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Posted: 05/12/2016 at 12:04

Oh my goodness me! What the hell is the matter with people? MsE has been yakking away on here for about 12 years with all sorts of inane jibber-jabber and only now drops a subtle hint about her past as an international hockeyist.  I represented my school house in the 50 metre backstroke when I was 10 and I'm still banging on about it now. I came last, but I don't usually mention that bit. 

OO, I think it's easier for non-talented runners to treat their debut marathon as 'an experience, rather than a race.' So you've got no chance with your daughter.  She's going to race it, whatever her old man says.

GerardM - treadmill running seems to be the only way I can stay free of niggling injuries (take note, SBD). So, aside from the occasional parkrun, it's pretty much all treadmill these days. 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 16:15

Some eye-watering monthly mileage going on around here.  I wish the slackers amongst you would report your own feeble totals.  Won't anyone join me at the dizzying heights of 130 for November? Almost all of them on the treadmill.

Thanks to the lovely Abbers for bothering to send me a schedule, when he doubtless had better things to be doing.  The kindness of strangers, huh?

Sub 3h15

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 10:33

Yikes, Poacher, that all sounds deeply unpleasant.

Thanks Abbers - very kind.  But unfortunately the link doesn't work. It just leads me to a 'subscriber only' notice. I'll send you a PM with my email address, in the hope that you're able to cut & paste the schedule into an email.  But don't worry if this isn't possible.

Gul - John McAvoy accidentally discovered his supreme fitness when he broke a few indoor-rowing world records. He was in jail at the time.  He served about ten years for various acts of unpleasantness and is now striving to become a full time athlete (long-distance triathlon).

Sub 3h15

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 11:42

As regular listeners to Radio 4's Woman's Hour, I'm sure you all heard the John McAvoy interview the other day, talking about changing his old habits (illegal stuff) for new ones (triathlon stuff).  If, through some temporary lapse of judgement, you missed the programme, then it may be worth your while reading one of the several online articles about his story.

Abbers - I used that RW plan several years ago and thought it was pretty good, but I can't find it now.  Are you able to email it to me?  I've selected Manchester as the next marathon which I'll miss through illness or injury and so the training starts soon(ish).  Thank you.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 22:19

I didn't see any thread runners at yesterday's Coastal race.  The 7ft tall Poacher is usually easy to spot, in his Day-Glo running vest, but not this time.  And OO was doubtless home and hosed by the time I lummoxed over the finish line.

It certainly is a special race, but with a 450 mile round trip, this was probably the final Coastal for me.  I was fortunate enough to come second in my category, which was an emotional way to sign off from this event. 

Yep - I finished second out of all the runners with the same first name as me.  Not sure whether there was a prize for that.  Just under 1hr 51.  So about a minute quicker than last year.

Good to read tonight that the runner who was airlifted to hospital is now apparently on the mend.

Moof - that is indeed a whole barrowful of unpleasantness.  What a balls.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 09:46

Yes, a fabulous time indeed at the Coastal yesterday.  I would urge you, yes you, to give this race a whirl.  It's on the wrong side of the country and it took 5 hours to get home, but it was well worth the trip.  It starts and finishes on the beach and hugs the coastline for 13 very attractive miles.

I'm trying not to whine on about injuries these days, so I won't mention the twisted ankle which was getting on my nerves from about the halfway point.  As we re-joined the beach with 2 miles to go, I was just about to stop and walk in to the finish.  But then Poacher and Minni drew alongside, presenting me with a great opportunity to run in with two of the thread's big-hitters.

Amazing run by Minni, considering she'd had hip surgery so recently.  She seemed to know just about every runner at the finish line, so was greeted by an endless stream of hugs and kisses, leaving me feeling rather inadequate.  A state compounded when I was introduced to the unnecessarily handsome OO52, who had finished about half an hour before we limped over the line.

It was great to meet you all.  And thanks again to Poacher for the Bamburgh tip - we loved it and plan to be there again next year.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 12:39

Yes, MsE - definitely keep moving.  Unless that makes it worse.  In which case, stop moving around, you loon.  You're making it worse.

KR - 24 hour solo run?  Ouch.  Are you sure that's entirely necessary?

Poacher - my dedicated support team will be on hand to drive me to the start line, collect me at the finish and then feign interest as I drone on about my coastal adventure.  As you can imagine, they're looking forward to it immensely.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 15:52

We're now booked in at Bamburgh, Poacher, thanks.  I'll be happy if I manage to finish just half an hour behind 00.

What's going on in Gul world?  That sounds like proper training.  Do you have a race lined up, or are you monkeying around with hills just for the hell of it? 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 12:17

Oh my.  That was quite something.  Well done, Slokey.  I did quite a lot of chuckling at your exchange with your wife before Scafell ("Almost finished. Just got to run up that mountain, then we can go home")  Was she pleased for you?

Tony Hunt - I tried one of the milder P&D schedules and it made me feel very unwell in the legs. 

Thank you Poacher for the Coastal resort tips.  I suspect that, even at conversational pace, you and Minni will be well ahead of me.  But I might see you at the end, if you hang around long enough.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 16:49

Poacher - I had a similar operation about five years ago.  The procedure itself wasn't too much of a problem and I was walking around normally within a few days (and gentle jogging within a couple of weeks, I think).  I haven't really been able to test it properly since then, as I'm unable to sustain high mileage (due to a variety of low-lying injuries and old age).  But, if it's any consolation, I suspect that my old torn meniscus injury hasn't impacted too much on my general fitness.  A friend had an arthroscopy at around the same time and is currently running as well as ever.

It'd be a shame if you felt you had to give up completely.  We all have to adapt as we begin to slow down and gradually fall apart.  Initially, this can be rather unsettling.  Slokey and Blisters have turned to triathlon, while others have resorted to something called wava.  Personally, I like to jog alongside back markers during races, regaling them with tales of how, back in the day, I used to be almost average.

Does this mean you won't be at the Coastal Race next month?  I only popped in here to ask you, Minni & OO about lovely areas to stay (or unlovely ones to avoid).  We're going to make a weekend of it this time, which we've never done before.

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