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Posted: Yesterday at 17:01

Forgot to add .. time (which is  nothing to write home about) was 2hrs 36mins.

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Posted: Yesterday at 16:53

Not as well as I hoped in my case HS. Despite trying an electrolyte drink and compression socks the dreaded cramps in my calf muscles made an appearance at around 9.5mls. They got worse and worse and I ended up walking a lot of the last 3mls. But I managed to keep running in the finishing straight and over the line. Not how I wanted to complete Bath and it has just reinforced my decision to give up trying to run HM's and stick to 10k races in future. The only exception will be the 10ml race in my home town.

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Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:48

Thanks for the good wishes for tomorrow everyone ..

JJ - good luck with the house improvements - we are in the throes of trying to move house so plenty of potential for problems depending on how things go.

Exhausted - I'm not overly stressed about getting a cramp - it will be more a case of "Here we go again .." if it does happen. But thanks for the tip of stamping the leg down.

Columba - the 'Senior Moments' thread always brings a smile to my face. My number is 14594 but I certainly hope that won't be my finishing position! I see we get assigned to pens based on our number so don't know if that means I will be at the back of the orange pens somewhere? I'll keep an eye out for you.

HS - well done re that club tempo session.

BIW - hope the chilli & rice helped with J's cold.

We are heading for Bath this afternoon and staying overnight - will mean a less early (and less stressful!) start tomorrow morning. I've just been setting myself up to use cashless parking for the first time - hope it works!

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Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:36

Oh dear .. I see it's been a week since I last posted.

Lots of good running and swimming, visits to 'that' London with grandchildren and other stuff going on I see.

BIW - thanks for the catch-up - I had been wondering why you hadn't posted. Hope you thawed out okay after you got back from Bavaria. BTW, I am the same re McD .. but I hate them with a venegance and would rather go thirsty than even buy a coffee from them.

Columba - welcome back after your enforced break re internet access not being set up correctly. I am friends with Red on Facebook but have been too busy to get on there lately.

Exhausted - re dishwashers and laundry .. there's a 'Senior Moments' thread on Fetch you can post on if you don't manage to stop yourself next time.

HS - I recorded the track cycling at the weekend and enjoyed what I saw but I must confess, after almost 3hrs worth of viewing I admitted defeat and deleted it.

As I mentioned, life has been very busy lately but I'm hoping that will change very soon.

I had planned to go out for some easy 3ml runs this week but they didn't happen. So my next run will be the Bath HM itself on Sunday. I am confident I can do the distance okay. My concern (as you know) is that I will suffer from cramps in the calves. But I will wear my compression socks and make sure I have my electrolyte drink both before and during the race and hope that stops the worst of the effects should the cramps occur. I will try and get back on here as soon as possible to let you know how I get on.

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Posted: 19/02/2015 at 12:04

Red - I do love a good typo/misheard word like those I mentioned. In my job as an IT support person I deal with incidents raised by our help desk. I have collected screen prints of some classic ones. Like the lady from Liverpool who was supposed to have a problem with the "Daily Weark Program" (must have been the accent when she said "work"). Or the person who complained "the system is bugged" (think there was a silent "er" in their somewhere).

HS - same thing here. I bought Saucony Guide 7 which were an upgrade from the Guide 5 I had been using. Having done some long runs in the Guide 7, the Guide 5 have now been 'retired'. But I haven't yet done the "all retired shoes shuffle down one - oldest ones get dumped" procedure. Hope you don't get too wet later.

I set my alarm for 6:30am (normal time) and when it went off I laid back for "a few minutes". I didn't wake up again until 8am which just goes to prove to me how knackered I have been feeling lately. Still, like Red I am supposed to be tapering for my HM so I'm not too bothered .. may just leave it and run at the weekend.

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Posted: 18/02/2015 at 23:35

Red - the SIS Go tablets have magnesium in them .. perhaps that's what I've been missing up to now? (can but hope). I'll be cutting back to shorter 5k/10k races after the Bath HM and don't usually have any problems over those distances. Probably won't need the compression socks until I start building up distance again for the 10ml Ridgeway Run in October.

HS - enjoy the new shoes (same model as current ones?)

Exhausted - a big 'phew' then after you finally exchanged? Glad to hear you were still able to fit in a run.

BIW - don't think I've seen you post lately - hope all is okay .. *waves*

I am working from home tomorrow which means I should be able to get out for a run around town before work. Will try not to dither as much as last week before getting up and out .. running kit is all stacked up ready to go on top of the chest of draws.

