Saturday 18th March 2006

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18/03/2006 at 13:32
Afternoon, everybody, and

hello there Lynn my foot is injured too.

Scoobs, to do Olympic dead frog stroke you must get the form absolutely right: keep your head out of the water, look worried, swim slightly askew, kicking with one leg and barely dragging the other, and final but most important point, endeavour to take to longest time possible to get to the other side of the pool. No goggles allowed but full make up and freshly blowdried hair essential.

I am dreading my swimming session tomorrow, to 'cover' the same aerobic conditioning of a 18 mile run I am supposed to swim 7200 meters. That is a tad long. Will I grow finns?

I am on my own in the house as boys are all out, I am listening to Arctic Monkeys and lunching with oatcakes, camembert, tomatoes and a protein shake for dessert. Absolute bliss.

Bad news: no running till Thursday.
(but I think I am doing Paddock Wood anyway, I want the cakes!)

Good news: bar felt really light at bodypump today, might up my clean and press weight from 15kg to 17 kg next week.

What: 1,200 kn swim, Bodypump
why: still injured

Good luck to all racers this weekend.

18/03/2006 at 13:37
Morning all,

Had a cold for most of the week which caught up with me yesterday so I didn't run the 8m that I had planned after work.

Which is a shame as it was a sunny evening.

Today its -4C with the threat of light snow. So it'll be 8m steady in the snow.

This afternoon will be spent watching T2 (7 year old son) swimming for his club in his second competition. The entertainment level at this age is high, with at least one false start (fall in) every two or three heats.

Hee Jung - I have seen The Planet but don't run past it often. I live in Kensington so I run on the Bow for the most part. However, if one or both of my children are swimming at the Talisman Centre I run out of there so I'll have a look for it. Where did you live?

18/03/2006 at 13:55
Afternoon all,

Still cold and windy in Dublin. Anybody able to fill me in on conditions in Twickenham.

22 miles d+d. 2.41 @ c.80% of AHR. Was too cold and windy to go any slower! All downhill from here til Paris.

Have a good weekend running, racing and recovering everyone.

C'mon Ireland! (and Wales!)
sluggie    pirate
18/03/2006 at 14:00
Lynn - no expertise to offer other than as an intermittent Achilles sufferer! If it's actually in the underneath part of the foot as opposed to the ankle it doesn't sound too much like achilles, even though I take Clink's point about the high heels (they shorten the Achilles and take the strain off it). But you would Achilles pain at the very bottom of your calf, where the tendon joins it to the heel. Pain in the heel itself or along the underneath of the foot usually seems to be plantar fasciitis. But with so many bones and tendons in the foot there's a lot of choice...
18/03/2006 at 14:17
Hollywood. I did a double take when I read your post: "ran naked..." - in this weather?

Popsider - sounds like a good ride

There are a lot racing tomorrow!

Well, it was bleak, bleak, bleak today. MrB is working away, so took myself up into the Peaks on the bike - or nearly did, but managed to confuse two small villages (Denby and Kilburn) with each other and ended up in Heanor, which has got to be the worst and most depressing town in the UK - various ultra right wing organisations have their HQs there, which says all you need to know about the place. Nearly got run down a couple of times in the town centre - don't think they see cyclists there, espcially woolly liberal Indie-reading ones, think I had "kill me" written on my backside in visible-only-to-Heanor-residents ink.

Found my way out but only back to Ilkeston rather than the intended destination of Belper - or anywhere on the A6 - so did a tour of the villages around Il'son and headed for home into a headwind. As I'd gone out into a headwind, this wasn't fair! Overall ride = 44 miles @ a pitifully slow 15.6 mph, even allowing for hills this isn't good. Seem to have bags of stamina but no speed at the moment. Still, given that I've been poorly, and still aren't 100%, it's better than expected.

Gosh, that is a bit of a whingy post but actually it wasn't bad ride, lots of hills, and only saw two other cyclists out - usually you see a dozen or more on a Saturday morning.

20.6 mile time trial tomorrow - have told club Chairman - or his wife, anyway - that I am doing it. No turning back!
18/03/2006 at 14:56
Hello everyone

Been back from Texas 9 days now and not had time to post. The list of "honey do's" as my american colleagues refer to them is extremely long. have had to get on top of club accounts as well - AGM approaches.

