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  • 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..."
  • snewma00snewma00 ✭✭✭
    Happy Monday all
    A good weekend of running - did Tonbridge Parkrun on Saturday - 22.50 in very tough conditions and a hangover!
    Did 17 miles yesterday, was very cold, very hilly, but was steady and felt strong. 3rd marathon and first time I've ever used energy gels was yesterday - but gave me a good boost.
    Legs feel okay today too!
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Shame about your race Nessie but well done for finding an alternative solution to at least get in the 20 miler.

    I like the idea of the bored toddler Stephen.  

    Well done on your parkrun and the 17 miles snewma.  

    I did just short of 17 miles as well yesterday.  After Saturday's race my legs were a bit tired but I kept the effort sensible and treated myself to two short walking breaks to down a gel - normally I try to keep running.  I also did an out and back, on the first leg against the wind and on the way back with it (fortunately).  Rest day today.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Fine long running Ness and Hazel.
    I've never considered nabbing an energy gel. Out running in the warmer days of summer I have seen people with ice creams and thought, "I could have that and be away."
    3.1mile treadmill incline run yesterday. Part of a gym session including high intensity 22mins on the infinite staircase (that I nearly fell off during a runny bit), and rowing machine for the duration of The King of Limbs (which is pretty short). Under 9miles in under 1hr11 tonight. Cold out and slow easy pace. Ironically nearly slipped on a pile of grit. Went through the city centre and couple of ghost tours doing their rounds. Went past a man bundled up as best he could sleeping in a long box under a bridge. His situation occupied my thoughts for the rest of the run. The level of society we have that someone freezing in a cardboard box overnight is a scene replayed in every town and city is an absurdity.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Sorry about Finchley, Nessie - but well done on getting your 20 done regardless.
    Excellent running everyone else!

    JT - and everyone really - if you know of a rough sleeper, you can send a message to https://www.streetlink.org.uk/ to let them know and they will try to get them some shelter. They'll also let you know after if they were able to find the person you told them about.

    Anyway, I had a few nice days visiting Prague and Vienna. Beautiful cities, but the coaster bit was something of a wash-out as, due to the weather, most rides were closed. :( (I am now considering Vienna Marathon next year so I get another chance to go back to Prater Park and do all the rides I missed!)

    Didn't run yesterday due to the ice, but got myself out for 6 miles today. Cold, but at least it was OK underfoot. My groin is still tetchy - I'd hoped the mini-break would give it a chance to calm down, but apparently not. Hrmm.

  • Europe sounds nice, Cal. Shame about the lack of ride action. 

    Helluva 15K time, Hazelnut -  nicely run!
    Good effort, Nessie and JT. Homelessness is plain unnecessary. Disgraceful here in Norwich too.

    We had a little snow and I trail ran a few miles where I used to lark around as a boy. Memories of stolen ciggies and homebrew :) That made it 35 miles for the week - my biggest ever total and more than planned. I hit a hat-trick last night, with 4 very tired legged miles. Body tells me to quit while I'm ahead and so I'm taking 2 days' rest and having a curry in preparation for a 15 miler on Thursday. 
    I run, therefore I am.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Thank you for the link Cal. Rest and curry Will sounds a winning combination. I think too my body is asking for a rest, but I'm ignoring it. I will not be dictated to. 15.2miles of country backroads in 1hr56. Got a "now then" from a farmer, a collection of temporal tenses which dayjob as hello in Yorkshire. Better than a "how do". I saw a horse on a busy street. Bold rabbits also by the rubbish tip. Cold to start but the day got milder and there was sun.
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    The fauna are taking over, JT.  Curry on a school night, Will?  ;)  Have a good '15'.

    Culture vulture, Cal!  Hazel, you've built up impressive endurance and race pace too.  Winning combo.  :)

    snewma00 - impressive short & long outings.  Nessie - last weekend saw many races go to the wall.  Those 20s in March used to reassure me I could do 26.2.  Used to run three 20-mile events in consecutive weeks when I could trundle a bit.  ;)  

    Good miles, Andrea.  Still Streaking, still wondering why.  Fresh, bright & cold today - and so was the morning!  Just the 4 and the soggy, boggy places are drying up - and in the coastal park.....
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Are you in Yorkshire then, JT? My dad was from Barnsley so, whilst I'm a Londoner, I have a bit of northerner in me.

