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Race to the Stones 2015

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 11:09
Philip - I'm really sorry but in the last 10 minutes my running buddy and I have decided to do the chiltern 50k instead, because the organising of the race to the stones was just too complicated with the traveling and shuttle buses etc. I hope you find someone else to take the entry - have you tried one the Facebook ultra running Community page? Sorry I can't help this time.

Race to the Stones 2015

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 09:48
Philip Riches - I am planning on entering this event in the next few days (once I've sorted out the rather complicated logistics!). I can't message you through here but if you read this in time and still have your entry space I can take it off your hands provided they can swap it over to me.

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Posted: 21/04/2015 at 22:03
No more babies here!!

Sorry, have been at work today and only just home and have some work to do tomorrow, but will definitely look into the blog option in the next few days.

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Posted: 19/04/2015 at 22:17
Kinsey - I agree basically with Caro on the point of having children at hospital appointments (we try very hard not to allow them where I work!), but I strongly suspect you'll be quickly in and out anyway, so hopefully it won't be an issue.

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Posted: 19/04/2015 at 22:16
Caro - we've got an inset day that day too, and although we may be camping for the weekend we'd be back home by Monday afternoon, so we can touch base nearer the time. Appreciate you may not want to delay your journey home on a Monday evening though!

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Posted: 19/04/2015 at 21:03
CC - so sorry to hear it's tough going. Thinking of you all, and hope you can resolve things to leave you both in a place you can move on from. I guess a degree of emotional blackmail is not unexpected if something's happening to you that you don't like and can't do anything about - but maybe (hopefully) with some time you can get things settled and organised in the way that's best for you all. Thank goodness you've got your family supporting and looking after you, x

Kinsey - I think taking young kids to clinics probably wouldn't be anyone's choice, but if there's no one you can call to pick him up if you're delayed, then I think you'd be better to have him with you than to end up having to leave if there are delays. If at all possible I'd try and gave someone on standby to get him though...I wouldn't want to have O stuck in a clinic waiting room with me, and bearing in mind that some people may be getting bad news/be unwell etc, it's not really an ideal environment for them. Fingers crossed it all goes ok.

Nurofen - glad you've had a good weekend. One day at a time and all that...!

PG - what half ironman is it? Good to hear you legs are ok post marathon!

Caro - When are you down at paultons park? If we're around you could pop in here for tea before heading back home...let me know if you fancy it!

Hoggle - sounds like a lovely time, and loving the pics on fb. Your baby is another real cutey!

I'm in a funny running place at the moment having felt on fire a few weeks ago. I feel like I've totally lost my mojo/motivation and have passed up several running opportunities which I should have taken. Maybe laziness getting the better of me! I've been feeling really tired and haven't been sleeping well, which never helps, but still not sure where my running energy has gone. Still, 11 days to go until the 'race', so I suppose it's not too bad a time to have a slow down! Fingers crossed I've done enough to get me round, and no injuries currently so should at least make it to the start line...

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Posted: 09/04/2015 at 22:32
Ugh, Camlo. Warm initially, then cold, smelly and a little chafy surely?!????

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Posted: 09/04/2015 at 08:29
It's cheating really Kinsey - I did my long run on Wednesday last week, and Tuesday this week, so within 7 days that already made 39 miles before I did anything else. I then decided to run to my parents house on Sunday but massively underestimated the distance - not sure how really, since the direct route along dual carriageways along the docks is about 12 miles, and I was running much more cross country so it shouldn't have been a big surprise - and I nearly missed lunch with all the family! Anyway, that added another 15 miles I wasn't expecting and since I have a limited number of times I can be out running for 3 hours I had to do the next long run on Tuesday despite my legs feeling quite tired by that point!

Camlo - Thank you. I think I'll have to aim for slightly slower - I was thinking 10/10.30 as a reasonable 'running' pace and walking the uphills. It does depend a bit on the terrain and what the weather's been like as it's mostly off road so I guess I might be much slower than that if it's tough going! How's your training going?!

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Posted: 08/04/2015 at 22:57
Good luck for the weekend PG3 and JG!

Thank you for all the kind words here and on Facebook. We are now in the waiting phase as my dad needs 4 more scans before they make more decisions - so another couple of weeks. I am a lot calmer than I was!

I now need more running advice! I have stuck to lotte's long run suggestions and have done 14/18/22/14/21/18 over the last 6 weeks, and (fingers firmly crossed) have survived relatively niggle free. I was complaining to my husband last night that my legs felt trashed, and then realised that in the previous 7 days I'd run 61 miles! Now I'm pretty sure that before this month I've never even run 61 miles in a month, let alone a week, so I'm excusing the trashed leg feeling - and assuming that legs just feel tired when they've done lots of running?! I'd sort of like to taper now really, while the going's good, but there's still 3 weeks until the race so I think I'd better keep going!

My question is about pacing this thing. My long runs I've been doing at about 9.45 pace on average (I know that's very slow for some of you!), but I presume I should start the ultra much slower than that to hope I can keep going, but I don't have any idea what I should be aiming for! The last run of my 18 miler yesterday I did at just over 7 minute mile pace - it was ever so slightly downhill and it just felt so good to have a bit of speed again - so as always, I question my ability to pace anything at all. Maybe I've just been being lazy on my long runs and should have been going faster overall, but my main focus has been on getting miles in whilst not getting injured - I most definitely have not followed the rule of increasing mileage by 10% a week!!

Having written that all out, and probably bored most people senseless, I've realised that several of our ultra runners are away anyway and probably won't see it. Ah well!

Hope everyone else is having good Easter holidays. We are loving the sunshine!

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Posted: 12/03/2015 at 14:41
That's great Lotte, just what I needed, thank you! My long run is mostly going to be on a Tuesday as I have most of the school day child free so can fit it in with limited effect on everyone else (some effect on work, and general household stuff, but there are always compromises...!), but there are a few weeks when I'm really going to struggle to get out at all. The worst one will be when I'm working 3 days and then husband is working all weekend. I should be able to get out on the Tuesday, and a short one on Sunday if husband gets home for a short while and is feeling very generous, but that might be it. Not great, but it is what it is!

I don't think I can really justify and expensive bag as I'm not sure how much use it will get, but I'll have a look at the decathlon offerings, and may look on eBay, gumtree etc as you never know what people are selling!
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