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Weekly Chat 😊☕🌨🌺 Jan 4th-10th and the Spring 2021 Half Marathon Group!!!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

Hey everyone!

Happy New Year, and welcome to the first Chat post of 2021!

The weather here is grotty today, and I have very little desire to go out in it. Also, I did an impromptu 6-day mini-run-streak last week, so I feel I deserve/need a rest!!

I think I'll stay in and finish off the tax returns. Or do some more Lego 😃

I actually really enjoyed the run-streak, even though I don't generally approve of them (rest is best - builds strength!). Who has done a run streak and how did you find it? Did anyone else got Lego for Christmas? What are your plans for this week??

As always, if you're new here, or just browsing through the community posts, this is a great place to introduce yourself and let us know how you are doing. You’ll find plenty of support and knowledge from your fellow runners here.

Have a great week!!!

The Marathon Team xxx

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HALF MARATHON GROUP!!!

Checking in with you here, and letting you know that posting will resume next week. If you have started training how are you getting on? Also, I feel very aware that (in the UK anyway) there may well not be any Spring half marathon events this year - what are your thoughts about that? I hope you all will feel encouraged to continue with virtual/solo runs? We can support one another and enjoy the journey together!!!

Spring 2021 Half Marathon Group list: docs.google.com/spreadsheet...

HUHM Spring 2021 Strava Club: strava.com/clubs/HUHMspring21

Previous posts:

Invitation to join: healthunlocked.com/marathon...

A quick check-in to open our new Strava club: healthunlocked.com/marathon...

119 Replies
David_G
David_GHalf Marathon

Hi roseabi I started my HM training this morning. As far as I know the Vitality Big Half is still going ahead on London on 25 April, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it gets postponed or goes virtual. I’ll run a HM that day anyway, I just don’t know where yet. I think I’ll be much better prepared for the HM this time as I’ve done so many more runs and intervals/fartleks/tempo runs etc. I’ve found the variety of runs on the NRC app invaluable for those. I’ve got used to running virtual races since the first lockdown and I understand why we need to do it so I just get on with it. Having said that, I’m looking forward to the restart of ‘real’ events and mixing my weekly Parkrun fix!

It’s my first day back working (from home) today so I’m just getting used to it again. Luckily my work is fairly flexible so I can fit in my runs when I need them.

Happy running everyone!🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to David_G

Hey David! Congrats on starting your training, boo to work, although it's great to be able to fit running in when you want to. Enjoy!! xxx

I'm having to rethink my plans on the HM training - I still want to do it but will probably need to build up more slowly, partly because school being closed is going to cut into my running/walking time and also because I think I was overdoing a bit - I have been getting knee niggles and don't want them to turn into anything more serious. So I'm planning to consolidate at my current level of effort for a few weeks with a view to starting to build up again after that. I didn't have a fixed race date in mind so that gives me more flexibility, maybe by the time I'm ready real races will be a possibility!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Blackberrypie

Hope so, and good luck with your knee rehab xxxx

Happy new year! I started my HM training in November but I've had to put it on hold because my foot has started bothering me again 🤬 the weather is atrocious here as well so I'll give myself another couple of days and do a short run to test things out! No Lego for me this Christmas but I do need to finish off my tax returns so that'll keep me busy for a while! Happy running 👣

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Beatlesforever

Helloooo! Sorry to hear about your foot, hope it's OK!!?!

Yay for tax returns what jolly fun 😂

Thanks 😊 yeah my foot will be fine, I had very mild PF a couple of months back, which got better with rest and rolling plus foot and calf exercises. I just need to be more consistent and keep on top of those! 👍

Langley-Loper
Langley-LoperHalf Marathon

Happy New Year everyone.

I was highly motivated on New Year's Eve and signed up to all sorts of challenges on Strava. Then today arrived. First day back at work, continual rain, near-zero temperatures. Struggling to find my get up and go; it has got up and gone, leaving me behind. As a compromise I MUST go on the hideous indoor bike later instead, although that won't help my running challenges.

Tomorrow's forecast is "only" sleet showers so maybe I'll be back at it in my lunchbreak.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Langley-Loper

Ugh, I've been feeling like that today, and although I said it's good to take a break, I'm sort of wondering how I'll fit all my planned runs in this week without going out today. Too late now though, I'm for Yoga with Adriene and then dinner 😊😊😊

Our indoor bike is going to be set up again soon, podcasts here I come!!

