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29/06/2014 at 09:55

Walnuts? I don't think I want to know!

29/06/2014 at 11:45

I was recovering from manflu but then got slaughtered on Friday night (first visit to a night club for several years) getting in a 3:30am, about the same time Gul normally starts his morning run. I would have happily slept in but junior OO dragged me out for the parkrun. I paced her for the first mile then picked it up for the last two, finishing in 19:25. Junior was under a minute behind in a new PB of 20:15 and 1st lady.

Welcome back speedy- who needs a kitchen anyway?

16 plod miles today for a 45 mile week.  


Edited: 29/06/2014 at 11:46
29/06/2014 at 14:13

00-51- you can get mashed roll in at 3:30 and still near equal my 5k time while cruising round ,impressive 

CC2-welcome back, nobody mention nuts again 

36 miles for me last week and just under 16 this morning, last 3 miles were a long climb 

Edited: 29/06/2014 at 14:14
29/06/2014 at 19:08

OK, I have to know, what page is the nuts thing on?

18 for me today with 6 at marathon pace effort. Given that I'm 3kg over race weight and only in week 2 of a 16 week schedule I was happy to get them all in under 7 min miling. 

29/06/2014 at 19:26

Speedy - Very stressful business that, but you're obviously still running well. Great mile time!

Leslie - Nice mileage.

OO - I can relate to that 5k you did, I've done a few of them like that, you can get away with it over that distance, just, but the difference being, 19:25 for you with little sleep was probably comfortable but I would have felt like on the brink of death. Junior is getting close to that sub 20.

15 miles for me today at a later start than planned. My running pal bailed last night and Mrs G wanted to go water skiing and it coincided with the Jersey triathlon this morning. That meant I could only head out at 1pm and the sun came out, took it easy for the first half, avg 8:03mm  pace and second half was 7:45mm. Nice run and 6 miles were off road on a trail with 3 miles of a steady climb and then 3 downhill. That was my longest solo run for about 5 months and was relieved to finish it. Legs feel ok now and then had two hours of footie with my son afterwards who has footie fever. Think his endurance levels are higher than mine and he wanted to go running just now......I am on the wine now playing catch up with the world cup! Happy days!

29/06/2014 at 19:33

((Speedy)) kitchens are stressful, especially when they go wrong. We had a whole year with no cooker (ate lots of healthy salads though )
OO - nice work while under the influence
GM - sounds lovely, not much flat ground on Jersey as far as I recall

10 today, first outdoor run since June 1st, felt odd but better than watching the gymfails mount up.

29/06/2014 at 19:40

I have nowhere to prepare a salad and ready made ones are ludicrously expensive. I'm mostly living on porridge, jam sandwiches, cereal and toast. I miss meat.

29/06/2014 at 19:44

Gothic - I'm here to help.  On page 1834, Badbark very generously tells you everything you could possibly wish to know about walnuts.  Some people might advise you not to read it while eating your jam sandwiches, but ignore them and just tuck right in. 

Does anybody here use the Garmin 210?  Any good?  I think PMJ bought the 220 recently.  How's that going?  Really, I just need somebody to do the decent thing and tell me what to buy, so that I don't have to read all those tedious and nerdy online reviews.  Thank you.

29/06/2014 at 19:52

I carefully planned our new kitchen to coincide with weeks away in Geneva- just came home when it was finished .

I used to waterski as a teenager GM, used to be great fun- have you got a boat?

I see Sweatshop has some discounted Garmin's. Worth a look.  

29/06/2014 at 21:15

OO - No boat here but could do with one as we are literally on the water and the dry dock is a heartbeat away. My wife tends to hang out with sailors, surfers and ski type people. My wife grew on an Island off the east coast of SA and is quite good at that sort of thing. It's funny really as they are really fit but when I mention running they all give me that look like you know, you are different! Each to their own I guess. The only water sport that gave me a similar buzz to to running was surfing but I can't be doing with the cold water here and the early mornings.

