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Weekly run chat 23rd to the 29th of October 💥

Please feel free to share your runs here and chat about how it's all going,

Sometimes we don't feel like putting a whole post up but just want to share something small, so this is a great place for doing that during the week.

If youre a lurker it is a great place to say a little hi without the pressure of a full post.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy week,

Juju and Realfoodieclub

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Morning Ju. Up with the larks I see. So was I. Out pre dawn with the ruddy dog 🙂 Still, good therapy for post race stiffness.

Did my half Mara race yesterday. Next up is a short fell race. A little toughie which I'm looking forward to. Very local so getting there five mins before the off gives me a lie in 🙂

Still training for my 60th birthday marathon 🏃‍♀️

Good luck My fellow racers 🏃‍♀️🏃💪👍

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Keep going! a local race sounds great!

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Go Wobble!

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I was supposed to be stopwatching at parkrun on Saturday, but it was cancelled due to Storm Brian! So I had a Brian lie-in :)

Training went fine last week though; I got two runs and a (pool) swim in before the winds came. The hamstring felt a lot better, and I had my sports massage on Friday (she was lovely!). I'm waiting to find out if it helped at all, I've got a 16k run tomorrow, with a new route that takes in hills and 4 parks! Looking forward to that :)

Beachy Head 10K is on Saturday, looking forward to that too. I'm watching the weather forecast like a pro.

I went through the new windsurfing strength/agility circuit plan yesterday, to make sure I have an idea of how to do all the workouts when I start it next week. It's going to be interesting! I'll do all the skipping rope ones outside, hope I don't trip over the blessed thing and face plant in front of half of Hove and their dogs :D

The Alzheimers Society trekking challenge people set up a Facebook group for us long-distance fundraisers, so I've been able to "meet" a few other people doing the London 2 Brighton next year. I'm the only runner I've met so far, ha :)

Have a lovely week, Ju-ju, Rfc, and all!

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sounds like you had a great week, please update of any weather issues for saturday :)

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Sounds like you've had a busy week. Hope the windsurfing strength/agility will help all-round, it probably does and I'm sure we could all do with taking a leaf out of your book!

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Thanks benwill and Tomas! I'll tell you what, I've just been having a little skipping practice, and it's actually pretty hard! Each set lasts for 30 seconds, and I reckon those'll be very long 30 secondses :) Hope I survive to tell the tale.

The weather's terrible at the moment...

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your be great at skipping I am sure you use to do it back in little school, its like riding a bike you never forget!

The weather has time to change!

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I tried skipping a few years ago. Should be easy, we’d all done it at school hadn’t we? Don’t remember getting out of breath and knackered then! Ha, ha! Never mind the coordination involved in not tripping over the damned thing!

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So out of breath!

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I could never do do skipping. Always ended up with a rope wrapped around my legs if I were lucky and around my neck if I was out of luck.

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I did a 7 day run streak last week! my longest ever streak! but going to stop that now and rest for Saturday. Maybe do a couple of short runs in the week, and there is no swimming for me as the school we train in is off for half term :( but might go to the track session.

But the best news was I got a new parkrun PB (23mins00secs) which was a complete surprise, I was feeling pretty strong so wanted to do just under 25 minutes as haven't done that in ages. Then in a few weeks try for a pb. But no I felt strong and the pace was good and got a new PB by about 50 seconds. But the most frustrating thing was that I missed out on my 11-year-olds PB by 3 seconds.

Guess I am gonna have to try again, you have to teach these youngsters!

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Oh, having to take it easy for a week, what a hardship ;-)

Big congratulations on the PB, that's an amazing time. Well done Ben!

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thank you, going to try and improve it between now and Christmas before getting back to the long runs.

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That is very cool, well done!

Enjoy your rest, and in case I don't see you on Saturday I am sending you huge good luck and fun wishes!

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rest is a very loose word!

i am sure your do well in your 10k good luck hope the weather is better.

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Agree. Amazing PB!

