Welcome back Matsmum, it's good to hear from you again! Sorry that you have been suffering with chest pains, but good that the old ticker is still working well. You must find it hard cutting back on the running and speed, but the main thing is that you are still running and sounding positive.
Alice arrived home safely from the Harwell Half Marathon and said the traffic was lighter than expected. She ran an amazing 1.42 and was fifth lady. She said the course was nice, but lots of grass and two killer hills.
We have an Oregon circuit training session this evening with the club.
Exhausted, well done on your nifty 10 miles. I only do nifty 10 miles in races.
Aquarius, I think any run can make you feel better. The hardest part is getting out the door. Those midges sound really horrid. We don't get that many in the forest and generally get away with a few stings. When I lived in Waterlooville and regularly ran on the South Downs I used to get home with dead midges all round my eyes, which looked like a pair of glasses. I can't recall getting any in my mouth though. The Lymington parkrun is the best that I have run in, although I have only run in two others, Brockenhurst and Salisbury. I will certainly run faster at Lymington the next time, as I will know what to expect. There wasn't too much congestion at the start, although I should have started nearer the front. There was, however, a pinch point where we went thorough a narrow gate in single file into "the rough area." This was overgrown grass with a narrow path where the grass had been mown. This twisted and turned and was almost impossible to overtake. It wasn't so bad on the second lap, as the field had thinned out somewhat. Haven't heard from Alice yet, so hope she hasn't got caught up in Bank Holiday traffic. It must have been very hot racing.
Very worrying to have no news of Red. Hoping that there is nothing seriously wrong.
Ran 9.75 miles in the forest this morning with Sarah. We set off at 9.00 and it was already very hot. Neither of us were feeling on top form, so it was a bit of a plod. We did pick up though during the last 3 miles. I was glad that I wasn't doing my marathon though as I don't think I would have finished.
I meant to ask whether anyone had heard of "On" hybrid trainers. These are of Swedish manufacture and Alice has purchased a pair. She sais that they feel really comfortable, but she probably wasn't going to wear them for todays race. They don't have any motion control and adapt to the individuals style. I've certainly never heard of them.
DBI , I'm not on Facebook but haven't heard from Red via messaging etc but share your concern.
WtnMel, well done on your run this morning, I'm sure you will do well in your 10 miles race. I have my Sunday roast on Saturdays these days, as I'm usually too tired on Sundays after a long run or race.
I ran 14 miles this morning, the first eight In the forest with Alice, Karen and Chris, and the remaining six on my own on roads. Alice is running the Harwell Rutherford Half Marathon tomorrow, which is multi terrain. It is at Didcot , the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories. I think she will do very well.
Columba, it will be a long time before you become a jogger. Your parkrun times have been very good.
Aquarius, well done in your parkrun, sounds like a nice course. Hope you enjoy the tall ships race tomorrow.
WtnMel , well done fitting in your hill run between your decorating and gardening, and not stopping. The more hill work you do, the stronger you will get.
DBI, any chance of a pic. That will rival MtmMels blue face You did really well in your tri especially in the heat. Hope you enjoy your celebration this evening!
I ran in the new Lymington parkrun this morning, which was two laps plus a loop round a lovely park. It was a bit like a cross country, with a mixture of grass and tarmac paths. The general opinion was that it was about 20 seconds slower than Brockenhurst, so I was pleased to be 2 seconds quicker. I would have been about 30 seconds quicker if I hadn't run a rubbish first mile of 8.00 minutes. Total time was 23.44, a WAVA of 74.3% and 31st out of 125 finishers. I was 1st MV 70 but there were only two of us, so not as good it sounds. Total distance on my Garmin was 3.11 mile.