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WEEKLY CHAT 8-14 AUGUST 💬💬☕️🫖

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IrishprincessAdministrator
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Hello runners 🙂

The beginning of a new week already and it’s time to pull up a chair and grab your preferred cuppa and share how your running is going.

What sort of week have you had? Any news? What plans have you got for the coming week? We love to hear what everyone is up to.

I’m still plodding away and yesterday I headed to the arboretum for my long run searching for the coolness of the trees. It doesn’t open until 9am and so it was a tad hot even then 🥵but I took a little respite under the shade of this huge tree and made a mental note to get out a lot earlier for the coming week’s runs.

For those of you in the heat I hope you’re managing ok and you’re still able to run. But as with everything else in life, we know it’s temporary and so all we can do is to make hay while the sun shines 🌞😎😂

Have a great week everyone.

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Frenc profile image
FrencHalf Marathon

That must be lovely running there IP. We have a local arboretum but it’s not really suitable for running in - I don’t think you’d be allowed either to be honest! But it is very beautiful. Anyway, I managed three runs last week which is great, 2 short and one longer. This coming week, same as you, will need to get up early! It’s going to be in the 30s for a lot of it, so needs must. But yes, it’s temporary. Not going to beat myself up though if I don’t manage it all! I’m not working today so just had a delicious lie in, didn’t get up until 8:30 which is unheard of for me, but figured I needed it. Have a smashing day! 😁😊🌸⭐️

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Frenc

Have a good chill out day Frenc; we have to be sensible in the heat. 😎

Frenc profile image
FrencHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Yes we do indeed! 😊

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Frenc

A lady once stopped and asked me if you were allowed to run in the arboretum?!! 🤔 I thought it was such a strange question because there were lots of walkers…..

Enjoy your day off Frenc 🙂

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Strange question 😁

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to misswobble

Yes I thought so 🤔

Frenc profile image
FrencHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Thank you! 😊

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon

I’m back running. My new Garmin arrived last week. I have new long run shoes (see photo) and I’ve re-started my Hanson just finish HM plan at week 7. I’ve also started looking at local Marathon options for 2023. I’m blaming TailChaser & Cmoi for making me think it might just be possible.

Happy week everyone ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

Topo Ultrafly 3 😍
Cmoi profile image
CmoiMarathon in reply to RunWillie

Fantastic that you're back out running RunWillie , and great-looking shoes too!

Of course a marathon is within your capabilities. You've been doing high mileage anyway, the challenge would be to organise the right mix of runs, especially long ones, alongside everything else you've got on your plate, notably your family. 👍😀

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to Cmoi

Thank you! It will certainly be a juggle Cmoi but I’m keen to see if I can do it 😍

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to RunWillie

Great to hear that you are back to running RW. I guess it will be cooling off a little down there by now. Enjoy your comeback.🙂

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks Beachcomber66 It is freezing and we’ve been battered by storm after storm. I’m ready for some heat now 😎

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to RunWillie

😂 easier to heat yourself up than to cool yourself down RW…or is it just that we poms are not used to handling high temperatures?

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

I’m a pom by birth but there’s no way that I could handle an English Winter now 🤣

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to RunWillie

We have ice in our veins up here in the chilly North East of England. All those Viking invaders toughened up the local population!

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Beachcomber66

My cousin lives on the shores of Loch Long where the Vikings came ashore with their longboats in 16 something or other and carried them to Loch Lomond. They kept warm with all the exercise. I expect they noticed the locals wore plaid, as they do to this day of course 🙂.

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to RunWillie

Whoop! That’s brilliant news 😍 and what fab shoes RW! I hope you have many miles of joyful, injury-free running together.

Marathon here you come….🏃‍♀️

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks Irishprincess 😍

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to RunWillie

You’re the prime candidate for running a marathon RunWillie ! Go for it! 👊👊

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks cheekychipmunks 😍

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to RunWillie

Oh gorgeous! 🥰🥰🥰. You must surely run to Superfly in these 😁🎵🎶. Super funky Curtis Mayfield. you’ve set me off now 😀🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

RunWillie profile image
RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

Thanks misswobble 😍

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Good morning all! Our thermometer says 22 degrees, which is warmish for me. Molly is sunbathing in the garden rather than curled up on the kitchen stone tiles, so it can’t be too hot. Oh wait…spoke to soon…she has just trotted in to curl up in her cool spot by my feet. Clever girl. 8k this morning, and it was a bit tough, no doubt because it was only two days after our 202m total ascent on Saturday. That run was definitely still “in our legs”, but we plodded resolutely over our chosen course. I noticed my right knee brushing the inside of my left over the last K or so; time for some squats with band or that will cause a strain somewhere. We have agreed to switch our savage hill run to Mondays so that there is an extra day’s gap between it and our Thursday run. Oh, I wore the forbidden short shorts today; I think I got away with it !

