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Thought of that first but nowhere round here is open on Boxing Day
Roof has sprung another leak........................
Cook something in your oldest saucepan, eat out of said pot (preferably while standing up) and then sling it away?
Happy Christmas all, good to see so many of you getting the sessions in. Off out in a minute for a short run. Have pretty much decided against Brighton which is why I've been absent, but I will still do Jantastic to try and get myself back on track.
O4S Blingtastic, enjoy the Salisbury Plain today
Sarah: Well raced
Spoons: I will not be swimming in the sea next boxing day.
Carrot / AA: Good results for you guys, just a shame Newcastle couldn't hang on against that red lot.
Minni: Thats a lot of people to cook for, hope you had help!
Last nights 8 x 1k @ 10K pace with 90 sec recoveries went 3:59 / 3;54 / 3;54 / 3;52 / 3;55 / 3;51 / 3;55 / 3;49. I could feel the alcohol and food! Cycled for 90 minute this morning pre dawn, will swim at lunchtime, the office is very quiet today!
Great racing O4S and Sarah
AA - glad you managed to get out - sounds awful round your way with so much water...we've had a lot, but nothing like it is further west.
DD - speedy reps
No running for me yesterday - we took advantage of the break from rain and went for a long and very muddy walk with the puppy - he looked a right state at the end and didn't take too kindly to being hosed down in the garden. No way was I getting him upstairs into the bath as we'd have been washing the mud off the walls for ages! I'm working today but it's dead quiet and I'll have plenty of time for a nice run later
kfc where do you live?
AA 16.25 miles, thats very impressive...wish I could steal your milage. I had all good intentions of getting my long run in by now, but ive spent so much time visiting friends and family and driving that its getting pushed later and later in the week now....just hope I can get it in before the weekend ends! I was hoping to do it today but my OH banned me as we only arrived at his parents at 10pm last night and he said it would be a bit rude going off on a long run this morning. Having a belated christmas diner at 13:00 so I doubt I will be able to do it later!
Fabulous reps DD especially after alcohol and food. Your reps, cycling and swim are putting my lack of training in the last 23 hours to shame....im feeling gulity
What type of dog/puppy have you got Freemers ? hope you have a fantastic run later
Sarah - we have a Spinone - and when I say puppy he is almost 10 months and BIG (getting on for 40 kgs in weight). But he is definitely a puppy by nature
He has a funny habit of sitting on the arm of the sofa - like this....
That was a couple of months ago. He also lies right across the top of the sofa and falls asleep like that
Thought I'd better get back into the habit of doing intervals, so just did 4 x 1mile with 0.25 mile recoveries. Increased the speed for each mile, so they were 6.53, 6.48, 6,44, 6.39. I think I've earned another mince pie
Nice going 2old...2000 miles for the year is fantastic .
Wow, Freemers - great reps and a decent YKW too Well done to O4S and Sarah as well. Spoons: you didn't really swim now, did you AA: nice long runI've eaten too much. Drank too much too .... boy, my liver needs a break! At work today and I'm actually busy . That wasn't planned. But I just got a little under 8 miles in at lunchtime. Very windy and I got completely soaked but glad I managed that leetle run.
Santa Baby chickadeee wrote (see)
Spoons: you didn't really swim now, did you
Spoons: you didn't really swim now, did you
More of a splash than a swim but I did get my head under.
I've booked an appointment at the physio as my shin splints seem to have come back
5 x 1km reps tonight. Will see how it goes....
Freemers - excellent reps
Chcik - nice lunchtime pressure run!
2old - not lost any speed then after a few days off
Still havent put the pedals and cleats on. And have given myself a day off training tday too...sod it!
Race 2 of the Festive season! 11.25 miles [billed as 12] on Salisbury Plain - DD expect to see you here next year!!
This is a low key run along military roads, tank tracks and concrete roads. The cross country tracks are firm underneath but wet and muddy on top. This is the organiser's description on the entry form:Hilly, cold, scenic, windy, without a doubt!!! Snow maybe!
This year concentrated on the hilly and windy bits..................
The first mile goes from the Land Warfare Centre [parking 20 yards from the hall and 100 yards from the start / finish] straight up a hill to the top of Salisbury Plain. Not the easiest way to start a race but certainly spreads the field out. A short flat section then on uphill more gently to the highest point before a long gradual descent with a tailwind, through the tank graveyard and on to the ghost village of Imber. This is one of the few days in the year when the village is open to the public and the Church bells were ringing as we ran through, cheered on, bizzarley, by a convention of 2CV drivers???? All going well until at 6 miles we turned out of the valley and back uphill on to the plain, this time with a driving crosswind and the surface changed to gravel.
