Saturday 2nd March 2013

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02/03/2013 at 07:43


Lyrics - Imagine me and you, I do

What do 'normal' people do at weekends?

What:               nothing
Why:                peak flow further down
Last hard:        sleeping whilst Mark coughed
Last rest:         1/3

02/03/2013 at 07:55


Beautiful day here: suspect it is rather chilly though!

What: get some fresh air. Whether it is for walking or running will be decided later.
Why: going to meet friends at a parkrun

LMH:  hope you are able to get at least a walk in.

Lyrics: no

Enjoy your weekend everyone. I look forward to 7D's report on the new parkrun at Delamere: I doubt it will be an easy course. Once led a hilly 5 mile race there until the last quarter of a mile: was then a guy out for a "training run" wearing a full tracksuit.

02/03/2013 at 08:05


Yesterdays lyrics: No Surrender by tThe Boss ( No not MrsB ) Bruce Springsteen

Going to football today and its a noon kick off.

Saw a cracking dawn, blues,reds and yellows

02/03/2013 at 08:42

sorry to hear that, LMH - take it easy for a few days.

Had a great tempo sesh last night -  5 x 1200 off 2 min recoveries ended up with 4:51, 4:47, 4:48, 4:49 and 4:47 (that's 6:31 to 6:25 pace ) and I can safely say that I have never run any reps so fast and yet felt so strong. Usually my last rep is my slowest and I'm about to die. Yesterday I could have easily done another one or two. Veeeery pleased

Is anyone other than wabo racing this weekend?

Going to do an easy hour off road later. Beautiful sunny crisp day.

Then off to the cinema. GOLD - highly recommended German film about 3 Paralympic superstars (a blind Kenyan marathon runner, a German swimmer in a wheelchair and the amazing wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley) and their quest for Olympic glory. I hope they are going to show it in the UK too. It's supposed to be very very inspirational.

02/03/2013 at 10:12

morning all, 
Great training Chicka, and enjoy the film.
LmH - yikes, but as chick says, ease off for a day or two
Racers - good luck this weekend, wabo , RFJ...7D..?
what - watching the sunrise with Birks: youngest swimming 6:30-8:30 so onto the country lanes for authentic smells to accompany the sunrise. Bit fresh out but lovely running weather. 14.1 miles in 1h58, so nice & steady , have to say legs felt a little tired though.
why - good to get out early doors
last rest - Wednesday
last hard - getting going this morning
lyric - dont think so

have a super weekend everyone

02/03/2013 at 10:36

Morning again!

What: revised the plan and ran the parkrun!
Why: Dr. Hill told me to run with him! We ran and chatted together for the first 3k but he gradually pulled away over the last 2k as my "good" calf was tightening. Anyway, with the short warm up and warm down that is the furthest I have run since late 2011! Clocked just under 28 mins, about 20 seconds behind Ron. Forgot to stop the watch! The screwed up barcode that I had in the car didn't work, so whether I appear in the results is questionable! Whilst I am quite pleased there have to be reservations: the calf, for one, and the speed: late 2011 I was expecting to run under 20 minutes. I am a long, long, long way off that! I should also be pleased that there were no post-op Achilles issues and that it is only 15 days since my prostate treatment. Onwards and upwards!

Nice morning run, Dustin, nice session, Chick. Enjoy the cinema and don't cause too much troule at the footie, Birks!

Off to watch daughter play hockey, later, if she lets me!


Edited: 02/03/2013 at 10:46
02/03/2013 at 11:12

chickadee - great session.

LMH - normal people don't have mornings like this...... I thought I'd do my training report in a slightly different style today....

It's a Saturday morning and you've planned a lie in, but the sun shines through the bedroom curtains before 7 and you're up and changed into your running gear before you know it.  The training schedule says easy running, no watch, distance doesn't matter.  Bliss. After a spot of breakfast, you take a run around the school grounds and bump into some students.  'Fancy a run?' you shout and are surprised to hear 'Yes, sir' as a response.  The sun has already burned the early frost away as you and your three charges jog off into the countryside.  You want to show them what running can really be about.  Chatting amiably to the boys, you head upwards - the boys dont seem to notice the effort, but you do, although you hide it well.  Reaching the high point of the run you stop, turn around and enjoy the view; Ben Ledi, Ben Lomond, Ben Vorlich, standing proudly with snowy tops under clear blue skies. You do a couple of fast sections, making sure you 'win' the first one then letting them beat you second time around. Returning to school, the boys dropped off, you head out for a few miles on your own.  You pass your wife and daughter out walking the dog and the big cheesy smiles in passing make the day even brighter and better.  She whistles after you appreciatively and for a few moments, you're running on air and thinking like a teenager again: 'She fancies me'.  You speed up as you run alongside a river then up through an open field, the sun beating down and making the whole world look beautiful.  Soon, you're home again and although it's only the 2nd of March and there are many miles to run, you might just have had your best run of the year!

Saturday mornings don't get much better than that!


02/03/2013 at 11:15

Well done alehouse, superb so soon after treatment. 

02/03/2013 at 11:28

Thanks, Don! And great post! Ever thought of writing books?!

02/03/2013 at 11:34

Thank you donaldo - that made me smile.

Alehouse - of course you're going to be a long way off where you were but you ran 5k! This is great new and progress and a starting point. Glass half full and all that. Hoping to take Grace for a long walk in the glorious sunshine this afternoon but doing the weekly shop exhausted me and I'm a little worried about bringing on a full blown asthma attack. I blow 520 when well - it was 380 this morning. Unfortunately my appetite seems unaffected if not increased whereas Mark lost his - so unfair.

chickadee - great confidence giving reps. Film sounds good, hope you enjoy it. I did think of a trip to the cinema as a way of passing the time this weekend but then realised that the pair of us sat coughing may not be conducive to anyone else's enjoyment. At least the cycling is on this afternoon.