Good luck for tomorrow xxx

Jonno34
Jonno3410 Miles

I have started to up my weekly kms as part of my HM. Was hoping to do Istanbul but that seems unlikely now. What would be good would be to know of decent victuals to to. You know the ones you can be there in spirit for.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Jonno34

Good suggestion, we'll have to see what we can do about pulling a list together!

Jonno34
Jonno3410 Miles in reply to roseabi

Should read "decent virtuals!!!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Jonno34

We'll probably be talking about decent victuals at some point too! 😃

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon

Happy New Year. Finding it a struggle to run in the current weather. I am still getting in three runs per week but it can feel a lot harder when it’s one degree or under. Anyone else finding this?

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to Stephen_UK

Happy New Year Stephen. I’m ok once I’m moving but it’s the first ten minutes or so that’s hard so I try and do a warm up at home before I head outside. And wearing the right layers is key. Merino wool is the best methinks.

But good for you for still getting out three times a week 🙂

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Happy New Year, IP! Hope you are well.

That’s a good idea about a pre-warm-up warm-up. I have also started wearing gloves, which helps with the first few minutes. On the down side, I then have to carry them for the second half of the run. But that’s better than feeling like my fingers are going to fall off.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Stephen_UK

I have been known to warm up my calves with a hot water bottle. I don't like gloves because I have to take them off after a few minutes same as you. I find wearing a top with long long sleeves is better - I pull the sleeves down over my hands at first, and end up with them rolled up later on 😊😊😊

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

Roseabi, that’s a good idea re: longsleeved tops. I am still wearing just a T-shirt in 0 degrees.

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to Stephen_UK

I know what you mean about the gloves. I sometimes stuff mine in a pocket which makes me look seriously lopsided 😂 but perhaps you could hide them somewhere en route and pick them up on the way back...?

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Another great idea. I might try this. Thanks.

AndrewJR75
AndrewJR7510 Miles in reply to Stephen_UK

Or attach them to strings threaded through your sleeves like a pair of mittens 😂 I think I’ll patent it!

HNY everyone. I have started following the BUPA HM plan after a brief C19 enforced break. No event planned. I’m also doing the 5k a day in Jan, alternating walks and runs.

C3PO
C3POMarathon in reply to AndrewJR75

That's what little kids do here in Norway. Market that for adults, and you're on to a winner!

dijep
dijep in reply to Stephen_UK

I have to wear gloves as I've got Raynaud's in some fingers of one hand. So when I get too hot I end up wearing one glove and tuck the other in my leggings waist band. It must look very weird 🤣

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Stephen_UK

You can put your gloves under your hat. I buy clothing with pockets as I can’t stand carrying stuff

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Stephen_UK

I find it harder too Stephen. It feels like more effort somehow, and a cold wind makes it even worse. We’re still getting out though aren’t we? 😀

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes, must be mad! But it’s worth it. Hope you are OK, CC. Stay well.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Stephen_UK

I’m fine thanks Stephen. 👍 😀 We’re definitely mad, but that’s what running’s all about it! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Stephen_UK

It’s not mad at all 🙂. Quite rational so don’t worry 😜

Jools2020
Jools2020Half Marathon in reply to Stephen_UK

I like running when it’s cold, but not when there is ice on the roads or when even the mud is frozen. The other day my mouth froze (it was minus 3) which I only realised when I tried to speak to someone! I felt fine. My ears were a bit chilly, not used to that - recent short haircut 😂 maybe I should wear a hat rather than my trusty sun visor!

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Jools2020

I thought my eyeballs were freezing the other day 🤨. I don’t mind cold weather running at all but not keen on cold AND wet 🥶

Jools2020
Jools2020Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

I’m with you there! Eyeballs freezing sounds worse than mouth freezing !

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to Stephen_UK

As someone wise told me once: “there is no poor weather, only poor layer choices” and it is true. 🙂 Having said that, cold rain is the worst! Roseabi’s long sleeve trick is something I do all the time in the Autumn here. Too cold for that now in Toronto, so I usually have 1-3 layers plus mitts - my hands get so cold. Another piece if advice I got was to keep your hands and head warm and it makes a big difference. I do that now too, especially hands which are my weak spot - no blood circulation to the hands for me 🤷‍♂️

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to Decker

All good advice. Thanks. This morning the BBC site said it “feels like” minus 3. And it did! My T-shirt definitely wasn’t enough to protect me from the icy winds. Going to try for a long-sleever. Could never run in a hat, though. Just don’t like having anything on my head.

