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  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    Long on work hours, short on leisure time....except running.

    Streak = 800 days today.  Four miles of crunchy crispiness in the park and by the lakes.  Joined by Rosie the Jack Russell and her hooman, who was complaining of shin splints! 
  • My sister's got a couple of Pomskies (mini Huskies) down in Newquay. May harness them up next time I'm down there, Cal.

    800 days, Swittle. Bloody hell.

    Back on some sort of form last night, despite 2 bits of Dad's birthday cake and a curry containing sprouts, sweet potatoes and chick peas. 3.3 miles in 29 mins - quickish for me and felt good after. No sign of hoverboard dude. I'm worried for him.
    I run, therefore I am.
  • Nessie73Nessie73 ✭✭✭
    Great to see you Swit, and a tasty milestone for you. I relate to the work thing, it's a busy time of year for me too with imminent A Level exams and coursework to mark. Thank goodness for running eh!?
    Will, pleased you seem to be bit better although sprouts and chick peas will not help stomach trouble ;-)
    JT- super navigational skills. I did an aquathlon in a park last summer where for the run bit, I managed to get off course and run into the back of a circus tent. Which was a low navigational point, even for me.
    Cal, back in the land of the living and running is sounding good.  Am guessing it's a 20 this weekend?
    Me- I did 9 miles at MP ish with the club on Wednesday, with only a little bleeding from the place where my wisdom tooth used to live. Today was 19 miles on the towpaths and so much easier than last week's LR in the ice. It was almost nearly pleasant!
    I've got club relays tomorrow morning and my legs will be like lead so I'll just be making up the numbers for the ladies, on the Z team no doubt. It's only 2 miles so should be a laugh and adds to the weekly mileage with a warm up and down :-)
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    I hadn't realised the streak had advanced so much Swit. Great distances again from Ness and Cal. I end up doing a sort of proxy marathon training. Yesterday woke up to a thick blanket of snow that vanished by teatime. Today 15.2miles in bit over 1hr54. Tired and sluggish to start but got into a better rhythm in time. Lot of digging up being done by utility companies. Followed by some really half arsed filling in and patching/relaying. Went past the university. There was a discarded bra and pants on a path across the grass land. First sign of Spring.
  • Nessie, glad the wisdom tooth behaved itself. When I had mine out about 6 years ago I got what they call a 'dry socket' oh the pain was horrid.

    Cal- You're really clocking up the mileage now.

    Swit, 800 days, I don't know what to say, just incredible!

    Will, glad you're feeling better.

    JT, don't envy you with more snow. And the bra & pants would've had me spooked after the podcasts I've been listening too  :o

    Monday-3 miles, Wednesday 5 miles & yesterday 6 miles. 

    I have no training plan, I'm just running whatever pace and distance I feel like on that day. 
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Unbelievable, Swits.
    JT, your posts always make me smile.
    Nessie - that's the idea, although if I only do 18 I'll be OK with that as it will be on pre-fatigued legs. Doing a parkrun tomorrow - haven't decided which but it won't be my local one. I enjoyed visiting Fulham last time so it'd be nice to tick off another.
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    Will, your last run gives a near 5k time.  You LSD types are nails!  It's been far from ideal Mara training weather.  It's interesting to compare what the different 'recovery' sessions are.

    Of course, JT *is* double-figure* mileage in the N Yorkshire outback regardless of weather.  Clearly, the owner of the lingerie had overheated while running....

    Andrea, I love that freedom to make a choice about terrain & distance.  Well done!  nd, Cal, you're showing fine resilience with the hard miles.  

    Finally, thank you, all, for such kind comments about my self selected obsession.  This Streak might even take me past retirement age!
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    I opted for Finsbury Park parkrun in North London today. Despite being in SW London, it's actually easier for me to get up there than across to some of the other southern events as north-south transport links are much better than east to west, and it was a straightforward tube journey.
    Although I looked at a map of the course, I didn't take into account that it was quite a hilly park, and I wore the wrong shoes. I wore my "fast" Zoom Flys rather than my Frees, and due to the fact they roll you forward coupled with my mild dyspraxia, I had to severely check my speed on the downhills because I kept feeling that I was about to lose my balance. This cost me some time so my result was 27:20, which isn't a terrible time but I could have done better. Only 4th in my category too. But it was a good workout and since it was my first time on that course, it's automatically my best time there. :)
  • Nice tourist Parkrun effort, Cal. Great memories, from what I can remember, of my 2nd year at uni, in a less than spotless house with 4 other lads in Finsbury Park.

