My Last Run



  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Right there with you, JT. I'm usually very sluggish at the start of my runs and I am a bit frustrated that I'm well below the level I was before Manchester. I do wonder if this is down to doing two marathons (8 weeks apart) but a lot of people do more and seem fine with it. Eh, I don't know.
    Oh and it's Mellors. :)
  • Nessie73Nessie73 ✭✭✭
    Been AWOL this week and off on my holidays in the early hours of Saturday, so run strong and stay safe over the next week, MLRers :-) We're off to Corfu where I hope to swim, eat, drink, read (lots) and run (a little, and as early as I can drag my lazy backside out of bed before it gets even hotter).
    I've managed a couple of 4 milers this week, and will do around 6-8 in the forest tomorrow morning before I go home to pack
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    4.13miles 30mins in the barefoot evoskins. Feet a bit sore.
  • Seems like it'e the time of the year for a bit of a lull in form. I'm blaming mine on a very stressful time at work. I'm limping my way towards the finish line that is the end of term.

    JT141 and Cal, I hope the sluggishness wears off for you and Nessie, I hope the Corfu break is ace.

    I'm jealous of your Storks, Hazlenut. I've only ever seen one stray continental bird over this side of the channel - looking very lost.

    After an unplanned 8 day break (apart from my boy's 2nd fastest Junior Park Run) I hit the lake trail this morning for 7 miles of goodness. It did wash away some of the stress of the week, but a steady turned into a slow and again reminded me how quickly my body becomes untuned. Feeling good after it now though and planning to do the Park Run tomorrow for a bit of speed work and then a long run on Sunday. 
    I run, therefore I am.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Have a great holiday Nessie.  Is that the order of priority you've listed there? :)

    Know the feeling Will - unfortunately I don't have an end of term to look forward to - just more and more tasks piling up at the moment.  On the other hand I don't have back-to-school to "look forward" to in a few weeks time.   Running isn't such a good stress reliever for me unfortuantely - if I have goals to work for then that adds even more stress than I already have.

    Certainly had a lull in form yesterday.  Set off (gently!) for my last pre mountain marathon long run yesterday und underestimated the heat of the sun.  Had a goal of 35km and was sitting on a bench in the shade after 14km overheating and almost hyperventilating for a few minutes.  Got going again with some walk / running and was very tempted to get on the train about 5km later when I passed the station within about 100 metres.  Said to myself, ok if you can't run then walk and actually completed the 35km after all in 4:20.   Managed to jog the last 6km or so.  Pleased to have got round - it being the last long run pre race it was important to do so from the mental side of things.        Otherwise a run to forget about it.   A big green combine harvester was about the most exciting thing I saw the whole way round but maybe I wasn't really looking.

  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Happy hols Ness. 10.1miles in over 1hr16 this evening. Felt lousy at 3miles but got better. Otherwise event free.
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    Well run, Hazel and happy hols to Nessie.   Mr Consistent, JT.

    The switch from full-on teachy stuff to a spot of writing & some interviews has been quite marked for me this year.

    Knee is just about responding to self care and running on trail, grass or sand is woking quite well.  Of course, *not* Streaking would be an even better plan.... ;)
  • Swittle, I had a break from classroom teaching for a couple of years and branched into outdoor ed. Brilliant fun but didn't pay the bills, so back to the slog, with SATS etc. Not so brilliant!

    Did my first official Parkrun this morning and enjoyed it. Still finding my pace, but had negative splits and timed 25:23, finishing in the top half. Don't know quite how the leaders do it in 17/18, different planet!

    I run, therefore I am.
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    Will, a colleague has gone to the Alps as a guide this summer but it's unlikely he'll be back teaching because of uncertainty over hours.  Canoes & cycles too.  A good lad: and in my PGCE group.

    I'll teach another 2 years if I can - thing is, I still get so much out of it.

    Well done on your parkrun!
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Nice park run Will. 

    Just popped in to say good luck to Cal for the 10 miler tomorrow if you still read this in time. 
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    Same from me ^
  • Yep, hope it goes well Cal. Not too warm hopefully.
    In other news, my boy Aneurin smashed his Junior Parkrun PB by 53 seconds today!
    I run, therefore I am.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Well done to your boy, Will!
    Thanks for the good luck wishes, but I had a bit of a shocker. The humidity was very high and I struggled, so not only was I nowhere near my time goal but I was a full five minutes slower than last year. I really hope I can get my speed back by the Autumn.
  • Sorry the race didn't go to plan Cal. On to the next one now.

    I've gone and done back to backs since Friday, just to see how I coped really. Eight miles round the lake tonight. Very sweaty and a bit soft under foot, so legs and lungs felt it. 21 miles in 3 days. Shall sleep well tonight.

    Oh, saw a Kingfisher zoom past. Bonus.
    I run, therefore I am.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    How lovely to see a Kingfisher, Will. Been a long time since I've seen one.
    5 miles recovery today. Legs a little heavy but otherwise not too bad (usual grumpy bits aside).
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    Humidity's always going to play its part, Cal.

    Rest it up, Will - sound effort.  Good avian report too.

    9pm last night: 9.3 miles mostly beach & some trail in Crosby & Hightown.  An Iron Man as training partner.

