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Bridge to Madness Week 5 Resit

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Having seen Sallenson’s latest, I really must make sure I get off this bridge at Dagenham πŸ˜‰.

Anyone following this drivel will know I broke myself a bit on the long run last Monday, my left calf seizing up after 4.5k out of 8. After a couple of days resting, icing and stretching I tried a gentle 3.5k with Dexy5 on Thursday and, still feeling it a bit, Parkrun at her improving pace (34’20”) on Saturday. So I'm claiming that as W5's 5k .

On Tuesday, calf still a bit stiff especially up and down stairs, I was thinking of doing 2k with Dexy and 2k at, hopefully, my Parkrun pace (~5’/k), and claim that as my W5 short run. Then she announced she was going to try for 5.5k (odd distance, that πŸ˜‰) so I thought I’d push mine out a bit to see what happened. 2k together in 14’45”, then trying to step it up I managed 4k at an average 5’42” pace, turning for home after 1.5k of that. Having caught Dexy at the 6k point (5k for her), I provided gentle encouragement (β€œof course you b****y can!” 😊) over her last 500m before stepping up again. With the cafΓ© that marks the finish at the 7k point, it was quite an easy decision to push the distance to 8, and probably a stupid one to push the pace up for a 5’30” last k, with last 200m or so at under 5’. So W5 long run in the bag in 49’53”, first time over 6’/K average but OK in the circs.

Little change with calf on Thursday, and now Dexy has β€œcome out” and admitted she’s on the Bridge, so for her it’s 2.5k with funny bits. So together …. a steady K in 7’02”, then 500m with 3 little pushes up to about 6’30” pace, time for 500m 3’24”, then a supposedly steady final K in 6’35” but speeding up all the time (no idea if this was intended 😊) with the last 500m in 3’11” and a final pace of 6’09”/k according to Mr Garmin. Blooming heck, what’s happening to her??!!!! And that left me to do 1.5k to complete my W5 short run, which I did in 7’06”, 500m splits of 2’23”, 2’27” and 2’16” for a 24’07” total.

So onto Week 6, hoping to start with a Parkrun somewhere close to 25’ but still a bit conscious of the damn leg …. Onward and upward!

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Don't blame me!! Blame the parents!!

No-one's ever "come out" to me while running. That may be a forum first :-)


Well done, UpTheStanley! Some amazingly speedy bits, as to be expected. I hope the calf settles. πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈβ€οΈ

I’m taking it easy with my spine at the moment, so may have to settle for a short potter rather than a Parkrun this weekend...

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

So I gather ☹️. Get well soon!


Hope the calf calms down - looks like you had a great run there with Dexy5 😁😁

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Equi-geek

Thanks. She never ceases to amaze!


Ice ice baby! Hope the calf sorts itself out. Great write up. πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to LoungeLizaard

Yep, ice after exercise is the new regime. Trouble is, means I have to sit down with my feet up for ages πŸ˜„ - ooh that’s hard πŸ€—

LoungeLizaardGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

You could always ask Dexy for a massage!! lol


I get stiff calves sometimes as it's hilly here. I use a roller wand and also walk round on tiptoes at home, both of which help a lot.

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

Thanks Flick, if there is one thing I can definitely rule out as a cause, it’s hills!

FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley


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