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Weekly Chat 25th-31st July🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃🏻☕️

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linda9389Administrator
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Hello everyone!

How's it going? Do tell us all about it in the comments! 😍

On Friday I was out on my bike and found myself amongst an oncoming event! I stopped to chat to the marshals at an aid station and discovered it was a 145 mile race!!! Really! On my normal running/riding route. Normal, ordinary looking runners and walkers. But 145 miles!!! I would really struggle to cover that on my bike!

It was the Kennet and Avon Canal race, from London to Bristol (one of a series of three events) canalrace.org.uk/kennet-avo...

The marshalls told me the first returners would finish in around 26 hours, the last in 45 hours. Wow! I came home and read up; from London to Bristol along rivers and canals, max 100 starters, no more than 40 minutes rest at any time, cut off time of 45 hours.

But what really struck me was just how ORDINARY these folk looked! It was real. Not an elite race in the Sahara ... but right here on my doorstep, ordinary people of all ages and sizes.

The first chap I saw had bib 008, name Michael. He wasn't young. Long white hair all over the place! I'm pleased to see he finished in 42h 35m in 28th place. Awesome run Michael!!! I loved reading about the event, watching the results come in ... 70 starters, 32 retirees, 38 finishers. The retirees all left a note as to why they had retired ... my fave? from Simon - he needed to catch up on Love Island!!! Well, you have to admire someone who got almost 24 hours into a race, had to give up and still had a sense of humour 😍. You can see more results and comments here canalrace.org.uk/results/live/

It strikes me again - runners truly are awesome !!!

I hope you're all having fun out there - when you're not catching up on Love Island that is - tell us all about it below !!! 😊😊😊

The Marathon Team xxx

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Hedgehogs123 profile image
Hedgehogs12310 Miles

Well what a weekend! So it's now 4 weeks since the dreaded covid decided to leave me alone, albeit it left me with breathing issues really affecting my running, but each week I went out and my runs and Parkruns started to get better.

Got my first 10km race in a couple of weeks, slightly nervous as my time is still slower than it was but that's my impatience, I know it will come back, but I thought after 4 weeks I'd be back to where I was! ğŸ˜ž

Ive made a decision that I'm going to enter the Boston HM next March I think it is. Scary as I've never ever ran one before, but reckon I've planty of time to train and prepare.ğŸ¤žğŸ¤žğŸ˜ƒğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to Hedgehogs123

You can do it HH, just remember, your head will hold you back more than your body will. Get your head in the right place and you’ll be at the finish line in no time 💪💪💪

Hedgehogs123 profile image
Hedgehogs12310 Miles in reply to TailChaser

Thank you so much. I forgot to add to my post that the clutch went on my car on Friday and I was down to do course check at Parkrun and to then run. So....... I thought rather than let anyone down I'd cycle there. Well, a head on wind and 1 hr 15mins later I arrive at Parkrun, quickly do the check and then with 10 mins to spare, ran Parkrun. Then cycled another 40 mins. I was exhausted but thought that was a good sign I'm getting fitter again!!🤣

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Hedgehogs123

... and I'm exhausted just reading that!!!

Hedgehogs123 profile image
Hedgehogs12310 Miles in reply to linda9389

🤣🤣😃😃

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Hedgehogs123

Is that in Lincs? Or the US? Boston, lincs has a flat marathon too, which I’ve fancied for a while now. So many races ……. 😁

Hedgehogs123 profile image
Hedgehogs12310 Miles in reply to misswobble

🤣🤣 Lincolnshire unfortunately!!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Hedgehogs123

Boston Massachusetts HM course is very hilly Hedgehogs123 . Best to go with Lincs! 😂

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

How hilly is "very hilly" though cheekychipmunks ? Without figures it's hard for me to grasp what that means. 😕

Depending which route I take the last 0.6m of my run is usually 26-32m elevation gain. That's near enough identical to "Heartbreak Hill" in the Boston FM, though of course I'm way, way slower than anyone running that.

For me very hilly means around 4% average gradient over the entire run, so you're looking at 800m+ elevation gain over a HM. Serious trail runners wouldn't even consider that particularly hilly, and it's really not out of the ordinary for events round here.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Cmoi

I don’t know the exact stats Cmoi ! I might have been thinking of the FM actually, so don’t mind me! We lived in Boston for 13 years, way before my running days, but I do remember thinking ‘jeepers, they have to run up that’ in relation to Heartbreak Hill. It’s seriously nasty! 😳

I think you’re in a whole other hilly league though. You’d eat it for breakfast!

