Monday 23 February 2009

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23/02/2009 at 08:13

...don't you know

What: 5 miles steady
Why: It's in the plan
Last Hard: Sat
Last Rest: Yesterday

Things got away from me yesterday, and to be honest felt really light headed for most of the day so didn't do long run. Bit annoyed with myself for not just getting up in the morning and getting it out of the way.

So to kickstart me back to motivation and shock me back into needing to do some longer sessions I entered a 10k next weekend in Bushy Park. Looking forward to it, will be good to see where I am speed wise as I've not run a 10k for at least 2 years...

Very exciting run for Mo F at the NIA at the weekend, envious of those of you who were there to see it!

Now off to read back. Happy days y'all!

Edited: 23/02/2009 at 08:14
23/02/2009 at 08:48
What: 3.41 miles RUN!!!!! d&d
Cycling to physio at lunchtime
?? PM Club AGM so possibly nothing.
Why: good question and I have loads of excuse BUT in reality I just wanted to run, discomfort is there but no pain.
Last hard: the tyres on my bike are hard
Last rest: 11th Feb
Lyrics: nope
23/02/2009 at 08:51

Too bad you weren't 100% yesterday, Fingers

Nice efffort, MikeS. Early run for me? Remember the hour difference, but yes, I'm usually running at 6am or thereabouts, try to get out of the door before 6am for long ones

Pretty tough weekend for NZC there, good work

TR, I have a ballot place for FLM and was happy to just run round not too slowly and enjoy the occasion. But training is going quite well, so I might have to run it with some intent...

What: 10 miles easy
Why: get the legs loosened up
Last hard: yesterday
Last rest: saturday

23/02/2009 at 08:55

Morning folks.

It's been a quiet weekend on here...suppose I'm as much to blame as anyone, seeing as I haven't posted since Friday morning!

MikeS - sounds like a reasonable enough outing.

Anyway, had a bit of a mixed bag the last few days...

...on my short run at Friday lunchtime to loosen the legs for the National XC on Saturday, I sort of half-stepped off a kerb, almost twisting the ankle which has been giving me grief in recent weeks. Thought I'd stopped myself in time and put it out my head to the end of the run. But as the afternoon wore on, I was aware that it was a wee bit niggly, but figured it would settle down OK overnight.

So headed through to the National XC on Saturday with the ankle not feeling 100% right, but reasonably confident it would hold together for the race. I was only planning on running the race as a steady training session, so figured I could just concentrate on being careful with my footing. In the event, never quite worked out that way. Ran the first of the 3 laps alongside a clubmate at a nice comfortable pace. But on the way round the second lap, on one of the steep climbs I felt a bit of 'tugging' around the achilles, so decided there and then that it wasn't worth risking it by running another 6-7k of hills and mud. FLM is the priority, so wasn't going to risk anything. The blessing was that I managed to watch the end of the men's race which ended in a fantastic 3-way sprint finish. Left feeling a bit frustrated that my 'jinx race' has got me again (I've had 2 DNFs and another shocker of a run there in the past 4 years!), but confident that I made the correct decision.

Back on the dry, flat canal towpath yesterday morning, I was sort of vindicated, as just a wee bit of stiffness crept into the ankle after about 12 or 13 miles of my long run. Ended up doing a solid 20 miler in 2hrs 20mins.

For today...

What: lunchtime - 6 or 7 easy miles, pm - club run, probably 8 or 9 steady miles, with the option of some efforts along the way.
Why: aerobic mileage

Off to Cyprus tomorrow for a week of (hopefully) Winter sunshine, plenty of training miles and regular dunking of the legs into a cold swimming pool to aid the ankle recovery. Cannae wait.

Have a great day. 

Edited: 23/02/2009 at 08:58
23/02/2009 at 09:08

Lyrics - not a clue

What: Steadily paced 8 miles around SE London suburbia


Last hard: Several days (allowed myself an easier week last week as knees have been getting very sore again)

Last rest: 3 days (Friday) 

23/02/2009 at 09:51

Guilty too of not being around - been busy with family related stuff most of the weekend..

