My Last Run

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24/09/2009 at 21:49
Another club session for me tonight and on the drive down I was feeling quite tired.  It had been a long day at work yesterday as I stayed behind for the open evening.  Just 6 of us out tonight and we started off with a gentle jog down to the housing estate that we use to run round now the darker nights are here.  After doing a half mile warm up lap we started on the main session.  Half mile rep followed by a quarter of a mile for recovery.  My first half mile time was 3.21 and thought I would be able to maintain that pace without too much trouble.  After the quarter mile recovery set off for another half mile rep and this time I came in at 3.12 and I thought I would struggle to keep that pace but the next two reps came in at 3.11 and finally 3.13.  Finished off the session with another half mile jog as a cool down before heading back to the light house where we started off from.  Enjoyed my session tonight despite feeling tired.
24/09/2009 at 22:52

24/09/09 4.32m - 37'05 REVERSE
Raced home from work need ing a fix of running. I was due down the Darjeeling at 7:30pm. Got home at about 6:15 and was outside by 25 to 7. Originally I was convinced I was only going to the top (2miles) but as I ran I knew my brother would be late. So I turned right at the lights and went off to Uxbridge. A nice pacey run, knowing I had to be back and it worked out quite nice.
It was actualy the journey home that fired me up, so many people out running, loads.
On my run I saw three but the power of out earlier was too much to ignore,making the most of the last evening sunlight.
the first section up to the chip shop was OK, I ran in the service road up to the exit on the bend where I decided to run along the pavement in the middle as there were cars coming along. I reached the bus stop 8'34. The run down the A4020 to Uxbridge was a good pace, passing a few runners early on. Reached the roundabout 10'35,pretty good. Up to the Gardeners was a huff n' a puff but down Honeycroft was time to open up.
Sweetcroft pavement seemed a lot rougher going the other waybut I felt slightly fluid along Ryefield. A nice run out and back in time to go out for a ruby. Yes big bruv was lte anyway. Glad I chose 4.

Jog Watch THREE

24/09/2009 at 23:37

Went out for my first post GNR run today, the calfs have been a little sore for the last couple of days!!!

 Managed the GNR in PB of 1:36:15 so pretty chuffed with that.....

 Tonight went for a brisk 4 miles, set out on my usual route and felt surprisingly good in the first 1.5 miles so thought I would push a bit harder and see if I could get in under 20 mins for the 5k (I've got a 10k race next week so getting some quicker pace under my belt is what I think I need)

 Anyway, really pushed from 2.5 onwards and stopped the clock at 20:09 for the 3.1 miles so pretty pleased with that, but the 20 min barrier still eludes me  .  Finished the rest slower to recover and covered the 4 miles in 26:41.

Hoping for sub 45 mins for the 10k in two weeks, fingers crossed!!!

25/09/2009 at 10:07

Stunning morning here in Surrey.

Out for 10miles at 7am. Simply beautiful weather for running. Mostly boring pavement running. Trying to stick to 7 1/2 m/m and take it easy(ish) but tricky without a garmin etc... Came in at  72.02 so pretty happy all round. Feeling good.

Saw a Sparrowhawk which was nice.

Next Run = Sunday, Jog Watch 1


ps - Set Off To Quick   I think you WILL get under 45min for the 10k good luck with it (you wont need luck though, adn well done on your PB).

25/09/2009 at 12:54

Been out with an injury (stress fracture) for the past 6-7 weeks now and only just getting back into running. I've just got back to my uni and a new running club has been set up by a few peope at my uni and although i havnt been out running in a long time, i felt as if i had almost fulled recovered from my injury.

Before going to the first training session i went out on a trial run and did an easy 4 miles and didnt feel too bad although it was quite depressing that i was getting tired towards the end when before my stress fracture i could do double that distance at a faster pace qute easily.

 Went to the running clubs first training session and we were split into groups of beginners, intermedite and advanced. The intermediate group were only doing 4miles at a "fair" pace which i should have probably gone for as less is better than too much when getting back into running.

 However a few friends of mine were in charge of the advanced group and said they were doing just over 7miles at a "decent" pace, i didnt really fancy it but went along with it anyway ssuming it wouldnt be too fast. Ended up passing the 10k mark in 42 minutes and finished the run in 50:55 which was pretty much as fast as i was running before my injury.

