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Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:27

Rob - that's my line of work too. Currently manual testing but trying to break into automation.

IBB - it's a secret marathon, that's why they aren't telling you anything !!

My running is going well at the moment, easy running is still a bit tougher than previously but that's to be expected and I know it will get easier over the next few weeks. Weight loss is going very well, 11lbs lost in 3 weeks and feeling so much better. Only had a couple of beers in all that time, only munched and biscuits once and cut down the amount of lattes I've been having. I'm feeling more positive now than the last 6 months or so so heading in the right direction

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 13:35

Rob - quality assurance testing ?

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 14:46

Nick – track night sounds like a lot of fun and what an impressive mile time. Once you get plenty of running miles in your legs you should be looking to convert that mile time into a very decent marathon time.

IBB – a very respectable time at the GNR. What other races have you got lined up ?

Carl – many thanks, it went very well indeed. Do you see any sign of work getting less busy in the near future ?

Ali – thank you. And yes, I’ve been here before. I’m now in a more positive frame of mind about my running so will remain patient and gradually see the improvements. Good call on the marathon, if you’re not 100% focused on it it good be a long old day. Have fun at the GSR.

Rob – I enjoyed reading your blog, it was a very honest account and I’m sure, as you say, you have learnt a lot from the experience. As you are fairly new to running, it sounds like you may have tried to do too much in such a short space of time. We often forget how much a marathon can take out of us, on top of that you ran an ultra and not long after you put the hammer down in another marathon ! It sounds like all the previous events have just caught up on you. I guess that’s why they say you should only target 2 marathons each your for a PB attempt. This running is an ongoing learning experience.

So, my second week back at running and I did 23 miles over 4 runs. My ‘long’ run on Saturday was 8.2 miles on the trails with a bit of climbing. The change back to the lchf diet is also adding to the difficulty of the runs causing a lack of energy. Patience is the key and I’m ok with that, I’m happy to be out there regularly and am quite enjoying it again.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 14:08

Nick - how did you get on in all of the events ? Sounds tiring !

Rob - a lot of people just jump in the bandwagon without knowing the full facts. If you are expecting the wheels to come off on Sunday why bother aiming for a 4 hour time ? Just have a nice trot round and enjoy the day. Yep, back on the lchf way of eating; so 10 days without loads of carbs and no alcohol. Once you cut out all the crap it doesn't take long to start feeling so much better. Obviously, the fitness and running is affected as I have very little energy at the moment and 10:00 min miling is quite tough. It's not a problem though as the next few weeks are all about building back up again before starting a training plan. I don't expect to see too many improvements until the end of October when, hopefully, my body has adapted to the lack of carbs. 

So, last week I managed 4 easy runs for 17 miles. This week will be similar but I expect to run about 20 miles. Every Saturday I want to get out on the trails as I've really missed it the last few months. 

Hope everyone is enjoying the last part of the summer....

Strange sudden sharp and frequent pain around knee

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 07:40

If it's the outside of your knee then it's a fair chance it's an ITB issue. Have a read of this and see if you recognise some of the symptoms -; there are also some stretches and strength work you can do to help but, of course, a decent physio is better than reading stuff of the internet

Strange sudden sharp and frequent pain around knee

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 11:41

Carter - a physio that looks confused wouldn't fill me with confidence to be honest; I think I would be looking for another one. If he couldn't feel anything wrong why would he give you acupuncture ?? You don't say whereabouts in the knee the pain is ? I would also be inclined not to run the race for charity if you are in pain, you will more than likely be making things worse. I would imagine that most people who have made a donation will understand that you can't run if you're injured and would be ok for you to send the money onto the charity anyway. If they aren't, well they are probably just....

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:17

Cheers Rob, your turn next !

So, I'm slowly, and I mean slowly, getting back into running. It's been 6 months since I DNF'd but now I am ready to get going again (that and a need to lose the weight I put on). Last week I went out for 4 easy runs with a total of 17 miles. It was all at a very slow pace for me and it was hard going which is no surprise considering how I have abused my body in recent months. There will obviously be a few weeks of getting back into it before things get easier but I'm definitely up for it now.

