John, I made the classic mistake of going off too fast when I did Steyning, and certainly remember having to walk on some of the uphill sections (as I've had to when doing Beachy Head). They had a cooked breakfast at the end, which was welcome. I have actually achieved an even slower half marathon time, on the Clarendon (Salisbury to Winchester, but the helf starts at Broughton) when it had been really wet, and was very slippery and muddy, as well as hilly!
I'm also having to peer at my screen to read the tiny font in the typing window!
I can see the run now NZC - the elevation map shows what a challenge that was!
I wince at the mere thought.
My first ever half marathon was over similar terrain - Sussex Downland. I turned up in old Dunlop green flash trainers having not trained either off road or on hills. But I was fast over about 3 miles on flat pavements!
I had no idea of pacing, fluids (it was August I think) or the course we were running. I misjudged the distance and put in a final surge over the last mile - which was actually about 4 miles from the finish. Apart from the fact that I didn't tie my shoelaces together I guess I did just about everything wrong that I could!
By some miracle I finished in about 1:44 - and couldn't walk downstairs for about 3 days afterwards.
However I was hooked! Perhaps we are all just pain junkies?
I know I should feel sympathetic towards you all as you face high winds and snow, but I am looking out of my window at a couple of feet of snow. It is warm 5c and I could be in shorts tomorrow but not quite there today.
NZC,Impressive running. I have promised myself a return to NZ somewhere in the future.
TS,Not bad for a hung over run. Never had a hangover but I know what a migraine feels like.
4x4s today. They went well but felt hard. My battery died in the middle so no data to post. My running buddy had me around 4:25 per km for the 4 mins. On average 10s per km quicker than this time last year.Feeling pooped so skipped the gym today.
This week should be around 40 miles with two speed sessions and one LSR. Next speed is Thursday so a couple of easy days to look forward to.
jb6 - Tying your shoelaces together can help you get downstairs quicker
Columba is that how they decide on Moters Day - I never knew that
JJ i follow someone on Twitter from Tunbride Wells apparently in the local paper Robin Hood wasn't from Nottinham but from Tunbridge Wells and called William
Mick talking to a young lad at work yesterday he's moving to Canada next year for a year Vancouver. Talking about the weather he will face Can't moan bout the old here. He does love the snow though
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Ceal Theres a lot of Fury on twitter tonight Southend is best avoided tonight roads like an ice rink
Biting icy east wind with occasional blizzards to go with it, could have wimped out but felt determined to do a bit. Car external temperature 0 deg centi.
Gateman wasn't on at the park entrance so was able to park free and instead of a mile outside near a roundabout. This way I could run without having to use the muddy trails first.
Well togged up, unsurprisingly it takes ages to warmup the muscles due to penetrating cold. Ran a full circuit of the lakes and a little more to cover 4 miles. Enough for me when its like this 11.59, 11.18, 10.51, 10.40.
John bNeville Ground is spot on.PammieI'm Little John, also from T.Wells but my real name is Gladys.ColumbaShe's certainly milking the sympathy vote.JJ
JJ - my maternal gdad came from Faversham Kent, can't remember if I've already told you that. He used to say we were related to Guy Fawkes. You wouldn't believe the shock I got when I decided to do some family history research and typed in the search engine Faversham Kent and it came up with "The gunpowder plot".
So I guess every story has a little bit of truth in it.
Columba - I always remember that ours is in May, because my Mum's birthday was in May, and she'd get her birthday present, followed shortly by her mother's day present.
It's the 2nd Sunday in May, and I had a look to see when other countries celebrate theirs. They said in Australia Chrysantemums are a popular gift as they are in NZ - never thought that much about them, but I guess they are naturally in season then and they say it ends in mum, so that's quite cute. And they last forever!
Mick and all, I think it is amazing that you guys can get your running done in the conditions that you have to face.
I'm feeling rather stuffed today, and the sun is shining down brightly - so I'm thinking a day in the garden, or maybe go out later.
Cealwelcome to the northShame you will miss the Turner exhibition today. Is it on for long? I saw the one in London many years ago and was bowled over by seeing so much of his work together - the true father of expressionism - or blind as a bat!!!In reality it was more tiredness than drink - I had not got to bed until 0200 and was up again at 0700 and fizzy stuff always gives me a bad head
Impeyit was nice out there wasn't it??
Mick6Three hard runs a week is pushing it a bit. I always class the long run as a hard one because of the recovery needed!!
NZCthanks - I can see the detail now. It looks like a perfect long, slow run - 18 miles at 9:15m/m pace ticks all the boxes for marathon preparation and gets the body used to burning fats as a fuel source. Your hilly bits will help with that as well!!!I was surprised how urban much of the run was - I had the impression that you were running in the countryside!!!
Funny you should mention Guy Fawkes. In the pub last week we all sat around a long old oak table which bore a plaque saying it was taken from Scotton Hall the home of Guy Fawkes - Scotton is a little village a few miles away from us and famous for its connection with Fawkes - the local pub there not surprisingly is called The Guy Fawkes
Looks like I will be looking for flour in the snow tonight !!!
still small print on typing!!!!
TS - better make it wholemeal flour, then.
JB - I suspect we are all junkies, as you say. I get quite unsettled and aimless-feeling if I haven't run for a few days, or at least been for a fast walk.
Item of useless information follows, inspired by Pammie's question:
Mothering Sunday (the ancestor of Mother's Day) was fixed on the 4th Sunday in Lent in the Church of England, this being the day when girls "in service" were allowed to go home to visit their mothers, taking with them a cake which they had baked themselves, as evidence of what they'd been taught by the cook in the household where they were working. On their way home they would pick a bunch of wild spring flowers. Hence the tradition of giving Mum flowers or something sweet.
Or so I read somewhere, once.
Sounds really grim in the sarf-east. I can't imagine the miseries of spending the night in a cold car. Here there's a sprinkling of snow, with the sun shining down on it very prettily.
TS,I, too, consider a long run an intense workout so yes that is three a week. I have built up to this very gradually and have made sure that they are well spaced in the week. I make a special effort to recover using both electrolyte and protein drinks immediately after the workout. I have also taken to wearing compression socks after an intense workout which seems to help a lot, not sure why but it was suggested by my physio. I also make sure I do a black roller session at least once a week.I run 6 days a week and have held my mileage over 40 miles a week for 5 weeks with no issues. I do gym work 5 days a week which includes at least 30 mins of stretching, although I have cut back on the weight work since my mileage has been higher.Right now I feel stable, no excessive tiredness or soreness and feel I am ready to get the most out of the coming weeks, where I will be increasing my speed workout intensity.I think I differ from you in that my easy days are very easy and comfortable runs with an average pace around 9 min miles and no hills.
ceal,Yes you are right the road and pavement clearing here is spectacular. It is very rare for roads to be block and pavements are usually ploughed with 24 hours of a storm.Although we have 2 feet of snow remaining all the pavements and roads are clear.We are in a big melt at the moment and the snow is disappearing fast.We have very different weather from Vancouver where it tends to rain a lot and they have much milder weather generally.
An easy recovery 9k for me today, with a comfortable 12k planned for tomorrow.
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