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My Last Run

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 15:05

Fantastic picture Dan and fantastic running too.

The moral of my running experience today is not to try running in really chilly temperatures (snow still on the ground) when you've just sat in a very cold bedroom / office all day with your legs squashed under the desk because it makes your hamstring hurt.  Didn't even manage half a mile before I had to turn round. 

Try again tomorrow.......

Level 2

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 08:29

StevieG - l was working in the marketing dept of an FE college and the college had a policy that everybody working for them had to be able to prove that they could perform at at least L2 in M and E.  I wrote copy for some of the ads and press releases and l had to bite my tongue often not to answer back when the 12 year old in charge kept correcting me by putting commas in front of my 'ands' and arguing the toss over the placement of apostrophes haha.

Gideon, so right.  Although this works against schools and students when it comes to GCSE league tables as the govt. insists that everyone must gain grade C or above when the system means that this is a mathematical and logical impossibility......

My Last Run

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 19:18

A lovely sunny but chilly early evening 8 miles at 10 mins 3 seconds average pace 

Outwards our shadows taller than our souls running in front of us and blinded by the sunset on the way back, when we were given a decent race by a very lithe little grey farm cat.


Level 2

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 11:50

As at the advanced age of 55 I couldn't produce my O level certificates to prove that I had maths. and English for a new job, I had to take the online tests, despite the fact that I've got a degree in English (not the same thing as functional English I know).

Managed to get L3 in both but I was really disadvantaged with the maths. because I don't know how to use a scientific calculator (they weren't really available when I did my O levels and we wouldn't have been allowed to use them if they were!) so I had to keep pausing to work the square roots etc. out on a piece of paper!   My younger colleagues thought this was hysterical  .

My Last Run

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 17:46

Some fab times this weekend  -  well done on your PB Cal, that's brilliant and Deasy, that's some pace!

Ness  -  you seem to have found your niche in life  -  I'm really looking forward to hearing how the big day goes....

Swittle  -  please take care of yourself, you only get one body!

SB  -  1.23???  That's almost *exactly* half the time it took me to do my first HM   very impressive!

Meanwhile, in running through treacle Lilyworld....... I was ever so chuffed when I had started out planning a nice gentle trot to make up for the nausea and pain of my feeble little speed session on Friday but actually did 6 miles at an average of just under 9.30 mm!  My OH was chuntering at my side that his hands were freezing (they were indeed blue) and looking ever so lovely in his thermals and bobble hat, while I was wishing that I'd put my vest on (again). Trying to train myself to get better at being warm......

I nearly had to stop though because I needed more breath to laugh than I could manage  -  he'd accidentally put his ipod on 'shake to shuffle' and he was trying to run in a sort of glide like he had castors on to avoid jiggling it around.....  He's very entertaining.

My Last Run

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 22:49

Hi Jamie and welcome  A very respectable time!

My Last Run

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 17:05

just for fun   That's the spirit Ness! 

The eclipse was amazing here in our bit of Derbyshire  -  just enough cloud so that you could look at it with sunglasses on without melting your eyeballs but not enough to spoil the view  -  I was actually really excited by it, don't really know why and the thought of it still gives me shivers.  Odd.

Just back from a nifty four mile speed session (speed, she says....) using the pyramid plan that Swittle suggested ages ago  -   not *quite* as hideous as the first time I tried interval training but beggary heck I'm not built for speed.....  I didn't feel at all strong Deasy!

My Last Run

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:20

Hahahaha SB  -  stick with me kid and you'll learn more than you will find interesting or remotely useful about wildflowers..... 

(Why do you want wood.....?)

My Last Run

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 14:26

Hurray for sunshine and the first coltsfoot of the season, accidental lambs on the road wiggling their tails as they fed and for a pack of jolly bobble hatted walkers who had the courtesy to look impressed as I passed them for the second time, on the way back

A cracking 8 miles for me at an average of under 10 m/m (again, I say, that's fast for me!) and the moral of that is, actually eat something useful before you go out.... (banana and peanut butter cob since you ask  -  the saltiness of the PB takes the sweet edge off the banana enough for me to actually enjoy it).

And today's top of the running and singing out loud hit parade pop pickers, (now *that* gives my age away)  -  Foxy Shazam, with Wannabe Angel....

I look at everyone's schedules in awe and feel inadequate.  Then I think of my favourite banner at the GNR  -  'Run Your Own Race, Not Someone Else's'

My Last Run

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 09:05

Brilliant Jack! Chuffed for you 

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