    7am this morning: 4 moderately paced miles around the Coastal Park.  
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Lovely photo, swittle. My friend took me to that beach a couple of years ago.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    I had a good run today - two miles warm-up, five tempo (MP, but I got quicker during the five and did the last one a bit too fast) and one cool-down. Doing my recovery run the day after racing (as opposed to having a rest day and then doing a recovery two days after the race) seems to actually work for me.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    I've entered the club mile relays in Battersea Park next week, despite a) being slow, b) being off my game and c) never having run a mile. (Well, I've run a lot of miles, just not individually. You know what I mean).
    So I decided to see what running a mile was like. Did two miles to warm up, then had a quick breather and did a few drills. Then my mile, around the parkrun triangle. Clocked 8:23 (I was breathing very audibly, probably frightened a few people) which isn't amazing but it was warm and humid, despite last night's storms, so I'm sure I can do better on Monday. It'll be interesting anyway, even if, as I suspect, I'll be the slowest person there.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    To keep Cal company.. :) Bad luck on your 10 miler.  Humidity is a right pace killer.  The mile relay sounds interesting.

    Lovely photo swittle - I do envy you for your beach.  The Iron Men would raise their eyebrows if I came to visit as the first thing I would have to do is rush into the water with a big screech.  Haven't been to a beach for a couple of years again.

    Will: good kingfisher spotting and Parkrunning by your junior and running by yourself.  I will try to remember to take my camera with me on my next trip down the village to get you a pic of the storks. 

    Did a couple of 5km trots and my standard Tuesday evening outing in the last few days.  Warm here again too but there was a decent and unusually refreshing wind yesterday evening.  Lots of harvesting activity going on all around.  One of the hills felt a bit like the TdF, I was out in front initially but was mowed down by the field half way up.    
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Back to first principles. Deliberate very slow run for the miles and time on my feet. Started out cloudy but cleared and the sun came out. Just shy of 21miles in 3hrs9. Had my camelbak. Took it very slow in the middle bit, so much so that despite the heat I had to squirrel myself away for a surreptitious pee. Sped up a bit toward the end. First 20miler in quite some time and felt okay.
  • A 4 miler at a decent pace last night. Survived two performances of Midsummer's Night Dream by my class and now have 6 weeks off to run and relax. Teaching is not all bad :)
    I run, therefore I am.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Well done Will - don't do what I did in 2014 which was to tear my calf in the first week of the summer holidays.
    Good job on the 21 miler, JT. I need to start building my mileage back up now although I don't have an Autumn marathon planned. I just figure that my fastest HMs came when I was doing more LSRs and higher mileage, so perhaps that is what I need more than speedwork.

    Cranked out 11 miles today, with a negative split. The intended easy pace turned in to MP towards the end. This will be my long run for the week as I've got to run a fast mile on Monday so I'll need to be a little fresh for that. Enjoyed today's run, anyway. Sat in a nice Epsom Salt bath afterwards with my (recently arrived) copy of P&D and a protein shake. Aaah.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Enjoy your vacation Will.

    Nice 21 miles JT. 

    Can you let us know if it is a good read Cal, I have been thinking about getting it as well.  Haven't (yet) checked if a bookshop here has it to have a look between the covers before I purchase.

    17.75 km in 1:40 yesterday.  Intended to go out in the evening but had to flee mid-morning from a workman noisly cleaning our house prior to painting it .  Was expecting not to enjoy the run as it was warm and sunny and I had planned a route without much shade but a brisk breeze, several convenient water troughs and an occasional fluffy cloud covering the sun kept it just about comfortable.  The local farmers have been busy the last few days - hardly any corn left standing now. 
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    It goes into some detail about the different types of training runs (lactate, long runs, recovery etc) and why and when you should do them, so it's interesting even if you don't plan to use the plans themselves. I'm not really a good enough runner to use the plans as written but was considering using them as a basis for my own training. If I'm to get any quicker, I need to do something a bit different to muddling through as I'm doing now.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Sore from yesterday (and also slept poorly) so took it comparatively easy at parkrun for a 28:06 finish. Have to leave some gas in the tank for Monday.
  • Impressive mileage JT, Cal and HazlenutCH! I too need to step up my long runs and am planning a couple of 10 milers this week. I should really try a proper training plan, but seem to like the make it up on the hoof style.
    I did a relaxed 5K yesterday to loosen up for today's park run with my brother in law. I came in a couple of minutes after him but nicked a PB by 3 seconds at 25:20. Pleased with that and with out-sprinting the 10 year old at the finish! 
    Good luck with your mile Cal.
    I run, therefore I am.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Good Park Runs all. Still never done one. Too early in the morning.
    Sunny humid afternoon 9miles in under 1hr9. Hard work. I do need to vary things. Probably should go back to hill sprints, bloody awful though they are. Probably should also lose a few pounds. Boo. Thing is when running is difficult you don't relax and take in what's around and about. Stuff probably happened but didn't notice. Maybe there were bunnies.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Ha, I find them too late, JT. I'd rather they were 8 (or earlier, but I don't think there would be too many takers if they were at 7).

    4 miles recovery today. Legs felt pretty tired. I've done 35 miles this week (highest total since March) and with only one day off (where I did yoga anyway).
  • swittleswittle ✭✭✭
    Glad the photo appeals.  Hazel, the sea's much cleaner than it was 30 years ago but bathing's discouraged!  
    Encouraging 20+, JT - and will, you're right about the gems in the bedrock of teaching.
    Cal, your post-11 miler recovery sounds spot on!  Speed work beckons, although it's rarely pleasant.

    Besides taking pictures, I'm making for the prom or beach most days and covering 30 slow-to-steady miles a week.  Left knee hates the pavement & road, so grassy trail & firm sand does me fine.

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