SG - Have you not got a bbq or some other cooking device that could satisfy your meat cravings? Or get someone else to do it??

Poacher - You're right in a sense but it depends what you're after. I can run from my door traffic free along the cycle path for about 5 miles but if you want to mix it up a bit then, the go to run is up the old railway trail path and then out along the cliff paths. Didn't make it that far today but that's a really nice run if you are doing about 18-22 miles. Hard though, but then if you want to run a fast marathon it's a prerequisite.

29/06/2014 at 21:31

"My wife tends to hang out with sailors"



29/06/2014 at 22:02

Joolska, were you supposed to know the way?

SpeedyGoth: eat tomatoes, whole.  Tesco are selling beautiful vine tomatoes on special offer round here, 100% extra free!

5:13 in the half-ironman today but I don't know what the splits were because I didn't realise I had to attach a timing chip to the neoprene/velcro strap before putting it round my ankle!  Ribena and gels did the trick: no bonk.  Thank you for telling me my legs would come back to me after a while - reassuring when I found myself waddling out onto the run course.

Once again, I found a discarded banana skin in a portaloo pre-race.  Why would you choose to eat your banana in this revolting place?

 Also, my adductors are trashed - why? It's not happened before.

Edited: 29/06/2014 at 22:02
30/06/2014 at 00:14

SJ -

Marrows - Well done. That sounds like a great time to me. Was that your first one? Re the banana, that's wrong no matter what way you look at it. I can't bear those loo's or any public form whatsoever. In and out and that's it.

30/06/2014 at 09:34
The Accidental Runner wrote (see)


Does anybody here use the Garmin 210?  Any good?  I think PMJ bought the 220 recently.  How's that going?  Really, I just need somebody to do the decent thing and tell me what to buy, so that I don't have to read all those tedious and nerdy online reviews.  Thank you.

The 220 is doing me well so far. I got it from and there is a 15% discount code valid until 1 July, SPFL15, so I got it for £149.59. My old 305 is on ebay at the moment and is up to £26 so that brings the upgrade to under £125.

The things that annoyed me about the 305 were the satellite start time in Hammersmith. At home it fires up well, but outside the office in London it was slow (over 5 minutes and the annoying "Are you indoors?"): the 220 is on in a few seconds as it gets cached data when you charge it. Also the fact that you had to have it on or off, and no standby, so if I was out for a day at the track or a race I needed a watch to tell me the time as well as a GPS: the 220 will do 9 days as a watch and alarm clock.

220 uploads really well via Bluetooth to my iPhone which is handy. Downside of the 220 is no navigation (so I used to be quite good at programming courses on-line and then sending them to the 305 and following new routes in strange places) and I am also not quite used the screens on the 220: on the 305 I had 3 screens and it auto-cycled through them, on the 220 I have yet to get used to the new screen options.


30/06/2014 at 10:34

Cracking time Marrows! 

Will there be a full report....?

30/06/2014 at 10:57

HUGE WELL DONE, Marrows!  That is a fantastic time for a HIM!  Report is due I think...

30/06/2014 at 11:40

Yes, come on Marrows ! btw,nice pic of portaloo exterior - there are those amongst us who may have favoured the interior  view. . . . . .

Edited: 30/06/2014 at 11:41
30/06/2014 at 12:24

Marrows: well done on the HIM!  Looking forward to the report  And, yes, I should have known where I was going: I'd recce'd the damn thing the week before.  My lack of a sense of direction is fairly legendary, but even so...

30/06/2014 at 18:04

Marrows - as the skin is off the banana we can assume that they ate it in the queue and then forgot it after taking a scooby doo (rather than inserting it where the sun doesnt shine). 5:13 sounds impressive, shame you didnt wear your chip to get some split times. Which pacing strategy did you apply to the bike ?

30/06/2014 at 19:23

Maybe in between the 2?

rode it like you'd borrowed it....?

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