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28/02/2013 at 13:43

Just been for a lovely sunny pootle up the golf course hill at the bottom of the Monsal Trail overlooking Bakewell, my last day here in the office here and enjoyed my five years at this job mainly for the commute. Sat on the bench at the top overlooking Chatsworth and Bakewell bootiful day.
Stay fit all and will catch up occasionally as time and evenings permit which I fear will be little as going back in to printing next Monday. Happy running to all.

28/02/2013 at 14:35

Mark, good luck in your new job and I hope you will find the time to post on here as and when you can.

Red and BIW, I'm not really one for gadgets either. Before purchasing the sat nav I logged onto the RAC Route Planner with the post code. I am still intending to use this as well, as I like to see the route spelt out in words and by map of the route. I only bought my new mobile, as the old one had packed up and I couldn't switch it on or off. I don't use any of the fancy apps. and just use it for texts and calls, and to check whether any e mails have been received. This is handy, as I no longer have to switch the lap top on to check.

28/02/2013 at 15:25

Mark good luck with your new job and keep running.  Please do pop back to see us when you can.

TE, I've just remembered your remark about me saying I was "made up", which made me smile.  When I got my first flat in Liverpool, one of my neighbours asked if I was made up and I thought she was asking if I was married to which I replied, "no, I'm too young for that just yet" and didn't understand why she looked confused!

My hill reps were really good today.  2 mile warm up (1 mile flat, 1 mile hilly) then: 10 x up the hill (moderate incline) for 3 telegraph poles (which was about 0.15 mile) and back down again trying to maintain roughly the same pace (averaged 1:09mins going up and 1:10mins going down), then 2 miles plod home except I did the last mile faster.  Just over 6.5 miles in 65 mins.  Breathing a bit laboured on the uphills but I recovered quickly.  Happy girlie 

28/02/2013 at 16:44

Red, another quaint  scouse expression for somone in a temper "got a cob on." Well done with the hill reps, they seem to be catching on.

28/02/2013 at 17:29

Went to the lake and did another pyramid session. 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 (minutes, that is, with walk breaks the same length between). Only I somehow managed to forget the 3-minute run on the way back down. Too much blood being demanded by the legs, not enough left for the brain.

Even allowing for the missing 3 minutes, it was slightly faster than the previous pyramid session, possibly thanks to the cheering effect of the sunshine. Wind is still cold, though.

My first mobile phone was brick-like, and my children used to laugh at it. It belonged to work, so had to go back when I retired; then I got one of my own. But that "died" recently and had to be replaced. I don't know how Red and BIW keep theirs going for so long. I only use mine for phone and text messages; don't take photos or pick up email, though it apparently has the facility.

And I do have a Satnav, though I haven't used it much. I don't like driving in areas I don't know, and will always go by train if the journey is feasible. The Satnav is very soothing and polite, and instead of saying "you idiot, I told you third exit" it says calmly, "When possible, turn round..."

28/02/2013 at 20:42

4 hilly miles done in 41 mins. A bit slowish but hard work.
We have a satnav but I don't need it to get to a town anywhere. A quick glance at a map is all that's needed. The satnav's real value is finding a specific location with a town.
Bought us two new mobiles last weekend. A sign of the times is that they have larger keys and bigger letters/numbers on the screen. It includes an excellent FM radio and a very good camera.

00 50
Your run yesterday looked very worthwhile. Excellent type of trainng.

Your run looked very good too.
You may win "run of the week with thatone". The prize is a packet of vegetarian pork scratching. Ignore the sell by date. It says Jan 2011 but it's a misprint. Just scrape off the blue bits.

Good run from you too. A real challenger for the pork scratchings. Legs have minds of their own and have to be forced to cooperate.
Our satnav's lady gets increasingly frantic if we deviate from the proscribes route. She can end up screaming if she's ignored. Typical!

Hope the new job goes well. Print strong.

28/02/2013 at 21:55

Track tonight. Very hard session after previous 2. Well done JJ, I love hills!

01/03/2013 at 09:09
Great run home yesterday pm, left early and enjoyed a six miler over the viaduct at Monsal Head and then home bootiful sunshine. Day off better do some jobs prior to a new week new life new routine starting,,,,,,!!
01/03/2013 at 09:13

Lots of good training going on here. I think 2013 will be a good year for us "mature runners."

0050 what session did you do on the track?

A good hill session with the club last night. We did 3 sets of 4 x 60secs. with jogs down, and 60 sec recoveries between sets, Total mileage was 8, so we are getting a good mix of quality and mileage.

Off to the library now before setting off for a forest run. Our library is now "self service," where we scan our books in and out ourselves.

