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18/04/2013 at 08:05

A nice bright, sunny morning.

Hilly circuits with club this evening.

18/04/2013 at 09:16

Morning all,

OMG the wind.  It's gusting up to 50mph at the moment - I know 'cos a neighbouring farmer likes to keep me informed!  The horses are really silly and skittish when it's like this.

I'm having one of those "will I be able to run after all this rest?" kind of days   I shall probably have to do a short pootle of 2-3 miles on Saturday morning just to stretch my legs out and calm my nerves.

Matsmum, welcome back and thanks for thinking of me; you must have helped push me to my pb.  Glad to hear you'll be joining us on Sunday and I hope you get round OK.  Have you considered a run/walk strategy?  Maybe 5 mins running then 5 mins walking?  It might help ease the pressure on your foot.  Just a thought.  I have to get round in under 6 hours so you might meet up with me but if not, all the best and I'll send you supportive vibes xxx

00, are you at the green start?

TE, did you decide on the IOW marathon?  I've only been to the island once, when I was knitting on the back of  a tandem during the randonnee, and it looked beautiful but rather hilly.

Edited: 18/04/2013 at 09:16
18/04/2013 at 10:02

Hope tomorrow isn't too tiring, Red.

Welcome back Matsmum. I'll be willing you on on Sunday.

Very windy here too. We had a hill session with the club last night, which was tough after Monday's times 5k

18/04/2013 at 13:50

Red, many Coaches advocate a rest day on Friday and short jog on the Saturday, to wake up the rested legs. I haven't yet made up my mind about the IoW Marathon, and will wait and see how the SDM goes. The new IoW route, which starts on the West of the Island from Cowes, instead of Ryde, is described as less hilly, and quieter roads so won't be as challenging as in previous years. I believe I have already mentioned that I have entered the Pompey Waterside Coastal Marathon which is on 22nd December. I've got the Alton 10 miler in 2 weeks and Netley 10k 2 weeks after that. The SDM follows 3 weeks later.

18/04/2013 at 19:31

Very heavy showers today.
I don't need cold showers!

Actually your day will be quite a useful displacement activity. At least it will remove any temptation to run.

One of my daughters ran London on no training at all (against my advice) and managed 6:20 so you will be much better than you are expecting so long as nothing breaks.

18/04/2013 at 21:45

I'm on the red start Red (you see what I did there). I was on green last year, but I've been promoted to red (fast Good for Age). First time at the red start.

Last run tonight an 8 miler with 2 at race pace. Not the best I've ever felt but nothing broken either.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
18/04/2013 at 21:49


Well ladies and gentlemen, here he is, my Charly, now 11 months old.

18/04/2013 at 21:56

Best of luck to Red, Matsmum, 00 50 and anyone else racing on Sunday. I will do my long run on Saturday, so that I can watch the race on TV on Sunday.

A hilly circuit session this evening comprising 5 x 0.33 mile, with 60 sec. walk recoveries.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
18/04/2013 at 22:00


Isn't he lovely?

18/04/2013 at 22:01

BIW, a very nice picture of Charly, he's certainly grown.

18/04/2013 at 22:44

He's beautiful, BIW.

Very best of luck to all VLM-ers; rest well and run well. 

Did another pyramid session today and was very pleased to compare my speeds with previous ones and find I'm getting faster. Not a lot faster, but seems to be consistent.


Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
19/04/2013 at 06:27

Thanks Columba, we think he's pretty special. Probably has reached his final height now but will fill out and develop his muscles over the next few months. To my surprise our club leader told me I should definitely show him, he's good enough. Of course I thought so but then I'm biased!

Good luck to all running  VLM on Sunday, in the words of my American colleagues - kick its butt!

19/04/2013 at 07:22

oh Lord this is getting exciting- probably the high point of the year for me whatever happens in London. Thanks for the messages of support.... 

19/04/2013 at 09:00

A nice bright, sunny morning. Taking a rest day today, and aiming for a 20 mile forest run tomorrow. Will spend Sunday morning watching the marathon and tracking club runners. Hope it isn't too hot for the racers.

19/04/2013 at 12:43

'OO' - exciting, I should think it is!

Eldest Son is coming for the weekend, so I don't suppose I'll be on the laptop much.

19/04/2013 at 21:25

Redhead/OO 50/Matsmum
Have a great run on Sunday and enjoy the occasion. Remember the first 6 miles are. mostly downhill so don't get carried away. Take advantage by taking it easy.

Nice looking dog.

Good to see that you are still improving.

19/04/2013 at 21:31

Enjoy the VLM all running respect and envy here. Have a great day bound to be a sad moment at the start with the silence and black ribbons. Enjoy the run all have a good one. Go get em.

20/04/2013 at 06:19

Best of luck fellow runners and thank you everyone for your support.

The last time I felt so scared was when I took my motorbike test at the age of 56 and my hands shook so much the examiner had to do my helmet up for me!!

JJ - Thank you for all your help. Please send me lots of positive vibes.  I am really really going to need them.


20/04/2013 at 07:50

Booooootiful day!  Planning on running soon followed by a day in the garden painting fences!  GRRRRRRRRR.  Boo hoo to the latter.

Good luck to Redbonce tomorrow!  Knit strong!

Unsure if anyone else from this fred is running.  If so good luck to you too!  Hope you achieve your goal !

Have a good day wrinklies.

20/04/2013 at 08:04

Once again, very best of luck to all the VLM marathoners tomorrow. I will be sending out encouraging vibes.

This morning is bright and sunny, although still a bit cold. Will soon be off, for my long forest run. I will take it very easily, so that I can enjoy it, until the heavy going underfoot starts taking its toll. 

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