonight so I'll be running at an easy pace. 

28/08/2012 at 09:50

Hey Stewart

Sounds like you are flying to me not running

Sorry been quiet, been away for the weekend where haven't really done much, but really nice to be out the house.

Keep up the good running and let me know how you get on, and of course when your daughter over takes you


28/08/2012 at 13:00

Hi Maam,

The running is going well so far, went out on Saturday before cricket did a 4 mile steady run in 39:40, no run on Sunday as I took my youngest to the Highland games at Grantown on Spey, so she could compete, lovely day and the sun made an appearance which was nice.  Did just shy of 10 miles last night to make up for no slow run on Sunday, 1hr and 50 mins @11:22mm, ended up fininshing in the dark, first time since march .


28/08/2012 at 13:08

Wow finishing in the dark, must be different. I'm sure when I did 10 mile it was about that time, now it's just a dream to do again! I'm sure that it will come with time.

Sounds like you have had a great weekend though.  What was your youngest competing in?

I can't wait to get back to running.  Sure will come with time though.

28/08/2012 at 14:15

Hi Maam,

She is a Highland dancer, she's got a real talent for it, I normally don't go to her comps as they tend to clash with the cricket, it must be really fustrating not being able to run, I know how much you love it, are you still getting out for regular walks, I knoe it's not running but getting out in the fresh air is better than nothing.

04/09/2012 at 19:23

Hey Stewart,

Sorry not been about much lately, just feel like everything has been crazy busy.

I'm still getting lots of walks in and get so jealous everytime I walk or drive by a runner, makes me feel sad that I'm not out there too.

Have been talking with OH though and we are looking at when I get the ok to try cycling to build my strength up a bit before I try running.  I hope it works.

Been to Manchester today for a trial run and am back there Thursday to see work to talk about returning

Hope that all is good with you. How did your daughter get on with her comp? Well I'm sure and nothing to match your pride

I'm off to Oulton Park tomorrow as my OH is doing a track day in his Lotus, should be a good day, just hoping for nice weather and a fun ride

05/09/2012 at 10:22

Hi Maam,

Glad you're making some progress with your recovery getting back to work will help, Jess did really well at her comp, and she looked like she really enjoyed herself, which I believe is more important.  A track day sounds fun, hope the sun is shining for you today

Well I've finally done it, I ran the 13.1 miles distance in a long run on Sunday, I felt really good and strong up to 10 miles, I was looking to finish at a faster pace but running down hill totally took it out of my legs, so the last couple of miles were a little sluggish, got round in 2hr 30 mins.  I am looking to get a 14/15 miler in over the next fortnight and then look to reduce the milage a little, as I have a 10k at the end of the month.  I'll be doing intervals this evening if the track is available, either 400 or 800 repeats.

06/09/2012 at 00:15

Intervals this evening 1 mile warm up followed by 4 x 800m with 200m recoveries stats below:

1.  11:14.5  1.00   11:15

2   4:33      0.50     9:09

3   1:23.2    0.12   11:09

4   4:28.3    0.50    9:00

5   1:26.1    0.12   11:33

6   4:22.9   0.50     8:49

7   1:21.1   0.12    10:53

8   4:19.4   0.50     8:42

9   1:33.9   0.12    12:35

10 11:05.5  1.00    11:06

Edited: 06/09/2012 at 00:20
06/09/2012 at 16:25


You are coming on in leaps and bounds.

I agree that more important to enjoy and as long as Jess did, sounds like was fun.

The sun was shining for the track day. I got to go out as a passenger which was cool, but also the guy who used to own the lotus was there with a westfield and took me out in that too!

Congrats on hitting the HM in a good time too Bet you are feeling more confident now? I know I was once I mentally knew I could do it.

Been to work today to talk about going back and I start back Tuesday

Going to rest now as travelling has warn me out

Keep up the good running!

08/09/2012 at 10:30

Hi Maam,

The track day sounded awesome, I would love to do something like that some day.

I know how you fee,l work generally sucks, but it is moderately better than day-time telly

A Slow 3 miler on Thursday evening with Jog Scotland, and a steadier run last night, just over 8 miles 1hr 24 mins, I'm having a erst day today, so much sport on the box, Im going to be spoilt for choice

On Sunday I'm doing my slow run and it's going to invlove a trip up to the mast, I've never run up to it before but it supose to be a killer, the final hill has a nickname of 'Spew'.  I'll probably do around 11 miles in total tomorrow.

09/09/2012 at 19:21

Hi all,

Slow run today 10 miles in 2hrs 3 mins with the highest point of the run being at 919ft

A little disappointed I didn't run all the way to the top of vomit, but I managed the the steep ascent to the mast itself.  I'm determined to get to the top  without any walk breaks, so I will add this route to my shedule and I will attempt it at least once a month until I conquor it.

Who's signed up to do the 5x50 challenge, I have linky

15/09/2012 at 14:48

Stewart sounds like one hell of a run you have done but sure you'll be feeling the rewards of it once you get past the pain of it.

I'm doing ok. Started physio yesterday and it isn't looking good.

Had a thought too, as it seems to be just us on here now if you fancy a funny thread with heaps of running support looking at 10k, HM, triathlon, swimming, cycling, mara and treadmills then join me on 'Excited New Runner'.  Only a thought, but think you'll fit in really really well.

Hope everything is going well, that your daughters are happy.  Has your daughter joined the 3mile route with you yet? Chasing at your heals??? How is the cricket going now or are you running too much to still do it?


21/09/2012 at 18:07

Hey Stewart,

How you doing? Long time no hear.  I've been back to physio today and feeling a bit better for it. Diving tomorrow.

Hop you are well and that you are still running and cricketting.

23/09/2012 at 23:38

Hi Maam,

I'm glad the physio is getting better results now and your getting to do some diving, I may well pop over to the other thread as mentioned, hopefully I won't drive everyone away for it

The running going great, only 7 days until the 10K, in truth I'm a little nervous about it but I'm sure I'll do ok on the day. I've been running loads lately, mainly due to the cricket season finishing, distance pb's this month 14 miles and overall distance for the month 104 miles and counting, with the 10K and HM fast approaching I'm going to reduce the milage and only run easy.

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