Great running yesterday lads. I was one of those marshals HMM . Well done on the pb Paul, you looked like you were going well.
Well Done HMM and Paul yesterday good runs from you both yesterday.Have to agree did not mind the laps or the course but think that might be diffrent if it had been wet and windy like today
Happy with my 1.31.XX yesterday and its almost taper time for Amesterdam
Also well done to all you HR runners for sticking at it hope it pays of for you which i am sure it will
Tried my first pacey run (hilly run) on Saturday at 80% work rate and manged 7 miles in 55mins so very happy that I am nearly back to fitness. I managed 15 miles yesterday at 60-70 % effort enjoyed the run. Keeping the faith results defo starting to show but PB's are still away in the distance.
I did the Decathlon half yesterday as well. Great day for it! At least that made up for the fairly uninspiring route Got myself a PB but for my first HM that wasn't a shock The massages afterwards were great as well.
Lovely running weather at the moment. Did 10miles last night and another 6 miles this morning.
Dig the winter gear out the summers over. Three miles last night soaked to the skin.
Well done everyone who took part in the Decathlon 10k/half marathon on Sunday. Thankfully the weather was much more runner-friendly than it is at the moment.
Good to see you and Jim, HMM. 26 down - 14 to go! It's soon going to be time for me to get my cheque book out. Also very well done to the girls from Ballymena Runners.
I mentioned to the organiser that a few people had commented that they thought that £24 was a bit steep and he has said that he will think about reducing the entry price next year.
It's going to be a busy weekend what with the Causeway and Bangor 10k. I am committed to being at the Waterworks this week which means I won't be able to get up to the Causeway to lend my support, but hopefully should make it to the finish of Bangor.
Good luck to everyone running. I really wish that I could take part but sadly my knee seems to have given up for good. If I could only ever do one more half marathon it would be the Causeway.
Paul B - have you decided which distance you are doing on Saturday?
Oh, and glad you found the marshals friendly on Sunday HMM - they were all hand-picked especially. Well, one was actually conscripted, but never mind!
Aye, Mags, I've just entered for the ultra. I fancy the first 13 miles running along the beaches before the world awakes . I'm not so sure about the next 26 miles though. No matter, it's only a bit of craic.
HMM you are not winging another event are you LOL. Good luck I am jealous that I am missing the Causeway Off Road as I really enjoyed the marathon. Next year maybe the Ultra who knows. Good luck to everyone at the Causeway enjoy the views and I hope the weather is kind to you.
For the racers good luck at Bangor and I hope to see lots of PB's posted on here.
Good luck to all doing the Caiuseway I was hoping to get down to see the finish by have to pick the wife up at 3.00.
Hill session last night 3 sets of hills x 3.
Ive been having groin/hip injury problems for nigh on 15 months - used to be a marathon runner.
Just had a hip arthrogram scan and am due to see the specialist again at Musgrave in 2 weeks - he suspects a labral tear and/or femur-acetabular impingement. Pretty serious stuff (am on the femur-acetabular impinge thread on this website). Only way to treat these issues is keyhole surgery but i understand the NHS in NI don't carry out this op but they fly you to hospitals in England for the op.
Anyone suffer these injuries in Northern Ireland - I'd be interested in hearing your experiences and in particular if you had to go across the water for treatment on the NHS, or anyone who went private.
Trying to prepare myself for seeing the specialist in 2 weeks when he decides the best path forward, and trying to arm myself with as much info as possible.
Hi Parklife I was sent across to England for an op on my foot. My op was done under the NHS but at a private clinic. I got a call on Monday to go that weekend. They arranged flights and picked us up at the airport and took us to the hospital. My wife could have gone too and she would have been put up in a hotel. They did the op on the Sunday and flew me back on the Monday. My wife couldn't go but they dropped us off at Manchester and I had to make my own way through checkin etc. An older man had his son with him and helped me by carrying my bags. If I was going again I would take someone with me. I hope this is of some help.
Thanks Kenneth was the op on your foot a success?
Do you remember much about the process and how long it took from when the consultant deceided you needed the surgery and when you actually got it?
Thanks for help
Can't remember. The op was a success but the after treatment was crap.
But I can still run up to half marathon when I try any more I get problems.
Ultra marathons hurt. The Causeway cliff trail has a lot of ups and downs, with steps and stiles to punish tired legs, and powerful wind gusts yesterday which would push you in a direction you didn't want to go. Like over a cliff edge. But it was a great experience. The first 13 miles were the best, running in the early morning along the beaches from Portstewart to Portballintrae. And the sea was absolutely spectacular yesterday. My time was 8.58, but I was happy just to finish it at all. There were a lot of familar faces there and the great company made the long miles seem that much shorter.
Did you enjoy the half, Irene?
Well done Paul - that's fantastic! Don't know if 'enjoyed' is the right term but found the half quite tough due to all the climbing and the strong wind. However the time passed quite quickly as the terrain was always changing. Managed it in 2hrs 25'06" which is just a few secs faster than last yr but felt I managed it better. Mind you, having to pour your own water at the refreshment station was a bit much. Onwards to Dublin now!
Irene, what time you aiming for for Dublin?...4 weeks togo...so if Ive got it right two weeks solid training then tapering off for the last two weeks....what have you planned for the next month....still a newbie to all this...
Mark, I'm probably aiming for around the 4hr mark though it all depends on the day! Will do one more 20+ miler LSR next weekend, and then probably 16 and 12 the following weekends. Will also try to get 3 other runs in during each week.
Cheers and thanks for sharing...If I get under the 5'15 from my first at Belfast I'll be happy...20 miles tomorrow..couple of small ones during the week.....same next week then dropping down to 13 and 10 for the last two....
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