    An afternoon trot out and back into new territory today. A fantastic Buzzard perched on a telegraph wire, a few testing bumps and a strong finish - 6.3 old-fashioned miles in 59 mins. Happy with that.
    I run, therefore I am.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    How lovely to see a buzzard, Will! I didn't see anything of interest today, although an Indian Ringneck came pretty close to me at one point. My pied blackbird wasn't in evidence - I hope he's busy raising chicks with the wife.

    Got my 20 done and it wasn't awful. I still had a little running left in my legs by the end so I feel a bit happier about the fact Manchester is only four weeks away. I was also happy to see lots of daffodils, a bit patch of croci and the start of blossom on the trees! And I was ecstatic that, now my water is back to normal, I could have a lovely hot bath when I got home. :)
  • Great 20 there, Cal. Nice work. I'm increasingly getting the urge to do longer runs and looking at marathons for next year. I really like the look of Loch Ness and Edinburgh .

    A nice little Junior Parkrun with the boy yesterday and then ate far too much at my Mum's to contemplate getting the trainers on. So, I fitted my longie in this morning. I am experimenting with routes which help me get my mileage up and found some nice little bits of route today. Legs felt really sluggish though and after stopping briefly at 3 miles to strip off (oh Spring I love you) I couldn't get a respectable pace up again. I kept at it though and also tried my new homemade energy balls (very nice and easy to chew on the go). Ended up just short of 12 miles and funnily had most energy for the last 2. Some miles in the bag and uplifted by the fresh buds and emerging blossom on show. Happy running all!
    I run, therefore I am.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Back from a long ski weekend without internet access and nice to see it busy on here and the regulars all well.

    May the streak go on for a long time yet swittle.   

    4 miles recovery for me this afternoon - felt nice and fresh after 3 days of no running.
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    Serious mileage logged, Cal.  And an uplifting vernal report from Will.  Well run, son of.  :)

    Thanks for that, Hazel.  I can't remember what no running feels like!  ;)  A couple of park-based miles' recovery following a ten-mile darkrun last night.  Soggy by the lakes and some torch bearing late night beachcombers whom I gave a wide berth.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Hello. 4.35mile incline run on the gym treadmill Sat. Then 15min stepping / kind of running on the new infinity staircase at the gym Mon. Dripping with sweat. 8.9miles today pretty quick. 1hr02 with last 3miles at 6:45pace. Have been stuffing my face so at least those calories have gone to some use. Nice and bright. Some of my go to routes are flooded and it's supposed to be freezing temps and snow again at the weekend. Lovely.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Nice running swittle and JT.  I wish spring would hurry up as well I am racing on Saturday and the forecast is for strong wind and potentially snow at the moment.  Oh well, in a few weeks I will be complaining it is too hot probably. 

    A bit above 8 miles for me with my Tuesday group yesterday evening.  Started off dry but it was pouring by the time we had finished.  As it was dark we couldn't see how yukky it actually was (beyond the beam of the head torches).  
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    I'm visiting Prague and Vienna this weekend (flying to Prague tomorrow) and it looks like it'll snow in Vienna. Which isn't great as the purpose of the trip was to go to Prater Park and ride the rides there.
    My calf and hip (well groin, really) have been very grouchy since my Sunday 20 so I took two days off and then just did 4 today. Calf got a bit tight so I decided not to push it further.
    I was worried about the timing of this trip (as I should have been peaking this week) but I think it's turned out to be a good thing, as my grumpy bits obviously need more of a rest.

  • snewma00snewma00 ✭✭✭
    Nice 10k last night, very gentle. Sprint training tonight, before 2 days rest and Tonbridge Parkrun on Saturday and 18 miles on Sunday

    39 days till VLM!
  • Hello Snew - good luck with your VLM prep.

    Always good to give things a rest, Cal. My body seems to be doing strange things at the mo - loose when not expected, stiff when not expected either!

    Hope your weather is kind for the race, Hazelnut, and good luck :)

    Solid running as ever from JT and Swittle. A reliable pair, methinks.

