Just A Little Bit Further 2013

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30/10/2013 at 20:47

AF - good to hear that you are all recovered and racing again so soon!

My week is rather manic, what with running the club, feeding 7 young adults + looking after my family. So I'm not running again until parkrun on Saturday. But I have feeling embaressingly ache free. In fact I haven't really suffered from the 30 miles at all! Either the amount of walking I did mad eit easy, or I trained really well!

Well done MC. Are you still on school hols?

30/10/2013 at 21:14

No, back at work this week and it is manic as ever

good to hear you are ok after the ultra

31/10/2013 at 04:38

Morning all!

MC and Chili - Hope you find some calmness in your busy week.

AF - well done on all your runs and good luck for your 10K.

Just checking in to say hi. Swimming last night and fitness room this evening.  Am hoping not to pull my calf again.

Have a good day all! x

31/10/2013 at 08:36

Hi everyone.  Chili, glad to hear all is well .

AF, that's lots of pre-race mileage - not an 'A' race?

Jude, hope your calf is recovering - swimming should be fine though

I've had an easy week, after being very tired last week.  Did intervals on Tuesday, which covers around 6.5 miles, and a very easy 5 miles this morning.  Sunday morning is the Marlow half marathon, and I'm hoping to do a bit better than my last attempt at a half .


31/10/2013 at 11:11

Hello everybody!! How are you all doing? Hope everyone is well!

Chilli - Massive congratulations for completing that Ultra! Unbelievable mental strength!!

Louise - Good luck in the half marathon!

I cant believe it was July last time I posted. Where does the time go?! Nothing much to report, did my first duathlon at the beginning of the month. Definitely didn't show the event enough respect! Only did 3 weeks training (was pretty intense training)! I was just glad to finish it without walking!

I was lucky enough to get a ballot place in the London Marathon so I've got my sights set on that at the moment. Training is going ok so far! Has anybody else entered/got a place??


Have a good day!


31/10/2013 at 14:12


Wow Chilli Well done on your Ultra..truly amazing report but huge CONGRATULATIONS..such determination you showed

Hi Nandy..Good to hear from you.Well done on getting a place for LONDON..That is brill news

AF..Good luck for your 10k this weekend AND LOUISE for your Half Mara. I am sure with all your recent training that you will be fab.


Jude.Carefull at the gym and mind that calf of yours.

I am feeling bit out of sorts this week..just lethargic and achey. I too have 10k race on Sunday. My last race of the year. Now hope I don't puke at the end of it like I did at Parkrun on Saturday there. Was so embarrassed but it happened to a few folk. I wouldn't have minded but it wasn't even a PB...lol.However looking at my splits my 1st mile was very fast

Have a great day everyone

31/10/2013 at 16:03


Louise- What do you mean by an A race. Good luck in the 1/2 marathon.

nandy-Good to here from you & well done on a marathon place.

Jude-take care enjoy the swimming.

Franny-Hope you are ok? Not yet puked after a race!!! So how fast was that 1st mile?

5.2 miles this morning and have now run over 1500 miles for the year.

31/10/2013 at 20:37

Louise - Good luck for Sunday! What time are you hoping for?

Nandy - It's always nice to have a visit from you and hear what you are up to! Great you have a place for London! Good luck with the training!

Franny - Good luck for the 10K. Hope there is no puking involved!! You must have pushed really hard for that first mile!

AF - well done on your superb mileage!

Well swimming was great yesterday.  I've bought some hand pallette.  Really don't know what they are called in English. It was great to use them and they gave my shoulders and arms a great work out.  Had a workout in the fitness room today.  Trainer was pleased with my plank.  (It was my first time ......) Is it normal to run a lot faster on a treadmill or have I just improved drastically ....lol!

Anyway, feeling a bit braindead and writing gibberish as have just done lots of marking...... bfn guys!

01/11/2013 at 06:57

Morning all

AF - 'A' race - 'important' so that you train, target a time and taper to maximise results.  Based on your heavy pre-race mileage I am guessing this 10k is not it.  I surprised myself with my stats too by the way - my rolling year mileage is around 1400, higher than I expected.   I really should be faster based on that!