Next issue is to deal with my little egret look…..brownish legs with bright white feet through constantly wearing running trainers. I will be in trouble for that next 😂 Happy running every one.

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Presumably you were able to sneak away before Mrs BC saw you in the short shorts BC?In this weather I think they are the only thing worth wearing. Anyway, have you seen how short the elites’ shorts are in the Commonwealth Games? 😳

Good for you for getting an 8K done this morning 👍 especially after your mammoth hilly run. You’re on a roll 💪

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Nope; I was quite brazen about it! The opposition has ….dissipated 🙂37 k so far in August. All at a steady 7:00m/k; I can work on pace when I get a bit stronger, but I really think that trying to run too quickly has been my main problem. Now my target is to keep VO2 max at 40 for a while.

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

A man with a plan 🙂

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Another cunning plan….I hope that this one works!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

You do conjure up an image BC! 😂 Hey it’s hot though. Mrs BC will understand; she wouldn’t want you keeling over from overheating would she? People are wearing (or not wearing 😳) all sorts round here 😀

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

She is trying to save me from myself I think Cheeky! All done with a laugh.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

😂😂

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMarathon

Hi Irishprincess , super photo of a nicely majestic tree! Though my instinctive reaction was to want to climb it, which I know is inappropriate for all sorts of reasons.

My running is still a struggle. Ran 6k last Tuesday morning, then did over four hours of Renaissance dance and choir rehearsals that evening. Result - on Wednesday I was limping again. As we had a paid performance on Friday evening I scrapped any ideas of running or even going for a walk until after then, and removed myself from two of our six dances so I could get through the one for which I was really needed.

Walked 4.6k on Saturday and ran 4k this morning, super-slow despite relative cool (22°). Garmin refused to find GPS so cut off the first part of the run, then started flipping between 7:40 and 6:10 pace from stride to stride. Grr.

However, one positive thing: following the Tour de France I went all fangirly and followed Romain Bardet on Strava. And he's been posting the most beautiful photos from recent rides in the Cantal and Puy-de-Dôme 😀

Happy running, everyone!

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Cmoi

Oh dear Cmoi, sorry to read that you're still having problems. Mind you, four hours of dancing is surely fairly energetic and it all adds up on your feet and legs.

It’s so frustrating when technology doesn’t work. Like you my Garmin has, on a few occasions, failed to start. It’s then a dilemma on whether to run without or wait a bit more …… who knew running could be this complicated 😂

Anyway, take care and sending you a speedy full recovery.

Those photos must be absolutely stunning. Enjoy 😍

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Ah thanks Irishprincess . I'm just fed up with being so slow, plus the heat.

It does make me happy to know that someone like Bardet stops to take photos of mountain views and cows when he's out for a ride. 🚵‍♂️ Priorities!

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Cmoi

You’ll get there 🏃‍♀️

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks again IP.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

Hello IP and all my running buds 👋

I still need to come over to run at the Arboretum. Whenever we go I think how wonderful it would be. 🥰

I had an odd week with my HM plan last week, doing 2 speed runs and one recovery run. I ran out of time to fit the long run in, but I’m not bothered as I’m aiming for the GSR, not a HM. I enjoyed the speed runs; one was a progressive tempo run (wouldn’t have used that sentence prior to becoming a runner!), and the other was a fun intervals one. Such a hoot. 🙏🏻 No PR this weekend either, again no time.

So today I did an 8 miler at the gym! 12.6k to be exact. I’m currently sitting at the hairdressers with foils in my hair (no, I won’t take a photo!), and the chair never felt so good, nor did the cuppa. 🙏🏻 I think it’ll be the gym all week judging by the weather forecast. 🥵

Stay cool everyone.’🙏🏻

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

I think of you when I’m heading for the arboretum Munks. But, given the current temperatures I doubt I’ll be there again this week, far too hot at 9am!

Your training sounds as if it’s going really well. The GSR comes around so quickly! Are you running Bristol again this year? I can’t remember if you said you would.

