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27/03/2013 at 21:45

Got my hair cut, and then caught the train to Shrewsbury where there is a specialist running shop (my nearest) and bought some new Saucony Phoenix which will replace my current pair when they eventually wear out, - but they are wearing quite well at the moment.

At the haridresser's I was delighted to find that the particularly good hairdresser, who I thought had left, was back in place. He left as a man, and has come back as a woman; I had been told that he wanted to make a fresh start in a town where he wasn't known as a bloke. He - or should I now say she - was quite open about it all, and said she'd decided to try it out in order to see if people were "freaked out", and if they were, she would indeed leave. She was wearing a mini-skirt, black leggings and high boots.

Last night I was out with the running club, 6.3 miles in very cold conditions, a run which took us up onto high, exposed ground where there was snow still lying thick and unthawed. 

Red - I believe there's a soya-based "cheese"; but I don't think it's much like the real thing. If you don't eat much cheese anyway, maybe simpler just to do without.

JJ - does playing with your grand-daughter count as cross-training?

TE - the New Forest isn't the only place in the UK with adders, - there are some in Wales too. I haven't seen them, but have seen signs warning against them.

27/03/2013 at 21:46

OO 50
Hope she learns that it's OK to run for enjoyment as well. Clearly she has some potential.

My club is based on the Harrier tradition so off road running is de rigeur as soon as light permits and there are two off road runs every Sunday throughout the year.

28/03/2013 at 06:46

One of my brother's Border collies was bitten on the leg by an adder last year, in Tilgate Forest near Crawley, Sussex. Was quite nasty for a couple of weeks, they nearly lost her but with rapid and professional help from a specialist vet, she pulled through without any residual problems.

28/03/2013 at 07:54

Yes that run in the New Forest made a big impression on me- I was a bit shocked to see those wild horses and the colour of the soil and rock was quite distinctive.

Funeral today of a running friend who took his own life. Not looking forward to that... 

28/03/2013 at 09:15

Columba, I didn't mean that the NF was the only place having Adders, I meant that Adders were the only poisonous snake in the UK. I remember when I was a youngster, and walking through Core Abbey Grounds on the Isle of Wight with my Aunty and her Alsatian, the dog was bitten by an Adder. She took him to the Vet's and he survived ok.

00 50, there are quite a lot of steep hills in the NF which probably surprises many visitors, as they tend to think it would be flat. A lot of the hills are a mixture of white clay, black mud, grass, gravel etc. Quite testing and excellent for hill reps. Our club does seem to specialise in hill work, and we do have some ultra runners. I hope that your friend's funeral isn't too sad an affair, and that the Service will feature some of his favourite songs. 

The sun is shining this morning, and the temperature is forecast to rise to 6 degrees, but still with the biting easterly wind.

28/03/2013 at 09:36

A difficult day for you 'OO'50 - not an easy thing to have to deal with given the tragic circumstances.

JJ the 20 times a minute are usually around 6 minute miles -  quite challenging (for me anyway) but if I am ever to get back to around 30 minutes for 5 then that is the pace I have to be running at or faster - some way to go it has to be said.  Not expecting anything like that at Braintree but 2 years back from 12 years out - am hoping to get down to around 37 minutes. It will help if there are some of my old contemparies there - Last time I did Braintree there was a guy there who I had known for years and he ran 38 minutes (I did 51!!) so am hoping that he or someone else I know from the old days are there to latch on to - nothing like old rivalries to focus the mind!!!!.

I have never run in the New Forest but been there a few times over the years, a beautiful part of the world. We don't have any trails where we live but can run on the beach - although part of the sea wall from Seawick to Point Clear on the Essex coast is grass - haven't run that bit yet as needed to get fitter - now I am back up to being able to run 8-10 and the mornings are lighter I will investigate it when the wind drops. There are Adders along that stretch of the coast too (and according to a couple from the midlands last Summer a lion was seen!!! major news story at the time).

28/03/2013 at 14:31

Afternoon all,

No running today as I've swapped it for tomorrow as I had to go out.  I shall be ale to run whilst my hot cross buns are rising (JJ, behave!).

At last, I've finally let the horses into part of the orchard as the ground has firmed up a bit.  They were so excited that they galloped in circles for a while before they settled down. 

00, sorry to miss you beforehand but I hope all went as well as possible at the funeral.  Good luck with your 10k - I hope the weather is kind to you.

Grendel, OK, you are officially scary with your 20 x eyeballs out jobbies!

Columba, he/she is very brave.  As for a cheese substitute - bleurgh!!!!!!

IW, how is your brother's health now?

I love running off-road but it's been impossible this winter as a lot of the footpaths have been underwater or deep mud.  It's the first year I've done all my marathon training on the lanes.