 The last 10minute was really painful and the temptation of dropping out was very high, but with 3 other runners with me i wanted to push on and finish the race. Got to 2 streets away from the endand really lifted the pace and then got onto the final stretch and put in a sprint finish and we stopped. Then just as we walked around the corner, the rest of the runing club were stood waiting for us to get back, we had just done a 80m sprint but they were all cheering so we put in another best effort to cheers and applauds. Was absolutely spent but it was a great boost to have people cheering us on as in the past ive always run solo.

In hindsight it was far too much too soon, but i surprised myself and got around in one piece even if i feel rather achey today. Thin i might drop down to the intermediate group for a bit of a recovery run this weekend and step back up for another big run next week.

 How ive missed the buzz you get after finishing a hard run, you cant beat it!

25/09/2009 at 13:57

I also missed the buzz of a long run Boyddie!

I was meant to do a 10k in battersea on Saturday, but I was late so decided to just do a training run instead.  Ended up doing a half marathon instead, which made me happy for the rest of the weekend!

25/09/2009 at 14:33

Day off work so having avoided all house work and revision and finished my book I headed out the door to revisit an old favourate that I haven't run for a year or so. It was good to run in the sun though I began to feel the heat towads the end. My pace was a bit erratic but reckon that this is due to lack of practice recently.

8.78 miles in 1h 03' 24" @ 7:13 mm

Jogwatch 4

YT:778, MT:27

25/09/2009 at 20:35

Club run tonight - Set off and felt full of beans as I haven't run since Tuesday, but I really wanted to be at the back and chasing people down, but the usual fast starters weren't down.

Picked it up a bit with Nicky when we hit the lanes. At the junction for the Chorlton loop 4 of us were going right but those behind were shouting "LEFT! LEFT! " But  3 of us we carried on right anyway.

Caught a few stragglers coming back towards the A5117. At the Audi roundabout Mike said he was dropping back and Paul had stopped to tie his shoe lace, so I was challenged with chasing down Roy and Gary before the Strawberry roundabout, which I just about did, but this left me struggling for the last 1/2 mile.

Not a bad run and probably the last lanes run the year as it was a bit too dark for my liking.

5.57 miles - 37:47.49 -   6:47m/m (a little faster than I thought)

25/09/2009 at 22:18

Some great posts ^ from far flung parts of the world; nearer to home, good to read of peeps coming back off the 'bench' - long may you all stay fit!

 0620 on a grey, cloudy but warm morning with a decent NW breeze.  Stuck to the quiet roads of Crosby and Blundellsands, past the great mansions and Waterloo FC, before my almost daily fix of coastline and a peek at the Iron Men.

Tapering from tomorrow for the Sandstone Trail a week on Sunday - see you there, marsh

5.2 miles, 44:22, JogWatch: 0 

25/09/2009 at 22:40

Hi swittle, I've had a look at the weather for next week and it looks like it's going to stay dry, so the course should be quick, so it's a shame I never got around to doing any training. I'm secretly hoping to run 2:16:48,(8m/m) but even that might be asking too much.

26/09/2009 at 04:12
6.04 in the morning on a warm and sultry morning on the racecourse in Mumbai: still a beautiful place to run when the sea breezes come along from Haji Ali. Lots of people out and about and beginning to see some very familiar faces now/
26/09/2009 at 11:35

10 min warm up then 5 x 1K intervals, 400m rest in Richmond Park, managed to time it spectacularly badly so that my last 1K finished just at the top of Test Hill. I thought my lungs were going to explode on that last one, or I was going to see my pain au chocolat again.

 Either way, it was a pretty good run, good to get some speedwork in, sorely needed if I'm going to try and get any decent times in my upcoming HMs!

 Jog watch: About 50.

Labrador's running in front of pair of joggers nattering resulting in jogger/pavement chin grind scenario: 1

(PS if that was anyone on here, hope you're OK!)

26/09/2009 at 18:40

thanks for the support Le Gav!

today's was a recovery run, getting ready for tomorrow's Clumber 10K. nice easy run out early with the dogs again. Thankfully my Lab knows not to run in front of me or he gets his back end booted!

3.15m in 32.45

26/09/2009 at 18:47
Just did 13.5 miles at around 9:15 pace.  Fairly sedate but my hips were hurting at the end!
26/09/2009 at 19:27

The usual short Saturday saunter today, all on the road, which is most unusual for me.  After Victoria Park, I ran into Crosby and under the railway line at Blundellsands before heading back on a parallel route t' other side of the line.  Still warm but no sign of the sun.

