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Aaaaah and I forgot to mention - I have a black toenail! Does that mean I'm a proper runner now...?
I hadn't noticed until yesterday as I've had purple nail varnish on my toes all summer, finally removed it all instead of doing a lazy top-up..... and it's not nail varnish on one of them
It's the 2nd toe on the foot with the bunion and it sticks up at a funny angle anyway so it must get the most pressure when I run.
Enough about my yukky feet now!
I’m afraid it’s yet another post full of excuses from me! I didn’t manage to escape the sickness bug, and came down with it the night of my last post! It was just horrible, still not feeling normal yet. At one point I actually blacked out on the way to the bathroom and came to lying in a puddle of vomit on the hallway floor . Sorry if that’s tmi, but I’ve never passed out before, so was a bit of an event! LOL! Everyone else is over the bug so I think it will be back to normal schedule tomorrow, but don’t think I’ll be up to running until at least Thursday.
I don’t know, it seems impossible for me to manage to keep up the running 3 times per week, but knowing that I’m still improving each time is encouraging. Just wish life would stop getting in the way!
I’ve just bought some new jogging bottoms on ebay, sort of Capri length but not tight (I hope anyway, haven’t received them yet!). Nothing like new kit to encourage you to get out there! Still looking for a long-sleeved top.
Cheetah – wow you are really clocking up some distance and speed now aren’t you! Really well done! Sorry to hear about your toe, doesn’t sound too good (although I was pleased to hear someone else has the same, um, relaxed approach to pedicures as I do!).
Hi Snails, yes I’m the same with complaining about the heat in summer, and the cold in winter. I just wish it was Spring or Autumn all year round, that would suit me just fine. Well done on your recent runs with no walk breaks. Are you progressing to week 4 this week?
Norfolklass – well done on your 10K, sounds like your running is going really well and really progressing! I think I might have to start going out early in the morning like you, rather than the evening, as I think there would be less obstacles with kids etc.
Hi Iain, glad to hear that your ankle and knee are holding out OK. How did your ankle weights work out?
Roadrunner – how’s the interval training going?
Right, off to catch up on some TV I’ve missed over the past couple of days, Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire (anyone else watching?).
I am going to give thanks to the fine people who discovered ibuprofen and paracetamol, both of which i've been consuming in large quantities over the last few days.
My back started playing up at the weekend, just a bit tight but managable, but has got worse since.Although i managed my run on monday it still was a bit ify, but when I got up yesterday I began doing a good impression of Quasimodo, hunched back and gimpy legged wreck that i was! Same deal this morning, so lots of pills with my bran flakes and tea.
Ran a hot bath, as hot as I could take without getting burnt, and soaked for about 20 mins, feeling some of the knots in my muscles undo a bit. As i got out, just as I put 1 foot onto the floor, I felt, and heard, something crunch/pop in my lower spine!Been feeling much better since then!
Still a bit stiff , but nothing like the last few days, so hope its just the muscles being sore from being in spasm for the last few days.
Ankle weights have not been made yet, havent done much other than watch telly/dvd's for last 48 hours.Have given it some thought though, and i'm just going to put a couple of my diving weights (soft pouches full of lead shot) into the centre of a tea towel, fold each long side over and just tie round my ankle.I only want them to help exercise the abductor muscles in my hips at home, so no need to do any more than that.
hopefully i'll be able to go for a run tomorrow
Nippy one here today - definately need to get warmer clothes to wear. Only did 2.5m, was frozen at the start and roasted at the end (that may have been due to fact i wore a fleece over my T-shirt). Must go to TKMaxx.
Iain - was sorry to read your back was bothering you, glad its well improved. Did you try the foam roller for it at all? Hope you've been able to get out for a run since.
Minty - that sounds like a scary experience for you... you and the family have had a rough run of sickness lately - hope thats the end of it for you. There is absolutely no point trying to get out for a run till you feel better. I'm staying on wk 3 still, until i can do the Saturday 5m with no walk breaks, so maybe i'll be ready to move on by Christmas!!
Cheetah - Yuk to spitting man - thats all i am saying cos i'm just after my supper and i don't want turned. That was a good run with the club - great pace too. Hope your driving is still going well. Have you done your theory test yet? If not, then lots of luck with it.
