Minni v Dubai Dave
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.
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
Good news Carrot
well done Minni
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.
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.
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
Shildon, great effort on your first parkrun! I love them, well, what I should say is I love the idea of them and the ethos behind them - I don't love running them!!!
Chick, I'm in awe of your mileage this weekend, that's probably more than I've run all week . I shall total up later on today after LSR. Medoc 2014 it is then
Kiwi, yay! Congrats on the hour!! I know exactly how you feel, so enjoy it. Sounds like champagne all round for you guys then! I hope you make it to spin...
AA, Barry, 2old, Simon, FRC - race well today
Spoons, must try and get that Dave Grohl documentary, love him! Great turbo, btw.
Minni, brilliant racing, great report!!! Sounds like you were on fire, achieved a great result and, most importantly, had lots of fun
Carrot, yay!! That sounds like it's all heading in the right direction.
FRC, wow, that sounded like a real endurance test!! Great running, though, especially when you weren't confident of even making it to the finish.
Oompa, well done for surviving the mudfest and kicking some butt!
LSR for me later on today, a mere 13 miles but I'm creeping up... I am NOT going to get my Garmin head on like last week. I will take it merely as a guide, I will listen only for the mile beeps and I will run on feel. If nothing else, OH does not deserve another Sunday evening like last week's, bless him, with me wanting to jack VLM in. Positive mental attitude
Oompa - sounds like fun. Except the spike!
I'm getting on my mountain bike in a minute to do bike support on GFs LSR. Will gym later.
Kiwi - great to see you out running and enjoying it. I bet you make a great comeback. Look at Freemers. You must have maintained your fitness really well through all the x training and it'll just be a case of getting used to running again.
Spoons/weeble - don't let the side down at Brighton: head for the pub for a booze marathon.
Weeble - hope you've settled into your new home.
Chick - enjoy the 20. 34 in the weekend - phew, good going.
Carrot - the fast lady from the club yesterday has been out due to injury and she wore quad guards under her shorts yesterday. She said they were really helping - might be worth considering?
SS - hope the 13 goes well.
Good luck racers - I iz excited for yous!
Ant - will you enable your messages - I want to send you a private message!
Ooooo - Minni loves Ant
Just done 2.5 hours on the mountain bike. My fingers and toes have lost all feeling due to being frozen. Other than that it was fine. Off to the gym after lunch.
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