Anyone else training for a half marathon?

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golemmings Mon 23-Jul-12 22:25:20

I graduated from c25k earlier this year and ran my first 10 race in June. A friend has told me that I can do a half marathon in the autumn so I've signed up for one.

I'm a week into the training programme (using the rw one for 2:00-2:15 finishes) and I'm finding it really hard going.

Is there anybody else who is doing a half who wants to share moral support/abuse/highs/lows?

Megalosaurus Tue 24-Jul-12 12:09:54

<waves>

This is written by a friend of mine who is also training for a half marathon.

thirteenpoint1.blogspot.co.uk/

annieshaf Thu 26-Jul-12 21:19:56

Hi golemmings

I too started running earlier this year and have signed up for my first half marathon on 28 Oct.

I am happy to share the ups and downs.
I have been running about 4 times a week recently but that will reduce over the school Hols as its not so easy to find time without the kids unless I go at 6 am!

Having said that I did go out at 6 this morning and pushed myself to do 16k (10 miles). I felt ok but my speed was not good. I tried to take it easy for the first 5 k then speed up a bit for the next 6 and a bit faster for the last 5. The first 11 k went to plan but then I couldn't speed up for the last bit and ended up going slower than the first 5. Maybe I set off too fast and need to slow down a bit. My legs feel like jelly tonight!

How is the training hard going. Is it distance or speed you are struggling with? I struggle to follow a plan properly as I have to go out when it fits in with family life and I rarely run alone so have to take account of what other people want to do.
Do you have company or do you run alone?

SixtyFootDoll Thu 26-Jul-12 21:23:45

I'm doing Cardiff half in oct, did it last year in 2.08, so hope to do it in :2 this yr. sounds like your doing well with your training. I run 3 times a week. I only have one pace, 9.30 mins/ mile.

Am planning on going at 6.30 am tomorrow to avoid the heat.

Good luck!

golemmings Sun 29-Jul-12 23:32:43

Went and did w2r4 today. 7miles in 77 minutes. It might have been that speed too if I'd chosen a flatish road route but I decided to go off-tossing instead, climbing 100m on several occasions. In places it was beautiful, too, coming out at the top of the hill with the county laid out below or running through the meadows by the stream looking at the woods to one side and up onto the hills the other way in the evening sunlight.

The terrain was a Bugger though. Lots of steeps, cattle fields with ankle wrecking holes left after the recent rain...bogs that were more than ankle deep, paths overgrown with nettles and brambles, fields planted with maize where the footpath used to should go diagonally across the middle causing a 200m hurdle course...

It took a little longer than it should. The intended 11min/mile pace was nearer 12 1/2 min/mi but when I finished, I could have gone further. I speeded up towards the end too but that was mostly because i'd left too late and it was getting really quite dark in the woods and my phone was running out of battery... Not sensible but done and a day off tomorrow.

annieshaf Wed 01-Aug-12 21:49:20

Hi golemmings
Sounds like a lovely route and the hills will be doing you good. I did just under six miles on Sunday morning with my club so pace was reasonable at 9'42.

Had a rest on Monday and then did some speed training again with the club. It was hard work but I felt better then the last time so my stamina must be improving.
Hoping to do a long run early tomorrow morning. Going to try for 11 miles but it will depend on what time I manage to get out and how I feel.

golemmings Wed 01-Aug-12 22:38:17

Wow annie, what time are you hoping to finish in? 9'42 sounds pretty fast!

Ran about 4 1/2 miles today. I'm using a rw programme which sets out training type, such as intervals and suggests a pace. So today was 3 x 1200m, 400m jog (5M total) at a 5K pace and should have taken 55 minutes.

Now.
Is that pace the pace I should be aiming for for the 1200m intervals or what I should be doing overall?

I ended up doing 10:57 min/mi overall which is a bit slow. I messed up a bit because all the speed intervals ended up being uphill - I could have scheduled them later and done them down hill at which point they would have been at the appropriate speed. I'm working on the theory that it's probably good for me to keep pushing myself on harder terrain. Am I right? It must be doing something because everytime I run on the road I get a new pb which is nice. Might treat myself to a flat road run at the weekend!
Tomorrow should be 5M (inc 2.5M THR).

annieshaf Thu 02-Aug-12 21:11:14

Hello again
I am aiming for a time under 2 hours but that would mean a pace of about 9'9" which is faster than I can run at the moment but I am hoping that with some more endurance runs under my belt I will be able to go a bit faster on the long distances.
When you do intervals I think the pace given is just for the fast bits and not the average pace. If you had done 5 miles in 55 minutes then your average pace would have been 55/5 = 11 mins per mile which is exactly what you did!

I think there is somewhere on runners world where you can put in a recent time and distance that you have done and it will work out the actual paces you should be doing for different types of run. Will look it up and post the link for you.

Uphill intervals are very good training and you will feel the benefit once your body has had time to recover. You are right to push yourself but do be careful not to overdo it and end up with an injury!

Managed to get my long run in early this morning but only had time for 10 miles. Might try to do a slightly longer one on Sunday as its hard to do more than 1 1/2 hours in the morning. It felt good today, the weather was nice and I did the same route as last Thursday but 2.5 mins faster. Must have been that speed training on tues night! My time over the first 10 k was almost exactly the same but the last 6k was quite a bit faster so hopefully my stamina is improving!
Enjoy your 5 m tomorrow (not sure what THR means)

annieshaf Thu 02-Aug-12 21:17:59
colleysmill Sun 05-Aug-12 11:28:27

Hello can I join the thread? I'm training for my first half and tbh its not going as well as I had hoped!

I've had a couple of set backs including cellulitis from a insect bite (took me out for 4 weeks) and was back up to 4 x week with long run at weekends and then developed a terrible chest infection which has knocked me for 6. Went out this am and could only manage 2.5 hard miles so I'm feeling a little despondent.

I think I still have time to get there - I'm doing the worksop half at the end of Oct but could do with some virtual motivation!

golemmings Sun 05-Aug-12 12:05:55

Oh colleys you have had a rough time. I'm so impressed that you're still getting out and training. With that attitude and better luck over the next 8 weeks I don't see that you won't manage it!

I've seen half marathon programmes which take 8 weeks start to finish so I think you've got the time.

I went out this morning too. I'm doing the rw sub 2:15 programme which told me to run 8 miles in 88 minutes. Because we were heading out this morning I needed to make it as quick as possible so I ran on the road. Don't think I got a pb but rather than finishing a couple of minutes slower than the programme suggests because I'm off road, I finished about 9 minutes ahead of schedule which I was pleased with.

Next run is supposed to be Tuesday but we're only back from the olympics tues pm and have visitors arriving on Wednesday so need to shop etc so it may not happen.

colleysmill Sun 05-Aug-12 12:21:36

I counted this morning and its 12 weeks so hopefully still manageable!

I was a bit shocked at how tough it was this morning but still not going to give up. I like running off road too - I find muddy fields are good for my stamina and more enjoyable than just roads.

Dh is away weds night so might need to tweak my plan for this week. I might add in an exercise dvd too to try and get my overall fitness back up.

annieshaf Sun 05-Aug-12 13:38:33

Hi am just watching the women complete the Olympic marathon. Wow I have no idea how they manage to run that fast for so long!!

Colleys well done for getting going again and I'm sure you will manage to build it up again soon.

Golemmings - that's sounds like a good pace you should be well on the way to a 2:15 time if you can build up the stamina to keep that going.

Used the local parkrun to do a tempo run yesterday morning. Was a bit disappointed with my time which was almost a minute slower than last time and it felt hard. The course is three laps round a park with a killer of a hill right at the start and i went out too fast as usual.

Had another tough run this morning. Did 7.5 miles at just under 10 min pace. I think I was suffering from yesterdays run and a long bike ride with DS in the afternoon.

