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My Last Run

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 12:44

Hi Andrea - don't worry, l don't think that two weeks should make that much difference to your base level of fitness as long as you make sure you keep properly hydrated if you do actually get sick 

Five and a half miles of steamy jungly sweating for me last night, trotting along the canal towpath like something out of Apocalypse Now.  The greenery and rhododododendrons (never know quite when to stop, like Nanny Ogg and bananana) were incredibly lush and, well, green and the flowers are just amazing. I'm not remotely religious but this time of year does make me come over all Gerard Manley Hopkins!

Five and a half miles, including a  last minute decision to branch off sideways for a half mile jaunt uphill through a field full of sheep then back down again, which was fun.

Another painful half hour at the physio before work  this morning, face down crying on the massage bed, which frankly does nothing for the fringe or the mascara and startles colleagues when you arrive looking like you've been electrocuted. 


My Last Run

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 08:38

Welcome all newbies - you'll find sympathy and good advice on here 

Not getting nearly enough running in in Lilyworld owing to pressures of work but after a very delicate start driving back from my sister's where a lot of Prosecco had helped me to help her to plan her wedding (what happens to people's brains that table decorations and chair backs assume such importance???) l discovered that l've turned into the kind of person that thinks the best way of addressing a hangover is to take it for a fast six mile run......

Lovely actually, the new orthotic didn't hurt even if it didn't seem to help although knocking 10secs a min off my normal comfortable pace might have been a result.

Past shiny little copper colored calves and dozens of polite cyclists, more flowers than l could count (never mind put into alphabetical order) and in the car park at the end a battered but serviceable trail bike with a sign on it saying 'free to a good home' so, not having a bike, we rehomed it and left a thank you not saying we'd give £10 to Oxfam  

JT, sizeable chests, like groins, are definitely a mixed blessing.  I don't know which are more of a liability but, like Mike Harding, my husband says that if he had one he'd never leave the house.....

My Last Run

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 22:27

Dunno Cal, he didn't give it a name, or maybe he did and l was so busy concentrating on not swearing out loud at the pain of the massage l didn't hear it!  The pain and what  feels like the row of red hot marbles under my skin run from the middle of my neck to the middle of my ribcage all down the left side of my back and neck.  Not feeling my usual jolly self at the mo but l dare say it'll pass...... At least the physio thinks he knows what's causing it 

My Last Run

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 19:29

Oh Swittle, (Lily looks at you over the glasses she's not wearing...) is this sensible? (Raises eyebrows in a concerned way.)

I finally took myself off to the physio to get the chronic and worsening pain in the left side of my neck and back sorted.  An hour, a lot of questions, a tape measure and a mirror and an incredibly, sweatingly painful (autocorrect said sinful, ha! I wish) massage later, it turns out it's nothing to do with having a sizeable chest, doing a lot of driving or sleeping badly.  Turns out l've got one leg more than a centimetre longer than the other and five years of running on it has mangled my back muscles and given me a slight curvature of the spine!

Hurrah, it can be fixed, slowly with lots more painful massage and orthotics  Could be worse.......


My Last Run

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 23:01

Hi all - quick update, work is mental at the moment, first of a series of thirteen hour days today putting a dent in my running pans   However, having dried out from Download and trying to ignore my sore feet and achy back (twelve hours of standing up in a muddy field head banging takes it out of you....) l managed a creditably (for me) speedy ish short and sharp session last night. It was really lovely, everything in working order and moving smoothly!

Happy birthday Cal!  I'm 56 in two weeks' time and you're right, recovery takes longer and longer!

My Last Run

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 08:20

I have every respect for those of you who run in towns Stephen - the very odd time l've done it l realise how much the countryside is an incentive for me!

No running for me this weekend - l'm at the Download festival getting so wet my fingers went wrinkly last night  But looking forward to a decent something on Monday.

My Last Run

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 20:32

Hahahaha Cal  !!!!!  Rhinos of the world unite, we have nothing to lose but our, errm, wobbly bits....  Fifteen HMs into this running malarkey and nothing has got any more toned except my calf muscles

Speedy little three miler in the lovely evening sun tonight but note to self.....trying to do anything decent after eating only a nectarine since last night isn't a good idea

My Last Run

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 14:46

Decided to just go this morning and see what my body felt like doing, running just for the fun of it and trying to enjoy every step because l could, not because it was part of a plan.....

Result, six and a bit absolutely glorious miles at just slightly slower than trying hard pace.  Canal full of ducklings, cootlets and grebelings, woods full of wild garlic and rhododendrons, towpath full of happy walkers and polite thoughtful cyclists who stopped and waited for us to run past, a barge boat full of tourists pulled by a stonking great horse and a sky full of smoke because they'd got the steam pump going.

I felt like l could have gone on forever but my leftover kebab was waiting and l was hungry!

(on the downside though, l am going to kill the next dog walker who lets their lead extend right across the footpath, creating an almost invisible trip wire for unwary runners

My Last Run

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 09:59

Zdravete all! (been in rural Bulgaria for nine days where nobody in the village speaks English so if you want any obscure farming related Bulgarian vocab, l'm your girl). Discovered l'm allergic to pine tree pollen too so can now say 'help, l have inflamed eyes' in Bulgarian as well. Although, to be fair, it was pretty obvious 

Anyway, a busy week catching up at work has meant just a testing pirates session and a quick and muggy four and a half miles last night but hoping for better tomorrow.

Some great running going on with lovely evocative descriptions and well done Cal  though it must seem a long time ago now!


I don't believe it!

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 09:45

Haha! I actually quite like a good Mohican. I was thinking more of the ones with a cracking full head of luxuriant hair like a shampoo advert who inexplicably have the bit from around the level of the ears down shaved, like the beginnings of an anti nit haircut circa 1932.  I'm just waiting for one of them to start a gentian violet craze.

And please, then add an Antarctic explorer beard?  What look are you going for?  'I've lost the mirror?'

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