Minni v Dubai Dave
Oh no Freemers. Hope you feel better soon. ((())) The 2:40 run is pretty good though so I wouldn't be worrying about that.
Like you say Chick, not the day for 12 @ MP. Again though still a really good effort.
Duration run for me today. I was determined to try at stick to 9 m/m because I've had a high mileage week and because that's what it said on the tin. Got dropped off and ran the Castles marathon route (missing a couple of loops out) and picked up at the end. Both Freemers and I are doing it in September. The snow came on and the first 5 miles were grim. You couldn't look up and I was running straight into it. I looked down and I was just white! Luckily it passed and the following couple of hours were more pleasant. 3:15 - 22m - avg 8:50 with the last two miles the fastest. And my highest week ever: 77.5 miles!
Freemers - I have some concerns over the marathon route and going to drop them an email. The roads for the first 16-18 miles are quite busy and very twisty. I can't see that they will be closing them and I'm wondering how they are going to police it. There are some stretches where there are walls or hedges at each side of the road and practically no verge. The cars were coming around the corners quite fast and we had to stop and stand right in the side. I think I'll be looking for some assurances that they have taken this in account.
Well done everyone still getting those LSRs in this weekend with the return of the white stuff
Freemers - hope you're feeling better, sorry to hear you were sick
Happy Birthday for yesterday Simon
Sarah - well done surviving Belvoir, great to hear you enjoyed it
Chick - 8:11 isn't shit at all in ice and snow.
Hope Gazelle got on well today?
I survived the Nationals yesterday! This was my first XC race. I didn't realise when I entered it that it was the Nationals, I just thought it was a little low-key cross country race at Sunderland. Fool. There was a little group of us from the club, including a team of four ladies. We decided to pair up and run in twos - power in numbers! It had snowed overnight so the ground everywhere was saturated and freezing cold. I did around 400m warm up and my feet were soaking wet and freezing to start off. Lovely. The start was really wide, wide enough for everyone to start at the front! Parsnip said it reminded him of a scene from Braveheart with everyone charging forward in a long row. I never planned to race it - I didn't want to blow up half way round - so my clubmate and I took it steady and picked our way through the muddy, boggy two-lap course. People who'd run the course before a few years ago mentioned that there were a few hills - I actually preferred the running uphill and used the opportunity to overtake a few runners. Easier to climb in mud than it is to descend! It did get gradually harder as my legs tired from running through the mud. But as I ran around the course I realised I had a big smile on my face - I actually enjoyed it!
Completed the 8K in 43:06, 262/427. Placed much higher than I expected to. I was never going to break any records, I'm just pleased I finished it as it's the first time I've tried a cross country. It was fun trying to get changed afterward, caked in mud and freezing cold. We then waited for the men to come in from running their 12K - all coming in looking like they'd done battle!
Back to reality today with an 18 mile LSR
Well done Carrot and everyone getting the long runs in.
hope you feel better Freemers
I did 1.5 hours in the gym. No hangover today
Brilliant time Carrot! Well done! Are you club doing the NEHL?
er hang on Freemers. I've just had a look at the race sheet and you'd put 2:45 down as your target today. So, 5 minutes under that and you are ill! Don't be hard on yourself.
Freemers: ((( ))) but to be honest I would have been delighted with that time even feeling 100%
Chick: sentiments as above!!! Always a worry in those conditions that you might go over and injure yourself
Carrot: our club was meant to go to the Nationals, but couldn't get enough ladies prepared to travel to Sunderland from Bristol. Shame, we could have met up and enjoyed the delights of Sunderland [which I don't think I really appreciated when up visiting the outlaws]
DD: that is exactly what happened to me on the NYD 10 km - I eventually got reinstated as 1st F55. People must realise this sort of thing is likely to happen if they give their numbers to a decent younger runner
14 miles off-road today with BA, so very leisurely, lots of mud, stiles etc and also primroses, daffodils, new-born lambs and snow!!
Sarah, well done on the half PB a little while ago, and also for following it up with a good 20.
DD, maple leaf isn't going to get you again! Still job done in terms of the overall series.
Freemers, poor you. Fantastic just finishing let alone running a good time when ill. Hope you feel better soon.
Carrot, what a race to pick as your first! Good finishing position as well.
