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29/03/2013 at 19:26

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

Redhead
Buns I know about. What's biscuits?
JJ

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. 

29/03/2013 at 22:25

Redhead
Excellent rescue service.
Tomorrow may find you falling down a bank and being rescued by a sheep.
JJ

30/03/2013 at 07:54

Thanks for the reminder on clocks- I forgot about that.

30/03/2013 at 08:00

Another very cold morning, with a max. forecast of 6 degrees. Will be setting off soon for our 18 miler. Unfortunately, it will be on road, as the forest is still not suitable for long runs.

30/03/2013 at 09:48

Morning all,

It's been snowing on and off since I went out at 6am but nothing has stuck.  Stupid weather for Easter.  I did 4.5 miles with 1.5 miles of Kenyan hills in the middle.  They hurt!

JJ, LOL.  There was no falling down today thank goodness 

TE, take care on the roads as there will be loads of tourists about.  That's another reason for me getting out early in the mornings, especially in the tourist season.

Have a lovely day everyone.

Edited: 30/03/2013 at 09:49
30/03/2013 at 15:34

TE - it may be possible to combine strong maternal instincts with minimal braininess.

Still very cold here but no new snow. Ran just under 5 miles. 

Off to London tomorrow. Not sure what the IT arrangements are in son's flat, so may or may not be posting.

30/03/2013 at 17:08

It was even colder than I had expected this morning and I regretted just wearing a base layer and Helly Hanson top, together with shorts, gloves and hat. I felt really cold the whole run and wished I had worn a third top and tracksters. I did, however, run further than planned and ran 19 miles.

Columba, I agree.

Red, if the Kenyan Hills hurt, then you were doing them correctly! I think it was too cold for tourists to be around, as we didn't really see any. We kept off the main roads, and there wasn't much traffic on the minor roads.

There were 3 or 4 fires in the roofs of thatched cottages in the New Forest yesterday, one of which was just down the road from me. I was driving into the village and the road was closed and I saw the smoke billowing into the sky. It is not known yet whether it was arson or not, but does seem a bit too much of a coincidence.

30/03/2013 at 18:49

4.7 miles done with 4 miles of it off road. The last mile was hard work. It was another run using HR to control pace. Kept to a maximum of 125 bpm and took rests by slowing right down until HR was close to 100.
That's 4 runs this week.

TE
One fire is bad luck, two fires is coincidence. Three or more is not down to chance.

Columba
Young folks without IT facilities are a rarity. Have a great time.
JJ

30/03/2013 at 21:16

JJ, you seem to be making good progress and not forcing the issue. The fires were mentioned on the Southern News, but no indication of the causes. The owners of one of the cottages were on holiday abroad.

I forgot to mention in my earlier post that my weeks mileage, Sunday to Saturday is 55. It is many years since I have exceeded 50 miles, so I am feeling very pleased.

Columba, enjoy your visit to your son in London.

31/03/2013 at 13:42

Afternoon all,

Brrrrrr again!  Cold and dreary here with silly bits of snow every so often.  9 miles run first thing.  Taper, taper, taper.

TE, excellent mileage!  I agree that the fires sound suspicious.  Round our neck of the woods it's oil thefts at the moment - one poor person had £1200 of oil stolen last week whilst they were away on holiday.  Btw, I'm never sure what pace to do my Kenyan Hills at so I usually use marathon pace as some of the inclines are decidedly challenging.

JJ, well done.  Small steps.

Columba, you are quite right about the maternal instinct.  A farmer told me that the sheep always come to them for help at lambing time then stay away from them at other times.  Hope you have a nice time in London.

31/03/2013 at 14:39

Red, I don't think that there is any particular pace that Kenyan Hill Sessions should be run at, but my understanding is that they should be at a constant pace. They shouldn't be sprinted up and jogged down. A classic session is to run 10k up and down the same hill, attempting to keep the same pace, without any recoveries.

A rest day today, but I am itching to get out again tomorrow. I am feeling amazingly ache and pain free, and can only put it down to a new positivity and belief in myself that I can still be competitive.

Looking forward to watching the Boat Race which is back on the BBC again at 3.15.

  

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
31/03/2013 at 19:31

Hope everyone has had a nice Easter so far. We were down in Bavaria for the last 4 days, it snowed again this morning! But it didn't last long. Continued to work on our triathlon training - John did the run with Nemo and I took Charly. It was a one hour run, with 10 min warm-up, then 6 x (3mn easy/2mn moderate/1 mn hard) and a slow cool-down. Nice workout, I always enjoy interval work.

31/03/2013 at 20:10

Rest day

Redhead
I've no intentions of overdoing things. Just running as and when I feel like it.

IW
Nice run. You're getting back into things pdq.

TE
Very wise to keep the rest day sacrosanct. You don't get less fit by missing one day, in fact it's when you recover that you get stronger.
JJ

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
31/03/2013 at 20:30

Trying to, JJ. Tomorrow should be rest day but since we drove back today and didn't get our bike workout done we'll do it tomorrow instead. 80 mns including some hills is what's on the schedule.

31/03/2013 at 21:34

JJ, I have 2 rest days per week. It is very tempting to run on rest days, especially if the weather is good, but I know that they are necessary for recovery and repair of micro tears.

31/03/2013 at 21:51

Red, interesting theory on the vegan diet. Let us know if anything happens when you re-introduce dairy products. Well done on the lamb rescue.

OO 50, I am also in the New Forest, and like TE, feel very privileged to run here regularly. The funeral was obviously a very tough day.

TE, well done on the 19 miles. Helen should be full of confidence for her marathon now.

Talking of rest days, I haven't had any recently! I got to the end of my 'run every day in March' challenge today, and totalled 130 miles for the month. This is the most I've done in a month since I started running. Slightly tough this morning after not a lot of sleep and too much alcohol, as it was OH's 60th birthday party last night. At least I can go to bed an hour early with the clock change!

Edited: 31/03/2013 at 21:52
01/04/2013 at 06:31

I've done over 200 in the last month Diane with marathon training- a few more days then I'll start to ease back. Yesterday was 18 miles including a 10k race in the middle.

The odd rest day will serve you well.

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