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5k pootle, but some progress

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I am going to have to stop writing about hills or it will become tedious (become?🀣). Today however was a bit of a step forward. My quickest 5k on this route yet with a time improvement on the steepest sections. So something is working. I read somewhere(can't find it now!) that picking your knees up a bit more on the steep sections helps. It seemed to work. Unfortunately I read somewhere else that too much down hill running is bad for the knees.....is there no end to these 🐘 traps? Maybe I read too much. Oh, and in the middle of all this heavy breathing and beetroot red faced climbing, unaccountably, VO2 max went up today. Bizarre! πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

So, possibly time to dilute the hills a bit with some long neglected work on pace. The higher ground is really boggy at the moment so no point in trying to get up there. A Park Run on Saturday could be a good option. My PB streak at my usual venue is bound to come to a shuddering halt, but that doesn't matter (much!). It will be good to run with other people again, keeping a sharp look out for the sneaky Tasha99 who likes to overtake people at the finishing line!

For those on IC, it is really cold wet and miserable at the moment. There is no good time to be IC, but there are certainly worse times than this. Stay strong πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. Cheekychipmunks; we are all thinking about you. πŸ€—

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Lovely post and well done on the hills. Downhill is indeed horrendous on knees, the main reason I don’t go up is because I can’t get down again. As far as I’m aware that strenuous red face run resulted in your heart having to, and being able to, pump harder for prolonged time thus activity watches registered an increased vo2max well done

Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Grannyhugs

Thanks GTB. VO2 max seems to go up on PB type runs or long slow runs. Anything in between doesn't seem to register positively! UTS and I resolved to swear by it if it goes up and ignore it if it goes down !

GrannyhugsGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Mine sitting at 35 good just now, no idea what it has been In past. These things should come with full list of instructions/explanations πŸ˜‰

Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Grannyhugs

One measure I don't treat too seriously...except when it goes up 😊

Yes it's really not good weather for pb's, so you did well today. Don't blame you seeking out firmer ground, got to take care of those knees. I have no advice for dealing with that sneaky Tasha, unless it's to try sneaking up on her for a change 😁

Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Obviously running scared this weekend....unless this is another sneaky trick and she is planning to show up in disguise!!


Sandie1961Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66



Really good running. All that hill work is paying off for sure, and in itself can add to speed on the flats. Downhill does have a higher impact on the knees, but the more you do the stronger they get because of the impact too.

Have a wonderful parkrun... and a good sprint finish to thwart Tasha99 if she’s looking to pick you off πŸ˜‚

Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thanks UNM. The main benefit is that I can sign up for runs without worrying about hills...provided I avoid Hardmoors etc; a lot of work to do before I can deal with the really steep long stuff, but all in good time🀞


He he he - I’m off to hardwick parkrun this week for a change!

Plenty of PBs left for you I’m sure!

Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Tasha99

Hope it goes well πŸ‘


There’s no stopping you now Beachcomber66. Do have a great time at parkrun and bring home another PB. You Ned to run just behind Tasha and then get her at the line. Sneaky. But not this week it seems.

I’ve got my niece and her boyfriend staying so they will be well ahead of me . In fact Tom was first the last time he joined us. he will have to wait for me before he gets his breakfast. 🀣🀣

Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Don’t give him tips 🀣

Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Tasha99

I have been reading Machiavelli...a work with which you will be familiar!! 😈

Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66


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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

My youngest runs, but so far appears to want to avoid the embarrassment of running with the old man!! We swap runs on whatsapp though. Enjoy your run πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


Endurance and stamina are improving, vo2max is just confirming that πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

It is pants out there... that's the only silver lining πŸ€ͺ

Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to GoGo_JoJo

It is pants as you say. Stepping out of the door at present is like standing on the edge of an underheated swimming pool ready to dive in....you know it is going to feel horrible briefly, but ok once you get going. Good job we are tough!!

GoGo_JoJoModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜ tough nuts... or should that just be nuts 🀣


Glad to hear you're still giving those hills a beating BC - enjoy parkrun tomorrow !πŸ‘

Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP... trouble is, these hills fight back 😊

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