Next run is with running club on tues and hopefully it will be a nice easy one!

colleysmill Sat 11-Aug-12 08:56:07

Hello everyone how is it all going?

I'm feeling remarkablely upbeat today. Been out early and managed 5 miles over fields - my furthest distance in what seems like months! Admittedly not a record pace as I was aiming to see what distance I could pull but didn't need my inhaler which was a relief.

golemmings Sun 12-Aug-12 09:22:31

Yay colleys! That sounds great. I've missed 3 runs this week due to being away, having visitors and children deciding that 5am and 3am were sensible times to start the day on Monday and Tuesday.

I am going out today, though, just to run 10k plus warm up and cool down. I should run it faster than my last 10k effort which took 61:02. the programme says I should run it in sub 60. Dunno whether a week off (and feeling shattered) will make that easier or harder. I ran that course (plus more - 7.93miles) last week in 79mins so it will be interesting to see how today compares.

golemmings Sun 12-Aug-12 21:29:45

and I did it. 58:58. Actually not by best 10k time (the only race I did was 57:44 but endomondo wasn't convinced it was 10k.

The first time I ran it I started off quite fast - pbs for cooper test, 1k and 1 mile but then broke myself on the hill in the second half and the off-road section and ended up with interval times of between 8:09 and 11:40 for a mile. Today I ran more steadily and my times per mile ranged between 8:55 and 10:02 which seems far more sensible - and there was only one interval where I didn't beat my fastest previous times which pleased me.

now... I wonder what I could have done if I'd not had a week off...

And I get a day off tomorrow which is great.

louwn Mon 13-Aug-12 22:52:20

Colleys I am running the worksop half too! Just over a week into a 12 week programme. Longest run (tonight) only 5 miles so far and felt exhausted but was pleased to have done it! Not run for that long in almost a year.

colleysmill Tue 14-Aug-12 18:44:41

Louwn that's exciting! I've heard its a good route but to be prepared for a big hill at the start.

I went out last night but the old legs were complaining a bit - I walked a new route on Sunday which is a much more trickier footpath of about 6k which after Saturdays 5 miles perhaps tipped me over the edge!

So night off running tonight although I tend to miss it on rest days. Might dig out the wii or a davina dvd to stop me being restless!

colleysmill Sun 19-Aug-12 17:41:13

Hey just wondered how everyone is getting on.

Been a good week here - got out 3 times in the week and managed 10k this morning so I'm feeling a tad smug but pleasantly surprised! Looks like things are getting back on track but just hoping I stay well and injury free.

Issy Mon 20-Aug-12 15:23:35

Hi! Can I join this thread. I'm going to run my first half marathon in early October. I don't quite know why I've decided to throw myself at this challenge as the only other race I've done before is the 5K Race For Life (29 minutes). My training has been chopped up by largely self-inflicted injuries, but I'm trying to get out three times a week with a long run on Sunday. This Sunday I managed 14K (8.7 miles) at about 6.5 minutes per km or 10.5 minutes per mile. It will be a slow half marathon... I'm aiming for between 2.15 and 2.30 minutes.

My Sunday runs have been on a flat off-road track, so as from next Sunday I'm going to switch to a much hillier route. The half marathon itself is fairly flat so I reckon that if I can manage the 13 miles on a hilly course, the race will be do-able.

That's a very unscientific training program, but as my DH says, just get out there and run!

PS. I'm 48 and I like the idea of doing my first half marathon before 50.

Hello all - I'm training for my first half-marathon too. It's the Blenheim Palace one in early October. I'm a bit scared about it! I've only been running for a couple of years and never thought I'd get beyond 5k. Plus Blenheim's a bit hilly - I did a 10k there, so I know the course. Still, some lovely scenery to take my mind off the slog! Do any of you use an iPhone running app btw? I have tried Nike+ and Endomondo and have found them both pretty unreliable, so am hoping to find a better one.

colleysmill Wed 22-Aug-12 20:22:22

hello everyone.

I have been very very lazy today and not managed to get out pounding the pavements. I am hoping for a good end of the week and weekend.

holmes i am not very technology minded (no iphone!) but use Map my run on an android phone which even though it moans at me saying the GPS signal is poor still seems to work ok. I struggle retrieving the info on timings but I think thats me not the app? I'm hoping someone might buy me a ishuffle as you can get a gadget that attachs to your shoe laces for recording data smile I'm dropping hints but dh doesn't seem to be biting yet!

Issy I am not very experienced either - I did a 10K (my second with a 4 year gap) and also make it up as i go along to be honest.

I did splash out and buy Women's Running magazine Sept edition as it has a bit in it about half marathons (I ignored the bit about Ultra marathons - 13 miles is quite enough for my knees)

golemmings Wed 22-Aug-12 21:32:52

Holmes - I use endomondo which works fine for me but dh has struggled with it - mind you, we've since discovered his phone - htc desire S is pretty crap with gps.

Issy - I'm with you on the timescales. I love your idea of your first half before 50. I want to do my first half before ds turns 1 and a marathon before I'm 40. Infact I'm planning on doing 40 things in my 40th year and a marathon will be one of them so once I've done my half (the day before ds's birthday) I'll have to stick with halves for 8 months until I turn 39...

I finally managed to get out today - todays run should have been 4 miles with speed work 6x 300m intervals with 200m recovery at my 5k pace - 8.57min/mile. It was supposed to take 45 minutes.

I finished in 44:48 so that bit was OK but the intervals... jeez. I can't do intervals. 8:51 (flat), 10:38, 11:32, 14:18, 15:17.

Ironically my average speeds when I don't try to do intervals are much quicker -
todays mile splits were 10:21, 12:27, 13:01, 9:00.
Previous runs around the hill were 10:03, 12:33, 12:14, 8:46 and last week 09:44, 11:47, 11:27, (and I came home a different way).

Its just frustrating that as soon as I know I have intervals to run I find it much harder to maintain the same speed (not even increase it) that I spend much longer recovering than if I'd just run the bloody thing without intervals.

Not sure I'm going to get this weekends runs in either; we're off to a festival at the weekend and I'm not sure its fair to leave dh with the dcs for an hour on saturday and 2 hours on sunday... but at least after this weekend our lives become more sensible and I can concentrate on the last 6 weeks of the programme...

Issy Wed 22-Aug-12 23:51:08

Hi Colleysmill and Golemmings

Very impressed by interval training, split times etc., I just haven't got to that point yet as I'm just concentrating on getting round the course. I have a Garmin Forerunner which I love, but I haven't got more technical yet than programming it to beep at me every 1/4 mile and checking to see if I'm anywhere near 10.5 minute per mile pace. I thought I was doing OK until I realised this evening that when my Garmin says 10:50 I'm not sure if it means 10 1/2 minutes or 10 minutes 50 seconds. confused and blush

I'm going for a run tomorrow - 6 miles I think - so I'll check it out!

My biggest running issue is that I'm inadvertently losing a bit of weight which merely accentuates my saddle bags. And no amount of mileage has even dimpled those sacks of flab!

golemmings Thu 23-Aug-12 12:10:41

By the sounds of it, Annie and sixtyfoot are the only one with much experience? What about Louwn?

I started running for cross training 4 years ago, just got to 10k by running once or twice a week for 4 months and got pregnant with dd, didn't really pick it up again until ds was 6 weeks old last November. I did a 5k mud run in March, a 10k in June and the race for life with ds in the buggy in July so I'm pretty new to all this too.

Issy Thu 23-Aug-12 14:02:54

No experience here!

I did 6 miles this morning in 63 minutes. 4 miles of hilly off-road, 2 miles of flat road-running. Whatever I do, the 10 and a 1/2 minute mile seems to be 'my pace'! I consider that sustaining 10.5 minutes miles around a half marathon would be a triumph!

Lovely weather for running this morning, sunny but not hot.