😅

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Didn't realise you'd lived there cheekychipmunks !

I've found this online: Heartbreak Hill is a steep, half-mile trek uphill at a 3.3 percent incline. The idea of 3.3% being steep boggles my mind as that's flatter than the route départementale through the forest here, but I suppose for runners who spend all their time on flat-as-a-pancake roads it's different. I can't understand how it could possibly worry a runner who's fast enough to get into the Boston FM though, surely they must run inclines at some point during training?

Of course I can't run on the flat, I've no idea about pacing, don't like pushing myself, and get bored. 😳😱

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Hedgehogs123

Fabulous that you are beginning to see progress, even if it is a bit slower than you would like. Don't forget to factor in 'race magic' - that alone will elevate your time; those nerves can prove to be your new best friend too once you cross the start line and then there's the pom pom's (never underestimate the power of the pom poms and all your HU buddies at your back!). Do not worry!!!Boston HM sounds fab - and yes, you have loads of time to train for that 😊

Hedgehogs123 profile image
Hedgehogs12310 Miles in reply to linda9389

Thank you, yes I must admit, even at Parkrun, something definitely lights up within and my motivation increases!! 😃😃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

MissUnderstanding profile image
MissUnderstandingHalf Marathon

I am very glad to see the back of the heat! I’m working my way through the NRC HM plan but last week I just switched on to easy runs because of the heat. Back on it today.

Last night was my first 10k since the race I did in June. It was just an easy run and I ended up adding on an extra km at the end but somehow I set a new 10km pb. I guess all this slow and consistent running with a few short interval runs is doing the business. It’s so encouraging to see some improvement.

I’ve got a 10km race at the end of August and I’m hoping to dip under the hour if conditions are right on the day. Then there’s the actual HM in October. It’s unbelievable to think back to December 29th just gone and remember that was c25k week 1 run 1!

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to MissUnderstanding

Enjoy the process of gradually increasing distance. Don’t go crazy speed wise as your leg building will still be a work in progress. You don’t want any injury setbacks

An October half is a temptation. The weather can be mixed though. I’ve had horrible weather in October for a HM 🥶. It’s a game innit 😁

I’m doing an NRC marathon plan. They’re really good. I adore Coach Bennett. Some fab guided runs to keep us entertained 🙂

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

I agree with the vote for NRC guided runs. Until discovering those I was rubbish at speedwork. I may not be great now, but at least I regularly give speed intervals a go - the variety and inspiration makes all the difference in the world to my motivation.

Hedgehogs123 profile image
Hedgehogs12310 Miles in reply to linda9389

Absolutely love NRC, especially Coach Bennett. And I've discovered Daniel the engineer is actually real, he answered my tweet to him!! 🤣🤣

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Hedgehogs123

Wow!!! 😍

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Hedgehogs123

He reminds me of Radar O’Riley in M.A.S.H 😁

Hedgehogs123 profile image
Hedgehogs12310 Miles in reply to misswobble

🤣🤣🤣

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to MissUnderstanding

Oh yes, it's great seeing tangible progress isn't it. You have come a huge way in such a short time - you're definitely an awesome runner 😊That sort of flexibility and adaptability is exactly what will get you to your October HM finish line!!!

Me_time profile image
Me_timeHalf Marathon

Wow, that distance is unimaginable! Shows how ordinary humans can turn into super humans at times.

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Me_time

... yet at work this morning I found myself thinking ... I wonder ....? 🤔🙈 No.! Just no!!!

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to linda9389

Ha! The seed is planted. You know what happens next…💪

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Irishprincess

Not a chance IP ... unless you want to do it with me of course? 😍

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to linda9389

Let me think………🤔

NO!

nowster profile image
nowsterMetric Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

I actually fancy doing ultramarathons, but I've a long way to go yet (pun intended) as my max distance so far is 26.2 km.

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to nowster

😀 after that, all you need is grim determination ...

Week7 profile image
Week7Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Are you sure? ...maybe....?

