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28/05/2013 at 14:59

Afternoon all,

Yesterday's run was at the crack of dawn and was 5.61 miles across the fields and along the river. Didn't even switch on the pooter yesterday as I was in full-on gardening mode.  My hands are really aching and my shoulders are sore from all the digging and top dressing.  Not enough hours in the day! 

Today was a treddy session - 1.5 miles warm-up then 3 miles of (.11 @ 8 min miling with .09 jog recs) then 1.05 miles cool-down.  Next time I do an intervals session I shall do 3 miles of .12 with .08 recs and so on until the 8 min miling bits all join together and I can manage 3 miles @ 8 min miling.  That's how I started running 11 years ago but the faster pace was 10 min miling back then   

Total mileage now 242.46 and only a couple of weeks until the birthday change in mileage to 5.6 which doesn't seem that onerous now I've got stuck into it.

Right, what have I missed -

00, naughty boy 

IW, congratulations to you and John.  I hadn't realised that the transition rules were so strict.

Diana, LOL at you surprise 10 miles.

TE, it will most likely be warm for the SDM, not least because it's so exposed.  defo wear a hat.  

I suspect you and Columba might get a bit wet on your club runs this evening!

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
28/05/2013 at 16:00

We've got a strange yellow round thing in the sky today and it's actually not raining! But the weathermen are saying more rain for the rest of the week - and summer next week at last. Fingers crossed.

28/05/2013 at 20:43

Carp day weather-wise so got a lot of admin done.

29/05/2013 at 09:19

Morning all,

Glorious here this morning but forecast bad for later so I'm busy doing outdoorsy stuff - just popped in for a quick coffee.  Byeeeeeeee 

29/05/2013 at 10:10

Red - how right you were, about my wet club run! No question of off-road; we went around town, taking in a few hills, and did only just over 3 miles. Only 6 of us there. Complete change of clothes when I got in. 

Presumably it's ok to run with someone else's number if the race organisers are told about it beforehand?

29/05/2013 at 10:33

Hi you busy lot.

Lots of congratulations to IW and OH - it must be nice suffering - and achieving - things together. Hope somebody took a photo of you - definitely one for the family album!

Put my trainers on yesterday to see if I could remember how to do up the laces. Then went for an abysmal run of 3 miles, 11.5 min miles. Went to bed a sad little old lady  

Woke up this morning a bright young thing raring to go, did 4 miles with 3 lots of 600mtrs at 10k pace followed by 200 mtr recovery, and completed in 41.10.  Happy with that.  All is not lost!


29/05/2013 at 10:45

Our forest run went ahead last night, as planned. We did 5 x 800 metres with 60 sec  jog recoveries between each. The ground was, to say the least, muddy with lots of pools. Very tough running conditions, but great for stamina and endurance. We were covered in mud half way through the first lap, and it got worse lap by lap. Conditions were worse than any of the recent RR10 off road races. There is, however, a certain satisfaction running as hard as possible in difficult conditions.

Columba, many race organisers do allow race number swaps if advised within a few days of race date. This should be stated in the race pack. If there is no mention of this, then probably, it won't be permitted. It is always worth checking with the race organisers to make sure.

I'm taking another rest day today, and true to form, the sun is out.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
29/05/2013 at 11:28

TE - yes I agree, it's very satisfying getting a workout or race completed in less than ideal conditions.

29/05/2013 at 12:30

LOL at Matsmum - oh the ups and downs of running 

Quite by chance, my run today, all xc, was 5.55 miles for the second day in a row - will I manage it again tomorrow?  Total mileage now 248.01.

29/05/2013 at 14:24

Brilliant, Redhead!

Glad your second run went well Matsmum. I'm sure you will return to full form.

Sounds like a character building training session TE. 

NRD for me yesterday, and it was very wet. We had both grandsons, and it was challenging in such awful weather. OH took them swimming for an hour which burned off some energy, but not enough.

TE, have you been troubled by tiny biting flies out on the forest? It was horrible on Monday, and I didn't actually take much recovery after our mile reps, as I couldn't stand them swarming around, so had to keep moving. OH got bitten badly while hedge trimming too.