Norfolklass - well did you get your 10K done on Sunday? Hope the four day week runs are working out okay. Maybe you are doing them before work - once you get home i'm sure you couldn't face going back out again.
Happy running everyone,x
If ANYONE is in the beginners section under false pretences, its you!"I think I might head out for a run, I did another 10k on Monday morning" sound familiar? I shall be a happy chap when i manage to complete 10k, no matter what speed I do it in.
Didnt run yesterday as my lower back was still quite stiff and sore.Different today though, only slightly stiff and no real pain so went out for a run.Ran the same route as Sunday in more or less the same time, 20.51.My running pace is a bit faster than some, but seriously, if you saw the length of my legs you'd understand! I'm 6' 2 1/2''. It wouldn't be a joke if I said I probably take only 6 or 7 paces to 10 of yours!I get so much flak from my missus, because i start walking, forgetting she's a wee bit smaller, and leave her in my dust! Even when I remember to slow down, she's almost running to keep up.
The back problems are nothing new, i've had issues since I injured my spine when I was 19.I lifted a large peice of equipment in the right way, bend the knees -back straight etc, but then pivoted round rather than move my feet round and knackered my lower spine.Its all soft tissue damage, ligaments etc and will never be 100% again, but only occasionally gives me problems. This time round I think i just slept in a funny position (no jokes please!), and a verebrae or two slipped out of alignment. There's nothing I can do other than manage the pain till everything pops back into place. Osteopaths do help but are not cheap, so are a last resort if i'm in real trouble.
Ankle weights are just for in the house to help work/strengthen the abductor muscles in my hips, so dont need to be anything elaborate. There is some discussion about IT band issues/lower back pain being linked in some cases to weak abductor muscles. As i'm already doing some strength training on other muscle groups in the legs, I may as well ensure that I keep everything else in balance too.
Looking on the bright side, I watched all 3 Lord of the Rings films (extended versions) over the last few days!I am really looking forward to "The Hobbit" being completed, but pissed that the 1st instalment is not due for release until December 2012!!
Plasticine, toilet roll tubes, sticky backed plastic and empty washing up liquid bottles wre precious items in many house hold during the 70s and 80s. You could make ANYTHING if you had those things.
Tracy Island from Thunderbirds? No problem.
Space ships, aliens, race cars wre the easy ones.
Kids today dont know theyre born!No imagination
Thanks for the sympathy, feeling much better today! Went for a lovely long walk with the kids as it was such a nice day and haven’t been out for days! We walked up to the university and met my DH with a picnic and walked around the lake there. Was quite chilly but lovely! Came home via the park and stopped at the playground. So I thought I probably wasn’t up to running til tomorrow after all that, but just decided to pop out and try to do one rep of 8 or 10mins. Managed to do 12! Am so pleased because I think without illness I could manage two lots of that! YAY!!!
And can I just say, that actually I’m considering kicking you all off the beginners’ forum!! You are all progressing so disgustingly well!
Iain – sorry to hear about your back, but glad it sounds like it’s a bit better now. I have struggled with back pain for years too and spent a small fortune going to osteopaths. I did something to it in a gym on some machine which was supposed to strengthen your back, but I think I must have put too many weights on or something. Funnily enough, it seemed to improve loads after being pregnant, but I think my theory is that constantly carrying and lifting children has improved my core muscles which in turn have really helped support my back. Obviously, I’m not suggesting that you try this! And on the subject of fashioning things out of toilet rolls and cereal boxes, you might appreciate the castle I made for my son’s last birthday! See pic below!
Norfolklass, thanks for the tip on Sportsdirect in Chapelfield! I think I may have been in there once a few years ago, but didn’t register it was Sportsdirect. Had a look online and they have some bargains! Think I spotted Cheetah’s pink top! Would def be interested to hear what they have, if you get down there before I do.
And another 10K! well done you, a great time too. Did you do 5 or 10 today? It was a lovely day for it. Scary story about the hangovers! I kept checking my head for bumps after I passed out, but just managed to find a bruise on my arm the next day, so I think I came off pretty well considering! Heehee re the gold nail varnish! I find that so reassuring, you wouldn’t believe it!
