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Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 25/11/2015 at 16:07

I went for a long walk today with a friend's dog, taking in some coast path and some country paths.  I saw a seal, which sitting on a rock a short way out from the shoreline.  Also, what looked like a seal pup was playing the water beside the rock.  I've see plenty of seals in the sea before, but I don't remember ever seeing one out of the water on a rock.

I've just got back from a 6-mile tempo run, which I really enjoyed also.  It was a bit windy, but other than that it was perfect

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 14:43
SHADES wrote (see)

I am so happy about it, I know I've made a good decision.

Great news Shades, and it's brilliant that you know you've made the right decision.  I felt much the same way about my recent decision to leave.  When I think about it now, I still can't stop smiling about it.  Much the same as you, I worked out the budget pretty carefully and also know I've made the right decision.

Yes, that new Aldi is on the Brixham Road, kind of opposite Roselands.  There's a new housing estate on the right hand side of the road as you're going to Brixham, and they'e built an Aldi in there.  It opened earlier this year.  I don't know if you like wine, but they do a cracking red wine called Toro Loco for about £3.79 a bottle.  I read a review of it recently, and it compares favourably with more expensive I got a few bottles when they happened to have it in stock.  I don't know much about wine at all, but this one tastes fine to me

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 11:15

Shades, just in case you weren't aware there is an Aldi in Paignton now, up the road from Sainsbury's on the new housing estate there.  I know it's a little way from Newton Abbot, but I've been in there a few times now, usually on the way back from eating cake on Berry Head

And, erm, Shades.  I've noticed Monday has been and gone...

MF, sorry to hear your little one is unwell, and I hope he's okay.  Looking forward to your report.

Yes, I seem to have got used to not working very quickly indeed.  It's already been a month now, which is crazy really.  I've just been sorting out my finances to a) reduce outgoings a bit and b) make sure I have income coming in, in the most efficient way.  Of course I am going to need to cut back, but I'm in a fortunate position where I don't need to rush into my next job.

As a surprise, a friend of mine bought me an Indian Curry cooking class, which was really, really good.  Basically, she asked me if I could stay in at her place to receive a parcel whilst she was at work, but she had actually taken the day off and organised this class for me...very sneaky   I've never done anything like it before, but she knows I love Indian food so bought it for me as an early birthday present and a surprise.  It was only a 2hr lesson, but the person running it was very passionate about her food and that enthusiasm did rub off on me.  She showed us her recipe for a simple chicken tikka dish, as well as 2 really good chutneys.  It was all made from fresh herbs and spices, as opposed to things from jars, and I have to say it was lovely!  I'm going to give it a go myself  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 10:11

Shades, the race starts at the Sandygate Inn and goes to part of the DMV route, where we ran around Chair who was stood at the 2-mile mark, and ran back down.


Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:56

Mowzer, it's a general committee position, so I think you just pick up odd jobs.  I.E., selling raffle tickets, or Xmas party tickets, or sorting out the ordering of new hoodies etc.  The core roles (membership secretary, club championship secretary, social secretary etc) are all taken, but if I get it permanently I think it'll be a good way in to see what goes on.  Let's see what happens.

I did the handicap race today and I enjoyed it, although it's not a direct comparison as this year the course was slightly longer (this year according to my watch it was exactly 4 miles where as last year was 3.8 miles, and the turning point was further up the hill).  Happy with my splits though as they were 7:07, 7:33, 6:36, 6:18.  The course is an out and back route, but uphill on the way out and downhill on the way back.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 09:37

Hi all.  

Yes, the temperature has definitely dropped!  Brrrr!

I'm still ticking over with my running and I'm enjoying it, but with not a massive amount of pace at the moment!  There is a club handicap race taking place tomorrow.  I did it last year and I really enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll be as quick this year.  We'll see!  It's an out-and-back (approx) 4 mile course, and your starting position is based on a recent 10K time.  The slowest start first and quickest runners start last, with people generally going off in 1s and 2s.  If it all goes to plan, people cross the finish line at around the same time, which you obviously never get in a "normal" race.  I think last year everyone had finished within about 5mins of each other, and the fact it's an out-and-back course means you can see who you're chasing and who you're trying to keep behind.  It's good fun   

Then it's off to the pub for an Xmas meal, Secret Santa and a couple of drinks.

A position has come up on the club's committee too, as someone has stood down.  There's no guarantee I'll get it, but I've put my name forward as I would like to get more involved with the club if I can.  This will only be for 2 months (Jan and Feb committee meetings), but if I get the position and I like it I can then put my name forward for a "formal" position at the next AGM in February for the next year.  We'll see how it goes.  Like I say, there're no guarantees anyway.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 16:55

Shades, I feel a bit bad for naming them, but it's pubic knowledge anyway as the info is freely available on the FSA site.  Also, my mate told me it was in the local paper.  If you're interested, here is the FSA link.

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 16:37

Excellent Mamafox!!  Very well done! I'm looking forward to reading your report

I had a bit of a (non-running) shock last night.  A favourite pub of mine in Newton Abbot that does really good food, has only scored a 1 on that Food Standards Agency hygiene scoring scheme.  I couldn't bring myself to eat there when I found that out.  They aren't displaying the badge on the door (unsurprisingly) but it was mentioned in passing by someone, and I checked on the website and it was true.  Scoring a 1 is really bad, and the last assessment was only in September this year.  So me and a mate of mine had a late night curry instead  

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 08:39

Shades, yes it's the Exeter 10K, and then Barca is the weekend after.  My back is okay, and I did 10 miles last night instead of the morning.  I do worry about my back, but some stretches and general moving about in the day and it was fine to run last night

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 08:46

Thanks for the recipe Shades.  I'll definitely try that.

Tweaked my back very sightly, so not running this morning as I'd planned.  I'll either run this evening or tomorrow I reckon.  I'm always cautious of my back.

Krakow has gone out the window, but I've booked 4 nights in a 4* hotel in Barcelona - £140 including flights!  Bargain!  I'm going late January so weather is not guaranteed, but I'm not bothered by that as paella and wine will keep me entertained   It's the weekend after my 10K race effort, which is an attempt to set me up for the running year, so that plan isn't disrupted  

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