Just A Little Bit Further 2013

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27/03/2013 at 18:50

by eck - well done - I would have been good at knocking tiles off the wall, and any kind of destruction, but not so sure about anything else! 

well, made it to the gym for a short run/walk on the treadmill, seem to be getting on fine, but I am keeping it short, run 2 mins, walk 2 mins and running forefoot stricking, my calves are feeling the difference, but knee seems to be holding up so really pleased about that need to try it outside too, although there is greater impact outside compared to the treadmill, and all the fields and off-road paths are just under water at the moment

last day at school tomorrow, I am ready for a holiday

OH went for lunch with his colleagues from work I think it is good for him to keep in contact with them, and they all seem to be jealous as they have been left with a department in tatters. He has a meeting on Tuesday with an agency that will help him sort his CV and do courses on self-marketing etc, and the company are paying for a certain amount of help from them, so hopefully they will point him in the right direction, and with us at home he is going to feel like he is on holiday rather than unemployed, although I am not sure that is a good thing


27/03/2013 at 19:51

well done on getting to the gym MC. Hope your last day goes quick! Glad to hear your knee is holding up. Just remember that forefoot striking doesnt mean you heal doesnt touch the ground, but you probably know that already. My knee is coming along nicely, its taken a long time for me to understand how to properly help it and the right stretches, but its getting there.

27/03/2013 at 20:04

erm, don't think my heel is touching the ground does that mean I am doing it wrong?

27/03/2013 at 20:30

well i think you know I'm no expert MC if its working, please take my comments with a pinch of salt, but through my own experiences, a good forefoot strike means the heel touches down after the ball of the foot lands, and touches, but only very quickly, which will unload the stress on the calves. out and out sprinting is really the only time the heel doesnt touch the ground. so foot landing is important, but also relax.

Edited: 27/03/2013 at 20:31
27/03/2013 at 20:55

matty !!!!n *lobs custard doughnut at matt to welcome him home*

27/03/2013 at 20:57

matt !! matt!! what day is the mara? aug the what? if i can do it wiv you i could take chilis place if you like?

27/03/2013 at 21:01

hey that was a perfectly good custard doughnut! can't you throw the jam ones!? Oh I'd love that lou, but i have this feeling its on the same day as a race you are doing

27/03/2013 at 21:08

which? i may have changed plans

27/03/2013 at 21:18

what do you reckon to this, looks nuts:

Cheddar Gorge Marathon on 18th Aug



27/03/2013 at 22:27

Just a reminder

30 Louise - Two Oceans (Cape Town) 56k

7 Mathschick - Sussex Marathon (ok, looking very unlikely now, but maybe I will back running and able to drop down to the half mara)
12th Franny - Edinburgh Rock and Roll Half Marathon
Loula - Compton 40
14 AF - Brighton Marathon
21 Eckytump - London Marathon
21 Mathschick - David Lloyd Sprint Triathlon
25/26 Chilibean - 100 mile Cycle to Cambridge & Back over 2 days
27 Mathschick - 5k swimathon

5 Mathschick - Southwell Sprint Triathlon
6 Chilibean - 5k Radlett Rotary Run leading Rosedale Runners
Byeck & Loula - North Downs Way 50
26th Franny - Edinburgh Marathon

2 Mathschick - Half Iroman Outlaw Triathlon
22 Byeck - Giants Head Marathon
22 Mathschick - Dambuster Standard distance triathlon

22 Mathschick - Woodhall Spa Sprint triathlon
23 Mathschick - great Notts bike ride

Loula - pacer for another runner in his 100 miles
24 Loula - Ridgeway 85
24 Matt & Chilibean - Thames Meander Marathon

28/03/2013 at 07:16

MC I forefoot strike and my heel hardly ever touches the ground - I think you do what works for you.  The key is the roll from landing to toe off and my heel doesn't seem to need to be involved at all.  I do have gigantic calves though .  I slightly over-supinate so what I have been working on is concentrating on raising the leg from the groin / quad which seems to reduce knee impact and help the foot fall straighter, and also on continuing to run on the forefoot even downhill, which definitely reduces knee impact.


Sitting at Johannesburg airport now waiting for the Cape Town flight, trying not to think about Saturday except to enjoy the views.  There are a lot of people around here that look pretty ripped so I am sure they are participating but will finish twice as fast as me .


28/03/2013 at 07:39

morning all

could be that my heel is doing something but I don't realise if it is only fleeting. Advice that I have been given is to try to make as little noise as possible, and that is certainly working, and makes me feel a little smug when there are people on the other treadmills thundering away like elephants - I am sure that is how I used to be

Matt - the Cheddar Gorge runs look great - and brilliant to have a range of distances available

28/03/2013 at 10:08

Morning All

LG, that sounds so exciting! you're going to do great I'm sure

MC, I'm totally with the no noise thing, great advice, and I do the same when people are either hammering down the road or on the treadmill.

There you go LLB, Chili's got you down as doing the Ridgeway. Has that changed? Wanna do the Thames Meander with us instead?!

28/03/2013 at 12:34


Cheddar Gorge sounds fun!!

Not an expert on forefron strinking etc- just know I over pronante.

Still cold out there.

5.3 miles this morning- felt a little heavy footed today.


28/03/2013 at 15:10

Afternoon All

 Erm my Rock and roll Half is the 14th April..same day as AFs debut Marathon.I probably told you the wrong date in the 1st place Chilli..sorreeeee

Well i have been out and did 18.36 miles this morning....was all conditions along the way...clear paths,snowy paths and muddy ones too...LOL..Headed up to the hills and back down home again...I am knackered now...LOL..Saw 3 hares in a field having fun in the snow...

Matt..good to have you back m'lad

AF..well done on your run this morning..how is the taper going?

Louise..Good luck for your up and coming ultra.

Hello to everyone else..have a good evening..soon be time for easter bunny

Edited: 28/03/2013 at 15:15
28/03/2013 at 16:24

There you go again Franny.. putting in your 18 milers at the drop of a hat! Well done, sounds like a great run. Boss, well done with your 5.3, which presumably was at a crazy pace Hey look at us! The CRAC Memebers are doing some big races this year!

28/03/2013 at 17:17

I can assure you Matty boy that it wasn't just at the drop of a hat...lol...I think i'm gettin too old for all this mileage malarky... it was a lovely run though but I am very tired now...takes me longer to recover from long runs now   It will defo be a day of rest from running tomorrow.

28/03/2013 at 17:49

well done franny

didn't manage to get to the gym after work as I ended up leaving late because of a year 8 kid I have been having trouble with. 

oh well, my knee suddenly started hurting at the end of the day too - think I must have twisted or something, probably as I was charging around dealing with naughty kids. 

doesn't feel like the end of term, will be nice not going to school tomorrow though

28/03/2013 at 18:42

matt my ridgeway 85 is bank hol weekend in aug but on 17th aug im pacing an ultra buddy in his 100miler for 26 miles or so, im doing the 11pm - 4am slot with him through the night...and i will be asleep in a hotel in god knows where after it...if it was near i wouldnt mind getting up and running another marathon though

28/03/2013 at 18:50

franny sis!! im heading out early saturday too to knock some miles out, then again sunday AND monday with lovely chili- my lickle bro WiB MAY be coming too but i dont wanna scare chili coz he is fast !! but i told him to be slow coz im old

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