Prudent decision at the nationals Scobos. Enjoy Cyprus, which part?
Mike - well run ditto DD

Friday did 4.2 xc , very thick mud on the fields.
Saturday 15.5 miles easy
Sunday 12 miles xc steady
Today - 4-5 easy miles

Have a great week

23/02/2009 at 10:25

Morning all.

Well run Mike.

Well done for being cautious Scobos - it's not always easy!  Enjoy Cyprus

What: 5 miles done at 6am - it was meant to be easy but was probably closer to steady HR-wise
Why: daily does it
Last hard:  hmmm
Last rest: 16th Feb

It was fab this morning to see just how light it is becoming in the mornings now.  I'll be able to start running some of my unlit routes very soon. 

Have a good day.

23/02/2009 at 10:31
Dustin - staying between Paphos and Coral Bay. Been to the area a couple of times before, so at least got a decent idea of where some good running routes are, particularly on the Akamas Peninsula. Looking at some of the forecasts, doesn't look like the weather will be too great, with a fair bit of rain about...but at least it'll be mild rain, so not all bad.
23/02/2009 at 11:31

Morning folks.

Sorry, haven't really had the time to read back over the weekend, so congratulations and commiserations as appropriate. Mrs TT/TT jr were both very under the weather all weekend - we actually ended up having to take a hospital trip Sat morning as we couldn't get Mrs TT's temp down (was in the mid-high 38s for 3 days at that stage) and she was starting to feel worse. Luckily it was confirmed as 'only' a bad dose of flu. Jr and I seem to have sidestepped all of it bar some of the smaller symptoms (tight chest, slight temp, etc). So basically, my planned 40-50m from Fri evening to Sunday, incl 2 sessions, became 3m easy (tummy problems, a side effect of the lurgy, kept me from doing more). Such is life

I did get to watch Mo Farah on Saturday on the indoors though. He looked very impressive.

Gobi - why? I know you know, but it still has to be said. Not clever mate. It can only slow down your rehab.....

Scobos - fingers crossed for the ankle. You seem to have had a few ankle problems lately. Is there a general weakness, or is it just the routes you run?

What: 24m d&d - HR a little high (slight lurgy), but kept it easy for the first 14, and allowed the pace to quicken a little (but still controlled - PMP+40-60s) for the last 10. / 5-10m easy later.
Why: Monday.
Last hard: the whole weekend.
Last rest: 21/02.
Lyrics: No.

Have a good day all.

Edited: 23/02/2009 at 11:31
Dubai Dave    pirate
23/02/2009 at 11:59

Hi All

Mike S: solid effort, you always seem to struggle at the start and finish strong, perhaps you should run ultras?

Scobos: Wish that I had been that wise on occasion

Gobi: 90 days to Comrades, make sure you're there. Are you in touch with Sporta? is he back running?

What: 5.6 miles on tready d & d, 8 miles tonight with club then maybe the Belgian bar for mussels and frites
Why: Tis Comrades training season
Last Hard: Friday
Last Rest: thursday

23/02/2009 at 12:34

Afternoon all,

I have read back a bit and there have been some quite outstanding running, not going to name everybody as I would be here all day, but you know who you are and well done to you all.

First outing in 3 weeks or so for me tonight, so will be taking it easy on a flat 3 miler.

Lyrics - Nope

What - See above

Why - Cos I need to


Edited: 23/02/2009 at 12:34
23/02/2009 at 13:31

Afternoon all.

Quick de-lurk to declare that after my visit to the fiz this morning I'm going to be allowed to try the R-word again!  Just for a flat mile to test for reaction from my achiles, but progress of a sort.  Also my muscle reaction to the loaded heel drops I've been doing has been so successful that I'm now very asymetric!  I now have to do some on the other leg as well to balance things up.

What have you done to yourself?

Sounds like a wise decision.
Nice bit of Southern Cyprus that you're staying in, I like Akamas.  North is better still if you get the chance to visit it - very interesting, few tourists and some great castles.