Dustin - smellyvision

02/03/2013 at 11:53

Thanks, LMH:  and just realised I know the lyrics! From about when you were born, if I am right, both on the song and your birth! Came to me when I started trying to hum them.

02/03/2013 at 12:12

I have a very wide ranging taste in music Alehouse - and this seemed apt for Mark and I sat at the breakfast table coughing in unison this morning. I think as a compromise we may drive Grace to the country park for a walk - usually for a long walk we walk there and back as it's only a little over a mile but I think it will be too much for me today and Mark agrees. More I can rest up, sooner I'll be back training - hopefully.

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02/03/2013 at 13:02

Good Morning!
Lyrics: Yes!

Sorry to hear that you are going down with the lurgy LMH. It sounds like you'll be making trips to the garden centre and the tip, sorry, the community recycling facility, and washing the car before watching sport on the TV.

Grey and chilly morning here, although the sun has just peeped out.
Bike ride with the Group 2's. 11 of us set off, including a couple who were relatively new, and a variety of strengths. It got a bit ragged when the Group leader wanted us to do some hard work out of the saddle, because it completely split the bunch. Then there was a navigational issue, and one of the Senior guys got pissed off, and chose to go for a bike ride on his own. Then the big hill, and the youngest guy felt unwell, and phoned for his Mum. While this was going on the proper group leader had thrown his rattle out of the pram and also pissed off into the distance. The remaining 8 formed up as a tight knit body and we clogged onwards for a nice ride after that! (I did have one dodgy moment with wheel shakes at 40mph after a load of potholes on a big downhill).

Next? Might go for a road race shortly. 5km County relays....That's going to test mettle.

02/03/2013 at 13:06
Alehouse - great news on the running front for you - and in such exaulted company. Sure, it will take a while, but you'll get back.

On that basis, so will I....just not yet sure when.
02/03/2013 at 14:15


LMH hope you are feeling better soon and mark gets rid f his cough

alehouse Good stuff, is Dr Hill who i think it is?

Donaldo - loved the post  as well

Chickadee Enjoy the film

Tom hi there

What: 7½ mile cycle early hours
Why felt like it and weather was ok
Last Hard: whats one of them
Lyrics: Not today

other news our new manager has been appointed word on the street is  he'll be good. But still don't know if i will be working nights we shall have to wait and see. Won't know till after April.

02/03/2013 at 16:26

Pammie: indeed, it is the Ronald that you think it is. He ran 27:36 to my 27:49, although we started near the back and no-one passed us, so it was worth a few seconds faster. In a few weeks I aim to be ahead of him: after all he is 15 years my senior.

Good to see you, Tom: hope it is not long before you report something running-wise!

Calf is sore, despite lots of stretching whilst watching daughter play hockey. Tomorrow will be a rest day, I suspect!

Interestingly Ron and I were chatting about physios: he has always managed without one. He has always advocated listening to the body and runnning very slowly when there is a problem to re-build muscle:  seems to have worked for him!


02/03/2013 at 16:35

Excellent Alehouse

3rd at Andover parkrun 6:16, 6:14, 6:10, .25, for a 19:05 and a course PB, very happy in near perfect conditions... a few miles before and a quick cool down after.

Bath Half tomorrow, will be a hard effort but probably not in PB shape... but you never know.... the course PB for Andover for me has stood since the 2nd event... I have done it 50 times since then before today.... hence why I am happy

02/03/2013 at 16:58

Yay Alehouse!!  Hope no evil repercussions from the outing.

Donaldo  what a beautiful run!

Tom - great to see you here.

Tineke - well done on the stairs.  They are on my list for Monday.

LMH - bad luck about the manflu, but I'm thinking better this weekend that last, perhaps?

Me? 8.5 up the busway.  Why? studies in fueling and pharmacology. Two hours and a bit. Perfect running conditions.  Not a bad day's work, on the whole, but the time is sobering.  Still, there were a lot of reasons why I had no right to expect either that I would get all the way to St. Ives, and no right to expect I would do any better than that with time.  It's been a very hard week, pd stiffness pretty much the worst it's been, haven't done anything in the way of distance for a long time.  Nor did I push myself particularly.  When the last refueling stop failed to produce a lift I caught the next bus home.  There are times to push on to the end, and today was not one of them.

Still, nice to have got the run done.  I may have to work tomorrow.  There is simply too much that needs to be done.  The nice thing about working Sunday is that not many people are in..

Go well all, most particularly Wabo and RFJ racing tomorrow, together with any whom I may have missed out.

02/03/2013 at 17:01


donaldo; A great post earlier

LMH: get back soon

ale:Wow you ran with the  Ron Hill.

Edited: 02/03/2013 at 17:01
02/03/2013 at 17:13

Birks:  I've run with Ron for the last 40 years! We have a strong "old boys" (and girls these days) ex Uni running network. (Hence my forum name: the club's name when on tour is Alehouse Academicals, coined by my good self back in the 70s! Club colours on tour are a very fetching shade of orange: this is because when we tried to buy t-shirts for our first tour the only colour available in sufficient quantities was orange. Obviously no-one was buying them! Quite fashionable now!)

Wll done, RFJ. Hope Bath goes well.
Good training, Stickless!

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