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03/12/2012 at 21:07

A rest day today, and spent lots of money on second class postage stamps and Christmas Cards.

04/12/2012 at 00:23

I did the mini santa dash with the grandson on Sunday. He really enjoyed it and walking around afterwards with the medal and the race number on he told anyone who asked  that he had won the race. I only worked it out the next day that, at 4, the meaning of winning is lining up, running all the way round and finishing and nothing to do with position. It was a good day running with the son and the grandson and only one of us runners has to pay bus fare.

Somehow  we managed to tangle our feet on ths first corner and both ended up on the tarmac so I will give the skinned knees and wrenched back till wednesday before running again.

Today at about 2:00 the sun came out here and briefly it felt like spring. It was nice but did not last.


04/12/2012 at 09:01

Chucked it down all night here and got nicely soaked running to work.......felt easy this morning running on the flat after SUndays hilly efforts. Derek sounds like you had fun with the family.

04/12/2012 at 10:44

Glad grandson enjoyed himself, Derek, but a shame about the skinned knees.

Bright and dry at the moment here, mcs, and we stayed dry last night.

Club run was a 'meet and great' where you get paired up with another runner (in theory, the fastest there is paired with the slowest, 2nd fastest with 2nd slowest etc. but a lot of people inadvertantly or intenionally pus themselves in the wrong order!) You then run round a block of about a kilometre until you meet your partmner, then turn and run back, hopefully getting back to the start at the same time. There were recoveries when we got back to the start, but pleased that my moving pace for 3 miles was 8:39, 8:34 & 8:56.

04/12/2012 at 11:00

Morning all,

I'm all hill-repped out!  Did 10 of the blighters (about 400m just pushing the pace as much as I could) with 2 miles warm-up and cool-down.  6.5 miles in total and I was ready for a cup of strong coffee 

Nice pace Diana!

Derek, that sounded great fun (apart from the skinned knees of course).  I'm with your grandson - anyone who completes a race is a winner 

04/12/2012 at 11:19

Bright and sunny this morning, but a cold wind. I don't know what session we have tonight, as the 2 month schedule is not yet on the club web.

Derek, good that you and your Grandson enjoyed the mini santa dash. These races are becoming very popular. Did your wear santa outfits?

Diana, that was an interesting session, and good pace running.

Red, hill reps are meant to be tough, but I think 400 metres is a touch too far when doing hard efforts, especially 10 of them. You should gradually build up the number of reps.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
04/12/2012 at 11:32

Raining very hard when we got up but it turned to snow on the way to work, the flakes were really big so I could hardly see to drive. All stopped now and it seems to be melting, hope so anyway. I hate driving in the snow.

Diana - yes Germany is very efficient at most things, when it snows the ploughs are out by 5am and the Autobahns are kept clear all day except if the snow is exceptionally heavy. By law, house owners and tenants are required to keep the paths outside their properties free of ice and snow from 7am onwards. Rather difficult for me if it's still snowing when I leave for work at 6am!

04/12/2012 at 12:25


 That was us before the start. The grandson smiled like that all day every time he saw santa  and there were 8000 of them there.

Edited: 04/12/2012 at 13:22
04/12/2012 at 13:32

Derek, that's a great picture I hope your grandson continues to enjoy his running!

8,000 was a very big field. I didn't realise these santa runs attracted so many runners. I hope that many, for whom it was their first race, get the bug and continue running.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
04/12/2012 at 15:46

Nice pic! Hopefully the youngster will be a life-long runner.

04/12/2012 at 16:23

Thanks Terence, BI. I am going to have to start looking for some races for him or failing that just go down the parks more regularly. I did notice a couple this summer at 2k but he was only 3 then and it might have put him off but next year if he is just as keen.

04/12/2012 at 19:57

Today's run was 4.7 tough miles off road. It was hard work (good) but conditions underfoot made it slooooow.

Great pic for the family album. Thanks for the tip on how to "win" races. I hadn't realised I'd won so many.
Is that a  Cowslip Harriers vest?

 I was once overtaken in an XC race by a Santa in costume and running in shiny wellies. Very embarrassing.

400m hills are too much. You can't sustain the work effort .

Well done on sustaining that pace.

04/12/2012 at 20:37

Thanks JJ. I think I will let him stick with his definition as long as possible.

I wont admit to actually googling cowslip harriers before taking another look at the photo. It is actually knowsley harriers which has only being going about 2 years and I am the only v60 they have ever had which means I have a good way of becoming a record holder - find new distance, run it, set record.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
04/12/2012 at 20:55

JJ - that's nothing, I was overtaken one year in the London marathon by one of the Rhinos!

2000m swim tonight with tri club.

04/12/2012 at 21:22

Ooooh, major typo there!  The reps were 200 metres - ie 400m up&down in total and my total mileage was 8.5 miles as I needed more miles today as I can only do a short session tomorrow.  

JJ & TE don't worry, I've been doing hill reps on a regular basis all year so I haven't just suddenly gone out and done 10 out of the blue and I did maintain my chosen pace 

Great photo Derek and what a lovely smile!



04/12/2012 at 21:43

Red, phew, 200 metres is more like it!

JJ, a few years ago, I was overtaken in the Great South Run by a man dressed as a fairy and waving a wand!

It felt much colder this evening than zero degrees. We did 3 intervals of 0.93 miles, with walk recoveries between each. My splits were :- 7.18, 6.58 and 6.56. Our group are getting more competitive now, and push each other hard. Our total mileage was 5.83.

04/12/2012 at 22:02

Well done TE on getting your Christmas cards off to an early start!

Derek - lovely Santas! Hope the skinned knees are mending. Who did you get tangled up with, son or grandson? Or one of the other 8,000?

Diana - love that "meet and greet" idea.

Got back from Aberystwyth in time for a quick cup of tea before the running club run. It was 4.17 miles of speedwork around town. Alternating jogs and sprints.

Red, weren't we overtaken by a rhino in last year's Hastings half-mara? There was certainly a rhino around. And we were overtaken by a hospital bed in the last few minutes, I remember it well.

04/12/2012 at 23:45

Thanks Columba, unfortunately it was the grandson. To make sure we stayed together he was running holding my hand. On the first corner I was going round  trying to stick to the middle of the road while he was  trying to do a tight corner and running on my outside. He landed on his bottom while I did one of those slow motion things trying to get my feet under my centre of gravity to prevent going down which nearly worked.

05/12/2012 at 09:08

Morning all,

Did a brisk 5k earlier @ 9 min miling on an undulating route.  I'm going to do one of these runs each week to see how my training is progressing 

Now I'm off into the big wide world to talk about dementia again.  I have a long train journey each way so I'm taking my crochet with me.  I'm busy crocheting snowflakes to put in the Christmas cards of all the people who have sponsored me this year.

Columba, indeed we were overtaken by that pesky rhino (I often get overtaken by them in the London marathon as well) and that hospital bed at the finish was bang out of order!!!

Derek, sorry but I did smirk at your description of your slow motion fall as I've done that so many times myself 

Have a lovely day everyone - it's just started snowing here.

05/12/2012 at 09:28

Red, well done on getting in your early morning run, before setting off on your long train journey.

It's 1 deg. at the moment and is snowing in North Hampshire. It hasn't yet reached the New Forest, but the sky is very threatening, so will probably be here soon. I quite fancy a slow run through the forest in the snow.

Columba, I haven't actually posted any cards yet, but have the list ready, and will probably start writing them out this afternoon. It's rather sad that every year the list gets smaller, as relations and friends are no longer with us.

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