How can it be six days since I last posted? Easter - that's how! So what has everyone been up to? ..
BIW - thought the lake might be too tempting not to swim in it. Cold you say? Seems like whenever I go to Studland (nearest nice bit of coast) the water there never seems to warm up much. Well done re that 3200m outdoor swim. I've never mastered front crawl despite trying so stick to breaststroke too - obviously need a better teacher!
Redhead- the look on the judge's face in that photo you posted is a hoot.
Terence - that hill training sounds good. I'll be needing some of that for October (10ml Ridgeway Run in Tring, Herts) which my family will be expecting me to do again and which includes some steep ascents and descents.
Matsmum - great idea re Red's photo. Congrats re recent 45th (sapphire) anniversary. Fish and chips you say - there's a joke there somewhere about having samphire with your fish. I got the nickname 'Sherpa' when I did the 3 peaks with a couple of friends (at the sedate pace of 1/month) as I was the only one who had sussed out the route to the top!
Columba - the idea of starting early-morning runs is just that at the moment - an idea! But yes, would be easier to get up and out on summer mornings. Had a chuckle at the 'cows, cows, cows' run. When out walking, I find there is always room for tea and cake.
*waves* to anyone I've missed
I've been slowly increasing my treadmill runs and have dropped the walk intervals I did when I started again. Managed a 3ml run last night at 10:40 mm pace so it finally feels like I am getting back in the groove. Will build up the mileage a little bit more and then will venture outside before I get cabin fever.
C2C update - I sent off the balance cheque yesterday so no going back now! I did two walks in Cirencester Park over the weekend (10ml walk on Friday in sunshine; 11ml walk on Sunday in the rain). Did some hill intervals on Sunday - the hill was not that big and steep but still good practise until I get to the Malvern Hills on 3rd May. I do need to start wearing my new Brasher boots outside now - up to now their use has been limited to treadmill walking while I 'wear them in'.
Went on the treadmill last night. Walked for 2 mins then did 3ml run and upped speed each mile (5.5/5.6/5.8 mph) for overall time of 32.07 (avg pace 10:42mm). Feels like I am getting back into the groove Calves were a bit sore afterwards - just my body reminding me to keep on s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g
Yvonne - not chuckling about the comedy tan lines - honest! Maybe a bit of fake tan to even things out for wedding? Good luck with all of that by the way - sounds like everything is (sort of?) under control. See you couldn't resist entering the VLM ballot
Toby - I should think adjusting from mara training to 10k training will seem a bit odd at first. Oh and see you (and Snowmaiden) have entered the VLM ballot too.
B&T - well done re 8ml run (bearing in mind holiday break and easter egg consumption!). Sorry to hear about sore hips after today's 3ml recovery run.
Planning to jump on the treadmill after work tonight. Will do a 3ml run (or maybe a bit more if time allows and legs are up to it). Hope to get a couple more runs done by the weekend.
C2C update - I have sent off the cheque for the balance so no going back now. I've decided to keep those Brasher boots - not been outside in them yet but happy with them after a couple of sessions on the treadmill. Did two walks in Cirencester Park over the weekend. A 10ml walk on Friday (sunshine) and an 11ml walk on Sunday (rain). On Sunday I walked up and down 'Big Bertha' a few times. She's not as big and steep as the name suggests but she is still good practise.
DianaD - glad to hear you're back is better too. Well done to your friend with her GFA performance.
BIW - run in woods and swim in lake for dogs sounds good. Ever been tempted to do the same yourself?
Terence - well done re various training (7ml, sprint session, hilly 8mls). I always try and stay relaxed when running and have occasionally tried lifting back leg higher. On the odd occasions I see my reflection the relaxed style never seems to look quite as good as it feels!
JohnnyJ - I used to get pains when I tried to lenghten my pace (as Terence mentions). I now know (from physio treatment for calf) that this was due to lack of correct stretching and specifically my soleus (calf).
Redhead - hopefully you realised I was referring to the wiggle of your bum and not comparing the relative sizes of your's and FW's!
Matsmum - well done re 7ml tempo run .. great mile splits. Sorry - had to chuckle at family unable to cope alone for a few hours.
Exhausted - from where I am coming from, 3:40 is far from a rubbish run and is the stuff of dreams!
Columba - well done re pre-breakfast run with glides. I had a (very!) short phase of doing a 6:30am run. I felt great for the rest of the day and very virtuous. Wish I could have kept myself into that habit.
I did a 2ml treadmill run on Tue eve - would have been further but Mrs Wm had dinner ready. Hoping she'll not be quite so efficient tonight!
Gardening tomorrow - family visit on Saturday (grand-daughter's 3rd birthday) - 11-12ml walk planned for Sunday (C2C training). Haven't decided about Monday yet!
Yvonne - ahhh, but are they 'comedy' tan lines though Glad to hear you enjoyed parts of the VLM experience but can understand the crowds getting to you. Not having done VLM I always imagine it's would be like the Bath HM crowds but far, far busier.
I'm hoping to have time for another run on my treadmill tonight when I get home. I only did 2mls on Tue evening as Mrs Wm had dinner almost ready. Hoping she won't be quite so efficient tonight
Off to see grand-daughters again on Saturday as it is younger one's 3rd birthday. Then have a long walk planned for Sunday as more training for the C2C walk. Need to try and do 11-12mls and judging by forecast, I'm going to get wet.