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Week7

I'm sure! No! You perhaps? 😍

Week7 profile image
Week7Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Not even a maybe-longest run to date 23.28 km and that was last September(-it was meant to be a half marathon but they had issues setting the course ) currently I'm only doing 10-13 km runs nursing a slightly stiff knee and plucking up courage to visit a physio. Will leave the ultra stuff to the experts...for now

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Week7

That's where the ultras belong I reckon. Sorry to hear of the knee issues .. but listen to that 'only' 10-13kms ... don't be so hard on yourself.A physio visit will be the fastest way to healing I'm sure. Whatever you decide, I hope it resolves fast ğŸ¤ž

Week7 profile image
Week7Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thanks , pretty sure it's nothing major.Just need pointing in the right direction exercisewise!Happy running!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Wow, 145 miles? 😱 I know where I’d finish! The road sweepers would be long gone home, all catching up on Love Island!

Today is a faff day. First day back from holiday, laundry in, short yoga practice done (would have been longer if my watch wasn’t at 2% - and like with running and walking, we all know that activities never happened without Garmin!) Dog walk to follow. 🐕

I’ll be cracking on with the NRC HM Plan from tomorrow, capping at 10 miles, in readiness for the GSR. 🏃‍♀️

I was happy with my 4 holiday runs totalling 24.5k. I did nearly 140,000 steps last week with our runs and walks. I received my 18 miles to go postcard from Route 66, so some time this week I’ll be there! ğŸŽ‰ 2,278 miles done, medal on the way. 😍 Then I won’t need to track all my runs and dog walks any more will I? 🤥😅 (Wondering which End to End challenge to sign up for next!)

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Wow cheeky, there’s me with my 128,000 steps. See, you could do marathon training!!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to TailChaser

Funnily enough I lingered over the NRC Marathon training plan when setting up my HM one TC ….. only for a moment you understand! 😅

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Next year…😉

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to TailChaser

😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

🤣🤣🤣

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Eek….you have made the GSR seem a lot closer CC. Must get a 12k in this week!!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

I know Beachcomber66 , I had the same thought when the 14 week plan started me at 11 weeks to go. 😳

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

I did a 12k on holiday, so I should be ok for it. I just don’t want to have prepare under pressure again. I will see how my legs feel on Thursday. I will be running solo so can choose my route and distance, so maybe I will make it a slow long run day, avoid hills, and see how far I get.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Sounds like my kind of run BC. Enjoy. 😀

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Diesel power required 🙂

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

👊

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

I've not watched Love Island, but I think I might have become a convert long before it went dark (they set off at 6am!)!!!That was one active holiday CC, how lovely to get almost 25 tourism kilometres under your belt.

I'm sure it's hard to end a challenge after such a long time and not feel a big loss in sense of purpose - still, GSR is a great focus to have. Happy training!!! 😊

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thanks Linda 😀 I saw a few episodes of Love Island a few series ago, and couldn’t really get what all the fuss was about. Maybe being a 50 something mum of 3 had something to do with that! I hear it’s become pretty dark, so I won’t be going back for more. 😳

Yes it was a fab holiday and I’m happy with my miles. They helped offset the mountains of food I consumed!

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Goodness! Love Island doesn't have a dark ring to it ... the mind boggles!

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon

Hi linda9389 & other running superheroes,

I love that mug! I also love reading about ultra runners as it helps me keep pushing forward with my running. No ultras 🤣or even maybe any running for me this week after the big stack last week🤕

I managed to hobble to the trail shop & bought some shoes from a local brand. I love that they’re trying to make a more eco running shoe & apparently they should last 1000km which is double what I would do in my Altra’s. Some ultra runners in Australia have been wearing them & report good things but there’s not much online yet.

Happy week everyone ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

Tarkine Goshawk 🐯
TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to RunWillie

Mmmm, they remind me of my Hyperion Tempos but with more padding. Nice 😍

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to TailChaser

They’re made for your family with the tiger branding 🤣

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to RunWillie

😻

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to RunWillie

When I read about those ultras I always think of elite athletes, trained to the hilt, quite out of reach but these were such very, very ordinary looking folk - a total cross section - and it seemed incredibly real and, dare I say it, possible!!!Hope you are slowly healing and feeling much better after your tumble, you have heartfelt sympathies from me! Bet you're impatient to give those lovely noo shoos a spin; hopefully it won't be too long 😊

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thanks linda9389 You can do it 😍

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to RunWillie

😂😂😂 I think not 🙈😍

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

You have already done a marathon so you can just run on next time. That’s what my 12 year son told me he is going to do when he runs his first marathon 😂

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to RunWillie

He is awesome!!!

