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Posted: 21/10/2015 at 10:35

Haha Cal  -  I remember you saying that before!  Well done Matt  -  that's a brilliant advance on your time, amazing stuff   Isn't that final entry into the stadium something else?!

This morning was a happy 3 and a bit miles for me up to the top of the hill and then down again through the muddy fields behind my house, through ankle deep cow poo at the gates and blown around by the wind but the rain felt good and I even managed to stay cool for the first time since around January!

My Last Run

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 12:39

Ooh a bit long!  Sorry

My Last Run

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 12:38

Back at work yesterday  -  to colleagues looking at me askance when I'd answered the Monday morning, 'get up to anything interesting over the weekend...?'

Now my contact lenses are clean enough to type through and I've got the time......  the Amsterdam HM was great  -  for some reason I enjoyed it much more this year than the two previous ones in so far as it hurt but not enough to make me think about stopping!

I was very hopeful of a good day when we got up to clouds, followed by drizzle, followed by cold cold rain but sadly it dried up and got very humid  -  only to be expected surrounded by so much water I suppose but it did nothing for my comfort and I started and ended feeling like I was in a steam bath.

Sat in the Olympic stadium for a bit and watched the marathon winners come in (although in my book any marathon finisher is a winner  -  PompeyMatt, how did it go?) then queued up at the start next to a woman from Ontario, who was rediscovering her Dutch roots and running at the same time  -  I always like multitasking...

Unimpressed by having to stop to let an ambulance through after two minutes running but I'd rather be on the outside of one than on the inside so got over that quite quickly.

The drum bands along the way were a real motivator and the Dutch people are just brilliant  -  so many of them clocked my name on my bib and at least a dozen times on the way around my flagging little legs were spurred on by 'Come ON're awesome can do it Lily....' and suchlike, which always reduces me to grateful tears.

Not the most beautiful route through the business park and along some outskirty main roads but the Vondelpark is lovely (and means you've nearly finished) and the feral budgies are always entertaining.

Favourite T shirts?  'This isn't sweat.  It's liquid awesome.' and 'Stop crying. Run.'

The last half mile up the cobbles, across the tram tracks, around the corner and into the stadium were vastly enlivened by one of my very favourite running songs on the ipod (Wannabe Angel by Foxy Shazam since you ask ) and the crowd was treated to me singing 'I want my friends to think I'm awesome (awesome awesome, awesome), I want the world to think I care (but I don't care at all....)' at the top of my voice.

Into the stadium, pretending I was a plump, pink, sweaty, female Mo Farah and a massive sprint for the line, determined to overtake the girl in the green t shirt (yay!), then collapsed onto my husband and started planning how I'm going to do next year's faster.

Dutch chips, mayonnaise and cold beer are in heaven and if they're not I don't want to go.  Then back to the hotel to fall into their fabulous spa where the fact that everyone is naked really didn't seem to matter because nobody was running and I could just lie in the sauna and enjoy not moving, too tired and happy even to spend energy on holding my stomach in so I didn't frighten all the gorgeous skinny blond Dutch people.

Ace weekend, still smiling.

And it would have been 2.19 if it hadn't been for the ambulance!


My Last Run

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 18:01

Quick update owing to not being able to see to type properly as forgot contact lens cleaner - doh! Sitting in Schipol about to put my face into a pizza following the Amsterdam half - very pleased with 2.20 - feel bloody brillisnt 

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Posted: 12/10/2015 at 09:34

Ooh thanks for that Cal  -  I'm not much of a joiner so tend to shy away from classes of any kind but I'll have a look and might give it a bash!  Someone one on here suggested a slick of vaseline above the eyebrows to at least divert the sweat away and (when I remember to put it on) that seems to help with keeping it out of my eyes.  I end every run at the mo looking like I've been covered with icing sugar as the sweat dries and it ends up burning my face.  Ho hum but worse things in life.

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Posted: 11/10/2015 at 21:45

That all sounded grumpier than it was meant to!  Genuine admiration for you Ness  and looking forward to next weekend'so Amsterdam hm!

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Posted: 11/10/2015 at 21:41

Welcome Cameron! Og

Oh Nessie, I dream of being you when I grow up. (Except I'm aready a bit more grown up than I'm happy with.)  Just over 2 hours is a fab time in anybody's book so just look after your ankle so you can do better next time eh?

Me and husband did a nice uneventful six miles this morning, quite speedily (for me) considering I was drinking pink wine and eating roast pig at a wedding reception until the small hours.

I do wish though that the hot flushes would give me a break when I'm running - I can live with not sleeping for more than two hours at a stretch and beng pink and shiny most of the time but not being able to run for more than a mile before dripping with so much sweat that my contact lenses float and my skin burns is starting to get me down.

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Posted: 10/10/2015 at 08:52

Literally breathtaking end to yesterday.  Along the canal towpath (trying hard to get the Ugly Duckiling song out of my head after I'd run past the swans and their grown up cygnet) intending to go along the flat for a couple of miles before turning around.  When I got to the junction of the old railway line and came to the bottom of the massive hill that forms the next to last (downhill) mile of our local hm, I thought, hmm, I wonder if I could manage to run UP it without stopping.......

Turns out that yes I can, to an admiring 'wow' from a cyclist coming down it with smoke coming from his brake blocks.

3/4 of a mile of relentless 1:8 incline with fab views (which I'm always too knackered and bad tempered to notice when I'm doing the hm) so I sat next to the old railway winding house and caught my breath before singing my (much much speedier) way back down. Apparently it's called Sheep Pasture Incline - bloody sheep get everywhere.

i'll definitely be doing that one again 

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Posted: 07/10/2015 at 17:11

Well Zouse, it was either that or straight into work to face the mountain of responsibility so it was definitely the lesser of the two evils!   I'm lucky having the kind of job where I can accrue time off in lieu and take it off when it's useful  -  I know not everyone has that luxury.  The undeveloped bit can be a bit of a pain when we have to grapple with the Peak Park Planning Board (or the spawn of Satan as they're usually known round here) when you want to paint your front door.  And our house (along with almost every other in the village I have to say  -  we're not posh!) is a listed building so it's doubly tricky.  Swings and roundabouts though really!

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Posted: 07/10/2015 at 13:21

This morning's run.

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