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GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 17:44

Okay, so it was 4.5mls rather than 5 and it had clouded over by the time I got out. But I got round in 46.40 (avg pace 10.20) which is not bad for me. The only problem I had was dodging the mums (in cars and on the pavements) who were out in force on the school run

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 12:52

Toby - well done re 12 miler.

I'm going to have to do a bit more than 7mls when I go out at the weekend. Working at home today and on 'earlies' so finishing at 2pm. And its a nice sunny day too. So am looking forward to getting my running shoes on after I finish work today and hitting the streets for a 5ml run around town.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 17:11

HS - glad to hear the various medical tests are all coming back positive and fingers crossed for the blood test result tomorrow.

Red - my problem is the 'garden' trainers are still basically okay when it's time to pension them off and it always seems a shame to throw them away. Although last time one of the neighbour's cats speeded up the recycling process by leaving a pile of cat poo in the hedge I was trimming back which I duly stepped into.

BIW - enjoy your rest day!

My boss found an unexpected 'feature' of these new Win 8.1 phones earlier. The front screen suddenly became very large text and he couldn't work out why. It turned out the 'ease of access' setting was switched on and a tap with two fingers rather than one acts like a magnifying glass .. he was very relieved when I worked out for him another two finger tap would put things back to normal.

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 20:47

HS - glad to read you have recovered after your problems at your race. And that your club mates were also keen to be reassured you were recovered.

Exhausted - can't believe the insensitivity of that conductor - possibly makes you question the time you spend on the 400ml round trip? Hope your chest has recovered by now.

Columba - sounds like your choir mistress has better 'people' skills than that conductor. Well done on your race result and PB.

Matsmum - fingers crossed the x-ray results don't take too long to come back.

I had a busy weekend so wasn't able to run. I worked all day on Saturday supporting some system patching. Then on Sunday we were in Warwick to deliver presents and eat cake (grand-daughter's 6th birthday). I'm afraid I was a total wuss tonight - rather than go out and run in the rain I did 4mls on my treadmill.

We've been given new Nokia Lumia 635 mobile phones at work that run Windows 8.1 - yet another new device to get to grips with. But in reality it was easy to set up and get used to and is actually a really nice phone. More techie stuff - a friend has explained to me how to create MP3 files for my iPod from YouTube videos (useful for those obscure tracks which you may not find anywhere else). 

In other news, I have just got myself some new shoes (Saucony Guide 7). My current Saucony Guide 5 have done 400 miles so I will probably be needing to 'retire' them in another 50-100 miles. At times like that, all the old running shoes shuffle down the line and the oldest (used for gardening!) get replaced.

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 17:55

I didn't get out running at the weekend - I was working all day on Saturday and on Sunday we were in Warwick, delivering birthday presents and eating birthday cake (grand-daughter's 6th birthday). I was feeling too knackered to run yesterday so gave the idea a miss. But today I was feeling brighter. However, I was a complete wuss and instead of heading out into the rain, I did 4mls on my treadmill

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 19:08

Hi everyone,

BIW - interesting to read about the the training plan and the idea of A, B & C races. Not that I do that many races myself but I consider it a good idea nonetheless.

HS - so sorry to hear about your problems in your race. But you showed determination to finish and lets face it, you retook many who had passed you earlier. And as your clubmates told you, it was just "a bad day at the office". So no need to be too down and there will be other races!

Columba - I suspect I run my LSR's too fast (10:45mm pace) but it feels comfortable and never feels like I am working too hard. Good luck at Elan Valley race.

Red - hadn't considered wearing my power pants for xmas but now you mention it ..

Exhausted - I'm the same and find coming in from outside (or vice-versa) can set me off coughing. Anyway, glad to hear you managed a speedy 8 miles!

*waves* to JJ

Continuing the musical theme, I used to play trumpet when I was at school. Worryingly, I think it is still lurking around somewhere.

And I was in the school choir and was head chorister at my local church for a while. Of course, I'm still just as angelic these days  

Time was short on Tue eve so I just did 3mls on my treadmill. Today I was WFH and as I was on 'lates' was able to run first thing. It was a good 'un! I went out just after 7am and did 4.5mls at 10:10mm pace. So I'm still getting faster and creeping ever closer to 10 min miling!

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 16:49

Hi everyone,

Toby - pleased to hear you and Snowmaiden had a good 10ml run on Friday. Sounds like you are really relieved about the pebbledash removal being finished and that peace and quiet has returned.