Still going well, although the race seemed to settle into the final positions very early on and there was relatively little overtaking or being overtaken. At 8 miles we were in for an unpleasant surprise - the route did a sharp right turn and we had to go 2 miles along the top of Salisbury plain on a mud and gravel track, straight into the teeth of a gale. At times we were nearly blown to a standstill and I was really glad I had decided to run without a watch as the mile times would have been depressing to say the least! It was fun in a strange way - certainly desolate and scenic [also windy and hilly as there were several short steep undulations]
Finally at 10 miles we turned for home, downhill with a ferocious crosswind. About half a mile out I spotted the ubiquitous blonde ponytail ahead and for the honour of Team Minni I had to run her down before the finish which I did, leaving her for dead - I think my body weight flung me down the hill faster than hers
Anyway 1.32, which is about 8.15mm, and I was well pleased with that as I suspect the first mile and miles 9 and 10 were well into double figures
First FV55 and a very nice trophy complete with poppy emblem as it is organised by the British Legion. Think it must be time to hit the wine tonight
O4S: excellent run yet again, I will be there next year (Help)
Minni: You should have said I could have sent the domestic staff around to help, were having a soiree on the 3rd and I already have the staff polishing the silver plate and chandeliers.
2OLD: Nice pace
Freemers: Always good to speed up as you go, nice progression.
Well done O4S x 2, impressive racing in naff conditions, congrats on the bling.
Sarah - Nice racing, good time on a muddy course. But you must get your priorities right regarding long runs or face Minni's wrath.
AA - Nice long one, don't worry about a day off, i've taken the whole week off.
2old - Good pace on your run.
DD, Freemers - Nice pacy repeats.
Don't know if it's a mid life crisis or I'm bored cause i'm not running but so far this week, for the first time ever, I have made bread,scones and a steak pie. Last night on the red tonight as YKW beckons Saturday looks like windy and wet again.
Free- nice YKW on Christmas day and a very respectable time. Great reps today as well.
Chick- intervals on Christmas day- respect!
O4S- great racing yesterday and today.
Minni- glad you managed to feed everyone. Are you hangover free today?
Spoons- I can't believe you were swimming in the sea. Good luck with the intervals.
AA- nice 16 miler.
DD- nice intervals there, I wish it was my 10k pace at the best of times not to mention with all the christmas wine/ food in the system.
Sarah- good race and a very respectable pace in those conditions. As the others say, the miles will come. Minni will make sure of it.
2Old- that's a speedy 12 miler.
8m for me today @ 8:24. I was supposed to be doing a 5m off road race on Saturday but after seeing the state of the common yesterday I've decided to give it a miss. Would rather get a good speed session in and leave swimming in mud until next week's xc.
Sounds like a tough course O4S, well done bagging another trophy!
AA / DD good results yesterday indeed! I has forgot what it felt like to win a match.
Some great racing from Freemers and Sarah!
Enjoy spinning tomorrow Minni. +1 on the 'must do more core' train.
Hope the 5 x 1K went well Spoons and the shins didn't complain?
There's been alot of hunting down of blonde ponytails lately. Should I be worried?!
To the XC regulars: I've entered my first XC race today. It sounds like a really competitive one with the word 'National' in the title (at Sunderland on 23rd February Minni if you're going to be there?) Any advice? I'm likely to be very shit, I won't be aiming to beat anyone or anything, I just want to manage to stay upright.
Nice racing Sarah & O4S
Carrot - just go for it and take the centre line through the middle of the muddy puddles
Bro - I am now the proud owner of spikes! I'm sure you're far from shit if you're a regular. I don't know about the terrain - Sunderland isn't the flattest of places - but there's ten races on that day in total and the senior ladies are on 9th, so I can imagine it will be muddy! You must enjoy them if you have a list of ones to do?
Shins and ankles were grumbling but I spent the 60 seconds recovery stretching and managed to keep mobile. I was quite happy with the effort / pace although it was rubbish compared to where I used to be. Rep paces were: 6.58 down, 7.16 up, 7.08 down, 7.34 up, 7.01 down.