Just A Little Bit Further 2013

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12/02/2013 at 19:17

Jude - what a long day! and at the beginning of the week too

12/02/2013 at 19:28

Just come back from a 5.34km - with a bit of a difference:  Remember I said last time I ran that my fitness had gone out of the window and that I was fatigued at around 15 minutes?  Well today when I got tired, I kept finding more and I felt that I was going at a good clip today. 

I'm thinking it might be down to the latest addition to my diet: oatmeal shakes.  I've only been drinking them for a couple of days, but today I really felt like I had a lot more energy!  I'm taking oatmeal shakes to increase my calorie intake (yes, you heard right).  I've decided to make my main goal to build muscle: after all the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn anyway.  Not looking to get huge; I've always found that a bit freaky looking and at 5ft 6in it wouldn't suit me anyway.  Just nice and athletic - like your average Premiership footballer would do.  

Next time I go, I'll use a route I know is exactly 5k - if I trash my PB, then I have my answer, eh?

12/02/2013 at 20:14

Working from home tomorrow, so early start in the gym.  Try to be in there for 6.30 and get an hour in, and still start work before 8am.  Which I really need given that I have brought work home this evening and am stuck in front of the laptop now.  Probably do another 5k+ at 9kph, see whether I can get to 5.5k, assess and then perhaps push on to 6k.

12/02/2013 at 20:24

Its Valentines day soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12/02/2013 at 20:31

Yes dear...  That one day of the year when you can throw an inordinate amount of money to a card company/restaurant/florist to tell your dearest that you love them...  Fifty-f@cking-quid for a bunch of Roses from M&S?  M&S of all places?  Why?  I've seen (and bought, not for myself you understand) absolutely gorgeous dress for about that, so Roses?  No thank you very blo@@dy much.

Sorry, just hate the whole commercialism of love.

12/02/2013 at 20:32

And before anyone asks, no I didn't forget





(this year)

12/02/2013 at 20:33

So do I.  Why should there be one day where you show someone you love them?  And for single people, why should there be one day when they feel even more like crap than usual?

Valentine's Day is a load of commercial rubbish.

12/02/2013 at 20:36

Wholeheartedly agree,  You should feel equally crap whatever day of the week/month/year...

Or was that not your point?

12/02/2013 at 20:41

Sorry - I detest Valentine's Day for two reasons: one, it's commercial BS and two I split up with an ex. on Valentine's Day of all days.

12/02/2013 at 20:45

AF - for my first two marathons the longest I did was 20 miles. But I'm very slow so that took me 4hrs. And I was very happy with my end result. Last summer I did quite a few long runs but that is cos I was running the Ridgeway and two marathons quite close together. The body definitely gets used to it.

This first part of the year is training for the half ironman so it/s all about the bike. Although I'm still planning to do 15 mile LSR before the event. I will then probably do a couple of 20ish miles before my hoped for marathon at end of August. Am kind of hoping that we can have a CRAC meet on the Ridgeway again this summer for fun/training.

Only 40 lengths of swim today cos pool was crowded and I had to share playing with Smidge with my Big Girl.

Valentine Day is special in our house cos it's my Smidge's birthday. She's 6 on Thursday!

Edited: 12/02/2013 at 20:45
12/02/2013 at 23:01

I think of Valentines Day ... as just one more day that I get to tell my honey that I love her.  And she's worth more than money ... she's worth my life.

13/02/2013 at 04:33

Morning all!

Happy Birthday to Smidge tomorrow!

Hubby's birthday tomorrow too.  He's 44. Hubby doesn't do anything for Valentine's Day but I don't mind coz I know he loves me. (Well, I sort of mind but I love him anyway!) 

Gosh, I feel tired already and we've only been back for 2 days!

Have a good day all!

13/02/2013 at 07:11

Morning (shivers and huddles over heater)

Cat safely landed settled.  She has a built-in fur coat.  Me - trying to pluck up courage to go outside.  Got to do some downhill intervals later.