Decker
DeckerModerator in reply to Stephen_UK

You are brave in a T-shirt in the cold! A thin running long sleeve should work well. You could probably get away with shorts and a long sleeve top if you heat up a lot.

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon

Happy New year everyone 🙂 You’ve just reminded me Roseabi that I need to do my tax return too but I’d rather be outside 🥰 in the garden.

I haven’t run since my 2020 run last Wednesday. I normally take four days off after that distance but I didn’t feel like it today so I didn’t. I’ll go for a little trot on Wednesday. I’ve booked Pilates for tomorrow and I’ve started strength training after too long a gap. What’s really interesting is that my left leg was very unsteady on single leg squats and guess which leg gave me grief on my run last week? Serves me right for letting the strength work slip 🙄

I was seriously considering taking a month off running completely just for a rest and did some research about the pros and cons. I still might do it but it depends how I feel on Wednesday. If there’s any niggle at all then I’m focusing on strength work and putting the runs on hold.....

Have a good week everyone and we just have to remember that nothing lasts forever 🙂🥰

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Irishprincess

Sounds like you're getting a good plan into action! Maybe a week or two off, and then for the rest of the month just a couple of short runs per week would work?

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

I’m going to see how the knee feels on Wednesday and then listen to what it wants to do 😀

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Good plan. The knee knows best.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

You’re smart enough to know when to rein back IP. I hope if you do, it’s out of choice - not because of a pesky injury. Keep up the strength training and I’m sure you’ll be fine. 🥰

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Sometimes, as Beachcomber66 calls it, my “inner idiot” shouts louder than my “smart runner” 🙄😂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Hi everyone! I’m in the spring HM group again, but I wasn’t planning on starting training in earnest for a little while as the Bath Half was moved to September some time ago,

But ...... into my inbox today popped an email offering a virtual version on March 14th. Nah, I thought, another solo HM? I don’t fancy another one of those. But the bling called and I found I’d all of a sudden signed up. What? 🤦‍♀️ 🙄 🏅😍

I’ll be starting my training right away!

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Ha ha - you're definitely in then, good stuff!!

Irishprincess
IrishprincessHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Woo hoo Munks! Go you. I got that email too....and couldn’t remember what I’d done from the last time! I think I delayed until September...when we’re supposed to be on holiday 🙄

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

p.s. isn't that Lego shark awesome???!!!!

Over62
Over62Half Marathon

Hi roseabi as soon as this ice melts and it’s safe to run I shall build up to the half marathon slowly...run it slowly... and take inspiration and encouragement on here to complete it. I like having a plan and a target so I will get there! 🏃🏻‍♀️

Love Lego too

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Over62

Fabulous!!!

It's great innit?!! 😄

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

I love the Lego sea-bottom scape!! Really creative. Your toes seem to be at risk from the great white though!I used to hate January tax return stuff; accountants did all the hard work but I still had to put aside proper work and dig the info out for them. Nothing quite like the peace which came when the job was done though; wine o’clock whatever the time of day!! So, running! After my NY Day 5 k come back run, I decided that I would have to get in a run of sorts today, or tonight as it turned out. Rain, hail, sudden gusts of wind...but thankfully the snow has gone. I ended up doing an hour of strengthening stuff ( mainly knee) and then ran 2.3k under the street lights. It may have been a very short run, but I felt so much better for having got out there. Snow forecast tomorrow.

I really don’t know where I am plan wise! I think that I need to get a few 10ks in and then start building from there. Running on the road is certainly easier than muddy trails, but I am a mud man at heart 🙂

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

It's lovely isn't it! I can take it apart and make a giant squid, and then take that apart and get an angler fish with its prey - hours of fun 🤩

I didn't get around to doing the tax in the end, but it's mostly finished anyway 😊😊😊

Nice running! I felt like that about some of my run-streak runs - just 2 km and I felt fabulous!!!

Glorious mud! xxx

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Oh.,,I meant to report to linda9389 on the High5 Gels I got at Christmas. I went for the raspberry flavour; it tasted ok. The only problem was the unavoidable sticky fingers. I ate it post short run, so no opportunity to test the energy boost; but I haven’t fallen asleep yet!! 🙂

C3PO
C3POMarathon in reply to Beachcomber66

I run with a water belt so, when it's not freezing, I just drip some water on my fingers after taking the gel.

