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HM no. 5

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon
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Today was a running day thank goodness, yesterday with the absence of running, I was to say the least a tad fidgety ๐Ÿ™„, and when I saw other runners out there it's like a stake through my heart ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. That said, I do like seeing people out there running, I'm always wondering how far they've been or how far they're going. And it doesn't stop there I'm noticing what kit they're using trainers etc. Currently given the time of year, running lights the assortment on display, I'm seeing plenty of the chest lights with a rear light attachment definitely quite clever devices. I'm a head torch user, with separate magnetic red light, but it's good to see other options available ๐Ÿ‘. I'm starting to think I could be addicted to this running thing, or perhaps on the cusp of becoming a full blown addict....... Oh well what will be will be ๐Ÿ‘€..

So endeth the waffle, back to today. Today I embraced without shame, becoming the MAMIL. Now all you chaps who are currently thinking, tights +me+running = not happening ๐Ÿง don't be so hasty, yes I won't lie it's a clingy sensation and chaps, word of advice is shorts definitely get those shorts over the top..... Modesty explanation not needed I think. So before you deny yourself this running experience and a huge bonus in the winter months, try it at least once.

I'd actually unlike me laid out today's clothes last night after work, the Brooks ghosts13 the toe socks, calf compression sleeves and my ronhill two in one tights and shorts combo๐Ÿ‘. Oh and a brilliant aldi ski base layer top with tee-shirt over the top, and my lightweight buff hat๐Ÿ˜Š, for the first time this year I chose to use gloves as lately the hands have been getting achey cold. Getting dressed is like a workout in itself, definitely involving dynamic stretches at times.

So after the standard Ian faffing I've become used to, I nearly cried off as I'd slept in a little longer than ideal ๐Ÿ™„ but thankfully the mini home schooling teen nudged me out to run PHEWEEEE.

Let's go running........ Its a lovely run weather day, perfectly still, chilly not frosty and because I've started to notice I'm looking at Mr Garmon too often, once I started it, I switched the screen to the clock and simply ran!

The towpath is isolated and even better a clear run across the aqueduct, always a bonus, I left the house not knowing a route, or even a distance. Perhaps a 5 or 10k no need for a drink and definitely not a gel run. The running seemed early on effortless today. Breathing easy and running at what I felt was a comfy pace. I headed out towards Llangollen, I've not ran this way recently, I shoul revisit these towpaths more frequently it's a wonderful running route. The towpath is pleasantly soft underfoot, perhaps even quishy-muddy in parts providing a satisfying noise of running footfall. Just one of those treats that probably only a runner appreciates. The canal is mirror still and the reflections of the wintery blue sky and bare branches is beyond picturesque, the downside if its a downside is that running with such absorbing scenery one could lose track of distance etc..... Yikes no gels definitely no drink ๐Ÿคช and yes without monies as well..... Now ask anyone in my house emptying pockets before washing clothes not my best forte ๐Ÿคซ ahhhhhhhh pocket check, yep fresh from the washing machine (haribo are waterproof ๐Ÿ˜‚) so when you find yourself 10k from home I guess the best way home is to dig down deep and run, good idea.......... No great idea! OK the footpath it's definitely not as appealing as the run out, but with the traffic being light it's bearable, the pace still weirdly felt OK in fact more than OK so all good, I'm definitely glad of the extra lycra today as it's getting towards 4pm and that temperature is dropping, the gloves only came of to open the haribo packets. And after a quick distance check, I found my self just arriving in the village as the eldest got off the school bus ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. HM number 5 done and only 66 seconds off that elusive 2hour mark ๐Ÿ™„..

For an unplanned LR I loved that run it just clicked even without the gels grrrr so all I'd say is get yourselves out there, enjoy it, go where your legs want to go and that's about it๐Ÿ˜Š.

These are tough times for many reasons and it's not getting any easier with that Xmas thing approaching, so that run I did today its for you lot out there, for whom whatever the reason life is being tricky, or hard or you just need a virtual nudge of encouragement, it's for you all.

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AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles

Congratulations on completing your 5th half marathon, well done, I am sure No.6 will be sub 2 hours, however, I notice your moving time says 2.06.23 which is just 6 minutes over 2 hours, not 66 seconds, nevertheless congratulations on that run.

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to AlMorr

Correct picture attached Al 2.06.33 was the total time Running but that applies to the total distance ran which was 22k

AlMorr
AlMorr10 Miles in reply to Imc50

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Hidden
Hidden

What a brilliant time!! 2.01.06!Love it ๐Ÿ˜€ My HM PB is 2.01.34 so many congratulations on a super pace for so long. I wear running tights too but only if it is really cold. I also wear a chest light with the red triangle ๐Ÿ”บ๏ธ at the back which is ace.

A really great run mate and I'm really pleased for you because you work shifts and it can be tricky at times for you to get a certain pattern to run but you still get out there. I want to say a massive congratulations to you on your year and posts which I enjoy reading.

