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Weekly chatty chat 7th to the 13th of January :)

Hello everybody and welcome to a new week of 2019! I have a spinning class with a wonderful man called Rob and he spends the whole time yelling motivational quotes at us which is great. This is one of my favourites as it is indeed so true, lets not forget it......

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. Please join in the discussion 😊

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

Have a superb week, and happy Panthering

Ju-Ju, Sqkr, and roseabi

XXX

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Love it Ju.πŸ’₯πŸ†πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ₯‹πŸ’₯

By the way just saw the introduction of Fast 800 on the BBC this morning.

Latest update of research by Dr Michael Moseley since his 5:2 diet 6 years ago with real people this time.Not mice as his first book.

Definately my contingency plan for Feb if present plan does not yield results.

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That sounds good, I have seen lots of folk are doing it. I am sitting here with sweet wrappers at my desk. I eat constantly so i would struggle but I do have a stone that I would like to wave goodbye to!!!

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Many kind responses,

time to do some homework.πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ’₯πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ†πŸ’₯

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Morning Ju Ju and happy new year to you shug

This very morning I unfurl a new running plan πŸ“œ πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ I have a ten mile race in early March so gotta get weaving

Oh happy day, tra la a 🎢🎢🎡

Have a great week everyone

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That sounds exciting and happy New year to you too :)

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Morning all πŸ˜€ Like the quote Ju-Ju!

My week is going to be more of the same - slowly and steadily getting back to regular running after a spell on the IC, and hoping my knee proves to be fully recovered. While also doing the Red Jan thing and being active every day. Last week that meant two rounds of golf, an hour at the driving range, and four treadmill runs of 30-40 mins each.

So still some way off rejoining Abi’s HM Plan, which in turn means my first ever HM (Reading - less than 11 weeks away) is looking increasingly dubious, but my prio is to avoid injury and if necessary I’ll pull out of that one.

Also doing a Dry January-March this year, so hoping to shed a lot more weight over this period.

So this week - active every day, keep the runs steady, build up the stamina, increase the distance a little and just see how we go πŸ˜€

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sounds really good, you are so active. I am also doing dry..... see how long i can go for, I am feeling so much better already :)

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Me too. Grrr....

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Sounds like a corny chat up line to me!!

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haha!!!!

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If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me? πŸ˜‚

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I'm hoping to fit in three runs this week. We've got a lot of sleet or snow forecast for this afternoon and evening, so I'll have to see when to time the first one. Probably this evening. If we get 10-20 cm snow, then it'll be too difficult to run in tomorrow.

I'm also watching my diet right now. I wonder how long I'll have to keep at it!

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My body is feeling a bit feeble today, as I seem to have caught ANOTHER cold!!!!

I've got a fabulous hi-tech swimming lesson booked for the end of the month (I'll post about it when I've done it), and I've been musing about how best to be cold-free for it.

No swimming for me this week anyway, probably, drat and double drat. At least my running is going well! The nice big gaps between runs in my half marathon plan (esp. over Christmas & New Year) are suiting me, it seems 😊

I've been trying out a bit of quackery on my Achilles tendons (which have been very stiff and a bit lumpy after the exertions of 2018) - anyone heard of 'muscle scraping'? It actually seems to be doing some good, although I'm sure the reduced running is also a factor...

So a couple of runs, some strength training, and more quacking for me this week 😊

Have a good one, all xxx

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I am so sorry you are poorly :( And muscle scraping? Yikes that sounds painful!!!

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Thanks Ju xx

It's surprisingly not painful, although it does cause a few bruises πŸ˜‚

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hardcore

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Hope your better soon. Are you trying out Sea Lanes ? I had a 30 minute session there just before the Brighton tri. Its fab, and you get a video of your swim improving over the session. I've been meaning to go back as it was in my opinion a bargain and fun , it really helped me. Plus the guy, swimming coach, is really nice..! I had muscle scraping I think at the physio, as rehabilitation after I tore my calf a few years ago. He ran a metal tool , looked like a torture device up and down my calf, it hurt a bit but the lumps did go. Good luck !

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Yes! I got a 30 minute session voucher for Christmas. Really looking forward to it, well sort of anyway! I've never had a swimming lesson (other than the Pool to Pier intensive day, where they didn't look at our swimming form), so I reckon it'll be invaluable, but I'm a bit apprehensive about seeing a video of myself swimming 😲 I read there's a mirror on the pool bottom - I'm pretty nervous about that too. What was the name of the coach you saw? I'm booked with a bloke called Andy White.

