PS – what a surprise, you are over the pond and you have to have a massive blister, everything over there is always bigger than here ! Not anal at all measuring a blister, do you also know the circumference and radius ?? The new tattoo is basically the Nottingham crest/coat of arms with a slight adjustment to ensure the said previous rubbish tattoo is completely covered. When the scabbing has subsided I will try and upload a photo.
Will – the ultra was on 11 July and went very well until the last few miles. The ITB issues reared its ugly head again and I ended up walking the last 5 miles in. Lost me about 90 minutes I reckon but apart from that I felt pretty good. Finished 3rd male and 5th overall in a small field. I don’t like downtime from running and would prefer to get out at least 3 times a week if I can, even when I’m not training for anything in particular.
Sean – that’s just ridiculously fast….
So, it’s been a while since there was any drama in the Carter house; until yesterday that is. Last year Mrs C had to go to the hospital for a scan (I can’t remember what for now) but they told her that she had gall stones. No real issue but they would probably need addressing in the future. Well, the future was yesterday as they put Mrs C in rather a lot of pain. A quick trip to the doctors who agreed it was the gall bladder so of to A&E we went for scans and confirmation. We bypassed the queue, to the horror of all the chav’s wasting time, erm I mean the other patients waiting patiently, and headed off to be assessed in the SAC unit. Morphine was administered and the pain subsided but there was no sign of a doctor to examine Mrs C so she stayed in overnight. She’s had a scan this morning and it’s confirmed the gall bladder probably needs removing. I’m just waiting to hear of when this is to be done. Thankfully, it’s not serious but just causing a lot of pain. Now, it’s been 7 days since I ran, where are my trotters…..
Robert - for Garmin watches, you set up yours in Garmin Connect (that is there own website where all your runs are stored). Then go to Strava and sync with your Garmin account. When you have finished your run your download it to Garmin and it automatically syncs to Strava. It looks to be the same for most brands of watch from what I can tell. It's certainly the same for my new Suunto where you set it up on Movescount that then automatically syncs with Strava. There is also an iPhone app for Movescount so you can sync to Strava through Bluetooth which is pretty good. There is also a Strava app and for both of them you can record your runs directly through the app rather than using a watch.
My running has been a bit reduced for the last few weeks due to recovering fully from the ultra and plenty of holidays and weekends away in the caravan. Many many years ago I had a tattoo done and it is one of those where you would sooner keep it covered up as it's so rubbish. Finally, last Friday, I decided to have it covered with another one. They advise you not to get the area wet for 7 days and also don't do any exercise that will result in sweating. So I'm out of action until this Saturday. Then the training for the RRR50 starts in earnest. The race is in 7 weeks time so I am hoping to get in 3 'big' weekends that will include some longish back to back runs. I'm also looking to lose the weight I have put back on over the last couple of months. Someone asked about my plans for racing a marathon next year. I'm looking at an autumn marathon providing I recover well from the ultra in June. That's the plan at the moment but my plans tend to change quite often so we will have to wait and see what happens
Sean – well done on the weight loss, I’m sure you’re finding it easier running now. Another successful transfer deadline day for Arsenal….!
Ali – another PB, you’re on fire ! 30 miles a week is more than enough for you at the moment if you aren’t training for a marathon. Like you say, you are getting in plenty of quality at the moment so keep smashing those PBs
Robert – those Centurion events look really good and have great reviews about the organization food stations etc. One of the 50s would be a good place to start your ultra career I reckon. More crap news for Mrs R, hope things are better for your both. That’s a couple of good long runs you’ve got in recently, how long until the marathon now ?
Carl – how long have you had your Garmin ? 2 years seems to be about the time they start playing up from what I’ve read. My new toy is pretty damned good; picks up the satellite straight away, has a longer battery life. All is good so far with it.
PS – you should have worn your bladder for your day trip to the WTC ! You’re really struggling at the moment and now your new trotters are giving you grief. Keep plugging away at it and I’m sure you will come out the other side feeling more positive.
Will – 19 August next year is the big day. Location is booked; I’ve hired a big Georgian house for a couple of days and a cottage for Mrs C and I and the mutts. Plans are off to a good start so trying to get everything sorted as soon as possible so I can then, hopefully, just sit back ! The South Downs Way has 12,000ft of elevation which, over 100 miles, won’t be too hilly !! Considering I do a lot of my training in the Peak District I will get plenty of long, hilly runs in over the next few months. I’m on Strava and now following you. Which HM are you running ?
BT - sounds like you've got the early part of next year planned already !
Tricialitt - I believe that if you don't try you will never know, so I'm going to give it a try. What's the worst that can happen......
Helen - excellent work at Belper, second in your age category ? I am in Sheffield so just up the road from you. Most of my off road training is done in the Hope Valley around Castleton, Hope, Edale etc. I have ventured south to just south of Matlock bath and done some runs on the High Peak and Tissington trails but not a great deal. Do you, will you, venture into the peaks at anytime ?