On the bridge to madness - out of step - week 1 - Bridge to 10K

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On the bridge to madness - out of step - week 1


Military formations break step when crossing a bridge, so it doesn't shake itself to bits, and I'm ex-Navy, so that's probably all right ……

My first W1 run was Saturday's Parkrun, in a just over par 25'09". I should perhaps say I'm not coming to B210K off C25K, I've been parkrunning at about this pace for 4 years (51 runs) but want to use the Bridge to go further.

Next up was the 2.5k, also on Southsea Prom. Did the first K at a trot (8 kph ish)alongside Dexy5, then 5 x 30:20:10, with 30 at the trot, 20 at a canter (Parkrun pace, 12 kph ish) and 10 at a gallop (eyeballs out nearly, around 15 kph if Strava to be believed). 2 mins trot to recover, the back to a canter to the 2.5k mark before rejoining Dexy for the rest of her 30 min consolidation. Probably 15 mins for the 2.5k though.

Run 3 (5.5k) was new territory on the Billy Trail, a disused railway track on Hayling Island. Again the first K trotting with Dexy, then 3k at the canter, another K with Dexy (we turned at different points) and the final 500m at canter-plus. Splits 7'24, 5'17, 5'03, 5'00, 7'07 and 2'16 for the last 500. Felt reasonably good but was hanging on a bit at the end.

So onward - home Parkrun not playing on Saturday so may have to go touring - if we can get up and organised early enough. Highly impressed by all of you running with the dawn chorus, but retirement and later starts are strongly recommended!

And trotting, cantering and galloping notwithstanding, I've never ridden a horse in my life :-)

12 Replies

Brilliant week Upthe......

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Millsie-J

Are you finding it difficult to say Stanley Millsie-j? He he

Millsie-J in reply to Dexy5

I’m getting there Dexy!

Hope you and Stanley enjoyed your runs 🤔😉

Millsie-J in reply to Millsie-J

I usually say Up the Albion....... I will adapt xxxx

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Millsie-J

It's just putting "Up the" and "Stanley" together that's the issue - which I fully understand!

Do you remember that milk advert..... Accrington Stanley......who are they? Exactly! .......

Still makes me laugh 😀

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Millsie-J

Oh yes we remember it - every time we go anywhere, someone always calls it out …….. for a while at least the answer is "Championes!" :-)

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Millsie-J

Yes thanks Millsie. It was warmer than we thought it would be because the clouds went away. I’d like to say I watched Stanley disappear over horizon but I was too interested in my own run really and listening to Coldplay singing Clocks. When I was on my brisk walk back lots of runners with numbers on were heading towards me so I think we timed it well. They were doing a 5k race, and had a pit stop at the end of my walk. Nice lady gave us water as she had plenty for everyone. That went down well.

Millsie-J in reply to Dexy5

Brilliant! Keep posting Dexy x


Fantastic! Love it. Did not know about the bridge de-formation either. Every day is a school day.

I'm not digging the early morning runs. My body seems much happier with pre-dinner runs regardless of the heat. 🤣


Go you!


Fabulous, what a great week, well done :)

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