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Autumn Speed Challenge: It's finished!!! πŸ˜’πŸ†πŸ’₯ Have a Haribo 😜

roseabi
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Hi speedsters!

My husband got me this huge container of Haribo Tangfastics πŸ˜„

I'm sorry to say that the Autumn Speed Challenge has reached its conclusion.

But if anyone still has a result from last week to post, please do so in the comments below!

Thank you to everyone who took part, it's been great, and so have you!!

And thank you to everyone who posted about their running watches last week. Garmin was the only brand mentioned, and the Garmin 235 was popular with a number of you.

I'll post later this week with more on that, and of course the final RESULTS OF THE CHALLENGE!!!

Until then, please do check out the stats here:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet...

ju-ju-, Sqkr, and roseabi xxx

Follow this link for more info about the challenge:

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ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator

O they look lush, what a lovely hubby you have. I have failed miserably in this challenge so I will aim to make up for it by Christmas... ( hopefully)!!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to ju-ju-

Go Ju!!! xxx

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon

Thanks Roseabi don’t mind if I do πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Ta for sorting out the challenge for us πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ. Well done peeps πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’ͺβœ…

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to misswobble

No problem - thank you MW! xx

Sqkr
SqkrAdministrator

I have no stopping point when it comes to sweets. I just eat them until there are no more left, be it a mini bag or a big cash and carry tub. Shameful. 🐽 The challenge has been great though, it's lovely to see all those rising lines on the graph πŸ˜„

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Sqkr

I am the same. Those tangfastics are disappearing at an embarrassing rate!!

Thank you xxx

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon
in reply to roseabi

I buy a small bag and it lasts me ages. I take six haribo’s with me I daren’t have any more 😬😁. I value my teef I have other food on board πŸ˜‹

Whatsapp
WhatsappHalf Marathon

Well done everyone who took part. I intend carry on for another week or two in preparation for my Poppy run. This has helped focus me for that.

However, there's always room for tangfastics, whatever the training plan 🍬🍬🍬

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Whatsapp

Ooh, good plan!

They're da bomb, aren't they?

Whatsapp
WhatsappHalf Marathon
in reply to roseabi

Oh yes, and like Sqkr I'm afraid I have no stopping point.

Decker
DeckerModerator

I think those may be called sour keys here but I’m not that up on my snack nomenclature. 🍭

Well done everyone! Thanks also for organizing the challenge roseabi.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Decker

Makes me think of music - what songs are written in a sour key? 😜

No worries, it's been fun!

Sorry, the challenge didn't work out for me this time for various reasons :(

I did get in the base data, one improvement and one relative plod, but last week I didn't get out at all through illness :(

Love the idea and incentive though. Maybe I'll sign up again if there's a spring challenge...

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to runningnearbeirut

Sorry to hear you've been ill - hope you're feeling better!?

You were fab, and yes there will be another speed challenge early next year. I'm calling it the Winter challenge since we have now had Spring, Summer, and Autumn speed challenges - so this will complete the set 😊

Lordi
LordiMarathon

Many thanks for setting up the challenge! It really helps with motivation to get out of the door when the weather is not so great.

There's always going to be a ceiling on what's possible in the speed improvement direction (well I'm not getting any younger!) ... Great fun though!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Lordi

Thanks Lordi!

Yes that is true, but I hope and suspect that for a lot of us it's a high ceiling 😊

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

I got my 10K PB and then hit the IC.... :( But... back up and running now!!!! Again!

Sorry Abi.... I should have flagged this up :(

Kallyfudge
KallyfudgeMarathon
in reply to Oldfloss

Well done Oldfloss, sorry you hit the IC but glad you are out again now :D You were improving rapidly there, congrats on the PB and many more to come it looks like.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Oldfloss

No need to apologise! Sorry to hear you've been under the cosh - glad you're back xxx

Kallyfudge
KallyfudgeMarathon

Hi Roseabi thankyou for doing this, I did run last week and forgot to enter it on here which is just like me. I did 5k in 21:11 on my route strava.com/activities/19247...

