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Monday 6th July 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 18:04
Sorry to hear your news Alex
What: 3.5 km hills plus core
Why: no time!
Last hard: that
Lyrics: yes
Have a good one

Sunday 5th July 2015

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 15:14

So all in all a good race.

Already 29C at the start and hilly, so I was going to be happy with under 30 mins and not to be overtaken by a 9.5km runner (we all started together then they went off around 2.5 km into the route).  Finished in 28:30 ish.  Felt strong on the hills until about 2.5 km when the heat got to me.  Overtook a lot of people, and the few that overtook me were not ones I'd overtaken earlier which was good.  Then went and did about 30 mins gardening and fell asleep under the cherry tree

35C now, just waiting for it to thunderstorm.

Sunday 5th July 2015

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 07:03

Morning, you beat me too it LMH!

Sorry been AWOL all week.  Too hot and very busy at work.

Managed to run Mon, Tues, Thurs, all between 5 and 6 km.  Coldest was 35C, hottest was 38.

Yesterday did 12 km of 600 m loops for a charity run.  Full sun, at mid day in a cool 38C.  Car temp on Friday read 42 at one point.

What: 5 km race
Why: was going to do the 10, but in this heat, no thanks!
Last hard: see above
Lyrics: nope

Great race report Dibs
LMH sounds like good news from the pain clinic.  Cross fingers it helps.
OH not such good news from your side
Chick sounds like you're getting better, 11 miles after EBV is impressive!

Have a good day all.

Monday 29th JUne 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 13:44

Well done Ale, RFJ, Alex, LMH and Dibs.

Alex really good of you to stop and check the horse rider was ok and to encourage the little boy
LMH you really do make me laugh.  You write about bumbling along, then you only go and come in first  You are really an inspiration.

Sorry have been AWOL for a bit.  Thurs/Fri night stayed near work, did an 8 km on Thurs then a 5 km on Friday.  Then had the weekend in Munich where we walked over 25 km in total.

What: Just short of 6 km
Why: Need to get in those miles
Last hard: walking yesterday, my leg was really bad
Lyrics: nope

weather is amazing today.  Meant to get up to 38C by the end of the week...I may melt!

Have a good one all.

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 13:42
Just looked at my feet. I'm not running anywhere today...
Let's just say I'm not sure toenails should wobble...

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 06:51
Yesterday did 11 hilly kilometres after work. Could still feel Saturday in my legs.

What: I'd like to do a12 then a 9 km but legs are pretty shot so not sure what to do
Why: won't have time to do a longer run at the weekend
Last hard: moving this morning
Lyrics: yes!!! 5 day streak!

Any news of birks from anyone on here?
Wabo hope the ankle hurries up and improves.
Oh please take it easy!
Lmh tempted by your 6 hour race but don't think I'd be ready end of august, plus no time off work over the summer!
Have a good day all.

Monday 22nd June 2015

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 13:24


What: not sure yet
Why: was going to run at lunch, but it was pouring with rain.
Last hard: Saturday
Lyrics: yes!!! 3 day streak!

Legs still a bit stiff, but will see if I can manage a gentle 5 km later.  Just heard my contract is going to be extended, which I'm in 2 minds about...thinking maybe I can make a few negotiations before I sign though, we'll see...

Dustin: that is really annoying.  Hope you weren't too badly scratched
Ale: ditto the other comments, your children should make you cakes!
Alex: well done for your superhero run
LMH: when's the 6 hour run?

Have a good one all.

Sunday 21st June 2015

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 18:16

Sorry, 2:21!!!  Clearly not 1:21!

Sunday 21st June 2015

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:01


What: 2 hours of gardening
Why: it's a disaster!
Last hard: yesterday
Lyrics: yes (I'm on a streak!)

So...race report.Vital Lauf half marathon

I thought this would be a good race to see how I was after my weekend run the other week.  Arrived at the start of the race to a balmy 12C.  Perfect for racing I thought.  I'd heard the route was hilly, but as I'm in good shape at the moment, I still thought it couldn't be that hilly and that I'd be able to manage it in around 2 hours. 

We lined up at the start, all 24 of us, 5 women.  We started and the sun came out.  Off we went.  The first 3km or so were uphill and the field slowly thinned out and I was running alone.  At about 4 km there was a short downhill stretch, in which I overtook 2 people, before the uphill started again and they overtook me again.  This happened again before the 6 km mark.  At this point, one of the guys who overtook me said he'd run with me.  He said he hadn't trained for the race and therefore was happy to help me.  Now, normally this wouldn't annoy me too much, but I did say to him to run ahead on the uphills where he wanted to as I didn't want to hold him back.  He then started talking.  I couldn't really understand him (he had a very strong accent) and he was a bit creepy (I was running alone with him through deserted forests...).  Anyway, the hills kept going up, and at one point he pointed to a very high up point and told me that's where we were going.  I had my own plans for the run, and he was really messing them up, so at one point I said to him, please go on ahead, I have my own rhythm for the hills.  He refused.  At this point we'd been going uphill for 9 km and my aim to reach 10 km in 1 hour was in reach.  I powered on and made 10 km in just over 1 hour. 

By this point the hill had got really steep and my timings went out the window.  I employed my walk 1 min, run 2 min strategy, with the man saying that I didn't need to walk, I could just run slowly.  In the end I said to him, please leave me alone, I need to concentrate.  He didn't get the message.  This continued with him running about 50 m ahead of me, checking I was always there until the water point at km 13.  I asked the marshal at the water point how far until the top of the hill.  He said 1 km.  I pushed on, alternating running and walking still, until 2 km had gone by and there was no sign of the top.  I took a gel.  I saw an ambulance at what I thought was the top of the hill, heaved a sigh of relief and started heading down.  Until there was another steep rise after about 200m.  This went on for another 2 km until I reached Heartbreak hill.  Now I knew I was at the top (there was a radio mast!).  By this point, the annoying man was out of sight, phew.  Then I turned the corner and saw he was waiting for me.  So I was outright rude and ran as fast as I could down the hills for the last 7km or so of the race knowing I was much faster than him downhill.  I felt so strong running down the hills.  In the last 500m I saw someone ahead of me, I hadn't seen anyone else except the annoying man for 17 km, so I powered ahead and overtook him, sprinting to the finish line  

After all that talk about not training and how he could help me, I finished 5 min before him.  For some reason this guy really got up my nose, I just wanted to run in peace!  Anyway, pleased with my finish time of 1:21:xx.  Last woman, but on a tough course like that, I was just pleased to finish.

At least if I do it again next year, I'll be a bit more prepared for what's in store...

Saturday 20th June 2015

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 20:09
Half marathon 'raced'. Race report tomorrow. My time of 2:21 should tell you how hilly it was!
Lyrics yes
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