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Weekly chat June 1-7

Decker
DeckerModerator

Hi everyone, welcome to June! How have you been managing this past week? Please tell us all about it!

I am still training for my Oct. race. No word on cancellation yet. I’ve been increasing distance and Sunday was my longest run since the marathon back last October. My friend and I got up to 40k yesterday (we had planned on 26 but got a little lost along the way so after much map checking we made it a longer run with a coffee stop) , in spite of my iffy knee and me just not feeling it at all until we met up. After that things fell together nicely. So happy I did not bail on the run like I wanted to. What a difference running with a friend makes. Feeling a bit wobbly today but ok overall. Also there was a single open Italian bakery serving incredible zeppole pastries (see the photo) and cappuccinos!! ☕️ 🥐 How about you? Are you doing any virtual races or solo runs? New and Interesting workouts?

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June 1, 2020

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roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

Hi Decker! Loving that you did a surprise 40k, especially with an extra surprise of coffee and cake - how perfect is that??

I seem to have ditched the stairs and shingle in favour of actual hills!! Despite some reservations and trepidations I made it up onto the South Downs Way last week for a jolly hilly 20k, and have another visit planned this week. I'm now working on an ultramarathon plan aimed at the Grand Tour of Skiddaw, which is at the end of August and not cancelled so far. I imagine it probably will be called off, so I have plans for a solo ultramarathon, naturally 😊😊😊

I've got myself a stand up paddleboard, which I tried out for the first time the other day, and I've got a silly multi-sport idea brewing...

Happy running, Decker and all!!! xxx

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to roseabi

The bakery at 20 was just perfect. Though we did have to hunt for an open one. :)

Your hills run was awesome, and your ultra sounds amazing. No wonder you are hill training now, that’s a LOT of Elevation! And its a qualifier for UTMB!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Decker

Ha ha! UTMB... maybe one day... 😊

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to roseabi

Never say never :) One day...

mrrun
mrrunUltramarathon in reply to roseabi

Silly multi sport idea? Sounds good to me! Ok, drawing board first then go for it! 😉

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to mrrun

Drawing board is done 😊

mrrun
mrrunUltramarathon in reply to roseabi

That's it. The best ideas start there! 😉👍

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to roseabi

Ooh how exciting! Ultra and paddle boarding. I wanna go 🤗🤗🤗🤗. Good luck with your plan rumination 🤔😀

My friend has moved to a cabin next the sea. I went to see her (pre lockdown) and she has got a paddle board and wet suit. She plays around in the shallows with her dogs paddling around her. She has all sorts of health problems and she says she’s finding it very strengthening and therapeutic. This gorgeous weather is helping She wants me to get rigged up and join her. Pity I live farthest from the sea in all directions 😧.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to misswobble

I will be sure to post about it 😊😊😊

That is a pity, sounds so lovely! Maybe one day!!!

We are hoping for some calm seas so we can have SUP picnics 😄🥂

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to roseabi

Ooh how fab and mod 😁.

My husband would like a cabin like our friend’s one - a wreck! 🙈 She’s just had her log burner sorted after an entire winter of not being able to close the door😁🙄🥶 💨👀 She’s slept in the shed 😁😁. She booked a hotel for her and the dogs at one point but she awoke at 4.00 am still in the shed 😁.

She phoned me yesterday to tell me she’d been bitten by a snake 🐍

Never a dull moment at hers 🐕🐶🌊🌊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to misswobble

Awesome! Hope she was OK? 😊😊😊

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to roseabi

She sent me a photo. It bit her lower leg. Drew blood 🤨. Knowing her she probably bit it back 😁

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to misswobble

😊😊😊

GTFC
GTFCHalf Marathon

Well done Decker for pushing through and getting a great distance in. Posts like this help to inspire others when they have difficulty with runs and then overcome them. I like to run solo and will be doing my regular 3x a week runs averaging 20-25 miles in total.

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to GTFC

Thanks GTFC. It really helped to have a friend in the same boat, each of us alternatively grunting and cursing in the last few k! 😂 Best of luck with your continued solo runs, that is a solid setup 👍🏼 I also love running solo to clear the head of the week’s noise.

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to GTFC

I run alone. our jog club folded when our co-leader unfortunately died It ran for a while afterwards but fizzled 😟. I’m fine though. I like it as I don’t have to worry about times or places etc. Selfish maybe but hey ho

Enjoy your running this week GTFC 🙂👍🏃‍♂️

GTFC
GTFCHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

I am with you here. I love doing it on my own and knowing that I drive myself to do it, that I can experiment and that whatever will happen will happen. Not selfish at all, it's all the more inspiring.

