Thursday 29th August 2013

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29/08/2013 at 00:13

Morning! (Just!)

Lyrics: Has anybody here seen my old friend xxx

RFJ: it used to annoy me when I used to wave/say hello/acknowledge a fellow runner, but it is so often the norm that I try not to get cross. But I do!

What: 20-25 mins, may be  more, but gently.
Why: baking a cake. At an extremely low temperature.

Was interested to hear that it is 50 years ago this week since Martin Luther King made his "I had a dream" speech.

Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.

Off to bed...up fairly early as have tickets to watch "Countdown" being recorded at 9.


Edited: 29/08/2013 at 00:15
29/08/2013 at 06:37

Morning ale.

Yesterdays lyrics: 'When will you make my telephone ring' by Deacon Blue.

Mrs B was in same year at school as Dougie Vipond the Deacon Blue drummer.

What: 5M Steady

Why: A wee increase in distance.

Overcast, dull, but mild.

Catch up time

Back later with todays Scottish word.

29/08/2013 at 06:45


A Scottish word meaning: stupid, foolish, not very bright, thoughtless, vacant.

29/08/2013 at 06:53


Countdown? Is that still going? No ill effects from yesterday's run I hope Alehouse?

Any reason for the increase birks?

I try not to get annoyed when I use my precious breath or energy to acknowledge other runners or cyclists and they don't respond but it does irk. Fortunately it doesn't happen much here.

What:               just a two hour run
Why:                dropping the planned swim as tired, throat sore & glands up
Last hard:        accepting that the work is just about done
Last rest:          4/8

Lyrics - not today.

29/08/2013 at 06:58

Morning LMH

No real reason just felt it was time to increase the distance.

Todays Scottish word is 'Fankle'.

29/08/2013 at 07:53

morning all,
no to the lyric, no to the swotd, but then again I hardly ever hear them..
Countdown - try to watch when I can, has nothing to do with Rachel Riley though
RFJ et al. - I give up waving/nodding in London when I run. 45 minutes at lunchtime and I see/pass upwards of 50-75 runners at busy times. Not a single acknowledgement. At home however its more or less 100% returned.
Blisters/Wabo - did Race the Train a couple of years ago Tywyn if I'm not mistaken. Yeah probably mid Wales, although it seems a long way up when your stuck between tractors on those A roads...

what - steady 40 minutes at lunchtime
why - routine
last rest - 19 days?
last hard - Tuesday

easy run yesterday, just 2.5 miles over the fields/woods with the youngest, scaring the sheep.

Edited: 29/08/2013 at 07:54
29/08/2013 at 08:18

Morning again!

Countdown: I think that's where Birks gets these Scottish words from. No to today's, btw.

Dustin: how's the eldest's leg?

LMH: obviously tapering..."just" a two hour run.

29/08/2013 at 08:32

ale: Nah these words are not on countdown, are they ?

29/08/2013 at 08:36

I would usually be doing a swim set too Alehouse!

No to the SWOTD but like Dustin they're not something I'm exposed to very often.

29/08/2013 at 09:15

What: JS tonight
Why: Thursday
Last Hard: paddling on Tuesday (rib sore)
last rest: yesterday
lyrics: no
SWoD: easy

westerly 35mph forecast for Saturday

29/08/2013 at 09:18

1.2k swam, 10 mile span 4 mile ran. All fairly easy with a few efforts thrown in.

Blisters - tomorrow I rest (completely).

LMH - what are the odds now?? improving.

Ale - Your training is nearly looking normal.

Birks - now now, take it easy!!




29/08/2013 at 09:38

Ale- thanks for asking, she's waiting for mri scan date to come through, mean time no hockey or athletics (weight bearing stuff). Doc initially said 4-6 weeks of no sport, so hopefully it clears up on its own. Doesn't seem to stop her ability to go shopping though...

29/08/2013 at 10:47


What: core
Why: missed it on Tuesday and there's another session today
Last hard: yesterday, my legs were shot from Monday's long run
Last rest: Tuesday
Lyrics and SWotD: nope

RFJ no one smiles or waves here, it's very disheartening.
LMH progress?
Ale I presume you're metaphorically baking a cake rather than actually?!

Oh and I'm now 3rd woman in the local cup

Have a good one all.

29/08/2013 at 11:29

Paddy: It's okay mate, I'll probably not increase my daily milage again until December

ale: Nobody really about to wave to when I'm out,well bar delivery drivers and owls.

Edited: 29/08/2013 at 11:30
29/08/2013 at 12:20

Oh and forgot to say, OH completed the 7.5 miles but was pretty dead at the end. No way he could have finished it quicker than me, though being able to run 7.5 miles with no training is pretty impressive (and makes me slightly jealous!)

29/08/2013 at 12:20

afternoon all

cool lyrics alehouse...

my long run wasn't race the train, its was near Llangollen and the up takes you towards some ruins.  Figured it was a good training run for Snowdonia though, I think I know I can handle up, its the down that I need to have caution!

them unfriendly runners (I get it more with runners than cyclists) irk me too!

nice one emzap

I reckon alehouse is baking a cake literally or am I mad?


lmh - wish you well

no to swotd, I did google yesterdays I must confess!

WHat: intervals very early am, used a long winding and at times undulating road, found one in essex, really I did

why: back on track

last hard: this morning was and so was clearing a load of c*ap out of a shed in my garden ready for demolishing..

last easy: yesterday

that shed clearance put me back in a better frame of mind, such an achievement!

have a good day all


29/08/2013 at 12:30


Wabo: No probs re you or anybody googling SWOTD.

29/08/2013 at 12:44

ha ha well birks I reckon I got myself in a fankle last night with my shed....


29/08/2013 at 13:30

Decided to treat today's 6 miler (46 minutes) as an experiment.Out along Southbank towards Vauxhall, back over the river and return along the Embankment.
First 4 miles made eye contact and smiled at every runner, made an effort to say hello to everyone on the last 2 miles (thats on the Embankment from Westminster to the city).

I only counted those going in the opposite direction to me, and discounted those on the opposite side of the pavement where eye contact was tricky.

Total runners passed :158
Total ipods : around a third (was 34/95 when I lost count)
Total "hellos" returned : none
Total blanks : 156
that leaves two (runners # 129 & # 147) both of which had a changed facial expression, the first one almost half a smile back.
Mostly single runners, but probably 10 pairs and a couple of groups of 3 or 4. Even so...

London - the "eyes down ignore everyone" city.
Glad I only work here.

Edited: 29/08/2013 at 13:31
29/08/2013 at 13:51

Blimey Dustin that's a lot o runners in a short space of time.

Well done emzap.

Glad you're feeling a bit brighter Wabo.

Paddy - if the medical director says 'yes' I'm starting - someone may want to run a book as to whether I finish or not.............

It was so nice out this morning that I couldn't help myself and stayed out a little longer than strictly I should have but I figure it's still more than two weeks until race day and I am good at keeping my easy easy so 17 miles run, runners encountered - none.

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