Aiming for 10 miles this Sunday - same 4 mile off-road then a relatively flat 6 miles of road. The half marathon in October is all central London roads, so I need to get some experience of running on roads.

colleysmill Sun 26-Aug-12 09:23:48

Morning all.

Had to drag myself out this morning for a run but got there eventually! I did a short route but as quick as possible to try and improve my speed. Planning a long route tomorrow morning.

Definately an autumn nip in the air first thing which makes a welcome change from running in the humid conditions of late. Nearly dug out my jumper!

colleysmill Sun 26-Aug-12 09:23:48

Morning all.

Had to drag myself out this morning for a run but got there eventually! I did a short route but as quick as possible to try and improve my speed. Planning a long route tomorrow morning.

Definately an autumn nip in the air first thing which makes a welcome change from running in the humid conditions of late. Nearly dug out my jumper!

colleysmill Sun 26-Aug-12 09:27:55

Sorry no idea why that posted twice!

Idocrazythings Mon 27-Aug-12 14:44:56

Hi! Can I join in too? I'm training for the great north run. 3 weeks to go- eek. I think it's going quite well, but I'm really not a fast runner. (or that experienced either). So many people run past me- on Sat. Two men were practically sprinting past me and they were still talking to each other and did not even seem breathless! I know you shouldn't compare yourself to others (and I don't) but still…

tiredemma Mon 27-Aug-12 16:11:51

Im training- I did a 10 mile race yesterday (first 5 miles were up hill which killed my legs)- really pleased though as I had aimed to do it in 1hr 45 mins as I didn't know about the mega hills prior to starting ( that will teach me to not research the races that I enter in future!!)-
Actually finished at 1hr 50 mins- which I was delighted with. Im not a fast runner- I'm happy at the pace I run and just finishing (without stopping once to walk) was a massive achievement for me.

My legs are battered today though!

Hello, can I join in? I'm doing my third half marathon in October, and have a 10 mile race coming up on 9 September.

I'm super slow - my time for my last half was 2.42.

humblebumble Tue 28-Aug-12 02:23:44

hi-
I am also training for a half marathon at the beginning of October, I turned 40 earlier this year <mid life crisis alert>.

I completed my first half marathon in March last year just under 2 hrs and 10 mins. I am hoping to complete this one in under 2 hrs. I have been following the Hal Higden training program. It is fairly simple to follow (in theory). You do 3 short runs (of 3-5 miles) during the week and then a longer run at the weekend, increasing by a mile each week. You also do speed work every other week by running your "pace" speed.

Currently my pace seems to be improving and I am up to 8 miles distance wise and at around 9 minute miles, although this weekend I ended up with a slightly slower pace than I would have liked for my longer run but still okay. I mostly run on roads, with a few hills.

Idocrazythings Tue 28-Aug-12 08:59:37

humblebumble I'm doing Hal Higdon too; Im up to week 10. I thought I'd find his voice overs annoying but they are actually oddly soothing. Did you do it last time as well? Did you find the final distances enough preparation as you don't go past 10miles. He says trust the program, so I am but I'm still a little nervous! My last two long runs have been 9milers as I accidentally ran too far from home the first time so decided to do the same thing again last weekend.

I used the Runners World programme for my first half marathon which sounds similar to the Hal Higdon from what Humble says. I don't think I'd done more than 10 miles (or if I had, I hadn't done 13.1!) before the first one. I just told myself it was a 10 mile run (which I'd done before), with a 5k tacked on the end (which I'd done plenty of times before).

Someone also told me that the first few miles go by quite slowly, but once you get to 4 or 5 they start to go by quite fast, and all of a sudden you are on 10 or 11, and the end is a bit of a struggle. As I said before, I'm old and slow, but that did happen to me both times.

humblebumble Tue 28-Aug-12 15:25:34

Hi IDocrazythings I am doing the Novice 2 program this time around as I am trying to increase my pace from 9 45 to around 9 mins so I am hoping this will help. I printed it from the website rather than paying for anything. I did the Novice 1 program for my half in March and it worked out really well. I was really nervous, like you, about whether running only 10 miles would be enough. I think at the moment if you are doing 9 miles with out thinking then you should be fine.

As Neithershreddednorsmug said the first few miles do seem to go by quite slowly then before you know it you have run 5 miles and then you are at 10 miles, I didn't find the end that much of a struggle to be honest. I think I was on an adrenaline high.

golemmings Wed 29-Aug-12 00:22:42

My running seems to have come down to once a week. But the constant stream of visitors and being away has come to an end so my running should improve.

Ran today. 4 miles with intervals. Endomondo had a bit if a hissy fit and I did 6 intervals rather than 8.
My average pace was 9.38 (second fastest this month - did 10k at 9.30 a couple of weeks ago) and even managed some of the intervals at the right speed...
I was aiming for 8.57 and did 10.16 (up hill) 9.07 (top of hill); 7.52; 7.52; 8.18; 9.28. It was all road - I'm not going to get off road for my interval or tempo runs due to failing light which is a shame.
Having skipped the best part of 3 weeks I'm wondering whether to try to stick with my current programme - which involves 14miles in a couple of weeks, amend it to do 9, 10 and 12 miles before the hm, or jump to week 3 of an 8 week programme which doesn't go over 10-12 miles. I'm doing a 10k race 2 weeks before the hm, mostly because its local and I fancy it. It will also be useful to check any improvement in pace.
The best thing about todays run is that I enjoyed it - first time I've enjoyed a run in ages.
I'm also thinking of doing shred. I started ages ago and stopped because it killed my thighs but I have a month before I start work and DS turns 1 and I quite fancy being at my fittest and most toned within a year if having my second child. Is that insane? More importantly, will it compromise my half marathon plans by killing my muscles?

Great pace golemmings!

I sometimes shred - did it seriously for a while about a year ago, moved on to some other Jillian DVDs, then got out of the habit over the summer. For me, it helped when I was running intervals, because running fast for 2 minutes felt easy in comparison to the cardio intervals in the shred <weakling>.

Not sure what to suggest about your training plan - DH never follows one, but likes to run further than whatever distance he's racing (so will do e.g. 14-15 before a HM, 12 before a 10 mile) so that it feels shorter on race day. I prefer to stick rigidly to a plan. His HM time is considerably faster than mine - not sure what that says grin.

Issy Wed 29-Aug-12 10:48:18

I'm just wondering if I have the honour of being the oldest person on this thread (48), which would of course just be a pathetic excuse for running more slowly.

I did a 9 mile run on Sunday at about 10:15-10:30 a mile, which was fine particularly as there was a stiff 2 mile uphill climb in there. I did my first interval training run this morning - 6km with 2x 1km intervals. Crazily it reduced my average speed - too long to recover.

I don't think I've got enough time before the HM on October 7 to increase my pace much beyond 10:15 to 10:130 minutes per mile, but that's fine and I'd be thrilled with anything between 2:15 and 2:30 hours for my first ever race. Particularly as this time last year, I hadn't run further than 5K.

Issy, you are not much older than I am and I think I have the honour of being the slowest

Idocrazythings Wed 29-Aug-12 13:10:26

Issy you're heaps faster than me! My 9miler takes me 1hour 45. That's is with a 5min warm up and 5min cool down walk (so I'm sure that's why its a slow time grin and I'm still a few years off 40!!!.

Issy Wed 29-Aug-12 15:00:33

I didn't count the cool down or warm up or the two two-minute stops that I took (I was running in loops round our house) for water and a stretch. So really not that different.

golemmings Wed 29-Aug-12 18:24:17

I'm 38 and I intend to run a marathon before I'm 40. I would love to run a half in sub 2hrs but realistically sub 2.15 is where I'm at (although the half is all down hill and I train mainly on hills so should be quicker when I get to the race.)

I should add that yesterdays intervals were only 200m with 100ml recovery.

