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14/05/2013 at 17:13

JJ - Thanks - I have emailed you.

14/05/2013 at 20:24

Today's Times says that US research proves that 3 hours gardening is worth roughly  one hour in the gym interms of exercise value and calorie burn. No wonder nowadays I find it difficult to cope with gardening, two dog walks and a run in the same day.

No time to save up. Give her best wishes from your running colleagues on here.

We are advised that the wedding is very informal. I told MrsJJ that there's no need even to get her hair done let alone buy a hat.
Then I shut myself in the greenhouse 

Hope your Road Runners aren't quicker than me over 10k.

Edited: 14/05/2013 at 20:26
14/05/2013 at 20:45

I hope so too, JJ - they are still in their shells  

14/05/2013 at 21:40

JJ, will do and thanks.

14/05/2013 at 21:46

Matsmum - Road Runners? Not Indian Runners?

Laughed at your trophies for being 2nd (out of 2) and 3rd (out of 3). Last year I was given a prize for being first woman in my age group. I had actually come last in the race, but was the only woman running in my age group.

5 1/2 very uncomfortable miles tonight with the running club. Still, I don't run to be comfortable. It had been raining all day, and we went X-C over wet grass, through mud, across boggy squelchy fields, huge unavoidable puddles, impromptu streams where normally there are none... Long before the end we were all soaked to the skin, and the rain got heavier and heavier and a cold wind sprang up. Took me an hour to feel warm again after I got home.

There were only 8 of us, - usually about 12 or 15 or even more. So I can preen myself on being really hard core.

15/05/2013 at 08:12


Very well done turning out last night for a cross country run in appalling conditions!! I must admit that when a club member rang to say she didn't fancy a forest hill session and could we do a run in the morning, I agreed. I very much doubt that the hill session went ahead, but if it did, would have been treacherous.

The wind was blowing hard all night and the rain was continuous. It has stopped raining at the moment, but is still cold and windy. Off for our run soon, to make up for wimping out of last night's session.


15/05/2013 at 09:37

Morning all,

Well there's no way I could have run outside this morning as it was difficult enough just staying upright when I fed the horses!  So I did a 5.75 mile tempo run on the treddy with 3 miles in the middle at a quicker pace.  Couldn't maintain 10k pace all the time as my gunk quotient is high today but I averaged 9.5 min miling in the faster bit so that'll do.  Total now 173.01 and nearly 1/4 way through my streak.

Columba, you are indeed hard core!

JJ, gardening is tough work.  My shoulders are really aching from all the digging I've been doing.

TE, hope you don't get blown away..........

15/05/2013 at 09:43

Working today; setting off in about 40 minutes. TE, hope you and your running mate didn't have too bad a time of it.

15/05/2013 at 15:42

We did an 8.3 mile fartlek run this morning, which included 14 hills. We ran the hills hard, and maintained the pace over the tops. It was all on roads and the wind wasn't as bad as at Red's. and it didn't rain!

Tomorrow is a track session on our grass track, but I won't be running flat out because of Sunday's Nettley 10k race. This is the last in the Hampshire Road Race League (HRRL). We are trying hard to recruit enough club runners to make up complete A and B men's teams, and a ladies team. Our B team of which I am a member have slipped from 3rd to 5th in B Team Division 2, as there were only 3 of us racing in the Alton 10 mile. If we can get a complete team, I'm hoping we will make the top three. I will certainly be running my heart out to get as high a placing as possible. 

15/05/2013 at 16:52

14 hills?  Oh my goodness!   I must count my hills next time I do a longer run.

15/05/2013 at 21:26

Just entered the Brighton 10k in November.  Let's see if I can end the year with another pb 

16/05/2013 at 09:19

Red, by the time you have completed your running streak and got back into your normal routine, you should be in tip top condition to blast your 10k pb. What is your target time? Hopefully, Matsmum will send you a pair of wings

16/05/2013 at 10:13

0:54:20 set at the Brighton 10k in 2007 which is the year I started to do multiple marathons to 'celebrate' (!!!) my 50th birthday. I'd run 5 x marathons plus 2 x ultras (35 & 52.4) with the last and toughest marathon, Beachy Head, just a couple of weeks beforehand so I had no expectations of getting anywhere near a pb time but I managed to beat my previous pb of  0:54:34 so it was a great end to the year 

I've only run 1 other 10k since then, which is shameful really, which was the Ashford 10k in 2009, over a hillier route, which I completed in 0:55:44.

16/05/2013 at 13:38

Red, I feel sure you will get a pb, as despite your high mileage this year, you will probably have less miles in your legs than in 2007. The races you did in that year were really amazing.

16/05/2013 at 15:07

Hope so Terry!

Day 26 of 111 was 5.54 on a hilly route.  Breathing very laboured and glad when it was over.  Total mileage now 178.55

16/05/2013 at 16:09

14 hills ... I believe there's a race (or a run) up and down all the Malvern Hills, but don't think there are 14 of them. But they are big, of course. And steep.

Red - sorry to hear about Bad Breathing Day; I suppose there are good days and bad days, and no reason why tomorrow shouldn't be a good day. 

Been swimming - and today was a good day, though the past two lessons weren't. Definitely made progress today.

16/05/2013 at 16:57

Columba, the hills we did wouldn't have been anywhere near as challenging as the Malvern Hills. Some were steep, and some we did more than once on a repeating route. It was a good try out for my new Garmin with HRM and my max was 166bpm.

The sun is still shining, so should be ideal for our track session this evening. We are doing pyramids.

16/05/2013 at 22:06

Columba aka "Hardcore runner".

14 hills is hardcore too.

In my book it's harder to do the training for a fast 10k than it is to run lots of miles and complete a marathon. Note the word "fast"!

Clearly the hardest race to train for is a fast marathon.

16/05/2013 at 22:37

I wish to consult the gardeners. Nothing to do with running.

My next-door neighbour has just given me some little plantlings which he has grown from seed. He said they'd be good for pots and troughs, and as I have a couple of troughs which hang off the front wall of my house and in which I usually grow pansies, I thought I could plant them in there. He couldn't remember what they were, but found the seed packet and they're godetias. Have just looked up godetias and it doesn't sound as though they are suitable for a couple of troughs hanging on the house wall, - says they don't like to be crowded and should be planted 12" apart, - whereas these troughs look best if the things in them are massed.

JJ? Red? Any advice?

17/05/2013 at 08:51

Columba, I've seen them used in mass plantings in parks but not in troughs.  Can't see any reason they wouldn't perform in a trough though as long as you deadhead them after flowering.  Sometimes things grown close together try even harder to outdo oneanother so they might put on an even better show as long as you keep them well fed - just a thought.

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