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Weekly chat 22nd to the 28th of January :)


Hello everybody. I hope you are having a good new year?

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, Realfoodieclub, Oldfloss, Millsie-J and Jan-now-runs


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This week is a cut back week as I have an 8km event on sunday. It feels really odd. I was doing day time runs on monday and thursdays but monday is club run night so i am trying this out instead of my daytime run. Thursday daytime is my long run (just about 16km at the moment) but it will be a shorter 11km ish run instead. I just hope my long run doesn't suffer from the cut back week. It is the first time I have done this and I guess it is a bit weird like tapering!


Did a 20k on Saturday which I messed up big time by a) Not eating a big enough breakfast, and b) Having a few beers and an American Hot pizza the night before :D I wont go into any more detail, but I intend to learn from the experience. Having said that, it was a really nice run in the cold and drizzle (my kind of weather, although it was a bit too soggy underfoot in places) - the sea was splashing up onto the under-cliff path all the way to Rottingdean, and I came back (after a little walk to devour a VERY TASTY Mars Bar) along the top of the cliffs, which is a (new to me) trail run and very satisfying!

Strength training still going well, skwaaats and chin-ups still being added, plus a bit of swimming. Feeling good :)

Have a super week everyone!


My 'Oven Incident' where I pulled my lower back whilst trying to serve the dinner, is now behind me. The Osteopath Whizz fixed me as always and tonight I'm doing my third run after a two week break, feeling very well indeed. Half marathon distance is pretty much a go, but I won't rush it. Rushing takes me to one place, and one place only and it ain't cheap or pretty. Physios or osteopaths never are..... ;)

AnniemurphHalf Marathon

Still flapping about my HM as I can't even run 6k without feeling knackered at the moment. The intent was to do a longer run yesterday but the snow put paid to that - plus I was still tired after a hard end of week. I could have gone today but went to the gym instead where I wore myself out on the bike, stepper-thingy, rower and dreadmill. Ho-hum. I will try and do 6 or 7k tomorrow and see how that goes.

Gabby08Half Marathon

Having spent weeks banging on about how amazing it is to be part of a running club and trying to get everybody to join one, I’m going to have to take it all back. THE B*GGERS ARE TRYING TO KILL ME! First of all, there was no Group 3 on Thursday so I had to run with Group 2, who decided to do 7.5 miles including 2x3 hill reps. This wouldn’t normally have posed a problem but it was supposed to be a ‘recovery’ run. And tonight some speedster decided to set the pace at 9 minute miles for the entire flipping hour. If I’d had enough breath left, I’d have moaned the whole way round. Hmm, perhaps they were just trying to keep me quiet?

benwillMarathon in reply to Gabby08

I think thats great, dont always run in your comfort zone! Yes it was hard but you did it!

Gabby08Half Marathon in reply to benwill

I know it’s good for me but my goodness, that was tough! I can feel myself getting better though and my progress has been rapid since joining


Ha ha, what a sample we are! 😁😁😁😁

Hang in there peeps 🙂💪👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

I did an 8k today. I nipped out while my bread was doing it’s thing.

Next up 16k. I did one last week! 🙄

It’s all go int it

Mind that back mrrun!

mrrunUltramarathon in reply to misswobble

No more oven business over here!


Still working towards longer distances. Have not got past 17k yet. But I’ve done that distance a couple of times on my old plan. Did 14 and a couple of short runs this week (7 and 5). My second Asics plan is a bit all over the place, mostly because I am adding the longer runs to it but I’m still trying to stay on track. Would like to improve my pace a bit, but one step at a time, right? My race is way off in May so there is plenty of time to play around.

Hidden in reply to Decker

I know how you feel, i am still trying to get past the elusive 16km at the moment. Weirdly on a cutback week but next week back to the longer distance training. I would like to get to 18km before I go away to Australia.. ....not long now!

DeckerModerator in reply to Hidden

You are doing great though. I have no doubt you’ll get there.


Did my long run on a Saturday which was wet, cold and horrible was going to do half marathon distance but took the short cut home and only did 20km. I normally do my long runs on a Friday but the misses and a free pass at the gym and insisted I go for a run and swim with her. God I hate tread mills! but a nice relaxing swim was good.

This week my running club has virtual tri going on, I have decided to do the sprint distance as time is hard. But I looked at the weather for the week and got my bike out on Monday and tried do a quick 20km it was nice to be back on the bike (not just commuting)

Then I managed to do a 750m swim last night when its the coaching sessions I go to. Now just have to do the 5km run which will be parkrun on Saturday.

I have still not managed to fulfil my new years hope to do some strength training/squats or stretching or anything.

C3POVirtual HM in reply to benwill

Your Saturday run was practically a half marathon. :) It sounds like you're keeping yourself busy.

benwillMarathon in reply to C3PO

Yep trying to keep busy, or just ready so I can beat my time from two years ago and also roseabi but dont tell her this its a secret!

roseabiAdministrator in reply to benwill

I won't tell her either

benwillMarathon in reply to roseabi

Oh good thank you, I think I might be ok because I was faster then her on Saturday when she did a 20k run! :)

Hidden in reply to benwill

Ben and roseabi, I aspire to be able to pop out for a 20k run.....well done guys!

benwillMarathon in reply to Hidden

one day you will :)

C3POVirtual HM

It's Wednesday and I haven't done my long run. That's because the weather forecast for today is temps above 0 and rain. So I figured I needed to get into the forest and do some cross-country skiing before all the snow goes. I skiied for 2.5 hours yesterday, which was nice, and great training for my biceps. My legs seem to have handled it well, so if the weather isn't too horrible tomorrow, I'll do my long run then.

benwillMarathon in reply to C3PO

Sounds like a good idea, I have never done cross country skiing but I can imagine the work out is harder then running and uses more muscles.

LordiMarathon in reply to C3PO

We finally have enough snow here in Helsinki so I might break out the skiis for a quick blast. Warmer weather threatened end if week tho ;-(


I was trying to follow JuJu's b210k prog to build my legs slowly but my Asics HM plan (Helsinki HM 19 May 2018) has me leap-frogging week 3 of JuJu's prog tho. Gonna stick with Asics plan for now as already ran 10k a few weeks ago (by accident and stupidly before c25k graduation).

Had a bit of a wake-up call today when Asics told me 8km at min 6:56! But I took opportunity to push my pace a bit. I fully expected to blow-up after 5km because I decided to set a challenging pace and actually "Run" not jog. But despite being uncomfortably in zone 4 heart rate for 75% of the time I managed to keep a regular run pace going ave 5:55 min/km which I'm surprised by. This was clearly a fast or even race pace for me and it was interesting to experience it. My run all day pace is about 7min/km at the moment I estimate (zone2 mostly and 30% zone 3 heart rate).

The Asics plan jumps from 8km to 12km in one leap for the long run so is going to be interesting... :-(

roseabiAdministrator in reply to Lordi

It's going to be great!

Hidden in reply to Lordi

Those jumps in distance were what I struggled with particularly when it jumps me from 8.5 miles to 11 miles!! See how you get on 😁

Morning all. Feeling very lazy, nothing big planned at all so far - going to have to get my act together!

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