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Starting at the Library again I'd mapped a new 7km route to replace the hospital 5k.
I'd memorised it clockwise, but at the last second decide to go anti-clockwise. I left it til after 4 to run it as well as this is the time I'd run it next week but there was just too much school traffic and too many school kids too get a good clean run so at 1km (4:05.80) I decided to change the route (I actually went the wrong way)
Ended up back on the 5k route and followed it down as far as the turn off Countess Way and decided to go and check out a foot path over the golf course.
Ran up towards Mollington and passed a footpath sign which I didn't think was the one I wanted, but by the time I got to Mollington I'd realised it was so did a U turn.
Got on the path and then went the wrong way straight away (no signs/pointers )and did a big loop of the far end of the golf course and crossed the canal and came back up onto the 5k course.
At the 5k course 2km marker (or 3km depending which way your going) I had a choice; turn left and go back 2km or right and run 3km so I decided to go straight up Parson's Lane and along the A41 and rejoin the course at the Egerton Arms with 1km to go (5:01.21)
5.92 miles - 41;59.53 - 7:05m/m
After a decent/comfortable start I sort of lost interest on the golf course and basically plodded in and was left ultimately unfulfilled.
easy run planned for tonight, was going for 5m but felt hard at 2m so cut back early. think i went out too quick after yesterday, should have throttled back.
4.16m in 40.31
Last night I found out about a race I was just thinking about the other day and although I wasn't really up for it I thought I'd do it anyway as it was only a short one.
Frodsham Down Hill Race.
Part of the Frodsham Festival the race started from the Monument and goes down Bellemont Road, School Lane, Church Lane crosses over B5152 and goes down Fluin Lane to finish on the field of the community center.
I ran up to the start from the park on Langdale Road as a warm up and did a few little bits and pieces as I was waiting. I ran a little loop down on the Sandstone Trail and came back to find everyone lined up. So I made my way thru the bushes and braken and squeezed in at the front.
On the sound of the horn we were off and I was suprised by the speed of the start, the first 200m is offroad and I was left behind here a bit, I was about 7th thru the gates and on to the road, then the down hill starts.
On the second bend I'd got back up to third place and that's where I stayed, I was chasing hard but the two lads ahead of me were just too good, (Two young brothers who run for Vale Royal AC)
There are parts of Bellemont Hill which are really quite steep but the flatter bits made for really hard work.
The winner ran an official 5:47, second was 6:18 and I recorded 6:25 but my watch said 6:33.06
So 6:33 for 1.33 miles (365 ft descent) gives an average speed of 4:55 minute miling
I had to run back up to the top to pick up my race t-shirt which I hid in a bush and then went off for a little roundabout jog back to the car. Total mileage 7.18 miles.
Haven't run in 2 weeks since my 10k race, and a hellish 18mile trek up Ingleborough last weekend. Thought it would be a horrible run getting back in the flow (only a newbie) but have 5k race in 2 weeks and really want to do well (in my eyes!) but wasn't so bad. A few creaks and groans from the legs at first and a bit of a stitch.
So ran 4.7k in 32:51. Really want to beat my PB of 33:01 in 5k race. Today was hilly (first 2.5k all up hill), so hopefully my flatish 5k race will stand me in good stead?!?!
Elderly lady walking & husband in motorised wheelchair:1
another long one today,11 miles in 1.47.05. feeling good just pushing the distance out a little each week. the rather scary consequence of that is that for the first time ever i am seriously contemplating the idea of a marathon - eek!
cyclists - 15 in batches of two and three
idiots on quad bikes - 2
horse riders - 2
quite a sociable run really!
Swittle thanks for the info
D2D have you sorted out your shoe trouble yet? If you'tre anywhere near to Abingdon try the local running shop for advice as the people working there are seasoned runners who know what they're talking about.
Still benched for at least another week and my racing plans are now out the window
Robin Hood HM today, 10 am. 13.1 miles in bang on 2 hours 25 mins. My first ever HM, so it's a PB! Mr S and little S came along with me to ride on ferris wheels andeat ice cream. I manged to meet up with KatB for the warm up before hand after waiting for what seemed like an age in the loo queue. Let's just say that the warm up reminded me why I don't do aerobics, my complete lack of co-ordination!