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to C3PO

Great tip, thanks.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Messy!!! yuc!

Cmoi
CmoiHalf Marathon

Hello everyone, and Bonne Année !

I got a bit carried away in Christmas week, running five times including my second solo HM - actually 22.7k. So last week I thought I'd better cut back, and just ran three times, for a total of 21.6k.

And today the snow has arrived properly 🌨️🌨️🌨️ and I suspect I won't be running anywhere at all for a few days! I'm not teaching tomorrow so might put on snowboots and go for a walk with the dog 🐾🐾 instead.

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon

Love your Lego shark and crab! I’ve not seen those before! 😃

I’m running regularly but no plan on the go. I think 🤔 I’m signed up to the HM group. You never know, we could get a real live, actual race cropping up, so it makes sense to be ready 🙂🏃‍♀️

SkiMonday
SkiMondayMetric Marathon

Having built up the distance, I don't want to lose it so went out for an HM run yesterday. After taking off the time for the extra 1 k at the end, I was 10 minutes slower than my last one. There again, I'd added in an extra hill and I don't think I'm back on form after the Christmas excesses so I guess it's reasonable.

Also, I've still got 9 months to get ready for it.

Had a Lego Harry Potter Great Hall for Christmas. Not sure why, but I preferred last year's Saturn V kit.

Imc50
Imc50Half Marathon

Oh a run streak, guilty as charged (if the limbs hold up 🤞) but it'll mean missing a strava badge for a 10k 🥺 oh well ..... Today was number 5 of 5klms 🙄 January has too many days!!! But I love the lego lobster 🥰

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon

With the news today, looks less likely that running events will go ahead. I really hope we can have more virtual events through this forum. Please stay safe, everyone.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Stephen_UK

Yes, we will do some more virtual events, I think they went well last time! xxx linda9389

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

Thanks, Roseabi. I know that running can keep us all sane and strong through this.

Jools2020
Jools2020Half Marathon

I had a bit of a break over Christmas as I had an eye problem and then went away for Christmas. I had planned a couple of runs with my daughter-in-law, but she had hurt her ankle. So for a couple of weeks, I only ran once a week.

I ran 3 times last week, though, to get back on track! My plan, as ever, is not to have a plan, other than to listen to what my body is telling me. After running my first HM 3 weeks ago, I do want to run another. So I’ll do maybe a couple more 10 milers, dropping back to 10k in between them. Then, when the time is right, off I’ll go for a repeat performance!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Jools2020

Good stuff!! xxx

Windoze
WindozeHalf Marathon

First day back at work...cant sleep 🤣 planning on having a crack at HM pb within the next few weeks. Having Jeff'd out around 10 slow ones since sept 2020 think I need to see what my legs can do 😜

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Windoze

Oo best of luck!!! I look forward to your report... 😊

Decker
DeckerModerator

I love lego! Our kids used to play for hours with it. We still have a ton downstairs.

I’ve just been taking runs casual lately. There have been some really nice small group runs and a couple of longer solos over the holidays. Back to work today so back to some daily structure too. Still balancing TM indoor speed work with outdoor slower runs I can enjoy.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Decker

Lovely xxx

TailChaser
TailChaserHalf Marathon

Morning roseabi, and happy new year! Love Lego! Wish I could relax long enough to do some! Yesterday’s news really doesn’t help as youngest kitten no longer has exams and eldest kitten stuck at home when he was supposed to be going back to uni.

Meanwhile, I’m having a run streak. Just contemplating escaping the desk to go out on a short run. It’s beautiful but cold out there this morning. Streak is partly (very needed) RED January and partly just because I wanted the ‘Finish Strong’ Garmin badge last week. Also slowly making my way up the country on LEJOG6: just passing the M6 junction for Blackpool.

HM training hasn’t really started yet but it will do once RED is out the way I think. It will also herald longer days. If I can get past the 14 days I managed last time I did a streak then I’ll be very happy indeed!

Happy running all! 👏👏

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Have fun with your streak! xxx

TailChaser
TailChaserHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

Thank you 🙏🤗 Feeling a bit frustrated with my short run today: didn’t realise we’re only allowed out once and it only took me 15 minutes with WU & CD 😩

I’m happy to be part of this group! I’m a very slow runner (10K in 90 minutes) but I’m lucky to be even walking without a limp so I keep it slow to ensure I can run well into my future! This group, based so far from my home in the US, never makes me feel insecure about my pace. Obviously, I’d like to finish a Half before they close down the course and I miss the post run beer😆.