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to RunWillie

Yep, 26.3 miles is an ultra 😀

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon

Wow Linda! 145 miles?! I was proud of my 3 hours yesterday and my legs are trying to kill me today 😅 Can’t imagine 26 or 45 hours!! Your comments remind me of listening to the Running Commentary podcast about Race to the Stones, they said a similar thing about the women looking ordinary, particularly the older ones. Because they picked out the women, it was a bit sexist, a bit patronising but I’m trying to convince myself they meant well as normally I really enjoy their natter.

My head is currently all over the place. The long runs are ramping up, I’m constantly tired and my mum is starting chemo today. I’m loving the runs but they’re leaving me in bits, mentally and physically, afterwards - I wish I had the ability and strength to keep running as psychologically I could really do with a 145 mile run!!

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to TailChaser

You’re doing amazingly well TailChaser with all your training. You can do it 😍

Hope your mum’s chemo goes ok. Sending hugs x

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to RunWillie

Thanks RW, everything is a bit raw at the moment. 🤗🤗🤗

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to TailChaser

Sorry to hear that TailChaser You’ve got the running part. Just keep remembering we’re all cheering for you very loudly. x

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to RunWillie

Thanks RW, it really does mean loads x

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to TailChaser

Oh goodness, what a lot you have on your plate and in your head right now TC. Do remember to give yourself some TLC too - it really is very important, if only to help you help everyone else! You're doing a fantastic job with your training, try to take it as easily as you can so it helps heal xxx

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thank you Linda 🤗🤗, We’re trying to have a holiday at the moment but it’s not going too well so far! I have a knack of timing holidays or fun things with family crises!! Mum was supposed to start last week but she, understandably, delayed it to this week… I’m hoping things will ease now she’s started but we’ll see. I’m going to go back to plan tomorrow. I was going to catch up on the tough run that was delayed from last Tuesday but I’m going to do a nice, gentle 5k as per my recovery week on the plan. The other run will just have to be missed xxx

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to TailChaser

Adaptability and self care, you've got this TC xxx

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to TailChaser

Thinking of you TC xxx

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks IP 🤗🤗🤗

Hedgehogs123 profile image
Hedgehogs12310 Miles in reply to TailChaser

aww bless you, no wonder and you are so good to many others on here. You take care too, thats ultra important, good for your body heart and soul. Hope your mum's treatment goes as well as it possibly can.ğŸ¤ž Virtual bunch of flowers for you both. 💐

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to Hedgehogs123

Thank you HH 🤗🤗🙏💐, finally starting to relax! Mum seems ok, so fingers crossed ğŸ¤žxx

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to TailChaser

Hugs for you and your mum TailChaser ❤️

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks cheeky 🤗😍

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMarathon in reply to TailChaser

Sending hugs, strength, and also virtual "permission to let myself feel crap because frankly I have good reason" vouchers to you and your Mum TailChaser . xx

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Cmoi

Love this 🥰

TailChaser profile image
TailChaserMetric Marathon in reply to Cmoi

😅 Thanks Cmoi, vouchers well and truly accepted 😍xx

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMarathon in reply to TailChaser

They're the rechargeable, lifetime validity ones btw. Running can be really good for recharging them, though occasionally it sends them a bit haywire. 😳🏃‍♀️🤗

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon

Loved your post Linda! I can imagine you hurrying home to read up about what was unfolding. You could have been in it had you known! Maybe next year! 😀👍

I was on our canal yesterday, peering into an empty lock. You never see them empty do you, so it was a good chance to see what’s in the bottom. Very interesting for canal anoraks 🤣. It’s been emptied and sealed temporarily on orders from TPTB to save water. They’ve made a step for the ducks 😁

Good walk for me yesterday which I enjoyed immensely. It was really humid though

Running in a mo, just supping coffee before setting off. Not sure what’s on the plan. 🤔

At the hospital tomorrow to see the physio with my knee. It’s fine now so I expect that wraps things up 🤗🏃‍♀️

Have a great week folks ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™‚ï¸â˜•ï¸ğŸ°ğŸ›€ğŸŽ¶ğŸŽµğŸ˜ŽğŸŒğŸ’¦â˜”ï¸

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

ğŸ¤žfor tomorrow.

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Thank you 🙂👍. I’m feeling optimistic

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to misswobble

Honourably discharged 💪😀🏃‍♀️

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

Yay!

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to linda9389

The young physio was emphatic about keeping moving. She had me doing balance tests and urged me to keep using my balance cushion but upping the ante by moving my head from side to side whilst trying to maintain balance, and then still further by closing my eyes. Should be fun 🙂.

There was no hint of caution 😁

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

Eek! I'm falling over just thinking about that!!!

