Master of Madness- Over the Bridge πŸ… - Bridge to 10K

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Master of Madness- Over the Bridge πŸ…

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Well I have to admit that week 8 started off pretty well. A season’s best Parkrun πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈon Saturday was followed by a gentle 4k jog πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈaround IBM’s lake at Portsmouth North Harbour with Dexy5 on Monday. Wednesday was ridiculous weather-wise so Graduation Day was postponed, and logically it should have been again today, with 20+ mph winds forecast and a 20%+ chance of rain. Did I mention I’m a fair-weather runner? However, there was Ju-Ju’s schedule to maintain and the Billy Trail is partially sheltered, so the cunning plan was to start running south, into the wind, for 4k, then do 1k north, 1k south and be blown home for the last 4k. Thinking was if I could maintain 6 mins/k for the first 6k, mostly into the wind, I should be able to hang on over the last bit.

So off we went, with me leaving Dexy to her own devices from the start for once.πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈ Mr Garmin’s instantaneous pace readouts were all over the place to begin with, as per, but settled down to around 5’50” to give the first 2k in 11’39”. The next 3ks were a bit quicker, though not deliberately, around 5’42”, and the 6th, back into wind but mostly sheltered 5’45”, so at the last turn, with 4k to go downwind, I was a minute and a half ahead of target at 34’31”.πŸ‘

Now my brain is going β€œdon’t push yet, don’t push yet”, knowing I haven’t cantered further than 7k at a stretch yet, having had spells of trotting in all previous runs, but my legs don’t appear to be listening☹️. 7th k 5’31” (β€œsteady on now”), 8th 5’23” (β€œlook out for the wall you idiot”), 9th 5’18” (oh what’s the use”) and the last k 4’54” if my watch is to be believed, which I find more than a bit difficult. 10k in 55’38”, thanks very much …… now where’s Dexy gone? We’d crossed after my first turn, as expected, me having gone 4.6k to her 3.4k. We should have crossed again after my second turn and her first and only, around 5.7 for me against 4.3 for her. But I get to my final turn at 6k and there’s neither sight nor sign πŸ‘€β€¦β€¦.. a mystery to be solved when she posts perhaps …….

While I’m celebrating, I should perhaps remind people that I started this β€œBridge to Madness” from the position of being disappointed if a Parkrun took over 26’, which means it just doesn’t compare with the efforts of those of you who have done it, or are still doing it, as an extension of C25K. And I now find, thanks to some swine πŸ‘Ή providing a link to Jack Daniels’ calculator, that although 55’38” is inside the target I set myself, given my starting point of 26’ Parkruns I should be able to manage 53’59”. So perhaps the madness will have to continue ……. and all because the lady loves C25K. I never thought when Dexy got off the Couch in March that it would lead to me running 10k again. And now she’s mumbling β€œGreat South Run” πŸ™„β€¦β€¦ behave yourself, woman!

We are off for a gourmet dinner with excessive wine this evening to celebrate. And we’ll raise a glass 🍾 to Ju-Ju’s magic plan, and everyone on the forum eyeing up the Bridge, part way across it, or collapsed next to me on the far side. May the Plan be with you all!

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Well done hubby; the boy’s done good. Step up on that podium πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ…πŸŽ‰πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ·πŸΎπŸ₯‚β±πŸŽŠβ€οΈ


Well done you! Sounds like you were flying - amazing! And a fantastic time too! πŸŽ“ πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“ enjoy your celebration 🍾 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒπŸŽ“

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Dizzysmum17

Thank you - we did!


Wowzas that is fantastic well done . Enjoy your celebration .πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Tinker5393

Many thanks, we did - tomorrow might have to payπŸ™„


Huge congratulations UTS!! What a brilliant run. Great photos too. πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½β€οΈ

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks, I am a little chuffed - and now a little p*****


Enjoy your gourmet dinner, very well deserved! We will be doing a spot of parkrun tourism again this weekend (Whitstable, having tried Clapham Common last Saturday), back to lovely Southsea parkrun on the 28th. Hope to see you both there.

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Look forward to hearing about your travels - we’re entertaining Parkrun tourists this weekend.

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Hope you are having great hols M r & Mrs C.

Congratulations- amazing time especially in this wind. πŸŒͺπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸΎ

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Jelon

Many thanks - actually the wind was less of an issue than I expected (I’ll put it down to cunning planning)🀭

Wow! Wow! Wonderful! And did I say wow!? Congratulations to you! And I hope that your dinner was lovely. 🍾πŸ₯‚πŸŽ“πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

You did say β€œwow” and the dinner was gorgeous - and the wine was indeed excessive πŸ₯‚


Well done - amazing time there!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to Macmac

You’re too kind πŸ˜€


Yay!! Well done UTS!!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈβ€οΈπŸ…πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸ˜Ž You may not have come straight from C25k, but you’ve still done brilliantly. And the Great South Run next for the 2 of you perhaps? Wow! (Sorry, I’m a bit behind on forum things at the moment.)

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

The GSR definitely feels a step too far MD, but who knows what a year might bring. This time last year I couldn’t run upstairs without puffing! But definitely within UTS capabilities, if only he’d slow down .......

mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Who knows what you’ll say next year, Eileen... You weren’t following UTS to 10k, but you’re nearly there now! πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈ

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer


UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

My reply to myself a few posts down was meant for you MD .....

mountaindreamerGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

Thanks UTS - spotted it when I replied to Dexy5! 😊❀️


Thank you ….. I don't think Dexy's GSR mumblings envisage her actually running it too, but you never know ;-)


Yay I love this post and that fabulous pic of you.... so so fast, you are a rocket!!! I hope you enjoyed your meal, and Thankyou so so much πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚

UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to ju-ju-

Thanks Ju-Ju, the rocket was a bit under-powered for Parkrun this morning with 10k and 🍺🍷🍽 still in my legs πŸ˜›

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