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 14:14

Hi everyone.

I got back home on Sunday after over 3 weeks on the road. Oh, and I got married while I was away. As you know, I was arranging everything behind Mrs c's back with the exception of her dress which she sorted. My main worry leading up to the wedding was if whether I should have invited anyone or not. We had both previously agreed that we wanted it to be just the two of us and the mutts of course. I got to thinking that she might look back in the future and be upset that our families weren't there to help us celebrate. So, I got the family together and they all managed to keep the secret from Mrs C. The night before the wedding we all congregated and surprised her, she had no idea I had this planned. Thankfully, it turned out to be the right decision as she was well chuffed they were there. On our travels we took in St Ives, Liskeard and the Isle Of Wight. We had 2 weeks of absolutely cracking weather, living up north it's a long time since I can remember it being so hot for so long. We then moved up to Lake Windermere and then over to Beamish to finish our travels. This didn't turn out as well as I had hoped as I think we would both preferred to have stayed down south. We still had a lovely time though.

A total amount of 0 miles was run during our travels despite me taking my trotters and visiting some gorgeous places that I would have loved to have run. I can say, though, that I didn't really miss running while we were away. Needless to say my food and alcohol consumption rocketed through the roof and I currently resemble my overweight self from a few years ago. I'm now back being healthy i.e. back on low carb high fat. I've been for a short run yesterday and today and it was rather hard going. No plans to race for the rest of the year as it feels like I'm having to start back from scratch again. I don't mind that so will just enjoy the running until I decide what race I want to enter, it will probably be the Hardmoors 55 again in March #unfinishedbusiness.

I hope everyone has been enjoying the decent weather and getting in plenty of running and racing well (I haven't read back to be honest as I suspect there will be rather a lot to go through). I intend to start posting back on here on a more regular basis too. 

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 10:51

Hi everyone.

I hope you're all doing ok. I've had a quick scan back and there is still plenty of decent running and racing.

I'm still not where I want to be, both mentally and physically, but I'm slowly getting there and certainly am enjoying my running more now than I was a couple of months ago. The knee feels ok but I'm still not doing as much S&C as I should be so that is something I need to, and will, address.

The wedding is in 8 days time but we are heading off tomorrow and will be travelling about for just over 3 weeks. Mrs C still doesn't know any of the details (apart from the fact that she's getting married !) so hopefully it will be a nice surprise for her. It's highly unlikely that I will be online until I get back so I hope all your training and racing goes well. Catch you later....

RW Forum SIx – 3.30 – 4.00

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 14:42

Carl – it’s definitely been a mental and physical struggle these last few months. How was Tokyo ?


Rob – Well done on the ultra, it won’t be long before you step up to the 50 miler. What’s up next for you ?


PS – no races planned now until next March where I have unfinished business with the Hardmoors 55. I agree with Ali that September is probably too soon given your lack of long runs.


Nick – it can be good to have a couple of weeks off running, for whatever reason, it will help recharge the batteries. Have you decided if you’re doing an Autumn marathon ?


Ali – most of my recent runs have included some walking, not through choice though ! Sounds like you’ve been having a few adventures recently and you failed to mention your climb up Ben Nevis ! The Perthshire marathon sounds like a good idea, is it a PB course and is that what you will be going for ?


So, I’m slowly getting back into the running thing. The last couple of weeks I have been forcing myself out the door and slowly but surely I seem to be enjoying it a bit more. I managed 12 miles in the Peaks on Saturday that included a decent climb which I was able to run up part of. My speed has completely disappeared but I’m not too worried by that, once I get my fitness back I can work on that. The same as a few others, I have been struggling with my weight recently, I’ve put on nearly 2 stone since March ! I, too, have mastered the art of yo-yoing with my weight but I’m currently being a bit more healthy.  Some of my recent runs have been on more technical, hilly terrain and the knee seems to be holding up quite well at the moment. I’ve been busy planning the wedding which is on the 19th, so not long to go now. We are off touring the country in our new caravan and the mutts for 3 weeks so really looking forward to that. Obviously, the trotters will be packed….

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