Lyrics - It's alright if you love me
I give in - have been out and completed the weekly grocery shop waiting for someone else to start the thread.
Didn't sleep very well last night and absolutely wiped today but figure I'll feel better for some fresh air - hope so anyway.
What: bike ride of undecided lengthWhy: see aboveLast hard: last yearLast rest: last year
Yesterday's lyrics - Do You Have A Little Time by Dido.
1st part of double day done..... but not without temptation at Andover Parkrun...., got to 3rd corner and found my self in front.... oops... but then was overtake by an Army lad, was so tempted to go with him and take the win, but with XC this afternoon, thought better of it, so just crused to a 2nd place 200m behind the winner and about 300m ahead of 3rd... 6:45, 6:40, 6:39....
Now off to Eastleigh for the Hants XC Champs...... which I fear may be a tad harder effort than this morning...
Oh dear, Tom! Sadly that's what I had feared: I hope it is short-lived and that stretching/strengthening/massage see an end to it. I am currently more worried about my calf than about the Achilles, as is the physio.
After marshalling I called into the large sports store on the way back: daughter wants a new bike (birthay tomorrow). Came out with a new pair of trainers: £99.99 down to £29.99. Shame it was the one and only pair! Birthday treat from my mother. Hope she likes orange.
Have to confess I looked on at about 9 but shyed off starting the threadWhat: Swim followed by 15.5 miles mixed terrainWhy: It's Saturday and time to start cranking up milesLast Hard: todayLast rest: YesterdayLyrics: No
Steadily improving AlehouseWell done RFJ, DD
Sorry to hear Tom, hope it can be clears up soon and is not what you fear it may be.
Part 2 done now, and Ale, glad I didnt go for the win... the course was heavy claggy and slippery to the fact its the first time in many years I have put 12mm spikes in and still not had total grip in some places..... So the Hants XC Champs... I was 89th overall in 51:13 (7.2m) on a mainly undulating and grassy / muddy course (Old Golf Course), splits were 7:11, 7:12, 7:08, 7:10, 7:08, 7:16, 6:58 and a 1:07 for the sprint to the line.... really happy overall as stayed consistant, which meant I was not overtaken for position at all (and when I was I quickly got it back.....) steadily picking of runners as I went..... Was 3rd counter for the club, so cannot complain. Had I gone harder this morning I would not have done that... so happy, a pic can be seen here....
Jnr had a good run too and looked strong in the U17 race and was 1st counter for the club.
I ended up toughing out for a little over two hours on the bike. Don't feel any worse for it.
Tom - so sorry to hear about your ongoing calf issues. Do you know what it is and why it keeps happening? Is there a weakness or imbalance somewhere else? Also, whilst I know it's low for you, your annual mileage is higher than mine and I ran two marathons with associated campaigns.
Nice bargain Alehouse. Have you decided on the bike? The LBS is getting a Specialized Vita in for me to see if we can set it up with a similar enough geometry to my road bike to make it as comfortable.
That's a big increase in long run mileage isn't it OH? Maybe you should be doing the swim afterwards to aid recovery!
Tom, I am listening, and hope that your calves start to behave. Mind you, at your age....RFJ, that's some pace you are generating in the clag. Respect.LMH, a nice bike ride.DD, hello and a jolly decent 20 miler from you.OH neat double.Ale, good shopping, my trainers have decided to fade now. Can you get me a pair?
No run for me today, but went for a gentle bike ride. That was the plan. In the end we cracked out 57 miles and by 'eck I was toasted by mile 45. At 53 when we split for home my legs just gave up completely, but nobody was encouraging (beasting) me at that point. Once I was home I fell asleep in the bath until the water went cold.
hello all, another one guilty of checking in (and checking out without posting) earlier. Was on at 8ish but printing directions, order of races and got sidetracked sorting out the days plan of action...Tom, sorry to hear your continued woes, but I have everything imaginable crossed for you in the hope that, in time, you can recount stories of great feats in the months to come. Blisters good effort on the wheels, and DD it allseems to be shaping up nicely for the 26.2. RFJ - good work with the double and solid run at Eastleigh. Apparently it has dried a bit,mate of mine was marshalling and often does park run there, said the stream has at least returned to within its banks now....
What - up and out, drop eldest at hockey - ladies fixture away oop North somewhere - well High Wycombe way...then down to Eastleigh so youngest could race the Hants champs...great run by her, first scorer and 16th overall. Would have liked to have run as it looked a decent course but had to get back early so youngest could go to swimming open gala and to get eldest from her match. Managed to squeeze some food in somewhere but just returned from an hour out to get a 7.6 miler in...why - time last rest - 22 dayslast hard - hmm Thursdays longish runhave a great evening
RFJ - nice picture 12mm spikes and still not gripping - serious mud
LMH not really did 12 miles 3 weeks ago with Elspeth. Altough that is longest distance , I think, since Loch Ness.Might have gone in for 2nd dip but met up with Elspeth for last mile and she was getting cold. Might have gone further but miles 4 was across stubbly grass and mile 5 resembled a motocross course across the dunesPleased to have got accomodation sorted out for Cape Wrath running week (after initial rejection) and everywhere else seeming to be booked up
Feel free M! What's your next race?
Dustin - top parenting and great sporting action from your girls.
OH - 3.5 miles is a fairly significant increase in your second long run since October, what do you have planned for the coming weeks?
You sound happy with your performances RFJ, can't ask for more than that.
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