Emmy - I tried skyscanner and the only cheaper flights are the London airports which is extra cost and time for us so Brum looks the best option, will book this weekend.
Hope the mince pies were OK, they're not easy to make as the mincemeat boils so quickly. Small amounts of mincemeat and rich pastry is probably best. I don't eat them much but am happy to eat bought ones.
Slowkoala - hope the ankle is OK.
Re the gym, that's a better offer and if we were going to have weeks of ice and snow would be worth it. Let's hope we don't have weather like that.
I have the cleanest car in town, garage came and took car away for a good clean, they even washed the tyres.
Shopping etc today
Slowkoala - no, don't have special shoes but probably choose ones with the best soles.
I have a pair of spikes but they are for walking to work in the ice should i need them, so far unworn
Clag - your training is going well. Gym membership is a good idea as you usually get quite a bit of ice and snow that far north.
No frost here today, so looking forward to my run later today.
I'm going on a santa run with the girls from my club. Hired a coach and pub!
VR - Wow - you've hired a whole pub.....must be a Trotters outing!
I'm booking my Berlin flight today
15 miles for me today, including about 6 miles off road in some lovely squelchy mud.
I'm still on my streak as well, so hopefully I can keep it up
anyone else tempted
Slowkoala - what's the problem with your ankle? Might be an idea to ease up for a few days.
Big G - am still streaking too, was tired yesterday but had a great run today.
Keith - are you going for the 100 miles?
Emmy - are you still snowed in?
Berlin flight booked
If it's a bit of bruising it will heal, but probably not very quickly. You could put a light strapping on it when you run to stop it rubbing against your shoe.
One thing I didn't mention previously is the weight loss I have on a single run. Before I did my 15miler on Sunday I weighed myself and I was 13st 2 (approx 83.5kg). When I got back I was 12st 12 (approx 81.5kg). I've always been like this and I'm guessing it's fluid related but I was wondering if anyone else fluctuated like this? I should add that on the run I generally felt fine, and I considered it a strong and steady run.
On the run, I took a 650ml bottle with me (which I drank all of whilst out). When I got back I downed a pint of lemon and barley and then a pint of water 30mins or so later. I felt thirsty most of the day and drank lots more though the day (mainly water). Again, this is normal for me.
If I am to do anything longer I think I'm going to need something bigger for any longer distances. I can't get on with Camelbaks so I'm going to get a Nathan 2 650-ml bottle holder belt. I know it's extra weight, but I think I'm going to go for it. I currently use a Nathan belt that carries 1 650ml bottle and I get on with it well.
I am a bit conflicted though because I know a lot of people go out for a half marathon and don't need or take any water/fluid. I've never been like that and always feel the need to take on fluid, so I suppose everyone is different. Even as a kid when I used to play basketball I always needed lots of water compared with my team mates.
@Shades - Luckily all of the snow has melted! It's 4'c here and raining so back to normal! I was in Cologne at the weekend and it was -6, snowing and really really cold. I tried a run but fell over 200m from a friend's place so decided it wasnt the best option!
I've been out this morning for a 5 miler and feel ok so no damage has been done.
@Big_G - it's normal for me on a long run to lose 3-4kgs. It really depends on the temperature/distance for me. I can run 12 miles in winter without any water/fluid but in summer i'll need around litre on my 15 milers. I normally take a small bit of money and buy from a supermarket along the way. It's a training thing Ive found as I never used to be able to run 5 milers without a drink - and now it doesnt even occur to me to bring a drink.
@Slowkoala - I hope that you're feeling better today?
morning all! 10km done this weekend in 52:20!! delighted! started out as just a long run but upped the pace, with a 2 mile cool down :- )
Big G - our fluid needs differ but I never bother unless I get to 12 miles or so, maybe 15 in cold weather. But I do always drink before I run. But for longer runs I take a 500 ml bottle and if I need more I top up from a tap or buy from a shop/garage.
A kilo of weight lost on a run needs to be replaced by a litre of fluid. I would advise drinking a litre before you set off.
Many runners now drink too much especially during races. When I was coaching used to have to stop runners taking water with them when they were only running for an hour. It becomes a security blanket thing.
Emmy - good news the snow has gone and you're back in plus temps, we're forecast a cold spell starting tonight, but no snow hopefully.
bootsie - speedy running
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