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to GTFC

So true 😃👍. I’m enthusiastic by nature and couldn’t be doing with any naysayers thwarting my plans. 😁

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Great run Decker, and the apres run looks amazing. Hopefully the iffy knee coped well.

My knee rehab continued today with a really slow paced (as in 7:02/k) 7k. Furthest distance since April 3, so on the comeback trail. Four months since I did 10 miles! Daily heat treatment is helping; sounds sophisticated, but only involves sticking a boil in the pan hand warmer on the knee cap for ten minutes , followed by gentle manipulation. It really seems to help by loosening up the knee cap. I have learned that ice isn't the answer to everything. Proper hands on physio appointment next Monday so things are looking up.

Everybody was behaving themselves today in terms of social distancing; warm sunshine and coffee and a mini choc ice when I got home..... 👍

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks BC, the sweet break was just what we needed and my knee held up well. Your comeback is definitely on the horizon! Kudos on your disciplined rehab too. Things are looking promising!

And good to know all were social distancing well too in the sunshine. It always seems harder for people to manage it in the nice weather.

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Hot cold hot cold therapy. Hope it works and you can lose the knee problem. Good luck 🙂👍

mrrun
mrrunUltramarathon

Zeppole pastries? Wow. I need to know where that establishment is. That's what l call a sweet run. Here I finished May with 325km ran across London. That's a lot of Londons but I'm feeling fine with no niggles. A little bit more and I'll start tapering before l go for a long one, figured it all out so all I need is good weather. You keep well man!

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to mrrun

Fantastic mileage for May! That is a lot of Londons. What is your long planned distance? have you got something in mind yet? Very exciting!

mrrun
mrrunUltramarathon in reply to Decker

The idea is to cover 50k, solo as always. Let's see how it goes.

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to mrrun

with your monthly mileage that should be very do-able. Good luck with the continued training!

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to mrrun

Finding loos is my problem. I ran into a church hall Zumba class once in desperation. What a relief ☺️

Bramble patches 🙈. They snag one’s lycra 🙄

Enjoy your adventures 🙂👍🏃‍♂️ Running and sight-seeing sounds wonderful

mrrun
mrrunUltramarathon in reply to misswobble

Loos during lockdown training have been my priority when route planning. I figured I needed one every 10km so Victoria and London Bridge stations are my pit stops and the rest is based around them. Never thought it'd come to that but there you go..

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to mrrun

We have no public loos The council (savages) have shut them all 😏There’s one at the cafe in the town’s main park (when it’s open) which did save my life when I’d lost my key and got my hands covered in cow shite 🙄

I need to remember to take some cash so I can nip in the pub without guilt. The one I routinely pass has the ladies right at the end through the bar and restaurant 😁☺️🥵😤

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to mrrun

That was an issue for our 40 on Sunday! After visiting many places with closed washrooms I just ducked into a stand of shrubs. 😁 Not always an option I realize

mrrun
mrrunUltramarathon in reply to Decker

That can be a proper problem if you're running in chi-chi parts of London. I plan my strategy with military precision because such action in elaborate parks with keepers can put me on the front pages. Imagine!

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to mrrun

Haha yes I would never attempt the same thing in the city 😁. It was much further north away from any potential witnesses

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Decker

Chi chi doesn’t apply where I run. Shameless might be more appropriate. Some well-dodgy bits 😁

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to misswobble

It was actually in Shameless town that I used the church hall facilities Nice peeps but a rough ‘ole There’s a long row of bollards to stop ram raiders, then right at the point they stop, there’s a demolished wall 😁 It’s been left for years as just a pile of masonry Cuh 🙄

linda9389
linda9389Moderator

Not sure I should follow some of these amazing posts - amazing stuff people! I just wanted to say how pleased I am to have run 5k today after 4k on Saturday 😊. My May distance was halted at 50k with a sore foot, but resting it for a couple of weeks may have sorted it (whatever IT was 🙄). I'm not breaking any records of any sort, I have no plan and no goal either. But I'm pretty chilled about it just now. Strange times. Stay safe everyone, have fun 🥰

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to linda9389

Of course you can't forget to mention your 110km ride to make over 260km weekly cycle distance!!! Your injury discipline is amazing Linda. Really happy that you can get back into running longer distances soon now that it seems to be sorted with your foot. Sometimes no plans are the best plans :)

linda9389
linda9389Moderator in reply to Decker

Haha! As it's a running forum and I'm running again I thought I'd go with that 😍. I have to say riding every day was a bit of a chore (but not enough of a chore that I felt the need to resort to an at home workout instead of a ride 🤣) - I definitely prefer alternating runs and rides when I can 🙂

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to linda9389

It is fantastic that you got your 5 in though 👍🏼!