Absolutely no problem if it is too late, well done everyone!!!!!!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Kallyfudge

Nope, not too late and great result!!!

Sutsha
SutshaHalf Marathon

Hey Roseabi 😁 I completely forgot I was even in this challenge. I completed 5K with a PB of 28:32. Can't work out How to share Strava link, but here's the Relive link...

relive.cc/view/1926793525

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Sutsha

Well done!

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon

The 235 doesn’t have virtual pacer I don’t think. I think it’s only on the cheaper models. It’s a function I use all the time πŸ™‚

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to misswobble

Interesting! I gather that the 235 can be set to buzz if your pace drops and/or gets too quick. This is pacing, effectively - what does the virtual pacer do?

Sqkr
SqkrAdministrator
in reply to roseabi

You can download a virtual pacer to the 235 from ConnectIQ, there are loads of apps and such there, I keep meaning to do that. You can set buzzy pace alerts manually, but presumably this one adjusts on the fly for distance and goal?

apps.garmin.com/en-GB/apps/...

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Sqkr

Looks good! The only thing it doesn't do is play you music on its phone, which is a mercy 😊

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon

Yeah I imagined there’d be a fancier solution πŸ˜ƒ.

benwill
benwillMarathon

I did actually try this although i didn't post my results, I did the maidstone Half in 2hrs 7 minutes not bad for a hilly course and no really that much training.

Then the following week i took a flat course along the river and managed 20km's in 1hr 50 Minutes, i couldn't do the extra 1km due to being late all ready to pick me son up. But failing a major disaster i would have completed my goal of a half under 2hrs! Then the final weekend i was away with the family and running took a back seat!

Oh and i guess i am the odd one on running watches as i have Suunto Spartan (which i love) so blah to all you garmin lovers :)

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to benwill

Well done Ben!

Yay - a non-Garmin!! What do you like about the Suunto Spartan, then?

benwill
benwillMarathon
in reply to roseabi

Well, it's accurate more accurate than my friends Garmin and the HR is pretty accurate as well not as good a chest strap but good enough for me. Its easy to use, it does all the normal stuff cadence, vo2 Max, recovery and it can put routes on it (only gives a line of where to go) but still it helps me but most of all it does triathlons, open water swimming, cycling power meters, and cadence sensors and better value than the Garmin tri watches.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to benwill

Thanks Ben - sounds interesting!

benwill
benwillMarathon
in reply to roseabi

and they just released a suunto 9 which has amazing battery life, if your silly enough to do ultra's :)

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to benwill

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

benwill
benwillMarathon
in reply to roseabi

wiggle.co.uk/garmin-forerun... saw this thought of you. #bargin

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to benwill

Ooh good price! Tempting...

Colinsmith check this out 😊

benwill
benwillMarathon
in reply to roseabi

This is a tri watch so will do all the 235 stuff, but with better cycling, swimming open and pool. It will also do multi sports events without start stopping

Colinsmith
ColinsmithHalf Marathon
in reply to roseabi

Cheers you two. I think the elves might already have started sorting one of these out for me!

Colinsmith
ColinsmithHalf Marathon

Thanks again Abi for the speed challenge. I really enjoyed it - I think it’s made me focus on more consistent pace. I usually go out too fast and just hang on!

I got out on Monday in two minds about whether to run 10km or hm... which is usually a right turn or left turn decision in the park. I left it to my feet to decide and they plumped for right, and a longer run. I’d only run 21km once before and this time felt much easier as I knew vaguely what pace to keep to. I made it out and back in 1h51m30s; must admit I felt the distance in my calves the next day though.

If anyone spots any Black Friday bargains on running watches, would they mind letting us know? I’d like to pass a recommendation on to Santa.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Colinsmith

Fabulous - well done!! It's entirely reasonable to feel some after-effects in your legs, don't worry about it xx

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