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Weekly Chat November 14-20 ☕️ 🍰

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon
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Hello you superb bunch of runners. Got a minute to spare to have a coffee and chinwag?

It’s my pleasure to have been asked to host the chat this week. What an honour!

How are you all at the moment? It was unusual to find there were no pompoms to be shaken this weekend, having had the excitement of supporting such a busy flurry of HU racers of late. Maybe races will be back next weekend. Maybe not. Does it really matter?

I had a bit of a slump last week I must admit. My 100th PR celebrations last weekend were such fun, and prior to that I’d had several races. I suddenly found myself with nothing to ‘look forward to’. However I ran at a new (for me) parkrun at the weekend and I took my dog along for the first time in ages. She’s 11 in February, so I took it really easy and literally didn’t break a sweat even though it was a warm morning. You know what? It was one of the loveliest parkrun experiences I’ve ever had. It was probably my slowest, but that didn’t matter one iota. The pure joy of jogging slowly along with my best buddy obliterated everything that I usually find important at parkrun. It was quite emotional actually, taking me back to C25K days when she accompanied me on every single run. ❤️ 🐕 

Do you sometimes find enjoyment in something unexpected when you’re out running? A surprising new route, spotting something on a well trodden path or pavement that you’ve never noticed before? Finding out that you actually do like running in the rain, in the evening, before the sun rises, or even on that treadmill that you used to refer to as the dreadmill (that last one is me, by the way!) Maybe you’ve discovered that you appreciate having a running companion even though you’re a dyed in the wool lonely goat.  

Let us know what’s surprised you, no matter how mega or insignificant. Oh, I still have the post PR glow even now. It makes me smile. 🥰

Have a wonderful week everyone. 😀 

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David_G profile image
David_GMetric Marathon

Hi cheekychipmunks and friends. As some of you may have seen from my post yesterday, I’m still recovering from injury after the virtual London Marathon, but I managed to walk unaided for over half a mile, which is great!

I can see a chink of light at the end of the tunnel and that’s well worth celebrating 🥳 I’ll keep up with the exercises until I see my physio next week. Hopefully I’ll be able to start some light running after that and I’ll definitely get a proper gait analysis (and some new running shoes if Santa is kind🎅)

Have fun out there everyone! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to David_G

Great to hear David; it sounds as though the worst is over 🤞. My comparatively trivial calf issue is still niggling on…back to the physio tomorrow. I guess these things hang on a bit longer as we “mature”….or maybe we just get older 🙂.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Arghh still niggling BC? Enough already. 😩

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Much better than it was….just preventing me from doing long runs. Another short run today.🤞🙂

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Good to hear! 🤸‍♀️

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Slow 5k with mainly silent calf completed!🤫🙂

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Nice BC - glad the calf was mainly silent. It’s said enough to you, so it’s time to be totally quiet from now on though. 🙄

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Trappist calf 😂

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

😅😅😅

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to David_G

Good news you're on the road to recovery David. And I’m sure Santa is listening 🙂

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Santa is kept busy with us runners, let alone with children IP! I have a new watch on my list. 😈

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to David_G

So good to see you making forward progress David! I bet you’re looking forward to that first *careful* run back. 😀🏃‍♂️

over61andstilltrying profile image
over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to David_G

Good to read of your positivity and here's to you onward recovery going well. 😊

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Good morning cheeky. Well done for taking up the challenge 🙂.

Your accompanied PR sounds perfect. I only get to walk with Molly, not least because people want to make a fuss of her every 50 yards or so!

Apart from GSR (of course) I think that my favourite run was a night guided run up the Wainstones in North Yorkshire. I say run; it was a walk-run-climb with head torches. It was a crystal clear slightly frosty night, the skies were cloudless, and the stars were amazing. Someone found the song “Vincent”on their phone when we got back to the car park. Just a one off special experience made possible by guides who really knew what they were doing. It is a while since I did a lone night run up in the forest; maybe something to revisit when I finally see off this niggle; one of the few benefits of being an old bloke is that I can do these things with no fear. 🙂

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

I remember your post about that BC. It sounded magical.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

I can well imagine that you’d make very little headway with Molly in tow (or with Molly towing you) BC. A lady commented how wonderfully behaved and polite Flossie was, and it made me feel all fluffy inside. ❤️

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to Beachcomber66

How wonderful Beachcomber66. A magic moment indeed.

