Catalin Bond

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London Marathon 2016 Ballot

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 12:07

Two email rejections in my office

Have you ever tripped while out running

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 20:18
Saw this come up in my emails today, then tripped again whilst out running! That's 3 times in 18 months.

Luckily no serious injuries but think I'll have a few bruises tomorrow.

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 00:29
12.20 they've gone to bed. Think I'll sit here a bit longer in case their bedroom is below ours and they decide to have loud sex!

Hate moving but can't help but think, 365 days til contract ends.....

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 22:50
Please turn your tv down.

This is what I'd really really like to say to my downstairs neighbour. TV is so loud I can hear every word of the big fat quiz of the 90s, and have been forced to put my tv off as the sound was clashing.

But I've only lived in this flat for 1 day and I don't know what they're like, and it doesn't seem like the best first interaction would be asking them to be quiet!

Run a thousand miles in 2015

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 23:09

Looks like a lot of you have broken the back of this challenge. Afraid I'm lagging behind somewhat - not even made it to 600. Might go for 1000 miles August to August instead! So long as I make 829 it'll be my highest annual mileage!

How much of your life do you waste looking at s**te on the internet?

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 13:35

Way too much! Most evenings I sit with the TV on in the background, phone or ipad out, half watching rubbish on TV whilst simultaneously browsing. I keep planning to do more productive things with my evenings...... sometimes I think if the wifi broke it would be great - except I'd still get internet on my phone through 4G!

First world problems.

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 11:23
PhilPub wrote (see)

People keep picking the mozzarella from the sundried tomato and mozzarella bowl at the Tesco salad buffet.  

(That would read better if it was Waitrose, but quite frankly Tesco's salad selection is way better.)


Agreed, and Mossisons is also good. The Waitrose salad bar has too much fruit mixed in with savory salads where it doesn't belong! (which is also another first world problem!) 

Running the Thames

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 12:05
What time of day are you planning this? Running along the south bank can be awful, unless you like dodging people!

I ran that route (or parts of it at different times) a lot when working in London. I mostly stayed on North bank as it was quieter and easier to just get into a rhythm and run, rather than getting caught in bottle necks and having to dodge people.

On the north, you have to come away from the river briefly around St Paul's. But think it's pretty well signed with arrows for riverside path. You also have to leave the river a Parliament (also a very busy stretch) and as Bear says at Battersea. Though you can lose some distance here by running along the A308 (new king road) which I found quite nice to run along with some bars and shops to look at! From Putbey Bridge to hamnersmith definitely run along the south bank as it's nice, easy and off road.

On the south bank, Tower bridge to vauxhall is easy to follow, interesting, but is busy (unless you're going early in the morning). I found I was pushed away from the river at Vauxhall, but I think it was due to building works. Maps certainly show the riversides walk here. No experience it running Battersea to Putbey on the south as I always went North here due to fitting in with my distance plans better!

Pacing a one-mile race

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 22:39
Thanks for all the advice.
Target time was 7.40 but that was gonna be a stretch for me on a good day, and with today's temperatures it was not gonna be a good day!

I was in a heat with about 20 people, thought they were mostly going to be faster than me so settle in at the back. Once garmin settled down I check pace, and quickly realised That despite being last, I was going to need to slow down as I was well under target pace and feeling it. Next, just to make things worse I realised my shoelace was undone! First lap 3:53 (including s stop to tie the lace). Second lap was uneventful, managed to catch a couple of people and tried to sprint for the finish, felt like I'd picked uo, but was actually slower. Final time 7:55.

What I leant, probably not going to get my best time on a hot day, i probavly need to hang back further at the start, and make sure to tie my laces!

For cat lovers...

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 00:19

More kittens for when the Palindromes are sleeping!

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Pacing a one-mile race

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How do you target a race, when you think a pb is definitely off the cards?

Am trying to decide how to approach HM on Sunday, so thought I'd see how others usually approach this... 
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Post race sore quads

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Running review of 2014

Feel free to add your own questions and answers - I'll read them if no one else does! 
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Faceplanted the pavement this evening

Fellow runner just ran on by! 
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Black running gear

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Forgotten running stuff

I can't be other only one! 
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Bucchus Half marathon

Anyone else doing this? 
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Funny signs

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I saw a mouse, where? there on the stair....

Well actually in the kitchen.  
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Nice cup of tea

How do you have yours? 
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Garmin 305

problems retreiving data from device 
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Richmond Riverside Spring 10k

Mar 23 2013 
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Selling stuff second hand online

Dilemma. Hope you good people can help! 
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Ironman Busselton

Anyone doing this? 
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