29/05/2013 at 18:47

Not a good day. We have a wedding to go to on Saturday so I escorted MrsJJ on a shopping expedition because the wedding's in Chelsea and she has nothing to wear. I suggested maybe she should wear nothing but it wasn't well received.

For those of a literary bent, I shall be going in yellow hose and cross gartered.

A  club colleague of mine who is 75 ran the Westminster Mile on Sunday in celebration of his having run the first one 50 years ago. He ran 7:11. He reckons it's a bit disappointing because 50 years ago he ran a marathon at 5:30 miling.

Well done on the run. I told you all wouldn't be lost!

It's amazing how quickly the miles are racking up.

You have exactly the right attitude towards these uncomfortable runs. They are ideal for strength and fitness.


29/05/2013 at 20:39

Matsmum - I follow the same pattern; first few hours of the day, full of energy, feel I could achieve anything. A total wreck by early evening. 

JJ, AKA Malvolio... Did Mrs. JJ manage to buy something to wear?

Was working today, so didn't run. Rain at home, sun in Aberystwyth, then drove back into rain as I went home.


29/05/2013 at 20:45

JJ, LOL at those long legs encased in yellow hose   Hope MrsJJ found just the right thing for the event.

Columba, it's raining here too and has been all afternoon.  I'd like it to go away tomorrow evening please.

29/05/2013 at 21:32

Diana, yes those pesky midges were in swarms round us last night, every time we jogged between efforts, and after we completed the last one. I think the fact that our legs were cached in mud, helped to protect them to a certain extend from getting bitten. I've only got a few red marks this morning. Tomorrow evening, we are doing a trial run at Blackfield, in readiness for our RR10 next Wednesday.

JJ, I take it that you are going to the wedding dressed as Malvolio? "I think in my stars I am happy. I will be strange, stout in yellow stockings, and cross-gartered , even with the swiftness of putting on. Jove and my stars be praised." Is Mrs JJ going as Olivia?

A brilliant run by your 75 year old colleague! That must be a heck of an high WAVA.

29/05/2013 at 21:35

Not sure what MrsJJ bought. I left her to it.
I think I heard something about a jacket by Ghost and something else by Mint Velvet (whoever those two are) but she had more bags than that and she smiled a lot. I guess it's only money.

30/05/2013 at 09:13

Morning all,

Dull and overcast at present, when is summer ever coming?

Bought a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13s yesterday. They have been recommended as being equally suitable for road and off road. I often run some distance on roads during my forest runs, so these should be ideal. This will be my first pair of Brooks since the days when I first started running, and bought a pair of Brooks Chariots. They were totally unsuitable as they were meant for severe over pronators and heavier runners. There also wasn't the choice available then, compared with todays variety of brands and models. 


30/05/2013 at 11:26

Morning all,

I've been baking cakes since 7am for our fund-raising coffee morning in the village tomorrow .  Now I need to get out for a run before my afternoon baking session 

JJ, give that man a slap from me please!  Very impressive at any age 

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
30/05/2013 at 12:57

a 7-min mile at age 75???? The mind boggles.


30/05/2013 at 16:18

I bet lots of things were boggling (tee hee!!!).

Right, I do not want to see a cake again until tomorrow morning thank you very much!   I sneaked in my run between baking sessions and did another bang-on 5.55 miles so got my hat trick   I was lucky as the rain stopped when I went out and started again a few minutes after I got home.  Total mileage now 253.55 - oh now I really want to get to 555.55!

Tomorrow I shall have to be up and out really early to get my run done before I start setting up for the coffee morning.  Hope loads of people come to support us;. Fingers crossed anyway.

30/05/2013 at 16:27

TE, I have Brooks Adrenaline ASR trail shoes, which I've been very happy with. Glad you didn't get too bitten.

Hope the Coffee morning was a great success Red.

Astounding performance from a V75! I imagine he won his age category.

We did a bit of a tempo run last night, but not as sustained as recommended by JJ. Rather a damp affair, but it kept the midges at bay, so fine by me. Not matching Red's mileage, but have got to 125 miles so far this month, and tonmorrow's run is almost certain to be 6 miles, so I may well break my monthly mileage record again, as my highest to date is 130.

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