Jude - after my lousy showing last time out I am not predicting anything!  The same race last year was my 1st ever 1/2, and I took it easy at 2h19 as a hard training day out.  It's quite hilly, but in theory I am much better trained this time round. *shrugs* who know?  Treadmills aren't always calibrated correctly so it can be quite hard to gauge.  Needs to be set at a slight incline, apparently, to better mimic effort outside.  My plank is hopeless!  I am resolved to get to 2min by the end of the year.

Nandy, that's great news on your ballot place.  I will probably be a supporter again this year so might see you there and shout encouragement.  I have signed up for Two Oceans Ultra again this year so will need to do a marathon in the 1st couple of months of 2014, not sure yet where / when.  Training starts on 12 November!

Hmm.  That's a lot of exclamation marks,  Not like me to be so bouncy in the morning before coffee.

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01/11/2013 at 08:57

Louise-I am trying not to get so hooked up on times these days. As the race on Sunday is XC I have no idea what to aim for . My flat 10k PB is 45.02 so this is hilly so will aim for c50 minutes.Well done on 1400 miles that i simpressive.I think I need to do an ultra.

Jude-Well done on your swimming. I think I knoe what you mean by the pallettes. Think I need to so some swimming soon- perhaps a Tri in 2015. Too many plans for next year!

01/11/2013 at 09:04

Just registered for Seville February 23rd, 2014.  Flat, city streets, hopefully not too freezing cold (!), reasonably easy to get to, and about the right timing for training schedule.   

01/11/2013 at 10:17


Louise..What's the distance for the Seville Race? That's impressive mileage  for the year so far

Jude Yep what Louise said about treadmills  I get bored easily on them and only use them for short speed sessions or treadmill specific plans.

AF..Your mileage is going to be mega for the year and now you have your eyes set on ultras and tri's.. 

@ AF and Jude...that 1st mile clocked in at a 7.2 min mile. Not that fast in your terms Boss but blimmin fast for me..I thought me lungs were gonna burst...lol

Have a good day everyone. I had a lie in this morning  so no running or gym for me..just doggy walking.

01/11/2013 at 13:15

Afternoon everybody! Thank you for the support for London. I'm quite looking forward to it! I'm raising money for Children With Cancer UK so its all good! It's also the 10th anniversary of the first and only time I did the marathon! 

Two weeks ago I went out and ended up running 14miles (should've been 10 but I got lost!!) its the first time since 2004 that I'd run over 10 miles. It hurt!


Franny - I hope you're feeling better today!

AF - Well done on your yearly miles! You must really go through some trainers!

Louise - Again, well done on your yearly miles! I've just had a look on my app and this year I've racked up a GRAND total of 123miles!! 71 of those since the 19th of September! Good luck with your training and the events themselves.

Jude - I find running on a treadmill a bit strange, very difficult to gauge your speed!

It doesn't help that the gym I used to go to had some kind of oily/slippery substance all over the belt thing you run on. Absolute hazard!


Does anyone else use Strava?


Enjoy the rest of your days, the weekend is almost here!!


01/11/2013 at 18:39

evening all

nandy - good to hear from you. 

Had a rest day today

Jude - they are called paddles here 

Just looked at my mileage for the year so far - 344 running, 1386 cycling and 107 swimming total time 314 - average about an hour a day which isn't bad

good luck to everyone racing this weekend

01/11/2013 at 22:55

Hi everyone, sorry i have been awol this week, but been rather busy.

Jude - sounds like you will soon be winning swimming medals too!

Nandy - congrats on getting a london place. I hope to win a ballot place one day.

Very impressive mileage Louise. Well done.

Hi Franny and MC.