Not read too much posts but note that LizzyB is still cliaming to be a bit 'ick but still grinding out the miles. minks - take care and enjoy surfing at home. Wireless set is in the box it was bought n at Xmas here!

is this a training thread? oh yes. Been out every other day since getting back. Left shin has developed a dull ache on the inside halfway up the bone - any ideas? A bit non-plussed on weather to run on, take a break or pack in completely for a while in case dreaded SF in the making. will not be able to do long run tomorrow owing to having to do rescue duty at sailing club. since I've not used our boats for 2 years it seems very frustrating - but that's the price of being too lazy to sell and resign.

Good luck to any racers tomorrow.
18/03/2006 at 15:05
Just read yesterday's thread. Happy birthday Wabo. seems we have sthg in common, hope you had a good evening, wed did.
18/03/2006 at 15:11
Afternoon everyone, I've not visited these parts for awhile (since getting a handslapping from Mr Fishpool)!

The achilles injury that has blighted my training is (hopefully) just about a thing of the past now, thanks to the heel insert in the left shoe that the physio advised. I ran 7.5M on Wednesday night and felt no real discomfort, then managed Thursday's tempo run with the club (at a reduced pace, of course) and again, the achilles presented only a mild discomfort that went off when I ran on my toes.

I've been careful about not running too much and rested yesterday, then did 50mins this monring with no discomfort at all! Hopefully, this is it and I can return to moderate training (40-45M a week)!

Anyone know how WP is doing with her achilles problems?

Wardi - have a good EH20 race tomorrow, I'll be with you in spirit, but can't shelter you from the rocks! I thought about doing the race after all and dropping out after 9M, but that would probably leave me in bandit country, so not a great idea!
Ultra AJH    pirate
18/03/2006 at 15:17
Afternoon all.

What: supposed to be 20, did 10, calf still not right so i thought I would save something for tomorrow. I figure that consistency may get me further at the moment than just running long because its on the schedule whether I can or not.

Why: well its a theory isnt it.

Good luck later Minks I hope that works out.

Healing vibes to those injured.

Good luck all the racers tomorrow, there seem to be lots.
18/03/2006 at 15:18
so it's true about the rocks.....
18/03/2006 at 15:18
Afternoon all,
Looking forward to the Commonwealth Marathons to be shown on BBC 2 later this evening.

Good circuit session for me last night, this included squat jumps and hopping which were great to help improve my leg strength.

am: 6-miles already done at around 7:15mm pace, nice and steady. felt pretty good on this run, just a very strong cold wind, pegged my speed back a little, but good otherwise.

pm: 5 or 6-miles at 6:30mm pace, steady comfy. Just going to increase the intensity a little this afternoon, to turn the legs over.

Aerobic endurance and 10k Training plan.

Good luck to BR and HILLY in there races tommorow and also any other racers :)
18/03/2006 at 15:24
Good afternoon

Rory – Well raced yesterday!

Minks – Love the lyrics,no clue as to the song,but love them

What: Taking Mrs. S and Paul to run their half
Why: Good day out
Last hard: Today

Irma finished in 2:10,an 11 minute PB,very happy with that.

Have a good one

Okay, this is not entirely true. Closer to the truth:

What: Om die Dam (Around the Dam) 50K Ultra Marathon at Hartebeespoort
Why: Sometimes one has to listen to your heart.
Last hard: You guessed it.

Decided last night not to do this. Had more beer than I normally have and stayed up until 10 in the evening. I was convinced this will make me feel bad enough not to run as we had to get up at 2 in the morning. Woke up at 1 and chest is still tight. Only 3 hours sleep but I feel fine. Put on kit (I can always decide not to start once at the stadium)

This is a tough and hilly route. Two difficult climbs,the first one at 8K (Kommando Nek) and the second at 37K (Saartjies Nek) ‘Nek’ means ‘Neck’,a hill. Saartjie is the real problem having been compared to the dreaded Polly Shortts at Comrades. A 2K climb after encountering some steep hills from the 26K mark.