KiwiPanda Thu 30-Aug-12 13:58:40

Hello! Just spotted this thread. I'm training for 1/2 marathon on October 7th. Have got up to 10 miles (last weekend). Nice to meet you, fellow runners smile

I'm not really following a specific training plan except doing a mix of intervals, speed work, long runs etc. I belong to a local running club so do track sessions with them on Sat mornings and a 10km improvement thing they are running on Tuesday evenings. I've got a 10km race in a week or so as well. I'm doing about 4 or 5 runs a week, anyway. Am on maternity leave at the moment with DD2 (she's 10.5 months now, also have DD1 at nursery, she's not far off 4 now) so it's nice to be able to escape the total chaos and plastic stuff.

Rassy Thu 30-Aug-12 18:10:05

Hi - I too am doing the Great North Run! My longest run so far has been 10 miles last Saturday but tomorrow am doing 12 shock. I have been following the Runners World 10 week programme re distances etc but not done any speed work really - just want to get round as it is my first (and last!) half marathon.

Issy Thu 30-Aug-12 20:15:49

Hi Kiwipanda, Are you running the Royal Parks half marathon as that's on 7 October? If so, so am I! I'm hoping to get up to 10 miles this weekend.

KiwiPanda Thu 30-Aug-12 21:17:15

Issy yes I am indeed! Have heard its a nice course. Are you aiming just to finish, or for a particular time?

Issy Thu 30-Aug-12 21:24:48

Yes, I've heard that too. And it's predominantly flat. As for aims, it's my first race, first time I've broken out of 5k and I'm an old gimmer, so getting round is my first priority. I put down 2:15 to 2:30 on my entry form. What about you?

onedev Thu 30-Aug-12 21:29:23

Just seen this thread - Im doing the Great North Run too & hope I'm ready when the time comes. I've heard it's really hilly & been trying to find hills around here to practice on but struggling to find something which is suitable as I've no idea what the GNR is like to know what I need!

Lexilicious Thu 30-Aug-12 21:44:59

Hi! I was on onedev's GNR thread. eek, only two weeks to go - and I haven't booked anywhere to stay the night before in Durham.

Have seemed to plateau in timings of my runs recently, but have been trying to do more hills and intervals but I lack the discipline to really do intervals properly so either need technology to shout at me or a running club, neither of which are going to happen in time, so I just plan mid length training runs that have hills in instead.

My time is currently about 10.30 a mile or 6.40 a km at the moment. Haven't looked too closely at how hilly the Great North is, but hopefully I can maintain that for 13.1m, which would mean 2h20m ish.

One thing I am terrible at is drinking enough water! I go out for a training run in the late morning from work and realise I have only had a small breakfast and two coffees. Ridiculous. grin

onedev Thu 30-Aug-12 21:52:49

Hi Lexi, I booked last night to stay at the Novotel by Newcastle airport as couldn't find anything else. I'm hoping that'll be ok as it said its on a metro route!

I dont have the discipline for interval training either so have been building my running generally. It was on my thread that one poster said about the hills so I've been trying since then but don't think I'm having much success with finding something suitable.

Idocrazythings Thu 30-Aug-12 22:39:53

I've only been doing flat runs- there are no hills here! But I try to do the odd stair if I see it! Hopefully that will see me through!! Is interval where you go fast then slow etc? I tried that tonight between the lamp posts, I did it for my last mile before my cool down walk and I actually really enjoyed it. It wasn't as difficult as I imagined it to be so next time I might try to do it for 2 or 3 miles.

Idocrazythings Thu 30-Aug-12 22:41:16

So is that 4 of us doing the GNR??

golemmings Thu 30-Aug-12 22:59:09

Evening!

I did a temp run today (3 mile tempo run in a 5 miler) and half way around I had an epiphany.
My training times are all based on nice flat road runs. Most of my training takes place in the hills (we live on the edge of the aonb so my standard 5 mile run includes about 400ft ascent).

And it occurred to me. rather than failing to make my target road pace whilst running up hill, through long grass and ducking under trees etc... why don't I have a new training pace for the two different environments.

So I've sat down and worked out my on and off road pbs.

Todays 3 mile tempo run (10:42) which I was failing to achieve a road target pace of 9.47 on, was actually within my hills target pace of 10:26-10:48. YAY!!!

I'm much happier now and I've managed 2 out of 2 runs this week.

onedev Thu 30-Aug-12 23:28:46

Well done! Really wish we had more hills around here as that is worrying me!

onedev Thu 30-Aug-12 23:30:07

Ido, I think that's interval training yes - when I try that, it always seems to be when I'm on a slight downhill! I swear it's not deliberate but always works out that way so think that's my bodies way of rejecting them grin

KiwiPanda Fri 31-Aug-12 07:29:33

Ido try fartlek running? That's where you go at gentle pace then do random sprints so eg pick an object (lamppost) and run fast to it then back to normal speed. Unlike intervals it's more random and quite fun grin Classic intervals is more like 1 km fast, 1 km slow (although if you don't have a gps you can also do it by time, eg 1 min fast, 1 slow or 5 fast, 5 slow or 1 fast, 5 slow...!

Issy I'm aiming for between 1 hour 40 and 1 hour 45. Haven't done a half before but quite a few 10kms recently and my 10km PB is 46'10 so should be do-able

Idocrazythings Fri 31-Aug-12 08:52:38

Yes kiwi that's what I did last night! Only for a mile though and I enjoyed it- I think it took me back to the c25k days which I enjoyed doing (even though it was torture!) sore legs after it though- did not make my early morning boot camp class fun this morning!!!

Issy Fri 31-Aug-12 14:20:17

Kiwi: "I'm aiming for between 1 hour 40 and 1 hour 45." Well you will have plenty of time to pick up your medal, change, get some lunch and then wave me through the finish line. grin

I was on a short run this morning and the back of my right calf felt painfully tight. Any recommendations for exercises to relax the muscles? I can't google it because I've no idea which muscle it is - the tightness is in the centre of and about two thirds of the way down my lower leg.

Lexilicious Sat 01-Sep-12 09:50:09

OK, some of you sound like you really know what you're talking about!! So. This morning I have done a 5k route out the back of my house on an old golf course. It's a mile end to end but if you do all the innyouty bits round the edge (and all the ups and downs!) it adds a third basically. I'm looking at my pace on Strava and I was pretty consistent whether going uphill or downhill or flat. So the grade adjusted pace is all over the place.

Now, I think that means that if I can run the same speed uphill as I am typically doing on the flat, I could be doing better on the flat, yes? I don't know how to make my legs do that though. I always had a problem (in a former life as an army reservist) with pace length when doing loaded marches, it felt like my hips just didn't want to let my legs extend out very far in front and I always had to trot to catch up (v bad form).

Lexilicious Sat 01-Sep-12 10:23:52

I've just spent ALL my pocket money on the very last hotel room anywhere near Durham. shock minimum 2 night stay, the cheeky buggers.

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 11:11:35

I'm going to aim for 11 miles today - haven't gone that distance in recent training so hope it's ok.

Hopefully it'll be a lovely hotel Lexi grin

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 16:59:16

I managed my 11 miles - yeah grin

KiwiPanda Sat 01-Sep-12 17:37:03

Top work Onedev! I need to do that tomorrow. Then somehow stay awake for the rest of the day while looking after my DDs, with DH at work..

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 17:40:03

I'm still lying on the sofa grin.

My boys made me do hill sprint races with them when I got back & I could barely walk it (they're only almost 4&6 & it's not exactly a hill, but it felt that way at the time!).

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 17:40:25

Should say have fun tomorrow.

KiwiPanda Sat 01-Sep-12 18:07:25

onedev I went to running club this morning and trained really hard. Then DD1 made me run races with her to the train later and I could barely keep up. And this girl is NOT fast grin. Need to have a very hot bath and apply tiger balm ASAP or tomorrow's run is going to be more like a hobble..!