    Definitely better weather today - crisp and bright, just how I like it. Hat, gloves and sunglasses weather. I did 10 miles at MP. Groin wasn't bad. Hamstring grumbled most of the way, but I'm ignoring it. I ran Liverpool with it in worse shape so I know it's just making empty threats.
  • snewma00snewma00 ✭✭✭
    Nice 7 last night, sprints tonight, 10 on Friday and then a quick 14 on Sunday planned.

    This is perfect weather for running, nice and crisp as you say Cal! Have a good rest of running week all!
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Good structured work snewma. Yes Cal, North Yorkshire. 7.5miles today in 54mins so perky run. Bright and clear but nasty freezing wind was back. Loads of dog walkers about. Probably gym tomorrow.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Swift stuff JT.  

    Shame about the parks on your trip Cal.  I might join you in Vienna next year.  I did consider it for this year but due to the travel costs wanted to stay closer to home for my spring mara as I have Berlin in the autumn as well.

    Good luck for your 15 miles today Will.  You are building the mileage nicely.

    5 x 600 intervals with 2 mins recoveries for me yesterday following 11 hillyish miles on Tuesday evening.  Not the best combination.  I didn't pick the best of routes for doing the intervals as I was either running up or down a gradual slope with wind resistance and assistance.  Did it therefore by feel rather than pace.  A got-it-done session.  Rest day today - would be a lovely day for running as cold and sunny but I will go for a walk later instead.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    I'm hoping to do Berlin at some point too, Hazel... I didn't get lucky this year but there seems to be more chance of getting in than London at least.

    I wasn't going to run today either, but when I popped out to the launderette it was so lovely I rushed home and got my running gear on. Of course, the second I got outside the sun hid behind a cloud and then it got greyer and darker but hey, it was my first T-shirt run of the year.
  • As I up my mileage limits for a prospective marathon year in 2019 I have Loch Ness + Edinburgh at the top of my list.

    With that in mind, I hit the still sticky trails and went one better than the planned 15 - hitting 16 miles in 2hrs 51mins. Not fast by any stretch, but my longest run yet - so rather satisfying. Tough going in parts but my old mate Percy Verance saw me through.

    Natural highlights: Brimstone butterflies, Buzzard, Kestrel + v close male Sparrowhawk,  Yellowhammer, Rabbits and pristine Primroses.

    A thorough mental cleansing, too.

    Happy running, MLRERS!  :)
    I run, therefore I am.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Good running Will - noticeably pushing your distances and mileage.
    Another perky run, just under 10.1miles in 1hr12. Wearing minimal split toe "ninja" running shoes. Cold hard wind again, never quite blowing in the direction I expected. Snow expected next week. This winter is a bit clingy. A little school kid shouted "go on son" as I ran past. Hmm, thanks dad?
  • Nessie73Nessie73 ✭✭✭
    Just popping in to say hi to MLRers
    I'm finding this bit of marathon training exhausting, particularly alongside work being super busy and homelife.
    Anyway, still plugging away here with the usual Tuesday early session (which was crap), Wednesday evening mid long run (fine, 9 ish miles), and this morning saw my second 20.  Was feeling so tired before I even set out after a 14 hour day at work yesterday but I dug deep and did it. The weather here is much nicer, which helped, although I was very thirsty for the last few miles.  Am now eating. And eating.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Hi Nessie!
    JT - Vibrams? I have some for bumming around (used to wear them to the gym but I don't go to the gym now) but I didn't like running in them. I have very tight calves and a history of calf and achilles problems so I stick with the Frees most times.
    Got the Zoom Flys out today, though, as I wanted to hit up a new parkrun (Victoria Dock, in its second week).
    It's a nice, fast flat U-shaped course that goes past the Excel, and it's quite a small field (97 runners today) so I thought I might do a decent time. Note that I've only run under 26 minutes twice, back at the end of 2016, once at Tooting Common parkrun and once on a track. Both times I ran 25:52. I wasn't really expecting to do that today, but thought it would be good to go under 27 at least. Well, I only went and knocked half a minute off my PB! Official time was 25:21! 7th lady too - my best ever, even if it was purely down to the size of the field. Alas I didn't win my age category as the lady 7 seconds in front of me turned out to be my age too.
    But holy crap, that really wasn't what I was expecting.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Well done on getting the 20 done Ness. That's a great swift run Cal. Congratulations.
    No not vibrams but related. It's shoes by a US company Topo, founded by the former CEO of Vibram. They're Japanese Tabi style split-toe affairs. They're pretty much prototypes in look and feel. Topo soon ditched the separate toe design. I went through a phase of buying shoes from start up companies when samples popped up in the UK market.
    Never had Vibrams. I do have Vivobarefoots, and even more extreme Evoskins which are effectively latex foot gloves (another product which didn't take off). I can run in most anything but am happier with uncushioned minimal shoes.
    A long post considering I didn't run today...
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    Sweet 16, Will - well done - and great double-figure efforts from Nessie [those 20s seal the Mara deal, I found].  