Make no mistake, this is a brilliant, brilliant run and a fine way to see out the year. Well done buddy ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Hidden

Awwwwww shucks deano you'll have me welling up before I even had my morning cuppa ๐Ÿ™ƒ. The shifts especially this time of year are the hardest but hey it's summer soon ๐Ÿœ๏ธ. Keep those brilliant posts of yours coming in, and next year I'll be expecting to see you've moved onto the ultras ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

BrianUK
BrianUKHalf Marathon

Thatโ€™s a super run and a fab write up. I was absorbed throughout so thank you and really well done on your time ๐Ÿ‘

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to BrianUK

Brilliant BrianUk glad you stayed till the end๐Ÿ‘ btw those times of yours ๐Ÿฅณ simply tooooo darn fast for me...

BrianUK
BrianUKHalf Marathon in reply to Imc50

๐Ÿ˜‚ I canโ€™t run very far so I just decided that Iโ€™d try and go fast instead. Are you on strava then?

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon

BrianUk there's nothing wrong with those 10k distances you do, it's still one of my favourite runs, sometimes when that 5k leaves you wanting more, I'll always get home from a 10 and it always feels perfect,

Congratulations on your unexpected half marathon, and what a beautiful description of you run, thank you for posting, your love of running is infectious. Happy running ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Catho78

Thank you do much Catho78 I'm thankful for the haribo that survived the trip around the washing machine โ˜บ๏ธ it was though a really nice run, it was a day off from work which helped and I knew I was going back into 7 nights on the bounce which will gruelling at times ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Catho78
Catho78 in reply to Imc50

Bless you, 7 nights ๐Ÿ™ˆ Iโ€™m also a shift worker, I feel for you, nights not my favourite time. What a lovely way to unwind. Iโ€™ll have to try and remember to โ€œhideโ€ haribo for when Iโ€™ll need it, although Iโ€™m just a few weeks from 10K, I still think I need them ๐Ÿคช(motivation). I hope you shifts go ok, keep on running ๐Ÿ˜

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Catho78

When the world sleeps we keep on going ๐Ÿ•ฅ๐ŸŒƒ๐Ÿ˜ด if only people realized.

I'm gonna keep an eye out for that 10k post Cath its a great landmark and super achievement ๐Ÿ’ช

Catho78
Catho78 in reply to Imc50

Thanks, my aim is by Christmas if training goes to plan ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon

What a fantastic target to aim for Cath, that 10k remains my (still) favourite distance it fits with my higgley jiggley nocturnal life style ๐Ÿง›๐Ÿฆ‡. The downside is though be warned, tread carefully, you may find yourself thinking ๐Ÿง can I go further..............

Catho78
Catho78 in reply to Imc50

Iโ€™m already looking at half marathon trading plans lol ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Catho78
Catho78 in reply to Catho78

Training plans even (typo)

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Catho78

The running mojo becomes absorbing โ˜บ๏ธ you'll be totally brilliant go for it Catho78

Catho78
Catho78 in reply to Imc50

Thanks, this sure is addictive! I love setting myself a challenge to aim for. Happy running

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Catho78

I didn't really have a plan set in stone Catho78 I just increased my distances my strava if it helps is Ian (imc50) Cawley you can see how I buillt it up

Catho78
Catho78 in reply to Imc50

Thanks, will check it out. Cheers for the training tips

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Wow lmc, what a magnificent effort. Such a casual unplanned HM in a brilliant time. It sounds ideal. Very very well done on all those best efforts! ๐Ÿ‘Š You deserve a medal, so hereโ€™s one ... ๐Ÿ…. Heck, have a ๐Ÿ† too, youโ€™ve earned it!

Iโ€™ve been out twice in gloves recently. Hands simply never warm up do they? However, I never run in the dark as none of my routes are appropriate. I know what you mean about eyeing up peopleโ€™s running wear and accessories though! ๐Ÿ˜…

Well done again, that was fabulous. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Ohhhh thanks cheekychips I thought I was alone in ogglin other runners ๐Ÿ˜ณ I'll display my cup and medal on my bedroom window sill ๐Ÿ‘

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon

Ooh well done and congrats on the time too! No doubt youโ€™ll do the sub 2 hour very soon ๐Ÿ’ช

And never mind the workout getting into running gear. What about trying to get OUT of it???!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks IP that clothing removal it's a skill almost involving joint dislocation, there's definitely audible clicks and groans ๐Ÿ™‰

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to Imc50

And when youโ€™re damp too....

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Forgot to ask is your mum on the mend?

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to Imc50

Thank you for asking ๐Ÿฅฐ Very slowly as I would expect at her age. She sleeps a lot which is great for recovery and eating a little better every day. So baby steps I think. She had a horrible stay in hospital which didnโ€™t help but thatโ€™s a whole other ballgame.

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

That's good news IP no time in hospital is truly ever enjoyable ( suppose excluding births) and with our current situ it's a nightmare Mrs Wife ๐Ÿ˜ does it day in day out god knows how I certainly couldn't, just remember to take care of you, caring takes a toll at times

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Oh eck ๐Ÿ™

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatHalf Marathon

That is great Ian! An unplanned HM with a crackinโ€™ good time. Whoohoo! It has been a long time since Iโ€™ve ran a decent distance so thanks for taking me along. It was a lovely descriptive run.