13/02/2013 at 07:44

morning all!!!!!!!

interesting views on valentines day then!! well , i agree that it is like lots of other days terribly over priced and hyped. i dont agree with £50 0r even £30 for a bunch of roses that normally cost a tenner at most but its kinda sweet that there is one day as Mr Chili says thats an extra day to show you care fo your beloved. ths  year i wont have to spend a thing!! lol



13/02/2013 at 07:58

morning all

we don't do the valentines day thing either - but OH always checks with me before that we aren't doing anything I guess he wants to make sure he doesn't end up in the bad books

RR - I like the sound of oatmeal shakes

13/02/2013 at 09:02


I must admit I dont go for all the over exensive stuff on Valentines but it's nice to have an excuse to get Mr Ecky a little pressie as he never has anything for himself and it's a way of justifiying it. We had a nice meal last night too as we are busy the rest of the week so just something a bit special and we ate after the kids which is very unusual. Little Ecky did spoil the quiet by coming in a shooting us with his Nerf Blasters but it was still lovely.

Awwww Chilli, how lovely that its Smidges Birthday soon. Wow big 6, don't they grow up fast.

No running for me today as I have middle Ecky off sick.

Hope everyone has a lovely day.

13/02/2013 at 09:06

Hubby has reminded me that he won't be 44 but 46.  When you get this old it's hard to remember exactly how old you are.

Looking forward to a night out on Friday.  There is a foreigners' meet up in a bar which actually happens every month but we have never been before.  I have persuaded hubby to go so we can meet some new faces.  Haven't been to a bar in years.....

I'm at school and shouldn't be on here so BFN.


13/02/2013 at 09:30

I'm sure there are loads of people who would love to spend a virtual valentines day with you Lou.  If that doesn't sound too creepy.  Or desparate.

Anyway, back to more important matters.  Managed 3k down the gym this morning, before the emergency stop button actviated itself.

So I did another 5k!!.  Solid 9kph through the full 8 (apart from 2 interludes, see below).  I was intending on only doing another 2k to make up to the 5, but then I decided to push for the 3.  By the time I'd hit 3, I was well into my stride, but then Fever came over the headphones - Madonna's Erotica and Daft Punk's Human After All were the tracks du jour.

Anyway, Fever came on, and I got my second wind, so pushed the speed up to 9.5k.  For all of 500m before I decided that I had made a mistake.  Then Bye Bye Baby, which is always an upbeat one to motivate you.  I was hoping to end on that one, but we nudged into Deeper and Deeper, another thumping track, to finish on high note.  Sadly at 4.5k (so 7.5k overall) I had just hit the edges of the wall, and had to back it off.  6kph for 70m isn't bad before I decided to give it one last push, and did the final 1500m back at the 9kph, being driven on by the vision of Madonnna 20 years ago (bloody hell!!  Erotica was, I think, my first cd as a spotty 12 year old, and I got my Dad to buy it for me, as I was away at school and had no access to shops!!).

Anyway, 8k down and I feel so much better for it.  And have hit the feety lows of 87.9kg!!  It wasn't much after Erotica was released that I last weighed this little!!

13/02/2013 at 09:50
13/02/2013 at 09:51

Mr byeck-Well done on your run. I like your commentry!! Madonna 20 years ago- yes very nice. Still think she looked good in the hung up video. When I was runninbg yesterday the song Can Plan Pour Moi by Plastic Bertrand came on- what a great running tune! Well done on the weight loss.Can't remeber where you started from.

RE-Oatmeal shakes sounds good.

Lots of Birthday's - Happy Birthday for tomorrow Mr Jude- AND 46 IS NOT OLD!!! Happy Birthday Master Smidge & Mrs AF!

Valantines day is a commerial con. I buy Mrs AF flowers every other week and will not be ripped off by buying 12 roses for a rediculous amount- they willl be half price on firday anyway. I have bought a card and we are going away for the weekend.

No running today, 4-5 miles tomorow and 16 friday.

RE Marathon training- thank's for everyones comments. I am intedning to do 1 20 mile race and at least one 20 mile run (perhaps another time permitting) and weekly runs in excess of 14 miles.

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