Auviour Paris: So long and thanks for the cobbles

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24/12/2012 at 12:12

Enjoyable ten mile easy run this morning.  The rain was persistent, but for the most part it wasn't too heavy.  Just refreshing.

I'm arguably in one of the driest parts of the country (hosepipe ban was the last to be lifted). Seeing tributories of rivers full to the brim with fast flowing water is incredible.  Back in March you wouldn't even know they existed!  Remember March - when the "experts" told us that ground water levels were so low that it would take years of persistent rain to bring them back to normal levels?

I ran along one road which was passable in the middle.  I noticed a drain which had water flowing back out of it like a mini-geyser.  Twenty minutes later I returned to find that the road had effectively disappeared under the water.  Thankfully I was able to pick a shallow part without any hidden potholes.  Good job no cars came by at that moment 

My diversion took me up a fairly steep hill and along a country road with no path.  Water was cascading down the sides and I ran in the middle of the road when possible.  I'll check online maps later to see what possibilities there are for longer runs along that direction.  I saw some other runners, which is a good sign that it is a favoured route.

I was strict with my pacing and averaged 10:41 [scheduled pace range was 10:21 - 11:15].  At times this felt very slow indeed, but I was enjoying looking at the unsusual scenery (i.e. flooded fields).  I also reflected on the fact that I was running ten miles and breathing less hard than I have done in the past on a five minute walk to the shops, or going up a couple of flights of stairs!  

It was a great morning for running.  I'm glad I can do it.

Happy Christmas all.

24/12/2012 at 13:04

Ten - brilliant run.  Your quote "I'm glad i can do it" sums it all up.

24/12/2012 at 13:20
oscarr wrote (see)

Your quote "I'm glad i can do it" sums it all up.

NOW you tell me Oscarr!  I could have saved a lot of typing! 

24/12/2012 at 13:32

Ten - you must drive your family nuts !!

24/12/2012 at 13:42

Happy Christmas to you too Tenjiso! Run sounded fab if slightly damp! Can't believe the amounts of water around at the moment!!

24/12/2012 at 16:22

I'm glad I can do it too!  What a blessing, however assisted by technology, and however ugly some of it.  

I pretty much did yesterday's run today, only longer because I had 2 hours booked on the Alter G; so a mile warmup [very gradual, foot was very stiff], and then : 

1 @ 10:20, 3 @ 9:50, 3 @ 9:20, 2 @ 8:50, 1 @ 8:20, 1 @ 8:00, and 0.5 cooldown for 12.5 in total.  All at 70% of body weight, could be worse. 

Did a bit of stretching, and although both hips and foot niggled a bit, nothing too major once I'd walked home from the station to shake off the seizing that happened on the train.

So phew, like BoD I am relieved and grateful.

And I had already made a discovery last night when massaging Traumeel into foot, towit that that there was a very sore spot below the ankle bone, and another at the top of the anterior tib near knee, so looks like I have located and begun to treat the cause [with massage hammer, ice, wierd foot on its side stretch] etc.

We'll see what tomorrow brings.  I think I'll get some smoked salmon out of the freezer, I do find a shake hard to beat for brekkie though. 

In a strange twist my recordings of all the Gabby Olympic highlight shows have vanished from my HD extra expensive multiroom box!  I had noticed a load of Pilates evaporating from the downstairs one, but was too polite to accuse my brother, who was forever recording TdeF and various equivalents when he stayed here for races, and I suspected that he had maybe deleted a few obstacles.

But when I Googled a combination of the above, there are whole forums about it, mainly of the old skool unplug and plug it in again variety.

So just in case NOBODY got me those Olympic DVDs I will be set up for tomorrow [if it works!]  

By the way this new Sweatshop flagship store in Trump St has an altitude centre, a running school, all the anti gravity kit, I'll need to be locked up to stay away from that place.  

 

Edited: 24/12/2012 at 16:24
24/12/2012 at 16:45

Merry Christmas Reiki.

