mamafox - what a great evening out, and a good early morning run too . Not so good about the mil though (although you would have a baby-sitter on tap ).
After last week's painful run at Fairlands Valley I was a bit nervous about Round the Reservoir yesterday. I had my painkiller before I left home and decided just to plod round and see how it went. Met the usual suspects at the venue and ran the first half lap talking to a friend. Kept my left arm still and at right angles across my chest as I didn't want to jar anything, but as I ran I realised it didn't hurt that much after all, so I was just able to get on with the running. 6 laps round the reservoir - the first half on a cycle path and the 2nd half on a grassy footpath then a gravelly path just before the water station. Before the first lap finished the heavens opened and it poured down. By the 4th lap, when I was soaked through and the puddles were getting quite deep, the rain eased up, it got quite windy and I began to dry out. Towards the end it started to drizzle again but I was safely on the drive home before the rain lashed down again. I felt good throughout, my ribs didn't really bother me, I ran the whole way - even up the small hills - and kept the pace up till the finish. Time was 4:31:19 which I was very pleased with as at the end of each lap I stopped for a biscuit and a drink, twice I had to nip into the hotel for a pit stop and I walked for a couple of minutes or so on lap 4 to talk with a runner who was suffering a bit. My laps actually got slightly faster towards the end - possibly because I had started quite slowly or probably because I didn't want to get wet again- so ended up with a negative split by a few minutes! One very large snail and one worm also rescued .
A very light week for me this week. Managed just three and a half miles on Thursday . Ribs hurt (despite painkillers) just enough to stop me feeling comfortable but not enough to stop me running (plodding). I was going to go out again on Friday but the rain was tipping down when I woke up and didn't let up all day - in fact it got worse and there was a lot of local flooding.
I wish I was an early morning runner - I need to get back to a definite routine. Eldest daughter (teacher) finished school this week, so the last couple of days have been chocolate eating days!
Dog had an operation on Friday to remove a couple of lumps (a big one from neck and a small one on chest) so he's feeling rather sorry for himself. Good news was that after an X-ray there is nothing really wrong with his spine apart from minor age-related arthritis.
Well done on your run Big G . You seem to be getting progressively stronger (and faster).
KK - excellent pb. A few races of varying distances should see you get a whole bag of pbs.
Slowkoala - another great run from you - and first lady too . Well done to Little Koala - obviously follows in mum's footsteps.
Should probably not have done Fairlands Valley Challenge yesterday - and if I'd known how much it would hurt I would have been a DNS. A couple of short, slow runs last week made me think that all would be ok, but right from the start my ribs/chest hurt . Every step seemed to jar and my breathing was short (could hardly manage to breathe, run and talk at the same time ). My companion was great company although she probably got a pw as I had to walk much of the way. Couldn't even run fast downhill as my chest was jarred at every step. Got to about 12 miles and thought I might have to drop out. Eventually I took a strong painkiller at mile 16 and as it took the edge off I had another at mile 20. Although it still hurt it was now bearable and at least I was able to run a tiny bit faster. Carrying a backpack definitely didn't help either. Finished feeling a lot better than when I started and the painkillers enabled me to drive home (only 30 mins), shower and have a 2 hour nap in relative comfort. I wish I'd taken them much earlier. Ribs hurt even more now though and are quite stiff so I think a very easy week is on the line. FVS have changed the old course so that now we don't run alongside a very busy and narrow road, but the new course involved a long slightly uphill slog and then a very long (partly downhill) stretch of extremely uneven, stony path which as it was quite near the end, was a trip waiting to happen (thankfully not for me this time!).
Mr B - yes, I have lavender oil at home. Often use it for small deep cuts as it heals the skin quickly and also keeps scars from getting too tight. I was quite surprised at how quickly my grazes scabbed over - just 2 hours or so, except for the elbow one which is still a bit tacky so I might use the oil for that. Have you tried magnesium oil for aching muscles? You can buy on-line or from Holland & B. I often rub it into my calves after a run and my friend found it really useful when she had achilles issues.
Ribs and chest still ache but managed to go out with our daytime group (ex-beginners) today. Feels better when running - slowly - than when just sitting around
easy tiger - well done on your run in the Cheadle 4 . That a rather unusual distance for a race!
KK - you've certainly had a jam-packed time. You must have posted what and where the event was, but I missed it , so could you let us (me) know again please? Sounds rather like Cape Wrath week of events, which I would love to do but the logistics of getting there and finding accommodation etc are a bit off-putting.
Shades - hope your mum is feeling a bit better. How old is she?