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Dirty food secret

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 10:40
Are you aware of the glycemic index of biscuits!!!

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Posted: 31/07/2015 at 08:48
Once, on a trip to the farn islands a tern pecked my dad's head. There were also some rather threatening eider ducks. I wouldn't recommend it to you DT.

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Posted: 30/07/2015 at 21:52

Well done Tommy and Bob for the races.

DT - weight loss sounds good and is bound to hep with the running.  I probably would have stopped for the strange man, but woudl then have been irritated by his lack of consideration.  

Apart from a dozen or so Chesterfield home matches and a few martial arts nights where I've know one of the fighters, the only sporting event I can remember ever paying to watch was Chesterfield's fa cup semi against Middlesbrough.  Not that extravagant and worth the money I would say.  I guess I'm just not that into sport. 

Frustratingly I've had problems with my right hip since Pitchcroft 10k a couple of weeks ago, so I've eased off the running a bit.  Hopefully that and a bit of stretching and ice will sort it out without too much trouble.

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Posted: 22/07/2015 at 13:16

Chance to catch up on last weekends events.  Some very good racing from DT, Tommy, Mace, Bob, Pete, Charlie, Dean, Yeltz…anyone I’ve missed?

DT – Good to see some improvement – looks like the radical plan might suit you.

Tommy – We do look fairly evenly matched at the moment.

Charlie – We weren’t far apart at the finish, so not surprising that we ran with the same people.  Funny that we both recognised that BRAT was pacing Ken Fem and the grey lad stood out for both of us for some reason.

D7 – good, well judged race and congrats on the pb– It nice to see video footage of non-elites that look like they are moving quite quickly.

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Posted: 21/07/2015 at 14:10
mace wrote (see)

RIght, hunted the video down That's some finish Dean, leaving the 2nd a dribbling mess in your wake You don't seem to be built like the typical beanpole quick runner either which is encouraging for an old fatty like me


DR7 - Try to take that as a compliment.

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Posted: 20/07/2015 at 21:10

Pitchcroft 10k

A gap in my race schedule and the sense, after Ryton 5 a couple of weeks ago, that I am currently feeling ‘up for it’, led me to look for potential pb opportunities and this low key club race suggested by Charlie looked ideal (apart from the late start and relatively long distance to travel).  I’m just approaching the end of mesocycle 2 of my summer schedule, so still some way off what I hope will be my peak for the summer season, but fancied the opportunity to improve on a soft 10k pb achieved with a bit of a cold last autumn. 

The heavens opened during the journey to Worcester and I could definitely see the tops of the trees swaying beside the M42, but on arrival the sun came out and the tree lined racecourse seemed reasonably sheltered.  In any case, I told myself, the racecourse is aligned north south so the prevailing westerly will only be a headwind on the northern curve.  No excuses!

I arrived early and after a decent warm-up, lined up with one fellow clubmate who was also hoping for a pb and a gaggle of Kenilworth Runners who were out in force.  However, I had noticed a bit of a bottleneck formed by some of those white horsey fences shortly after the start, so decided to move forward a bit and found Charlie a few rows back from the front.

And we’re off.  As predicted the first few hundred metres were a bit congested, but the field quickly thinned out and I settled in behind the Kenilworth lady and her BRAT chaperone, mentioned by Charlie, for a while before I pressed on and they dropped back. The same tall grey lad went past me and I tried to tuck in behind to shelter from the wind, but he was travelling to fast for me so I let him go.  First lap was right on target and I felt reasonably comfortable – or as comfortable as you can in a 10k.  6:16, 6:20.

Early in each lap there is a little dog-leg through an old gate and straight into the wind for a 20m or so, enough to tell me that the wind had picked up a bit on the second lap.  On various exposed sections on the back straight I try to find shelter from the wind, but everyone seemed to be slowing, so I have to brave the elements and press on.  It’s a cross wind – I keep telling myself.  6:32, 6:28.

Third lap and BRAT and Ken lady come passed me.  I’d lost quite a bit of time on the previous lap, but now the end is in sight (it is if I look sideways across the racecourse) so I decide to step up a bit.  Leave BRAT and Kenilworth, pass grey lad, who seems to have slowed to a leisurely jog, along the exposed section beside the river (IT’S A CROSS WIND), startle a plump lady walking her dog (I wonder if she will be similarly startled an further 270 times over the next half hour). Last half mile.  GRRR.  100m out past a guy in blue, but he responds and just pips me across the line.  6:25, 6:14 (& 5:41 pace for the .2)


Official time of 39:20, so marginally below target but still a 20 second pb, VDOT back to the maximum achieved at the end of last season and a good benchmark for the rest of the summer.  Great race by the way – definitely recommend it anyone local looking for something quick and cheap with a nice shiny medal to boot.

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Posted: 15/07/2015 at 13:49

Chips and gravy were the norm as a kid, but I always associate cheesy chips with Doncaster for some reason - can't remember why.

These days I like mushy peas (with mint) with my chips and tartar sauce with my fish.  I think tartar sauce is a currently underrated, but no doubt destined once again for a period as a condiment du jour after a celebrity chef earnestly promotes its authentic eastern european origins.

Does sound like a tough session mb.  Did you try to maintain the same pace for each rep?

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Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:49

Also well done to Tommy - looks like a very respectable pace.

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Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:45

Charlie  - yes pitchcroft starts at 11am.  I need to check with McF that it is convenient.  It would probably be quicker and easier if I posted the question on here, but as we live in the same house I feel I should ask her face to face.

DT - enjoy the cricket.

Pleasant jog round the pretty bits of leamington with McF, Lit and our best behaved child today, including my first go with the running buggy. Then an enormous portion of the finest pan-global fusion-cuisine that Warwickshire has to offer, including, coincidentally, Lit's beloved poutine, or cheesy chips and gravy as I know them.

(Very sorry, Lit, if you felt a bit left out of the ceaseless baby talk once your sister arrived. Nice to meet her too).

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Posted: 13/07/2015 at 08:40

Lit - I can't read the back of the medal y(our photography skills are obviously no match for your running skills), but if the issue is on the front I'll guess at no apostrophe in Athletic's.

Well done racers - sounds like you all had a roaring time.  Congratulations to muddy on the prize.  McF has described at length the difficulty of the Wyre Valley course - I think she enjoyed 30 degree sunshine when she did it though.

Bob - hope the foot improves soon.  I was completely unfamiliar with drop foot: I'm imagining a sort of zombie like dragging of your toes, but still being capable of sudden bursts of speed like The Infected in 28 Days Later.

Charlie - I'm considering the pitchcroft 10k next weekend - it's quite late start so I need to consider what else we have planned for the day.

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