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to linda9389

I’ve not tried it yet but keen too. I’ve got the dawg today 🐕🙂

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to misswobble

That was my first thought MissW - hey, what have I missed?!!! I did feel a bit of a stalker checking online, but have cycled by people telling them how AWESOME they were I felt a connection to their welfare, and frankly I was quite concerned about Michael 😍😍😍. There was no mention of cake though and I didn't spot any at the aid station ...We had a long walk along the canal yesterday - sooooo many ducks ... but these two in the photo were my favourite, just floating slowly down the canal while the baby kept up a constant 'cheep cheep'.

Great news that your knee is better. Enjoy the run!!!

Gently floating down the canal 'cheep cheep' 💕
misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to linda9389

Aw bless. Love the wildlife 😍

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to misswobble

A step for the ducks! How cute 😍

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Very polite and considerate 😁🦆🦆🦆🦆

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Hi Linda. Meanwhile back on the planet earth…….seriously, how do they manage these huge distances? Chapeau !! ….Cmoi and Frenc are having an impact!

I managed to build in a bit of variation this week. A 5k, followed by a 10k on Saturday and an 8k today, but today involved hills for the first time in ages; 165m total ascent, which is a lot for me. I was sensible and walked the steepest parts, so a bit of a run walk really, but it was a lovely scenic route with a nice down hill stretch to finish. I probably did 10k overall because I jogged back home from the cafe…but that bit it is not on Garmin so it doesn’t exist. Average heart rate of 138 was good in the circumstances. Now, fingers crossed that that the change of terrain hasn’t flushed out any weaknesses. No breathing/ spasm issues; I think postponing my zero intake to post run may have done the trick. So what should Thursday be? Long or short…..I will consult my legs on Thursday morning!

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

What fabulous progress BC! 165m over 8k sounds like a LOT of elevation, if you can't feel that in your legs I reckon you must be superman!!! A cool 138 HR sounds super too. GSR is not going to present a problem for you. Definitely earning those cafe stops 😍

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

I am just struggling to manage a 10% limit on week on week increases…..maybe at this pace, and given all the longer distances I have run, it doesn’t matter so much. 🤷‍♂️

linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

You're taking 10% of your total weekly distance and adding it to your long run? If it's working OK I'm sure you can increase by slightly more ... just do so gradually and keep checking in 😊

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

I think the fact that I am not pushing it; keeping around 7min/k, is helping. Lunch then walk next!

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FrencHalf Marathon

Oh don’t we just need more Simons and Michaels in this world! I would need to catch up on more episodes of Abandoned Engineering though 🤣. Just love that program. Anyway, how is it going? Well, it’s sort of going, the heat totally had me wiped out, as I’m sure it did most folk here, so have only really been pottering with the running. But I feel newly energised with the fresher weather, and hope to kick myself up the bottom this week and get back on track! I’m even picking up my heavy kettlebell and doing some deadlifts again as this seems to help.

During my run yesterday I had quite good fun imagining what people’s personalities are like on here - we are a mixed and wonderful bag! Ordinary but pretty amazing, like the runners you saw on their crazy 145 mile run! Now that’s dedication 😊😊😊. All the best!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Frenc

Abandoned Engineering ... off to Google that ... 😍That heat threw a curveball at us all I think, didn't it? I even got rained on today at work, that was REALLY nice!!!

I am in awe of your kettlebell deadlifts, you deserve some serious kudos for dedication like that!!!

I hadn't thought of it, but yes we are a mixed and wonderful bag ... and we are of course ALL awesome runners 😍

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IrishprincessAdministrator

You know you want to Linda……🙂

The Running Channel recently featured a 24 hour run hour by hour. It was very interesting. The planning is military-style and the runners can stop off to eat, nap and rest. I quite like the idea of the eating and napping but I just can’t imagine running for that length of time!

