Errr, ummm, happy new year! Just wanted to pop & apologise for my second disappearance....
I haven't read the last few (hundred) pages yet, but I will do, I just wanted to do this before I chickened out again. Basically, after I last posted, my knee injury got much worse. I therefore haven't run for over a month & I was feeling really sorry for myself for a while (I still am I think).
I've put on 5lb (far too much December merriment!) & I start at my friend's gym on Wed, which will hopefully pick up my spirits I also have a physio appt on Jan 18th so I will find out then if the MK Half is going to be doable. I've missed running soooooo much.
Anyway, I've thought about you all loads, I really hope it's going much better for you all than me! And I promise I'll pop back for a proper catch up after the physio.
Hi Bobby & welcome! I totally agree, I was just doing 5k once a week with little motivation to go out any more than that - and then came the Great South Run! I went from that 5k once a week to 20+k over 3 sessions a week. Maybe that's what you need to do Mal, if you haven't already? I'm finding some of my runs hard too, hence needing a GPS watch, my min/mile is so erratic as I said earlier. Have you been tracking your pace?
Boo - Well done!! That's a fantastic loss, and I love running for the same reasons. I've only lost a few lb, I'm now bang on 10st, but my body shape has changed, my legs are slimmer, more defined, and that mummy-tummy seems to be slowly disappearing too - get in! I would LOVE to get down to my wedding weight of 9st 7 though, I felt fantastic then, but hey, I'm happy and healthier so I'm in no rush.
Silver - cheers for the trainer info, I shall pass it on to the hubby!
Just a quickie from me as my 3 yr old is demanding to play on the CBeebies website, lol!
OK, so after I posted yesterday morning, I went out for a quick short one, just 2.5 miles, but I found it way more tough than I should have, and I know it's because my pace was all over the show. I set my iPhone app to tell me my pace in my ear every 1 minute, and one minute it was 9.48 min/mile, then next it might be 6.45 m/m, then 8.30 m/m, then 7.00 *sigh*. I really neeeeeed a Forerunner!
My husband is currently looking for proper shoes, he's a slight over-pronator so is looking at stability/support shoes - what do you guys have Stripes & Silver? Took me long enough to find mine, which I love and have been fantastic (Asics Gel 1160) - wonder if they do them in men's, hmmm.
Silver - Look at you go! 53 mins is a great time, and to think only a month or two ago you were concerned you weren't going to get past 5-6k, now look Definitely sign up for a half, I think you'd be great! Haha, I don't think I'd have the balls to give a present away without opening it, plus the suspense would near kill me (not that I'm nosy or anything.... ).
Mal - Thanks, it went really well! I just made a nice easy dish that could bubble away most of the day, nothing too fussy y'know. But yes, it was very lovely, and everyone had a great time Glad you're on the mend, when do you think you'll get out for a run next? Where in the country are you? Oh, and I used a program called Irfanview to resize a pic of Santorini that I already had on my hard drive (it's where I got married last year).
Stripes - really sorry to hear the race didn't go as well as you would have liked, but as you say, you made some mistakes and can learn from them. Having said all that, you finished it, and in a great time too, so don't be too hard on yourself!
Boo - sounds like you had a fantastic weekend! I absolutely love Brum, for all the reasons you said, and definitely prefer it to London too. Hope the LSR goes well tomorrow!
Zumba for me tonight, so I'll not be running til Wed, boo.
Re the point about PB, I've never really thought about it like that before, I just assumed a PB was exactly that ah well, I guess it dosn't really matter as long as I keep improving, lol!
Boo - I am LOVING dubstep too, it makes up a good proportion of my running tracks, I'm a sucker for a a huge bass drop!
My runs have been a bit pants this week, or should I say my non-runs... I was meant to go for my club run Thurs eve, but the husband had to go take a judo class while the sensei was away (my eldest daughter (6.5) went with him for her first ever session, and absolutely loved it!).
Then Fri eve I was at a friend's drinking wine & eating chinese, very late night, shattered yesterday, and last night the husband did a naughty and brought home an indian (I think he felt left out from Fri!) followed by more wine (damn you cabernet shiraz!). I feel pretty good this morning though, so I'm considering going out shortly, as we have a friend emigrating to NZ next week (as you do), and I'm cooking dinner for 11 this afternoon which I am certain will involve more wine Today's menu will be coq au vin , hahaha, more wine, what a surprise!!! Absoutely LUSH recipe, I've made it so many times lately! Serving with creamed potatoes & slow braised red cabbage, can't wait!
Seriously though, as we get closer to the half mara, I'm considering giving up the booze altogether, I don't drink all week anyway, and I don't want it to hamper my LSRs as I get closer to 10 & 12 miles....
Mal & Sabbie - sounds like you've both been through the wringer of late really hope things start looking up for you both xx
Haha Mal, that made me laugh, totally the sort of thing I'd do!!
Well I did my 5k, 5.3 to be precise, & it equated to a 5k in 29m 9s, a PB for me! (5m50s/km or 9m23s/mile) I didn't enjoy it like I normally do though, found it pretty tough & I know it's cos I was running alone & in the dark :-/ Ah well, it's done & I'm pleased with the PB!