Hey Big G that's fantastic! - a big chunk off your course PB too Brussels marathon here we come!!
I love the idea of carrying that whistle too.
Yes, I am using MFP from Monday to Friday and for once am not lying on it either I am also using your cutting down on carbs principles - mainly bread and when I do eat bread (I can't completely stop eating toast) I am making myself eat wholemeal as I find I don't go beserk on this as I do with white bread.
ET - Congrats on nearly being as fast as you were 12 years ago! Have you had a complete break from running?
SK - Glad your knee is ok - while I'm thinking about it, what happened to that bump on your foot you had just before VLM.. did it just go by itself?
Shades - Hope that dressing change went ok after all. Interesting about you writing a bit more in a journal. Up until now I have just recorded basic mileage, HR and time stats but aim to put a bit more in a journal. All part of the 3:30 or bust mission!
With regard to the weight loss, yes I have gone down from a 38/40 to a 36/38. I wouldn't say those size 8 jeans were comfortable or something I'd choose for lounging round the house in - but I did get them on without having to hang off the bed backwards which is a definite improvement
Big G - I loved your zoo photos Willing you on to that sub 1:45 too... hang on in there!
Emmy - Hi! I am just gradually building my base up with a view to starting a plan (as yet undecided) in August for Cognac marathon in November.
Shades - That fall sounded horrible, I hope you are ok now. Great news on your shiny new computer
Nothing v exciting to report on the running front - just plugging in the miles. No niggles, really enjoying it (making the most of not having to do speedwork!) and loving the fresh early mornings to run in here. It's been really hot and it looks as if it will be going up to 39 this week too I have also bought a running journal (to be started in August at beginning of plan) and am just flicking through it at the moment. How does everyone else record their running? Up until now I have just written my stats on a calendar I keep with my running bumph. This is a proper journal I have now, which has space to write about how you found the run plus your goals, progress notes etc. It is ok but a bit American and brimming with power boosting statements and positive mantras. I know this is supposed to motivate you but on reading it through it just makes me feel a bit weary. Maybe that's because I'm reading it all at once though. We'll see. Other good news is that I've lost a fair bit of weight and managed to get into my daughter's size 8 jeans! She doesn't know this mind you so I hope she doesn't read this thread...
Mowzer - Only you can describe a 36 mile run as "the middle bit" Well done - again sounds a bit feeble for such a run... you are amazing. I hope you're feeling better soon, look after yourself.
Big G - That's a cracker of a time to get on a training run - Can you find a flat parkrun near you to see what you could do in a race situation?
KK - Holiday sounds fab.. Worth one early start to get a Turkish run in though
SK - I can't believe you.. another PB and you weren't even on form?!! Brilliant Hope your knee is ok - what have you done?
Please don't be impressed with my son's teeth brushing... he has an orthodontisit appt looming which always seems to galvanise him into action!
School spectacle done and dusted thank goodness. Got some early morning running done over the weekend too and everything ticking along nicely. Saturday morning I ran past a big car boot sale and enjoyed watching early birds leaving with a real selection of odd bits and pièces
Hi everyone - life getting in the way of my thread posting this week but I have been stalking you all on my phone! Can't comment on everyone just a virtual hug for KK for Liverpool - go and enjoy your holiday and come back ready for the next one!
I have been doing a bit of overtime in work - it's our end of term "spectacle" tomorrow and there's been loads to prepare. I'm starting to develop a twitch every time I hear the opening refrain to Madagascar's "Move it" theme tune and after tomorrow never want to hear the bloody thing again.
I've managed to keep up the mileage, getting in a 30k last Sunday and doing all this weeks runs really early. Mornings have been beautiful and I've seen loads of wildlife - graceful deers with their young and quite a few hares. I also had a heart stopping day when I lost my Garmin! I came in from my early run and was convinced I put my watch on the kitchen table after recording my data. Got all children up and off to school as usual then couldn't find watch before going to work. Home late pm and turned house upside down - looking in washing machine, fridge etc and was on the point of emptying bin when eldest son came through door brandishing said watch. He'd used it to time cleaning his teeth then shot off for his bus with the watch still in his hand. Before getting on the bus he worried that the alarm would come on whilst he was in class and get him into trouble so, with my daughter, decided the best possible option was to hide the Garmin UNDER A BUSH AT THE BUS STOP until they got home in the evening!!! I nearly passed out when I heard this... Anyway, watch none the worse after its ordeal and everyone banned from touching it. Especially my son. He can count in his head to brush his teeth from now on.
Will stop wittering on, hope everyone has a good weekend - good luck to any racing Shadies
Big G - That is an impressive amount of money to raise from your race. I love that idea of a garden in Claire's memory too.
Well done on that speed session (which I don't completely understand either KK) - that sort of session would be pretty impossible on your own I guess so good to be part of a club to get that under your belt. Is the Achilles ok?
Louey - In hindsight maybe "watering hole" was the wrong choice of wording for what is actually a large rectangular ditch the hunters have dug for the forest animals. I live in SW France so nothing very exotic unfortunately! (SK you're on for that life swop by the way )
Mowzer - Well done on another whopper of a race.
KK - Good luck for tomorrow... will be wishing you on for that sub 4!
Shades - Are you going to be looking for another ultra to replace that race? Hope you've recovered from last weeks racing.
Running Wise I have absolutely nothing interesting to write. I'm just keeping on getting the (slow) miles in and trying to inch up a bit again this week. I think I'm going to have to get a good long one in tomorrow as it is my daughter's birthday this weekend plus mum has arrived to stay with us so we have had quite a lot on and I haven't had time to get the mileage I wanted in. I picked mum up from the airport yesterday and she was absolutely exhausted. Apparently the airports had been really busy and she had not been able to leave her bags to go and get a cup of tea or anything. When I asked her why she hadn't asked the people around her to keep an eye on her suitcase while she nipped off to get a drink she replied that it had been impossible as there'd been nobody "tidy" sitting near her - Ha!