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GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 20:54

Just stopped by to say I've been out again this afternoon. Did 4.5mls at 10:16 m/m pace so was happy with that. I'm obviously a bit fitter than I was - checked back and the last two runs on the same route took me a few minutes longer and included some walk breaks

B&T - just to let you know I have de-activated my Strava account. I wasn't getting anything out of it that I can't already do on Fetch and wasn't interested in paying for a premium account.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 17:08

Diana - I wish they would let me work from home more often. My boss (female) works from home 2-3 days a week but likes us to be in the office (one rule for her; one for us!). My company are supposed to be reviewing flexible working generally so perhaps there will be an edict from on high which will overrule her and allow me to be more flexible too.

BIW - hope you get that problem with the IT provider charging you sorted out.

Redhead - sorry to hear about yesterday's horrid 10 miler because of breathing probs.

HS - well done re that 18.5 miler and today's recovery run.

Columba - well done re your LSR (with added fast bit!)

I'm usually glued to athletics on tv but the Commonwealth Games and European Championships have passed me by. Don't know why but suspect its the overkill of too many hours of coverage and time to fill and the resulting dire commentary from the likes of Denise Lewis that puts me off. I'd rather have less coverage and do away with 'pundits' stating the bleeding obvious  Making tv programmes too long and then having to fill them with fluff or repeat what they've said (like some documentaries) seems to be a disease that tv suffers from these days

I surprised myself on Sat. I managed to do 7.25ml and to be honest, I wasn't sure I was capable just yet as I've only been back running for a few weeks. There was a lot of background noise in Cirencester Park where I ran as there was a "Tough Mudder" event going on (10mls with lots of obstacles and mud).

I surprised myself again today. I worked from home so have been out and done just under 4mls. When I checked afterwards my average pace was 9:48mm - I've not been able to run at that speed for ages!

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 16:40

Yvonne - you mentioned a muddy wet 8 miler. Forgot to say, on Saturday when I was out running they had a 'Tough Mudder' going on in Cirencester Park - and I thought of you.

Em - I like the fact your Garmin is the boss .. it seems to be having the desired effect anyway.

Toby - shame about the poor turnout for the cake sale but glad to hear church members chipped in as well.

I worked from home today so have been out and done just under 4mls. Was surprised when I checked afterwards - pace was 9:48mm (not been able to run that speed for ages!).

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 17:57

Was on call this morning. Been out this afternoon and done 7.25mls in Cirencester Park. Really pleased with the way I have been able to build up the mileage over the last few weeks. Feeling much more confident now about being ready for my 10ml race in October.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 17:19

BIW - shame about Nemo's retirement.

HS - thanks - nice to be back. Bit of a b****r about those lock gates being left open.

Red - I discovered the joys of a steamer a few years ago. But I've not had any to remove lately (everywhere is just painted rather than wallpapered).

I worked from home yesterday. As there was no drive home to contend with I was able to go out after work and did a 5.5ml run around town. At the moment I'm mainly concentrating on building up my distance ready for my 10ml race in October. Will go out at the weekend and try a longer (7ml) run. If that goes okay I can think about doing some faster/shorter runs during the week. I'm doing 'earlies' for the next two weeks so that means it will be easier to fit my training in as I'm usually home by 4pm.

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 16:53

CW - good to hear from you. Shame about missing out on a place in that 1/2 ironman. Good training going on I see - hope you can find another triathlon and a sportive.

Toby - good training going on with you as well I see. And great progress from snowmaiden and poohbear. Bet that fry-up DID taste good!

I worked from home yesterday and gained an hour as I didn't have the 35ml drive home. So went out after work and did 5.5mls. Pace (10:40mm) nothing special but TBH, I'm just interested in building up my distance at the moment for my 10ml race in October.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 13:27

Hello - I'm back from my week away in South Wales. Took my running stuff with me but didn't use it - was too busy walking with Mrs Wm and looking after grand-daughters on a couple of days and generally having a lazy time.

However, I did go out on Sunday and did just under 6mls in the rain in just over an hour. I was pleased with that distance/time as that was only the fourth run since I started again after my injury/C2C six month layoff from running.

Posting from work so don't have time right now to catch up properly - will try and catch up over the next day or two.

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 16:25

Hi everyone. I've been away in South Wales this last week so just catching up. As mentioned, I took my running gear with me but it didn't get used - was too busy with visiting places and going on walks with Mrs WM.

Toby - lots of good training going on I see and good times being posted.

Em - glad to hear you are over your injury problems and able to do a 13ml training run. Good time too - similar to my two Bath HM results (about which .. more below). See you managed some pb's for 5k and mile too!

B&T - no problem, you did look very snazzy in that crewroom kit. Well done re 10ml run last week - hope you can get some more good training in before Chippenham HM.

Yvonne - as B&T said, makes you feel tired reading about all the training runs you are doing lately.

I went out in the rain yesterday and managed just under 6mls in around 62mins. Was really pleased with that run as it's only the fourth time I've been out since starting running again. Pace was around 10:40mm so that seems to bode well for future training and am feeling more confident now about building up for my 10ml Tring Ridgeway Run in mid-October.

You'll probably remember I had to cancel my Bath Half 2014 entry because of my calf injury? I don't have enough time to train for any autumn HM's. And I've had an email offering me a guaranteed entry for the Bath Half 2015 (not any cheaper unfortunately). I've floated the idea of entering with Mrs Wm and she's positive about it (she gets a weekend in Bath after all) as long as I do plenty of long runs beforehand and keep up the stretching (she doesn't want me conking out at 9mls with calf problems yet again).

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 13:34

Red - I'll try that leaning technique next time I'm running downhill and hope I manage to stay upright. Thanks to you (and Columba) for explaining poo picking.

BIW - well done to your leggies for getting you home before that thunderstorm.

HS - we had a tv installed in the kitchen at work for the olympics and it didn't get taken away afterwards. So we're able to pop in and watch some of the games every now and then. Well done re pyramid session.

Columba - as above, thanks for explaining poo picking which could possibly be classed as weight training! Well done re interval session. I always enjoy running in the rain (once I've actually got out of the door and into it!).

DianaD - hope the decorating is all done now. Nice photo btw.

JJ - thanks for advice/reminder about interval training

After Tuesdays 4.25ml run I had planned to run again yesterday evening but a bad night's sleep on Wed put paid to that as I was too knackered by the time I got in from work. I will be away from Saturday - will take my running gear with me and hope to use it. I need to check the local area on the OS website to see what paths/bridleways are available. So no telling where I may end up!

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 13:13

I can report B&T got out for a run and looked very snazzy in her Crewroom kit.

I didn't run yesterday evening. Had planned to, but had a crap night's sleep on Wed night and was too knackered when I got in from work. Will be away from Saturday - will take my running shoes with me but have no idea if they'll get used for any actual running!

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