12.6K at the gym!!! Wow! Well done to you, that’s brilliant. You definitely deserve a cuppa (and cake?) after that. I’m at the hairdressers tomorrow morning for the same treatment and I always look forward to their coffee ☕️

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

I really must find time to come and run there IP. Or at least wear my kit when I go for a walk with my daughter and grandsons, then I could sneak off for a quick spin around the trees before heading to meet them at the cafe! 😋

Yes I am doing Bristol this year, but only the 10k. It’s on September 25th. I’m still smarting about the fast and flat course they promised for the HM last year. Err no, it wasn’t!!

Enjoy your cuppa at the hairdressers tomorrow. Mine doesn’t offer cake - if they did I’d have demolished it in record time after that treadmill stint! I had to apologise for my rather pink face. But better than rocking up with hay in my hair when I used to go straight from the horses! 😳

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Haha I imagine hairdressers see all sorts!

I think most race organisers “stretch the truth” in their descriptions of routes. Most of the so-called flat courses I’ve entered have been anything but. I guess it’s called “marketing” .

AlMorr profile image
AlMorr10 Miles

I had a fantastic week last week Irishprincess, on Wednesday I ran my 29th 10K and on Saturday at Drumpellier Parkrun I ran my 53rd parkrun, not just that, I met GTFC and Tasha99 and for most of the run the 3 of us ran together, my time was 30:51, my second quickest of this year, it was so nice meeting them, after the run they treated me to a Lattie and cake and after that GTFC took me home in his car.

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Well done Al on so many achievements, especially your 30.51! An what an absolutely lovely day to meet up and run with GTFC and Tasha99 . And cake afterwards! Couldn’t be better 🍰

You’re on a roll at the minute 🏃‍♂️

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon

Afternoon IP. I do love a tree 🥰. Magnificent and thoroughly useful 👍

I have been running in the sun and making the most of it while it lasts 😎🌝. I was out this morning for a turn about the place. I was sweating like a dripping tap ☺️ I ran slowly and not for long 🙂🏃‍♀️

I’m doing the first ten miler of my marathon plan at some point this week. It might well be later in the day if the hot spell persists

Have a good week folks 🏃‍♀️👍🙂

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to misswobble

Oooh enjoy your 10 miler MissW 🏃‍♀️ “Languid” is the word that springs to mind here 😎

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Thank you 🙂

I’ve been out thus morning for a 35 min recovery run Very hot, and I was dripping like a tap again 🥵. It was wonderful though as I had the trail to myself 🏃‍♀️

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to misswobble

Lovely 😎 We have family staying at the minute but I’m still able to get up extra early tomorrow morning to get a run in 🤗

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Good for you 😀

It was dog sitting day for me. It was hotter than ever today I reckon.

Decker profile image
DeckerAdministrator

I feel for you in the heat IP. We are in heat warning temps too. I had to cut my long run short by 10k yesterday. The heat just took me out. It was 35 feeling like 45. I also got caught in a patch of Poison Oak (i think?) while exploring a trail, which was annoying and sting-y. Both my lower legs are itching and swollen up now. Mrs Decker and I had our Shingles vaccines on Friday night and it really messed both of us up for all of Saturday and even into Sunday. Hoping that was the worst run out of the way now. Onwards! 🙂

Cmoi profile image
CmoiMarathon in reply to Decker

To be fair 35° feeling like 45° is proper heat to run in Decker ! Hope your legs improve soon after the poison oak encounter, sounds really horrible.

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Decker

Ouch Decker, that sounds nasty. Itch is bad enough but itch in heat is even worse 😖 Mind you, you’ve got proper heat!

Hope it all settles down soon 🏃‍♂️

ForbiddenPlanet profile image
ForbiddenPlanetHalf Marathon

Nice pic IP - pleased too see it still looks green, mostly, rather than dried out brown!

After running HM distance for the first time I tried to dial things back last week and concentrate on my Garmin 5K plan (which aims for a 26 minute 5K on August 21), taking rest days on Tuesday and Saturday.

I am wondering how relevant the 5K plan is to me at the moment. Tomorrow, in week 11 of a 12 week plan it wants me to run strides for the first time; 6 by 20 seconds at around 4:30 min / km, around 75 metres. Doing strides as part of an S & F plan in May I was running 6 by 60 metres at up to twice that speed, so I am feeling a bit of a disconnect from the plan.

