My Last Run



  • Couple of enjoyable runs here.  Last night a lap of my newly discovered countryside trail loop.  All very pleasant, but warm! Tried an add-on bit across a field but it was too rutted and impossible to run on. Maybe 4 miles.  

    This morning was Parkrun mission! I haven't been to Pegwell Bay for 2 months and have done getting on for 200 miles training since then so maybe a PB? Maybe? My PB is 21:49.
    I went and found the 21 minute pacer. A nice lad and told him I would try and keep with him for a PB. He went off a bit quick and after the first of two equal laps I was a thrashed, gasping, exhausted wreck! I looked at my watch and it said 9:30!!
    I had aspirations of going sub 20 but predictably crashed in the second lap.  Still finished 16 of 238 / 2nd vet 40 male and 20:53.Well pleased with that. 6.7 minute miles. Went and found the 21 pacer to say thanks. Found out later he ran a 19:32!!!

    I hope you feel better Cal, my niece had shingle it didnt look fun. Rest and get well soon.

    Nice recovery run Hazlenut!  Farm shop sounds nice! I always stop to get milk from dairies when I pass them at work.  Good luck for hill run sunday.  Warm for sure.

    Impressive run JT both in pace an distance. I wanted to go out for a double digit one tomorrow AM. I'm a bit concerned about the heat. The obvious answer is to go early, but a 5:30 alarm doesn't sound appealing this week.

    Quickly looked at where you ran JD. Just epic. I dream of running like that in the southeast.  I'm going to Cornwall on holiday in a month and am going to do some coastpath runs. My legs aren't going to know what's hit them!! Will have to go carefully.

    Have a nice weekend.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    Great 5k running Linton.
    11.2miles yesterday late afternoon in 1hr28. Tired from the start but at least no stopping this time. Settled into a very consistent pace eventually which is good news. Busy around and about.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Brilliant run, Linton! Especially in this heat.
    I'm starting to feel a little better but it will take a while for the shingles to clear. Doing some marshalling in the meantime.
  • Boom, Linton! Superb run.

    Sounds like you're getting back there, JT.

    Glad you're feeling better, Cal.

    No running to report from me, but my boy Nye completed his 50th Junior Parkrun this morning, whilst I was timekeeper. Proud times. I went trampolining this avo, with the kids. Nearly broke my bloody neck. Just finalising my Mara training plan, which starts next Saturday.  Being lazy till then - resting the bod!
    I run, therefore I am.
  • JD1JD1 ✭✭✭

    Cracking 5k time,Linton.Didn't know they had pacers at some parkruns.

    Nice run,JT,that's a good pace.

    Cal,good news you're starting to feel better.Must be bloody awful in this heat.

    Will,well done to your boy on 50 parkruns.I wouldn't trust myself on a trampoline these days,seen a few accidents many years ago when I used to do it.

    Just an easy 6.24 miles today but my mileage this week is 51.57 which is the most I've done in a  very long time.

  • enrvukenrvuk ✭✭✭
    Very nice run Linton, that's a very sharp PB.

    JT, loooong and quick. I think we'd have a good race if you did miles and I did KMs :-)

    Cal, pleased to hear you're on the mend. Painful and frustrating, but very cool that you did some marshalling. That's a special member of the community.

    Will, well done to your lad. That is some achievement. I wish my nephew had some of the drive. Fortnight 1 Running 0 in that corner though.

    JD, that is very impressive mileage. What is it your training for again?

    So I did my recovery run on Friday, nice and easy, but I eventually decided that 25-28c was too hot for my 10k. It wouldn't have ended well. Instead I did an 11k HR zone 2 run, but started 2 hours earlier. I enjoyed it, but was frustrated at missing out on a chance to break 60 mins on a nice flat course. I did get to see some camels as well as the usual ZSL crew.

    After some marinating, salad making and what not, we went up to my sister's for a BBQ and around 5-6 beverages in, she suggested the Little Canfield Farm Fitness 10k for the following morning. My heat curse couldn't kick in that quickly, so we eased up (not stopped) on the drinking and were up earlyish with her husband to give it a go. 

