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7m last night in alot of wind and at one point torrential rain, some of it with the running club at a slightly faster pace, not very fast, mostly due to the wind. Then I got home to sort out the tea and find out that we had a power cut that lasted ages so the poor kids had to have a picnic tea, they went to bed praying the power cut would last and they could have another day off school - sadly for them (but not for us because our freezer was starting to defrost) it was not too be! Today is terrible for running but I am going to try my hardest to fit it in.
Bob - Sorry it wasn't quite as you would expect, can you leave feedback so that they know and perhaps can improve matters. Well done on your achievement despite the bad conditions! Will you keep running after you have had a rest?
Grant - Sounds like its going well, agree with NV get 30mins under your belt.
NV - I hope you get the answer you want from the school. Those intervals make me shudder.
Willy - A good plan for the week.
Bob - sterling effort, loving the work, definitely send a nice email off to the organisers as if no-one tells them they can never improve S&O has asked the most pertinent question though, are you coming back for more?
grant - I'm with you on that, mine decides to swap sides rather leisurely as she please, love her to bits though! And another vote from me, get 30mins steady under the belt have a week or two at that, and just keep the enjoyment going.
S&O - it's good to get out in those miserable weathers (please remind me of this when I need it myself) as it can then be used on not so miserable days as a mental positive kinda yeah it's a bit rough today but not as bad as the day when it was raining, sleeting and hailing all into my face all at the same time
NV - Sounds like a good plan rest well to come back stronger! Good luck with the school.
I'm the kind of person to throw myself headlong into stuff I do, not bad but it can lead to me losing sight of why I'm doing it, which I think is what has happened, so yep still planning on the Vit as my A race, but this years goals have changed from time to weight loss, enjoyment and finishing the races I'm doing in whatever time I finish them in - so any time before the cut offs will be fine plus I've got the marshman entry in the bag for next year to keep me churning on through the winter.
So this week is stil going ok food choices have been more sensible than they have in a long time, and once again I've cycled in, all on track so far...so I have to cycle home quick shower, then I have to do a bit of walking with the Army Cadets to help them pass expedition (only 2 miles or so) then rest tomorrow (from exercicse will no doubt still be racing around as we have to take male mini-me to the ENT specialist think he has glue ear but we're hoping to find out more tomorrow).
Been and done a nice steady 5 miles and I beat my race time from Sunday, but that wasn't too difficult as its alot better weather today.
NV - Well Done on the swim, dont blame you for taking a rest from the run. Yep the race on Sunday was very funny, im glad I did it even though i felt a bit rough yesterday. Sorry to hear about Galaway but your right you cant miss the first day at school, thats a one off, and there are always other races. Any races taken your fancy? Enjoy your intervals later. Im doing mine tomorrow
Em - With the mileage you do im sure you will be fine if your eating more than normal. Well Done on doing all that in the wind. Im glad im not the only one I though that too...... Rush?? Well Done on the run in those weather conditions. Glad the power is back on.
Willy - Sounds like your training is going well, Hope you manage a run on Saturday.
Bob - Congratulations!!! Hope your resting now.
Gran - your doing great! Like the other have said get to that 30mins running, then there will be no stopping you.
Thanks for the comments, folks. The experience was really positive, it was just the lack of organisation at the finnish that bugged me. I filled in the questionnaire on the Edinburgh marathon website and added my comments. And if they read some of the comments on this web site . . . they must have got the message by now.
Grant - I'm thinking of doing the Glasgow 1/2 M in Sept, or maybe Oct (can't remember which) with my daughter who will be way out in front of me, but what the hell . . . ? As for your uncertainty about pace/distance, NV said it all, Distance first and you will know when you can up the pace, 'cos you will feel like doing it.
NV - I love your target for the HM, I am pretty sure you will be able to do it.
S&O - Wet, Windy, Cold (?), no power, hungry kids - happy days. You have got a big heart - and yes I will be continuing with the running, have been enjoying it even though I seem to have lost a hell of a lot of time leading up to the M with leg injuries. I did something to my right calf after about 300 yds on Sunday, walked for half a mile and it eased so ran for about half a mile . . . then the left calf went!!! walked about another mile and tried a tentative jog followed by a gentle sort of flat-footed run then got going at last. So all things being equal, the next run MUST be better. Hey, ho, a new pb in prospect. What's involved in the Highland Fling (is that the Loch Ness M?)?
Willy - Nice to hear you so positive, considering how well you were doing early last year, I'm surprised at how much you have slipped back - but obviously you have the will(y) power necessary. Join me and keep going.
Claire - I was going to say something and I have forgotten what it was . . . Oh, yes, Who the hell are Rush? I'm a proper dinosaur, I guess. And no, I'm not resting, feeling great, was at a ceilidh last night and had the last three dances, played golf today (very badly admittedly) and am amazed that I am not flat out in my bed.
The weather has just been plain weird here, had a lucky break and got out after getting kids from school - husband couldn't work at work as none of the computers were on after the power cut yesterday. But it was awful, the wind speeds were incredible, at one point I was running near a cliff edge and had a genuine fear I might be blown off it. Then I just got to a point when I literally couldn't actually make any headway due to the wind, the muscle effort was a 8min mile and the actual speed was 11.30, that interspersed with hail stones and periods of torrential rain, broken up by bright sunshine all led to a 7m run which was 6min slower than normal....