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 19:10:04

I'd like to join a running club but at 36 I imagine they'd just laugh at me blush. Enjoy your bath & all the best for tomorrow.

golemmings Sat 01-Sep-12 22:27:21

enjoy your 11 miles Kiwi - calm before the storm? Hope you enjoyed the bath!
I'm up for 9 miles before dd's 3rd bday party...

I don't think a running club would laugh at you one; one of my mates has just joined our local ones and was getting on fine. She's 38. I'd join but they meet in the early evening when I'm trying to get kids to bed. I might join next summer when I will have finished bfing ds and dh can put the dcs to bed.

I'm just back from an easy 4 miler which was lovely. I wasn't watching the clock much but averaged 9.27min/mile - but splits of 9:22, 9:25, 9:31 and 9:05. It was all on road but there were hills involved - small hill in mile 1 and 3 and big hill in mile 2 but I've never had such consistent splits so I'm pleased.

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 22:50:50

Well done go!

I'm really worried about the hills as there really aren't any around here to practice on for the GNR - every hill has a flat or downhill immediately after & they last no longer than 0.1of a mile so not much practice of them - so hoping I can make it!

Maybe laugh is a bit harsh but I think I'd feel embarrassed joining a running club now (unless with a friend) as I imagine I'm probably doing it all wrong blush

KiwiPanda Sat 01-Sep-12 23:07:34

Onedev I'm 36 in a few weeks! Running clubs are usually of very mixed abilities. Mine ranges hugely. I like to think they are for people who like running, rather than people who are fast at running ..!

onedev Sat 01-Sep-12 23:10:43

I'm sure you're right - I'm probably just making excuses really! Just feel a bit chicken (& that's not normally me as generally I am confident & don't let things hold me back!).

humblebumble Sun 02-Sep-12 02:11:51

Hi - sounds like your splits are really good golemmings really consistent, what a high!

onedev well done on your 11 miles! hope you are feeling okay today.

I have had a little bit of a rough week. My right knee has been playing up a little and I have been concerned about my running. I decided to miss a 3 mile run training run this week to give my leg a rest. However, today I managed my 9-miler slower than I have been doing with my splits all over the place (usually I am quite consistent, not intentionally) but I was pleased to finish. It was 30 degrees when I ran, but fortunately not too humid.

I've got 5 more weeks to pick up my pace, I bought new trainers today which I am hoping will give the cushioning for my knee.

KiwiPanda Sun 02-Sep-12 09:59:08

Just back from 11 miles. I even did negative splits. Woo hoo!

Lexilicious Re going quicker downhill/slower uphill - i actually run pretty consistently at the same pace, I don't think it's a bad thing, it means you are attacking the hills and recovering on the downhills if you keep the same pace!

Lexilicious Sun 02-Sep-12 10:54:27

Wtf are negative splits?!?

I am about to go out for 10-11 miles. Big hill at 2 miles then lots of flat (old railway line) and some undulations near the end. Have been sitting in my Lycra waiting for enough charge on my phone to last all the way round. Getting cold, but at least I have drunk some water and I had a very long night's sleep.

Idocrazythings Sun 02-Sep-12 11:19:44

I found this great calculator to work out estimated finish times based on age and previous times etc… race calculator

Idocrazythings Sun 02-Sep-12 11:23:06

Lexi negative splits are where you run faster each "lap" (I think- correct me if I'm wrong have just recently been enlighted myself!)

KiwiPanda Sun 02-Sep-12 12:48:46

Yes - not every single mile in my case as a few hills but basically getting slightly quicker as you go along

Lexilicious Sun 02-Sep-12 13:27:00

Ok Kiwi thanks! I like to learn the lingo!

Well I survived it. Hurting now, going to have a cool bath. Did 17k in 1:58 which is 6.59min/km. Ten mile time 1:51. Quite pleased, but after the first big climb (which was on a golf course with sternly worded signs everywhere saying private, no walkers, etc) it was more flat than hill so I am not sure it is representative of how I'll do on the GNR. However, it also doesn't have people cheering, drinks stations, or the (+ve) pressure of performing in the real thing.

onedev Sun 02-Sep-12 14:58:12

Well done Kiwi & Lexi!

I feel totally fine today so pleased about that smile.

I feel the same Lexi but like you I'm hoping all the people will help me get up the hills grin

Issy Sun 02-Sep-12 18:07:00

Well done everyone running today. Humble bumble where we're you running in 30 degrees?!

I did 10 miles today at a very consistent 10 minutes per mile, apart from the last mile which was a sad 12 mins per mile! Mile 10 was grim, but I got there. Hoping the atmosphere and a somewhat flatter course will pull me round the full 13 in 4 weeks time.

golemmings Sun 02-Sep-12 22:18:39

I keep reading others'posts and thinking "i could have written that"...

I did 9 miles today averaging 10min miles. My target was 11 min miles. I thought about trying to make it a 10mile run but that would have involved a stonking big hill... And its 3 weeks since I ran more than 5 miles... Miles 1-4 were hard because I mostly wanted to be asleep in bed and mile 8 was hard because I was knackered. Splits varied from 9:57 to 10:52 (which is steep uphill and then over grown fp).

And this is the first week in ages that I've done all my runs.

Lexilicious Mon 03-Sep-12 08:34:31

I seriously hurt this morning - envy at onedev's feeling fine the day after! My knees are actually creaking. Office job too, so I will have to force myself to get up and walk around to keep them loosening off.

KiwiPanda Mon 03-Sep-12 09:39:19

Lexilicious Have you got any Tiger balm? Sorry, I bang on about this stuff so much I should be on commission for them, but it really is wonderful at easing aches and stiff muscles. You can get it in Boots. Just don't rub your eyes after applying smile

Lexilicious Mon 03-Sep-12 09:43:17

I have! somewhere... possibly... (rebuilding/decorating half the house so everything in boxes and v difficult to find. Doesn't help until at least 5.30 anyway, when I'll be home from work!)

onedev Mon 03-Sep-12 12:52:58

I've never heard of Tiger Balm so will have to look into that.

I take Seven Seas vitamin tablets for joints (contains glucosamine) as they were recommended to me by a colleague as my knees would often hurt & my knees have pretty much been fine since.

I did keep moving for a good 15 mins after my 11 miles & stretched quite a bit too so assume that's why i was ok?

Idocrazythings Mon 03-Sep-12 16:43:15

Bugger! Have been coughing for a week- just went into the sport shoe shop and practically coughed up a lung for no reason the lady who owns it said she is a pharmacist as well and that I really should get my peak flow checked!!! I've already not been able to do my long weekend run yesterday- hope it gets better soon GNR in 2 weeks sad

onedev Mon 03-Sep-12 17:02:30

I've started coughing this last week too but am hoping it'll go away - what's peak flow?

Hope you're ok.

tiredemma Mon 03-Sep-12 17:03:58

My knees are battered - will try some of your recommendations. I just know that im going to run in pain at GNR.

do or die.

Lexilicious Mon 03-Sep-12 17:29:51

I used to have a neighbour who was a really keen runner, had an annoying cough which he eventually got checked out.... Spent a week in hospital and another couple of weeks bed rest at home. Pleurisy. Don't be too brave and soldier-on-y!!

Idocrazythings Mon 03-Sep-12 19:00:11

Don't say that Lexi!!! I have an appt tomorrow with the GP nurse. Don't want it to get worse and affect my run (or worse be some one who collapses).

Peak flow is just where they check your lung capacity- you know that little cylinder you have to exhale into to check your lung capacity? I think it's probably all the pollution. Maybe I'll start running with one of those filter masks you see on some cyclists. Hehe only joking can u imagine the sight???

KiwiPanda Mon 03-Sep-12 19:38:41

Just dont run with a chest infection! lexi maybe that's what your neighbour did..? Not good at all. I had one a month or so ago and couldn't have run if you paid me but also took ages after to get back on track, even when I felt ok I couldn't run. So don't overtax yourself ..