    It was a trail run, which isn't my thing, still quite warm (21c) and a bit of an undulating, if not hilly course. Dry grass is a tough surface and I found it hard going, during one uphill section we were running on hay. That is thankless. 

    Long story, shortish, I finished in 59:12. Which in the conditions I was quite happy with. I'd heard that some club runners were around 4-5 mins behind their usual times. Given that it's only my second proper 10k race, it was a decent PB, but slow enough that I'll be confident of beating it next time out!
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Great parkrun PB LTT - that is a big chunk off over such a distance.  You should be able to take some more off of that.

    Well done to Nye Will. 

    Good mileage JD. 

    Good work on your long run JT.

    Glad you are feeling better in the meantime Cal.

    Well done on your 10k PB enrvuk.  If you can go sub 60 mins on a less than ideal route and in warm temperatures you will likely do it again on a better day by quite a bit more.

    Hill race for me yesterday - 12 and a bit k with 550m of up and unusually back down again.  1:14:31 and 5th F45 - about in the top third which is pleasing enough.  Had to do a nausea inducing sprint for the line to pass 6th (achieved by 4 seconds) and after a long steep descent over 3 miles my legs almost collapsed at the finish but recovered fairly quickly to cheer in my teammates. Very warm and humid conditions - had to run by feel rather than with any pace / goal result in mind just to get round.  Shame as the legs felt in good shape for more on the uphill bit. Awful DOMS today, will do a recovery walk / cycle I think.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    edited July 2019
    That's a big lot of running JD.
    On and offroad mix today following the river bank north. 11miles again in bit under 1hr27. Very windy but sunny. Took some water with me. Not a happy summer runner - always feels a constant effort and I get whingey. Everybody's very smiley though. Had to dodge a number of small dogs. Took the bike out yesterday and amongst the endless weekend motorcyclists there was a procession of vintage tractors. I was brought up on a farm and there was an open cab Massive Ferguson that my dad used to drive - Massey Ferguson, sorry. Calling them Massive Fergusons is ingrained since being toddler.
  • JD1JD1 ✭✭✭
    Well done,enrvuk,you'd be able to knock off a fair bit of time,if running on a flat road race and good weather conditions and no beer from the previous night!
    I'm doing the Chester marathon in October.

    That's a fantastic result Hazelnut,great determination at the sprint for the f45 5 position.Hope your legs feel a bit better tomorrow.

    JT,that's another good long run,what races do you have planned?

    8 miles along the canal today.Have a busy work schedule this week so my mileage will be well down from last week.That's why I'm not sticking to a proper training plan,fit the miles in when I can.

  • You'd have liked my farm-based run tonight JT!

     All fields and farmland. Added more to my loop. Huge fields of maize. Learned what the difference between wheat, oats, barley and rye are when I got home. (The big crop field were wheat and barley). Also pumpkins I think? In another field.  Did some bridlepaths and hill repeats. 7.5 miles, worried I'm going to roll my ankle it's so, so uneven, but loving it.

    Just enamoured pigeons.

    Awesome run JT. I saw a vintage steamroller a while back. Pretty cool! Yes water essential. The heat is draining but running in the sunshine makes up for it?

    Great hill run Hazlenut, that sounds bloody hard, great result though. Considering the Canterbury half. If I'm doing it I must get hill training in earnest.

    Solid 10k enrvuk.  The terrain you describe running on sounds identical to what I ran on tonight; as you say slow, sapping and laborious, well done.

    Inspiring mileage JD1, that really is. I'm doing 20-25 and that seems a lot! Hoping to start gradually increase through come autumn.

    Congratulations to your lad Will. It always surprised me how good some of the kids at Parkrun are. Rapid!

    Hope you're still in the up Cal.

  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Nice little details there JT.  I loved watching farm machinery at work as a kid, the fields are now covered in housing..