It's our parkrun anniversary tomorrow. Hope my legs are in good shape cos I've promised my No.2 girl I will help her get a PB as it is also her 50th run so she gets a pretty red t-shirt. Am also incharge of the prize giving and presentations afterwards cos I considered to be the best talker

02/11/2013 at 11:05


Sorry not been on either but its been a really crazy week this week


Nandy great to have you back. How exciting to have a London place. I was rejected but not too bothered as I was lucky to have been able to do it last year. The experience is just amazing, have you done it before.

No running for me today as getting stuff done on house although have been eating really badly so trying to get back on track to get my energy levels up.

Hope everyone has a good day. I will try and catch up later and have a read back.

02/11/2013 at 11:27

MC-You have swam 107 miles- that is increadible. An hour a day exercise is brilliant!!! 

Nandy-Yes I do seem to get through trainers just ordered another pair only £58 this time!! Running isn't a cheap sport.Now looking at a winter jacket and some calf guards that might help my never disappearing shin splints! What's a strava? Hope the training goes well now that you have a London place. My club have a spare place for London and I am tempted but am doing Brighton marathon the week before so not sure my old body will be able to cope. 

Chilli-You must be really proud of how succesful the parj run has been. Never done one myself.Think I ought to do one,but going quick in a 5k sounds painfull!!

Franny-7.2 minute mile good stuff. I don't oftern go under 8 minute miles these days. But just seen I finished my last mile in last weeks hilly marathon in 7.35.Guess I am going to have to do some 7 minute miles tomorrow in my race although I think it is muddy and hilly so we will see. Going to be planning my trip to Edinburgh soon so hopefullly we can meet up for a little run one morning? Won't be until the 2nd may day bank hoiliday. Am tempted to do the marathon or half marathon on the dunday but not sure Mrs AF will be impressed!!!

Louise-That sounds a nice race. My club do a race abroad each year.They are going to Naples in February,but, due to my planned trip to Edinburgh next year don't think I am going to be able to go.  

Ecky-Really hope you win the Tesco's competition. If you don't I will boycott tesco's!!!  

Have a good weekend 

02/11/2013 at 17:37

ecky - so exciting, hope you win

AF - good luck for tomorrow

don't think I even hit 7m/mile pace when I am running short intervals

chili - hope parkrun this morning is good - well done to your girl for getting to 50 runs

Louise - Seville in Feb should be a nice temperature

nandy - i use fetch to track all my training, free and easy to upload from my garmin and record all my swimming and biking too

I did spinning and swimming today

02/11/2013 at 18:43

Ecky - that is such wonderful news. Am really excited for you.

Our parkrun anniversary was fantastic. Ran it with my No.2 daughter (aged 10) who was completing her 50th run and wanted a PB. She did amazingly well and got her first sub 30 in 29:49! Am so proud of her. She is not fast but she has a determination the others lack. The run hurt and I was a bit concerned she was pushing too hard but she was so determined to do it.

Then I had the privilege of giving out the prizes to our top winners. The sun came out and we had loads of cake and smiles. Was really lovely.

Since we have been busy all week with the club and looking after the team, this afternoon we used the two family tickets my girls won for paradise wildlife park. Took two of my older teens as a thank you for all their hard work this week. Was sooooo gorgeous to see the white lion cub. Really lovely day

02/11/2013 at 19:05

Chili - sounds like a lovely day - very well done to daughter no.2!

Louise - Seville? That sounds nice! I've spent a few days there, It's a beautiful place.

Franny - 7.2 min miles is sooo fast!! Well done you!

MC - well done on your super mileage.  That is serious training.

Ecky - Gosh, what lovely news.  I do hope you win, you absolutely deserve it!

Af - Good luck for your race!

Hi to anybody I've missed.

Well, hubby has gone hunting for the weekend as the partridge season opened today. He left yesterday with his buddies and his shotgun

So, a busy day for me today, getting the kids to their music lessons and daughter to her Grade 5 music theory exam.  This afternoon had a private lesson (thank goodness students came to me) and then sneeked out to the fitness room for an hour leaving kids with sister in law. Swimming training for kids tomorrow and piano lessons and hubby is back tomorrow evening.

Kids now watching Pirates of the Caribbean - what a boring film!!!!!   

BFN! x 

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