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thank you

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I've got my last race of the year on Sunday. Thames Path HM. I've been training speed for it for the last five months, so I quite look forward to see if it pays off. With that in mind, I'm giving myself an easy week this week with some shorter runs. My legs are rejoicing just with the thought :)

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Looks like a nice half marathon, have a great taper week, and I hope you have a lovely day on Sunday! Looking forward to your report :)

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I'm sure it will pay off. Enjoy your easy week - for now!

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are you going for any particular time?

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I would like to get sub 2 hour. My PB for an organised race is 2:13, and I've been down to 2:08 on a training run this autumn where I did half at "gentle" speed and half at "race pace". So I'm cautiously optimistic.

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go for it, I am sure you can complete that.

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Tomas I think you're onto a winner there. Train fast, to race fast sorta thing. I should try it 😁

Congrats on the Parkrun 😃💪👍🏃✔️ I think I need to start doing them again. I just hate fast fives though 😤

Roseabi you have it all going on! Superwoman 🏃‍♀️💪🚴‍♀️🏊‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️ 👍

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I try :)

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you can do slow fives :)

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No, it's not possible to do a slow five!!

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I managed all my four workouts last week. Despite my best intentions not to worry too much about the weather, I'm at it again. Wondering if I dare try tomorrow's long run.

I'm considering changing my long run route. As I've mentioned before, I live along the marathon route I'm running at Xmas, and I know the first section quite. I'm thinking about doing the final stretch for my next few long runs. It seems to be 17K, so I could run to the end, then run back until I get as far as that week's allotted distance and take a bus or train the rest of the way. Pros: except for a slight hill at the start, it should be fairly flat. Cons: I suspect it's a pretty boring route and I'll be far from the fjord. Another pro: the marathon itself will just be a matter of stitching together the two halves.

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Sounds like a good idea to me, I think it really helps to know your route for a race. During the boring bit you can daydream about crossing the finish line in a shower of glory!

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Great idea! Until I remember that I have to run another 7K back the way I came. ;-)

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That's when you daydream about your second breakfast :D

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I think it sounds like a good idea at least do the other half once.

I wish I lived near a fjord they sound so nice.

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Not sure I'd enjoy sitting in a bus or train in wet running gear and shivering. Maybe bring a fresh sweater at least if you're going down that route?

That aside, not long til it's Christmas. Hope you keep at it with the long runs so you're good and ready for the big day ;)

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Thanks for the useful reminder. I don't usually go on long runs at this time of year, so it's easy to forget.

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I managed my 24K run yesterday, although it was still fairly drizzly. Keeping in mind Tomas' advice, I turned halfway. The route wasn't as flat as I thought, and I had made the mistake of doing a treadmill session the day before, so I walked quite a bit from 14K onwards. I was a bit annoyed when the sun suddenly came out right after I finished. It was a bit tougher on my legs than I'm used to, but that's useful as well, I guess. At least I'm mostly normal today.

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The 7k extra at the end is a walk or a fun run jog walk. All good exercise and counts as stretching . I often do that. Lets face it some runs are jolly dull scenery-wise but you can daydream during those bits as Roseabi says. You can disappear into the run 😃

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I'm on holiday at the moment, this week in Florida. I am trying to run pretty much every day as there is a nice 'almost 5k' route that finishes up coming back along the beach. Which I love. Because it is quite short I am going to try and do it every day. It's hard work along the sand too.

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Sensible time of the year to visit Florida :)

Running on sand is hard work, but I'm sure it's a great workout as well.

Enjoy the holiday!

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Sticking to my usual 4 runs a week, 3 shortish ones mid-week and a long run at the weekend. When that’s completed I should have made my target for 2017 (1,000 km). Which, of course, will now have to be increased to 100k a month, or 1200k!

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Sounds like you're doing great JaySeeSkinny. And with that dedication you'll breeze through the 100 km every month :)

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I’ll have to think of other goals soon. I’m not happy with my speed - but speed and distance seem to be mutually exclusive for me at the moment.

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We're in the same boat there. Whenever I've tried to increase speed and distance at the same time, I've ended up either injured or burnt out. For the last five months I've been keeping the distance steady while focusing on speed.

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