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David Rudisha

Posted: Yesterday at 23:29

Amazing fact about the London 2012 800m race that the guy who came last would have won gold with his time at the 3 previous Olympic Games!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: Yesterday at 23:23

Well done Iain on the mile time, I bet now you've gone sub 6 mins you'll be shaving even more time off next time.

I managed a 7-mile easy run earlier. Was still quite warm at 8 o'clock. 

Did anyone just see that programme on David Rudisha that was on BBC4 earlier? Amazing guy, really humble. Fact I didn't realise about the 800m final in London 2012 (where Rusisha beat the 800m WR) - the guy who came 8th (last) in the final would have won gold with that time in the 3 previous Olympics! And the guy who came 2nd was so exhausted he had to be taken off the track on a stretcher. It's seen as the best race of all time due to the speeds achieved and the fact that all runners achieved PBs. Worth catching on the I-player if you get a chance.

MF - I think the blackberries over here are early too. When I was a child I sometimes had blackberry picking parties for my birthday in Sept (not a lot to do in my village!) But I saw ripe ones in our local park a couple of weeks ago - they seem to come earlier every year.

Molly - an ironman?! Eek! My 7 to managed 7 lengths of the pool last week and is now keen to do the local triathlon next year. Apparently in his age group you just need to do 6 lengths of a smaller pool so he should be OK. He's OK with the running part so just needs to practise cycling fast! My sister put a dampener on his enthusiasm saying she couldn't see the point of triathletes, what's the point in being rubbish at 3 sports?! Thanks for the encouragement auntie!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:22

Well done on the PB Shades. Sounds like tough conditions - did you find you missed the fuel that you couldn't take because if your stomach problems. Congratulations too to Lily and your daughter, you must be very proud of her - how old is she? Is that 10k part of the Jame Tomlinson series?

Busy weekend racing for me. Did a new local parkrun on Saturday with son 2. It was supposed to be a slightly faster course than my usual one but I didnt manage a PB. Time was 20:45 and was 2nd lady, 7th overall. At my usual parkrun this time probably wouldn't get in the top 30! They had a problem with the barcode reader and both my son and I were initially listed as unknown in the results as well as lots of others. But they sorted it in the end after going through all the photos. A guy we chatted to at the start had only been running for a couple of months and it was his first parkrun. He ended up winning overall so was very pleased. 

Today I ran a 10k in Regents Park which was part of the summer league that lots of the London clubs take part in. Really lovely place to run, all the route was within the park on nice flat pathways. Passed parts of London zoo a few times. Time was 42:09 which isn't a PB but good to run consistently under 43 mins. Also took part in the relays afterwards. We came 2nd in the ladies relay which was really fun. Running can be a very solitary sport which I like but it's great to have the team aspect sometimes.

What should or shouldn't be on the NHS?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 16:18

I might be wrong but I reckon the obese cost more to the NHS than smokers. Smokers pay a huge amount of tax on fags which more than covers the cost of any cancer treatment they need later on in life. But the cost of treating type 2 diabetes (which is largely caused by obesity) makes up more than 10 per cent of the NHS budget and is only set to rise. Not sure what the answer is - tax on fatty, sugary food? Not sure this would work. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 15:09

Thunderbolts and lightning, very very frightening...Anyone else have the really impressive storm last night. Have never heard thunder so loud and flet as though the lightning was coming into the bedroom.

Good luck to Shades and everyone else racing this weekend. I'm tempted to do a parkrun tomorrow and then if I have anything left a 10k as part of our summer league on Sunday. Just hope the weather cools down a little. It was 34 degrees earlier!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 17:05

Big G, I can see why you are frustrated re the achilles. But at least you are still seeing the pod. How long do you have to try the other inserts for? Can't they give you a scan in the meantime? It does frustrate me when in other parts of the NHS they think nothing of forking out £8k a time to have gastric bands fitted for people who can't be bothered to lose weight but if you try and stay fit you have to wait ages to get the support needed. Rant over! I bought Running Fitness mag to kill some time the other day and there is an article on Achilles tendon pain. But doesn't seem to tell you anything new. There is also an article about running as you get older. It says you should only run twice a week in your 50s!! FFS! Maybe I should say that to the 51 yo in our club who is still knocking out marathons under 2:40!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 16:58

Lots of great racing over the weekend. Well done Shades on the seasons best and course best. Sounds like a lovely race to do. And great racing from Ian in your HM. That's a great time for any course. And 24th is a great placing, you must be v pleased. Emmy - I have serious trophy envy, they're just great! I really don't know how you could run for that far/long on the sand - I really struggled racing just 4.2k on sand. Was it all dry or were there any damper bits? Great time for the sand and 1st lady

Recovery 3 miles for me today. Had day off as little one was supposed to have 2 more teeth out but dentist cancelled. Grrrr!

Anti-social music broadcasting runners

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 14:32

Running with iPads?!!

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 14:30

Well done Emmy and Moore (and Boyska). Hope Shades that you have had a good race at Tenby.

Was going to join some fellow club runners for a 13 mile run this morning but decided instead to do 14 miles on my own. Not run more than 10 miles in months so pleased that it felt fine and managed av pace of 8:13. I've never done long runs with others so should try it but I'm a control freak and do like being able to decide when, where and how fast to run. 

Shades Marathon Training

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 22:31

Thanks for the get well messages! I was just bending down to pick something up and forgot that there is a slope in the loft roof

Mowzer, I love goats but they are quite cheeky animals aren't they?! I always think they actually smell like goats cheese.

Lily, are you running the Leeds 10k with your daughter?

I really fancied doing the parkrun that started a few weeks ago near me on Saturday but it turns out my club are taking an official photo at the session then and want us all there. But looking like I do now they might prefer I stayed away!

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