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Well done Nikki! I agree fields can be treacherous.
Grant - good going on getting to the end of your plan.
MD - Hope you get some runs in in Luxembourg - is it flat or is that Holland?
Paul - 8mm for long runs, I wish but for me not even with motor powered rollerskates!
No run for me yesterday, I just couldn't fit it in and I wasn't sure that it was wise to force myself to squeeze it in and create stress - running is mean't to be fun. I am going to rejig my plan to make Tuesday a rest day I think. I am going out after I finish this to attempt some type of tempo run - which I am not looking forward to...I am not even sure if I can do it. But I am going to a new place to run so it should be nice.
Happy running all
Why does no one teel you! You hit 35 and its down hill....... day after birthday full of a cold though have to say I am feeling touch better today. Went into work yesterday feeling utter rubbish, told myself off as no one would thank me for staying there and to be honest its more important to be right for the race at the weekend, so I came home and called in sick for today. Plus with pilots about they dont want folks with colds about, so im staying out of the way. Plus point is that knees and ankle have had a rest. Fingers crossed will be fine for the race!!
Em - Hope your training has started well for Loch Ness
Nikki - Hi good goals there. RFL is a great one to start with. Well Done for covering the distance. and no its definately not cheating!!!
Grant - What distance is your race? You will love it
Andrew - Hopefully see you at the weekend!!! I am number 114
MD - Have fun in Luxembourg, some nice commutes for you there.
NV - Yeah enter the race but only do it after they have entered.
Hi to everyone else, hope your all enjoying your runs, I really want to go out for one...... but I have to try to get 100% for the half. Right time for another lemsip - yuk!!
I have been on my run but I got lost and my 8m turned into 11. What a disaster, I took my photocopied bit of the OS map in a plastic bag but should have remembered that I have no sense of direction or map reading skills. I got to a fork in the trail and made the wrong decision, but I didn't know that until I had run about 3m most of it uphill and reached a 6ft deer fence and side of a mountain. so no tempo run but the uphill felt difficult - does that count?
On the plus side the run back to the fork was mostly downhill! Its warm here today (not very warm but warm for Scotland) and I hadn't bothered with a drink for 8m but could have done with a sip of water for 11. On the positive side it was all off road trails with breathtaking scenery, even had to climb a 6ft deer fence, that would have made a good picture, climbing isn't my cup of tea either. Not sure what to do now, legs don't feel bad in fact they feel quite fresh and I certainly feel like I could do my long run tomorrow, didn't have time to add the little bit extra on today as I had to get back.
Claire - I hope its not all downhill after 35 or I am doomed. Hope the cold is better by the weekend I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you.
Andrew - Good luck on Sunday too maybe 4m wasn't enough, sometimes it takes me ages to warm -up, up to 3m sometimes, then it clicks and I get into the run.
NV - How often do you do that session? It must be a good measure of your progress.
Hi to everyone missed.
Nikki - I agree with NV, go with how you and your clothes feel rather than the number on the scales. I also find that running makes me ravenous and I seem to crave more calorie dense foods so have to be careful sometimes that I am not overcompensating too much. I haven't really lost weight as such but I wear clothes in a smaller size so something is working.
Andrew - I am in Thurso now, we moved here back in Feb and are really enjoying it. Hence the decision to do Loch Ness.
NV - Epic but enjoyable, thats what its all about!
Well done Nikki, not cheating at all!
NV - 30 minutes at 175BPM sounds like bloody hard work, good effort!
Andrew - The commute is not through choice, my work closed their Dundee office at Christmas. Really chuffed almost finished C25K!
Claire - Race is 5K, target time is about the 38 - 40 minute mark. Secondary target is not to be last male although I realise that is not that important...really. Sorry to hear about your cold, top tip is to go with half cup of OJ topped up with lemsip to get that Vit C boost. 34 here, dreading turning 35 now!
Em - Sorry to hear about your orienteering antics! Thurso is a nice part of the world, I was up fixing a landslide at Scrabster a few years back and was there for 4 weeks or so, really enjoyed it. Wish I was running at the time now though.
Hi to anyone I've missed!
7 miles this evening, just over 1.07 hrs - again struggled to keep to the target of 9:30 / mile - managed overall to keep to 9:35 average but varied from 08:45 to 11:30!!!
Managed to tweak my achilles / lower calf in my left leg after about 5 miles so had to slow things right down - now sat with leg up, tights on and icepack attached! Shouldn't be too bad I don't think, was just a twinge rather than a definite tear or strain but better safe than sorry!
Will see how I am tomorrow lunchtime and might nip out for a very slow jog to see how it is....
35 here - 36 on Sunday so I bloody well hope things don't slide from now on!
No running for me today, must get on with other stuff so I am going to do my long run tomorrow (14) then another 8m over the weekend.
Paul - Hope it comes to nothing.
Claire - Glad you are on the mend.
Grant - How big is the field for the race? You can also check last years results and that will give you an idea of finishing times. I have been last or nearly last a fair few times and it wasn't the end of the world! Your doing something good for yourself and giving it a go which is worth respect in my opinion. Thurso and the surrounding areas have some lovely spots for running, although it can get a bit windy.
NV - Your focus is brilliant I find it really hard to push myself to do anything so structured.
Hi to anyone not mentioned.
Em - Dunno about this year but last year there were 60 odd runners, not a big field at all. Last was 54 mins with quite a few over 40 mins. I know that not being last isn't a big deal, that is why it is a secondary goal!
NV - It is quite a hilly course so trying to be realistic with time. Will be going flat out by the finish though.
Hi to everyone else. Didn't manage my run this morning, slept in! WFH today so might try and get out at lunchtime.
NV - Even the bionic need rest days sometimes.
Paul - I do hope it comes to nothing, have you changed your running at all, upped your miles or started doing extra speed stuff, sometimes that can cause a twinge as you adapt to it.
Claire and Andrew - If I don't get on at the weekend to say Good luck, Good luck for Sunday, Claire hope the cold has cleared off completely by Sunday.
Nikki - Did you get your run in?
Grant - When is your race?
14m today which felt a bit of a struggle at times and contained a not funny at the time incident where I was nearly run down by a herd of cows! I was running up a hill and was actually looking at my feet and just thinking about putting one foot in front of the other till the top when I suddenly heard this loud moo, I looked up and there was a wall of cows moving towards me at speed (I didn't realise until I got to the bottom of the road that it was because a man in a landrover was driving them down) so I turned and legged it to the bottom of the road, I actually managed a reasonable turn of speed.
Hi to all not mentioned and happy running.