24/12/2012 at 16:58
RR: I'm off there as soon as humanly possible! My story to Mrs BoD is: let's have a day in London... Also the highlight thing is brilliant!

I'd like to third/whatever the 'glad I can do this' thing. Very.
24/12/2012 at 17:16

Highlight thing?!  Do I need to know about this? 

25/12/2012 at 00:16

Merry Christmas everyone! I'm hoping for a cold free Christmas day and to do a festive parkrun - hopefully it won't be too wet!
I really want to get back into running and have been piling on too many pounds! 

25/12/2012 at 07:19
Happy Christmas everyone
25/12/2012 at 09:42
Happy Christmas everyone!

Been off running and just so busy with life, not sure how I ever fitted in so much running in 2012 ! Been having weekly physio and Pilates. My core has been weak, this has then put strain on my hamstrings. I hope to start running again in Janurary. Not run since 25 November.

Hope you are all good and your running is going well?

Take care and enjoy your Christmas.

FH
25/12/2012 at 09:46

Lovely to hear from you FH.

hApPy cHrIsTmAs and a peaceful day to all x

mcs
25/12/2012 at 11:01
Time for a soggy run enjoy your day all, off out with bro after eating too much with family yesterday 52 nd anniversary of parents. Nice running Ten. Hope you get better soon FH your body probably needs a rest.
25/12/2012 at 14:44

Merry Christmas everyone.  Just finished my LSR for the day - 15.34 miles.  Included a 5 min stop half way to lay some flowers, pray and reflect - a very special time.  Now for some food.

27/12/2012 at 06:50
Wow, that's Christmas over with then... On to the NEw Year! Hope everyone had a good time and is enjoying their Olympics DVDs (assuming that given the crowd here). Too much beef, wine, potato and toblerone here. Scared of the scales now...

RR: 50 greatest 2012 Olympic moments, BBC3. Gabby Logan and some bloke perving over her. V funny.

Thinking of 'glad can do it'. Just got back from 5 @9:30, looking at mara plan and thinking: that's doable. 20 months ago, it would have been: WTF???? Never!

Oh and It's a Wonderful Life is the best film ever.
27/12/2012 at 07:00

Saw that BoD!!

I'm about to have another, that's yet another, bike session, before heading for dental visit 2 of 3, follwed by work!

Foot is improving, is now sore under the toes, where they bend, I really wish I knew if the Tui Na definitely caused all this.  Probably though.  Raring to go now, and it has done hip a favor, it's fine.

 

27/12/2012 at 07:05

BoD - morning! I just checked the scales...... d'oh! Feeling bloated too.  I could barely eat any breakfast.  But, I'm off for my LT run soon, 8m with 4m @ 15k-HM pace.  I haven't checked the weather yet.  I just assume it's raining again.

Having finally caught up with marathontalk podcasts, I've joined the site and registered for Jantastic (and Feb/Mar too ).  Is anybody else taking part? mcs?

We could form a team (six entrants), which would be additional motivation for Sleepy's challenge too.  Just need to register number of weekly runs for January, plus long run targets for Feb and a race or time trial time for March, then try to attain your targets.

Right, time to get ready for my run.  Laters peeps.

27/12/2012 at 07:09

BTW - I managed to buy two pairs of Asics 2160's for just under 50 quid a pair yesterday, so I haven't had to take a chance with the 2170 redesign or switch brand just yet.  That should see me through to the spring marathon.

I bought them from Start Fitness and used the RW10 code for the extra 10% off, before anybody asks.

27/12/2012 at 07:28

Morning all

BoD - sounds like a fab Christmas! well done on the 5 @9.30! You have come such a long way with your running

Reiki - hope the bike session went well..good luck at the dentist!

Ten - very brave to get on the scales, enjoy your run!

I done the first two runs on my schedule, 6 on Monday, 5 yesterday. I was a bit off the pace yesterday (which was slow to start with), but will put that down the the undulating route!

Have a good day everyone

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