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Dexy5

I suspect that it was a near 360-degree view from a high point which made the impact. We could see a lot of sky!

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Did you manage to get photos BC? Although phones never capture moments like that very well do they?

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

I didn't cheeky. My mobile was not up to the job! I am sure that we saw the Milky Way. There was no light pollution up there; a really wonderful memory.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

😍😍😍

over61andstilltrying profile image
over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Beachcomber66

Here's to seeing off your 'niggle' 😊🏃🏻‍♂️

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator

Morning Munks! Thank you for taking this week’s chat 🙂 Those are lovely photos 😍

I can imagine a bit of a slump after all that activity! But there are some races already being advertised for next year. Maybe something will tempt you.

My biggest surprise was during a race in February when I realised that I could talk to another runner and still maintain my race pace. I never knew I could do that but it seemed rude to ignore the runner so I had to chat 😂

And I’m still finding new routes as I like to explore although I haven't done as much of that as I’d like recently for obvious reasons but I’ll get back to it.

Have a great week everyone x

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

Oh never fear IP, next year is already covered! Not Bath though, as it’s still being held in October, but in 2024 it’s back to March. Shall we? 😀

Gosh I’m impressed you can chat at race pace. I can chat at Flossie jog pace, but not much more! 😅

You have some lovely running routes around your neck of the woods to explore - bet you can’t wait to get back out there for longer. 🥰

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

It’s definitely a date Munks! I’m still dithering whether to enter for October next year….

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

I can’t do October as of course it clashes with the GSR again. 😩 Would you ever consider that one? 😀

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

mmmnnnnn…..🤔

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Irishprincess

(It’s lots of fun!) 😈

Frenc profile image
FrencHalf Marathon

Hello cheekychipmunks ! That sounds like a smashing run with your furry best friend. And lovely photos. I can’t think of anything that has surprised me right this second, although I’m sure many things have! I guess all in all I’m surprised that 2 years after starting C25K I’m still getting out there and getting so much joy from running. Unfortunately I have a glute/hamstring niggle at the moment, and although the physio says I can run, it’s been a while since I’ve had a really long satisfying run. I dream of those! I will count my blessings though, after a relatively OK 4k this morning. I think it will take me a while to get back to where I was, but I am being patient. All the best! 😊😊😊

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Frenc

You’re right Frenc, I suspect lots of us are surprised that we a) started and b) are still running! Isn’t it great? 🙏🏻

Arghh no, your niggle is still bothering you? Hope it eases soon so you can get out and enjoy a lovely long run. 4k is a step in the right direction, so 👏👏👏👏

Frenc profile image
FrencHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes, the niggle is so annoying grrr. It was ok until I got absolutely soaked and really cold the other week. I think wearing sodden leggings just tipped it over the edge! But thank you for your kind words 😊.

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Frenc

It never ends well when your muscles get cold and wet for prolonged periods. Arghh. 😩

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misswobbleMarathon

A’noon all. Sorry to hear some folks suffering with injuries of one kind or another. Frustrating times for sure. Patience and some self TLC required. Good luck with those having physio. Hopefully you’ll soon be back to full strength 🤞🙂

I was as stiff as a board this morning after spending most of yesterday outdoors, standing about at various remembrance services. I was out this morning doing two recovery runs back to back. Short and sweet. I got chased by a corgi wanting to run with me. I had to sprint to out-run her. Very funny 😁🏃‍♀️🐶. It was foggy and damp on the trail but warm enough.

Taking it steady this week as it’s marathon weekend. I had a video message from the organiser drop into my inbox yesterday. Everything is ready to go. Hope I am 😁

Have a great week everyone 🙂👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🐶🐕

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

I’m surprised corgis’ little legs are long enough to bother running much MW! Having said that, a dachshund used to run at PR so who am I to judge?!