    Hope that work will let you out for a run every now and then JD

    I get my grains mixed up as well LTT.  The off-roading might help your ankle as long as you don't roll it. 

    4 mile recovery run yesterday evening - painful as legs still trashed from Sunday's race.   I even had to walk down a slight hill. 
  • JD1JD1 ✭✭✭

    Linton,great run,noticed you're doing hill repeats,they're always great to build strength.You're definitely doing something right with smashing your PB.

    No chance of getting an LSR run in this week,managed to get in 5 miles in yesterday afternoon,just a quick blast along the canal.

    Took my daughters to the athletics club last night.Surprised the youngest one wanted to go,as she's not the most athletic and a bit lazy when it comes to running but I'm happy she's giving it a go.The coach takes no messing,he'll send them round the track if they start disrupting the session,that's my type of coach!

  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    Hey folks, sounds like you're all doing well.
    I was able to get out for a tentative two miles this morning. Energy is good, following the shingles. Foot seems better. Achilles still being grumpy, but not as bad as it was before my enforced rest. I think it's going to be just a case of managing it.

    I counted 12 Canada geese on the pond at Tooting. No sign of the Egyptian family - I hope they were on the island and that the Canadians haven't chased them off. Did see a heron and a couple of cormorants though. And there's a very noisy green woodpecker in the tree behind my house - he's been making more noise than the parakeets (I'm often woken up by the latter).
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Good you are getting back out there Cal and you are feeling better.

    Nice your daughter is trying out some athletics JD.  Good discipline measure from the coach!

    6 miles at recovery pace yesterday afternoon with a bit of cycling to get to and from the flat route I was using.
    Legs still sore and it took a couple of miles to get going.  Definitely feel better for it today though.  Ran along the side of a brook and remembered to look for fish (for LTT if I remember correctly) but none to be seen. 
  • JD1JD1 ✭✭✭

    It's good that you're feeling better Cal and back out running.Sil gets parakeets in her garden,I couldn't believe it when I saw them only seen them in zoos until then.

    Glad you're legs are making a recovery after your hill race Hazelnut.

    Just a 4 mile run last night but I took my nearly 12 month old black Lab Polly with me.She did really well and stayed by my side,apart when she spotted a duck on the side of the canal.

  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    I like seeing the parakeets, JD, but by god they're noisy!

    Upped it to three miles today. Quite a bit warmer than yesterday. The achilles is still grumbling away (I rate it a 5/10 on the grumpiness scale - it was about an 8 before my break, but I'd like it to come down further) but other than that I felt really good. Lots of energy, bouncy stride and I was relatively quick for an easy run. Looking at my stats, my cadence has dropped but my stride is longer, which may be down to the exercises I've been doing.
    I didn't run around the pond but I heard Mrs Egyptian honking so they're still there, which makes me happy.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Well done to Polly JD. Did the duck survive?

    That sounds good Cal other than the achilles.

    An eight miler yesterday plodding along a river to take advantage of the green tunnels along the banks. Cycled 10 miles each way to get there and back. Warm, muggy and legs pretty unresponsive. Taking a long time to get over the doms.

    Much better legs this evening for a five mile recovery paced run after the heat had subsided. Was attacked by 2 buzzards as I must have got too close to their nest. Some yelling, arm waving and dirt hurling kept them off. Not fun being divebombed. An ex colleague got his head torn open once so they don't always just pretend.  Will have to do a bigger diversion around that bit than I already was.
  • Just two four-ish mile trail runs to report since Monday's 7.5. I'm saving myself for Invicta East Kent Athletics 10k tomorrow. It's a fast one along the seafront, and I'm not really in the mood for it, but I'm sure a day off work today will see me back on track.

    That's crazy about the buzzards Hazlenut!! Wow. I'd love to see one close up but in less terrifying conditions! There's loads road here, I'll bare that in mind. Nice running.

    Glad you're mending up Cal. Sure you'll be back to full strength soon.  

