Lilytoo


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My Last Run

Posted: Today at 07:14

Hi all, several unreported runs owing to rubbish internet connections but now on hols in civilized places (Budapest at the mo - ace! ) and most recent jaunt was a cheeky four miles along the banks of the Austrian Danube early in the morning before it got too hot. Lovely, sparkly water and fresh green trees after the previous night's torrential downpour.  Saw a kestrel flying like a demented bat after a small bird, which l think escaped. Some fantastic running, weeing and artwork going on on here.

Sadly there'll never be any weeing excitement for me - beetroot is the spawn of the devil and the only thing l won't eat even to be polite.

Off to rural Serbia later today.....

My Last Run

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 22:01

While l think on too, l wrote myself a note after giving birth to my daughter, 'This hurt a lot. Don't forget it. Don't do this again.'. She is an only child. (And nobody gives you a medal, a tee shirt and a freeby bag.)

My Last Run

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 21:58

Werrrrl, when l say singing...... I am Welsh so as far as I'm concerned singing is any noise that comes out of your mouth when you've got a tune in your head.

I like that plan Andrea! Mind you l do like the happy running that comes after training for a race but before you have to start planning the next one.  I'd love to get a sub 2 hours too and my pb is 2.10 so possibly not unachievable with a bit more discipline...... (and less beer). 

My Last Run

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 14:17

Well done Andrea!  I'd be chuffed to bits with that time

After a hectic weekend I managed to force myself out of bed this morning with the plan of squeezing in a quick four mile trot before work.  In the end I enjoyed it so much that it turned into seven miles and the only reason I stopped was a meeting scheduled in work that I had to get back for.

Just me, my music, the countryside and the light drizzle  -  absolutely joyful.  Singing (badly and breathlessly) out loud to the cows, 'sing with me, sing for the years, sing for the laughter and sing for the tears, sing with me, just for today, 'cause maybe tomorrow the good lord'll take it away.....'  Steven Tyler eat yer heart out.....

My Last Run

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 22:23

Going to be busy fr the next couple of days o l'll say good luck now Andrea!  Go for it  The nerves will be great adrenalin!

My Last Run

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 12:28

Well, birthday bashes and our village wakes week put paid to my online activities recently but it's good to see Swittle back on form and not causing worry , great running Cal and Andrea in particular, everyone else just being their normal focussed speedy selves and some nice newbies  -  welcome!

Best bit of the wakes week (apart from the fancy dress and joining in with the Morris dancing...) was the annual hill run  -  didn't do it this year (though trained quite hard for it, shyness overcame me and I didn't want to come last in front of all my neighbours...) but it's great to see so many quite young village kids giving it their all and coming in quite creditably amongst the serious hill runners in their aged tatty club shirts.  If anyone is interested in the results, they're here 

http://www.matlockac.org.uk/images/results/2015/win20015.pdf

Our village is twinned with a lovely village on a hill in Italy and several of the Italian visitors also joined in which probably wasn't what they had in mind when they signed up!

My last two runs have been a very speedy four miles last night along the trail and a not so speedy replication of the wakes hill run this morning (though looking at my time I wouldn't actually have come last, just nearly last!).  I startled a group of Duke of Ed kids coming up the last hill, puffing and panting and swearing and looking like a glazed currant bun with my shiny sweaty face covered in flies.  Running isn't a good look for me

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.....

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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.......

 

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