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Great news on the 5K Linda 👍🏃‍♀️🙂

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to linda9389

Sounds fine! Getting out is the thing! 😃👍. Enjoy yourself matey 😃🏃‍♀️👍

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to linda9389

That's amazing news!! 😍

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon

Those pastries look yum 😋 they make me want to eat now.

I’ve often wondered what you’d eat after running for 40K 🙀😏 That’s an amazing long way to run Decker...

Now that I’m back to my usual running schedule I’m sort of in training for the Bristol HM in September. I’m thinking it’s unlikely to go ahead but they might offer a virtual one so I’d like to be ready to do that. So that’s the plan. cheekychipmunks is doing it too.

Everything else is good, still doing my virtual Pilates and weights every other day.

Have a good week everyone and safe running 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🙂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Yes I am Irishprincess. I doubt if it’ll go ahead too, but I’m going to start building up soon assuming that we’ll at least run it virtually. 😀

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

The bling beckons.......🏅🙂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

It’s ALL about the bling! 😍😍😍

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

👍🏃‍♀️🙂

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

You might eat weird stuff post 40k it depends on what’s available. Shovelling something in one’s cake ‘ole ASAP post race is essential. I’ve eaten roast dinners after all my marathons Thankfully in November there’s not much sweat involved, so a quick change in the pub loo and I’ve got my face in my dinner 🦴 🧟‍♀️🍖🥩

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

I love roast dinners and could eat one at any time 😋

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to misswobble

After 30k+ runs Sometimes I am famished sometimes not. Its weird. Much depends on the weather. If hot then i usually down lots of drinks and make a vegan protein powder/ fruit smoothie which always hits the spot. Then usually a solid meal like eggs if still morning or meat later on in the day. BBQ would be awesome to have after a long one! My marathon burger post meal was a bit messed up as I downed too many Cliff gels and I was actually too full to finish dinner! Gradually working out a better nutrition strategy 🙂

SlowLoris
SlowLorisHalf Marathon in reply to Decker

vegan protein powder/ fruit smoothie

With that as motivation I’d struggle to finish ParkRun.

Beer and burger!

linda9389
linda9389Moderator in reply to SlowLoris

🤣🤣🤣

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to SlowLoris

Its actually really good with cold milk, frozen strawberries bananas etc! You don’t taste the powder. Don’t get me wrong I love my beer and burgers too. I’ve learned to to go easier on the beer the day before and of a really long run as it is really dehydrating.

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to Irishprincess

The opportunity for more bling is never a bad thing! Hope the HM training goes well for both you and Cheeky! 👍🏼 🏃‍♀️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

What a fantastic run Decker. 40k? Coffee break or not (that treat looked delicious 😋), that’s epic. 👊

As for my week, absolutely nothing new or exciting to report, in fact I’ve only done 5ks since my virtual London Vitality 10000 last Monday. This is turning into a self imposed cutback week I suppose - I haven’t had one for months, so I’m listening to my bod which seems to be enjoying it. 👍

I will run tomorrow, and I’m looking forward it as it’s supposed to rain a little and be cooler - yay! 👏 💦🏃‍♀️

Langley-Loper
Langley-LoperHalf Marathon

In May I did more cycling and less running and walking. I got knocked over by a dog when running and the scabs are falling off but I have a persisting pain down the back of one leg. I don't know if it's piriformis or sciatica. All I know is I hate dogs.

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Langley-Loper

Oh ‘ell fire ☹️ That’s bad 😏

Try not to be a dog hater. There’s no avoiding them 😁

I hope you’re mended soon 💪👍

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to Langley-Loper

I remember that incident and I really hope there are no long term issues from it. Are you able to get your leg checked out by a physio or doc? Your cycling has been epic though and I hope you are soon able to also get back to a regular running routine.

Langley-Loper
Langley-LoperHalf Marathon in reply to Decker

I'm wary of "diagnosis by Google" but also reluctant to visit professional medics with such a non-life threatening ailment at the moment. I'm going to keep the runs easy/few and see if reduced activity enables it to improve. Now I'm over 50 I guess I need to accept I heal slower but it's very frustrating that my only running related injury wasn't my fault!

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to Langley-Loper

Yes that makes sense re “Dr. Google” and the med visit concern. Fingers crossed for you!

linda9389
linda9389Moderator in reply to Langley-Loper

Oh no! At least cycling is a great alternative - especially in this weather. Hope you're healed soon.

Johnnylewis
JohnnylewisHalf Marathon

Hey all hope your all. OK. I've never really counted my monthly kms that I've ran. I just checked it out and I've done just under 200k. Not bad at all considering I done nearly 150km cycling too. So plan now is to get the miles up abs get closer to this marathon distance all while just enjoying my runs. It just needs to cool down a wee bit lol

linda9389
linda9389Moderator in reply to Johnnylewis

That's a lot of k's !!!

