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Red it sounds like you made a wise decision bailing out of that marathon, well done for sticking it out for as long as you did. Any race that requires you to resort to an ice pack to keep your core temperature down should have been called off. I hope none of the other competitors suffered any ill effects.
HS thanks for the good wishes for my 10k. My son is seeing his dentist tomorrow, he hasn’t had the abscess lanced yet as far as I know.
My 10k was in danger of being cancelled last night due to the forecasted thunderstorms, however despite the thunder and lightening the rain held off until the start of the race and fortunately was was welcomingly refreshing rather than torrential. (However I found out later that it had been torrential back at home, so much so that a quantity of soil was washed from our neighbours garden into our drive). This is one of my favourite out and back 10ks, taking place mainly on a gravel track through sand dunes, with a bit of pavement/road running and a single file section along a cliff top. I averaged 10.02mm so was fairly happy with that as the first mile was congested until the field spread out a bit, and the single file section slowed everyone down. This race sets the handicaps for our winter Grand Prix series of 5k races which start in October.
Good evening all
HS that must have been quite a frustrating run today for you both. You’ll have to compare notes when you next see Sarah to see what went wrong.
There was only 60-odd runners at my local parkrun today, but 8 of them had dogs, and all were barking. We had the whole spectrum of barks from deep throated aggressive barks to ear-splitting squeals. Once one started it set the others off and the owners seemed totally oblivious to the din. It was impossible to hear the RD’s run briefing or the countdown to the start. As it happens the start was disrupted anyway, firstly by a cyclist who rode through the middle of the runners (who were poised “on their marks” so to speak ready for the off), then once we’d reassembled and were again waiting for the signal to start three mobility scooters appeared, being driven at speed towards us. The drivers of these vehicles seemed to be known to the local runners as I heard someone say “look out here come hells angels”. It was all a bit of a shambles as people tried to tell the RD to delay the start again until the mobility scooters had passed by, but because of all the barking he couldn’t hear and started the run anyway. Some of us dithered about, uncertain what to do as the scooters bore down on us. It looked like they were going to plough through regardless, but then they slowed down and joked about joining in our race. It was all quite harmless fun really, and I suppose if you’re reduced to getting about on a mobility scooter you get your kicks where and when you can, and this bit of “hell raising” probably made their day. Despite these disruptions I should say I have no problem with cyclists or mobility scooters during our run, after all parkrunners do not have exclusive use of the park, but I did get irritated today by the runners with dogs. Only one young girl made an attempt to keep her dog on a short lead, the others either had long leads, or worse still those really long canicross leads that fasten round the waist to leave the runners hands free. None of the dogs appeared to have had any training for how to run in a group of people, or alongside other dogs, so they darted about from side to side making running quite hazardous as at times you have to run in single file, and an over excited dog trying to push past you is very off putting. I was very glad to get to the finish in one piece and made my mind up to find a different parkrun in future.
Aquarius Sounds like a nightmare that park run.
HS I can just see you and Sarah running in different directions looking for each other You’ve certainly put in a lot of work this week, was today’s run your last one before Sunday’s HM? Sorry to hear of Sarah’s fall, I hope she’ll be fully recovered in time. A fall on gravel can be quite nasty. I remember being told years ago about how to make a poultice to get gravel out of wounds. It was very simple, just a bar of old fashioned green soap (the sort people used to use for cleaning shirt collars) and sugar. Mix together, apply to the wound on a piece of lint, or similar, and leave for a day or two. The poultice draws the gravel out of the wound and leaves it clean and healthy. I tried it and it worked! I don’t think you can get that sort of soap now though unfortunately.
Good luck to you both for Sunday.
I went over to the reservoir again today for a 7 mile out and back run. It was very windy and trying to rain, but nevertheless quite enjoyable as I only saw five dogs in total, and most of them were well behaved.
When I did my 10k last week my back got increasingly painful from mile 4 onwards, it was painful for the whole of my parkrun on Saturday and likewise today. The pain is right across my middle and lower back and it feels very stiff when I’m running. I’m hoping it’s just muscular, possibly from the yoga I’ve been doing lately. I’ve an appointment with the physio on Friday so will see what she says.
I went to the physio this morning. It turns out that my back pain is from a long standing problem I’ve had since my first son was born, so not yoga related after all. The physio did a lot of deep tissue work and I’m now sitting, rather uncomfortably, at the hairdressers. I suspect I’m going to be even more sore tomorrow so probably no parkrun for me.
We’ve four house viewings booked for this afternoon, all quite near each other, so we’re keeping fingers crossed that one might be suitable for us.
After that we’re rounding the day off with a meal as it’s our 44th wedding anniversary.
Congratulations HS, that’s amazing to be within 1 minute of your target time, and as Red says particularly so as you had to weave in and out of other runners at the beginning. That’s always frustrating, and tiring, as you have to speed up and slow down as you pass one group then get held up again by the next slow group. I get quite annoyed with people who knowingly opt for a start pack that’s beyond their capabilities. You often see them walking after a mile or so, obviously struggling. You must be delighted with your result. How did Sarah get on?
WtnMel I hope you got some good golf practice in yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s match. Glad to hear your mum is settling in well, lucky you were able to sort out her direct debit. Thanks for the invitation to Druridge Bay on 22nd, I think I’ll give it a miss though, I’ve got too much “on” that day.