Lexilicious Mon 03-Sep-12 20:37:50

Sorry, didn't mean to spook you quite so much! That was probably not helpful though. My neighbour probably did run with something like a chest infection but was so superfit that it didn't knock him out like it would a mere mortal.

Well today I have received in the post the info about the Anthony Nolan stand at the end of the race and what they lay on for their charity runners. Got the bupa pack earlier and my wristband for the coach service. I have chucked the info pages on the official AN 'cheering points' because DH has informed me he's not even coming up to Durham now so there is no chance of a little surprise of himans DS popping up on the sidelines somewhere. It is fair enough really because of my cockup with the b&b meaning travelling back on Monday morning that he cant miss from work, but I am hacked off and miserable because it means I am on my own for 48 hours. I would have liked to be met and congratulated at least in Durham. Still, it sounds like there will be lots of people in the B&B doing the run, and I will meet people on the coach I guess. (hate meeting new people really, want to curl up in a corner and not be noticed)

So, scuse me while I have a bit of a grump.

humblebumble Mon 03-Sep-12 21:32:36

Tiredemma re: Knees - I also wear a patella strap when I do the longer runs knee strap. I had forgotten about using it until I started doing the longer runs and my knee began to hurt.
I take glucosomine when <when I remember>
I replace my running shoes about every 300miles.

I am pleased to report after my 9 mile run on Saturday I don't have any pain in my knees (yey!), I haven't worn my new running shoes yet. I will take them out tomorrow for a 3 miler.

I was also told by a Dr friend of mine, don't run with a chest infection because the risk is that it will get worse. You are better to take a few days off and go back out when you feel better.

I also recommend Tiger Balm, but whatever you do make sure you wash your hands before you touch any sensitive areas!

lexi what a shame your DH can't come and meet you, I can appreciate the disappointment. Hopefully it will make coming home more special. They will be so excited to see you.

Issy I am living in the US at the moment. DH is away this week but I am still hoping through some miracle (and the help of some friends) I can get out and do my runs.

Idocrazythings Mon 03-Sep-12 23:55:48

Issy That's ok, I'm not spooked!! (I'm sure I'm fine) The coach will be dropping me off at the start point then I'll be by myself too until the race starts as they recommend family stay on the coach to go to the finish- at least you get to go to a tent! everyone will be in such a good mood you'll probably meet heaps of people! What wave are you in? I'm pink j (right at the back).

Idocrazythings Mon 03-Sep-12 23:58:50

Oops sorry I meant lexi. That's what u get for being up too late hiding the iPhone light under the bed covers and trying to muffle your cough…

Lexilicious Tue 04-Sep-12 09:26:29

smile I didn't read the run pack very carefully (was too busy grumping) but my race number is 55xxx because of my very very cautious estimate of finish time! To explain - I went to get a spit sample thing sent from the AN web page from a link on one of the Ailidh prayer threads, and saw they had spaces for the GNR. Blithely signed up, immediately thought OMG what have I done. I last did this sort of distance in July 08 on the Bewl Water 15 mile (x-country) which I did in 2h15 but I was superfit then, but after that I haven't run hardly at all since getting pregnant later that year. Starting from doing absolutely no exercise whatsoever (first training run was 8 July), I estimated I would finish a half in 3 hours. Hence I am probably going to start in a group with the litter pickers at the back!

Idocrazythings Tue 04-Sep-12 18:33:34

Crap and bugger!!! Just got back from GP's armed with antibiotics and a ventolin puffer (and tiger balm to rub on my chest). No running until Sunday and only if I am 100% it's only allowed to be a gentle run too. Have to go back next Tuesday for another check sad

Lexilicious Tue 04-Sep-12 18:38:32

Oh no, really sorry to hear that. sad

KiwiPanda Tue 04-Sep-12 18:42:28

Oh Ido you poor thing. Rest as much as you can, will keep fingers crossed for rapid recovery but do take it easy

onedev Tue 04-Sep-12 19:02:53

You've got time Ido, so hopefully you'll have a speedy recovery.

I put a slow time down as well so I'm starting in J Orange (or something like that) so think I'll be at the back with you.

What worried me was the talk about the street clear car & if it passes you then you're out of the race & have to finish on the footpath - how embarrassing! Really hope that's not me!

Idocrazythings Tue 04-Sep-12 19:26:55

Thanks everyone it's nice to have your well wishes smile. It would be embarrassing to have to walk the footpath- but I think you have to be doing something like a 17min mile (however in my present condition…)

Issy Tue 04-Sep-12 19:33:04

Sympathy Ido. I've got about four weeks to go and I'm far, far less worried about intervals, Fartleks, split laps and pace than I am about something falling apart or falling off which means I can't run at all. Probably my most sensible race tactic would be to spend the next month sitting on the sofa eating doughnuts.

golemmings Tue 04-Sep-12 20:21:14

Oh bum ido. How frustrating for you. Hope the abs kick in quickly.

Lexilicious Tue 04-Sep-12 20:43:17

Doughnut-munching race prep. I love it!

I have read the bupa booklet properly now. I was right about being in the very last pen - pink K!

Idocrazythings Tue 04-Sep-12 22:00:32

Woo hoo. We'll be neighbours lexi hmm I really can't remember what time I put down- I think about 2.40 apparently it's a real cram to start with so maybe better to be at the back, get into your rhythm and then go a little faster as the crowd settles down; rather than get caught up with everyone who races off ahead and ends up exhausted within 30min (unless they are a gazelle and keeps on racing). That's how I'm looking at it

humblebumble Wed 05-Sep-12 00:05:35

Hi everyone.
Oh no Ido I hope you get better quickly, usually once you are on AB's you are on the road to recovery.

lexi I think it's better to be at the back, I have started my first (only) half marathon right at the back. It means that you find your own rhythm/pace better, rather than shooting off too quickly and also people space out well. Also I found the runners I started with seemed to be a friendly bunch too and had the same nerves as me!

humblebumble Wed 05-Sep-12 00:09:11

Week 8 of 12 week training program for my HM.

I had a really good run today in my new shoes. It was a 3 mile run. My splits were all under 9 minutes. I think the combination of my new shoes and a couple of days not running really helped me mentally not to get stressed about injuring my knee. Everything just felt right grin

Tomorrow I have to run 5 miles at the pace I would like to run the HM. Hopefully I will feel just as good tomorrow.

golemmings Wed 05-Sep-12 19:07:10

Go humble!

Good run here too. Had what appeared to be impossible interval time (8.57 for 4x 800m intervals on a 5 mile run.

I managed it on all but one (8.16, 9.11, 8.55 and 8.24) with an average pace of 9.29. The program said it should take an hour but I did it in 47.19 which I think is around my 10k pace so that's not bad especially given how flakey my running was through august. Possibly if my warm up and my first interval were more gentle I'd've made the time on the second interval. But then again, remembering not to dawdle might have helped too!

KiwiPanda Wed 05-Sep-12 20:51:04

Can I ask, you guys following a proper programme, what does it suggest doing for mileage in the week or two before the race? Presumably tapering a bit but how much/ how many runs etc?

humblebumble Wed 05-Sep-12 23:27:55

Hi, I did another good run today, my splits were consistent at a tinsy bit under 9 min miles, except for the one with the small hill which was 9.11. So it was good to get that done.

golemmings well done! I am interested in your intervals, I've never done intervals ... I fear that it would just become too complicated or I might injure myself. I am wondering if my "pace" run is similar to what others called a "tempo" run. I am also a little concerned I am running my long runs faster than I should and that might be why my knee is playing up ...

kiwi my training program says that the week before I do a 3 mile run, 2 mile pace run, 3 mile run and then no running for 2 days before. The week before is just a continuation of the previous week 3,5,3 and 12 mile. This is different from a previous program where the longest run I did was 10 miles the week before.

golemmings Thu 06-Sep-12 08:18:57

Kiwi: my last 2 weeks are:
6 mi interval (5k pace)
4mi inc 2mi fartlek
3mi easy
10k (58 mins) + 1mi wu/cd

4mi interval (5k pace)
3mi easy (4x150ml strides)
3 mile easy
RACE

Humble, DH started c25k and ran too fast because he wasn't finding it hard. his cv fitness was way ahead of his muscle fitness and he damaged himself. After a month off he started again more slowly and after about 18 weeks he's on week 7 and running superfast (much faster than me; we're off for our first run together tomorrow which could be... Interesting!).
You may find that your cv fitness is better than your muscle fitness and backing the speed off a little will help your legs and then you'll be able to run faster and further. (disclaimer, I have no idea what I'm talking about really!)

