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My Last Run

Posted: Yesterday at 15:08
Hello all, bug seems to have gone and I'm still well. Yesterday was 9 miles slow and this morning was a 40 minute fartlek.

My Last Run

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 11:58

Cal, I've not done much running this week as the norovirus has arrived in our house. Not affected me (yet) but have been nursing the husband and youngest...

I managed to slip out for an hour last night in the icy darkness, did around 6 miles easy as I was / am shattered from no sleep / going to work etc.... the pavements were treachorously icy but I love the stillness of this time of year at night, and the cold, once I've warmed up

My Last Run

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 19:31
Excellent running hazel!
Cal- which marathon is next?
Me- yesterday was a lovely long run of 9 miles

My Last Run

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 15:25
Do it hazel! That's what we do- measure a course using our garmins. Highly inaccurate!
Way to go Cal whoop!
Me- busy as f*** as usual and was in charge of the 2nd hand toy stall at the Brownies Xmas bazaar this morning, dashed the youngest off to ballet and had 50 mins while I waited for her so I did a surprisingly effective fartlek session.

My Last Run

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 15:55

Well done Cal

5 miles run followed by 1 mile swim and a little bike riding to / from the pool thrown in for me

My Last Run

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 22:44

Do it Hazel! We've come to weirdly look forward to our early morning speed sessions..

Me- 7 miles with the club tonight, pleasant and chatty

My Last Run

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 21:11

Great running Hazel and Cal

This morning's 5.30 am speed session was a pyramid of sorts. Just me and one other crazed woman (one of the nutters who I did Saturday's night race with). Since we train in a car park by the town hall, measured by our Garmins, it is very inexact, but we managed to do 200, 400, 600, 1200, 1200, 600, 400, 200. Good session. Foxes stayed away due to the rain

My Last Run

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 21:38

Nice running Pig and Cal

So last night's 10 checkpoint overnight orienteering / running / scrambling through holly thickets event... (Rodings Rally).. It was my third consecutive year of this, probably my all time favourite event, and certainly the most bonkers one I've ever done.    

Here is the deal: There are 3 options for each of the checkpoints, which you work out at the start by solving cryptic clues. So once you've worked out the clue (e.g. Emilia's famous acting dynasty home= Fox burrows)- you then work out which  of the three OS point is nearest, follow a path or trail until you're vaguely near the tent with the checkpoint, then use compass and pacing to find the checkpoint, which is an unlit one man tent, always hidden away.  This might mean e.g. using the map to work out it's approximately 75 metres 90 degrees... Checkpoints are never on paths or clearings, so here is the part where you have to clamber over fallen trees, through holly thickets, rhodedendron bushes etc... for rather inaccurate pacing, then using torches to spot the tent in the pitch black, whilst also hiding from other teams. There is a 5 or 10 checkpoint version. We've always done the 5, which is approx 6 miles as the crow flies, but in reality allowing for getting lost / searching, maybe about 12-13. This year we thought we'd try 10 , which is 13 miles as the crow flies. Easy huh!!?

Storm Angus hit about an hour before our start time, so by 9.44 when we started, it was already chucking down. The first checkpoint was a disaster as we chose the wrong OS point along with most of the other teams, and we were really disorientated by the heavy rain and winds. After an hour and a half of searching, we gave up and moved onto the second.  The rest went well, but one of the 3 women I was with got really cold to the point where we got quite worried about her. We were all chilly and soaked to the bone in spite of our waterproofs, as the rain was torrential. But this was not good. We'd been in the forest in the constant torrential rain for 6 hours and it was 4 am- the cut off is 8 hours- and we realised that a) we may not make the cut off, and b) our friend was really shivery and pretty miserable, so we sadly had to thrown the towel in. 

I still really loved it and all the magic of the forest at night was there, but it was TOUGH! Today feel happy about the adventure if a little disappointed that we had to give up. And everything aches.... but will definitely be giving it another go next year, and hoping that we don't have a storm to contend with.

My Last Run

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 09:48

Nice running. Sticking with swittle and Hazel's theme, I've just checked my running mileage for the year and am around 1230 miles... now might be a time to check what my goals for the year (need to look back on MLR ), and think of some for next year...

It was an attempt at a progression run yesterday, around 4.5 miles in my break at work. Not much progressing going on. Just a swim today as I am saving my legs for tomorrow night's annual Rodings Rally  overnight in the forest. ( for those who are interested My team is doing the ten checkpoint version this year for the first time, so I expect to be out for c 5-6 hours... Super fun!

My Last Run

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 22:47

7.5 miles with the club this evening in the rain

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