Going to weigh in in the morning. Can’t work out whether will have lost lots because of the illness, or whether I more than cancelled this out with birthday buffet food on Sunday???
Happy running all!!!
Wow Minty that is COOOL! In this house there would be cat's paws poking through the drawbridge and cat's eyes peering through the window!
I went for my coldest run yet yesterday (Wednesday night is now long run night!) so one of my long sleeved running tops got a test run - still with my shorts though as I haven't got any winter bottoms yet. It did the job just fine and kept most of my top half warm enough without being TOO hot! My hands however didn't warm up until I'd run at least two miles,might need to invest in some lightweight gloves as I've always had rubbish circulation. When I'd just got warm enough, two jolly red-nosed old men came out of a local pub and said "ooo aren't you cold, love?" obviously noticing my shorts!
My knees on the other hand remained freezing for the whole run! It was good in a way, a bit like running in ice packs - NOTHING hurt cos my legs were too cold! They were bright pink when I got home though!
I managed 8.74 miles in total - in 01:30:36 - so that's just over half a mile more than last Wednesday in about the same time! I also looked at the Garmin at around 10k and managed that in 01:05 exactly - so the quickest yet as well as the furthest yet. I'm definitely more of a cold weather runner I think - I have to go faster to stay warm (although I was starting to get cold again towards the end...)
I passed a few runners all dressed up looking like they were going on arctic expeditions - I don't think I COULD run with that much gear on. (Or maybe the ones with hoods up were muggers? It's getting harder to tell in the cold and dark without looking at the make of trainers hehe!)
Right time to reply to everyone!
Iain - sorry about your back but glad it's getting better again and you're still managing to run. Your post about walking with your missus reminds me of me and Mr Cheetah - he's tall with long legs too and I'm little so I often find myself either trotting along beside him or drifting behind and shouting at him to wait for me! We joke about him making me walk 10 paces behind
Minty - poor you with the sickness bug, sounds horrible - glad it's clearing up now though and you managed to run for 12 minutes. It shows you're already building a level of base fitness (or something like that, I was reading up on it when I had man-flu to see how much I could get away with not doing!)
Hi Snails, no I haven't even BOOKED my theory yet, I've got slack with the revising! I suppose I should just book it then I HAVE to learn! I've now learned all the manoevres - it was reversing into a bay tonight for the first time, and I managed to do it between two cars without hitting either of them which is a bonus!
Norfolklass - I hope someone DOES speak to the spitting man, I'm not sure whether to mention anything myself - not sure how he can be stopped though! Maybe I could ever so subtly run alongside him with a bucket or something...?
I had a look at that training calculator - it says my half marathon time at the moment would be 2:23:31 - that'll do me fine although I'd be happy enough just to finish! I think I'll keep putting my 10k times in to see how it alters.
My pink top is the Karrimor one by the way - it's a fiver at the moment without the postage! Not tried it yet but it's a similar material to the one I tried yesterday, and the traffic certainly won't miss me in it!
Roadrunner - we're still waiting for that shortbread......
That's it from me for now - I'll be going for a run tomorrow, hopefully 4/5 miles - then cooking a chilli to replace lost calories!
Night all, happy running! xx
So sorry about the delay!! I had to sneak it from Loulabell HQ! Don't forget to share it with the guys from the other thread.
Aah animal lovers of this thread, I am thinking of getting a rescue cat. I want Edgar! Isn't he a cutie!
Awww he is a gawjuss boy Minty.... loved the profile, very funny.
Roadrunner - thanks for the shortbread - mmmmmmmmmm.
I see everyone is running well.... i did 3m today. Will post properly after tomorrows run (fingers crossed 5m and no walking)...x
Wow Minty he is a cool cat! Just showed Mr Cheetah and he said "It's the Mogfather!" (Did you know that next Thursday is Black Cat Awareness Day?)
Well done on your 3 miles Snails - and good luck with the 5 miles tomorrow!
My 4/5 miles yesterday turned into another 10k - I kept adding laps on at the beginning so the run back would be easier - then realised I was doing my 10k route and might as well carry on! It took me 01:05:45 - so not QUITE as fast as Wednesday but still pretty good - it wasn't quite as cold though. I was a bit achy afterwards - but my legs are fine today!
