Giant Steps are What We Take

The Police for a change :)

Happy plodding folks :)


  • begin of rant

    <I think late night posts starting a thread for the next waking day are.... just... wrong! - as this is supposed to be about what we're going to plod and supporting other plodders rather than staying up all night to be the first to post (even if the titles are great)>

    end of rant

    ...goes and hides in a concrete bunker
  • Morning 3TL hope you sleep well in bunker! What were you doing here at this time of morning??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No plodding today as schedule says rest day!
    Happy plodding everyone....

  • Sorry FR moring, and 3TL you forgot in your rant to mention late night posts by non plodders!!!! (sorry FR!!!)

  • I agree with 3TL
    i got up specially you know, and what do i find--:)
    will report on plod when i return
  • I think non-plodders should be banned from this thread!!!

    No plodding for me today, more revision tonight. I have to say everyone, that I am feeling more positive about my club - I did a lovely 9 miles with them yesterday, came back feeling very up-beat. Tomorrow I will be doing my first ever proper "hill work" which sounds very intimidating!

    Have a good one all!
  • WelshpoppyWelshpoppy ✭✭✭
    Morning Everyone

    No running today too rest my legs so did 40 minutes on Cross trainer instead...I found it very very boring rather have been running!!

    Have a good run everyone
    Live each day as if it was your last  give it all you have to reap the rewards.
  • 5.8 miles
  • heaven knows (I'm miserable now)

    doesn't worry me who posts when, although did have huge anxiety attack at being 1st yesterday - the pressure

    should plod but have 2 children with INSET days who want to go to Legoland / zoo / similar (probably can't convince them to do RA or gym instead?)
  • Smitch - glad you're feeling better about your club and doing 9 miles with them is brilliant. I'm almost tempted to join one myself....

    Plodded just over 7 miles yesterday, had to walk for about half a mile of it (part of the uphill bits!) but felt OK. No plodding today. Just some weights.
  • Update ... plodded 6 miles (furthest yet) on Friday - very slow (11.5-min miles). Think it was the heat/humidity, found it hard going. How do you cope with running in hot weather?

    V busy weekend - no posting or plodding. Tonight will do 3 or 4 miles.
  • Hello fellow plodders!

    Like you Jill, no plodding or posting this w/end due to stuffed schedule and poorly pc...

    I think the only way to deal with the heat is to get up early before it gets too hot. I know you're a country runner but in central London running anytime after 7.00-8.00am in the heat I find that my breathing is really affected by the pollution.

    It's a bit of problem with races as well. I wish they'd start the summer races much earlier. Last year I did the Flora Light and really struggled with the heat (it was only 5k I know but I still found it really hard going).

    Anyway, hope to do a 4 mile plod tonight.
  • Jill - congrats on your mileage on Friday!! As to heat, I find the only way to do it is take MASSES of water / isotonic drinks and plod slowwwwwllly
  • Thanks, 3TL. I drank plenty of water before I set out but didn't take enough with me and had drunk it all by half way. And I never plod anything but slowwwly!

    Flatfeet - pollution not such a problem here in the dales but I think you're right about plodding early in hot weather. However, the 10k I'm aiming for is in August, so I'll have to try to get a little used to running in the heat - just in case.
  • I must be a wierdo as I actually prefer running in the heat, i loved my runs on thurs and friday as it was gorgeous and hot and felt brill!
    have done approx 5 miles today, looking forward to 10k on sunday.
    also - water - how do you take water on a run with you? i dont think i could just carry the bottle in my hand, would distract me?
  • No real plodding today, had fitness assessment at gym and in last 3 months have

    > lost 6 kg
    > reduced body fat by 3%
    > reduced blood pressure and resting HR
    > gained 2 minutes on treadmill test (10% incline speed increases from 2 mph every minute until 80% max)
    > increased hamstring stretch by 1cm

    so feeling pretty good. Did a bit of X-trainer/rowing/cycling after.

    Managed just under 4 miles in 38:20 yesterday along canal (towpath not miracle/pollution!)

  • Rascal

    Brilliant. Well done! That's an impress list of improvements in a relatively short time. What's your secret?

    You deserve to feel better than pretty good.

  • Floosie - you really ought to give your club a go, you can always go a couple of times to see if you like it or not before you officially join up. That's what they said to me anyway.

    Mind you, after tomorrow I will probably dislike it again!! I am very fickle you know.
  • No plodding today - I did go out yesterday evening in the drizzle. I'm away for a few days so I need to finish my packing, get the rubbish ready for the binmen, clean the budgies out and warn the budgie-sitter that said budgies (2 of them anyway) are in deep disgrace for having somehow pulled the seed pot out of its slot, tipping the contents all over my cushions, and then the youngest one escaped through the open slot and took up residence on the other cage - all this in the 30 minutes I was out plodding.
    All I got was the "Wasn't me Mam" look of innocence when I found out what they'd been up to, little wretches.
  • Oh Pix, sorry to hear about your crap run...remember we all have crap days, don't worry about it.

    I don't mean to put a downer on everything, but I am having such a rotten day today. Work is so busy at the mo, I've got exams this week, I had about 2hrs sleep last night because I had so much on my mind and lots of other stuff in my life is a bit crap too.

    Sorry, venting finished. Feel better now.
  • Oh Pardu, I can relate to that. I often get that expression from my cats, normally when I find them sitting adjacent to a) a dead bird b) a dead mouse or c) some vomit.

    Animals...who'd have 'em!
  • Pwt, the older one of the naughty pair, decided that he'd had enough of my wrath and went back to the cage fairly quickly this evening when I let them out. The naughty baby is still on top of the other cage, still looking innocent. The budgie-sitter has been warned so they'd better not mess with her, she's a formidable lady.
  • Jill, I thought your speed was quite fast!

    Pardu, have a good time away, Rascal you are doing really well, must be pleased.

    EP, at least you got out there, and Smitch you sound really pi**ed off. Good luck with your exams, I had bad start to the day, but has improved as day gone on..... probably when I left work tonight!

  • Thanks Bodjit, just another one of those days I suppose!

    Bad hair day, bad skin day bad everything day really! I think I should be put down!

    How is your training going anyway?
  • Training....what's that ;-)) well starting this week with a vengeance, as been desperatly lazy for the last 2 weeks, daughter got married last Thursday so had good excuse. Rest day today (schedule says so!!) but I have got a really painful left knee, which developed last night for no reason, so hope will be ok for gentle plod tomorrow. Bet you wish you'd never asked now!!

    Sounds as though your club is going well, wish I had the nerve!

  • Oh wow! Congrats oh proud mum! I would say that is a fair enough excuse Bodjit!!

    Good luck for your plod tomorrow. I am a bit scared, we are supposed to be doing hill work (my 1st time) tomorrow night. I think I have got to get there half an hour before everyone else because we have to run 3 miles to get to the aforementioned hill (in the woods). I need a head start obviously
  • I s'pose the 3 mile run will warm you ready for the hill work ;-))))) You will be fine, and think of the speed you will eventually reach, sooooo fast. Is the hill very long?

  • I think its about 400m, but looks v v steep!
  • I don't think I will ever be fast Bodjit, I am not really built for speed. Want to do a marathon or two and survive, don't care what my time is really.
  • Oh dear! how many reps or is one enough??
    400m is a fair distance, I do admire you, I would have to crawl the last 200m...... you are doing really well, have you thought about the Abingdon Marathon in October yet??

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