01/03/2013 at 12:27

TE the session was 400M, 800, 1200, 1200, 800, 400.All that the same pace of 1:30 for a 400M lap. Rest between each effort of 30, 60 or 90 secs, depending on the distance. My hip doesn't like track work but at least this one is consistent pace which helps.

All sounds exciting mcs!


01/03/2013 at 13:33

Afternoon all,

Just a short recovery plod for me this morning.  4 miles of updulations.

JJ, YUM, I haven't won the thread prize for years.  I have eaten the blue bits and very tasty they were too thank you very much 

First 20 miler coming up on Sunday.  That should ensure it rains and is windy.

Edited: 01/03/2013 at 13:34
01/03/2013 at 15:51

00 50, that was an excellent track pyramid session. Are you training for any particular distance race? Do you run for a club, or as unattached? Our club has access to a grass track, but is only available during the summer months, after it has been marked out. Last year, we missed out on several sessions, as the track was waterlogged.

Red, hope your 20 miler goes well!

Ran a steady 7.25 miles in the forest this morning, bringing my total to 45, Sunday to Friday.

01/03/2013 at 19:57

Rest day for me.

Great pyramid session. Nice to see the intervals done properly too: all at roughly the same pace.

2011 was a good year for pork scratchings. They will help keep you going on your 20 miler.

01/03/2013 at 20:17

Johnny- I only have 1 pace! Or at least I've lost a cog for top gear

TE- I'm training for London in 7 weeks- I do this marathon most years, this is my 10th I believe. I run with a club and we have access to a fine track owned by the council. I love track work but my hip is less of a fan these days.Good high mileage you have there too.  

01/03/2013 at 21:30

0050, you are lucky to have access to a running track all year round. Back in the 80's I belonged to Team Solent, and attended track sessions twice a week. There is no doubt that track work really does wonders for ones pace. Are you aiming for sub 3 hours in the VLM? My marathon PB is 3.12.26 set in 1993 in the New Forest Marathon.

02/03/2013 at 08:22

I broke 3 hours last year Terence at the 14th marathon attempt and only by 14 secs. it would be nice to again at 50, but I think 3:05 is more likely this year. The track helped a lot last year but it aggrevates my dodgy hip so I'm not doing much on the track this year. Oh the 80's.....

02/03/2013 at 15:06

Blimey, you are all fast.

mcs - Best of luck with your new job. Let us hear all about it because we will be thinking about you.

JJ - I was going to do a shorter run today but suddenly realised it's only 7 weeks to go, so I did 20 miles instead. It took me 4.23 so I am going to have to improve if I am to finish in 5.25. My performance is bizarre - the first 6 miles are incredibly slow because I am having a crisis of confidence and imagining twinges everywhere, then each 6 miles get faster. I didn't eat before I ran, but had the sports drink at 6 and 12 as you advised, and had a nakd bar, no feeling sick and no evidence of any cramp and no feeling exhausted at any point, so I am feeling encouraged. Do you think a 4 mile run tomorrow would be a good thing?

On the subject of sat navs I would literally be lost without mine - my husband says I would have difficulty finding my way out of a paper bag.  I can and do read maps but I have to have them upside down which annoys him for some reason.

And on the subject of funny sayings, round here if somebody is losing their temper it is said they have their parts on. I had never heard such an expression and thought for ages they were saying they had their pants on !

02/03/2013 at 18:14

Time on feet Matsmum- that's what counts. Very well done on your long run

02/03/2013 at 18:35

Training run No.3
4 miles steady in 39:24. Splits were:
Won't be doing more than 4 miles for a couple of weeks or more until I've knocked off the rough edges.

You can see I'm not fast.
A run tomorrow would not be a good thing and the day after tomorrow you need just a slow 3 or 4 mile loosener. Then you might get back to normal. Recovery is very important.
Can't see that you have much to worry about. Just being in a race will make you run quicker.
Getting faster every 6 miles is ideal. There's a marathon saying that goes something like "start at what you think is a slow pace then slow down". Marathon targets are met or lost in the last 6 miles not the first 6.
If the drink works for you don't change it. It's important to get the same medicine at 18 and 21 miles if you can.
For what it's worth my advice would be that you need only one more very long run and that would be no more than 18 slow miles in about 3 weeks time.
Finally, try doing gentle stretches for 10 minutes before a long run. It will help loosen things up.

00 50
Sub-3hrs for a marathon is good at any age but it's even better at 49. Much respect due.

02/03/2013 at 19:20

Was working yesterday, and didn't run today either. Hoping for tomorrow. As Red says, that probably means we'll have rain and high winds.

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