Yay me! 5miles done and no walking (took me 53:16 though), but i don't care, i am so happy i got it done. I was beginning to think i'd never get past week 3. Still haven't got round to getting new running stuff, but i will do next week hopefully.
Cheetah - i just do not get this 'my 4/5 miles turned into 10K' - i mean how do you do it? When i plan a distance to run, i don't even go 1 metre over!! Your 10K time is brilliant. Definately get your theory test booked too, cos you sound ready to do the practical. I think your 8.74m is a thread record - well done...
Minty - well done on the 12 mins... whats your training plan for this week? You needn't worry, i'll always be here on the Beginners thread cos i seem to do 1 week forward and 2 weeks back - its Iain, Norfolklass and Cheetah who need evicted for being here under false pretences. I'm still doing kettlebells, but i haven't moved up to the next weight yet, so i suppose i should really.
Iain - glad to hear your back pain has improved and that you got out for a run.... hope things continue to go well. At least you had some DVDs to watch when you were laid up - though i've never got into Lord of the Rings myself. I did try reading The Hobbit a few years back and gave up - i just couldn't get into it.
Norfolklass - you are fairly knocking out these 10K's - well done.... thanks for that link, i must have a look at it later. I was awake this morning at 6am, and really considered going out to run then, but then i chickened out cos it was still dark (though it was dry). All the wildlife ignored me today, even the friendly goat. A few days back, one the rare breed sheep was at the fence and i thought it'd run off, but it didn't, and it let me rub it's head. The stags are still being cross - two today locked antlers a few times.
Happy running everyone,xx
I JUST RAN 5K!!! Yes, that was me saying that.
Decided to get up early and do the parkrun route thinking that if I did some of it, say two laps, I would be able to calculate my approx 5K time. But then I just decided to do it all. The last 1K was quite hard going, but I did it in 40mins and 5 seconds. I did a sprint finish to try to get under 40 but didn’t quite manage it. So that was with two 2 minute walk breaks. Thought I might throw up at the end! LOL!
Will reply to everyone properly later, just had to tell you that I JUST RAN 5K!!!!!
Oh I meant to tell you about the weight loss as well, the second week I lost 2.5lb and last week just 1lb. But that was the birthday buffet week, so not really surprising. So 10.5lb total so far
Woohoo go Minty - that's great!
I'm trying to find the motivation to go for a run today - I'm always rubbish on a Sunday!
Thanks guys! Cor was really achey last night, but not my legs or bum, funnily enough it was my shoulders and in between my shoulder blades. Wouldn’t have predicted that but then proper runners do always have really toned arms and backs so obviously you do use those muscles more than I thought. Felt so pleased all day though. Can’t wait to try it again and better my time. If I can get it down to mid-thirties, then I’ll do the proper parkrun, but I really don’t want to be last!
So Snails, you were having a good day too! 5 miles without walking, just what you were aiming for. Really well done! Yeah I’m with you on not going out in the dark in the morning. What do you do Norfolklass? You go in the morning, do you wait til it’s light? Well I suppose the clocks go back (forward?) next weekend, so the mornings will be lighter earlier. I laughed out loud when you said you started the Hobbit and couldn’t get into it, because I’ve started it several times and never managed to and I’ve heard so many other people say the same. I did go to see The Lord of The Rings though in a really plush cinema once, where a group of us hired the whole thing and we had recliner chairs and coffee tables and food brought to us during the film. It was brilliant, but I think my good memories of it were definitely influenced by the scones and jam and nice drinks!
Cheetah, you really are doing well! Can’t believe you can accidentally do 10K just like that! Well done on your reverse parking! Did you manage to do a run yesterday?
