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My sentiments exactly Sacco. In fact, they can put that on my gravestone.
Really didn't want to go out today - so windy and rainy this morning. But I made myself do 5 miles.
I don't normally do much about 'fuelling'. On runs over about 8 miles I try to leave some water somewhere and for more than about 16 miles I put a mini chocolate bar (one of those Freddo ones) at the furthest point. But that's more like a carrot to make me do the whole run and not take short cuts. Can't abide lucozade or any of that sticky goo. But maybe a thermos of tea and a hobnob? Or wine and crisps? Is that what Paula Radcliffe uses?
Yeah, another vote for a good old cup of tea bloody love crisps too, would be great to find a way of using them on a run - could get away with Ryvitia minis in salt and vinegar I suspect
I don't like Lucozade either - probably why I've been avoiding it - but I do find it works.
Well done on your 5 miler BTW Que Sera.
On another note I have worked out that if I can find a 5k Parkrun at some point I'll have the chance to PB at 4 distances this year which would be great if it comes off.
I run so slowly I'm not sure that any kind of sweetie really helps much in terms of performance, but I exploit my own gluttony as an incentive. I don't think Freddos ever went away (not from our local Spar anyway). Anyone going out today - put your hat and gloves on! It looks jolly cold out there. I'm going to try 14 miles tomorrow a.m. but tights rather than shorts I think having seen the forecast. At least the wind has dropped (here anyway). Good running everyone.
Que Sera Sarah wrote (see)
Everyone feels optimistic after a curly wurly.
Hi all, well done on your runs LL and Que Sera, my 12 miler went well too.
I did several things differently: bunged a banana and some syrup into my porridge first off and then left the iPod behnd so that I could really concentrate on slowing down (which wasn't difficult in the frosty conditions). I have also basically worked out that if I am thinking about my breathing I am going too fast.
I looped back to my house at 9 miles and had some Lucozade Sport and half a ceral bar and it really helped. I was able to just keep going. At one point I was so comfortable I kept forgetting my walk breaks!
Finished in 2.24 which is bang on 12mm - if I can speed up back up to 11.30 over the next few months I'll be happy but I'm not too concerned, I was happy just to be running comfortably.
It was so cold yesterday morning that I wore a running beany I found lying about at home. It looked ridiculous, it would ride up my head until I looked like I was running in a fez. Did my longest ever run though: 14.6 miles. Went OK and I think I'm getting a better grasp on nutrition.
I forced myself to drink more regularly, it was a weird experience. I didn't realise I was thirsty until I actually took a swig of water.
Good stuff Sacco!
I was runnnig in a woolly hat and sunglasses
I'm not looking forward to my 6am run tomorrow, the forecast is 0°C.
Hello Hannahsmom, welcome to the Outsiders
Sorry to hear about your ankle, but hopefully it'll be better with a little rest. RICE is often helpful: http://wiki.runnersworld.com/index.php/R.I.C.E. (at least that's what my wife tells me, but I tend to ignore her advice and damage my self even more ).
Hi Hannahsmom, great to read your story - welcome to the Outsiders
It is always best to miss a run rather than risk a more serious injury even if it puts you a bit behind - better to get to the start line and end up taking longer than you thought you would than not to get there at all.
I had PF last time I was marathon training but all in all it only amounted to swapping a 15 mile run for a 15 mile walk one week (which was much harder!). I was a bit panicked at the time but it all worked out OK.
13 miles this weekend, I'm planning to do it Saturday and get it out of the way. It also means I'll be able to have a few vodkas in the evening
As to the weather, compared with what our fellow VLMers had to put up with last winter and the winter before we've been really lucky, especially down south - long may it last!
3 months, 3 days and 21 hours according to the countdown clock on the VLM website - exciting
I started wth Race for Life too
My personal duel is with Jonathan Pearce the sports commentator. I've nothing against the man, in fact I admire him having run the VLM a couple of times despite really not being built for it. The fact is though that there's no way on earth his PB should be 2 minutes better than mine - even though the conditions he ran in to get it were more favourable than mine - and It's something I have to fix.
I'd also like to get a better PB than my OH who ran 6 minutes faster but that's a secret
HannahsmomUK wrote (see)
haha thanks for the welcome, didnt realise Jordan ran it in 7 hours 30, i saw her at silverstone last year and i think she ran that in 3 hours, she was in bright orange and came running past me with all her entourage so you couldnt miss her really
Keeping a low profile was she?
lol Screamapillar, yeah you couldnt miss her, and i just re read that, i have to point out she came running past me as i was a spectator not a runner, if i'd have been running i'd have hoped to wooped her arse and beat her lol