    Impressive sub-26, Cal!  JT, there's a thread on fetcheveryone.com about minimalist footwear.

    Day 814 as & when I venture out tonight.....
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Wow swittle, you'll hit 1000 before the year's out.

    A strange run today. My legs felt tired and yet I had to keep checking my pace as I kept running 15-30 seconds faster per mile than I should have. Covered 18 miles but as I didn't want to do hills today (trying not to anger the hamstring any more than I need to) I ended up doing laps and laps of Clapham Common. It was a bit monotonous so I gunned the last mile just to get it over with. 3 hours 7:28, average 10:25.
  • Nessie73Nessie73 ✭✭✭
    6 miles easy at target MP today
  • 10 miles done in my "look at my arse" Nike Dri Fit tights at a pace somewhere between steady and get a move on. As I finished I was thinking that if I turned around and did it all again it would be 20 miles. I never run 20 miles and as I have mentioned before I would probably cause a commotion if I did. So again to all of you out there running for the Marathon and doing 20 mile runs, respect, and for you young Nessie a special thumbs up for being able to do it while working 14 hour days. Thats mental. 
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    16.2miles in my "look at my arms" t-shirt. First outing they've had this year. The sun was out so felt obliged to run and had a proper long route in mind, but didn't want to go. Anyway, pushed myself out the door to wing something. 2hrs06 but tired at the start and finish. Lots of families out on bikes. Saw a dead squirrel. Was overtaken by a rotund young man who then blew up. Must rest.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    T-shirt run for me today too, JT! It should have been a rest day but it is glorious out and the next three days are supposed to be grey and rainy. I just couldn't pass that up.
    Usual niggles aside, my legs felt surprisingly good although there was some soreness in my left calf. I ended up running a fair bit quicker than my usual recovery runs. 6 miles, no regrets.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    A bit behind as I was away over the weekend.

    Excellent work by Will on the long run.  Good sensible approach to marathoning next year.

    Enjoy all that eating Nessie.  20 miles after a 14 hour day - wow.

    Great PB Cal and a nice 18 miler too.  Enjoy the taper.

    :) to the tights Stephen and the T-shirt JT.  Do we get pictures?

    Day 816 already now I guess swittle :)

    For me a mixed bag over the last few days.  A good 11 miler on Friday during which I had to keep slowing myself down (probably thanks to the new shoes straight out of the box...), and a 4 mile recovery on Saturday taking in the Swiss and German banks of the river Rhine including 6 x 100m strides.  Enjoyed both of those - nice spring weather and spotted the first shoots of wild garlic.  Yesterday's 18 miler with 14 @ marathon pace went badly in contrast.  The legs were willing but the mind and especially the lungs weren't.  Combination of not enough to eat, not enough sleep and the stress of the last days (not running related) probably.  Took a couple of short walking breaks to try to settle myself down but gave up.  Not good as I have only managed one decent marathon pace run during my training so far and time is getting short enough that I shouldn't put in another.  Probably should start thinking about revising goals. :/
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