Wow One Gear that is some weight loss over the years! I take it that you're not too tall? I think about losing weight to run faster but then cheese and bread tend to jump in front of me and I have to keep on dragging my 13st frame around!
GM hope the foot is getting better? Well done on the ultra, I saw it on Stava and have no idea how you manage it. Surely a marathon is a doddle psychologically after that?
Well done on the first PR victory Malcs! Always good to finish at the front, though it has been a while since I did it myself. I see you had new shoes! I think there is always a mind boost from a new pair of trainers! I am waiting for it stop raining before I crack my new pair out of box!
How is the run streak going Charles? At my parkrun a few weeks back Ron Hill was there and he has had a run streak of 50 years or something daft. I did beat him but he is 70 odd but in my childish way it is good to say I've beaten an Olympian and Boston Marathon Winner....
My running has been a bit sporadic. I gave up alcohol for the first two weeks of January but didn't feel any better for it as I immediately got a cold that I am only just shaking off, so i didn't run at all last week but so far this week I have managed 4 miles yesterday and 8 today (though I was dragging me legs through the last few miles)
Ha you missed a fantastic weekend in terms of wind and rain Ginger, though if you'd been running down there in Ely you'd probably be blown half way to Holland by now. Well done on the 18 miles last Monday. It did look rather impressive on the Strava map!
Just a quick update from me. Did Bolton (aqua)parkrun at the weekend and it was just mud and puddles! Finished fourth but the time wasn't great 20:33. Happy enough though. At least I didn't fall over on the start line like I did at Heaton Park two weeks prior! Very embarrassed and the people behind weren't impressed either!
Got myself some new shoes so the pb's are bound to follow. Maybe you should try that Sean and Sense? Sure it'll get you under 20 mins - failing that get a sports massage that usually does the trick for me!
Well done on the book Angela, look forward to reading it on my phone!
Morning! Good to see more and more people joining this thread.
So today was #sub40Saturday as coined by Malcs. To be honest my prep wasn't the greatest. I meant to have a massage on Thursday but had to go to the Lancashire tourist awards and didn't get in until 2! Up early too! Last night was a meal out and I went vegetarian (something I don't normally do) two bottles of wine were drunk along with a pint and a Gran Marnier. Breakfast this morning was coffee and then wine gums washed down with lucozade, yum! I didn't even wear my compression stuff to sleep in (not sure why I do it but I did it once and it worked so I've kept it up - anyone else have weird superstitions?)
So I arrived on the very wet and windy start line not feeling my best. Race went OK until mile 4 and a stitch arrived. However I pushed on and finished in 39:19. Sub40 achieved not my best but my best this year! Not sure what lessons I can take from it either! Should I just prep for races like above or take a monk approach? Any ideas?
Evening all! Gutted for you Sean but sure once you do go under 20 mins at Folkestone you will feel great. Sure it will happen any Saturday soon. Well done on your first parkrun DS2. Did you get a 20% voucher for sweatshop too? I am going to use mine for a new pair of trainers as that will be the thing that bounces me towards a pb! Didn't manage one this week - in fact my legs didn't feel like they were up to much today and I finished in 19:44 and down in 30th. My coffee experiment actual made my time worse..... failing new trainers I guess I'll just have to actually get out and train.
Angela in terms of using weights and doing squats and lunges. How much do you recommend? I currently do weights 3 times a week and then run between 20-30 miles. Would it be better to drop a gym session and increase the mileage? What does everyone else think?
Got a massage booked for Thursday and then doing the Cheshire 10K on Saturday (great having a race on a Saturday for once). I am hoping to get under 40 mins after failing last week in Accrington....
Hope all goes well for your consultants visit Mr P! Hope you are back up and running soon. Malcs how are you maintaining your fitness with the bad foot? Are you swimming or cycling or are both those too painful as well?
Good luck for your hilly half marathon Seren. I like a hilly course as at least you get a kind of rest on the downhills. The uphills however.....