I have not begun training yet but I expect to do so tomorrow. I did my second 10K last weekend. I’m hoping to do a half by summer and I’m okay with it being virtual until we can safely run together. Good luck to all in your training endeavors!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Sortofrunning

Good luck to you too, and have fun!!! It's lovely to have you with us, welcome! xxx

Jools2020
Jools2020Half Marathon in reply to Sortofrunning

My first few 10Ks were around 90 minutes and I haven’t got that much faster! It’s fine. You just have to develop more endurance to be on your feet that much longer 😊. I like slow!

SkiMonday
SkiMondayMetric Marathon in reply to Sortofrunning

I'd say a second 10k is a good start to your training!

I'm sure you'll still be able to have your beer after your HM.

Charlies1
Charlies1Half Marathon

Happy New Year everyone.

My training is progressing well. I've just been counting out the weeks. I should be ready for my first HM around mid-March (all going well), so I'll need to get one booked.

I've been looking for a virtual HM in March & the Cambridge one appeals as it can be run anytime in March (cambridgehalfmarathon.com/v...). There is an option to enter a team - is anyone else interested?

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Charlies1

Happy New Year!

Well done for getting on with your training! Interesting idea about the Cambridge team, do keep reminding me/us about it xxx

SkiMonday
SkiMondayMetric Marathon in reply to Charlies1

Hi Charles.

I'm interested in the March virtual HM.

It looks like you get a web link when you enter. That link can then be used by others to join your group. It's a bit tricky to locate your reply on here so I suggest you start a new post and put the web link on that.

I noticed that a_in_gsr is looking for a virtual HM at the end of Feb so that could be someone else in the group. I think we might get a few more from the Spring HM group as well.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to SkiMonday

If you post about this, Charlies1, I can pin it, and reference it in our HM regular posts xxx

PurpleFish59
PurpleFish59Half Marathon

I started my training a couple of months ago as my race is (or was 😭) in February. I’m using a Garmin coach plan and I’m finding 4 runs a week hard going. Actually for the last few weeks I’ve not done the Monday runs so only done 3 per week. Yesterday I resolved to try and get back on track and made it out the door for an easy 5K. As the wonderful Adriene says, “the hardest part is showing up” and I’m pleased I did. I will get all 4 done this week (I’ve said it now, so I have to!) I feel pretty comfortable with the 10 mile distance now which is also a good sign as a difficult 10 mile run gave me a major wobble last time around 🏃🏻‍♀️😁

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to PurpleFish59

Do you find it hard physically? Or do you mean it's hard to fit it into your life? If the former, I guess you could switch the short easy run for a walk sometimes? There's no reason to beat yourself up over a training plan 😊😊😊

PurpleFish59
PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to roseabi

A little bit of both, I ran less over the last couple of weeks because we were going for lots of walks (basically the only way you could see most family and friends!) and now it is hard to motivate yourself when it’s dark before and after work!

Also I think another place I was going wrong- the Garmin plan has “optional” extra time on most of the runs for 10-20 mins. I think I was overdoing it by feeling like I had to do the extra every time. So I’ve decided not to do the extra during weekday runs to help fit it in, but to do it on the longer weekend runs when I have time 😊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to PurpleFish59

Ah, great idea! xxx

C3PO
C3POMarathon

I managed two slow runs last week, and marathon recovery seems to be fine, so I suspect I'll be back to normal soon. We had some snow right after Christmas, and the temperatures have finally dropped, so it's really pretty here now. I decided to do something different today, and drove to a lake for a run. It's a nature reserve, and it was amazing seeing the swans sleeping on the frozen lake, then flying around the lake later. The run itself wasn't completely successful, as my studs weren't able to handle the icier sections of the path, and it got a bit too slippy for me. Did I wear them out during my marathon? I ended up running on the snowier sections, and walked on the icier ones. I had a great time anyway, and figure I'll go back later this week with my other pair of studded shoes, to see if they're any better.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to C3PO

The only time I have visited Norway (somewhere near Oslo) it was December and a real winter wonderland - beautiful!!

