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Good morning everyone,
It’s not raining here at the moment HS but we do have thick mist, which makes you feel quite gloomy. Well done for getting out for a hilly seven mile run in the rain.
Fortunately the weather was a lot better yesterday for my parkrun; quite chilly but no wind luckily. I did the same one as last week and felt I’d run well as I felt quite strong going around, and I didn’t need to walk at all on the hills, even managing to make up a few places as I passed others who were walking. So I was a little disappointed to find Garmin telling me I was 10 seconds slower this week (admittedly I’d started at the back and spent the first few minutes trying to pass big groups in fancy dress, and young family groups). However when the parkrun results came out they had me 4 seconds faster than last week, so I think I’ll go with their timings😄. I know I’m always moaning on about people who run with dogs that force their way past, but this week the prize goes to a guy with a running buggy who came charging down a fairly steep, very pot-holed, downhill gravel track, with one hand on the buggy (which was bouncing all over the place) and the other hand out at a right angle to keep his balance. The track was barely wide enough for three people and I was about to overtake a couple of runners in front of me when I heard him yell “coming through” and I just had time to pull back in as he swept past, careering from side to side all the way down the hill. Unsurprisingly I saw him at the finish trying to comfort his young son who was very distressed. I can’t understand how parents can submit their children to such danger, under any other circumstances shaking a baby or toddler about for half an hour would get you locked up. (Rant over).
Anthony- hope your HM goes well today, don’t forget to post a race report.👍
Good afternoon HS (and anyone lurking)
After a very misty and chilly morning it’s now breezy but sunny. I decided to go out for my run this morning as I’d forgotten I’d said I’d look after my grandson for an hour this afternoon. Fortunately the mist had cleared by the time I got out and it was quite a pleasant 6 mile slow run. I didn’t see any other runners along my route and only saw 4 cyclists, but I did see a number of dog walkers and a total of 24 dogs (oh, and two squirrels). I decided to wear my trail shoes as the railway track I run along is tree lined on both sides, and at this time of the year there’s a thick black pile of decomposing leaves underfoot , all very soggy and slippery after the recent rain. Running on the flat isn’t a problem, but the hills are a different matter.
WtnMel, oh dear I can tell from your post that your fellow runners lack of thought and consideration today really annoyed you. From what I remember of what you’ve previously told us about your club runs they tend to be social runs, rather than a specific training session. If that’s the case (i.e social) then I can quite see why you were so annoyed. Didn’t you have a similar problem before and the run leader had to speak to the offenders? They obviously don’t learn. Perhaps it’s time to look for another club?
I hadn’t realised you were on your travels again last week, you certainly get about don’t you. I hope the weather was good for your walks, it’s much more enjoyable when it’s fine than trudging along in the rain or fighting a headwind. Good news about the radiator too.
I was going to go for a short run today but instead ended up going for a walk around the reservoir, nothing as ambitious as your recent walks, just a modest 3 miles. Tomorrow I’m off to the physio again for a tune-up of my back and shoulder muscles. Since I’ve started incorporating yoga into my fitness routine I’ve woken up muscles that have probably slumbered peacefully for years, and they’re letting me know they’re none to pleased about it😄.
Well done Anthony, that’s a pretty decent time.
Your run yesterday sounds pretty unpleasant, you seem to have had more than your fair share of rain lately. We’re often woken up through the night by heavy rain, although it tends to clear up by morning.
I had to smile at you leaving your glasses in the car when you went to the library. I could see you ending up with an interesting selection of books that way!😂
I had a good physio session this morning, thanks. I’m definitely getting more flexibility in my back through practicing yoga, I just need to be careful I don’t overdo it by pushing myself too hard too soon.
Parkrun again tomorrow - I just hope that idiot with the buggy isn’t there.
WtnMel you’ve taken the prize for earliest post of the day!
Surely there’s no point in your club’s Chair saying you should speak to her in future, this isn’t the first time this has happened is it? As club Chair (and even more so as race leader) it is her responsibility to make sure that lessons were learned from last time and to ensure it doesn’t happen again. She failed on both points. It’s all very well to apologise after the event, and to try to make you out as the bad guy for what you said but surely your reaction just reflected how upset you were. If I was you I’d base my complaint on health and safety grounds. I’d also ask what insurance the club has in place if a runner becomes detached from the group and is subsequently injured or lost. Admittedly insurance probably wouldn’t cover training runs, but it would do no harm to “rattle” them a little bit. It may just make them take this situation more seriously and put measures in place to prevent this happening to anyone again. And if the other runners responsible on Thursday haven’t the guts and decency to apologise to you personally then I’d give up on the club. It’s their loss, not yours.
Glad to hear your new shoes are so comfortable. It’s always a bit of a gamble changing brands.
HS I didn’t realise the GSR was on television until it was 30 minutes in. I recorded the remainder but haven’t had time to watch it yet ( I spent the afternoon watching Super League triathlon on the red button channel). I think you are right about Garmin losing its signal due to tall buildings and trees, I’ve had that happen with both. Well done for another good training run, I wish I could run your mileage and pace......
.....Today I did a very slow 5 mile run. I’ve started reading a book about 80/20 training where 80% of your runs are done very slowly (at a pace where you can comfortably carry out a conversation) and only 20% are fast or hard sessions. According to the author this is the method used by elite sportsmen in a variety of sports and results in faster times for races. I counted out loud during my run today (fairly quietly I have to say, I don’t want to look a complete idiot) to ensure I ran at the required pace. I certainly feel less fatigued after the run (which is also a plus of this method, as is less injuries).
I don’t know whether I’ll be able to stick with this, or if it will be of benefit to me, but I’ll see how it goes and report back on here.