Which reminds me of a thread on Fetch - someone saying they saw a 'chester draws' being advertised for sale. Someone else said they saw an email where a suggestion was to offer a disgruntled customer a 'goodwill jester'

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Posted: 17/02/2015 at 22:51

Sitting in bed with the laptop and thought I would 'pop in'. I tried logging on a couple of days ago but the RW website wasn't playing ball at the time. Apologies if I don't do a 'proper' catch-up as it's late - still struggling to find time to call in here more regularly

Before I headed out for my long run on Sunday I tried the smoothie my running friend suggested and it tasted nicer than I expected! I wish I could say it helped with the twinges (cramp) I've been getting lately. As usual, the problem started at around 11mls but I managed to ignore it and completed 12.5mls in 2h 17m (11.05mm pace) so was happy with that. Mrs Wm has been in Cheltenham today and called into "Up & Running" for me as she had some time to spare. She came home with some Hilly compression socks and SIS Go electrolyte tablets which I'm hoping might help with the cramps (both suggested by fellow runners and also recommended by the Up & Running people who are runners themselves). Worst case scenario for Bath - I suffer from cramp again towards the end and 'manage' the situation.

Incidentally I tried the compression socks earlier this evening and it took a good 5 minutes to get them both on!!

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Posted: 12/02/2015 at 15:31

HS - I tried Twitter (I really did) but decided it wasn't for me. I could get the info I wanted via Facebook (and good old email). And Twitter is much more geared towards self-promotion than FB is. And I found I really wasn't that interested in the (sometimes banal) day-to-day activities of the people I did choose to follow. Add to that the fact when watching tv programmes or events I wasn't interested in "joining the conversation" you can see why I deleted my account after a short while.

Red - I've never tried banana and peanut butter combo but am willing to give it a go!

As I said yesterday, WFH today. So I did 3mls on the treadmill this morning. As an experiment, I upped the speed on each mile and my splits were 10.25, 9.14, 8.34 (overall time 28.13). Obviously completely different to running outside but surprised myself at being able to run at that pace.

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Posted: 11/02/2015 at 18:03

Red - shame there's no immediate redress but pleased to see there may be a way to get back at those people because the price/acre will have mysteriously increased Remember, revenge is a dish best served cold. Grrrr re your filling
turning into something bigger (and more expensive!)

Columba - my Bath Half will start off as a long run (slow, steady). Then depending on how I am feeling, I'll try and speed up a bit in the 2nd half (and keep my fingers crossed for no problems).

HS - I always seem to get stuck on Sudoku despite it allegedly being solvable through logic. Crosswords I can do - Mrs Wm always leaves me a few 'easy' clues to help her finish her crossword. When I was being treated in early 2014, my physio was drumming into me the importance of regular stretching now I am that
little bit older. Well done re the hilly circuits session.

BIW - well done re the tough swim session.

Not managed to run yet this week - that special project I am working on is still taking up my spare time. I am working from home tomorrow so plan to go out and run before work.

Have had lots of sympathy/advice on Facebook re my cramp last weekend. The upshot is, I will try taking my Clif Shot Bloks at 5 and 10 miles. And pre-run, will try a smoothie drink someone suggested .. water, plain yoghurt, banana, pinch of salt, 2 tsps of peanut butter. Sounds weird, and haven't a clue what it might taste like but I'm willing to give it a go! Hopefully between them, those things may provide me with the salt/potassium I might be needing to stop the cramps towards the end of the run. Will still have a 50/50 orange juice/water + pinch of salt drink afterwards.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 13:44

HS - getting a cramp towards the end of a HM is the bane of my life. At the risk of repeating myself (sorry, did I mention details before?) when I did the Bath Half in 2010 & 2011 I had problems with my left calf at around 9-10mls both times and ended up doing a jog/walk/hobble to get over the finish line. I had physio treatment at the start of 2014 for a problem with the left soleus (bottom of calf) and thought that might have been the cause - but Saturday's twinge was the right calf (grrrr..) and it felt like a common-or-garden cramp. I think all I can do is stretch every day (like I should be anyway!), make sure I've eaten properly before the run, maybe have a banana (potassium?) and keep having a couple of Clif Shot Bloks at 6-7mls. I have a 50/50 orange/water drink with a pinch of salt post-run .. probably wouldn't harm to do the same thing before the run plus all the above.

Red - grrrr on your behalf re those idiots who were 'buying' the land but didn't have the funds in place when it came to it. Surely there must be some way of getting redress?

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