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09/02/2013 at 14:05

congrats DD . I love it when a race clicks like that. As for the 20k

kfc: the hiking/skiing sounds very enjoyable.

congrats on the 5k, shildon - we used to call them ykw on here because most of us hate shorter distance races (well the girls anyway)

you iz a proper beefcake now, Spoons
Oomps: crossing my fingers for the snow to disappear. 20m on the treadie is beyond my imagination . Hope the xc goes well, same for Minni's

speed sheep: Medoc 2014 sounds like a plan . I reckon this year may be sold out anyway.

Right, 14 and a bit done. Went offroad and ran veeery slowly, enjoying some birdwatching in the process. It was lovely. Feel fresh, almost like I haven't run, so all should be good for tomorrow's 20.

09/02/2013 at 15:20
Nice 5km Shildon.

Sounds like a lovely 14 today Chick + you're doing 20 tmrw, wow!

Ran for an hour today, only did 6 miles but first hour long run since May last year so feeling very happy! Now to survive a night on the champagne celebrating a friend's promotion + still make it to spin at 9:45am tmrw .......
Edited: 09/02/2013 at 15:20
09/02/2013 at 15:56
DD - well done on a great tri and podium position.

Carrot - hope quad tear is ok and improving quickly for you.

Oomps, minni - enjoy your xc today.

Shildon - nice YKW with 9 miles tagged on.

O4S - hope your 30 went well.

Kiwi - that's excellent news. Enjoy this evening!

2old - good luck with your 10k tomorrow.

I'm feeling all lethargic too today...
09/02/2013 at 16:09

DD - Congrats on the podium position and  recovery run this morning.

kfc  -   Good endurance work.

Shildon -  Nice Parkrun with decent follow up miles.

Kiwi -  Well done on the 6 miles.

I'm feeling impatient today just want to get on with it.  Good luck to racers.

09/02/2013 at 16:13

75 minutes on the turbo done followed by some core work

09/02/2013 at 17:21
AA- Barry- I know what you mean- lethargic. Good luck tomorrow
Shielding - very nice 5k there as part f a longer session
Kiwi- it's time on feet not speed that matters in the long run. Well done
Chick- good bit of ornothology today ...enjoy your LR tomorrow
Suffering watching Wales ...should be used to it after all these years.
09/02/2013 at 18:07

Quick check in.  Definitely made the right decision to do the XC today. 

Did 3 this morning with the dog (and because I need to do a double today for Febulous) and felt slow and tired. 

Arrived at the XC with only half an hour before the start so immediately went into warm up and ran some on the course.  Couple of tasty hills in there.  The weather was quite still but cold.  The start was delayed and delayed and I kept doing loops to try to keep warm but it wasn't easy - nipped off and got my gloves.

Finally off.  Started in second or third row and was happy to let people go off.  Since I was feeling tired I'd decided I wasn't going to push it as I still have my 20 to do tomorrow. 

First hill came and I started to pass people.  One of those hills that was just a bit too long and a bit too steep to feel comfortable but I felt ok.  Down the other side and still passing people.  Through lots of mud but felt I was making good ground -  I was passing lots of people but there still seemed to be a lot ahead of me.  Second hill came and I felt really strong going up it and passed a couple of people then two who were running side by side didn't want to let me past.  But they made a mistake - one of them obviously wanted to show me she could run faster and pulled away from her friend, giving me room to weave around them.  

Around past the start and onto the second lap.  The first of the fast group passed me on the descent and by this time I was almost running on my own, apart from a skirt ahead.  Yes, a skirt.  I think a touch of testosterone kicked in and I thought no one in a skirt is going to beat me  so gradually caught up with her and tried to kick a bit of mud as I passed.    Second fast lady came past - there's no way you can catch them (I found out later that the first one is a pro triathlete ).  Just before the last hill a speedy one from my club caught up, quick chat and went on.  Almost finished - I just needed to hang on but to be honest I didn't feel as if I was dying so it was fine.  Into the finish straight and a quick glance behind showed nobody was going to catch so cruised in.  8th place overall (the club got 5th, 8th & 24th and that has moved us from 5th to 2nd place in the league).  4 miles 28:35.  I didn't even realise I was so far up so it was a lovely surprise. 


09/02/2013 at 18:56
How did Brol & Oompa get on today?

Good luck to AA and Barry in the HM tomorrow and 2old in the 10k.
09/02/2013 at 19:00

Great work Minni, the speedy one from your club wasn't that far ahead of you....

Well done on your parkrun debut Shildon.  Hackworth is definitely going ahead, there's a few trial runs over the coming weeks before the 'go live' in March.

Simon - I bet he never has any quad pain after a run

Impressive Tri-ing as always DD, sounds like it was much more enjoyable than a marathon.

I did an easy run this morning without so much as a niggle.  So far, so good.  Having spoke to a few others who have visited the same physio, he really knows his stuff and gets people up and running again as soon as he can.  I'm still quite surprised at how my quad just feels normal now, if anything just my glutes are aching a bit from the hundreds of lunges I've done over the last few days (see, us runners do have weak glutes) I really hope it's OK, I've got a relay race next Saturday.

