Post details of your last run and what you think of it
had a bit of a rough week, friend of mine has been diagnosed with cancer so my running kind of went out the window. However, today's long run seemed a good time to clear my head and grab some space for myself so off i went. Set off to do 12 miles, only 5 weeks now til Worksop half, but have the Clumber 10K next weekend so short week next week. First couple miles were ok, though the crappy food i've been eating this week was making me feel a bit rough. Got to 5 miles and really felt like it was all too much hard work, but then found myself thinking how hard is it to run 12 miles - fighting cancer is much harder. Felt like my friend was running beside me encouraging me, so picked myself up and carried on. Somehow found some strength and pushed up to 10 miles, was running strong and faster than usual by then, so thought i'd just add in an extra mile from somewhere and make this a practice half.
13.23 miles in 2.05.40
Splits 9.45, 9.39, 9.35, 9.30, 9.39, 9.31, 9.43, 9.27, 9.16, 9.11, 9.20, 9.26, 9.25, 2.15
Certainly helped clear my head, and tired me out - will sleep well tonight for sure. Over half an hour faster than the last time i ran a half marathon. I know this was a flattish run on my own on quiet roads, but it does make it possible that with more training that magic 2 hour barrier could be cracked. Just have to work out how to do it without being so angry with the world.
Well run Hanna!
Well what a glorious September day we are having. Today was another of our club 'handicap' races and the distance was 5.8 miles. First runner went off at 11am and the rest of us at intervals from then on. I set off 21 minutes after the first runner. The sun was shining brightly and there wasn't a breath of air at all. I ended up finishing 5th today in a time of 45mins and 22 secs which meant my average pace was 7.45min/miles. Not my best time for this distance but I did manage to overtake some of the runners who had set off before me. Nice to be out with the club on such a lovely day.
16/09/09 - 4.32m - 37'29Hard to remember what I did so many days later (20/9). An OK run up to the roundabout but still slower than 16 minus's I clocked up before. The A4020 stretch somewhat slower than previous 10:30+'s. I rememer getting held up at the lights briefly so 6.10 to the library was not bad at all. Also a sub 3 from there to home is an OK finsih. That'll do.
6.4 miles 1'19.
A bit slower than I'd like but I've not done much recently. Just glad I mage the distance, was hot too!
Nice flat run along the canal although I think it was National Don't Say Hello Day. I may have looked knacered but I could manage a hello unlike most of the walkers/cyclists who passed me. Oh well, you can't win 'em all!
19/09/09 - 11.98m - 1'34'22After a couple of small runs in the week I decided I had to rack up some miles. I felt really tired when I woke at 5am but decided I was going out anyway. Raced away and reached Bridge point 10'18, this was OK. the pedestrian lights next 9'47, this was a little better. The A40 10'01 was OK but pace was s,lowing, I should be under 10. Oxford point better with a nifty 9'20. Rockingham point just under 10 minutes at 9'58. the houses next were just under 9'50 and weirdly enough Robbie Bell Bridge was 9'50 also. A good run past the Hospital and up the Harington Road saw Nicholl's point click at 10'49. I had a brief stop over the A4020 then continued on to the library 11'30 and the final section was 2'54, at least under 3 for that!Overall glad I ran the longer distance although I felt like crap really.
Jog Spotted - Only one!
I've just got home after an arduous car journey back from GNR. I'll blog my report and put a link in tomorrow. Briefly - drove to Sth Shield and left car. just caught the last bus back to the start. Toilet queue for about 3/4 hr then long walk to my pen. managed to high five Sting. Lots of fun on the way round but I'll put all that in my blog. Weather fantastic red arrows superb as always. 2hr24 official time, but had a loo stop so I reckon 2hr 20 - 22. Verrry hilly but made it safely to the end and home. One more box ticked.
20/09.09 - 9.87m - 1 hr 29 mins
Didn't start out with great hopes about my run tonight. OH and I have been arguing since the early hours of this morning so I've been exhausted and had zero energy/optimism today. Run started out alright - the clouds and beautiful autumn coloured trees probably helped - ran the first 6 miles or so nicely, at a fair pace.. .ran through town.. always like how bare it is on Sunday evenings.. almost like you can sense everyone is tucked up in bed setting their alarms for the morning.. back up the long road, then crossed over through all the trees... had my new flashy flashy red Crane Bike Aldi light clipped on me today and my tight HH top that I got in an outlet store - feeling gooood although also felt like my stomach was eating itself out of extreme hunger even though I slurped more than half of OHs banana milkshake earlier on and have been eating pain au choc for breakfast like it's going out of fashion..
shoved a jelly bean in my mouth and started chewing on the way up to Tesco where I swing round the lamp post and come back on myself... feeling bad about conflict between OH and I.. run back promising myself I'll give him a big hug and say sorry when I get in the door, but usual story when I get home - collapse on the door step, OH opens the door and gives me a pint glass of water/ice - I cried for a bit (bit of an emotional wreck at the moment) then got up and wrote down my time on my weekly log. 55.9 miles this week. Not too shabby.
