Post details of your last run and what you think of it
Whoah, it was windy today! But the drizzle was lovely and the temperature nearly cool enough. First run since the disaster with Badminton that made every leg muscle ache. Well, not the first one, but I didn't want to put in any details about the last as it was a mistake. Anyway, just prepped today for tomorrow's LSR, a 7 mile loop to loosen up. Threw in a few fast miles with stop-n-stretches in between, and got home in a good state. Not too tired, not too achy, really thrown off the badminton aches.
I really must get a decent watch, and then wear it on the runs. It would been nice to see some times and splits. I'll know I'm getting serious about this when I start posting splits.
Early run this morning as on call so had to be at work by nine, up and out with the dogs first thing to stretch the legs then home and changed. Was running short on time so the planned 6 mile route became the 5 mile run instead, but figured if i was going to cut down on distance i would have to up the pace a bit to make up for it. Started steady and was going nicely, figured i'd push it into a tempo run and push out the middle miles hard then slow it down at the end again.
5.01m in 44.20 Splits 9.13, 8.49, 8.38, 8.28, 9.08 Ave pace 8.51mm/mile
First run with average pace under 9 mm/mile. Felt fine at the end too, not blown, just like i'd had a good run. There's more in these legs, i know it!
Ratzer - not saying i wouldn't be getting faster without the Garmin, but my running has come on in leaps and bounds since acquiring it - just the buzz of knowing you've just run your fastest ever mile while you're running it gives you the umph to carry on and run faster! I know it helps that i've trained consistently this year unlike others where i've been lazy, but i think the Garmin motivates me to beat previous times etc, and gives a much more accurate measurement of routes, particularly off road. Btw, if you do try the headtorch, give us a review, as i'm very much like you, i'm surrounded by country roads with no street lights, and i fear running in the evenings will result in squashed me, but still need to get the runs in.
Beautilful morning for running, but did my (short) hard run, which may have been a mistake as I had a few beers last night (maybe a few too many) Very nice through the golf course and round the green a few older couples out buying their sunday papers. I joker coming out of a side road hardly looking was interesting!!
A v little bit disappointed but not crying about it.
5.81k in 24:07.68 @ 4:09m/km
for what its worth
1st 4:23.04 uphill
2nd 4:00.79 uphil/level
3rd 3:56.36 level/down hill
4th 4:13.49 up and down
5th 4:14.46 up and down
6th 3.19.52 (806.84m) down and hill to finnish
JogWatch: 0 as usual
Have fun all!
Yesterday, 8 easy miles interspersed with 3 x 2K intervals @ 6:15mm.
Bloody hell it was windy! Turned some corners and felt like I'd come to a standstill. Had a nice race with an old giffer on a road bike when doing when of my intervals, he was only just getting away
Sandstone Trail "A" Race.
17.1 miles - 2:15:22 - 7:55m/m - 21st.
Met swittle before the start, NIce to meet you swittle
Lined up on the front row as my race plan was go hard for the first 1/2 mile and get past the potential log jams at the start and than settled down.
Went off like a whippet and was well up at Maiden Castle somewhere in the top 10, this didin't last but I was still running quite well. Had a little dip before Chickflick Farm and Graham from my club passed me here, but once over Rawhead (21:47.40) I was feeling ok-ish.
I took the "racing line" off Bulkely Hill and ran ok down to and past the "B" start in 49:28.90. HIt the Beeston Checkpoint in 54:11 (2008 - 53:11)
After Beeston on the run down to the railway/canl there is a stile but the gate next to it is hurdleable, but as I checked my stride to take it I slipped and slid right into the bottom of it and grazed my shin, this took the wind out of my sails a bit.
Was feeling ok again by Pudding Lane. Crossed the fields ok, but the Fishersgreen corn field was very slippy again I was running on the grassy bits at the edge and getting whipped about the face by the corn leaves.
At the bottom of the climb up to Wilington/Rock Farm checkpoint 2 I blew up. I went thru the CP2 in 42:43 (2008 - 42:02). I really struggled up the bridle path and at the top Mike from the club caught m, I tried to make an effort on the drop from the Tea Shop but he passed me on the sandy climb. Then on the little drop just before the detour over the fields I took another tumble and now I was not enjoying it.
Paul form the club and a couple of others passed me just before the Yeld Road climb and now I was just plodding really, a number of "B" race runners flew passed me as well.
Back into Delamere and ther wasn't anyone close enough to pip me of any places so it was just a mtter of crossing the line. Last leg split 38:28 (2008 - 34:49)
Target was set 2:16:48 (8m/m) so I'm happy with my time, but dissapointed that I lost all those place in the last 3-4 miles. If I hadn't've lost my race fuel with in the first 200m maybe I would've held them off.