I did a half marathon in this town last year. It is a lovely place. Big dam surrounded by mountains in the bushveld. I line up for the start. This is one of the biggest races in SA. A minute silence for the runners who passed away yesterday. The sounds of Chariots of Fire fill the air and I have to bite my lip. Don’t know why,it’s a bit corny and I am not a very emotional person,maybe the effects of a week of illness combined with the feeling that I am doing something incredibly silly. We set off as a recording of a fish eagle’s call cuts through the quietness of an early dawn.
18/03/2006 at 15:25
3K in and I decide to bail,breathing is difficult and HR is 10bpm higher than normal. Still in town and I can,walk back and wait for Irma and Paul. Don’t bail and take it very slow. Aim is to get in under 5 hours. 6 minutes per K trying to keep my HR down,I never run this slow. Across the dam wall and up Kommando Nek. Feeling a bit better after an hour of running and chest starts to clear after 90 minutes. 21K in 1:58 and I am on target for 5 hours. HR still high. I meet up with a runner who ran part of last years half with me. Unbelievable to meet him amongst more than 4000 runners. He is taking strain and is popping painkillers after 25K. Lots of climbing from 26K and I have to leave him behind at 31K. He stops to walk for the 3rd time and I say it like it is ‘I can’t go this slow. The longer I am out here the more I will suffer.’ He tells me to go on and I wish him the best of luck. More climbing,taking it slow. Overcast,perfect weather. Turn left and there she is in the distance,Saartjie. Pick up some jelly babies and a packet of cheese chips. I run with a Comrades veteran and he tells me it’s flat after this climb.

There is a red carpet in the road, at the foot of the hill with the words ‘Red Carpet Treatment’ written on a sign next to it. A big doll with dreadlocks next to the road with a sign reading ‘Saartjie se goeiemore’ Saartjie says good morning’ Fantastic support as I run up this hill,yes I ran all the way up,no walking. I reach the top and look down onto the dam. Downhill now for about 2K. There is a tradition when doing an ultra ,smile when you go through the marathon mark. I go through 42K and smile. 3:54 on my watch. This is very emotional as I never thought I would get past the 20K mark. 43K and I am an ultra runner. Join up with another runner and we pull each other through the alst few K’s. I am hurting but the crowd is fantastic. Into the stadium and I waive at Irma,Paul is with her and they are cheering madly. I finish in 4:36. I feel good,better than after the two marathons.

Less than 8 weeks ago I wasn’t sure I could run for longer than 3 hours. I had to do this race,it means a lot to me. Comrades is now something real,something I can almost touch. Why did I run even though it was silly? I ran because that is what we do. I ran because you would have done the same and have indeed done the same. Mellifera,Lizzy,Hilly,Sodahead,Stickless,Wardi,BR,Minks all of you on this thread. We don’t understand reason. We only understand passion. Why does anyone run 6 miles or 26 miles? There is no reason. But we are giants,all of us and I am honoured to share in your passion.

Ultra AJH    pirate
18/03/2006 at 15:34
Wow Sportaloo, you just bought tears to my eyes. Total respect to you.....Ultraloo!
18/03/2006 at 15:52

Great run, great post, great man!

Well done.
18/03/2006 at 15:55
well done ultraloo!!
18/03/2006 at 16:04
WOW! Amazing, Sporta/Ultra loo! Well done on the ultra!

Get some carbs in and chill out for the rest of the day!

And you were only 20mins slower than my 2002 marathon time!

debbo    pirate
18/03/2006 at 16:18
And 20 minutes quicker than my marathon time!

A wonderful post Sportaloo.

And a wonderful race. I am full of admiration for you.

And I agree with your words of wisdom about this thread too!

FL - what did you get your wrist slapped for?

I've done my bike ride, but only 63 miles. Lots of climbing and lots of wind, and only an average of 13 mph, so not as fast as Lizzy. Oh dear, I'll need to speed up before July...
debbo    pirate
18/03/2006 at 16:18
Oh and well done to Irma too - an 11 minute pb is very impressive.
18/03/2006 at 16:20
I'll have whatever Ultraloo's drinking... Cheers!
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