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to Johnnylewis

That is a busy month Johnny!

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon

Morning all! Your post reminds me I have a half marathon in October. I’d completely forgot 🙈 No word on cancellation yet 🤞

Your run sounds wonderful! What a find 😁🍰☕️ Gorgeous! Lucky you 😁. What a treat 🤗😋

I was gawping through the window at passers-by today feeling peed off that I can’t join them ☹️ Then I told myself off for being self-indulgent moaner ☝️ I can spend all day in the garden instead 😃

My friend is going to a local shop today to bring me some ginger and lemon creme fraiche. I am expecting deliver of a new steel water bottle which I’ve “won” from WW for being good. Life is good. My husband is well 🙂

I’ve done Joe Wicks PE workout this morning 💪

Looking ahead to Sunday when I can get back outdoors to run. I might wear my hydration vest and disappear over the horizon. Who knows 🤷‍♀️ I hope it stays fine 🙂

Have a good week everyone 😃👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to misswobble

So happy Mr Wobble is doing well and congrats on your “win” and those treats sound delicious! You have a good friend there! With the heat you’ve been having, a hydration vest is probably a good idea. You’ve just reminded me to track my vest delivery! I finally broke down and ordered a Solomon hydration vest for the Summer training. Can’t wait to try it out next week!

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Decker

I watched Wild Ginger runner on YouTube reviewing budget hydration vests. Her fave was the Aonijii (can’t remember the specific one)I’ve got the smaller version but it’ll do fine for Sunday’s jaunt. It’ll probably cold and wet knowing my luck 😁I couldn’t aspire to owt as posh as Salomon. I do have one of their skorts though - from the bargain bin 😃

C3PO
C3POVirtual HM

I'm so in awe of that 40 k run. That pastry looks wonderful!

The last bank holiday of the spring was yesterday, so hubby, youngest and I drove out of town to do some urban orienteering along a very nice coastal path. The sea was so sparkly!

Today I've done my first longish run in a long time, and my ankle didn't complain! I finished my run with some urban orienteering in the city center, then took the tram home. Luckily they've marked off what seats people can't use so that we can all maintain our distance from each other.

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to C3PO

That crazy run never would have happened without my buddy pushing us along and the weather cooling off! 🙂 The orienteering sounds really fun and yay for your uncomplaining ankle! 👏👏

Buddy34
Buddy34Half Marathon

What an amazing running distance , it really is. Your pastries look yummy.

In May I ran my very first 10 miles then an HM , something I never ever thought I would able to achieve .

Its everyone's posts on here that gave me the confidence to go much further .

No plans this month just getting out 3/4 times a week and maybe try for another HM sometime. 😊😊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Buddy34

😍😍😍

Hidden
Hidden

Training at a crossroads for me I think. Lockdown and before it some health issues meant most training was indoors and then a little running and slowly building on that base as the lockdown continued. Now with a new appreciation of the great outdoors I am rediscovering my cycling. Running still features and I think it always will but the emphasis is now two-wheeled and a trip into Basque Spain to take on a mountainous biking event that last year I could only attend as a spectator has become the focus of what has so far been a challenging year. So I hope my membership is not in jeopardy, the group has been a great resource and inspiration and I enjoy reading the posts over my morning cup of Java without the pastries ;-) My body is a temple!!!

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

Hi you.

I am out there, running relaxed now...no further than 6K currently, but enjoying all the runs short or long. Pace isn't too shabby, but that is just a by-product and not intentional.

Feeling a tad stressed occasionally as am missing family and small runner in training increasingly.

I have neglected relaxation exercise so am intending moving that up a tad, and am working currently on abs and also arms... which have got a tad flabby since I have not been having small runner in training twice a week !

Weights are out and I am sticking at it:)

Happy safe running everyone.

PS

40 K ...... just Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PPS

Lots of strength work right now moving fridges:)

JonathanP
JonathanP10 Miles

Hi all

Still working on improving distance and/or pace following my diagnosis in March of arthritis in my foot and subsequent swelling after exercise. Thankfully with care and use of ibuprofen the swelling has reduced both in size and frequency, so I have been slowly building things up and today I was delighted to achieve my best 10k time for 5 months (1.00.08). Onwards and upwards!😀

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to JonathanP

Glad your foot arthritis is more manageable. Have the new shoes made a difference too? And congratulations on your PR! Thats a great time!

JonathanP
JonathanP10 Miles in reply to Decker

Thanks - yes the new shoes have definitely helped. I would have got them earlier if not for the lockdown. Not quite a PB - I'd have to knock off another 40 seconds for that, which will take a while I think!👍

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