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Weekly chat 12th to the 18th of March ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿšด ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฅ‡

Weekly chat 12th to the 18th of March ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿšด ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฅ‡

Hello, racy runners, and welcome to a new week!

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. It's fabulous to see everyone's training updates!

If you're new or a lurker this is a great place to say a little hi without the pressure of a full post.

Let us know how your training, running, racing is going - did something inspire you this week?

I have been benched for the past week or so (normal service to be resumed later this week) and was very moved by this article from ultrarunner Morgan Williams. After an horrific accident he was told he would never run again, but he is now part-way through our very own NHS C25K, and takes a wonderful perspective on life after ultramarathons, and life in general.

Have a great week of running, cross-training - and resting!

Ju-Ju, Rignold, and Roseabi

xxx

irunfar.com/2018/03/transit...

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5k jog. 2 x 8k 5:30. 16k 6:20 this week.

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Good stuff!

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Not running, but I've been swimming like a boss :D

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Good.! My pal is trying to improve her swimming for tri purposes and tells some that thereโ€™s a new coach at the local pool teaching folks about bilateral breathing. Not a clue but sounds good ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘

If I ever get my rubbish ear sorted I can get back to swimming. I used to swim every single day, sometimes twice, as I lived close to the baths. I was never dry Which is why my ear is so bad now, I think ๐Ÿคจ. We used to race all the time, inter schools stuff Happy days ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. There were four of us and we won everything ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘

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Wow, those were the days! I must say I have a lot of trouble with my nose and ears in the pool, and it does seem to have got worse over the years. So annoying!!

Bilateral breathing means being able to turn and breathe to either your left or your right in front crawl. It's worth working on because it makes you swim more evenly, and improves your versatility in open water :)

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Wonderful piece, thanks Abi. Never take our running for granted. I donโ€™t think I do after the rotten shin splint and the face plant. Funnily enough I went up there to that neck of the woods in the immediate aftermath of re-arranging my teef ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I hope youโ€™ll soon be back at it. This bench lark is so annoying. Looking outside my window at the pouring rain though iโ€™m not immediately urged to don my trainers ๐Ÿ™‚

I am officially tapering now for two whole weeks. Mind you that includes two fast paced 8kโ€™s this week - one planned for today wouldnโ€™t you know ๐Ÿคจ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ฆโ˜”๏ธโ˜‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™„. I only just packed away my caps and hats this morning ๐Ÿ™‚

I have an ear infection which is doing my head in a bit but got some jollop now so that should be fixed soon. Gym tomorrow for more physical jerks ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ Looking forward to race day now. Through four former railway tunnels. Canโ€™t wait ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Have a good week fellow runners, and for those not running at the moment, may you soon be back out there ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Thanks MW ๐Ÿ˜˜ I haven't really minded the break, I think I needed one! I'm looking forward to getting back out there though, Wednesday I think :)

Poor ear - hoorah for jollop!! :D

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It just drives me mad as there is the constant sea in my earole all the time, the pulsating whooshes etc clicking, crackling, itching. Aaaagh. I canโ€™t hear on one side either I think the in-ear earphones are going to continue to be a problem Oh well I can just make do with whistling and singing my way along the long runs, and playing I-spy instead ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am ploughing on with my usual stuff... I really miss open water swimming ( I used to be a member of Clifton Lido) and I hate pool swimming but I am scared of fish. So my challenge this year I have decided is to push myself to do some more wild water swimming. Interested in this:

southwestlakes.co.uk/events...

Only downside is that I cant do crawl.

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Scared of fish?

A good challenge ๐Ÿ’ช That event looks great fun. I would think you can swim it breast stroke if you want to - depends if you can make the cut off I suppose.

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I asked the question of them, and I need to be able to swim a mile in 45 minutes. I can do a mile of breast in 40 minutes but that is in a pool ( no fish, currents or tidal waves etc).

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You are fast! They do tend to try and make the current as favourable as possible I think, well, I know they did for the triathlon I did last year. I've never really swum in a lake, no idea what it's like!

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am I??? I have always been a strong swimmer but only breast stroke as I was self taught. I have swum 2 miles in one go before with no probs at the Lido.I once did a sponsored swim from Falmouth to Flushing ( I lived there, and if you know the area, you will know its not that far!!!)

