The Accidental Runner


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Sub 3h15

Posted: Today at 15:51

I meant life times, of course.  Not running times.
Nobody cares about the latter, really.

Sub 3h15

Posted: Today at 15:02

Shame about work getting in the way of your fourth PB, Poacher.  If the planets are aligned, I'll be making my Abingdon debut this year, at my 3rd (or is it 4th?) attempt.

Fear not, GM, some good times will be heading your way soon.  They have to be.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 22:20

Today's half marathon in Tipperary wasn't my quickest ever, but it was certainly my most aesthetically pleasing result.  1:38.38 is such a cute little number, I'm tempted to dim the lights and subtly ask for its phone number.

As with pretty much everything else in Ireland, this event was somehow much more relaxed and enjoyable than its English counterparts.  Well, apart from the beefy young man who took off his vest and sprinted past me, flexing his muscles.  That was quite annoying.  But everything else was hunky-dory.

Two months ago I laboured to a 1:45 in Freckleton and felt exhausted by the end.  Well, in truth, I felt exhausted long before the end and the final few miles were a terrible grind.  But today was comfortable and as I crossed the finish line I felt as though I could go back and do it all again.  I couldn't have, of course.  I was just being all giddy, trying to impress my 1:38.38 date.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 23:12

Lovely report, SJ.  That's a terrific achievement.

I felt tall and proud when I wheeled my new 'Boardman for Beginners' out of the bike shop today.  After a quick ride around the carpark, where I failed to work out how to change gear, I wheeled it back inside, in search of the uber-cool sales assistant Adam.  As he taught me how to operate my new bicycle, I tried not to notice the smirk beneath his Kings Of Leon beard.  The scamp.

Anyway, gears a-go-go, I set off on what turned out to be my longest ever bike ride.  33 miles, ladies and gentlemen.  Completed with unassisted gear changes.
Ha!  Take that, beardy.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 17:42

Ironmen and 24 hour endurance runs are all very well.  But I'm afraid I've just knocked them all into a cocked hat with my own momentous PB, achieved this very afternoon.  

3 chin-ups on my pull-up bar.  I didn't think I'd ever manage 3 in one go.  Next stop, three and a half. 

Very impressed with Minni and MsE.  And I loved MsE's observation that, 'if we'd done some training, we would have been better.'

Great stuff, Slokey.  The leg-shaving clearly works wonders.

Sorry to hear that, GM.  I hope you're okay.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 14:52

No worries, Minni.  I know they never allow transfers.  Thanks again though for trying to fix me up with a number in the first place.  I'll have to be less sloth-like when entering next year. 

I'd say that 7 at marathon pace in this heat equates to 10 on a normal day, Leslie.  So let's chalk that one up as a successful session.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:04

Sorry to hear you couldn't run, Minni.  Hopefully you'll be fixed in time for the Thunder Run.

1.28 is a great time on that course, OO. 
Impressive PB there, Jools.  Did you get confirmation of the time?

Clearly not a real foot, marrows.  Nice CGI trickery though.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:08

Sorry to hear that, GM.  I hope it all turns out well.

Wetsuits all round, marrows.  I think they were compulsory.

Slokey - Did you notice that the 3.8k and the 1 mile swim were both won by the same guy? (45 & 19 mins).  The bloody show off.  Are you doing the next one in the series?  Thankfully, I'll be on holiday.  So I'm excused.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 11:08

Nice work by the family Birch.

That's an impressive day's training, Slokey.  I did admire the scenery of that mountain.  Didn't occur to me to run up it though.

I got there early and watched a bit of the 2.4 mile race.  Then I slunk off to a cafe for tea and cake and tried to come up with a valid reason not to go through with it.  But, unusually for a race day, I had forgotten to be ill or injured. 

I was only mildly terrified as I entered the lake and managed not to scream when a fellow swimmer inadvertently splashed some icy water onto my face.  Starting right at the back, my focus was solely on not drowning or (even worse) having to call to one of the kayak marshals for help.

After a few minutes of friendly bumping and bashing, I found myself in clear water and was swimming well.  I had obviously left those losers behind.  I forgot about the cold and just concentrated on form.  I was King of the lake.  In fact, I was probably going to win this thing. 

After a while, I looked up and realised I was heading the wrong way.  I was going at a 90 degree angle to everyone else.  What a nuisance.  So I turned around, caught up with a group and re-joined the bumping and bashing.  Two swimmers actually stopped and apologised after they had punched me in the face, which I thought was very polite of them.

The winner crossed the line in a frankly ridiculous 19 minutes.  I finished hot on his heels in 35.37, relieved that it wasn't quite the humiliation I had feared (182nd out of 340).

Slokey - What kind of voodoo gadget do you have that tells you the time and distance of your swim?

Sub 3h15

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 20:17

What a swizz.  Just as I'm starting to appear all macho by swimming a mile in a freezing lake, somebody comes along and out-Alphas me.

Slokey - You're testing my patience now.  If you complete your 2.4 miles before I've finished my measly one mile, then I will be seriously upset with you. 

Just visiting, Abbers.  It's my favourite place to publicly embarrass myself.

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