Mind you, before I started C25K I couldn’t imagine me running for 30 minutes 🙂

Although I’m pleased to say that last week saw me running a bit more than 30 minutes and I’m now up to 7K in the build-up. No post-run aches or niggles and everything feels tickety-boo although the final hill felt harder than usual. I don't know whether that’s because of the humidity or COVID after effects or a mixture but in any event it got done. So I’ll go for a slow 10K this weekend ğŸ¤ž I always think once I hit 10K I’m well on my way to HM again 🤗

PS I’ve never watched Love Island because I would probably shout at the TV a lot and that wouldn’t do my sense of calm any good whatsoever 😌🧘‍♀️

Have a good week everyone x

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Irishprincess

I'd like to find the strava activity for one or more of the entrants - see how often they rested, what pace they had to achieve while they were on the go. It's way out of my reach ... but I would love to understand how they approached it.So good to hear you are back on the road to recovery after everything that has been thrown at you recently. HM here you come!!! Stay calm and run on ... 😊

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IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to linda9389

See, you're curious. Always the first step. Just saying. 🙂

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🙈🙈🙈

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Irishprincess

Hello Irishprincess,'No post-run aches or niggles and everything feels tickety-boo' Oh what a lovely thing to be able to say. So pleased for you and I that I can say that one day. I replied to Linda and mentioned you as I think you asked me for an update and I can't quite remember when that was or even whether I replied. Sorry.

Happy injury free running to you. 🏃‍♀️😊

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IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to over61andstilltrying

Hello 🙂 off to read your update now….

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aliboo70Half Marathon

Wow 145 Mile's thats a crazy distance!! 💪Big respect to those ultra runners! I was marshalling at my clubs 10 mile race yesterday, much nicer than running it! 🤣 lots of familar faces,really enjoy supporting .amongst them were C3PO and her eldest son both running. She's done the race a few times before but her son was doing his 1st go at that distance,she tells me it was a big leap for him, and he was excellent! Well they both were! 😊

It's such a Hilly route too ,so we'll done to them both!

My running not been up to much lately but hoping to get out a few times this week and have a local 5mile trail race next Sunday 😊xxx

Have a good week everyone!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to aliboo70

How lovely to see C3PO again 😊 Here's to a fuller running week for you and good luck for Sunday too 😊

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aliboo70Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

It was! I think she's going to the Bembridge race too with her daughter this time!evententry.co.uk/bembridge-...

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DeckerAdministrator

I recall in my last race we still had the 100 miler folks out with us as we started and I was also struck with how average many of them looked. Only the grim determination on their faces gave them away.

The heat has been steadily growing here too until a huge thunderstorm broke it yesterday. I had to cut my Saturday run short by a few k as I ran short of water in the heat. The only problem with a September race is your longest training runs are in the heat of late August :) So I’ve been researching hot weather acclimatization. But for the moment it has cooled. Happy running everyone!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Decker

You'd need grim determination, that's for sure 😍Isn't it lovely when that heat breaks? It may be making us train harder but it's no fun!!! On long runs especially it's phenomenally tiring - just think how strong you'll be by September though 😊

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DeckerAdministrator in reply to linda9389

Yes I am just getting ready to head out to a cooler 16 degree run now. Nice change from the heat!

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CmoiMarathon

Morning linda9389 and VRBs!

I'd typed a longer reply but as the forum just ate it I'll just say three things:

1. I'd rather run that event than watch Love Island.

2. I managed an hour, 7.6k, 212m elevation gain on roads and tracks and round fields this morning. Longest and furthest run in a month. Garmin promptly increased my age and dropped my V02 Max again to give me my worst scores ever. Thoroughly demotivating, hate it. Going to stop looking at them.

3. Safe, happy running to all.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Cmoi

Ugh, don't you just hate that! happened to me yesterday too 😡I'm with you on all three of the above points! Great to hear you're back out and building up, but Garmin can be a proper pain in the proverbial - you have my sympathy there 😊

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Cmoi

VO2 Max is easy; it is rubbish/ meaningless when it goes down, and a highly sensitive proper measure of improvement when it goes up. Simple 🙂

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Hear! Hear!

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GoGo_JoJoUltramarathon in reply to Cmoi

I'm with you on no 1!! 👍🏻🤣

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles

Hello Linda,Wow and more wows 26-45hours running! I am shaking my head in amazement!

Well, sadly my running news/body news isn't good. Bad knee injury August 2020, slow recovery and up to new distance PB of 10 miles last November and a new 10k PB on January the first this year, before breakfast even. What a good way to start the new year. It felt so good! I had hoped to slowly increase my distance to HM by October this year as a 66th birthday gift, but in May my knee problems flared up. I had 2 months off running and have seen a physio twice since then. The appointment was initially made about my left Achilles tendon, but before I saw the physio the knee problem had flared up so that, of course, dominated our time. I think you mentioned Linda about your meniscus being repaired when we chatted before. Of all my knee issues, the 2/3 torn through medial meniscus is probably the one that has caused the flare up. I seem now to have 5 areas of concern in my body, boo! And more boos! Today I reached c25k w5r3, but my left hamstring, I assume that's what it is, is hurting too much, so I shall stop running for at least a week. I had my right hamstring go 'ping' a long while back while running along at easy conversational pace. This hamstring trouble didn't start with a ping. It mostly hurts when running even at a really slow pace.

