Lilytoo


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My Last Run

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 13:40

I like the added element of surprise involved in tripping over branches you can't see and getting thwacked in the eye by low hanging twigs :-/

I've never done any dark running before SB but I've just spent good money on two head torches and I'm now trying to persuade a highly sceptical OH that it'll be fun.  Failing that it'll be me on my own in the deep dark countryside......

Just got the Amsterdam HM photos through by email  -  hahahahahaha I'm not a pretty runner!  Any fanciful ideas briefly entertained of gliding past making it look effortless are shot to pieces.  I think I made more attractive faces giving birth.

Earphones in races

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 22:03

+1, great comment.

Earphones in races

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 15:12

In a small voice, at the back, quietly.....

I run with music unless the rules say otherwise.  I love running and I love music and together they add up to more than the sum of their parts, like beans on toast.

'They' (headphone wearers) aren't automatically 'nobbers', no more than 'you' (non wearers) are.

I have my music at a volume to hear the ducks quacking and the cyclists coming up behind me while training and so that I can hear the marshalls and the crowd when racing  -  and I *always* acknowledge a personal shout of encouragement!

I like and respect most of my fellow runners but the guy at this weekend's race who snotted all over my leg by blowing out sideways down one nostril without looking wasn't wearing headphones, while the one who pushed me aggressively out of the way to go round the shorter inside of the bend was and the half a dozen who threw their empty water station plastic bottles on the road in front of me (leap over them or risk skidding) were a mixture of both.

The number of headphone wearing eejits is in roughly in the same proportion as the number of non headphone wearing ones, it's just a handy us and them and if we looked at people with pretentiously old vests or barefoot shoes or tattoos or silly haircuts we'd probably find the same thing.

Pedestrians on a narrow towpath with dogs on extendable leads though..........

My Last Run

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 08:29

NB notes to self: 1.  don't break in new walking boots the day before. They bruise your toes and make running very painful.  2.  Leave enough time airport to the airport after your spa.  If you don't, you endup jogging to the station, with sore toes and a heavy back pack.  3.  Find out BEFORE you book your hotel that its lovely spa is a lovely NAKED spa.......

My Last Run

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 08:24

Me down when they were in fact clear sports drinks but l was saving my breath for the running so l ended up cool but very sticky and slightly sweet.....

No young professional ladies offering favours to the first ten home this time but l was sorely tempted by the free Prosecco on offer outside someone's house (I love Holland) and the support along the route was great with music, banners and cheering locals everywhere, even through the windsweptindustrial estate - l particularly liked the great big cardboard banner with a big button to hit for 'free energy' 

The home straight (actually three bends) into the Olympic Stadium was amazing and running under the arch and the torch tower made me cry again.  I even managed a sprint (ish) finish around the track and beat the girl who'd been in front of me for the last 5 k.

Came in at around the same time as the first female marathoner!

Back to our hotel spa for a 5 minute sit in the ice pool followed by an hour's serious lounging in the sauna and hot tub.  Heaven.

My Last Run

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 08:13

Hello again all - new job so busy that l haven't had time to spit, never mind fire up the iPad to post! Some great activity going on here (apart from Nessie's fall, hope you're up and ok, and DD's potential lurgy?).

Amsterdam half marathon on Sunday for me  The threatened sunshine had, by HM start time, changed to cloud and wind, which was fine by me but the mugginess meant l was glowing (!) like a good'un by K 5 (bloody hate these foreign distance markers) and l found it quite tough going (surprise surprise ) but the atmosphere was great, with lovely Dutch people shouting 'well done Lily' and such like from the name on my vest, which l'm sad enough to love!

There were lots of drinks stations but my helpful and super fit OH who keeps me company kept tipping what he thought was water over my head to cool

My Last Run

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 07:49

Hi Gbax, l'm most definitely no expert but l certainly found that when l was taking training seriously by mixing up different types of runs, including speed sessions and hills, the HMs were better times than when l just go out and run at the same speed for greater and greater distances.  Mind you l do enjoy just running for the sake of it and absolutely loathe speed sessions so it depends on what you want really!  I've also found that taking my nutrition and hydration very seriously the days before a race really makes a difference and even though porridge makes me feel sick it's a race day staple now!

My Last Run

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 22:12

Fingers crossed Nessie - it'd be great to have that to plan for and l can't imagine that anyone else puts in the hours that you do ! *l* find you inspirational and l've never even met you 

My Last Run

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 15:51

PB update....... officially 2.10.18 

My Last Run

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 12:52

Well doneGBax - the first 100 yards are the hardest!

I'm a very happy Lily today after yesterday's Tissington Trail half marathon, running along a beautiful trail, through autumn trees in just enough sunshine, with friendly fellow runners and brilliant organisation - my favourite race ever. Oh, yes and a PB of 2.10.24 by my watch (haven't got the official time yet).  

The slight downhill gradient *might* have had something to do with it but I don't care and l've been dancing round the house like Helena Bonham Carter in Harry Potter singing 'l've got a personal best, l've got a personal best....'. Looking forward to the Amsterdam HM now.....

Happy running all 

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