Minni v Dubai Dave
Wow - what a great weekend. Carrot - fantastic time. Im delighted for you. Minni - a fab new pb and you've broke that 1:32 barrier. I'm sure you'll be under 90 in a couple of weeks.Watched the sprint finish and was yelling at Mo too
((2old)) - I am right there with you too. Make some room on our bench. My heel is as bad today as it was last Monday after the HIM. Don't think I will be running anytime soon at all. After 4 days my headache has gone, and now I've come down with a god-awful chesty cough too. My body is in shut-down
Simon - good luck with your op.
O4S - well done on your half. Unbelievable. Put some weight on!!
Spoons - that sounded like a good night. Lovely photos.
Right, here's a quick review of the Cheltenham Half...
I love Cheltenham. I’d go so far as to say it’s my favourite place in the UK. I’ve got so many great memories, about 30 years of them I think, that when they announced they’d be staging a half, and that the course took in so many of my favourite places, I entered straight away and couldn’t wait.
However, since entering, Cheltenham has become a dark place for me. The nice memories have been overshadowed, and Cheltenham has been a place I’ve dreaded to go to. The place where I’ve watched my Dad suffer greatly in hospital. So I wanted to do this for the both of us, despite being plainly unfit, troubled by my hip, sleep deprived and with an interview I should have been preparing for!
For those who haven’t been, Cheltenham is a regal place. The route started in the park by the Pump Rooms, and set out past the Prince of Wales stadium, with memories of cross-country there (despite it being a life-time ago, I distinctly remember coming 21st as the top 20 proceeded to the West of England trials, so on the one hand I was disappointed, but on the other quite pleased as I’d have come square last if I’d have made it!). My hip was hurting already, but I tried to put it out of my mind as we went through the town, and up through regal Montpellier, to do a lap towards the station.
I’d set off way too quick for my fitness, but I had a kind of serenity about me as I was all consumed by reaching the 6 mile mark. I got there, at 1.40 pace, and there it was. On the left-hand side, the beautiful Cheltenham College cricket ground, the place where I’ve spent countless days watching the Festival with my Dad, and where I’d made him so proud by representing the county in my youth. And on the right, the cancer unit, the place I both hate and am thankful for in equal measure. Immense pleasure and pain, both at the same time. Not quite the same, but a bit like a successful run really.
I made it through there, and to be honest I can’t remember a thing about the next four miles. All I knew was that I was going to suffer at the racecourse as I was fading badly and my hip was beginning to grind. I’ve had so many good days out at the races that I was trying to think positive thoughts, but the problem was I knew exactly what was coming! It’s undulating, wide open to the elements, and it was raining and blowing a gale. The renowned ‘hill’ sorted me out – if I’d have done the training I probably wouldn’t have even registered it as it isn’t technically a hill, just a long incline for sprinting race-horses, but by that point I was suffering with every step.
Anyway, I shuffled my way back past the Pump Rooms, and over the finish line, getting overtaken by loads of people. I finished in 1.43.xx but that run wasn’t about the time. It was about trying to rekindle my love of the place (which it did), and cleansing the soul a bit.
Simon - really good luck with your op
2Old - you are due some luck soon
AA - that HIM is taking it's toll! Bet you're still glowing with satisfaction though?
Chick - how's your back today? Any better?
O4S – agree, it’s total madness to put 3 HMs on the same day! Can only imagine they got given one date by the Council and a ‘take it or leave it’ ultimatum. I think I saw one Stroud runner and two Dursley ones, and not a single person any further south which quite frankly is ridiculous – they’d add loads more by avoiding Bristol. I’d definitely recommend it though, as you can tell from the report I do love the place. It would be a quick course on a nice day, and with a bit of luck they’ll amend it next year so the racecourse is at the start rather than at the end.
The final thing to mention – has anyone ever run a race with water pouches? I couldn’t for the life of me work them out. Barely managed a drop until the 11 mile point, by which stage I decided to hell with it and walked for 100yds to try and squeeze more than a drop of liquid out. I didn't mind because I wasn't going for a time, but I'd have been really annoyed if I had been!
Well done Minni - That's brilliant
AA - Sounds like ou need plenty of rest - but you deserve it after all your hard work
Redders: well done and hope it has laid some ghosts to rest. I need to do the Belfast Marathon for similar reasons, but it always clashes with my 100 mile event - one for the future though. Did you run on the grass at the racecourse? If so it is as well it was a morning event!! Chippenham attracted quite a few of the club runners who weren't prepared to pay for Bristol - luckily they give local Bristol clubs a whopping discount these days having found that all the local running clubs were boycotting the event due to the price! [They also have massive discounts for wrinklies so BA and I have a cheap entry by either route
WTF is a water pouch..............................
Minni- these injuries suck! Great result for you at GNR. I enjoyed watching it and was glued looking for you and probably did see you without realising it. The commentary was interesting- just before the steep hill a mile or so from the finish Paula Radcliffe was explaining how she'd talked about it with Mo and that he needed to avoid battering his quads going down it to leave him feeling good for the fast finish.It was there that Berkele pulled ahead and Mo never caught up as he couldnt get the same momentum the hill gave Berkele. I think Mo lost the race there. How did you feel on that hill and after?Did the wind help or hinder or did you even notice it?
Red-great way to conquer the demons. I stayed in a hotel overlooking the course in the Summer and hadnt realised how beautiful it is there
Carrot-You are on course to smash 3.15 looking at your last two HMs
AA-its no suprise you are suffering but at least youve earnt the right to. Im resigned to getting sorted for next year. Take care not to take risks on your return
Spoons-what a cracking relay-lovely way to spend a day
Barry-how's the taper going?
