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Thanks for the good luck,
Good luck IM.
what - Boscombe 10kwhy - it's the final countdown
IM: Go girl
SSING: welcome, who were you in 2005 / 2006?
What: 3-4miles recovery in a momentWhy: Legs are toastLast Hard: yesterdayLast rest: 14 days.
good lucks again to IM and Hilly
I'm waiting to see what the weather is going to do here today. It's snowing right now and there's snow on the ground. It's a bit hilly round here to run on icy roads and pavements (scotty broke a finger in february attempting it).
Feeling rather grotty too - I think I've just had more sleep in 2 nights than my body is used to and now I feel groggy.
So I'll be back a bit later to report on the what and why...
Good luck racers
Recovery day today - so light gym + stretch + swim + sports massage later.
OK, so I can post:
What: 3.3 miles in the snow d&dWhy: why notLast hard: yesterday?Last rest: 14 days
The snow on the pavement forced me to take it very slowly today which was a good thing so I ran easy for a change. I'm particularly pleased that the first uphill mile is getting faster/feeling easier depending on how I choose to approach it.
Have a good day everyone.
all the best to racers today
What - 9m (the 1st 4m with Jnr)Why - BaseLast Hard - Getting out the doorLast Rest - most the week (30.5m for the week - cut backs.......)
Feel much better today and was great to run with Jnr even if the weather was terrible, wet and cold here in North Hmapshire......
Snow??????????????? A balmy 28C in Dubai today.
3-4 miles morphed into 7! Cos I realised that anything in excess of 5.5 was going to take me past the 100 miles in 14 days since I started the comeback. Being the anorak I am it had to be done!
Good luck Hilly and IM..and anyone else racing..
Welcome SSING..you should have started todays thread posting at that time...looking forward to following your training..impressive targets..
What: 14 wet , undulating, windy miserable miles..glad its over and done with..
Last hard:..that was
last rest : 12 days
Lyrics - noTraining - yes, 11 miles at 7.44s, ran out to Milford along the A6 and back, gently rolling - a couple of gentle hills - gives me a bit of confidence that 1.40 should be doable at the Turkey Trotbut 1.35 might be a step too far. Slowest half I've run (save one I ran with my partner) is about 1.36/7ish so I'll see if I can finish inside that. I'm carrying a stone more than ideal racing weight but unlike when I first took up running the weight doesn't just seem to drop off now.
Beautiful crisp cold morning here - well once it had stopped sleeting it was.
Off to see who SSing is
Welcome SSing. I recognise the name from somewhere
Hilly - Hope all went well today was thinking of you while in my race in my efforts getting up one of the hills
What: 7.2k approx XC league raceWhy: Its for the teamLast Hard: *laughs* today
Back from my first Cross country race in quite a few years, it had snowed early this morning and there was still some about once the race started 2 twisty laps with some steep inclines and some steep declines muddy in places slippy in others. I was fighting most of the way with 2 lady thrift green trotters one disappeared and it was a mad tussle to the end. Finished 44th lady. sounds impressive eh! Finished in 38:47 course was about 7.2km (according to the permit). We won of course. We won the last outing so things looking good as a team. Next one is Dec 14th
Alas no HR stats as HRM had worked its way loose and no tme to fix it at the start but i worked hard couldn't talk at the finish. So just nodded head when team mate asked me a few questions
What : Still trying to decide.
Well done Pammie on the xc. If the weather was anything like it was here, wet and windy, then I bet the ground was a right mush.
I didn't end up racing for the DRRL title as my rival didn't turn up, so I was able to run round knowing that I'd won. I tried to race hard, but have to admit to losing a bit of drive in places. It was cold, wet and windy and not at all enjoyable, but job done. 3rd lady finisher so nice M&S voucher and bottle of red wine.
Finish time was 40:29 - not a fast course
Hilly - congratulations on the title!!!
Race report: Swindon 10k
It's about 20 mins drive for me to the start in Wroughton. About 15 mins into that journey, the clouds closed in and the heavens opened. I felt really sorry for the car park attendants stood in the freezing rain. However - "car park attendants" is always a good sign on the organisation front, especially ones who are prepared to stand out in that kind of weather.
Parked and looked out at the rain. "Hang on - there's some blue sky over there - which way is the weather travelling? Looks promising - think I'll sit here for 10 minutes". Rain duly stopped (just at the time when the car park attendants could start to think about going inside!!), so I trekked over to race HQ. Quietly busy here - short queue for online entrants to pick up their numbers, but efficiently done. By the time I got outside, it was sunny!
Bit of a warm up, weather improving all the time. On the start line at 1055 for an 1100 start. Crikey - for a first running of a local event, there's hundreds of us! I see people with numbers up to 450, maybe beyond - I was expecting maybe 200.
And we're off. Bit crowded at the start and they didn't line us up in any kind of pace order (which is my only, very minor, criticism of the whole organisation). So, I spent the first km picking my way round slower people. I am now a confirmed fan of the "no MP3 players at races" idea - the number of times I got cut up by people with earphones suddenly changing direction when I was coming up behind them was crazy.
Splits as follows - these are off my Garmin. I got to the 1km marker on the course in 4.09, but there's no way I ran that quickly with the crowds. I'm pretty sure this km was short and my Garmin registered the whole thing as 9.95km. However, for reasons that will become apparent, I'm blaming that on the Garmin, not on the course!