Terrible week, want to forget it. 4 weeks 'til Abingdon - pretty sure I need to start tapering soon as I get the feeling I'm exhausting myself physically again. Took it easy last night - did bugger all which is a rarity for me - had a ginger bath and a slab of galaxy - sheer indulgence - did a quick spider check before getting in and then soaked until the water went cold... got to thinking how anyone could choose an ice bath over that..
Going to try and find an Ashtanga Yoga class for next week.. want to work on being able to breathe deeper, slower and more intense - also, want to be able to get my flexibility back on track so I can do the splits like when I used to do karate and get the muscles surrounding my femur feeling confident enough to stride out properly again instead of taking stumpy steps (good cadence-wise - nice 'n' high, but terribly boring when I want to stride out and speed off..)
Nice runnign folks ... lookign forward to the full report katb!
MLR was a tempo run ... 5 miles in 41 min 02 sec @ 8:12 min/ pace. Ended up as a night run at 8:15 on A65 to Kirkstall Morrisons and back.
Well done Katb, D2D
This morning I went up to Gulden Sutton on my bike to watch the "Sutton 6" 10k race, came home and fell asleep, woke up and after a while decided to go for a run. Yesterday I did nothing again due to a raging case of CBA!
Set off and after about 20 meters I wanted to quit but didn't! This went on for 300+ meters, every 5-6 steps it was like someone was pulling me down and I'll be honest I was almost reduced to tears "why the f&*k can't I run!!!!!!"
Anyway I managed to push on thru this initial mental anguish and got to the A41, By the tiem I turned in ot Foxall way I was actually feeling quite good, both physically and mentally! I ran to the end of the maze of cul-de-sacsand realised I'd missed my tunring, I sort of stopped to ask someone "how to get thru to Gorsthills School" they gave me directions and as I ran down Berry Drive passed the school I noticed the school was no longer there!!
Along Wetheby Way I spotted a jogger and chased him down, but stayed on the opposite side of the road, Over Ledsham and round Hilcrest where I spotted a poster on a lampost for a fun run so I stopped to investigate that, but can't for the life of me remember where it was.
I went down Links Ave and turned on to a footpath towards the golf course, but nthis wasn't the path I thought it was and was forced to run about 300m offroad, under trees with no light.
Running up towards Overpool I was starting to lose interest and was about to turn right and head home when Graham drove passed beeped his horn and this gave me just the lift I needed and I went down Rossmore Rd East instead. down to teh M/Way and along the service road then under the M/way around the Boat Museum and along the canal. (1.8 miles - 7:10m/m)
Off the canal and thru Sainsburys and an odd loop round Cheshire Oaks with 500m splits (2.21.19 - 2.10.52 - 2.18.63 - 2.19.21) Up to the club and I got there at 1:24 with half a mile to get home I decided to go thru the groves to get a full 90 minutes.
12.41 miles - 1:30:49.12 - 7:19 m/m
More than happy with that considering the start was sooooo bad!
Some good running going on here. I have just decided to enter Edinburgh Marathon, so am building up a longer road run once every 3 weeks on top of my other running which is all off road.
I have no choice but undulating countryside where I live for road running. So my next test was 14 miles yesterday on a pretty warm day, from Kirkby Malzeard through little villages like Galphay, Winksley, and Grantley. Mostly quite quiet roads, but from about 5.5 miles to 8.5 miles it is uphill, then downhill for 2 miles. My target was 8 min miles, so 1:52 and I did 1:49:41 so happy with that. No knee soreness this time afterwards so I must be adjusting. My plan is to do one every 3 weeks like this and add one mile to it each time so I have done 23 miles by the Marathon next year. I'll be happy to go under 4 hours for Edinburgh but if I keep this average up I might manage 3:30-3:45 which would be great.
Just been catching up on all the posts since Friday, sounds like a tough time has been had by some. Chin up, guys. Am sending lots of positive vibes.
Rather than my LSR, I switched my schedule & did my Hills route. I'd overdone the wine on Saturday night, so thought it best to postpone my LSR rather than mess it up & add to my current stress/frustration levels which are peaking due to work hassles at the mo'. I didn't get out until 1pm as I spent the morning re-hydrating & watching GNR. Weather was scorchio & The Prom was busy, but awarded myself a Gold Star for effort & getting out.
Thoroughly enjoyed watching the GNR, I've added James Cracknell to my Eddie Izzard list of idols. I got all sentimental for the 2 times I did it. Then realised it was 2000 & 2001, which makes me................how old! OMG It's given me a boost to continue with my plan to run the Liverpool Half Marathon in 2011.
Have a great week, all
thank you swittle for your nice words. not only for me but you write for all runners..
my encouragement for your next great races .
good training for all
Same club run as last Monday, 5.46 miles but a minute slower 40:30.75 (7:25m/m) Felt full of running tho.
Well done mickandphil
Here's the link to my blog for GNR. It's a bit long and I've rushed it, so apoligies if it doesn't quite read properly, I've not edited it yet.
I was 25396th - there's something to be proud of
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