Hope your preparations continue to go well for the weekend. Can’t wait to hear all about it next week. Good luck! 🍀

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misswobbleMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

thank you 🙂👍

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

If it had been me the corgi would have won !🐕…………….🏃‍♂️

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Beachcomber66

😁

Just checked weather forecast for Sunday. 5 degrees with rain throughout 😏

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

🤞4 days in advance; forecast might change…. You will manage anyway 👊

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

Nothing you can’t manage MW, superstar runner that you are. 👊

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

I’ll have to dig deep for this one. I’ve never run a marathon in constant rain. It was cold and windy last year which drove me mad Still, my finish time improved 😁

Oh well, it is what it is 🤷‍♀️ I just hope it won’t be heavy 🙏

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

We all wish you the very best of luck. The power of HU will get you over the line. ❤️

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you so much 🙏😀. I shall think about you all while I’m out there. Although there’s no supporters as such the stewards are wonderful. They blast Music from cars en route 😀. Good job the residents have largely packed up and gone home 😎 🚐 🎶🎵

aliboo70 profile image
aliboo70Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

You'll be Fab I'm sure MW, super strong runner 😘xxx

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to aliboo70

thanks Ali 😀. I hope you’re right 👍🤞🏃‍♀️

Decker profile image
DeckerUltramarathon in reply to misswobble

Ali is right, you’ll be great!

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to Decker

Thanks Deck! I’ll do my best 🙂🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

cheekychipmunks profile image
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

It would have lapped me several times over BC! 😅😅

misswobble profile image
misswobbleMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

it was a beauty and was up for it! The owner said it was a heel nipper so that made me determined to lose the little sausage 🙂. They just want to have fun like us!

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

That’s funny! Lucky he didn’t get you though - even the tiniest nips can hurt, or worse still get infected ….. stopping us from running. 😳

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misswobbleMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Funny you should say that! When I was 10 I was badly bitten by a corgi! It took 18 months to finish the course of anti-tetanus jabs. It did get fluid in it so was a bit messy for a bit. I was just walking along the street and it ran over and bit me! The skin still looks like a burn scar but it’s faded since then 😁. It didn’t put me off dogs and I still love them 🥰

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to misswobble

Oh wow what a coincidence! That sounds nasty, but I’m glad it didn’t put you off pups for good. 🥰

Cmoi profile image
CmoiAdministrator

Hi cheekychipmunks , thanks for hosting this week's chat, and for those adorable Flossie photos.

I'm definitely in the surprised I can run at all club. As for enjoyment in the unexpected, hmm, not so much, mainly because I so rarely plan my runs in advance. I just go out, maybe with a vague idea of distance and/or route, and see what happens. So there's often not much in the way of expected anyway, and quite often the unexpected turns up in the form of blocked paths and dead ends.

There again, I wasn't expecting my forest trail to be quite as churned up and muddy as it was the other day - impossible to run, I was sliding about even walking - and I had fun on that! Also managed to get back to my favourite forest logging track today, as the hunters weren't up there for once, and drew my Strava cat for the first time in ages - see attached.

Wishing everyone safe, happy running!

Strava cat!
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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Cmoi

Your runs always sound so full of adventure Cmoi! I need to dig out my trail shoes and go for a woodland slip and slide before it gets simply too boggy. Flossie enjoys those, even though the hose has to come out before she can set foot in the house!

I love your Strava cat! 🐱 I’ve never worked out how to do those. Maybe a challenge for me this winter. 😅

Cmoi profile image
CmoiAdministrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

The Strava cat was pure serendipity cheekychipmunks ! It first came about when I was starting to increase distance towards HM. It's simply running to and from home via the track up the hill, the forest track and the road through the forest. I added a couple of extras yesterday for a bit more distance and vertical but managed not to trash the shape.

That's the only Strava art I can do. Apart from my lack of artistic ability, the topography makes it difficult - the most basic version of the cat is about 12k.

How about this for Strava art inspiration? cyclingtips.com/2022/08/the... Or this?nytimes.com/2022/09/24/tech...

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Cmoi

Wowsers, that bicycle is amazing! (Can’t view the NYT one as apparently I’ve used up all my free views 🤷‍♀️, but I’m sure it’s great).

I’m impressed that your cat is one you made up purely by chance. Love it!

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Cmoi

I don't think that sliding about is for me! But glad you had fun. 🏃🏻‍♀️😊

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles

Hello cheeky, what a nice surprise to see you hosting the chat this week.