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to SaskAlliecat

I was glad you came along SaskAlliecat, yes unplanned maybe a tad foolishly but whoops tis done now, better planning next time. The old HR is still baffling me as you'll recall I am that original technophobe, didn't feel like I was near zone 5 and looking back my max HR was 182 I need to simplify I think ๐Ÿ˜ณ

linda9389
linda9389Administrator

Thank you! I really enjoyed that run. My own long runs seem a long way off at the minute, but that will keep me going. Have to say I'd have been well out of breath and on my knees trying to keep up with you though - brilliant time, can't imagine it will be long before you break that 2 hour barrier. Nice one!!!

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Oh brilliant linda9389 I'd thought about perhaps a recovery run today but 51 yr old legs disagreed ๐Ÿคท so it was a dog walk and household duties. I'm sure your long runs will be with you soon ๐Ÿ‘

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Imc50

A dog walk is a great way to stretch out post HM legs ๐Ÿ˜Š

Buddy34
Buddy34Half Marathon

An unplanned HM but what an amazing time to run it in. Well done you ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Buddy34

Thanks Sharon it was haribo powered ๐Ÿ˜‚

Buddy34
Buddy34Half Marathon in reply to Imc50

I love haribo jelly babies. Can't stand the bassetts ones with all that powder

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Buddy34

Ahhh I recall your dislike of jelly babies ๐Ÿ˜‚

Forest_Run_Beginner
Forest_Run_BeginnerHalf Marathon

Wow, what a run, an unplanned HM with a PB, just brilliant. Well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ† What a time, that's a speed I can only dream of, amazing. That sub 2 hour will be under your running belt before you know it.

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Forest_Run_Beginner

Aww Forest_Run_Beginner, thank you ๐Ÿค—, I guess being considerate and perhaps putting my sweetie wrappers in a bin didn't help, should have taken them home ๐Ÿคท, as for times we're all different and as long as you're running that's a bonus beyond speed

Forest_Run_Beginner
Forest_Run_BeginnerHalf Marathon in reply to Imc50

We have to do our bit to keep Britain tidy don't we, even if it does impact our run times, I suppose!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

And you are quite right, I decided a while ago that I'd prefer to finish a run and finish it still feeling good rather than push myself to get a certain time and hate every second of it. I am very much of the opinion that enjoyment far outweighs the elation of an occasional PB (that's what I tell myself anyway!). I am quite tall though so always think I should be fairly speedy but my body has other ideas and I have to go with it, quite literally!

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I hope the night shifts aren't too bad this week and that you are able to get our for a trot or two.๐Ÿคž

Well done again ๐Ÿ†

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Forest_Run_Beginner

Shssss don't mention the nightshift it's currently a chilly -1 ๐Ÿฅถ

Forest_Run_Beginner
Forest_Run_BeginnerHalf Marathon in reply to Imc50

Ahhh, sorry, forget I said anything ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿฅถ

What a great post, this is what I can only dream of. Very impressive.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Hareshaw-Granny

Thank you Hareshaw-Granny ๐Ÿค—

Decker
DeckerModerator

Fantastic run and a brilliant time too! I also wear run tights in the colder weather months, but they are all black and the shorts over are an extra layer of warmth and modesty ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to Decker

A man after my own heart Decker ( you awarded me my 1/2 marathon badge after my 1st HM) you sir are a legend and praise off yourself well WOW humbled

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to Imc50

Its so great to see you hit your 5th HM now!

Fab report Imc and Wow! 5 HMโ€™s youโ€™ve inspired me to stop being lazy and swap my dressing gown for running gear and get out there Thanks ๐Ÿ‘

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to lexi6

Ohhhhhh no Lexi just grab a Jaffa cake and run I'm the dressing gown ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅณ

lexi6
lexi6 in reply to Imc50

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Back from run now, no jaffa cakes harmed, but jelly babies now deceased.

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to lexi6

I knew you had a heart lexi6, Jaffa cakes around the globe salute you ๐Ÿช ( ok it's a cookie)

This time difference always gets me it's probably your morning there ๐Ÿ™„

12.45pm just about to tuck into home made pizza yum

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon

Well done. Fun innit ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒช๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

Oh and some misswobble, it consumes you ๐Ÿคฆ

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Imc50

What a way to go ๐Ÿ˜. Itโ€™s just so liberating Especially valuable at times like these! We are keeping ourselves fit and healthy too. Free fun ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

I found myself thinking about the distance beyond the HM again as yet I've only been to 25k but ๐Ÿค” I always seem to shoehorn my runs in, I need to allocate, time specifically for that long run ๐Ÿ™‚

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Imc50

Yes, make time for it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

What a fab run!!!And 'Haribo are waterproof', great tip ๐Ÿ˜‚

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon in reply to roseabi

Thanks roseabi, I was so relieved to find them, the munchies were grumbling away ( must plan my long runs and not let them be so impromptu ๐Ÿคฆ) but the haribo are definitely waterproof little cute packets ( for the girls lunchboxes ๐Ÿคซ) haribo fruitilicious perfect pocket sized fuel ๐Ÿ‘

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