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My Last Run

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 14:44

9 miles this morning + 2 walking. Not pleased.  I really can't wait for cooler weather. The combination of hot flushes and unseasonable sunshine is really starting to get me down and making me feel very inadequate and bad tempered. I sweated so much that l've lost a contact lens under my eyelid (it's still up there) despite the Vaseline eyebrows.  Ho hum.  Anyone racing today has my sympathy.

On the plus side, there were lots of woolly bear caterpillars marching across the trail, a teeny black frog hopping across in front of me and - a running first - amidst all of the jolly cyclists l was overtaken by a unicycle!

My Last Run

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 23:23

Hi Moodybum, (good name) welcome and well done!

My Last Run

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 10:52

Good luck DD and great stuff Nessie - nice to be back on track again.

Just a quick ish 3.4 miles for me yesterday after a morning hunched over the laptop. It was good to be out in the sunshine, especially now it's so much cooler and fresher. One more long run tomorrow then counting down to next weekend's Tissington half marathon, which will be beautiful if the weather holds and nice even if it doesn't! Early start at 10.00 then if all goes according to plan a pint and dinner back at our local 

My Last Run

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:13

JT141 - wow that's some speed! I'm happy when l average under 10 minutes.  I know there's massive debate over music and running but it really helps to keep me in my head, which is where all the hard work actually takes place, rather than in my knees or shoulder or anywhere else that hurts.  Plus a well timed inspirational lyric  (Alice Cooper's Hello Hurray for eg) or a good fast beat (some System of a Down is always welome) can really help when l'm flagging!

My Last Run

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 14:23

I have to say Carterusm, after I did my very first HM and trained five painful times a week for nine months from an overweight and unfit standing start I would have been glad at the time never to have run alongside a drystone wall again.....

Clue:  I like very loud heavy metal.....the more piercings the better...

My Last Run

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 13:25

Hi Matt and Laura and glad you're getting back into your stride Nessie 

The perfect 3.2 miles this morning along the high trail. All on my own, blissfully chilly to start with (didn't last long!), running into a head wind that kept blowing leaves into my face and straight into the sun then turn around at the road gate and hurrah, wind behind me, sunlight slanting through the trees, cows looking all orange and cheerful and the best of my running playlist in my ears.

I'm most definitely *not* a religious person (actually an equal opportunities anti religion person) but there's a line in one of my favourite running songs - 'let me enlighten you.....*this* is the way I pray'* which just sums up the feeling I get when it all fits  -  the weather, my body doing what it's designed for, my music, the countryside....  Brilliant when it happens and I feel so bad for all of my friends and acquaintances who say, 'Ewwwww, I don't know how / why you do it....'   They're missing so much.

*Ten bonus points for anyone who can identify the song or the band.....  


My Last Run

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 20:01

Hi Carterusm  - l'm on the border between the High Peak and the Derbyshire Dales, up in the hills where there are more sheep than people!  I do mostly like the human race but l admit l can't wait until l'm out in the drizzle / sleet / fog on my own 

My Last Run

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 14:02

Glad to see you're up and out Nessie 

10.5 happy miles along the towpath this morning.  Mystery stomach problem now pretty much sorted so no unscheduled Paula Ratcliffe moments in the bushes, which was a relief! I absolutely *love* autumn - the sun doesn't feel like it's battering me on the head with a tin tray and l can look forward to long cool damp runs in the near future.

The towpath was heaving with families with an inordinate number of small scruffy dogs who got in between my legs (one really is going to end up in the canal one day) and l had a bit of a race with some canoes full of school kids paddling like beggary pretending they were being chased by Vikings.......  The idea of canoes full of hairy Vikings paddling up a peak district canal did tickle me.


Room 101

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 21:59

Coat hangers.


My Last Run

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 18:57

Got two half marathons in the next month.  Does that count?*

Tissington Trail  -  really local for me and 90% ever so slightly downhill  -  and Amsterdam  -  flat as a pancake apart from one teeny humpbacked bridge.  Had to stop OH from engaging the enterprising young ladies lining the route in conversation last year.  They had banners saying 'you've got some stamina, come and see me afterwards' and 'first ten home get a free visit....'  I hate the thought of the realities of the profession but I had to admire their marketing nous.

*(No.  The pain isn't twice as much, it increases exponentially with the distance.  That's why I admire you marathoners so much.)

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