Rest day for me tomorrow but unfortunately no ceilidh or golf....Bob I don't know how you do it. I hope that you can get your calf undercontrol, the highland fling is in April and its 53m but I am also doing Loch ness mara this October.
NV - Its a strategy that has worked in the past! I look at it this way, I could be demanding a 5 day shopping trip to NY to celebrate my 40th, instead I am proposing running 53m in the same country and without the shopping opportunities, a much cheaper option! I think that it would be very exciting to see what you could do with your half time if you trained for it exclusively, you are improving so much.
Claire - Hope the good weather is on its way to us, or just less wind, you need to enter another 5m race in better conditions. How many weeks til your half?
Willy - Your back already, ticking off the sessions for the week, hope the hospital appt goes well.
Grant - Hi *waves*
Happy running to all.
NV - It is strange isnt those milestones to get past, Guess I was lucky I just seemed to set myself the two. I struggled to get to that running 30mins none stop, then after that the next one for me was 10miles. Next one for me is Freckleton half on 19th June Im looking forward to that one, I'd just like to get a couple long runs in before now and then, but I should have the time. How did the training go yeterday?
Bob - I dont know who rush are thats NV who mentioned them. Canadian band if I remember correctly...... Glad to see your thinking about doing a half, that will be a breeze for you after the mara.
Em - Sounds like you have had it really bad with the weather, hope it has eased off for you now. Sounds like a tough run there, very glad you didnt get blown away! Hope you have a good rest day.
Well its intervals for me again today. Im hoping I will enjoy them as much as I did last week
Good morning (afternoon now I've finished typing this) everyone.
I joined the council gym at the weekend, mainly cause it saves money given we go swimming as a family every week and went for my induction and a quick cross training session last night. Felt really good, I think my running has made a big impact on my overall fitness (and losing a stone has helped too I guess!). Woke up this morning and legs felt surprisingly fresh and so managed my second workout without a problem (2 x 10 mins runs). Onwards!
Grant, if 2x10min posed no problem I am sure you won't notice it when you cut the walk break out. Probably if you can run for 10min without stopping the break between sections is more psychological than actually needed.
NV - Hope you got your run in!
Claire - What intervals are you doing?
Trying to gather up energy to ring movistar (spanish telephone company) they still haven't cut off our old landline, despite a million calls....they are so inefficient its unbelievable.
Claire - Intervals 2 days on the trot...how did they go?
14m in the rain today on an undulating off road course, really enjoyed it because although it rained for the whole time there was no wind! Felt good and actually managed to speed up a bit after 10m, didn't take a gel, didn't feel like I needed it, just fuelled up properly yesterday.
NV - What did you decide about Galway?
Hi to everyone and happy running.
Its quiet on here at the moment, hopefully because everyone is out running! A rest day for me today.
NV - You are just cramming all your training for the week into 1 session, 100K on the bike sounds gruelling. Sorry about Galway, it does get you down especially when you have had that as your A race for so long. You just need to find another challenge to get excited about.
Claire - Sorry about the pain, hope you can get it sorted soon.
Evening all! Thanks to all for the encouraging comments - the 25 minutes went by very easily actually, which I was doubly surprised about as I used a very hilly route (the problem with living on the top of the hill, the run always ends with a nasty climb. Off to Islay tomorrow for a week and already got a few routes worked out, really looking forward to the break!
NV - Really sorry to hear about Galway. Sod's law but the school will decide to delay the intake. Hope you get another race sorted, it really does help focus your training which I have just found out!
Em - Hope you had a very pleasant rest day, all the miles you've been putting in you deserve it.
Clare -Sorry to hear about the pain but sounds like you found the silver lining!
See you all in a week!
Hello, another total novice here. I really need to get fit (and lose 2 stone) and I think running is my best shot. Walk home from work about 3 miles so planning to fit the running in there to start with.
Going to dig out my sports bra and trainers, Tuesday is D Day! Try to do a bit of aerobics and strength training at home but am somewhat inconsistent. My diet is a bit erratic as well, so will be concentrating on that too.
It's nice to realise that not all runners are like the ones I work with, they are all superfit and not an ounce of fat between them, I've been thinking that runners are an elite that I could never belong to
Na All runners aren't elite its just great to get out there and enjoy it and it is a great way to get fit. Good Luck on Tuesday, dont set off fast just try keep a nice easy pace going and walk when you need too. Dont try to run it everyday as you do need rest days, they are as important as training days. I built up running like you are going to, try to keep a mental note of how far you got and the next time your out just try push yourself to the next kerb/lampost/bus stop etc etc before you know it you will have built distance up and be able to run the whole way home. Let us know how you get on. Oh and if you think folk are looking at you just say to yourself its only because they are thinking they should be out doing this. and its probably right.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend, good news is that my knees are feeling soo much better now so I will be out first thing on a run not sure what distance to do..... might just see where I end up.