Did you have the muscle scraping as a one off, or over a few sessions? I have been using a silicone spatula 😜 Which was never much use in the kitchen, but seems to make a pretty good muscle scraper 😁πŸ’ͺ

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Yes, it was Andy. You will love it. I was quite nervous at first, but you get into it really quick and forget about the mirror.

I think I had at least couple of treatments with the scraper , it was a few years ago now. My calf was definitely less lumpy afterwards.

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Feel better soon Abi. Muscle scraping? That sounds harsh! :)

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All good fun 😊

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Bad luck with the cold. You seem to be keeping busy, though. Get well soon!

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Thank you xx

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I went for an interval stint round my local park yesterday, not because I only had time for a short run and it was the only option, but because I chose to. And I enjoyed it 😊 I'm a bit achey today but that's OK, I'm out of practice. I've got to go into work tomorrow so I might go for a run there too, to make sure I get three runs in this week. In truth I am happy doing two runs a week, but I've four HMs booked this year (πŸ™„ got carried away) so need to make sure I'm in as good a shape as possible, and doing a few extra runs can't hurt.

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a busy year ahead it would seem!!!!

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I can see myself doing that many HMs - I keep spotting good ones!!

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Four HMs! wow!

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You lot are inspirational, you know that? A little scary too :P

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Nice "warm" weather here, so the snow us melting and there are nice deep puddles laying ontop of sheet ice on all my running routes! So It's back down into the Batcave (under ground car park running circuit) for me until things freeze-up solid once more. This week is a 5k jog, 10k of fartleks and a HM jog. Still have not signed-up for any races this year yet. Helsinki HM on 18th May will probably be one of them as well as Tallinn marathon on 8th Sept.

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Helsinki City Run HM has a new flat route, so should be a quick course this year. Nice seaside route most of the way helsinkicityrun.fi/sites/de...

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I'm currently following the Brighton HM plan , slowly but surely LSR booked for tomorrow. Trying to keep going over Christmas and New year was tricky as I have been dare I say , indulgent. I've been going to parkrun, which is 3 laps of a field and football pitch. I am trying to use it for speed work , nice steady first lap to warm up, a few sprints on the flats in the second lap with a slow jog recovery, then for the third lap I try and pick off a few of the stragglers that look tired. Keeps me going anyway πŸ˜€

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Looks like a nice laid-back plan!

Nice tactics 😊 Which parkrun is that?

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East Brighton, it's nice soft grass compared to running on the undercliff. It's a new one. There's so many parkruns in Brighton, we're spoilt .

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Wow, I hadn't heard about it! We truly are spoilt 😊

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Finally got a longer 21k run in this morn (with a mid-run break for coffee, facilities and extra gloves :) ). Was windy, overcast, icy, hilly and -8, so, not a really fun one but I'm happier to have got it in finally. Legs felt heavy with the cold - forgot to use a base layer of course. :) Starting to think now of the March 30k race as just a training run for the Mara to follow. Today's run was still a bit quicker than my first HM earlier this year. Quite a bit slower than the second one tho. Legs feel ok now - we'll see about tomorrow...

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Well done Decker! Sounds great πŸ˜€. Blimey -8 eh, impressive for an HM. Although I have been running regularly the last couple of weeks, I’ve not managed to get my long runs on my HM plan in. Was feeling a bit concerned that it is less than 4 weeks to my first HM this year, but after a good pyramid session on the track tonight I’m feeling much more positive and managed to get a new fastest 1k in 3.59 in the last stint too 😁. Hoping to get a long run on Wednesday next so I can get back onto my plan.

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Thanks Macmac. I had the top half layered well, but not the lower half of me. Just bad planning on my part. 😁. Your HM experience should play a good part in your next race. Your times sound really quick too! Good luck with your plan.

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It sounds like you did really well!

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I did have to stop to warm up though, so I’m hoping the next one will be a full run.

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great quote ju-ju- I agree with Rob :)

This week I am in Manchester for work, so I am a bit concerned about running... working from 7 am to 9 pm while travelling it is often difficult to fit in a few good runs. In addition, this marathon training plan is incredibly time demanding at the moment. The idea is to put in as many miles as I can in the first couple of months and then increase speed in the next 2 (18 weeks in total). I have started last week with 60 miles done. I am currently on a 13 days (107.3 miles) streak. this morning I only went for 4 miles to recover, tomorrow I'll try something higher (10/12). I will try to keep going, but I might get a day rest on Thursday (travelling back).

legs feel a bit tired, but ok. Overall I am happy with the plan

here is my log:

runningahead.com/logs/ba66e...

and the plan I believe is here:

runningahead.com/logs/ba66e...

happy running everybody!!

