Saturday 18th March 2006

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18/03/2006 at 16:24
Ultraloo, fantastic. I was there with you, every step of the way. No guts, no glory - isn't that what they say? You have both in bucketloads.

I knew you would do this race, I understand why you needed to and that you had to prove something to yourself. Go recover now and bask in your achievement. Onwards and upwards, Comrade!
18/03/2006 at 16:32
Well Done Ultaloo
18/03/2006 at 16:54
Thanks everyone,glad you enjoyed the report.

Hollywood - Only having a beer or two now :o)

Minks - Yes,you understand don't you?

18/03/2006 at 16:55

as the first and loudest amongst those who begged you not to, let me be among the first and loudest to yell


And your account made me itch to try it.

So begin again here. It's got to be small steps, and for a while, going to have to keep eyes fixed on nearer goals.

No running today, though quite a lot of walking and time on feet. And time off feet, a couple of hours in bed this afternoon, and an early night planned. Day-trip to Brum planned for tomorrow, but I hope to get a short run in first.

18/03/2006 at 16:55
Rory - Go Ireland :o)
18/03/2006 at 16:57
Hi Stickless,my right foot went numb at 32 K and I was thinking of you. I imagined your horror when reading the report :o)
18/03/2006 at 17:09
Ultraloo, I knew you would run it and big congrats to you. Now why did I even think about talking you out of it?
After your well deserved celebration beers, take extra good care of yourself.

From hero to zero, my entry for the day:
What: rest
Why: CBA, this bloody icy wind is putting me off beyond belief. Walked to the bank this morning and knew I wasn't going to make it out again. Can we have spring now? PLEASE??????????
Last hard: ages
Last rest: saturday

Train well, race well, recover well peeps!
18/03/2006 at 17:14
Oh, nrg-b: 8% blonde beers, now why doesn't it surprise me some of my countrymen are involved in that ;-)

Tip: try 'Hommelbier' next time you're in the Ypres region.
18/03/2006 at 17:15
Ultraloo, I knew you'd do it, I think many of us would have done the same. Congratulations - now stuff yourself full of Vit C, fluids, carbs for the next few days and enjoy your well-earned rest - and a beer or five.
18/03/2006 at 17:21
Afternoon runners.

Excellent report, sportaloo, and very well done!

SGQ - I would just have a slightly bigger breakfast than normal, sometime before 9am. Hope the winds die down by tomorrow - Silverstone is horribly exposed...

Just been out for an hour. 8 miles, alternately at MP and steady. No idea why, but it's in MikeG's schedule, so it must be a good thing :-)
18/03/2006 at 17:39
Ultramegaloo: Fantastic Run!! I am very pleased for you.

Imski: I knew someone would pick up on that bit of international co-operation.

Did my 60mins steady as a progressive run on treadmill. Every ten minutes increasing the pace, finishing at 15kph.
18/03/2006 at 17:43
Ultraloo, yes, I understand completely. I would have done exactly the same thing. There's a fine line between being sensible and throwing caution to the wind. Sometimes you just have to do the latter. I've always thought it's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

Imski, I so second that! Spring please - now! Having been advised by Hal Higdon himself to run only every other day this week, I'm bailing out today because I ran yesterday. OK, I'm bailing out today because it's artic out there and as a 7-stone weakling I run the risk of being blown away if I attempt a run. And I ran yesterday ;-) Will be attempting a colossal three miles tomorrow!

SGQ, when I've been in that position I've had a relatively late breakfast (around 9am) then a banana or something fairly light 2-2.5 hours before the race. Don't eat too much or eat too close to the race: running on a full stomach is worse than running on empty. Good luck for tomorrow - hope that wind dies down for you.
18/03/2006 at 17:46

It feels good being an ultra runner doesnt it?

Interesting comment about it not feeling as bad as the marathons. I used to recover from mine pretty quickly as well.
18/03/2006 at 18:01
No, not horror, ultraloo, if anything a sort of jealousy. I guess the years have made an old woman out of me, always quick to fear the consequences. My kids tell me as much. Yours, the opposiet spirit, a spirit I admire immensely and envy not a little. That I lack it is perhaps why I am more often standing holding the coats than running the race!

At anyrate, it galvanized me into action. I didn't wait for tomorrow but ran my 3 mile loop. Tired a bit at the end, but no walking. Onwards and upwards.

Interesting today, Cambridge Science week has started, turning the university into a city-wide hands on science museum. Good to hear families wandering through the streets, scraps of conversation "... as the air heats up it expands you see...". I stopped in at the sports science exhibit. Mostly ways of measuring movement. I tried my hand at flexibility - rated a "good" which I was feeling rather vain about, after a teenager in front of me failed to obtain a "poor". But vanity dictated that I did not attempt the jump from a standstill. I tried it at home after - if I can clear 3" I'm measuring generously.
18/03/2006 at 18:02
Todays run was for TmR. Blister the streets of Bath!!!!
18/03/2006 at 18:13
PG - Yes,it feels very good. Like belonging to a secret clan :o)

Minks wrote 'I've always thought it's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.' I like that.

Stickless - you are a star!

18/03/2006 at 18:16
Stupidly, I advertised whether anyone wanted a number for the EH20 as mine was spare (whoops, I'll get another ticking off, at this rate!) and didn't want the number to be a DNS. I know abou the troubles of swapping numbers etc, but was thinking of the £10 that I have wasted and the fact that the race takes no entries on the day.

Oh well, never mind, Fell Liker lives on with only one black mark against his name!

What 10k are you doing tomorrow, PeteG?
sluggie    pirate
18/03/2006 at 18:33
Ultraloo, fantastic stuff, celebrate well tonight, yours will be a happy household!
debbo    pirate
18/03/2006 at 18:33
FL - but people do that all the time on here! Normally race organisers are ok with it if you let them know you're doing it.

Stickless - that's great that you went out and ran today. Sportaloo is an inspiration.
18/03/2006 at 18:46

i'm another one that stayed up to watch the womens tri last night. overall i thought it was a bit disappointing but huge congrats to helen tucker for getting back on her bike after that crash. i really didn't think she'd even be able to get on her feet after that! have recorded the mens one and will watch it later.

good luck to everyone racing (mostly half marathons??) tomorrow - bath half, fleet half, wilmslow half, silverstone half etc.

hope the bike rides went well JD and debbo - i'm having a weekend off long rides - just 30miles tomorrow when hopefully it'll be less windy!

good luck with your swim tomorrow stellina - sounds utterly crazy. i've never swum further than 5km in one go.

lizzy - i wish i was as pitifully slow as you ;-) would be over the moon with that speed for tomorrows 30 miles - however i expect it'll be the normal 13.5mph.

happy birthday for yesterday sfh

*****congratulations sportaloo*****
brilliant report too. i bet you are so glad you decided to give it a go. well done you!

what: 9.3 miles in 1hr39
why: getting the running miles back up again - that'll be 20 for the week and more than i've run any week since luton marathon in december.
last hard: sunday
last rest: thursday

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