I hobbled back to the car and got changed, but couldn't face the walk back to the finish so went straight home.
Hope you got round ok swittle and enjoyed the longer one
thought I'd add a pic of my shin
Nice time and report Marsh
I ran the Liverpool 10k today, not bothered about a time but wanted to see if my Achilles was OK, it seems to be so fingers crossed it's OK tomorrow.
Nice race and well organised as seems to be the norm with these Liverpool races.
OUCH!! Bet that's sore.
Great report Marsh. Where was the race?
Ye, Katb, I can't improve on that - indeed, it is great to re-live the locations, albeit at my more conservative pace. Great to meet you, marshallini, and interesting to chat about your approaches to running - which must be working exceptionally well - apart from staying vertical. I hope that your hurts heal soon and can report one stumble on the way to the canal which didn't have consequences.
A beautiful day for trail running: bright sunshine, crisp & cool and only 1 or 2 very short shower. The first 6 miles are the pick of the 'A' race - good forest trails, staircases and breathtaking views. A kind female runner was happy to let me run with her as far as the high corn but after that, I rather impolitely pulled away, hindered only by a blister on my instep in shoes I've used for many, many trail/beach miles.
At the 7 km to go point, all was OK but hills were lurking and the uneven ground tweaked my sore foot and a drop in pace resulted. At 3.6 km out, I did my sums, slogged up Yeld and took on the never-ending forst track back to Delamere & Barnsbridge. Few runners came with me and I even managed to out-plod a Tattenhall man to the finish. I made my apologies to the Cheshire Hash House Harriers female runner who finished 4 minutes behind me - she thought it was hilarious that I was bothered! More of a challenge than I'd anticipated but superb all round. My target was sub-3 hours....
17.1 miles, 2:52:47 [unofficial]
p.s. Katb - pies nom, nom
Oops! The Sandstone Trail race: Duckington, nr Tarporley, Cheshire to Barnsbridge in the beautiful Delamere Forest, not too far from Helsby.
One for next year, Katb?
Just had a big sleep, that race has done me in big time, I feel terrible, I'll probably be having a few days off now.
Result are here
Nice one swittle, will you be going long again?
I love this race but every time I've done I've been destroyed at the end.
04/10/09 : 9.87 miles : 1 hour : 27 minutes
Good run tonight - if you don't count the tears.. Was running my usual 9.87 mile route, going along pretty well, 8 minute miling, feeling refreshed from my rest yesterday. Only when I turned the corner into the dog-rough estate that I hate running through, did it live upto its name. A dog, none other than a slobbering doberman, the size of myself, was dashing across the road, back and forth as 4 small children threw a stick. God alone knows how the kids/dog hadn't got run over yet...
FFS I thought as I tried to work out a 'game plan' in my head... I know, I thought, I'll cross the road and sprint past - they look pretty wrapped up in their little game, they won't even notice me.. How wrong I was. Not only did the lot of them (except the dog) cross the road before I had a chance (which meant the offenders were now on both sides), I was now in an even bigger state of panic as the dog had now clocked me and was looking at me with suspicion...
I decided the best thing to do would be to jog r e a l l y slowly past the kids/dog and then they could continue their game and I could continue my run. Wrong again. As I crept past, in the same kind of fashion as kids creep past sleeping dads or mice creep past hungry cats, the dog suddenly leapt up and made a bee-line right for me.
'AAAAH!!!!!!!!" I screamed (literally 5 feet between me and the dog by the way) - the kids looked mystified and stood with gawping mouths even when I pleaded 'please get that dog away from me - I'm petrified of dogs!' - nothing. They either didn't speak English (unlikely) or stumbled upon the word 'petrified' (more likely). The dog thankfully stopped just before me and I think a car must emerged from some junction to aid my rescue (don't really remember much - I was almost in tears with my hands over my eyes pleading with a group of 7 year olds) - I ran on, and I mean REALLY ran and told them they should 'HAVE THAT DOG ON A LEAD'.
Pretty sure they'll tell all their mates at school tomorrow about the 'mad woman runner who started crying because our friendly Doberman wanted to play with her'. Psh. Really annoyed me, but I was over it by miles 6 or so.
Wore just a vest and shorts tonight but was still rather warm but cooling rapidly as the night grew darker. Ran through town past a 'modern day Romeo & Juliet' (a woman in a 2nd floor apartment talking down to a man in a cheap looking pleather jacket) - had to run on the road since they (well, he) was taking up the entire pavement.
Ran past the petrol station where I dashed in and grabbed an Evian on my LSR and smiled to myself when I thought back to how bewildered the people in there were Friday night
Home in 1:27 - not too shabby at all. 53.1 miles this week, 212.2 miles this month. And a stack of Sunday papers to get through. Glorious.
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