KiwiPanda Thu 06-Sep-12 09:03:29

Thanks! I should probably plan those last two weeks in advance or I'll end up doing too much. I have a 10k race this Sunday which I want to try and break my PB in. Do no long run for me this weekend. sad i much prefer long slow runs to 10km race pace. Don't tell my DH but I'm so doing a marathon next grin

Lexilicious Thu 06-Sep-12 10:01:07

oooh interesting. I think my muscle fitness is better than my CV, because I don't really tire in the legs until 10 mi but can't pick up the pace even in the early stages. I am definitely going to join a running club soon.

I am using the runnersworld training plan (loosely) which is on their website. it is the 10-week half marathon at 1:50-plus (ha ha!! I couldn't find one that said 'under 2:30'). This week's plan was:
Tuesday: 3-4 miles easy on soft ground (didn't do)
Thursday: 1 mile jog, 5mins fast, 5 min slow jog recovery, 5 mins fast. (did tuesday's instead)
Friday: 4 miles easy on grass (will do around park)
Sunday: 9-10 miles slow (instead of MIL's cooked breakfast)

final week:
Tuesday: 3 miles easy off road
Thursday: 1 mile jog, 1 mile at race speed, 1 mile jog
Friday: 2 mile jog.
Sunday: RACE DAY

This morning I did 3.3mi on pavement as I can't find enough soft ground around work that doesn't have horses or cows on it. That was 5.3km at 6m14s per km average pace or almost spot on 10min/mile - could do better but happy not to do any worse.

I don't think I can step up to a marathon for a while. There is a 10k race at the end of Sept which I'll do, and I fancy the Grand Union Canal HM in November (Uxbridge to Watford) - principally because canal paths, correct me if I'm wrong, are pretty flat!!!

humblebumble Thu 06-Sep-12 14:05:29

lexi I like your thinking on your potential HM. That was how I decided on mine ... but I've just discovered there is actually one supposedly quite big hill in the middle, oops.

golemmings I think you could be exactly right. I have been thinking I need to do some strength exercises for my quads (which would help protect my knee as well). I guess it is all a fine balance.

I've been going to a bootcamp two mornings a week, but I wonder if I might be better off finding a gym and doing some basic weights strengthening exercises. I have been enjoying the boot camp though as it has made me train areas that I have always ignored (arms and tummy) and I am actually noticing the difference and I fear if I go only to the gym I will just ignore the those bits as I --am lazy find it too hard smile

KiwiPanda Thu 06-Sep-12 18:00:14

I've had some physio for an injury several times and they are very big on core strength - these are running/ sport specialist physios. I should really do more Pilates but it's finding the time as well as running isn't it? I'm definitely in the stronger legs than CV camp though it definitely depends on pace- at long "easy" pace both are fine but at 10km race pace my lungs start seriously protesting!

golemmings Thu 06-Sep-12 19:23:22

Lexi, that is exactly why I'm doing a half marathon on a disused railway line which is mostly downhill.

Lexilicious Thu 06-Sep-12 20:09:51

yeah, I totally didn't look at any of the info about GNR before signing up. Just thought, oh I've heard of that one, people will probably sponsor me well if its a famous one, Newcastle's not difficult to get to...

all of which I am finding were poor estimates of reality!!

onedev Thu 06-Sep-12 23:38:16

Lexi, I did a half marathon a while ago which was along a canal towpath as I thought that would be flat, but what I didn't think about were the locks (there were a lot & some were very steep which was so tiring on my legs especially getting close to the end!).

KiwiPanda Fri 07-Sep-12 18:24:30

Hmmm the weather forecast for Sunday & my 10k looking rather warmer than I thought it would be. Oh dear.

Lexilicious Fri 07-Sep-12 22:50:21

Doesn't that mean that with the weather factor your 10k will be like doing a longer run? (always seeing the slacker's way through a problem, me!!)

I did my 5k "round the block" run this evening. No prizes, no bests. I think my legs are in control of my pace - it's almost like they are always conserving a bit for a longer run than I actually plan to do. This is why I need a real training plan that I do with a club rather than just me and the phone app to keep each other honest.

Last wine tonight before the race. Have to stay off the booze Saturday night (even though it's MIL's birthday dinner) so I don't hurt myself on 10 miles Sunday morning. Then I just want to be detoxed for the real thing. I will drink loads of water all weekband eat carbs from Thursday onwards.

Post-race... Might do the 5k parkrun the flowing Saturday. Then my local 10k another week later. Had a a look at the canal route for November and it is a climb!! There are 15 locks I think, but concentrated towards the end. I still want to do it. grin

humblebumble Sat 08-Sep-12 01:35:13

Lexi Ido Onedev only a week to go until the GNR!

Kiwi Good luck for your 10km on Sunday.

I am also doing 10 miles on Sunday, but my HM isn't until October. I am slightly envious yours in next weekend ... although the GNR sounds like it could be a bit too hilly for me.

Lexi good luck with the no booze until next week grin

KiwiPanda Sat 08-Sep-12 14:15:04

I have excruciating toothache. Not ideal. Good job they dont drug test amateur runners or I'd be disqualified for excessive pain medication I think sad

Lexilicious Sat 08-Sep-12 16:13:58

It can't be last night's wine, I had no more than I quite often would on a Friday night, but I have been feeling rotten today. Headache, nauseous, wobbly, sort of car sick. Not much appetite, but not lethargic either. Hope I'm not coming down with something with (thanks humble, as if it wasn't flashing scarily on all my calendars already!!!) only a week to go. Yikes. Maybe it's all psychosomatic.

humblebumble Sat 08-Sep-12 21:46:17

lexi grin we could do a count down day by day?

I hope you start feeling better. It sounds like vertigo ... or pregnancy!

KiwiPanda Sun 09-Sep-12 06:40:20

Or maybe ear infection?? Although you'd presumably have temp with that (or is that just babies??)

Feel a bit sick in advance of 10k (in 2 hours 20 mins) ugh

golemmings Sun 09-Sep-12 07:48:27

Good luck kiwi! Stick to the shady side and enjoy it!

After running with DH in Friday (he complained the pace was too uneven so I don't think it will be a regular occurence) I dipped out if yesterday's run but I'm off to do 10 miles this morning. Still trying to figure out a route. I have a 9 mile route so I either need to stick a random half mile spur in the middle or a loop of the village at ththe beginning or the end or come into the village via a stonking hill... I'm tempted to run the mile loop around the village to start then I know that when I leave the village I just have to redo last week's run.

KiwiPanda Sun 09-Sep-12 10:43:57

Thanks! I am back from 10km. Not a fast course as it was nice - all off road, on tow path and round field - but very uneven and in places not even on a path, just grass. I knocked 1 min 20 off my PB which is grin but missed out on sub-45 which I was aiming for by 13 seconds. sad

Still I will just have to enter another one now grin

KiwiPanda Sun 09-Sep-12 10:44:50

Oh and lemmings I would definitely do the loop first so you know how close you are to home in those last few miles when it all hurts!