1km - 4.28 - flat start, feeling stronger than normal at the start2km - 4.21 - out of the crowds and settling in3km - 4.26 - this is feeling ok, actually4km - 4.36 - we turned a corner here and ran into the wind and slightly uphill5km - 4.39 - held up a bit here when the road narrowed and I caught some slower runners at just the wrong time6km - 4.26 - basically the same road as the 2nd km - seriously thinking about a PB by now7km - 4.29 - repeat of 3rd km and only slightly slower - PB looking a strong possibility8km - 4.45 - repeat of 4th km - again, into the wind and slightly uphill - struggling, but I think the PB is in the bag9km - 4.43 - repeat of 5th km, still only a little bit slower!10km- 4.22 - this was only 0.95km on my watch, however...
...that makes for a total time of 45.20. Given that my PB before today was 46.18, that's got to be a very satisfactory morning's work.
Nice touch at the end with jaffa cakes and jelly babies on offer by the finish line.
Race HQ was inside Swindon Karting - it was thoughtful of the organisers to arrange some post race entertainment in the form of loads of youngsters racing round the karting track at speeds that scared me. I did a race session there for a stag night a while ago and this lot were driving a lot more bravely than I did!
By the time I had been to the loo and got myself a cup of coffee, the first few pages of the results were already posted on a noticeboard, including mine. That's pretty efficient, I reckon.
Very well organised. Good course. Friendly marshalls. A big "well done" to Grass Roots Events.
Oh, and did I mention - I got a PB!
Well done on a shiny new PB SGQ.
We've now had all kinds of weather today - snow, sunshine, torrential rain, wind. The joys of November in Kent.
Making flapjacks now to cheer me up.
Hilly brilliant, but I hope rival didn't not turn up cos she hadn't got a place
SGQ well done on the PB
What: 10.6 ml, mainly easy with a few faster bitsWeather mainly sunny, with a few burst of heavy rainWhy: last longish run
Thanks for the well dones
Hilly - Brillant it was mushy in places and exposed, must get some proper shoes though as i feel i may be making this a regular thing
SGQ - Well done on your new pb. An excellent mornings work.
Well done SGQ, Hilly and Pammie - hope I haven't missed anyone, doing all this one handed while feeding Munchette.
Didn't make it to the start line of my XC - gutted as I love gnarly conditions. And it was my comeback race.
Did an easy run yesterday - first run post-baby that I've felt like I'm getting my speed back. I was going along fine on flat, soft ground, feeling great - and tore a calf muscle.
Last time I did antthing like this was when doing high(ish) mileage mara training in 2004. So no idea why it has happened today,
Really looking forward to today so pretty devastated. But I'll get over it.
Well done Hilly, vouchers and wine, not bad at all.Pammie well done on the XCSGQ Great PB, well doneWardi, good outing for you too, well done.
Our washing machine finally got delivered............... spent all afternoon staing in for it (with a specail delivery time... fat lot of use that was, and had to pay for it, so am already sorting that one out....) But Mrs RFJ now happy.
Take care all
Well done on a great PB SGQ and some great performances by the others who raced.
Are you guys still going through a bout of cold weather ? It's not cold in New Zealand at the moment, but wind and rain today.
SSING is not one to hide, so this is what he looked like when he could knock off a sub 2h40 marathon
What: 13 miles with my running club. Every minutes after an hour hurt. By far my longest run to date.
Why: Weekly long run
Bravo HH - vvv impressive to run that and find it easy. And a mug to keep the horsebrass company. I've got a set of them now, and today's run completes the whole circuite for me. (5th go - done 4th leg, the old 4th leg twice.) We in the later stages had it hugely easier than you did.
How did the rest of your team fare?
stickless, as always from you a fantastic post showing a state of mind I wish I could match. Well run in terrible conditions
Great stuff HH from you too.
Lizzy, sorry about your torn muscle. Could it be an result of recent pregnancy and birth? Hope you recover quickly.
yesterday's lyrics for those of you who aren't AF - "Free Four" from Pink Floyd's 1972 album "Obscured by Clouds"
LIzzyB - gutted for you. Is it definitely a tear & not a tweak?
Hi to SSing - not sure I can guess your earlier incarnation....
Goox XC effort Pammie
Hereward relay sounded, to put it mildly, challenging. Two differing, but equally impressive runs well described by Stickless and HH
SGQ - PB - well done -especially on a day like today
Congrats on the title Hilly - even if it did affect the motivation for today's performance
Solid 10K Wardi
my own session:what: 13.1 miles in 99:48, mean HR146why: getting familiar with running for more than 90 minutes
Well it wasn't Hereward bad, but it was pretty unpleasant weatherwise. The 13.1 encompassed 2 circuits of a course that included both Hoylake and West Kirby proms - with wind blowing at force 7-8, across on the former prom, behind on the latter. With hail showers thrown in at regular intervals.Although I ran the course in a direction which ensured the wind was behind me as much as possible on the most exposed sections, I reckon I'd have been significantly faster on a calm day - felt pretty easy whenever I did get out of the wind.
Evening, sorry to hear about the torn muscle, LizzyB, a lass at the club where I used to run had several injury problems upon her return to running after her child. With good rest time she's started producing faster times than ever before, so give it some time to heal and you'll be back soon!
Woke up this morning at 9ish and didn't envy anyone out racing in these chilly conditions! There was a time this year when I would have been out on the trail notching up the miles myself at that time. Now I'm content to just run when I feel the urge - which is about 3 times a week recently. I'm enjoying my life much better these days following my break from running!
What: gym this afternoon, so 7M in an hour then stretchingWhy: tickover and base training (of a fashion)Last hard: tonsilitis for much of the weekWeekly miles: 11M!
Got my first race in absolutely ages next Saturday which should be amusing. My fastest for this race was 29.0x for the 4.55M multi-terrain course but I think I'll be closer to 40mins next weekend with my current level of fitness - oh, how the mighty have fallen!!
Wardi - excellent result for Abbey Dash today, the oldies have it!