It was great to hear about your run with the lovely Flossie at parkrun on Saturday. She is so well trained and loveable.

Since graduating 4.5 years ago (really?) I have had some wonderful runs and wearing those race T-shirts brings back the memories of the occasions and the meet ups involved.

Like many, the biggest surprise is that I actually can run and I enjoy it. How did I get to be 60 before I found that out?

When I ran the New Forest 10k for the first time, we were running along a path and heard a bit of a commotion, and then stopped in amazement as a group of ponies stampeded across our path. I suspect that they had taken fright after coming across a different wave of runners in the forest. They were so beautiful, and no one complained about losing vital minutes on their race times. If I had been a faster runner I would have missed that.

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

I agree Dexy, and I bet we all wish we’d discovered running decades earlier. Never mind, we have it in our lives now. 🙏🏻

Aww thanks for the kind words about Flossie. She’s pretty special. Today she’ll mostly be trying to play with sticks while I sweep up leaves! She turns into a puppy where sticks and tennis balls are concerned. ❤️

I bet it was wonderful seeing the New Forest ponies. Definitely a good reason to have to stop in your tracks. 🐎 I’d like to do that run at some point - when is it again? 🤔

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Dexy510 Miles in reply to cheekychipmunks

newforestmarathon.co.uk/

😉

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Hmm interesting. I’m currently free that weekend I think. Will double check with Mr Cheeky ….. 😈

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Dexy5

This one is on my radar for next year - half not full! - but not sure if I am going to be away so holding off for a bit. Does it sell out early?

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Dexy510 Miles in reply to linda9389

They were still selling tickets in the month before this year Linda, mainly because there were so many autumn races going on I think. I believe you’ve missed the early bird offer so you may as well hold back entering now anyway.

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linda9389Administrator in reply to Dexy5

Thanks for that Dexy! We're hoping to find a house exchange to France in Sept/Oct so our dates are likely to be unknown for a bit yet. But it's the next one on my 'to do list' as soon as I have the date free 😊

over61andstilltrying profile image
over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Dexy5

Run and enjoy it- just so good. 😊

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to over61andstilltrying

I hope you are still able to enjoy it as you build up distance again over61.

over61andstilltrying profile image
over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Dexy5

I am happy to say that I seem to be enjoying running more and more, but not my VO2 max graph see below.

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy510 Miles in reply to over61andstilltrying

Yes it doesn’t seem like long slow runs , but I only pay attention to it when it says good things, like I’ve got the fitness of an excellent 20 year old . 😂😂

over61andstilltrying profile image
over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Dexy5

It is my downward trend over a whole year that is rather disappointing

aliboo70 profile image
aliboo70Half Marathon

That sounds lovely running with your doggo. I'm appreciating my George dog and treasuring the walks together with him not being so well,our beach walk recently was a real highlight 🥰🐕🐶Only 2 runs for me last week, car troubles meant I didn't get to my Wednesday trail run but I have a lift this week 😁and my other club tonight so should be back in the swing of things soon, motivation has taken a real nose dive and been a stressful year😪signed up to Salisbury 10 miles for March next Yr last night and a few local races here before that!

Really pouring down here today but trying to get motivated to get on with the day

Have a great week everyone 😘xxx

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to aliboo70

Aww George. ❤️ Senior dogs are simply the best aren’t they aliboo? Enjoy him.

I met a lady out ‘walking’ her dog in a buggy the other day. I asked how old, and she a stone deaf 16 year old Staffie. My heart melted when she said she enjoyed snuffling round and having a drink from the lake before going back in her buggy. ❤️

Arghh, car trouble. How dare it impede your running. 🙄 Still, hope you enjoyed your club run. Signing up for races helps motivation too doesn’t it? That’s what I’m looking to do! 😀

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aliboo70Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

That's funny I met a staffie with a buggy a few weeks back too! My George is a good old chap though still very feisty! Tonight's run was good,hitting the trails tomorrow night 🤞xxx

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to aliboo70

That’s a hoot aliboo - what are the odds of that? 🐶

Glad your run was good today, and have fun on those trails tomorrow! 🏃‍♀️

aliboo70 profile image
aliboo70Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Tonight run involved lots of wading thought puddles up to knee high! In torrential rain at times! Was quite fun really! 😁🤣😫xxx