    I had a tiptoe round the croci for a few miles yesterday in the Crem, as a recovery jog. Then today, as Mrs Will is away at the rugby at the weekend, I went out for another longie. I took at little drive to the trail I did my last Half on and cranked up to a bit over 14 miles in 2 hrs 25 mins. It was rather muddy, with loads of puddles and remnants of snow drifts in the shadows, so I was happy with the time and could have carried on a bit - which seems to bode well. Glorious Spring sunshine, a wee breeze and a fantastic soundtrack of Yellowhammers, Skylark and assorted Tits. If that wasn't enough, also a total of 7 Buzzards, calling out their territory and doing some ace courting parallel flights. My energy balls (dates, ground almonds, goji berries, sesame seeds and cacao powder) did the biz again. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable sojourn.
    I run, therefore I am.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    edited March 14
    12.9miles in 1hr36. Quite windy out. Pretty tattered around mile 10 but woke back up again. 
    Good running/training everyone. Enjoy your time in Czech/Austria Cal. Rest your groin. And you Will with your unexpected stiffening.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    :) behave JT..

    Enjoy Prague and Vienna Cal.  Do you good to have a break.

    Spring marathons are approaching fast snewma: 39 days for me too (Zurich rather than London).

    Nice run by you Will hope those buzzards keep calm about runners in their territories.  I've been attacked by one in the past.   Will have a go at making some DIY energy balls myself again.

    Intervalls for me at lunchtime today.  8 and a bit miles with 5x1km with 3 min recoveries.  Set out on each rep a bit too quick and faded a bit - should work on starting slower and speeding up or at least holding the pace until the end.    Fastest km was 4:27, slowest 4:36.   Rest day tomorrow.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Will, I think we're having taper tantrums. :lol:
    I got in a sneaky 6 this morning. Started easy but (niggles aside) I had loads of energy so I ended up doing the last two at 4:15 MP. That's my goal for this year (or maybe next year) although I won't achieve that in Manchester what with all the troubles I've had. I'd be content just to beat my MP, which is 4:29:29. Anyway, it was a good run, although I was overtaken by someone in a Hulk onesie. :mrgreen:
  • Nessie73Nessie73 ✭✭✭
    Just popping in.. 
    Had a quick skim and it sounds like my fellow marathon women are doing well.  Keep going girls, it doesn't get any tougher than this bit..
    Also swittle's soggy, JT's windy and Will's stiff  :#
    Andrea, hope you're OK
    Me- this week's been the usual mix of early morning speed work, a mid long run of 10 miles last night (fabulous, with a head torch, through the forest mainly with my new inov8s), and 4 today at target MP.
    Tomorrow will be an easy 6 ish plus swim as I have Finchley 20 on Sunday, providing the Beast from the East doesn't return as some reports seem to be suggesting. This weather's really making marathon training tricky!  
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Accurate summary Nessie.  Good luck for Finchley - hope the weather is kind to you. 

    Maybe Hulk was practicing for a charity run Cal.

    10 miles for me this morning in 1:30:59.  Bit quick considering I am running in my only pre-marathon race tomorrow.  A 15k with a couple of nasty undulations.  Course PB is 1:08:30.  But that was off training for shorter distances than a marathon and a taper.  Weather looks a bit better than at the beginning of the week - probably a bit wet and 5 degrees but not as much wind thank goodness. 
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Good luck with your weekend races Hazel and Ness. UK weather tomorrow looks to be deeply shit.
    Weather started out pissing wet and windy. A bit knackered recently and didn't much want to go. Figured better to get it over now than in gales and snow. Not so bad actually. Picked a route I've not run for ages following the river Foss. Thing is offroad the ground is mush covered by standing water. Need fell shoes to really cope with it. Ducked back onto roads at an early opportunity. Convinced myself to run long so 16.1miles in under 2hr05. Nearly collided with a car (my fault), a bike (cyclist looking at his phone went through a red light at a pedestrian crossing, so very f---ing much his fault), and a pedestrian (my expectation that people filling the pavement will get out the way isn't always met). I get grumpy when I run tired. 
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    My dog-walking forecaster says cold for only a couple of days but there still might be ice to break  :o   Hoping for decent weather for your race tomoorow, Hazel.  