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I think that's pretty good. Although I am rubbish at breast stroke! 2 miles seems a long way to me - the furthest I ever swam was 2.5k in the pool for the Swimathon :)

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Sharks yes, goldfish no,

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Good point

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Well yesterday I did my longest run of my London Marathon training 13.1 miles. I was a couple of weeks behind in training due to illness and slight injury. It wasnโ€™t fast but I did it. Goes up to 16 miles this Sunday. After only starting C25K in October Iโ€™ve come a long way. Iโ€™m as slow as a snail but Iโ€™m gonna finish on 22nd April I firmly believe this. This has been a huge challenge and I know some people didnโ€™t believe I could but Iโ€™m still here with just under 6 weeks to go

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Well done! It's getting really exciting now, isn't it! :)

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Would you like me to add you to our Events calendar?

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Not sure what that is but yes please

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If you go to our main page there is a list of Events people are taking part in. It's in the right side bar on desktop, or at the bottom if viewing the webpage on a phone. I'm afraid I don't know if it's visible on the Health Unlocked app :)

We use it to find out when to cheer people on the day of their race, so it's good if as many people as possible are listed! I've added you :)

healthunlocked.com/marathon...

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Just had a look thank you

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Well done! Looks like we're on a similar progression. I have 15.5 miles planned for tomorrow. As another snail, I'm dreading it.

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Youโ€™ll be fine! The thought of it is worse than the actual doing once out there you'll be all right ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Canโ€™t wait for the day yet wish it was a few weeks further away as I feel unprepared - yet training 4 times a week from October is hard. Iโ€™m excited, nervous, terrified all in equal measure ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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The training is very hard, but it'll be worth it - such an amazing thing to do!!

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If youโ€™re training 4 days a week from October iโ€™d say youโ€™ll be pretty ready ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Hoping the training is harder than on the day. I did it 29 years ago but not run since. Thinking things may have changed a bit lol

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Just read the article on Morgan Williams - what an incredible life there. He takes some stunning photos too. Made me want to drive out to the country and go for a run :)

As for me - still plugging away - working on pace a bit now, along with the longer distances. Joining the Saturday running group has really helped there, and its been fun running with others through the local ravines. Thinking about maybe trying trail running later in the season, but I need to research it a bit more I think.

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The photos are beautiful, aren't they!

Good stuff, I like the sound of those ravines :)

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Trail running is just lovely. Tough though if the terrain is hilly and/or undulating. You run slower as you have eyes everywhere ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘

Your mid section starts getting shredded in no time ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Sounds fun! It seems like a different mindset than road races, which is interesting.

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I wanted to get my long run out of the way before checking in. Last week went well in terms of mileage. Mostly because I'm ignoring my app, and continuing to increase the distance of my long runs. My two IOW runs were a lot slower than I expected, though, so my pace isn't too impressive.

Today I completed 25.2K - my longest training run ever. We had another heavy snowfall a couple of days ago, so I ran with my spikes. I quickly noticed trouble with my right heel, so at 17K I tightened my shoes, but did a lot of walking from then on. I think the heel problems made my alter my gait because I ended up having a lot of trouble with my right hip flexor - almost more with my hip than my heel after a while. Anyway, I figured that it was better to complete the distance no matter what the pace was, taking good care not to injure myself. Now I'm walking around in my new Adissage sandals, hoping that they're helping massage my heels.

I have to admit that I'm hoping that we get some warmer weather. I really need to run in other shoes that aren't as hard on my feet.

Only two more long runs to go before the taper!

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Iโ€™m working on my hips CP30 as I am stiff there and in my shoulders. These long runs in the cold and dark, on your own, are testing but character-forming. Sorry about your feet! Like you say though better weather will mean a change of shoes, and a lifting of moods ๐Ÿ™‚. Hang in there, youโ€™re doing great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Thanks for the encouragement!

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You should big yourself up more than you do ๐Ÿ˜ƒ you are running in the most demanding of conditions, it canโ€™t be easy but youโ€™re nailing it! Be proud of your dogged determination and grit ๐Ÿ’ช

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Ah, you got some of those bobbly sandals!

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And they seem to have worked! Just sore under the one heel today.

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That's great! They do look rather good to me, hmmm...

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You are awesome pushing through those distances in these conditions. We just had a -10 temp drop too and some new snowfall. Cold running seems to be alot about making the right decisions on layers and head coverings for the distance being done. I get it right only occasionally ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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Damn it! Spring is not coming just yet here in the Nordics (back to minus 12 on Friday). Back down in the bunker for me...

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We had a hard frost here this morning

Out with the dog ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. I ran yesterday so Iโ€™m all up to date ๐Ÿ˜

Youโ€™ll get cabin fever ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜Ž

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