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Down in Kent for 10 days, already been out twice and pace is getting progressively quicker, sub 12 min/mile now. Weather been great and it's a lovely part of the world.
Em - Glad things to be going better for you.
Claire - I still have a bit of a cough from my cold a couple of weeks back, it does take a while to shake off. My cough goes away when I am running though thankfully!
Andrew - Glad you had a nice break.
6m at the running club, bit of stopping/starting and waiting for other people so not a tempo run either and shorter than I wanted but enjoyable nonetheless. Rest day tomorrow and then a long run to do not sure when possibly Friday.
Grant - Glad you had a good holiday and well done on the pace coming down.
Well mmm Mondays run...... I was doing fine till I got to about 2miles then I had to stop and felt like stretch my right calf and round ankle. I thought friend I was running with would have stopped...... nope. Nevermind. Anyway was in agony. I ran/walked it back to the start and my car. Long and short of it is ive got a pain starting from my lowerback going all way down right leg down to ankle. Bit skint to go see physio, but a good friend who is an anatomy lecturer and she is doing a course to be fully qualified in sports massage has offered her help, so I am going for a massage tomorrow. Fingers crossed it will release the area. Whatever happens im doing City2surf.
Em - Glad you had an enjoyable 6mile run with the club.
Grant - Awesome news about your pace! Glad you had a good holiday and I hope your cough goes
Andrew - Glad you had a good holiday too
I will let you know how I get on tomorrow. Im thinking its a trapped nerve as stretching in Pilates last night really eased it off, so I have been doing lots of that today.
Claire - Glad its not just me thats clumsy, if it was the fall that has caused it then hopefully you will recover more quickly. Whatever it is fingers crossed the massage helps.
Claire - Ouch, hope the message does the trick!
NV - We are in Sandwich, lovely town.
Em - Enjoy the rest day, I am already looking forward to mine tomorrow, my legs are a bit weary.
Claire - fingers crossed for the run tomorrow.
Went to the running club, did 5 and enjoyed it but it isn't keeping to my plan, long run tomorrow, 16m looking forward to it although they say its going to rain, typical!
Well run this morning went really well, I managed 5.1miles and I managed to keep a very nice slow pace of 11 min/miles. Trouble was the second I stopped I got bad cramp in calf and its not really gone. I am at work at the min, but I am going to do lots of stretching tonight again.
Em - I hope you have had a good 16miler
Nv - Sounds like a really good weekend of training there, im looking forward to getting back to the 10mile mark again, I really enjoyed that distance.
Andrew - Yep I know after the event I have laughed at it myself, I am a liability! Hows your training going?
I have done my long run 16m, have to say the last mile was like chinese water torture, I just kept wanting to stop but forced myself to keep going until the watch beeped, it felt like a mental battle rather than a physical one. I need to blow the dust off my camelbak as I took 2 gels and 500ml of water with me and had drunk all the water at the 10m mark. Luckily I ran past a leisure centre at that point and I asked if I could fill up my water bottle in the loos, they were really nice and said, go through to the gym, the water from the water cooler is better. On the plus side it didn't rain, and I ran most of it off road, either by the canal or on an old railway walkway, on the canal there were clouds of butterflies at some points, beautiful.
NV - I have personal messaged you about the torq gel you mentioned a few pages back, I felt like vomiting after the 2 gels I had today, it makes the run unpleasant as you know you are going to have to swallow something very nasty at some point. It is strange because last year I found them ok but this year I can't bear them. Hope the training all comes together, are you multi-talented and play golf, swim, cycle, run and play golf, maybe there is a new sport/discipline waiting to emerge, sort of like modern pentathlon.
Claire - sounds like a good run except for the leg cramps, have you suffered them before, I used to have a lot of cramp when I was in my early teens and then when I was pregnant, and remember them as being pretty unpleasant. Don't overstretch, sometimes when your muscles have contracted like that they can be very sore for sometime afterwards and stretching them out can send them into spasm again.
Andrew - You did it, no rain....I am following smartcoach at the moments, although I can't really do the paces it suggests all the time. So this week should have been 8 (tempo), 8 steady, 16 at steady pace, then another 8 steady, then another possible short optional run of 3m if I fancy it, total 43. So far the 8 tempo was a failure as I don't think hitting the pace for 1m counts, 6m steady, 5m steady, 16m at MP+60/70secs. I will def do 8m steady on Sunday, so I will do the 43 but without the speedwork - which is the bit that will help me get better. I will try and be more focused next week. Are you training for anything at the moment?
Grant - Sounds like a good holiday, and that the running is coming together as well.
Sorry very long post - happy running all, I am resting tomorrow and am being taken shopping for a bridesmaid dress as my sister is getting married, I thought there would be an age limit on being a bridesmaid, but apparently not, the theme is pink so wish me luck!
NV - Yesterday was certainly the day to head to the course, it is miserable today!
Em - Well done on getting your 16 miler, esp pushing yourself for the last mile. When is Loch Ness?
Claire - Glad you enjoyed your run, fingers crossed the cramp sorts itself out.
Andrew - Good luck with getting yourself back into the swing of things.
I went out with my brother-in-law this morning, first time I've been out with someone else. He's a bit faster than me and dragged me to another 3 minutes off my 5K PB. Should go out with other people more!
NV - Ouch I bet it hurt - hope you mend quick and that the bike injuries are not fatal.
Grant - I agree its much easier to push yourself with another person. Loch Ness is 3/10.
Rest day for me today, dress sorted and its quite nice.
NV - Ooya, glad you managed to get a run in. Fingers crossed the bike makes it.
Em - Pink bridesmaid dress, poor you! Glad it's not too bad!
Well I have decided to give myself today off. I probably should be doing something............. however I am aiming to do anything over 6miles tomorrow am so with the way things have been a rest today is probably not a bad decision. Well thats how I have justified it
Em - Sounds like a good 16miler there, well done for pushing yourself round that last mile. No dont really suffer from cramp that often, its usually in my feet if I get it. Calf does seem lots better today, though I am still aware of a pain there. Glad the dress is nice. Hope you had a good rest day yesterday.
NV - Hope you and bike are ok! Well done for getting out for a run too.
Grant - Awesome work on another 3mins off the 5k time.
Andrew - Hope you manage to get back into swing of things soon.
NV - Glad that both you and the bike are recovering.
Claire - Wise move with sore muscles.
Grant - How is the plan going?
Did my run 8m steady, but felt horrible, a stomach bug is doing the rounds here and I think it must be my turn. Feeling grim so any early night is on the cards in the hope that I will be all better by tomorrow.
I am feeling much better this morning, hopefully its gone, see how I am later when I run. 8m today with 3x1m efforts, then 8m steady, 20m long run and another 8m steady and a shorter 3/4m run to be fitted into the rest of the week. Then next week - gulp it moves up to 10/11m for the steady runs until the taper, its not much further than the 8s I've been doing but some how it seems harder.
NV - That doesn't sound like much fun, make the most of your rest day.
Well I managed another 5.35mile run, its pretty slow for me 59.52. But hey was out in the rain and the wind.
Em - Hope your feeling ok, well done on the 8miles. See how you are tomorrow, might be worth resting for your long run.
NV - Hope your feeling alright too!! Well Done on your 11miles.