Sorry I am rubbish with posting too just now!!! It's quiet on here but I hope you're all just enjoying nice holidays.
IBB- Thunder Run sounds brilliant, enjoy.
Rob- is your ultra today? Good luck. I can't wait to hear about it. A good time in your 10 miler. I want to aim for that kind of time when I have a 10 miler in September.
Nick- nice hungover parkrun... always an achievement! Did you run yesterday too?
Andrew- I have heard bodyglide recommended as well! I'm sure it is worth a shot. I get bad chafing too. It is horrible. I have mainly worked around clothing so far- working out which length of shorts suits best etc.
PS- good to hear from you.
This week I've had a few shorter runs, on Tuesday I ran 10 miles which was nice during the day, and I've done a couple of races too (well a race and a parkrun which I treated as a race). Thursday night was a 5 mile race put on by my club, a few loops round some reservoirs, very nice run. I ran without a watch as there was a kind of competition thing where you had to guess beforehand what time you would do. I guessed 36:59 as I thought I'd like to beat 37 minutes; that's a wee bit slower than my 10k PB pace but at the same time I thought the 5 mile race would be harder. I fell in with another two ladies who were running about the same pace as me, we all ended up trying to pace together and stick quite close till the end, taking turns to push it. In the end I pushed on just a bit ahead for the finish. We crossed the line and someone who did have a watch on said we did about 36:37 which I was really happy with.
Yesterday I ran a new parkrun in the area, I wanted to try for a fast run but on the morning didn't feel great... had only had a couple hours sleep and was pretty tired. So decided to leave the watch off again- sometimes good to have less pressure during the run and just try your best.
Started the parkrun with 3 ladies I could see in front of me... it was a two lap course, through woods and round the outskirts of a leisure centre... and during the second lap I passed the one girl, then slowly made grounds on another... by about quarter way into the second lap I was second lady and just tried desperately to cling onto that. I have no idea what kind of pace I was going but felt I paced it fairly evenly and didn't die on the way round.
Crossed the line and the 3rd lady finished just a few seconds behind me so I got an idea of time from her. Turns out I did 22:11 which I was quite happy with as it's only about 20 seconds off my fastest ever parkrun time and 30 seconds off my fastest 5k time. I was gasping- it was a tough run yesterday as the conditions were very windy, but I enjoyed it a lot. Will definitely go back to that parkrun.
Had planned a med-long run today but may or may not do it...haha... was out at a wedding last night and am slightly 'tired' today.
Nick- relay sounds tough! But lots of fun! I LOVE those kinds of events with clubmates and feeling part of something bigger. Team work is very satisfying. Well done indeed!
Andrew- it's all very subjective really... me, I wouldn't do it... I'd gladly do a half three weeks before but probably not two... but only you can decide for yourself. I'd just regret it if I had a great half but then a shit marathon.
Rob- well done on your driving test mate! Good stuff. Do you have a car with Elle to drive?
After the HM the next day I had a walk/jog on a lovely coastal cliffside route before I went home... 4 and a bit miles... then on the Tuesday I went out and ran a 5 mile steady run at 8:39 min/mile. Was nice, back along Glasgow's canals.
Yesterday no running but a horse riding session and then today I went out with the club and did 7.7 miles with 3 x 10 minute tempo sections. Was really tough and I came down with a bad tummy so had to cut short the last bit. Not had that in a while but hey ho. Legs still felt Sunday's HM in them tonight, I'll tell you!
Rob- great parkrun. Well done! And congrats to Elle on her continuing improvement. Is she still enjoying running? Do you think it'll be a lifelong habit now?
Nick- what was your relay thing and was that on Saturday just passed?
Since last Monday I had a speed sesh with the club on Tuesday night, 11 x 400m reps sandwiched between warm up and cool down. No more running during the week till the weekend but some cycling. Then yesterday ran the Arran half marathon. I was just going for fun and had no real time I 'wanted' as I only decided to enter it last Monday and had run 14 miles on that day so hadn't really prepared very well.
But thought 1:50 would be reasonable given my PB is 1:43 and Arran is a very hilly route.
It's a 3 mile ish climb up the first few miles, but nice and gradual, then a couple of downhillish miles towards the coast. At about 5.5 miles you turn inland and run up through the hills toward the Machrie Moor which is a beautiful area with the most stunning scenery. It's about 3 miles of uphill winding road which is pretty tough. Then a couple of miles back on main road, still quite uphill but not as steep as before, then the final 3 miles wind back downhill toward the start. So very up and down but some amazing sights to be seen.
A clubmate who is faster than me was along and was not feeling competitive so ran with me. It was very appreciated!!! I started off too fast but the hills soon stopped that.
Found the last few miles really tough as my legs were shot to pieces but finished in 1:48:04 which I thought was not bad at all! And it was a brilliant day out.
I spent two nights away in Arran and three of my clubmates came just for the one night. We had a brilliant time. One of them won the ladies race and one of the guys was second SM.
washwood- well done with endure 24... amazing achievement... give you a taste for ultra running?
Carl- you're progressing well with your parkruns, good progress. Sorry to hear about your dilemma re Chicago dates... are you definitely not doing the marathon?
Rob- mile race sounds fantastic! Well done you. Good time. And for Mrs R. How does it feel running a mile flat out?
Nick- holiday sounds lovely. I never get bored in remote places. I live in Glasgow just now but am far more cut out for the country. Love the peace and quiet.
IBB- re weightloss I had put on a few pounds and am back to just about 1.5 pounds away just now... then I'll be happy. But even after that another half stone wouldn't go amiss.
Carter- you know as well as anyone that fitness can return quickly... I've been through times myself of feeling terribly unfit... but your body will remember where it's come from. Stick with it, it's the best feeling when you realise you've recovered some lost fitness.
Sorry it's been ages since I last posted. Been busy with the end of term and I'm moving to a new school after summer as I got a permanent post so been moving all my stuff out of my old classroom etc. Been an emotional end of term with lots of kids coming to see me with lovely gifts and kind words. Will miss my current place a lot!
Anyway, running wise I had another mid week 10k, this one a fairly tough one, big hill in the middle. I didn't feel great, got round in 47:09 and it felt bloody tough, so a couple of minutes off PB pace but still not too bad. On the plus side I was part of the winning ladies team for that race, myself and two much faster club mates got the prize which is a novel feeling for me. I've been keeping up my long runs and yesterday ran 14 miles at 9:10 min/mile pace so happy with my endurance fitness.
I've been doing a good bit of club training where I can and getting out with clubmates for other runs too.
This weekend I'm going to do the half marathon on the Isle of Arran which is one of my favourite races but very hilly. Will be a great weekend though and a couple of clubmates coming too.
Where is PS? Haven't heard from her on here for a while.