Anyway, the race was a lot better than I anticipated, the first 3 or so miles through the city, then into the university grounds onto Wollaton Park which gave most of the race a rather rural feel although we were in the middle of a city. Lots of local support along the way, plenty of jelly babies on offer and even lawn sprinklers to cool us down. I found the last 2 miles a real struggle and slowed down a fair amount, so I was really chuffed when I came into the last 300m up to line to see the time on the clock and heard little S shouting his head off tell me to "run mummy run"
Quite an emotional day for me really. I only started running in April and struggled with 1 1/2 miles then. So, if this ex couch potato can run a HM in (just) under 2 hours 30, anyone blooming well can.
Now to plot my next race......
Well done S and lovely to meet you and your lovely family. Little S is gorgeous.
Well I got a PB in the race of 2hrs 15 mins so I was well chuffed with that. A whacking 10 mins off my time last year. I've got to say it seemed hillier this year but maybe that was because I was running a bit faster. I tried to keep up with the 2h15 pacer but I lost him at about 7 miles. He was only a little bit in front of me and he had told me he was going for 2h10. Anyway I kept to my plan and went along with my virtual running partner and was delighted with the results. I usually slow down really badly, but with pacing myself at the beginning I found I still had the energy to finish strong.
Great day and not too hot.
Well done Shelscrape and Katb. I was up and out just after 8am this morning. Took some water with me this morning as I had 3 glasses of wine last night as it was my birthday . Went out of Hedon and through Thorngumbald, Camerton and Ryehill. Was planning on doing 6 miles this morning but when I had got to the 3 mile point (my turn back point) I had actually crossed the road that took me on to my 7 mile route so decided to carry on. A much cooler day today and as I was on the last stretch to home I got caught in a quick shower which was quite refreshing. Distance of run today was 7.05 miles in a time of 1hr and 59 secs. Av Pace of 8.37 min/miles.
This afternoon we got the bus into Hull to see the start of the Round the World Clipper Race. A fantastic afternoon by the marina and seeing the Clippers set off along the River Humber on the first leg of their 10 month journey around the world. Back home and out for tea so a good weekend all round.
Great racing from shelscrape & Katb! ... and a stunnigg 16 min improvement from the steakmesiter himself!
Well, after my 27+ miles last week and my optimistic outlook, I only managed 13 this week! I'm afraid that Tuesday's shortish run left me feeling worn out ... I clearly hadn't recovered properly from Sunday's 10 miler. So I put the trainers away for a few days.
However, I cycled to work on 4 days last week and so clocked up almost 44 miles on the bike, which included a "to" and "back" commuting PB on Friday. Particularly happy with the "back" PB ... it was 23:58 but became 22:40 on Monday and then 21:30 on Friday. This is because I'm finally starting to cope with hills! But a very long way to go yet until I'm a cyclist! I then managed my first swim of the year on Saturday morning while my daughter did her swimming lesson ... 900m total with 750m being front crawl.
And then, finally, MLR ... a hilly 9.7 miler on Sunday morning at 9:10 min/mile, avHR 139 bpm. I felt good for 8+ miles but it was probably too long as my left knee started to ache towards the end ... and my legs still feel battered today!
Wow! Well done everyone
Went out 10am yesterday for first attempt at 5 miles in must be 3 years or so. Have decided to stick to the same loop type route for my LSRs as can plod along and add extra minutes/distance to my previous distance. Took the same 2 min break as last weeks' 4 miler, I'm encouraged that this short breather is ensuring that I'm getting round the full intended distance rather than my legs having enough too soon.
Was definately a plod rather than stronger run, but am v.pleased in making 5 mile distance as my plan is to be running a good 6 miles by Christmas.
The weather was v.warm so The Prom was particularly busy with bikes, runners, dog walkers, families etc. There was plenty of room for all, so it was nice to see people getting out before wintry Sunday turn most peoples' thoughts to sofas & roast dinners.
Lots of speedy running there, so good on you all.
Tried for a bit further today, and managed 4.1 miles in 46:40, which is a steady 11:23 min/miles. Watch has me at half way in 23:39 and back in 23:01, so not quite sure why back felt slower. Wind had got up a bit and it was quite exposed for the mile or so around the middle. Not too hot though.
Don't like out & back, which the extra distance was, so will have to work on a loop for next time out.
Dog walkers 3Friendly dog runner 1.
Didn't run yesterday CBA,
And tonight I wasn't overly bothered either, but come 6:25pm to stave off a fatal late afternoon nap, I decided to go down the club.
Got there and no one was around so waited a bit got bored got back in the car and was half way out the car park when Steve turned up so i reversed back and the run was on!
The old standyby Capenhurst/Sutton Way route, a nice easy pace all the way round
5.46 miles - 39:34.48 - 7:13m/m
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