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Dexy510 Miles in reply to aliboo70

Sending a cheerful wave to you and George from across the Solent aliboo70 . Not that you’ll see it in this rain. Don’t forget to drop in on Southsea parkrun when you just happen to be on the mainland on a Saturday

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aliboo70Half Marathon in reply to Dexy5

Thankyou for the wave! Yes definitely want to come to Southsea! Soon hopefully! 🤞xxx

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misswobbleMarathon in reply to aliboo70

Sorry to hear your year’s not been great Ali. I hope next year more than makes up for it 😘.

Planning races is therapeutic though 😀🏃‍♀️🏅

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aliboo70Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

It's been a funny year, lots going on and some difficulties! 😪and my George to worry about! A few good local trail races coming up so some good times to look forward to xxx

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misswobbleMarathon in reply to aliboo70

Running is so escapist! I hope you can do some trail races in good weather and have a better 2023! Here’s to you and George dog 😀👍☕️🦴

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aliboo70Half Marathon in reply to misswobble

Aaah thanks MW !😘 Been out with 7 others tonight in torrential (at times!) rain and super flooded footpaths up to knee deep! Was quite an experience! 🤣 managed nearly 5 mile then pub and chips afterwards! Xxx

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to aliboo70

Knee deep aliboo? Yikes, bet that made for an interesting run! 😳😅

Beachcomber66 profile image
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

Just back from the physio. Bit of massage and theragun work today and she feels it will be fine. It is just a bit of muscle wastage (gastrocnemius) following on from running 8 miles on an injured calf in the GSR. This is good news, firstly because it is not the peroneal, which takes more fixing, and secondly …I can keep running from Thursday. Calf raises and tip toe squats every other day and it should be fixed pdq. So, much better than I had expected.👍

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Oh that is good news BC! 🙏 I’ve never heard that muscle wastage term before, but then again there are quite a few words and phrases I’ve learned from others since taking up running.

So no prolonged IC for you this time. Excellent. 👊

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

I hadn’t heard the term applied to me before. It guess it just means that the main calf muscle (the gastrocnemius) has lost a bit of tone/strength and needs building up again. One thing about having loads of injuries is that your knowledge of anatomy and rehab exercises increases accordingly! My last two winters have been wrecked, running wise, by persistent injury. This one has to be different. The main thing for now is that I want to be fit by 27 November for the Tim Run.

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

Well hopefully your body has come to recognise that you’re not one to give in. It sounds like this is a half hearted attempt on its behalf to sideline you this time. 🤞

Yes, the Tim run will be special. You’ll be fine for that with those exercises under your belt. 😀

nowster profile image
nowsterMetric Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Muscle wastage seems to be an evolutionary advantage.

Maintaining muscle mass comes with a huge energy cost, so if it's not being used it's a survival trait to reduce the amount of muscle to cut down the resting calorie requirements.

This makes a lot of sense to me that having built up my leg muscles it takes a lot more to get my weight to go up. (Even after pausing my running.)

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Dexy510 Miles in reply to Beachcomber66

I think UpTheStanley ’s achilles problems were related to lack of strength in the soleus muscle too BC. Muscle wastage is certainty related to men of a certain age , so he is also meant to do squats and heel raises as well as his usual upper body gym work., to build calves up again. I’m glad your physio is allowing you to continue running.

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Dexy5

I think/hope my physio was saying that the muscle problem resulted from the injury rather than the other way around….but either is possible now that I am “getting on a bit.” A young lady in the pharmacy offered me her seat today…..really nice of her, but that is the third time I have been offered a seat since setting off for Portsmouth! Something has changed ….more strength work required!🙂

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Dexy510 Miles in reply to Beachcomber66

The good thing about being offered a seat is it shows you aren’t invisible . 😂

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to Dexy5

😂 that happens next I guess!!

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

😂

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Maybe too much carbonara is bad for me…😋…no cream this time…..