Looking forward to more race reports

09/02/2013 at 19:14
DD great result in the tri, and super fast 20k. Not tempted to find a marathon soon?

Chic, nice 14 m & 20 planned tomorrow? All of you could easily do an ultra with the training back to back, LDWA forum event meet up with tons of food & cake then beer?

Minni nice XC.

Brol, not traveling at the moment are you? Noticed there was storm warnings in New York so...

Mr Z - sent you a PM. Go check. Important

Race report for Thames Trot ultra last weekend., click here. it's not that long but saves me pasting it in. Photos too.

Good luck to AA & Barry tomorrow, I'm meeting up with 2old & Simon at the 10k hopefully.

2old. The week of Carra announcing retirement, oh and tomorrow is the 100 year anniversary of Captain Scotts death being announced so expecting great things. Think spirit of 2005 Istanbul whilst you run and don't get lost
09/02/2013 at 19:20

Good news Carrot

well done Minni

09/02/2013 at 19:47
FRC- and if Wales can win in France then anything is possible. Thanks for the support. See you and Simon tomorrow all being well . Parking at Stanley School then 3-4 mile warm up. No running today? Will have a look at your ultra report later.
Minni- loved the race report especially not wanting to be beaten by a skirt! We can see how the weeks of training are benefiting you in terms of strength and confidence. Think what you'll be like end of March ! Great result too. Youll enjoy your LR after that. Thanks for tomorrow
Spoons - what did you watch/ listen to during that turbo session to keep you sane ?
Carrot- pleased to see things looking positive
09/02/2013 at 19:57
Chickadee - lol I would agree. Good run today and hopefully same tomorrow.

Kiwi - well done with your run

Carrot - cant believe the hierachy at my club don't know whats goin on in their own back yard. I will keep them informed lol.

Minni - nice run and nice commentary.

Good luck to all for tomorrows LSR's and races
09/02/2013 at 21:02

Loved your report Minni, especially the image of you chasing down the skirt.

Great result with the Tri DD. You'll miss that kind of open water swim when you're back in the UK!

Carrot sounds positive with the quad, looks like you may have caught it just in time after all.

Spoons did I see you were out of Brighton? Are you tempted to volunteer? I got the email last week and am considering it as it's quite easy for me to get down on the morning.

Welcome Shildon btw.

Epic if soggy report FRC. Can't quite imagining muttering "only a marathon to go" and it being motivating!

"Long" run today and yoga, for the first time in about 15 years. I don't really get it but did feel quite chilled after so I'm going to give it a go for a bit.

09/02/2013 at 21:32

Weeble - I'll check it out. I've booked a hotel so I'm there anyway. I had thought I'd just have a party weekend instead!

2old - I was watching Dave Grohl's Sound City documentary on the iPad with my cordless headphones. 

09/02/2013 at 21:35
Minnie - Great report and massive congrats on 8th.

My xc was a 3.00 kick-off and I got there with about 15 mins in hand. Quick warm-up and we were off.
Started in the middle of the pack to see 1) how I felt, and 2) to let others be the Guinea Pigs through the quagmire that was once Wimbledon Common.
Felt nice and comfortable, despite the conditions, so it was a bit of a shock when the Garmin showed the first mile at 6.45!
Second mile was the most atrocious mudfest that I've ever seen and at one point there was at least 10 fast lads stopped, trying to either recover their spike from the mud, or get it back on! Still felt good and despite the mud and a sharp hill, managed 7.26.
Started to reel in the fast start brigade and was really comfortable, which was a bit frustrating as if it wasn't so muddy and flooded (there was pretty much one line through a lot of the course), I'm sure that I could have gone quite a bit quicker.
Into the second lap and ticked off the third mile (6.59) and I was passing runners that had whooped my arse at the last xc race. Fourth mile was 6.55 and the last 7.15, and I can honestly say that I was barely out of breath at the finish, so it's good to know the endurance side of things is getting there... Just need more speed!!!!
Total time - 35.21... Car has a lovely layer of silt in it... I bloody love x-country!
09/02/2013 at 21:47
... Forgot to mention the nice big spike hole i've now got just above my ankle... Ahh, takes me back to school athletics... Happy days!

Chick - Can't believe I missed the 14 you did today and the planned 20 tomorrow on your earlier post... Wow!
09/02/2013 at 22:27
Oompa - well done! Sounds like you had a great race. I bet that spike hurt.

Good luck tomorrow racers. Don't be shit!
Dubai Dave    pirate
10/02/2013 at 04:53


Minni: Nice racing & report , I'm looking forward to doing XC

Oompa: See above!

Carrot: Good news on the injury

FRC: Would love to do a marathon but aint going to happen.

2Old/ AA / Barry: Good luck today

O4S: Enjoy your 30 miles.

Off for a spin on the bike in a bit, the joys of the (paid) unemployed


10/02/2013 at 05:59
Morning folks

Minni/oompa - great reports and well done. It's bloody tough xc running.

Chick - hope your 20 goes well after yesterday.

Minni - ditto.

DD - have fun on the bike.

2old- go smash that 10k

Barry - see you soon! We are predicted rain this morning. Fingers crossed for no wind.
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