And as for the Mogfather, sadly we have concluded that it really wouldn’t be a good idea to get a cat just yet. I reckon another 6 months to a year will be better. It’s just that Rosie is into everything at the moment, and having another few things in the house to try to keep her away from (litter tray, cat food, and the poor cat itself) would just add to the daily struggle. It’s quite hard achieving the basics at the moment, getting enough sleep, getting everyone fed, dressed, keeping up with the washing, etc so taking on one more thing to look after is probably not sensible just yet. I am very sad though, and hoping that with Black Cat Awareness day coming up, that Edgar will find a lovely home. Sob, sob!…
I went into Sports Direct in Norwich yesterday. They have sooo much stuff, it’s great, but unfortunately I didn’t have very much time, with DH sulking outside the shop with the kids, so I tried on just one pair of cheap capris, but they were that thick cotton fabric which isn’t the most flattering and definitely not wicking, so decided I have to just wait until pay day so I can get some decent ones. Maybe I’ll nip in on my own late night on Thursday or something, so much easier to shop on my own. In the meantime, I’ll just have to carry on tucking my jogging bottoms into the top of my support knickers so they don’t fall down. LOL! Mite be cos I’m losing weight or maybe they’ve just stretched…Definitely recommend a visit though Norfolklass. Didn’t get any time to look at tops yet though.
So all fired up after my 5K, I’m now wondering about whether I should enter another race for Spring, maybe even a 10K. Has anyone else got anything lined up or in mind for next year?
Roadrunner, thanks for the shortbread. Yum! *wonders how many weightwatchers points are that was*
How are things with you Iain? How is your back?
Night night all xx
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I JUST RAN 5K!!! Yes, that was me saying that. Decided to get up early and do the parkrun route thinking that if I did some of it, say two laps, I would be able to calculate my approx 5K time. But then I just decided to do it all. The last 1K was quite hard going, but I did it in 40mins and 5 seconds. I did a sprint finish to try to get under 40 but didn’t quite manage it. So that was with two 2 minute walk breaks. Thought I might throw up at the end! LOL! Will reply to everyone properly later, just had to tell you that I JUST RAN 5K!!!!! Oh I meant to tell you about the weight loss as well, the second week I lost 2.5lb and last week just 1lb. But that was the birthday buffet week, so not really surprising. So 10.5lb total so far
Roadrunner - i got mine (a 305) from Amazon and it was £115 - but i have seen them since go under £100 on Amazon - they seem to change the price quite often, so you can keep an eye out for that.
Norfolklass - hope the aches have settled now. That was some mileage you did last week too. No plans at the minute to enter any races, though i'm seriously considering doing the Parkrun on Saturday. Last week my training days had to be changed round, so it meant i ran 3 days in a row again, which wasn't good cos my knee got a bit niggly, so i'll avoid that in future. I am feeling the benefit of having done two 4 day weeks now, i suppose its just cos its more practice. Yeuk to the nostril thing
Minty - hope the running is continuing to go well. Sorry to hear you can't get Edgar - but when the time is right for you all to get a cat, there will be plenty more needing a good home.
Cheetah - well, did you run last night with the club (and if spitting boyo was there please don't elaborate, yeuk).... what mileage are you planning to do this week? My week is - today 3miles (31.49min), tomorrow 4m, fri 6miles , Sat 3m (i moved my longer run forward cos i'd love to do the Parkrun so thought that would fit in well)
Iain - hope you are still continuing to run okay and that you've remained injury free.
Happy running everyone x
Evening - it's my night off tonight so I have time to post!
I managed my Sunday run in the end, I nearly didn't bother when I realised the Garmin battery had gone - but then pulled myself together and went out all Garminless - I felt strangely naked and kept looking at my empty wrist anyway (not quyite sure what AT!) I was hoping to do about 4 miles, and when I put my route into MapMy Run afterwards it was 3.96 - so close enough! I have no idea how fast I went, but I suspect not very due to the lack of motivation (I couldn't find my stopwatch either!)
Running club yesterday - and I didn't come across the spitting man! It's hard to tell in the dark, I thought I saw him at the start so just made sure to run ahead as he always slows down quite a bit at the end - and I was safe! The route was the same as last week - 3.5 miles, and I managed 09:43 m/m so 10 seconds per mile faster than last week. I would have done an even better time but on the first lap a man in front of me ran smack bang into a bollard and did a very impressive double somersault backwards so I stopped to check he was OK - he was, so I congratulated him on his somersault before I kept going!
I've decided Mondays must be my "speed session" run hehe! Wednesdays have turned into my long run night - so I'll be attempting at least 10k tomorrow, hopefully more but it depends on the weather. Fridays are now my "whatever sort of run I fancy" night, depending how hungry I am cos Friday is also my turn to cook - and Sundays are my "really crap slow short run that I don't want to do and probably have a hangover anyway" day. Does that sound anything like a half marathon training schedule to anyone......?!