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Beachcomber66

I don’t think the sentence ‘too much carbonara’ exists BC, so you’re ok on that front! 😅

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Beachcomber66

Good, good 😊🎉

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to over61andstilltrying

Hi >61. I was going to go out in the pouring rain this morning, but a boiler in need of service and an appointment for Mrs BC have kept me in! The weather looks better on Saturday, so more time for tip toe squats pre run in the meantime. Hope things are going well with you.🙂

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Beachcomber66

Pretty well but not on my VO2 max front, see below for my graph.

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Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to over61andstilltrying

I am trundling along at 38 at present…..just ignore it. I am building up distance again too (thanks calf!) I think that VO2 max will improve as your body adjusts to the extra distance / effort; in the meantime it is best treated with contempt! 🙂

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Hi Cheeky, and thanks for hosting! So many things surprise me about running - not least the fact that I just love it! One of my most surprising discoveries was enjoying speed runs once I enlisted the help of the NRC app. The effect of 'race magic' constantly surprises me too. I'm happy to say the number of pleasant surprises far, far, FAR outweighs the number of unpleasant ones; and even the rare unpleasant surprises can usually be turned around into something good. After an amazing injury free period I am now of a couple of niggles in my right leg. I have a sports massage booked for next week so plan to take it very easy until then. It would be nice to start a winter training plan fully fit.

Have a great week everyone 🥰

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Oh yes, I agree about speed runs 100% Linda! I used to avoid them like the plague, but like you, since recruiting Coach B and pals, I look forward to them. I’ve even been known to do two in one week. How crazy is that? 😅

I noticed you’ve been injury free of late ….. tell those niggles of yours they’re absolutely not welcome. You want to continue into winter fully fit. Hope the sports massage goes well and isn’t too eye-watering! Even Mr Cheeky comes out of his looking shell shocked sometimes. 😅

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nowsterMetric Marathon

Gradually getting back into things after a mystery cold-like thing which drained my energy.

Ramping up the activity gradually. My 10km run this morning, apart from the trip, the "lower GI problems", the cowpats and the hills, was actually good. I'm planning a longer run (or two) later in the week.

My long term plan is to try to get beyond 30km at some point in the next few months. I got up to 26.2km in April but let things ease off when the weather got too warm.

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to nowster

Well done getting back to fitness after your cold nowster. If it’s anything like mine, it drained me of all energy and left me with post viral muscle fatigue in my legs for ages. Not covid, but it might as well have been. 🙄

You are a machine. Enjoy your longer runs, and I won’t be at all surprised to see you going beyond 30k eventually. We’ll look forward to hearing about your journey. 🏃‍♂️

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Hi cheekychipmunks

I read a good quote today that summed up what has surprised me about myself since completing C25K.

I want sleep, food and regular runs. Basically, I’m a puppy 🤣

Happy week everyone ❤️🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️
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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to RunWillie

Hahaha, that’s great RW, and I agree! 😅 We’re happy little pups. ❤️

Your beach is looking beautiful as ever. Enjoy your delightful runs. Wonder how speedy no 2 son will be at PR this week? 💥

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RunWillieHalf Marathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

He did it cheekychipmunks

19:46 🤩

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OMG RunWillie , what an epic superstar! ⭐️ 🏃‍♂️ 🎉

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to RunWillie

Another beautiful view! 😊

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles

Hello cheekychipmunks,

Thank you for hosting. I hadn't taken in that it was currently the exception that you ran with Flossie  and so pleased that it went so well. I enjoy playing spot the difference when out running, trees, plants, buildings, livestock, people, skips and then reporting back to my husband. Always enjoy spotting unusual plants and birds for example egret, kingfisher, heron and mandarin ducks. So enjoy lovely scenery too and continue to enjoy listening to Desert Island Discs as well, not forgetting feeling that my body is working well and just perhaps I will be able to run without re-visiting the ic.

I am now up to 7km since my April knee flare up. Hamstring, knee and Achilles not yet sorted, on going physio. At least my problem areas are not preventing running which has happened a number of times , this means that I now seem to enjoy running all the more. Having said that My VO2 max is just going down and down 😔 I am feeling good while running and trying to keep my heart rate down. Partly seems like nonsense! Stopped running and began C25k again and as you see VO2 max went up. Must be fitter now and its going down!!! Reassurance please!

