Strangely Brown

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My Last Run

Posted: Yesterday at 14:56

Ness - Same here regarding the speed actually and the same after every marathon.  It's an odd thing alright. 

Swits - Good to see you keeping on and staying sensible (to a point!).  The trail shoes are Addida Kanadias.  They're basic but decent enough but more than anything, very comfy for my foot shape.  I may upgrade to something a little more serious if I find I spend more time on the trails.

Talking of buying, I bought a bike this week as well

10k Badger trail race last night.  Our team won the mens team title and got second in the ladies.  Not bad for a little club with just 30 members!  My own race was sloppy but for my first trail race, i'll forgive myself.  Obstacles included a tree that fell during the day, innumerable kissing gates, many styles, steps both up and down, crossing a busy road twice and cow shit.  Another obstacle was my own inability to follow some simple spray painted arrows :-/

Anyway, I managed 11th out of 200 odd runners but in reality, 5th/6th should have been on offer if I hadn't cocked the whole thing up so spectacularly.

My Last Run

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 10:11

Sultry old morning in the north.  The switch from winter like mornings to summer like mornings has been swift and stark over the last couple of weeks.  Those mild but fresh feeling spring mornings barely happened. 

A sweaty 5 miles with 6x600m intervals.  Looks like i'm doing my first ever trail race on Thursday.  The broken finger is still far from fully mended so here's hoping I stay upright....

Oh, procured some trail shoes.  Seemed wise.

My Last Run

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 10:41

Cal - Usual protocol is to fist pump a few times and jump on Facebook to gloat about your good fortune.....but whatever works for you

It's a GFA place for me and yep, I know how ridiculously lucky I am.  After spending a lifetime wanting to run this race, I now get to do it two years on the bounce.  I do feel sort of guilty about it for some reason but i'm only fulfilling what the organisers want.

Best of luck with the ballot.  Will you for a charity spot if you miss out?

My Last Run

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 10:00

Welcome Ivan and keep on pushing. sounds like you're doing very nicely.

Cal and Ness - Gwan ladies!  Tremendous going by the pair of you, blasting out PBs and just generally continuing to thrive.  Ness, you just seem to get quicker and quicker.  It can only be the hills, right?

Swits - I'm afraid i'm starting to feel like you might have no choice but to do the unthinkable.  I hate to sound like a worried but meddling parent but you need to make sure you don't risk putting yourself out of the game for much longer if a short break is all you need right now.

Been out a fair bit recently with a speedy 5 yesterday and 9 at sensible pace this morning.  Oh and in between that, I just couldn't resist entering London again for next year

My Last Run

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 07:42

Which City is that JT?  I've never got out that early and not sure I ever will!

A hill rep session with a mate last night.  6x300m reps in the end and 6.5 miles in total.  It's a form of self harm and the only running that I genuinely don't look forward to.

My Last Run

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 07:39

Well done Stephanie and welcome if this is your first time here.    Welcome also Ianto and i'd say - go for it!  I joined a club last November after many years of clubless running.  I've made good friends and it's been an all round positive experience.

JT -We had one of them around here.  An inventive house had erected a 10 metre string web, made a massive spider "crow" and then had Spiderman (crow) clinging to the wall.  It was hugely impressive but I couldn't help but think that the actual spider had no business being there.  It's possible I looked into it too deeply.

Swit - You've done the right thing and let's hope this is the road to recovery.  Another round number reached, in spite of the troubles

All this talk of warmth has got me frustrated at where I live.  I've barely felt any warmth up here all year, save for the odd day here and there where we touched 20/21.  Today, the maximum is forecast to be 12.c.  In June.  Sorry but that's just frankly out of order and someone needs sacking over it or at least a stern talking to.  It's been cool and windy most of the time since April and it's starting to nark me off.

6 miles for me last night in a brand new pair of Asics Cumulus. Feel like they'll do the job.

Have you reached the class ceiling in your career?

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 08:02

Even if there are certain careers where it's hard for the proletariat to get on, there are very, very many where it isn't.  I've seen enough examples in my time to be sure of that.  Most lack of progression is down to lack of desire but that's not to say it's as easy for those from poverty as it might be for those with a silver spoon.

I'm not even saying that a lack of desire is a bad thing.  I'm increasingly certain that most career animals will just wind up regretting spending so much time and energy on a job and so little on family, friends and enjoying the near endless numbers of wonderful free things that life offers.

My Last Run

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:33

Many happy returns Cal.  I also agree with Matt, the splits were only mentioned as a measure of my own personal progress, not in any way designed to make anyone feel slow.  We are all slow compared to those who are quicker than us   Just be happy with where you are, that's all that counts.

6.25 miles with hill work.  Ness would be proud.  The last two reps made me want to weep.

My Last Run

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 11:00

Andrea Dawson 2 - A fine PB and all round running encouragement for you.  Clearly the upgrade from Andrea Dawson Mk 1 is a success story and she can now be recycled into cans for spaghetti hoops.

Swits - I think you know what to do.  If your body is rebelling then it's got reason to.  Maybe a week of short, recovery paced runs and see what gives?

Dank - Sounds like a very intimate race...well done.

Managed 10 miles with 5 of the quick stuff in the middle.  I'm increasingly begining to post training mile splits with the odd 5 at the front and i'm taking great encouragement from it.


My Last Run

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:03

(and SB bouncing down them - hope the finger is straightening out).    Funny.  It's healing but still disconcertingly fat, after 3 weeks.

7 miles this morning and put 4 in at lactate threshold.  Went a bit wild on the last mile and did a surprisingly fast one.  Things are certainly clicking back into place now, even if I still don't have that light-legged feeling that I enjoy when the legs are properly primed and fresh.

Ness - The hills will be feeling unloved....

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