23/02/2009 at 14:25
TT - don't think it's anything to do with the routes I run...I've just got general weakness in both ankles from years of twists and sprains from playing football, climbing and (hill)running. I've lost count of the number of times I've had to resort to the R.I.C.E. treatment!!! In the last 3 or 4 years I've had any number of problems with my right foot/ankle in particular, but I've always managed to get them sorted fairly quickly. The current ankle problem does seem to be hanging around a bit though, but I sort of expected that since I realised at the time I sprained it before Christmas that it was a worse sprain than 'the usual' ones. Just having to manage it as best I can, while getting fairly regular mobilisation done on the joint (every 3-4 weeks). I also do daily rotation/mobility exercises on both ankles. If I can keep it working until FLM, hopefully the reduction in mileage after then, along with the increased cycling/cross training etc., will help to sort it out properly. I've entered the Highland Cross Duathlon which is 8 weeks after FLM, so planning to spend a fair bit more time on the bike for a few weeks post-FLM.

40mins - great news! Enjoy getting back out there.
23/02/2009 at 15:46

Afternoon all,

scobos:  Sounds like a sensible decision

40 - welcome back - hope it's not a false dawn. 

  • What:  4m.  Things not right, but better than they were. 
  • Why:  a runner who's not running is about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike. 
  • Last Hard:  what does this mean?
  • Last Rest:  Too long, too proximal

Have a good one. 

23/02/2009 at 16:37

What: 6miles over big hill

Why: Strengthening

Why is it that I can run further up the hill than I've ever managed before, run faster down the hill faster than before and get around the loop 100seconds faster than ever before, but still feel disappointed because I got around in 50minutes and 3seconds...? Why couldn't I have been 4 seconds quicker!

Have a good day all 

23/02/2009 at 16:44
lmski - excellent lyrics for the attempted thread start yesterday. One of my favourite bands of the early 90s, must have seen them at least 10 times
23/02/2009 at 16:51

Gobi - a RUN hope its a start

40 - Hello hope all goes well with the R word

today woke up with a sore toe. Last night i thought it would be a good idea (not really) to kick my left achilles with my right big toe

Please Don't try this at home

What: 4 x 750metre intervals on the concept 2
Why: non run day
Last Hard: Still searching
Lyrics: Naw
23/02/2009 at 18:07


Pammie - by a weird coincidence, I kicked my right achilles with my left foot 3 times whilst out running today.  I don't know why I suddenly would do that, but I'm thinking it's probably something of a reaction to the tight back I've had for the last few days that might be affecting my gait.  No damage done in my case, fortunately - hope your toe recovers.

Lyrics: yes, but which version?  I can think of four and my favourite is the one by Muse.
What: 9.5M
Why: on holiday this week and not able to run for next 3 days - get some miles in when I can
Last hard: Saturday
Last rest: Wednesday

Off to London for a few days tomorrow, so will check back in at the end of the week.

Take care.

23/02/2009 at 18:50
Imski - that FLM story sounds familiar. My bagging a ballot place soon became a sub3 quest. Hope you make yourself proud.
23/02/2009 at 19:03

SSING - 2nd team in the relay - that's fantastic, especially running the final leg. Yes, put a late entry for New Plymouth in last night. Now left leg feels a bit sore, isn't that always the way!

Probably being silly, haven't even done a 20 miler, but then to do a 20 miler in the conditions we've been having, I probably would have finished myself off anyway! I'll just have to take it easy and enjoy it. Going down with my daughter and gdaughters, so will have a girls weekend. Must book our accommodation now!

Scobos - shame about the nationals, but got another excellent long run in there. Think my son is heading off for a few days to Cyprus too shortly - what's the attraction there? Never been there myself.

AF - 4 miles is better than 0 miles, keep it short and easy until it frees up again. 

Pammie - be careful out there;-)

What: Mowed the lawns - the only x-training I do!

Good running everyone.

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