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Leslie H said:
SSC Id translate that as damn quick !
Phew. Busy few days with the MsEttes and just catching up now. Yesterday MsEtte1 and MsEtte2 competed in the Modern Biathlon Schools Champs at Crystal Palace. Lots of fun. Lots of real life parodies of Competitive Dad there too ;-) Both did well although MsEtte2's goggles slipped down her face during the swim so she had to do her 50m gagged. But she coped admirably and came out smiling. MsEtte1's team won the bronze medal which made the schlep and day there all worthwhile. I then took them for a ski lesson at Sandown Ski School as we are off to the Alps on Wednesday. They skied a bit while we lived in California but not much so the lessons (they had two) will hopefully help give them a head start. Not sure how MsEsq will manage with his dislocated shoulder. We saw a consultant on Friday who was depressingly uninspiring and poked him a bit before saying we needed an MRI (note: this was the reason I took him there). Hopefully the holiday in the snow will cheer him up but the poor lad is missing his sport Big Time and very glum.
As for me: more yoga, more pilates, the odd run here and there. I miss the trails and longer outings but can't really do it the way my ankle feels. So just an hour or under. Today was 7@7:42 min/mi. As I can't do fast stuff, I practise form and smell the roses.
Happy mother's day to all you mothers out there.
MSE well done to the family- sounds like you have your hands full.
Gerard, the prize was £50, covers petrol and race entry so a free ride.
I ran 19:07 at the parkrun, not bad after a hard week. But I imploded on the Sunday LSR and had to stop after 16, so 48 for the week.
Not sure how I feel with 4 weeks to go until VLM. How is everybody feeling on their marathon prospects?
Lucky your daughter has you around as a wise head Birch during the crazy taper days.
Great news on Amsterdam Gerard, that's one I may attempt one day- I lived there for a year and know how flat it is. The LR came at the end of week where I had back loaded, attempting 40 miles in 3 days. The wheels came off at 16 and pace dropped to 9 min/miles and my hips got quite sore. I decided it wasn't worth the pain to eek out a couple more and fell short of my 50 target.
I'm in Switzerland this week with Mrs OO, packing up the apartment for a move back to UK. A few decent runs planned to say farewell to the place. Another chapter comes to an end. Back to Blighty and a year to go till I retire.
ssc - looking very good for Brighton, looking forward to you finishing a good few minutes down the road!
Big week from Leslie - impressive totals.
GD - welcome to taper madness! You sound like your training has put you in a good place fitness-wise though.
MsE - sounds like a fun active weekend for you & the family! Thanks for the encouraging words; you're right in that completing the 18 week training plan is a feat in itself. Need to avoid the illness that is currently doing the rounds in the house...
OO - not every run goes smoothly. You're good enough and experienced enough to know you can write that off as not being a true reflection of your ability and fitness. Enjoy your last week in Switzerland!
GM - 8 in just over 7mm is a good fitness indicator. All being well, you should be in very good shape by the autumn.
Birch - pretty sure your daughter will be fine, as long as she listens to your sage words of advice and reassurance!
Gul - good to see you getting back into the 50mpw bracket.
Apologies to anyone I've missed.
So last long(ish) run on Saturday, early and unfuelled as normal. Meant to be 16, ended up being 15 with the last 3 a real drag after cruising the first 12 around 8mm and then feeling generally lethargic & worn out. Think the training is just catching up with me, and turns out I was significantly dehydrated too, so not worrying too much about it. 42 for the week. 32 on the cards for this week as I enter week 17/18, hoping it helps freshen me up. Also a final sports massage on Friday night to iron out any kinks, then just about there! Extra training yesterday was a day on my feet queueing round Legoland with MrsA and the MsAs.
Well done Abbers- hope you are feeling stronger after Saturday. I ran 6 today and still felt tired and drained. A beautiful sunny afternoon though and a farewell run around my town as I pack up the apartment for my departure from Switzerland this week.
Seems quiet on here hope you are all ticking over nicely.
Quick comment then read back. Went to the club tonight and the session was a 5k time trial. I saw my chance, time to run the exact distance and get that elusive sub-20.Bagged a 19.03 which is 6.03 pace. Splits were 6.05, 6.09, 6.02 and 45 for the 0.1.I now need to do it in a race but the signs are good. I'll take that after a weekend of long hard running.