Minty - I bet Edgar Mogfather finds a lovely home with all the publicity black cats are getting at the moment- he has a great halloween-y look about him too.
Well done again on the 5k and the weight loss!
Roadrunner - my Garmin (also a 305) was £118 on ebay, it was new, just an ex-display model. It's worth shopping around as they're sometimes cheaper - the 405 is a bit sleeker but more expensive.
Norfolklass, your Thursday run sounds like one of mine lol! I hope you stop being all achy soon. The nostril emptying bloke sounds worse than the spitting bloke!
As for the reverse parking- I tried it again on Saturday in Mr Cheetah's car and it didn't go quite so well - I ended up sort of diagonally across two spaces... Think I'll stick to the mini, it must go in spaces easier cos it's small enough!
Snails - that's GREAT on the 5 miles without stopping! Not a bad time either! Best of luck with the 6 miles on Friday - I bet you can do it!
That's almost it for me - it's pay day on Monday so a trip into town for some new winter sports gear is on the cards some time next week. I STILL need some bottoms - my legs are naturally the "hi-viz" that the running club insist on at the moment in my shorts - bright white with glowing pink knees! I'm also going to treat myself to some trail shoes - they're meant to be a good grip for when it gets icy, and when I visit my mum next I hope to run in the forest round there. They'll also be perfect for the scary night obstacle race that I haven't entered yet but want to!
Right - cheesy telly, and a rum and ginger! Happy running everyone! xx
I'm not even going to attempt to respond/reply individually to everything that everyone has posted, i'd be typing for a week if I did!So, well done to all of you for your continuing efforts and acheivments, be it a new distance run, a fastest time, or simply avoiding coming home covered in spit and snot!
I didn't run today 'cos its damp and rainy so seemed a good reason to have a day of rest. I ran on saturday and Monday, with a weights session inbetween on Sunday. Thought i'd put my back out on Sunday while weight training, but luckily no problems arose other than a slightly stiff lower spine when I get up.Planning on a run tomorrow and probably Thursday too, and will decide on either a weights session on Friday or a Parkrun on Saturday depending on the weather forecast. I dont mind a bit of light rain, but dont like getting drenched. Anyone else up for the Parkrun?
So far, i've not had any real problems or injury issues so plan a small increase in my milage next week, but still try to run alternate days where possible, and no more than 2 in a row at most. It all depends on my work schedule, who else wants to run at lunchtime and on what days etc
Had a good run this afternoon, covering 3 1/4 miles non stop and with a good even pace throughout.I had forgotten to put my watch on prior to leaving the house, so dont know exactly how long it took, but based on my pace i'd estimate a time of 27 to 28 minutes.No problems from my knee during the run, just a little stiffness about 20 mins after I finished, so slapped an ice pack on it for about 15 mins. It feels fine at the moment.
Clocks go back this weekend, so will make choosing when to run more important.The village I live in does not have any street lighting, so will have to get a light weight head torch to light my way if I want to run in the evenings.
I have also ordered a hi visibility jacket to ensure i'm visible as much as possible.I originally looked for something just to keep the wind and rain off me, but saw this and thought it'd be the best option. The bright yellow will also make me easy to see during the gloomy winter days, very important as a lot of my running is down lanes with no footpaths.
Hi guys, just a quick post from me too tonight as I need an early night. Managed to do 2 x 15mins last night with a 2 min walk break. It seemed quite hard, so I expect I was still recovering from my 5K. And my legs feel a bit stiff today, hadn't had that for ages.
Me and the kids and mum and dad are off to the caravan tomorrow just until Friday I think. It's the last week as the site closes down for winter from end October until March. Will try to get out for a run while I'm there. Poor mum got the sickness bug too and is taking ages to get back to normal, so she hasn't been for a run for a while, but I'm sure it won't be long before she is up to coming with me.
Going to do my weigh in tomorrow morning whilst I'm at home instead of Friday. I sneakily weighed myself this morning and had lost another pound since last week. Hoping for another half or one by tomorrow morning!
Sounds like everyone else is doing not too bad after the recent injuries / aches and pains. Will catch up again in a couple of days.
Night night! xxx