Saw my physio and hes banned me from running which is no suprise as its too painful anyway. Hes referred me for a scan to see if damage I did to my right calf in a skiing injury 10years is affecting the biomechanics making me more injury prone.Interesting but not a quick fix Im afraid. Oh well back to the pool.
Red: glad you made peace with Cheltenham,
O4S: Most folks from around here went to Chippenham, slightly closer than Bristol and Cheaper.
AA: if your injured you may as well be sick at the same time. Enjoy the rest.
2Old: hope you get to the bottom of it all.
Spoons: sounds like a great event, is it one leg each or multiple legs?
GNR had a good finish but no better then the ITU tri world champs.
AM swam a 2K set, club run tonight.
Spoons – sorry, whilst compiling my report I completely missed yours. Sounds like a fun event, and something very much out of the ordinary. Decent wheels to be going at 6.45 pace at that time of the morning too!
You should definitely do Belfast O4S, it is very cathartic. Fortunately we didn’t run on the grass as that would have involved hurdles and fences . We ran the the other side of the racing rail which is tarmac and used by ambulances to track each race. Was good to see the cross-country course up close though as it’s pretty spectacular.
Good question about water pouches. They’re translucent plastic bags (think hospital drip) that replace cups at water stations. Apparently they’re re-sealable so you can carry them with you and drink when necessary. I did spot one minor flaw though – they don’t open very easily, if at all.
I squeezed the first one, ripped the re-sealable tab off the second and tried to sink my teeth into the third all to no avail, before eventually giving up and walking whilst trying a combination of all of the above on the fourth. Felt like an episode of the Krypton Factor to be honest, not the best invention I’ve ever seen…
I shan’t get started on the price of races. Cheltenham was pretty steep too (probably because the water pouches are bio-degradable so cost a packet!)
Well done Red
DD - we do 1 leg each (between 6 and 20 miles). I'm not sure if you can do multiple legs. They have very complicated rules!
revel in your DOMS guys - you all did brilliantly
relay sounds fab spoons. well done to the GF. nice set of PBs
more injections and stronger painkillers here. i feel like i've just smoked some serious dope... sick note till Friday. bah humbug....
carrot: you are so going to smash 3:15. a good place to be in feeling strong
never had anything like this before but millions of people get it and get over it and so will I ...
wonder how Simon's op went? It was today, right?
DD-me too-some solid and steady training going on with you
O4S-looks like your future plans are as unambitious as ever Feeling better now?
Red-pouches sound a lot of trouble to me
Chick-if the treament works its worth it-hope it doeas
Simon-how was Ormskirk Hospital? Southport Hospital was busy!
1.8k swim this lunchtime-first swim for ages and didnt I know it? Its like starting at the beginning again.
Redders - what a lovely report. Reminds all how just getting out there is a triumph in itself. You've had a tough year with your dad but its nice to look back on the great times too and like you say you easily forget the miles. Well done.
Chick - I'm with You. Hopefully it won't be too long. Enjoy the rest. (So much easier said than done - I should have shares in Boots!)
Red - Great report, a tough and emotional day for you. Those pouches sound a nightmare I have a hard enough time opening gels. Was based near Cheltenham for a few years(me and Pinklady met during that time) but did n't spend much time in Cheltenham apart from the golf course.
Spoons - Great running from you and your GF.
I've done Chippenham HM twice and don't like it, whether I was not fully fit/injured(there's a surprise), but found the last 3 miles hard, nothing steep but seem to be a steady incline.
2old - Taper is getting frustrating, managed 3 miles this afternoon as a test run and got around OK but left calf is not 100%. My quiet confidence from a couple of weeks ago is fading fast.
crossing my fingers for you barry
Red well done on the time that you achieved after a an emotional day. I'm not great at opening gels & still haven't got the hang of it! I was based near Cheltenham for a while - lovely posting but I failed my driving test there, on the upside I met Barry.
Chickadee Hope you start to feel better soon
2old Impressed with your lunchtime swimming
Berlin so close now that I am keeping fingers & toes crossed for Barry.
Redders - they've got water pouches at Brighton Mara next year and I'm very unimpressed by the idea. They sound a nightmare and I'm sceptical they will reseal when you're sweaty and a mess. Do you think practicing with capri sun pouches will work?
Have just booked accommodation for a 30 mile event in Jan, another 30 in Feb and the Bramley 20 the week after the second 30 miler. BA is packing a suitcase while muttering darkly - although that might be something to do with the fact that I told him I was expecting to be taken out on our anniversary this Friday (I know, I know, pigs might fly etc, but a girl can dream)
Barry cotton wool time I think.......
Relay sounds like good fun Spoons, you've had a strong run there! Well done to your GF too
Red sounds like a good way of getting rid of some bad memories, glad to hear you're back to loving the place. There were water pouches at Sunderland marathon last year. They were crap. Like, really crap. Hard to open when you're running, only comes out in a trickle, you have to squirt it into your mouth so end up half choking on it, and you can never get enough out to actually hydrate yourself. I'd rather have CUPS!
2old hope the scan gives you a few answers. And nice ones. For now, enjoy the pool. It does leave you a bit battered if you've fallen of the wagon for a while!
Simon hope the op went well.
Barry hope that calf gets better soon, massage? Ice? Foam roller?
Weeble the pouches I've had in races aren't really like a capri sun pouch, there's no straw! Unless you don't use the straw, just make the hole and attempt to drink out of it? Now that would be good practice! Brighton Marathon? Great news!
Swam this morning, forgot my goggles so got out of the pool looking like I'd been crying for hours. Track tonight - didn't do the session, instead did 2M easy, then 5 sets of 400m @ 10K pace, 400m @ MP, then 2M easy. Calf / back of the knee felt good, better after last night's massage.
Barry- the calf is probably taper madness
2old - I hope so, but I am currently icing my taper madness.
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