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Sunday 26th June 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 18:59


What: 5km offroad race followed by 3 hours in the garden
Why: the weather allowed the gardening, the cup dictates the races
Last hard: today, both running and gardening, I'm tired!
Lyrics: nope

So I was aiming for a sub 25, but wasn't feeling 100% when I started, so decided to take it easy.  The route was meant to be marked by yellow arrows (more on that later).  I've done this race twice before, so I knew the rough direction we were meant to be going in.  

The first 500 m is through the village, before climbing up through the woodland.  I was doing well on the uphill, keeping a good steady pace going, and even overtaking a fair number of people.  I knew that the hill went until about 2.3 km, then it was downhill from there.  1st km was 5 min, 2nd was 6 min (steeper hill).  The ground was very uneven and very very muddy in parts.  

Then the downhill started.  There were still a lot of people around me, and ahead I could see a water point.  Here I realised that the 5, 9 and 18 km were all running together.  I  asked at the water point if 5 km was to the right and they said yes.  Good, remembered this bit, and although I'd lost everyone in front of me (10 and 18 went to the left).  Some other runners who had clearly gone the wrong way, came in the other direction (back up the hill!). I kept a beady eye out for the yellow arrows.  I couldn't see any, but having done the course before, I knew that I had to turn right at some point and then down some switch backs .  I found where I thought it was, but there were no arrows.  I trusted myself and turned, and saw a very faint arrow on the ground.  I still had someone behind me, and so kept going, despite the fact my thighs were screaming at this point ("WHY DID YOU DO 3 RACES IN 8 DAYS YOU IDIOT").  

Then I knew I had to do a left turn (again no real arrow, but remembered from last year).  The runner was still behind me and I turned onto the very very muddy, slippery, narrow path, and ran as fast as I could without falling.  Suddenly I could see someone in front of me.  Then I heard shouting (I guess someone had gone the wrong way, but wasn't sure).  Kept going, and got back to the hut near where the loop starts, I knew I'd gone the right way, phew.  

Back onto solid ground, through the village and chased the guy in front of me to the end (not overtaking him unfortunately).  One of my friends had already finished and told me I was 3rd woman (turned out he'd missed one, so was actually 4th!).  

Half the runners had not turned at the start of the switchback, and had ended up running a similar length, asphalt route, some of the 5 km runners had run the 9 km, it was all a bit of a disaster.  The poor organisers were stressing, it really wasn't their fault, the heavy storms had washed away the arrows.

Anyway, I think I came 4th woman, I think I was possibly 1st in the age group (though results aren't out yet), and at least I ran the right way!  Time was ~25:35 or so.

3 hours of gardening has finished me off, so an early night for me!

Don look after yourself

LMH glad you got out for your run

OH enjoy your trip down south (ish)

Have a great evening all

Friday June 24th

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 13:23
Hi chick you have cheered me up

Ale, watching the cricket this afternoon? Not sure I can watch if we lose!

Friday June 24th

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 12:25

Also, remember, if you've been living outside the UK for 15 years, you can't vote.  So all these people sitting in Germany, Spain, France etc who wanted to stay in the EU can't voice their opinion...in my book that is not ok.  

Gardening very very very hot.  Managed an hour after I'd recovered from the cycle down there.  Need another hour to recover from the cycle back!

Friday June 24th

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 09:36

I managed 9.1 km.  I wanted to do 16, but it's 37.2C outside according to the local weather station.  There also appears to be a gymnastics event going on in town, there are people cartwheeling down the streets...

Will go and garden once I've recovered.

Friday June 24th

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 06:41


Beautiful sunny morning here, but my mood is not with it

What: was going to run and garden, but we'll see...was up late and woke early hoping for some good news...
Why: I live in the EU and apparently am soon to not be an EU citizen
Last hard: see above
Lyrics: nope

LMH not my German running club but some friends of a friend (who now lives in Germany and also took part).

RFJ enjoy the fishing

Ollie I hope you ran to the polling station before 22:00...

Have a good day all.

Thursday 23rd June 2016.

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 22:36

Sorry OH!

Just found out we were 4/22 teams on Saturday  Good result and something to aim for for next year 

Thursday 23rd June 2016.

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 19:09

Sunday is another 5 km LMH.  Best time on the route of just under 25 min, so we'll see how it goes.  

RFJ sounds like progress.

Thursday 23rd June 2016.

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 11:18


What: yoga
Why: been doing quite a lot of fast running recently (plus it's soooooo hot)
Last hard: last night
Lyrics: nope

So was the local town run last night and I had signed up for the 4.920 km race (not realising that it was 3 days after the SSR...oops).  Haven't been feeling too good the last few days, but thought I could give it a sub 25 go anyway.  Last year had I run sub 25 I'd have been 1st W30.  Went down about an hour earlier to get my start number, and realised how hot it was.  Went home, drank some water, and headed back to the start.  

The route is 3 laps of the old town, starting with a small hill, then down into the town, flat along the main street and back up to the start.  Not big hills, but enough to feel them.  As usual in these sorts of events, very slow people had placed themselves at the start (there were just under 1000 runners) so I was overtaking people steadily and weaving in and out for the 1st 500 m.  I was feeling good, a guy from my running club who I normally run just behind was just in front of me, so I knew I was doing well for pace.  1st km was done in 4:12, a bit fast.  I knew that there was a hill in the 2nd km, so was ok to keep going, and see what my legs could do.  2nd km was 4:50, still good, so happy.  Saw my running club volunteering just past the 1 km mark so good to get some shouts from them.  Then through the start again, the crowd was motivating me to keep going in the heat.   The 2nd round was ok, starting to feel a bit wheezy though, so once I was through the start again, I walked for a few steps and took my inhaler (took it before the race, but have a feeling nothing actually came out).  Started jogging again, then powered through the downhill.  I'd lost my running club buddy, but made it half way round the loop and didn't get overtaken.  Another cheer from the volunteers from my club as I passed, and it gave me enough energy to power up the hill.  I managed to sprint the last 300 m (uphill) and was getting cheered on by the crowd, I overtook 10 people in the last stretch  Finished and collapsed at the side of the road, breathing was difficult and felt really sick (not helped that I'd sat down next to 3 piles of sick...).  Anyway, managed to make it home and check on the results.  214/838, 3rd W30 (2 sec behind 2 )/36 and 42nd woman/403.  Overall happy with the results.  Now have to see if I can do as well on Sunday morning...

Have a great day all.  Sounds like you're all being washed away over in Blighty.

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 19:39

4.920 km 23:38 (official time, I started my watch as I ran under the start and it was 23:28).  Very happy as it's humid and pushing 30C and it was busy and a few hills  Will report fully tomorrow

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 07:35


What: 5 km race tonight
Why: local race
Last hard: I'm not feeling great so all this week has been hard so far!
Lyrics: nope

Ollie enjoy the concert tonight.
RFJ sounds positive about the hand
Ale good news

Have a great day all

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