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You are a running machine Marco!

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This morning I slept in , wake up at 6 and almost gave up the rum, then got myself out for 5.5 miles in progression, last mile around 6’30... this confirms the the first step out is the most important and difficult...

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Well this week for me is about trying to see if my legs still work after the rookie mistake of forgetting my insoles for my 17.5k run the other day :) I'm off tomorrow, so I guess I'll find out. Stretching and foam rolling are my friends!!

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Love quotes Ju as you know:)

Moving on with Rose's HM plan.. it is a bit tweaked with my own bits added in and some bits a bit different.. struggling to get the longer runs in... but hoping now we are out of the festive bit and weird weather... I can sort it.. I am having to use my trainer to build up mileage..but it ain't the same as outside!!!! I will get there...!!!

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I'm really pleased to hear you're doing well floss, I've been quite concerned about you this last year as you've not had the easiest time of it. You go girl, you're doing great :)

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Thank you Neil...nice to know you watch out for me xx

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Someone once said to me: slow and steady 😘

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Xx

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get in....well done you I bet you feel fab!!!

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I do...just worried a tad about distance...

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I am going to - v sadly - take a running break πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯ my quad pain is worsening so running on looks to be the wrong approach! I can't really afford a physio appt at the moment as not working. I wondered if anyone has experience of the Simplyhealth plans? When I looked after the GSR they almost looked too good to be true - I'm looking for the hidden catch. Anyone tried them? Or know anyone who has?

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Sorry to see this, but I'm sure the break will help! If you should find yourself in my neck of the woods the sports physio at Sussex University is very cheap, and seemed pretty good to me! Anyway, sending you best wishes and fairy dust for a speedy recovery xxx

I'm sorry, I have no experience of Simplyhealth, it does look good but I think it's a case of figuring out if you can get your money's worth from them. There may be other such companies that are cheaper, so shop around...

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Thanks Abi. I will be back ASAP! In the meantime it's swimming, pilates, strength and dog walking for me. I'm still hoping to do the long easy 20k I have in my schedule for next week - fingers crossed. Confidence wise those long runs are probably key for me - as it's my first HM, speed isn't my main priority this time. I may just have to try to fit some runs in while I'm away after all.

Having re-checked the SH plans, the prices have gone up and the payment levels down - so it probably was too good to be true last year :D

Many thanks for the reminder about Uni services - I've looked up our local uni and they do sports massage by qualified students looking for clinical experience for just Β£10 an hour! I think I will give them a call and save the physio for when I'm earning properly again :)

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Oh cool, that may help, and you can pick their brains - they'll love it! xx

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Even better! Booked for tomorrow - so long as they can persuade a student to turn up at such short notice πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Oh no, sorry to hear this Linda πŸ™ Must be very frustrating for you when you are doing so well with the plan. Hope the sports massage helps and you are back in your running shoes soon!

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It is! It messes up the HM plan and it also means I'm unlikey to get the virtual medal I signed up for (which is one of a series of 12 for the year that fit together, and I already paid for three to make sure I stayed on track πŸ˜₯ ). With being away the last two weeks of Jan I have no wriggle room. Normally I would run on holiday but we're touring Sri Lanka where it will be seriously hot - and I'm not sure how safe/ respecful it would be to run in hot weather running gear in the v early hours! Sigh.

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Into RED January Week 2 and first Dark Trail Running event Saturday! Don’t like running in the dark so that’s my challenge. πŸ™ˆ

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Do you have a head torch? I just bought my first one, and it's amazing how effective it is.

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Yes and chest torch. Still dont like it!! πŸ™„

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I'm not one to talk. I haven't used mine on trails yet. They're sort of off-limits once the snow comes.

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The registration for the Reykjavik marathon opened today and I finally got myself booked onto the half. I've had my flights and a place to stay booked for ages, but was worrying they'd change the date! But phew, all is well. Eeeeeeeeeee I'm excited now :D Going with a pal who is doing the 10k. Maybe I'll do the whole thing one day, it's really cheap to fly there from Edinburgh!

I did not go for a run today, I went to view a little house (very sweet but not the one I really want...but my offer has been ignored for a week so I'm resigning myself to the fact I might not get it :( ) and ate a Pot Noodle. I'll do some strength work today and go for a run tomorrow instead. Keeping it relaxed, no pressure.

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