That was a great year for you Ian, this years targets sound achievable too.
Hope a days rest sorts your back out Shades.. what races are you looking to enter?
I have really cut down on off road running as I find it definitely makes my tendon problem worse. Was actually thinking about your foot injury this morning whilst running. Didn't want to bring it up as am conscious of turning into an injury/foot bore(!)
Out early this morning. Was determined to do a longish run so managed to complete my mid week long run circuit of 24k. On a positive note my HR stayed at 70/75% of max HR for the duration.. only going up a bit on the hills but coming right back down after. On a not so positive note my ankle was playing up and really hurting towards the end In spite of my bloody foot I really enjoyed my run.. saw a couple of people coming home after last nights parties (I assume) and also surprised an old man who was opening his shutters while I ran past. After the initial surprise we wished each other a cheery "Bonne Année" and I carried on with my run.
I haven't really any fixed goals for this year. All very much depends on trying to get rid of my tendonitis. I'm starting to think it's something I'm going to have to live with. Anyway... I'd ideally like to do two marathons including one I haven't done before and also be more consistant with my home strengthening/ push ups etc routine. There's also the matter of trying to lose then maintain my ideal weight (54-55kg) instead of briefly touching it before careering wildly upwards again
That face mask looks nice and warm Shades.. bet you'll look a bit like a bank robber in it though - albeit a warm one!
That's great that you've manage to shake off that chest infection Big G. The new parkrun on your doorstep is a handy speed session to work round too. I find it really difficult to run fast on my own. When I USED to do speed work that is
Good point about trail runs Shades. I've actually done very little off road running this year as it seems to make my foot problem worse
You can all add me on to the Shadies weight loss list. I find a big difference in my running when I'm a couple of kilos lighter and definitely need to shift about 2/3 kilos at the moment
That cartoon thing pretty much sums things up for me too Big G! Hope you shake off that bug soon.. you too Ian.
Cal - I find the first run after a break is often pants but things pick up quickly afterwards. On a taper note, personally I find that a shortish taper suits me too. Although my last 30k plus run was two weeks before, in terms of my "usual" running I only cut back a bit in the week before La Rochelle and felt great on the day.
That'll learn you to start slacking and take a day off Shades
My ankles/feet have been a bit tender - obviously not out of the woods yet - so I took a day off Wednesday and did a shorter run than intended yesterday. Today I wanted to do a longer run but my feet are still quite sore so I'll do a shorter one again. It's most annoying.; I just want to crack on and start building my base mileage up again. Bloody injuries.. why didn't I start running when I was 20?
Corsica would be expensive in terms of travelling, time off work, accommodation etc Shades. There's another trail in the Spring one not too far away in the Dordogne that I'm looking at which would be more practical to get to. As it's a trail one too I could just do loads of base running to train for it and if my tendon problems improve then look at doing a proper plan involving some speedwork for an Autumn race.
On another off subject note I was round my sister in laws last night and she had made her own pizza with PRUNES on it. They'd caramelised and tasted really nice with the ham and gruyère cheese toppings that she'd put on too. Never tasted that before.
Enjoy your time off work Jugula.. I hope it lasts as long as you want!
Cal - You seem to have kept up with running over Christmas so a couple of days off isn't going to make that much of a difference.
Ian/Shades - I remember EVERYTHING so have got loads of ammuntion on the rare occasions that I start flailing in an argument
BMW subject is a personal favourite at the moment though
Same circuit for me as yesterday with a beautiful sunrise here too. My injured foot was still a bit tight but other one is thankfully back to normal. Am going to start to sniff around for a Spring marathon soon. Would like to do something different... quite fancy Corsica but highly unlikely my finances would allow it
Hope everyone recovered from festivities.. Impressive not to put any weight on Shades. I ate far too much. This morning found myself Googling how many calories are in an oyster (only 10 thank God)
SK - Sorry to hear about your hamstring injury. Hopefully you can continue with easy running and recover at the same time.
Shades - No BMW here this year lol. Sore subject.. the car is still half dismantled in the barn and is often chucked in to an argument when I'm running out of something to say. I'm convinced we've paid more in insurance than what the thing's worth
Couldn't get out yesterday but made up for it with a lovely run this morning. Took my 15k loop up round the wind farm and felt much better for it afterwards. HR stayed reasonable and pace felt good too. Sang Wham! songs in my head for pretty much the whole crcuit. I'm not necessarily a big Wham! fan but being a teenager in the eighties means that those songs bring back a fair few memories