Graph of VO2 max over 1 year
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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to over61andstilltrying

Ahh the dreaded VO2 Max over61! It drives me bats. Mine is currently Superior which is bonkers as I’ve done nothing fast of late, except an NRC fartlek run! Your graph is very impressive and the minute you do a shorter, even slightly quicker, run it’ll more than likely give you back some lost points! Your fitness is definitely good; anyone not fit couldn’t run 7k (think of us all on W1R1 with that loooong minute!! ) You’re coming back beautifully and the IC is hopefully a dim and distant memory. 🤞

Your runs always sound so serene and you seem to always be amongst wildlife and interesting things to see. That’s wonderful. Running on city pavements is of course great too, but a tranquil trot can’t be beaten.

I do still run with Flossie and take her on the common whenever I run there. She can go off lead which she loves. She trots with me, heads off for a roll or sniff, then comes back to me again. Doing her own thing. ❤️ I’ve almost eliminated running with her on the lead, ie at PR, as I don’t think it’s fair on a lady of her age, even though she’s still fit. It was nostalgic at the weekend. 🥰

Happy running! 🏃‍♀️😀

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to cheekychipmunks

A few recent run photos

Sheep on railway line
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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to over61andstilltrying

Lost one, need to start tutoring more anon

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Thank you for your reply

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That could be a painting. Absolutely gorgeous 😍

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to cheekychipmunks

It was a special one! Sheep as you imagine shouldn't be there! This is an in use railway line, just thought of the name, well my husband did - preserved railway.

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CmoiAdministrator in reply to over61andstilltrying

If it makes you feel any better over61andstilltrying , Mr Garmin docked me a V02Max point after a 13.8km run on Monday, then restored it after a 5.6km run today. And last year's trail marathon training really upset him, he only cheered up when I did a couple of flat 5k holiday runs. Plonker.

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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to Cmoi

He is a bit of a numpty isn’t he Cmoi? We come back all proud from a long run and find him bursting our bubble immediately. 🙄

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to cheekychipmunks

No bubble bursting allowed. We know we are investing in our health 😊

I'l try not to take any notice of Mr Garmin's discouragements

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over61andstilltrying10 Miles in reply to Cmoi

It is lovely to be feeling good on my runs, so I'll take that as a plus. 😊

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Tutoring finished need to cook. I seem to be playing catch up too much of the time!

Derbyshire view
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cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon in reply to over61andstilltrying

Stunning! 😍😍😍

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Hi Cheeky, thanks for hosting the chat this week. Your pics with Flossie are just lovely. It sounds like such a special time together. I’m trying to train Otis to run with me but he’s quite strong and tends to take off full blast and change direction on a dime whenever a squirrel comes into view! But he’s slowly getting better.

I just did a presentation at work about my running over the last few years (I get so many questions). We’ve each chosen a “passion project.” I tried to explain the draw of running to my colleagues. The surprises are a big part of it. Firstly the surprise of doing things you never thought possible, but also quieter surprises like coming across a deer on a quiet morning with no-one else around or finding a hidden trail. I was surprised to actually enjoy hills for awhile That enjoyment has since diminished as I’ve stopped doing them weekly and tried to get back to them this week - what a slog!

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hi cheekychipmunks and the lovely buddy dog. The great thing about running is the dopamine from it. And the other things are those feelings about the competition and cooperation that runners share with each other along the path. You had it!

I don't have a good trail nearby for running. Hard-surfaced aspault road is the only chioce. My feet were sore when for a total amount of 100 miles + per month. That's partly due to I prefer thin-rubber-sole running shoes, like we used to wear in middle school, not those modern high-tech or thick-cushioned ones. Anyways, no pain no gain. Have to bear with the dark side meanwhile if you like doing something, until you are stronger and can overcome it.

My buddy is an 11-year-old tortoise. Apparently and sadly, he couldn't be a qualified running partner. Plus it's his dormant stage. Winter is always a tough time for him. So guess he has no interest in engaging in outdoor activities. Nor does he like social life or PR activies. He is a loner, like a monk. But Things I can guarantee you all are, I am faster than him, and he can live a peaceful long life among all animals if no accident happens in his life in the future. :)

Relax and then Enjoy your run, runners!

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