    Nice run JD, I took a friend's Lab running with me a few times, when they were busy. The dog loved it! Was careful not to go too far though.

    Have a good weekend.

  • Just two four-ish mile trail runs to report since Monday's 7.5. I'm saving myself for Invicta East Kent Athletics 10k tomorrow. It's a fast one along the seafront, and I'm not really in the mood for it, but I'm sure a day off work today will see me back on track.

    That's crazy about the buzzards Hazlenut!! Wow. I'd love to see one close up but in less terrifying conditions! There's loads road here, I'll bare that in mind. Nice running.

    Glad you're mending up Cal. Sure you'll be back to full strength soon.  

    Nice run JD, I took a friend's Lab running with me a few times, when they were busy. The dog loved it! Was careful not to go too far though.

    Have a good weekend.

  • enrvukenrvuk ✭✭✭
    Great to see you back out running Cal. Good luck with the Achilles. It sounds like the  has done you good. It’s great when you have that real bounce in your step. 

    Craziness with the buzzards Hazel. At least it wasn’t a mountain lion. Congrats on the hill run, it sounds brutal. What’s your next big run?

    JD sorry about the lack of mileage, frustrating when you want to be ramping it up. Your daughters coach sounds like the athletics coach I had as a teen. 

    Linton good luck with the 10k, you seem nicely in a groove. 

    Good quick running JT. 

    I’m now into my half training, few uneventful runs. Two foundation runs, a fast finish and a fartlek . Total of  about 35k. I’m definitely recovering quicker than when I was running harder, which makes me feel I’ll be able to build up the mileage if I get up early enough as the temps rise. I wonder how much progress I’m making, but I just have to trust the training. 

    Two of my runs were on the outskirts of Amsterdam and one went into the Westerpark, which I really enjoyed. It has canals, lovely house boats and a little wildlife. Some geese and ducks, so a little like Regent’s Park. I’d recommend it for a run if you’re there. 

    Happy weekend everyone. 
  • Will ClennellWill Clennell ✭✭✭
    edited July 2019
    Hi again all MLRERs! As I've been off here for a while, I'll just say 'nice work' to all running and will catch up properly now that I am back. It's been a strange old month or so, which has seen me not running a lot. No particular reason, but I've kind of been waiting to start my marathon training plan proper and so have just had a good old fashioned rest. Well, that is now over.

    It was back on the Marriott's Way for an out and back 10 miles early this morn. Pleasant temperature and the legs felt fresh from their rest. I had my usual tough spot at miles 4 and 5, but refreshed my form a few times with an arm and shoulder shake out which did the trick. I must get back on the core exercises again - I think this will help with all the altitude that the Brecon Marathon will throw at me. The wildflowers are now coming into their own and I saw a cute pair of fledgling Robins being fed by their Ma. A Buzzard hunted over a barley field and a Muntjac was barking somewhere off in the woods (a new sound I have learnt as we have them in the cemetery behind our street). I chugged through a Camelbak of SIS but no sweets or solid fuel at all today. 10 miles at 10:04 mi/mi, not bad after slobbing it for a while. It's great to be back on a training plan with a solid goal. I've upped the mileage for this one, averaging around 30- 35miles per week rather than 25-30, as I did for Manchester. 
    I run, therefore I am.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    Good luck for tomorrow LTT.

    Nice run in Amsterdam enrvuk.

    Seems the rest has done you good Will, nice 10 miler.  Will you be able to get in some hill / trail practice during your training weeks?

    8.7 miles this morning, out just after 7am. Warm and muggy but thunderstorms and a cooldown in the meantime.  Met an adult collie and a pup out with their owners, cute. Also very much interested in diverse toys and not at all in chasing me which was good.
  • JD1JD1 ✭✭✭

    Yes the duck survived Hazelnut.They play it very cool,they see this slobbering dog,tail windmilling running towards them and in the last second just jump into the water!

    Getting dive bombed by buzzards isn't nice they can do some serious damage.