    International rep hits Europe, Cal!  Hope those parts are less grouchy.

    snewma00, a testing weekend of training - bonne chance to you.  A rewarding 14 off piste, Will - well run; well reported on the ornithological front.

    Numbers are looking fine, JT.  Isn't the tapir an urban myth lol?

    I'm still chipping away daily: 4 round the lakes.  Film crew parked up off Adelaide Terrace: filming another series of the BBCs 'Moving On' by Jimmy McGovern.  They didn't seem to need a pre-pension, sweaty runner as an extra....  ;)
  • Enjoyed your healthily grumpy report, JT. The manners of assorted road/path users often leaves me aghast too. Just who do they think they are? The owners of the black labrador that actually ran through my legs on Parkrun this morning, were given traditional short shrift from me. I am not a bloody hurdler.

    I am equally aghast that you we're t snapped up as an extra, Swittle. They obviously don't know talent when they see it. That streak just keeps on keeping on.

    Best of luck for the races, Hazel and Ness. Enjoy them :)

    Mrs Will is in Cardiff for the rugby, so I dropped the nippers off at Ma and Pa's for pancakes while I did a snowy, blustery, muddy and fantastic Colney Parkrun.  I hurtled off too fast and so found the 2nd lap a bit tough, especially as the course got more cut up. Had a pleasant chat with a cani-runner and her dog, which made up for the black lab incident. Her dog had rolled in fox sh#t and so she was running it through as many puddles as possible. Despite the lag finish, I shaved 26 secs off my course best and was very impressed at the nonchalance with which I presented my snazzy new barcode wristband to the scanner woman. Tidy.
    I run, therefore I am.
  • Keep pushing through vibes to all the marathoners.

    Well done on the parkrun pb Will.

    I had a really good week last week. Sun 8 miles, Tues 5 miles, Wed 3 miles speed work, Thurs 4 miles. Finished it all off nicely with first place woman at the parkrun yesterday in very testing conditions.

    Then I wake up to another load of snow and my daughter has kindly shared her cold with me. 


  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Good running Will and Andrea. 

    15km race for me yesterday.  Was lucky with the weather - cool, only light wind and the first raindrops didn't fall until 10km and not too many of them until I was on my way home again.

    01:09:52 chip time, 1:22 down on last year's course PB but my second fastest time so pleased with that.  My watch went a bit mad on the first 4-5 km and had me running a different course to everyone else and half a km further - never mind.  Legs felt strong the whole way round, though I did power walk up the nasty steep hill at km 9.5.  Was much easier to get back into a decent pace afterwards.  22nd in my category out of 265 and 132nd out of 1743 women overall.  First lady: 51:08, first man 43:27. :D

    Finisher goody: a nice long sleeve technical top, vitamins in the form of a carrot, a banana and a pear..

    Legs a bit tired today but will be out for a long (slow!) run later.  Only a dusting of snow here.    
  • Nessie73Nessie73 ✭✭✭
    Well done Hazel and a very tasty time and position!
    And great park running from Will and Andrea, although Will's dog crap story nearly made me heave.
    JT, great grumpy running and a star turn from our very own swittle.
    Me- I did my 6 ish miles on Friday in the forest, a veritable mud fest in the spring sunshine, mucky, wet fun and a beautiful day. Then yesterday, as promised, the snow hit again, and Finchley 20, along with just about every other race, was cancelled :-(
    So I went out with a group from the club at a slightly slower pace than I would have liked, a little fed up but I still got my 20 miles in, and felt fine at the end. 3 hours 13 OK time. It does make a difference running with company, the time flew by. A great route took in the north end of the River Lea up to Broxbourne and Lea Valley park, and conditions weren't too bad at all. Most of the paths were fine. It was freezing and we were running into a headwind on the way back, but it was behind us on the way back.  And equal splits, pretty much to the second. 
    I'm disappointed that I didn't get to do Finchley as the plan was to do the first 10 easy, then the second at target MP, which was impossible today due to the pace of the group.  I'm thinking I'll try to be very disciplined and try for negative splits on next Friday's 20 
  • 10 miles from here to Ally Pally and back again. Respect to all those training for the Spring Constitutional. I start acting like a bored toddler after 13 miles. No patience. "...are we there yet?"  At 26 someone would have to call my mum...."yes Stephen threw his shoe at another runner, then started eating another competitors energy bar....yes its best you come collect him..."
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