2 weeks until Brighton.  Taper, taper, taper!  Soon it's the start of an exciting time for me - Brighton marathon (please let me get my elusive pb this time!!!!), the Alzheimer's Show (where I'm speaking), VLM (will I beat my Guinness World Record again?) then my streak starts and in the middle of that there's Badminton Horse Trials where ARUK is their charity of the year so I'm going along to help for 2 days and will be meeting Richard Meade who was my pin-up when I was a horse-mad teenager.  I am getting over-excited already 

Have a lovely Easter everyone.

28/03/2013 at 14:59

Red, good luck with The Brighton! I feel sure you will get that elusive pb this time, as your training has been consistent, except for those times when your breathing problems interrupted it. Helen, who I ran the Bramley 20 mile with, is doing her final long run on Saturday of 18 miles, before the VLM and I will run it with her.


28/03/2013 at 16:26

Red - sounds like quite a year! Would be great if you beat you Guiness World record again.

TE - yes, I misunderstood what you said about adders, the prevalence thereof.

'OO' - some funerals can be almost happy, in a way, when someone has died after a long, fulfilled life, - but I'm afraid your experience today will have been very different.

Still very cold here but we have had quite a bit of sunshine which cheers things up considerably. I ran 7 and a bit miles including another 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 pyramid. Christened my new shoes. They seem very satisfactory.

28/03/2013 at 19:27

Went out for a 4.1 mile shamble over flattish terrain at fractionally under 10 minute miling. Only another 300 miles and I may speed up a bit.

I've run 38 minutes for 5 miles in my mid-60s so you ought to ba able to better that. I may have run a 37 as well but CBA to check.

you are well prepared for a marathon PB so aim high. You must start at a bit faster than PB pace because you will inevitably slow over the second half.

Next time I bite into a hot cross bun I will think of you.

28/03/2013 at 20:06

Just received an email from Runners World admitting various problems with the website. They are working on them. At least they acknowledge it at last.

28/03/2013 at 21:50

It's bad enough to hear a friend has died in terrible circumstances. It's another thing to go and meet his family including young children and see their tears, then see the wooden box that used to be your friend.

No run today, just a lot of drink. Take care.

29/03/2013 at 09:27

00 50, Sounds like a very tough day for you yesterday, losing your friend and seeing his family so upset. I suggest you go for a run today, as it does help to ease the pain.

Had a 10 mile run with the club last night. 

29/03/2013 at 11:49

(((00))), I feel your pain.  We were in that same situation a few weeks ago.

I haven't run yet as I've been busy with my buns and biscuits.  I shall be out there this afternoon for a tempo run.

29/03/2013 at 14:18

Red, hope you have a good tempo run. I won't say I hope you enjoy it, as if run correctly shouldn't be enjoyable until completed.

A rest day today and really looking forward to an 18 mile run tomorrow morning with Helen and Chris. 

29/03/2013 at 18:21

Feeling better today. 16 miler to make up for a poor week. Buns sound nice Redhead  

29/03/2013 at 19:26

Stiff legs so resting today.
I'm OK with funerals until the commital.

Buns I know about. What's biscuits?

29/03/2013 at 20:23

Glad you ran 00 and a good long one too.  My buns are indeed lovely 

JJ, you are being a sensible boy!  You always take the biscuit 

As often seems to happen with me, my tempo run turned into something else; not because I'm lazy or easily distracted, it's just that things seem to happen around me!  At mile 3 when I was just getting into my stride, I heard a sheep calling like mad and she ran up to the hedge as I went past then ran away and then ran back to me.  

I'm glad I did go to investigate 'cos she'd had a lamby and the poor mite had slipped down a bank and was stranded down by the stream (thankfully not in it!).  So the Redhead Rescue Service went into action and I managed to slither down the bank and scoop up the little fellow and give him back to his mum.  He seemed no worse for wear but I then trotted off to the farmer I thought owned the sheepies in that field and although they weren't his after all he came out and checked it and said he'd let the owner know.  

So 1/2 hour later I was completely out of the zone for running and decided to head for home at a quickish pace which worked out at 9 min miling.  My Garmin showed 5.75 miles which included my run to get the farmer.

Now, what will tomorrow bring?.........

Edited: 29/03/2013 at 20:25
29/03/2013 at 20:44

Red, that was a real good deed for the day.

29/03/2013 at 21:14

Red, that was very good of you to rescue the lamb. It also proves that sheep have strong maternal instincts for their lambs, and are not as brainless as people think.

Must remember to turn the clocks forward an hour tomorrow night before bed. We will lose an hours sleep, so luckily I have no race on Sunday. 

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