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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

http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/381612_218135904987191_515347049_n.jpg

 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.

Derek
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?

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

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

Diana
Well done on sustaining that pace.
JJ

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.

mcs
05/12/2012 at 09:39

Freezing here, polar buff and gloves on as I cycled into work, lovely day here very cold. Nespresso time.
Taking youngest to her first concert tonight along with OH and no2 duaghter to see Jools Holland, who always does an ace concert....looking forward to that. Have a good day all.

05/12/2012 at 11:16

Well it is looking sunny outside today but I dont know how warm it is. I will go for a run later and find out. No snow or any signs of it here  but there were 2 senior gentlemen stood outside the pub looking at the sky last night,sniffing the air and saying that snow was coming so it might. As long it is not icy I dont mind as I only allow myself a maximum of 2 falls a year and I have already had those. Not long to xmas now.

05/12/2012 at 17:56

It has been sunny all day here (mid-Wales) but cold. Frost appeared to have thawed in the sun but ground still felt crunchy under my feet when I went down the garden with kitchen waste to add to the compost.

Derek - I too recognise that slow-motion fall, - did one of those a while ago, returning from a run and tripping on the kerb at the top of my own drive (was distracted by a neighbour's cat on my car). Did 2 or 3 gradually collapsing steps, which fortunately brought me to a flower-bed rather than crashing onto the drive itself.

05/12/2012 at 18:05

Norunday. Legs tired after yesterday's mudfest.

Got a call from my bank's fraud people. They had identified 7 transactions using my debit card details, most to a payday loan company. They didn't match the  normal spending patterns. Good work by the bank. Anyway, card cancelled, transactions reversed and new card on the way. The bank suspects a hacked terminal in a shop.
JJ

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