Hope Gazelle's 10k went well.
Great long runs banked AA, Minni, 2Old and FRC. Some big mileages banked as well, including from Chick and Minni.
SS, comeback continues to go well.
Spoons, good to see that you're back out there too.
This week I've banked about 65 miles cycling. Some of it into icy wind and snow - probably would have wimped out if I wasn't going to report back here. 2 x 10 mins runs on the treadmill. No knee pain , but on the second calf was playing up . Also 2.5 hours yoga/pilates. Could do with fitting in something like a spin/circuits class though as I tend to pootle along a bit in my cycling so that, along with all the traffic lights, means HR stays pretty low.
Carrot - Well done, sounds like you have a taste for the XC.
Freemers - Bad news about today, hope you have made a quick recovery.
Chick - Nothing wrong with that pace in the conditions.
2old/Minni - Very good long runs from you both.
Simon - Belated happy birthday.
Becs - must have been cold on the bike....
Well done everyone who raced or got in their long run this weekend. Wow Carrot, can't believe you accidentally signed yourself up to the nationals as your first xc race. Sounds like you had a strong, sensible run, well done. Freemers hope you're feeling better soon. That's a very good time all things considered though. Gazelle nice 10K. I wouldn't worry too much about being off your PB, you probably have an awful lot of miles in your legs at the moment. Oompa err thanks for the detail on the fajitas! They are normally one of my favourite foods.Happy belated birthday Simon.
I need to lose 10lbs. I was at my skinniest in the summer so this is an unwelcome turnaround. Given I'm not worrying about hitting mileage I'm thinking of giving that 5:2 diet a go.
Quick check in, havent had time to read back but will get back up to date tomorrow.
After a few weeks where I've had to grab runs where I can, I've finally bagged a full complement for Jantastic this week including a 15 miler @8.35 avg - yet again the furthest I've run for about a year and I'm so so so happy I can run that far again Another 11 still feels like a long way, but not as long as it did a few weeks ago.
Had some great cross training on the Coed y Brenin MTB trails over the last 4 days - so I didnt miss any riding I had to squeeze in my 15 in between a 4 hour ride in the morning and a 2 hour night ride!
Welcome back, 2old! Nice LSR.
DD, at least the mystery is solved. Still very annoying though. I don't envy you cycling in this morning's wind...
Well done, AA, for a great performance in some adverse conditions. Nice weekly total
Freemers, massive hugs to you ((())) Sounds awful so well done you for a brilliant time in a very difficult situation.
Minni, you'll be overtaking Brolish for weekly mileage soon Great running.
Carrot, I love the fact you didn't realise it was the Nationals!! Sounds like you stepped up to the plate, though, so well done
Spoons, I'm disappointed at the lack of hangover Nice gymming.
Nice 20, FRC. I hope you survive the PT session!!
O4S, glad signs of spring are emerging
Becs, that's brilliant to hear about your knee. I definitely recommend spin as it's a really good cardio workout and zero impact so hopefully it wouldn't stress your knee - it might stress your quads a bit though
Kiwi, sounds like you had a brilliant spin session!! Nice one
Gazelle, great racing Blimey, it sounds cold. I'm chuckling at the buff too!! Happy dieting I've decided to bin the booze now until race day (except for my birthday and any other emergency celebrating) which will hopefully help me shift a few excess pounds Weeble, what's the 5:2 diet?
KFC, loving the 100% Jantastic effort!! Nicely run. That's a great effort to run 15 at that pace after a 4 hour ride!! Sounds like you're making really good progress
I managed 17.8 last night which was my longest and also my best run so far. Well, the run was great, the performance of my sodding Garmin was rubbish. I hate my 405, I really do. At the merest spot of rain/sweat, it is liable to go schizo, which it did last night. Hence, I had to guess everything I didn't do too badly on my estimations, though. I knew I'd be over on mileage but felt I'd rather do that than fall short. Av pace was 9:20 and I easily made a few at 9:04-6 so my speed is coming back. Heart rate is still a little high for my liking, but it was much better and, more importantly, I got home not feeling like I was desperate to get off my feet. And not even a whimper from my calf So overall, I'm very satisfied with that, and I've put a new Garmin on my birthday list
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