Lynne - welcome along. Best advice I can give is build up distance slowly for the long runs - no more than 10% increase each time and have a cutback week every month where you drop the distance a bit before increasing again. Concentrate on building up the distance before worrying about what sped you are doing. And as it's Hadrian's Wall you are doing, you had better do some hill training midweek.

Yvonne - congrats on the new arrival. Enjoy your break in Cornwall. Christmas preparations next week? Is it Christmas soon then??

B&T - the blingy version of the new shoes weren't available in my size so I had to go for 'boring' blue again (sigh..). I don't have time to do long runs midweek at the moment - maybe when I'm retired! Shame abut organisational problems at trail race but glad you 'mostly' enjoyed it.

CW - glad to hear training (various) is continuing to go well. When I cycled regularly with a friend a few years back we used to cycle as fast as possible down the hill in Wootton Bassett High Street - just to see if we could set off the 30mph warning sign!

Time was short on Tue eve so I just did 3mls on my treadmill. Today I am WFH and as I'm on 'lates' was able to run first thing. It was a good 'un .. went out just after 7am and did 4.5mls at 10:10mm pace. Creeping ever closer to 10 min miling!

'Mature' runners.

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 11:45

HS - I see it was the electric meter you had replaced and now have a monitor. Seeing how much electric gets used each time you boil the kettle etc. will certainly concentrate the mind. Hope you managed to get your problems with 'Full On Sport' website sorted. Hope today's race goes well and the 'go faster' socks assist your running.

JJ - when I had my offside front replaced last week the garage checked the tracking for me.

Columba - my office overlooks the M4/M5 interchange and the traffic around there is regularly bad, even after the introduction of the 'managed motorway' scheme where the hard shoulder can now be used. Interestingly (when the traffic is not as bad) you see the camera flash as some people get caught out by the average speed ANPR cameras installed on all the new gantries. BTW, I understand cleaning counts as cross-training.

BIW - I've had my Hudl (Android) tablet for six months now and am still finding new things out about it. Hope you've managed to sort your phone out by now. Loving the idea of you and SIL having plans of your own with the menfolk off to the Bahamas.

Matsmum - sorry to hear about continuing hip problems - hope the x-ray helps with the diagnosis.

I went out yesterday and decided to repeat my 7.25ml route. I usually have a quick walk break after the one big hill but managed to keep going all the way round this time (even when drinking) and my time was a couple of mins faster as a result. I do need to start adding on a mile or two over the coming weeks though and continue building back up to HM distance by March.

I ordered a new pair of shoes yesterday. I've been running in Saucony Guide 5 recently but couldn't find any in stock in my usual places. So figured I'll be fairly safe sticking to the same make/model even if there have been some minor changes from the current Guide 5 to the Guide 7 which I've ordered. I treated myself to some new Saucony socks while I was there.

HS mentioned his 'go faster' socks. I treated myself to some 'Jockey' sport briefs, one pair of which are bright red. I jokingly refer to them as my 'power pants' and wore them when I got my recent 10ml PB. So maybe there is something in the idea of 'lucky' running gear after all

 

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 10:59

B&T - I'd be interested in trying one of those 'obstacle' type tough runs if they weren't so damn expensive. For instance, the recent Tough Mudder in Cirencester Park was around £70. The Bath Half at £41 is around my limit and I'm afraid I've got better things to spend my money on. Good luck with today's trail race (which may or may not be over and done with by now). Years ago (before I took up running again) I did the Sarsen Trail but walking the 26mls from Avebury to Stonehenge so I know the route you'll be following. My friend and I walked it in 8.5hrs .. no idea how long it would take me to walk/run that far.

Having missed my Thu eve run I didn't bother going out on Fri as I was heading out yesterday. I did my 7.25ml route again and next weekend will add on another mile or so. I was pleased yesterday to keep going the whole way round, even after running up the 'Big Bertha' hill and didn't even stop when drinking. I knocked a couple of minutes of last week's time so that was good.

Like B&T, I've just ordered some new shoes. No-one has my Saucony Guide 5 in stock any more so I've gone for a pair of Guide 7. My current shoes have just clicked over the 400ml mark and I know from experience I will have to retire them in another 50-100mls.

GULP just entered my first half marathon

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 17:14

Toby - well done re 10ml run - hoping to be back up to that sort of distance myself in a couple of weekend's time. Thanks for the link to the BHF website ..

Was considering running tonight but have to pick Mrs Wm up from town - so probably go out tomorrow instead. Unless that 'Friday Feeling' takes over and I find myself sitting on the sofa, glass of wine in my hand 

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