Sounds lovely but a bit scary! Hope it goes better with the other shoes xxx

C3PO
C3POMarathon in reply to roseabi

It did, thanks! Only one swan today, though.

BrianUK
BrianUKHalf Marathon

Hi Roseabi. Love the Lego, especially the crab. 😂 As I posted earlier, I’m giving the Runners World 5k challenge a go. My brother is doing it with me. We started today with a gentle 5k and then into 6 x 20 second hill sprints. It was a gentle start tbh. Tomorrow is another easy run or rest day (haven’t decided yet) before the baseline run on Thursday. We decided to use the Preston Park Parkrun course for the 2 trial runs. Saturday is a 10k run. Not sure how fast that one needs to be so I’ll likely go by feel.

Loving the structure of this and the potential to see an improvement in speed is always a bonus. Fingers crossed🤞

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to BrianUK

It's a fab crab 😃 I'm here all week...

I was quite tempted by your 5k challenge myself, still considering it 😊😊😊

Fingers crossed! I'm sure you'll smash it xxx

BrianUK
BrianUKHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

You never know until you try. If it wasn’t for these restrictions you could join us. It’ll be fun.

I have the trial run today at 2.30 ish. I’m quite keen to see where my baseline is.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to BrianUK

Nice day for it!

I'm not sure, I don't really like running 5k much - it's good to get "out of the comfort zone" though, I spose 😂

BrianUK
BrianUKHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

It’s perfect running weather for me. 5k at full tilt is a lung and body buster for sure. 😬😅 Feels great after though. 🤩

Cantstopmenow
CantstopmenowHalf Marathon

Happy New Year. I'd like to join in the hm training please. It will help me to have a plan and a target as I'm not particularly motivated at the moment.

I haven't done any strength and flex work for ages, so I've started yoga with adriene today. I also need to work on speed and motivation. I haven't put much effort into my runs since I completed my first hm in September.

I have done my tax return and I received a 1,000 jigsaw for Christmas, which is still a work in progress. I think I'll go for Lego in future it looks more fun. Keep safe and well. Xx

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Cantstopmenow

Yay! Added you to the list xxx

We've had a jigsaw on the go too, it's a Christmas tradition! This one's taking longer than usual, it's quite difficult 😛

Have you come across the YWA Breath group in Strength & Flex? Here's this week's post: healthunlocked.com/strength...

Cantstopmenow
CantstopmenowHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

Thank you. I've seen YWA breath on Strava posts. I'll head over to strength and flex now x

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Cantstopmenow

Fab! CBDB has started a new thread here: healthunlocked.com/strength...

Cantstopmenow
CantstopmenowHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

Thank you x

Hi roseabi, I’m still intending to work towards a HM this year and would really like to do a real event. I’m hopeful for the Robin Hood HM going ahead in September in Nottingham so am going to sign up but would like to aim for a virtual event in May sometime. I’ve had a few issues with knees and calf muscles since building up my mileage so have slowed it down a bit, a few grumpy couldn’t be bothered weeks recently too as well, likely partly because of very bad weather conditions. So I’m plodding along hopefully, maximum I’ve run so far is just over 7 miles so still a way to go. Loving your Lego, still have all my son’s Lego from 30 + years ago, just waiting until the ‘bump’ arrives in June to hand it over...or shall I? 🤣🤗

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to jorgeRuns

Well done! The weather is so terrible at the moment!!

Lego is the ultimate toy isn't it!?

a_in_gsr
a_in_gsrHalf Marathon

Hello!

I'm in the second week of my self crafted base building / HM plan :) which is a total of 9 weeks. I'm really looking to build up my mileage and to increase my shorter runs. I began last week with 30km ,and I'm hoping to get to 40km by the end of the plan. I also want to practice with longer runs (over 10 miles) which I am hoping to reach soon. For my last HM I'd only done one 10 mile run beforehand! So this time I want to get comfier with these distances.

My motivation is very up and down, but I am determined to keep going! Today was a (very) rainy and very cold 7.5km... all I can say is I'm excited for when the weather gets better and Spring arrives!

Does anyone have any good HM virtual races which I can sign up to for the last week of February? That is my plan to do another HM attempt... but I'd love it if I could have some bling, too!

SkiMonday
SkiMondayMetric Marathon in reply to a_in_gsr

Hi

It seems a lot to be doing 40k for an HM, are you going for a FM?