The main thing holding me back is being overweight, and I was impressed that according to my Garmin I burned 1600 calories running a slow half marathon distance. Kind of thinking that if I concentrated on longer slower running for now I might lose some weight and maybe then try a 5K plan at a faster pace. 🤔

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to ForbiddenPlanet

Yes, there were still patches of green. I guess the trees can dig deep for water and they have kept all the grassland very long which means it doesn’t crisp up so much. But there are various shrubs that are wilting badly ☹️

Yikes! You’re going to run fast in these temperatures 🥵 rather you than me. What 5K plan are you following?

ForbiddenPlanet profile image
ForbiddenPlanetHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Horticulture is a bit of a blind spot with me; though I love to admire a pretty garden, I've no idea how it's done or what the different plants are!

I should hopefully be done before it gets above 16C, and it is only 20 seconds each time, with a minute's rest in between. 🤞

It's a Garmin plan I'm following, with coach Greg. In trying to balance the plan with other running I've learned new respect for experienced runners who seem able to do this very well!

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to ForbiddenPlanet

Enjoy!

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linda9389Administrator

A tree with character and history, beautiful! I'm torn between loving this weather on my bike and hating it to run in 😄. Long run on the plan tomorrow, so it will be another attempt at getting up and out early ... do wish I was better at that ... but with an unexpected day off work I can at least take my time and enjoy the view. Happy running/recovering everyone xxx

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to linda9389

If only the trees could talk!

I’ll think of you Linda as I’m up early tomorrow too for a hairdressers appointment at 830 😳 Why I thought that was a good idea when I booked it I have no idea 🙄

Enjoy your day off and your long run 🏃‍♀️🤗

Hedgehogs123 profile image
Hedgehogs12310 Miles

Well, it's not anywhere near as far as most of you are and have been running, but this Friday is my first 10km race!! I'm really excited but a little nervous, is that normal? Plus of course the weather is expected to be hot 🔥The downside is, it's looks like my Garmin will be on its way back to Amazon ( thank you for all your help and comments, I've decided to return it and try again with another retailer)so no watch and no headphones allowed to keep me on track for pace 😞

I guess most of you will be able to gauge your pace with running the distances some of you run, but I'm still not good at that.

However, there's a medal at the end (woo woo my first one!) And a piece of 🍰, that's got to be worth it, hasn't it??!!🤣

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misswobbleMarathon in reply to Hedgehogs123

Oh how fab 🤗🤗🤗🤗😀

Don’t go too fast too soon Other than that have fun out there. Enjoy post run coffee and cake. Hopefully you’ll get a medal too 👍😀

Hedgehogs123 profile image
Hedgehogs12310 Miles in reply to misswobble

Oh yes, my first bit of bling!! And yep coffee and cake will be most welcome,!!😆😆

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IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Hedgehogs123

Nerves give you extra adrenaline so are great for racing! Don’t forget your VRBs will be waving lots of pom-poms for you 🥳 And bling!!! And cake! So exciting.

Great news about your Garmin, definitely the right thing to do. But no doubt there will be chip timing for your race so you’ll get a proper time 👍

Just enjoy it, that’s the main thing 🤗

Purplecat68 profile image
Purplecat68Half Marathon

Today I took on Great Yarmouth North Beach parkrun,apparently it’s the hardest one in the country and I can see why.It was my first time on this one and probably my last 🤣🤣

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Purplecat68

Oh well done! It must have been gorgeous running by the sea 😎

Tabbles profile image
TabblesHalf Marathon

Balloons. Today left the house at 6:15 and heading towards the balloon festival which coincided with my long run on my HM training.

Things didn't start to well as I tripped on a tree root taking the scenic route to Ashton Court. Instead of stopping myself I decided to drop my shoulder and roll. To my surprise I ended up back on feet with a slightly grazed knee and dirty leg

Morning breeze was nice and it was my first trial with the water bladder. Found some lovely new trials. Pace wasn't best as I kept stopping for photos.

Ending up doing just over 15km for my 1h45m.

Ballons
Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Tabbles

How gorgeous! What a lovely thing to see 😍

Well done on the 15K and on the roll! Those pesky tree roots are sneaky and seem to appear from nowhere 😱

How did you get on with the water bladder?

Tabbles profile image
TabblesHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Really well on the second attempt. First time I had the dreaded sloshing. Then read the hints, if you turn it upside down you can suck all the air and create a vacuum.

The other thing is working out the route for the pipe, I tried as illustrated and the mouthpiece ended up by my ear. Ended up just placing it in the bottle pocket and looping back up.

I took just under a litre rather than my normally soft bottle. I also added some ice , but no electrolytes. Probably still had a quarter litre left at the end.

Knee not to bad!

Scuff
Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Tabbles

The things we do for running……😩

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