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13/09/2009 at 14:17

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

13/09/2009 at 19:08

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......

13/09/2009 at 20:38

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.

13/09/2009 at 21:42

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.

13/09/2009 at 22:28
Well done to shelscrape & Katb - outstanding HM performances and a neat time from BSP too. A v. healthy pace by marshallini too - you should try the Meltham Maniac Murder Mile [if my memory serves & if it's still going].

1030 start for the "Yorkshireman" off-road HM. A class BL fell race but there are several flattish sections to pick up pace. Mild, dry weather but none of yesterday's strong sun - phew! - and I had unfinished business as, last year, I blew up badly at 11 miles. Out of Haworth to Penistone Hill, past reservoir & up a beast of a hill, then followed the water conduit before some lumpier stuff took me to Top Withens [not the one that inspired "Wuthering Heights"].

Round the wind farm by Warley Moor reservoir and then a steepish descent for 1.5 miles to Oxenhope where I followed some tricky paths parallel to the stream & the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. From Haworth Station, too soon I was faced by "Hovis Hill", steep & cobbled, and a final 300 yards up to the finish. Here, stew, bread, cake & hot beverages awaited, as well as a technical t-shirt, making this outstanding value for money. Oh yes, there's a Marathon too - might have a go next year

14.8 miles, 2:33:55 [unofficial] and 16 minutes quicker than last year.
14/09/2009 at 12:36

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!

14/09/2009 at 14:05

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.

14/09/2009 at 16:59
Our hard earned Robin Hood marathon in 5:02

Last week Wolverhampton FM in 4:39

This weekend Robin hood in 5:02

Well what a day yesterday was, had a super chat with people and good laugh-

They gave us a super send off behind the wheelchairs - I felt fine, I went 9:30 pace , never set off fast cos I had room to do so, then came the pack -,But this run was to be nothing like last weeks 4:39 sweeping run
I knew just how TOUGH RH first half was, and again the first 10 was tough, but it levelled off after,
University and park was tough as hell, just killed my back,
But we had so much support, I was actually running crying at times - a big thanks to all those who cheered us on, patted me on the back etc

So, I was running fine, I knew last weeks marathon would take it’s toll, got through the 13 mile mark with relative ease -
Then onto the embankment, those tree roots through the tarmac - 13 - 13.5 miles ,gosh did I feel them

Then onwards things were ok, and with my experience I see it as on the way home

So just plodded on, legs tiring, then at around 16 miles, my achillies ( my achillies have been sore for weeks now )and groin started , by 17 miles I was in total agony - I so desperately wanted to give in and say stop

By around 18 and 19 miles there just before lake, and on the lake - there were Ambulances, -marshals, and allsorts got said to me - they really were great
Mick n Phil - good to see you again, everyone, police, St Johns, motor outriders, marshals - they all paid tribute to us
But for anything I could have said, I’m going to call it a day and get in ambulance - but I knew if I could get around the water sport centre that would give me 21 miles and we’d be on the way home,
When I walked I walked as fast as I could walk, when I jogged it killed me, I jogged a little, I walk fast and so no

But what with all the support, I persevered, actually I spent 2 miles thinking of the good things - and then at 21 miles it was as if I’d finished
Off the centre along the Trent river and home, I talked to runners who were in dire trouble, I was walking faster than they were jogging - and then after 23 & 24 I was really on a high, passing the pub at 24, they sang to us

I’m just so glad I worked through that bad patch, I kept saying come on I may be in pain, but I’m not unwell or ill
I saw 25 miles and walked and ran in grinning like a cat drinking milk

Marathon no 36 pushing Phillip was in the bag
Half marathons are no problem, very much like a long fun run, but our marathons are feeling tougher
14/09/2009 at 18:23

Hi all.

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 3
Friendly dog runner 1.

14/09/2009 at 20:12

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

14/09/2009 at 20:18
Nice cross-training, Dr. Dan - excellent multi-tasking too

Much respec' to MicknPhil in what sounds more like the Sheriff of Nottingham Marathon

0630 and time for a trot to ease my aching bones & muscles. So glad I got out, 'cos my left knee was v. tight yesterday evening. Eased up a treat now Park, railway & over the grass to the prom; by the Marina and north over the trail for 10 minutes before heading home through the back streets of Waterloo.

4 miles, 34:43, JogWatch: 0
14/09/2009 at 20:34

MARSHY -CBA 'd YOU ????!!!!! Are you OK?