I do hope that my body isn't trying to say that my running days are over. I so appreciate the stamina that running has given me and my healthy VO2max as well as the pleasure of my body working well and sightseeing that the longer distances generate.

Oh dear! I am feeling rather disappointed. Plenty of gardening to do within the limits of what my body tells me.

Happy injury free running to you and thank you for hosting.

I'll just say hello to Irishprincess as I think she asked for an update

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linda9389Administrator in reply to over61andstilltrying

Oh what a nightmare. I'm so sorry to hear of your ongoing troubles. In my experience, if I have an issue or a niggle then others start to pop up; one heals and at the same time something new fails ... I think it is some sort of chain of compensation injuries; my body not being quite in sync, other things flare up. It is very depressing but in the end I usually come out the other side and manage a short period of injury free running. Try to hang on in there and just keep listening to your body, don't give up 🥰

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to linda9389

Aw ... thank you. I hope that you short periods of injury free running grow longer and longer. I am wondering how long your injury free periods have been. With the various events that you have entered, I assumed you had quite a lot of happy, injury free running.

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IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to over61andstilltrying

I’ve come to the conclusion that those of us who get injured regularly are clearly using our bodies well as they were intended and maybe just pushing our limits a tad. I’m still learning what my limits are 🙄 but you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Boo to your latest running concern ☹️ I do hope a week’s rest will work some magic for you.

Enjoy any gardening you do 💐💐

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Irishprincess

Thank you Irishprincess, Having had 13 months more or less pain free running since completing c25k after my fall, I had felt that I had got through my knee troubles even though the physios had told me things like that my knee would never be as it was before my fall and then it would never be a normal knee. Without realising it, I obviously pushed things too far, although always adjusted if I realised. Some HIIT, different intervals with the Nike Running Club and some weights. But really so little. I am very definitely also learning what my limits are. What sort of intervals do you do?In the garden I have found the weather we have had has made it rather too easy to dig things up! Now wondering whether I have removed too much Alchemilla Mollis, also I have removed even more of my montbretia, especially from the areas where the leaves suffered in the hot weather.

I have a further 68 Antirrhinum plants to find homes for! Two different varieties, taller and shorter. They are the reason I have been endeavouring to clear some spaces. I had originally grown them hoping that they would live as perennials, but they haven't. Must try harder at not sowing so many seeds and remember my 'less is more' mantra in the garden. I already had one packet of seeds, a friend gave me the second packet. Some of my plants are pot bound and have been for a fortnight. Wonder whether today is the day to plant them all. I do hope so.

Happy injury free running and gardening to you. 🏃‍♀️💐😊

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IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to over61andstilltrying

I love snapdragons! Luckily many of mine last through the winter and so they pop up in all sorts of different places around the garden, usually in gravel! I have a wonderful display in a tub. I’ll take a photo and post it to you later….

Most intervals I do are usually as per a training plan so they vary and for non-training they are more Fartleks than intervals. I just run fast for a while and then slow down and repeat 🥵 great fun!

Enjoy the garden. I have loads to do but because my mum has been staying with us I’d rather spend time with her 😍

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Irishprincess

Effort higher than 7/10 may be fun to do, but my body clearly doesn't want me to and injury problems result.Enjoy your Mum!😊

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IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to over61andstilltrying

My snapdragons (second flowering this year already 🙂)

Snapdragons in tub
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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Irishprincess

Wow! Beautiful! Did you grow them from seed?

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IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to over61andstilltrying

Some of them…. 🙂

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Irishprincess

I keep telling myself that 'less is more' is my garden mantra, so probably I shouldn't be sowing seeds, or at least not too many. Pleased to say all 68 or there abouts, Snap Dragons have been planted. I removed a lot of Alchemilla Mollis and Montbretia to make room for them. Now for the fun of watching them develop. I hope they produce a riot of colour. 😊🌸🌼😊

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Hedgehogs12310 Miles in reply to Irishprincess

Oh wow, they're so pretty

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IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Hedgehogs123

The bees love them!