    Good luck with your race Linton.

    You seem to be much better Cal,apart from the grumpy achilles.

    Nice 10 miles Will.

    enrvuk nice running in Amsterdam.Love running in cities that I'm visiting,great way to explore.

    Just over 4 miles yesterday evening.Time I get home from work,see the girls it's nearly 8,which for me is too late for running so just keeping them short.Included 6 x 1 min @ 5kp.

  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    The buzzards are a bit alarming, Hazelnut!
    Rather wish I was OK, JD. Shingles-wise, yes. Achilles is still grumpier than I'd like. Foot has been fine all week and felt fine when I went out today (which was 6.7 miles - I was aiming for 6 but got to where my mile 4 beep usually is and saw I'd done an extra half mile somehow, figured my Garmin was out and decided to compensate, completely forgetting that I actually had added a couple of extra paths after mile 3. Numpty). However, when I stopped it started hurting. I'm so frustrated.
  • HazelnutCHHazelnutCH ✭✭✭
    That is frustrating Cal. How long ago was it that you hurt it?

    I was stupid enough to go out over midday today, thought 25 degrees and a breeze would be manageable but the sun was strong and I had about 10k to do with no shade at all. Cue overheating at 10 miles and I took a couple of minutes to cool down with the help of a farmer's trough. Spring water and very clean. Ambled another 5k to complete a HM and then jog-walked home for another 2 miles. No other runners but quite a few cyclists.
  • enrvukenrvuk ✭✭✭
    Cal, that's a good way to get the extra miles in, just forget where you've run! Sorry to hear about the achilles, they're a bloody nightmare. Mine often feels a little sore, but thankfully has never blown up. I hope it eases off as the day goes on.

    Hazel, 25c! Blimey I ran in Central London today and it was quite mild. Lucky really as farmer's troughs are hard to come by! Very impressive miles, especially in that heat.

    JD, yes I am really getting into the city running after the experiences at a couple of Parkruns, Central Park and Amsterdam. Looking forward to the next one. I was listening to a running podcast the other day that said holiday runs are the best. 

    Will, your runs always sound so picturesque. 

    I had a bog standard Long Run, 14.6 miles, nearly all of it at heart rate zone 2. As I was entering Regent's Park the last of the 10k runners were coming out. I'll be volunteering there in a couple of weeks for the next race in the series. Was a bit quicker than the last time I did the same run, so pleased with that.
  • enrvukenrvuk ✭✭✭
    That should be 14.6km of course. 
  • Sounds like progress, envruk. I much prefer to get into natural surroundings if I can, but do like the big city events for the atmos.

    A bit of a glutton for punishment today, eh Hazelnut! Nice trough drinking :)

    You are a toughie, Cal, pushing on through whatever is thrown at you. As my footy coach used to tell me: 'Good attitood'.

    I know what it's like trying to fit the miles in, JD. I've a feeling the 5am alarm is going to be busy this marathon phase.

    It was Junior Parkrun for me and Nye this morning, where he was presented with his Ultra Marathon wristband for 50 JPRs - 100km. Needless to say we were all very chuffed, especially him. He then went on to get a new PB of 12:50.

    I was feeling a bit stiff and sore today after my 10 miles, so a recovery run was needed. 3.34 miles at an easy pace, doing a hilly loop both ways (clock/anti-clock). I feel better for it now. Also dropped for some planks at various points of today. Hazelnut, There are a few steep hills of 50-80m nearby, so it's going to be 1 or 2 rep sessions every week. I'll get out on trail a fair bit too and we're hoping to get away to Brecon for proper mountain practice at some poin this summer. A marathon up mountains - no sweat!?!
    I run, therefore I am.
  • Oh, and here's a happy Nye :) 
    I run, therefore I am.
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    That's a happy nipper, Will - well done to him!
    The foot is still hurting now - I'm feeling it in a different place to the initial injury. I'm off to the physio to find out what's going on. I envisage more time off. I am beyond frustrated.
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