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Minni v Dubai Dave

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17/09/2013 at 16:51

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. 


17/09/2013 at 18:25

crossing my fingers for you barry

17/09/2013 at 18:58

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.


17/09/2013 at 20:49

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?

17/09/2013 at 21:42

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.......

17/09/2013 at 21:44

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.

17/09/2013 at 23:23

Barry- the calf is probably taper madness

18/09/2013 at 04:38

2old - I hope so, but I am currently icing my taper madness.

18/09/2013 at 06:18

Barry - my calf hurt last week but on Sunday didn't feel it at all. Stay positive. 

Chick - how is your back? 

18/09/2013 at 06:25

He's not very happy Minni


18/09/2013 at 07:59

never had pouches in a race but they sound crap. German races usually provide cups. they suck too ... gimme bottles any day!

i still cannot bend forward at all ... but getting up and sitting down hurts less than before. Hope i'm ob the road to recovery.

18/09/2013 at 09:20

04S-maybe he will take you 50 miles and tell you to run home

Barry-have you got time for a sports massage?

Chick-clearly best avoiding climbing as a recovery sport..does anyone here have a complete break from training in one form or another apart from injury? Maybe thats where Im going wrong

Mangaged 22k of spinning last night. Not sure I will fit anything in today.

18/09/2013 at 09:46

2old:  I wish I thought you were joking - I can see you have been talking to him again. BTW I have taken complete breaks from running on many occasions, up to 7 or 8 weeks, but always because I am cycling.  Have never actually stopped doing anything for any length of time except through injury.  I find a longish break from running over the summer seems to help me keep injury free and stops me getting too bored with the training the rest of the time.  Absence makes the heart etc......


18/09/2013 at 10:39

I don't mind cups. I'm really good at throwing water across my chest and missing my mouth completely.....

18/09/2013 at 11:49

2old - I took two full weeks off after the marathon this year and have had my best summer of training yet.

Pouches sound really duff hope they don't catch on. 

Did an open water swim last night. Phew it was cold.

18/09/2013 at 16:19

O4S- so that's your secret ! 6-8weeks cycling the toughest mountains in France is one way to rest I suppose 

Ant- bet it was cold but still some way to go to the 12c of April. When does your place shut ? 

Dubai Dave    pirate
18/09/2013 at 16:59

2Old: i too only stop running if im cycling! I do sometimes wonder if a two week sabatical from all things aerobic would be benefical but of course i can never bring myself to do it.

Barry: fingers crossed

Chick: sounds more hopeful

O4S: I hope BA doesnt read these pages as 2Old's idea might just be too tempting.

Comrades had water and energy drinks in pouches but their not resealable, bite, squeeze, drop they work well other than the water stations quickly ressemble a sea of slippery plastic.

have spent a hour in the phone to Garmin after my Edge 800 died, its under a 2 year warranty in the UAE but only 1 year here so have had to pay for an exchange, but hey its a lot cheaper than buying a new one.

Two hours on the bike today taking in some of Dorsets, Somersets & Wiltshires finest hills including the wonderous 30% pitch up to Alfreds Tower, which despite my hatred of it seems to have a magnetic attraction.

18/09/2013 at 17:21

DD- I've worked out that I only stop running when I'm injured skiing swimming cycling- these last  two when injured- and sometimes when hungover. Bet you can't live without the Garmin Nor the challenge of a steep hill. 

18/09/2013 at 19:04

Hi everyone - I'm back. Had to be there at 7am, but arrived early 6.45. Unfortunately I was last down, so op wasn't til 3.15, so over 8hrs of waiting, and came out at 5pm. So I had to stay in over night, just to be on the safe side. I had some nerve blocker in the shoulder, which was great, as its only just worn off now, 24hrs later, so pain starting now, so time to pop some pills. They attached a brass strap over the end of the collarbone, to hold it down, attached to the shoulder by some pins, and attached some ligaments, but now 5wks of immobility, before physio. So could be Dec before any normal activities. Any jokes please to keep me sane. 

2old - Luckily the ward was quiet, and best bit, was getting a nurse to make me tea and toast at 1am, when I couldn't sleep.

Edited: 18/09/2013 at 19:11
18/09/2013 at 19:26

2old - was in 2 minds about a sports massage but decided I'd regret it if I did n't so managed to get one for tomorrow evening.

Simon -  Sounds like a dull day waiting for the op, you must have been starving.  Are the pins a permanent fixture?  Soon be Xmas and you will be back on it.

Minni - Trying to stay positive but under 10 miles in the last 2 weeks is not great final prep, but will be in a lot better shape than I was for VLM.


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