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GoGo_JoJoUltramarathon in reply to over61andstilltrying

Fingers crossed for your niggles/issues ğŸ¤žğŸ»ğŸ’–

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thank you and happy injury free running to you. 😊🏃🏻‍♀️

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GoGo_JoJoUltramarathon

Yes, someone I follow on strava, came 3rd in 27hrs. 🤣 I know I like a bit of distance but that's still in crazy territory. My sister in law did a backyard ultra and achieved over 8 loops before deciding she'd had enough at 45 miles (5k ft elevation), her run mate carried on for 13, over 53 miles. The longer distances definitely attract a different breed. Just check out the Vol State 500k Road race which just took place for really crazy folk!! vacationwithoutacar.com/

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linda9389Administrator in reply to GoGo_JoJo

It really is crazy stuff isn't it? The laps would definitely screw me. The thing is, these people did not look like a different breed 🤣 but they do say looks can be deceptive ... 😍

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CmoiMarathon in reply to GoGo_JoJo

I just couldn't do any distance by laps. Of course right now I can't even run 10k, so it's purely theoretical!

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GoGo_JoJoUltramarathon in reply to Cmoi

I used to be very anti-lap but I think it depends on the lap/terrain. I quite like the backyard idea of setting off every hour. An interesting lap would be so much better than a dull linear distance too...

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CmoiMarathon in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Hmm, yes, I might prefer an interesting lap to a dull linear distance. However I'm really bad with repetition and unless I was getting faster every lap - no chance - I'd find it really demotivating. I need to feel I'm getting somewhere!

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CowladyrunningHalf Marathon

That's quite a race you bumped in to but I love your description of it and all you found out! I did the same when I saw "caution runners" signs on the lanes here and thought "What? A race I don't know about - on my doorstep?" Turns out though it is an invitees only race from running clubs ..... booo (Rack raid 100 mile relay run). Running wise I am lacking oomph to get out the door. I signed up to a 10k in September and a half in October and that seemed to put pay to my enthusiasm even though I know I should be well on the way through my plan now!! I have gone back to NRC guided runs for motivation and am enjoying Coach Bennett again! Note to self.... visit health unlocked forum regularly again for motivation too! It always helps!!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Cowladyrunning

You can relyon us to hold you accountable too! Events really do help motivation, but it sounds like you're really testing the boundaries!!! Get out there with CB anď come back with a smile and a big tick 😀

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ComfortnotspeedMetric Marathon

Sorry Linda. Please, a little mini post hijack. None of my replies on the app will post. Experimenting…

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ComfortnotspeedMetric Marathon in reply to Comfortnotspeed

And…. Phew working again!

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ComfortnotspeedMetric Marathon in reply to Comfortnotspeed

Thought I’d been banned for Shakin me Pom poms 😂

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Comfortnotspeed

How strange? I don't believe the HU app is supported any more though, so glitches may become more common

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CmoiMarathon in reply to Comfortnotspeed

Comfortnotspeed , HeavyFoot was saying over on Bridge to 10k that the app's not working any more.

The iOS app hasn't been supported for months - nowster posted the link to Roseabi's original explanation: healthunlocked.com/bridgeto...

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Cmoi

Yes. Although unsupported, many people have been continuing to use it as they prefer it ...

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CmoiMarathon in reply to linda9389

I don't own any Apple stuff except for an ipod that must be 15 years old! My phone's predictive text mixes French and English so is much slower than typing on computer.

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Dexy510 Miles

It’s been great visiting this forum, and catching up with all the banter. I haven’t been on here for ages because I’m not doing anything more than 10 km at the mo. I even volunteered to help at the Great South Run to stop me getting drawn in again by my class of 18 (you know who you are). There’s no doubt I’ll do it again sometime , as I am sure to regret it on the day, and it is literally on my doorstep. But I certainly would not be ready physically if I changed my mind now. I haven’t a clue what I will be doing, I hope it will be en route to cheer people on, not in the baggage tent. 😩

Good luck with all your training, and the long races coming up . You are all awesome. And no, I’ve never watched Love Island.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Dexy5

Hi!!! Good to see you here again. You don't have to run long distances to banter here 😍Volunteering was a clever call, hope you get a role you fancy ğŸ¤ž. Volunteering at a big event is full of great atmosphere and it's really interesting and humbling to watch from the other side f the line. Hopefully you will have a fab day supporting and cheering all the HU VRBs that are running it - it will certainly put your observational skills to the test 😊

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Dexy510 Miles in reply to linda9389

I might get to wear some nice GSR kit too. We shall see. …..

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