2.5 miles, 22:39,  JogWatch: 0 

26/09/2009 at 23:03

25/09/09 (yesterday) 15.6 miles : 2 hours : 24 minutes

Ok, so I am officially a loser. Set out to do 18.9 again and cut it short at 15.6. I think the problem is that I'm running my LSR on a Friday night - as my OH says, it's the end of the week, you're thinking, it's dark - I'm the only one out here, everyone else is probably either in bed or eating takeaway, and I'm putting myself through this hell...

Ran sans-bumbag this time though and preferred it (who wouldn't prefer not having a great big 90s eyesore slapping against your groin every time you pound the pavement) - took a swig of Powerade before I left, then ran back into the close, grabbed the remaining Powerade (which I'd left tucked under a bush) and carried on back round for the 2nd loop. Tired and bored as usual, 'Tears in Heaven' by Eric Clapton almost sent me to sleep - I actually thought to myself is it possible to fall asleep whilst running? - whilst running. (Also thought about the comment my mum made earlier on about seeing a horse 'lying on its side' in a field and not being able to decide whether it was dead or asleep..)

Thankfully (though quite ironically), Faithless' 'Insomniac' picked me up for what I like to call the 'long hard road' in the pitch black around 8:30pm. A few cars dotted down the almost invisible route ahead which made it seem a bit safer than last week. Decided not to look into the big gaps of blackness and imagine monsters this time and didn't feel too paranoid about getting chucked into the back of a van and never being able to see loved ones again.

Ran round the usual route and decided way before I'd got to the end of the road where I usually decide whether to carry on/wimp out & go home that I was going to cut it short again - decided that I definitely had the physical stamina to carry on and was actually feeling pretty strong in my body, though again, my mind and heart just weren't devoted to the distance - boom boom

Turned my iPod off around mile 14 and just listened to my breathing/sound of the distant cars going past, almost heaved at the greasy pub churning out the usual extractor fan crap. OH had got Powerade and ice cold water ready for when I collapsed on the front porch which was nice. Got inside, blow-dried myself to get warm and wrapped myself in a big fuzzy blanket. Thought about how rubbish it was that I had to get up this morning but then thought it's not so bad since I was picking up a 2nd hand violin that I'm going to try and master.

Spent the entire day doing boring things like getting new Asics off the crap shop who sent them off for inspection. Not really looking forward to breaking them in again since I'm quite accustomed to these Mizunos now.. we've been through a lot together in a short space of time and I'm pretty sure they lost their endurance virginity when they bled on last week's LSR - nothing major, just a little piggy rubbing.

Learnt to play Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star earlier on the violin and decided it didn't sound too screechy at all. I'd be lying if I was saying I was taking it up solely to enjoy the beautiful music that will one day echo out of the wood - a hidden agenda of getting back certain neighbours with migraine-inducing screaming brats seems more fitting somehow.

Obviously, took the night off running tonight. Feeling good. Liking the feeling that I am actually a person and not just a runner. Also, painted my toenails and only one of them is slightly grey - no blackies for me atm

Hope everyone else's training is going well..

Edited: 26/09/2009 at 23:04
26/09/2009 at 23:46

You're quite funny D2D.

Join a club, you shouldn't be doing all this running on your own.

27/09/2009 at 10:50

Thanks ZZ, that's quite a compliment coming from you.

I would join a club, but I've been put off somewhat seeing as the entirety of my local running club lapped me twice the other night not sure whether they were doing speed sessions or something but they were going very fast. (I wasn't exactly going slow but wasn't pushing myself seeing as I was going to be out for a while)

Also, didn't seem to be a group of 'mixed abilities'. Maybe it was the 7 minute miling group or something. Does get a bit lonely on my long runs though.

27/09/2009 at 11:03

You are more than capable. You are already above average for a female club runner.

Club runs are usually quality based, so the sessions will be shorter and faster. This is what you need. All the long slow runs can wear you down.

All clubs are mixed ability, there will definitely be a group you can train with.

27/09/2009 at 11:10

But will there be a group that don't know me as D2D? Ha. Wouldn't say I'm above average either. How do you figure that?

Are you in a club?

Edited: 27/09/2009 at 11:10
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