Mick - good running & a true inspiration, I think of you when I'm about to drop & it always purs me on (whoops -Spurs me on)  

Well folks the much anticipated Lake Vrynwy has been well & truely DONE & I was done in..... 

Set off with my club runners who had fibbed that they were aiming for around 2 hrs but then shot off at stupid pace. Took a few splits along the way but was averaging just under 9 for most of it. Really struggled the last few miles even though 12-13 is downhill but managed a half hearted sprint the last 10 metres to get me over the line in just under........ 1hr 55.  Was well chuffed with my time but spent the journey home & most of last night vomiting so guessing I pushed myself a wee bit too hard if thats possible.

14/09/2009 at 21:16
well done all, particularly shelscrape and katb, makes me a little sad to have missed  the RH, but i know i wasn't ready for it, and given one of the main reasons for doing that one would have been the pacer for the 2.15 timing if  he bogged off ahead i'm glad i missed it.
15/09/2009 at 10:47
swittle wrote (see)
Nice cross-training, Dr. Dan - excellent multi-tasking too

And I didn't even mention that I did Sunday's run while my son played Hockey.

15/09/2009 at 12:40

Apologies to all but I haven't posted a few runs.  

04/09/09 - 5.32m - Reverse
I suppose I paid the price of running in the pouring rain on Wednesday night. Had a bad night's sleep and woke early and couldn't get back to sleep. So rose at 5:30am and roamed around. Didn't get out of the door until after 7am feeling pretty mung and with a constantly running nose.
When I did get out it was a beautiful autumnal morning, a lovely sunny sky but with a chill breeze. Set off on an opposite direction wondering whether to do 4, 5 or 7? But halfway down Hilly Hill (better going down alright) I decided. It wouldn't be 7, I can't be bothered so five it was. Just a run out as I had no energy to push it this morning. Yet again I didn't time it, I just seem to be enjoying running in its purest sense. For how long who knows?

15/09/2009 at 12:49

05/09/09 - 6.71m - 58'29
Trying to rememberthis after the best part of a week is tough. Wanted to go out and run something. Started running up to the BP garage and from then on it became the new route. A bit treacherous from the A40 to the roundabout at Breakspear, the path on the right is so badly damaged it is really uneven.
Decided tio time it this time and work to get under 55 minutes eventually.

15/09/2009 at 12:52
06/09/09 - 8.35m - 1'13'58
A run out of nothing this morning. Had a lie in and as usual the longer I am awake the harder it is to get out. I was never going to 11 today, I missed that yesterday. Today was about getting a slightly longer distance in and hopefully go long next week.I have a new mp3 player and this time I think I've cracked it. Nice in the ear ear-plugs fit from Sony. Nice mix of AC/DC, Kings of Leon, Garbage, U2 and Depeche Mode to soundtrack my morning. Ran in the road up to  Long Lane and along service roads into Ickenham. Felt sluggish this morning, I took my Bridge split after Turnstone but second at the Ped lights was better. The A40 was just over 10 but Oxford point I was under again. At the Mahjacks lights I was still under and Kingston way under and onto home with out any problems. The run along the Greenway was special though, I opened up for the entire length, the was great.
15/09/2009 at 12:53
08/09/09 - 4.32m -    39'34
This was one of the worst. Got home early before the journey to QPR so decided to run. It was scorching outside. I wanted to do 5 but my heart was not in it. I stopped en route a couple of times before finishing the last 2 to 3 without. Felt like mung and I winder where my next run is coming from? Tomorrow at running club that's where.
15/09/2009 at 12:55
10/09/08 - 4.32m -    37'05
Woke up and more or less jumped out of bed this morning at 5am. Looked promising outside, dry and light!I had been wanting to do this all afternoon and evening yesterday after the dreadful run on Tuesday afternoon.Did the usual routine and got out of the door about 6.45am, stretched and ran off. Ran in the road (quick jump off my road before I'd even reached the end of my road). Through the roundabout at Ryfield and up the pavement
15/09/2009 at 12:56
11/09/09 -  2.20m -    17'38
Not used to change of times yet with the kids meant a shorter run to fit in the schedule. Jumped out of bed just after 5am and out of the door at about 6:10am. Now with everyone getting up earlier I had to be back earlier, bugger!Decided to run short and try to kick a bit harder too. It was a nice unbroken run in the cool morning air. Running up was  fairly fast and returning was a little slower?
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