Noticed that you're looking for a virtual HM at the end of Feb. Charlies1 mentioned one that can be run any time in March, would that suit you?

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to SkiMonday

I think we're talking weekly kilometerage here! 😊

SkiMonday
SkiMondayMetric Marathon in reply to roseabi

Ah yes! It's obvious now that you've pointed it out. Oops 🤦‍♂️

a_in_gsr
a_in_gsrHalf Marathon in reply to SkiMonday

Hi! I would definitely be down for a HM in February! I'm not aware of the one that was mentioned, but I'll look into it :)

And yes weekly kms indeed! I'm still a few kms away from running a FM 😂

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to a_in_gsr

It's great to run longer for hm training once you have one under your belt!

We will be taking a look at virtual races over the next couple of weeks xxx

a_in_gsr
a_in_gsrHalf Marathon in reply to roseabi

yes I hope it'll help not get so tired :)

On paper I'm on week 6 of my plan to get to 10 miles in February, but in reality it's more like week 4.5! The last 2 weeks have been very icy and far too scary for me to run. I got out yesterday for 5k for the first proper run in about 10 days. The forcast for the rest of the week isn't looking too good so we'll see.On the plus side I've joined the Adriene yoga posse and have been doing far more other training than before. I know that I need to do more for knees as my right knee keeps feeling a "bit odd" weirdly not when I'm actually running. So perhaps having a bit of a slow down is a good thing.

And on the plus plus side yesterday I was feeling so fed up about another lockdown but after my run and the reassurance and comments from you lovely people today I'm feeling so much better.

And you've reminded me I have a huge box of lego upstairs that hasn't been played with for 20 years 😊👍

jorgeRuns
jorgeRuns in reply to dijep

Sounds good dijep, glad you’re feeling better 🧘‍♀️ 🤗

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to dijep

Running will be there when you're ready, and yay for the Yoga Posse!!!!

Enjoy your Lego 😊😊😊

linda9389
linda9389Administrator

A belated happy new year from me too! I think I've stood on/picked up too many lego pieces to ever again find enjoyment in lego! I'll stick with my jigsaws I think - far easier on the feet 🤣 I dont mind going out to run in the cold or the wet (not that it gets too cold where I am and we don't often have ice or snow to contend with), but it's been putting me right off cycling! Have got my runs back up to 6k and am hoping I'm on a roll - just going to enjoy that thought for this week 👍😊. HM training (on the way to ultra training will have to wait a bit longer for me).

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to linda9389

Ah good point! My brother has a scar on the back of his head from falling on a Lego brick when he was little - dangerous stuff!!

Good point about running vs cycling too. But I got up this morning to a frosty scene, and the sight of people swimming in the sea 😨 I'm just not hardcore enough...

That's fabulous news about your running 😍😍😍

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to roseabi

OMG roseabi!!! I hate swimming in warm water - those people must be simply insane!!! I have no tolerance for that sort of behaviour 😱😲😀

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to linda9389

Lol!!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

Eheu!

Ah sorry only just found this! Well I haven't started HM training as nothing to focus on yet and I think it will be easier for me to go long distances when mornings are lighter. I haven't booked to run anything physical as I'm not wanting to be around people yet!! (Proper hermit forming) and I don't feel confident enough to book a virtual one yet. I am going the Agri5nations challenge so apologies while ALL my strava activity is set to run as we are including walks too!! It has been hard to get motivated to run in the dark and cold but the strava group helps and I just come on here to get inspiration!! My husband just got new trainers and they have made him super speedy.....I don't do speed but can keep going steadily, so maybe I'll work on speeding up. Husband says good idea for all areas of life 😱 😂 Happy new year to you all.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Cowladyrunning

Have a look in your email notifications settings and check that you have

'When someone I follow writes a new post' ticked 😊😊😊 Latest HUHM post is up, and it's a beauty!! healthunlocked.com/marathon...

Glad to see you're getting out there xxx

Yes I do....maybe I missed an email....I'll look back!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Cowladyrunning

Ah well that can happen! xx

Yes I did miss them....well we were TB testing a lot of cows last week so I think I missed a load of social stuff!! Will have a good read of the update later xx

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Cowladyrunning

Hope the cows were OK?? xxx

Sadly no, still 14 who (might) have it who have to go. It is a very horrible thing that our farms have to go through.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Cowladyrunning

I'm so sorry xxx

Thank you.

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