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Posted: 30/06/2015 at 11:04

Couldn't bear 2 consecutive zero days, so chanced a (pretty warm (Blisters, I was perspiring ))  7 mile fartlek - foot withstood all the planned efforts, but ice pack on it as I type.
A nice round 200 for the month .  

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Posted: 29/06/2015 at 18:25

decided to have a rest day, MsE - your description "fine line between minor niggle & injury" seems to fit the description - so just being cautious at the moment - & what with the forecast heatwave, might be a good week to do a bit less  . . . .

good luck with the new campaign, Jools

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Posted: 27/06/2015 at 12:47

Gul - get out and jog down the road - you need that 0.05 miles  . . . . .

matched your 17 this morn, but quite unsatisfactory in the end;  intended 20 (as helping my pal with her Mable buildup), so got 11 done without fuss, back to park for parkrun - was actually going a lot better than last outing, but at halfway very sudden onset of sharp pain on top of foot (which has been troubling me recently, albeit at a low level) meant I was running with a limping gait, so I took the decision to drop out. My pal finished, and the ad-hoc plan then was she would continue and complete the 20, although she didn't fancy it alone, and I would walk back home (1 mile). So, she carried on, I remained chatting to parkrunners, then decided to test my foot - found I could do easy running with just the lower level of discomfort, so looped round to intercept my chum, and ran back with her - 17 done, 19 for my buddy, who went sprawling over a stone in the last couple of miles, acquiring grazed & cut knees (!) so we decided not to make the last small loop to hers to make the 20 . . . . .
So, ice on my foot as I type - hopefully nothing too serious - and although I dislike DNF ing, in this case I think it was a decision of sense rather than weakness 



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Posted: 24/06/2015 at 18:05

Don't give up yet, Poacher - I had arthroscopy a few years ago (although only torn medial ligament, not meniscus), but I'm fortunate enough at the moment to be able to train 50mpw with hardly any issues from my knees (just an occasional reminder) 
Each case is different of course, but too early imo to think of quitting. 
In my case, I actually took encouragement from the consultant who advised me that my knees were "9 out of 10" for someone my age and running background

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Posted: 22/06/2015 at 11:51

Incredible, SJ - don't know how you do these events  . . . .

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Posted: 20/06/2015 at 12:58

Hi all - I was up late today also, Gerard - 6:20 - overslept by 20 mins. Out the door at  7:10 after big mug of tea & small mug of coffee - 20 unstressed miles on & off road with couple of buddies

Shame Mable date inconvenient, Gul - although saying that, I may not be there either, as that weekend, I've realised, is the one provisionally pencilled in for a weekend away with my son.  

Welcome back to GE - keep that lard at bay !!  

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Posted: 14/06/2015 at 18:15

Good outing, Blisters - great report - enjoy the feeding and watering  . . .

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Posted: 13/06/2015 at 16:41

pretty demoralising outing today - 10 miles, then parkrun in very lacklustre 22:09 (easily slowest this year - I even managed 21:15  3 weeks after VLM with a 12 mile warmup), then tacked on 6 to make 19 for the morning, which at least looks ok in the diary.
just put it down to "one of those days"  . . . . . .

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Posted: 09/06/2015 at 10:26

MsE & Leslie cake & bun diet sounds like mine (with beer & wine in there also ) - time to get a grip, I think , although post VLM weeks not too bad - weeks of
17, 41, 52, 33, 50, 52 have kept too much weight gain at bay, though prob couple of lbs more than I'd like. 
Kicked off this week with 11 y'day inc long tempo segments, 7 easy/steady today. 

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Posted: 07/06/2015 at 11:35

Absolutely brilliant, Poacher - loved your report & pics !

more badness fron Madbark    - well done !  

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