Iain - thankfully we have these running forums so we don't have to drive non running folk crazy with our running talk
SK - what a lovely positive run you had yesterday and I agree we should all be grateful that we can run. Smell of Deep Heat though yuk.
I think you need to get that race entry in for OH.
Khanivore - good mileage for the weekend and niggle free, what more can you ask for.
I did try gels from Holland & Barrett as they do those ones with the screw top (double portion) so were easier to handle. But gels just aren't for me, I hate the consistency of them.
Keith - well done for completing the Grizzly, they usually estimate your marathon time as roughly your finish time.
Did you enjoy it?
Shades I was reading up on those shot blocks. Did you try those? Lots of people who don't like the gooeyness of gels (something I have no problems with myself) like shot blocks.
Yes, I've tried shot bloks. I find them too chewy to eat during races, 3 bloks = 24g of carbs and I would struggle to eat them especially in colder weather.
I use Tesco fruit jellies, 3 sweets = 30g of carbs and I find them very easy to eat.
Fruit jellies 89 pence a bag, Shot Bloks £2.50 a packet
Well done for all the good running. I've just finalised the report for this week's paper and it's on the club website. It looked good conditions for the Grizzly!
The achilles are still annoying me. I thought I'd solved it, but I'm hobbling around again today even though I had a rest day yesterday and did a lot of stretching. I think I need to see someone again At the moment, I'm not sure if I'll be doing Glos 20 but we'll see how it goes later this week.
Hello everyone, sounds like loads of good stuff going on.
Khani - I'm amazed you can go out that far on just toast and a banada and one gel. What I took with me on yesterday's LSR was more like a picnic. If I take any more I'll need a rucksack.
I tried a new nutrition strategy yesterday and it worked a treat. Gel beforehand and then stuff at 4M, 7M, 10M,13M and 16M - a mix of other gels and SIS Go/Fudgey bar things.
Finished the 19M run feeling great and could have carried on. Weird I know.
So, either that gel bonanza works for me OR it was down to the excess of alcohol at my mate's birthday bash the night before - vodka, prosecco, red wine and amaretto... bed by 1am.
Amazingly no hangover when I was up at 6am....
Big G - I think you might need to see a physio re those achilles. It's not like you are doing masses of speedwork or have changed your shoes. Maybe heel lifts could help, physio will advise.
Snapdragon - brilliant news on your long run, obviously well fuelled with your picnic and the previous night's alcohol!.
Just in case I don't post for a little while, don't panic!. I need to log out of RW but not sure if I can remember my password to log back in so I may have to wait for RW email re change of password.
I'm back, password successfully changed.
Lost a posting though?
Keith- well done on completing the Grizzly .
Some good running from everyone this weekend . Try and keep those niggles or germs at bay .
I went down to Salisbury this weekend (not been back long) and did Imber Ultra (32.7 miles) starting at Westbury and going all round the Imber Perimeter Path on Salisbury Plain. The first half-mile practically wiped me out as it was a hard climb up to the ridge on a rutted track. My calves ached and I was short of breath , but thankfully that was the worst I felt for the whole event. Took it steady (my legs didn't give me the option of anything else) and walked up the steeper hills. 3100 feet of climb and I must have walked 3000 feet of it . Finished in 6:48. Good route and lovely scenery. The army were out on exercises and when we went past the 'German village' they were all lined up with some huge guns pointing down the road which we had to run across - I was tempted to wave my hanky in the air . Wore road shoes as there was a lot of track and gravel, but the mud had all but disappeared (though not in some of the valleys I saw when driving there - they were still under water). Fantastic weather - very warm and sunny. The cut-offs were generous for the day, but it would have been different if the weather had been bad and people had been sliding about in the mud or getting lost in the mist! There were some other runners about the same speed as me, so I was never running completely alone (also very reassuring that there was a very friendly 'sweep' who I managed to pull away from just a little). There were only supposed to be jelly babies at the water stops, so I took a complete picnic with me (along with a backpack containing everything for getting lost in the Sahara or Alaska ). However some nice ladies from the Rotary Club, who were also helping to 'man' the checkpoints, had baked lots of little cakes so I didn't even need to delve into my supply. Great day out - but I need to get fitter if I'm to do it again next year!
Mowzer - another great run by you! You just seem to churn them out!
Shades, yes I need to see a physio. The NHS system around here is quite quick in terms of getting an appointment (you can self refer), and I have booked one for Wednesday afternoon. I probably should have gone in before my recent halfs but I didn't want to hear the "don't run" statement. The chap I saw the other week is very good, but probably I need to get into the NHS system in case there is anything wrong that they need to sort out (for example inserts, or anything else). I obviously hope I can run Glos 20 but it's not the end of the world if I don't. My next main event is North Dorset Village marathon so if I can get the issue sorted for that I would be happy.
I'm not running today, even though it looks great conditions I'll persevere with the stretches the other chap told me until I see the NHS person on Wednesday.
Shades - Well it matched my day one of quad time to within 5 mins however it was a long way short of my actual PB and i dunno if i could do it quite that fast. Too many hills and too much scenery. Oh and the mud too
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