Lexilicious Sun 09-Sep-12 11:05:53

I've just done 15k near my inlaws house - 1.52 but it did include some getting lost on unkept public footpaths along very brambly field edges.

was hot too. Feel really whacked and my knees are seriously complaining. Glad I have a good reason to tone it down those week to ease up before the race.

so... exactly 7 days from now, we'll be off on the downhill to the Tyne!

golemmings Sun 09-Sep-12 11:16:48

Oh kiwi, how bloody frustrating. But well done on the pb.

I've done my 10miles. Averaged 9.30 min/mile which pleaSed me and I'm not totally dead. I could possibly kept that up for another 3mi under race conditions, bringing me close to a 2hr hm. Not sure my phone battery would last another half hour though which is annoying. I may have to think about a garmin for Christmas...

KiwiPanda Sun 09-Sep-12 12:49:35

I've just entered another race. I may need some kind of addiction therapy smile It looked so good though! It's Cabbage Patch race which is fairly local to me. 10 miles and previous winners include Mo Farah gringrin

onedev Sun 09-Sep-12 14:32:35

Sounds like you're all doing brilliantly today - well done!

humblebumble Sun 09-Sep-12 16:14:40

Hi all,

Well done everyone, lots of good long runs.

I did a 10 mile run at an average pace of 9.42, I was trying to make sure I didn't run too fast. It even felt good running up the 3 hills. I felt I had lots left in the tank. The weather was perfect 20 degrees and blue skies. Very happy today.

Issy Sun 09-Sep-12 16:58:52

Hi All! Congratulations on all the runs. I did 12 miles today, running 10 minute miles, although I took out a few untimed minutes at the 3, 6 and 9 mile point for a drink and quick stretch. I was running a very flat course - a track on a disused railway line - so the time wasn't impressive but it's two miles further than I've ever run before and gives me some reassurance that I'll get round the HM in October, also thankfully on a flat course!

Hello runners! It sounds like there's some great and speedy running going on.

I did a 10 miler this morning. I hadn't run for 2 weeks, and was jet lagged having just come back from the UK (I live in the US) but managed a chip time of 2 hours and a few seconds (I was aiming for 2 hours, but a loo stop robbed me of a couple of minutes). I was 1.59 and a few seconds for 10 miles on my Garmin so I'm happy.

My half is on 7 October - has crept up sooner than I realised. And I've just signed up for another half in January with a friend who needed something to train for.

humblebumble Sun 09-Sep-12 18:20:48

neither which half are you doing in October? I'm doing the Staten Island one on the 7th.

humble - so am I! Do you live here too?

humblebumble Sun 09-Sep-12 20:09:50

Yes, I do!! How fun. Small world. Do you do any of the NYRR runs? I am doing the 4 mile next Saturday. It will be my 9 for the 9+1. Then I am qualified for next years NYC marathon, gulp!

A small world indeed! And I'm a NYRR member smile

I did the Bronx 10 mile this morning, which was my fourth of the five Borough series this year so I should be in for the NY half next year. And I'm volunteering at the Fifth Avenue mile for my 9+1. I mostly do the shorter Central Park runs (up to 10K), but DH and I have done the 5 borough series together this year.

humblebumble Sun 09-Sep-12 20:36:52

It was a perfect day for the Bronx run. I got my +1 yesterday for handing out bib's to the runners. When did you pick up your number? Wouldn't it be weird if I was the one who gave you your number.
You'll qualify for the marathon next year too?
Most of my 9+1's have been the shorter runs as well. I signed up for the mile, but I have friends in town and I also really want to do a long training run that day and it would be too much to do both.

grin DH picked up both our bibs on Friday.

I do qualify for the marathon, but sadly we are leaving the US in March.

So, how is your training for SI going? Today was my first time out in 2 weeks. DH has just been looking at the course and reading bits out like "hilly at mile 8" and "you pass the finish with a mile to go". Friends of mine did it last year and said how tough it was shock.

humblebumble Mon 10-Sep-12 01:21:58

neither are you heading back to the UK? and would you fly back for it?

My training seems to be going okay. I also didn't read up on SI Half before I signed up, I hear the 8 mile hill is quite big but the rest of it is okay. I have heard it isn't very pretty ... oh well ...

Lexilicious Tue 11-Sep-12 20:09:28

Back in blighty... smile ... It's still a bit hot this week. I just did a very pleasant evening 5k that (massive hubris alert) didn't tax me at all - splits either side of 7min/km. two more light runs on Thursday and Friday and then it's the race this Sunday! I am right now quite unexcited. Mostly because I am trying to ignore the fact I am not organised about travel etc. I know everything is booked that needs to be, but haven't actually read all the info.

Idocrazythings Tue 11-Sep-12 20:37:18

Been a little sad to check in last few days…might have to withdraw from GNR been back to doctor now on a second course of antibiotics and he mentioned the "p" word (pneumonia). I wouldn't let him tell me I couldn't do it, but Im really not sure, today, if I will. I don't feel particularly sick just coughing. Going to have a 15min run tomorrow, see how I feel after that, then decide what to do sadsadsad

KiwiPanda Tue 11-Sep-12 20:46:24

Oh Ido I'm so sorry. You must be really gutted after all the training that the prospect of pulling out looms. But remember that your health is most important thing and there are plenty of other races. If you do have to pull out then find another race fairly soon and enter it so you don't loose momentum too much and feel like it was all for nothing?

Huge sympathy though x

Lexilicious Tue 11-Sep-12 20:59:10

Sorry to hear that Ido - you know you can defer your GNR place to next year don't you? It is not worth risking your health if pneumonia is a possibility right now. Not at all.

Idocrazythings Tue 11-Sep-12 21:04:54

Thanks kiwi; that's what I'm really torn up about- and I'm asking myself if I do it (even just to participate have given up on my 2.20 goal) will I make my recovery time even longer and put myself out of action for weeks/months. Might try to get another opinion tomorrow as its not like I'm laid up in bed or anything.

humblebumble Tue 11-Sep-12 23:24:14

Ido you poor thing. Please get a second opinion. I echo what the others have said, it is more important for your health to not run and to find something else that you can aim for in the next month or so. Just think by this time next year with all the running you will have under your belt you will probably be able to do it even faster than 2.20!

Lexi I also had a good run this morning. It was just 3 miles, but it felt great. I think after the long run at the weekend it was just what I needed.

onedev Tue 11-Sep-12 23:59:47

Sorry to hear that Ido but I echo the others as your health is more important.

I'm away with work this week so not ideal prep for the GNR but hopefully should be ok.

Good luck to the rest of you. smile

Ido - sorry to hear that you are so poorly, and that you might miss your run. how disappointing, but as others have said your health is more important. Is there another run coming up you can do in a few months so you can set yourself a new goal?

humble - I'm still in 2 minds about coming back for the marathon. Mainly because I'm not sure whether I'll manage the training.

I was going to have a sofa evening, but DH dragged me out with him and I ended up running 5 miles. Central Park was heaving with runners this evening, most of whom ran past me grin.

Idocrazythings Wed 12-Sep-12 14:22:39

Thanks everyone, it means a lot. I did have a second opinion today, she said it wasn't pneumonia as my whole body isn't affected by the infection, but my chest is still very noisy. She highly doubted I'd be able to get around the course even if I did lots of walking, and advised me not to do it. She is quite young and a runner herself so understands how important it is to me. So, I've followed her advice and pulled out.
They'res a slight possibility I can get a place on the London beat so at least that's something.

humblebumble Wed 12-Sep-12 18:42:00

Ido I'm sorry you aren't well. It really sucks. However, I do think you are doing the right thing. London Beat 1/2 sounds like it would be a lot of fun, if not that one, I am sure that there are others as well.

Idocrazythings Wed 12-Sep-12 22:10:07

I've put it all into perspective and am pretty much ok with it now.

Shredded that sounds amazing I'd love to run around central park you're very lucky it's close to you. I get loads of people run past me- I just call them gazelles (in a special tone in my head)- and keep on plodding

onedev Wed 12-Sep-12 22:52:26

Sorry to hear that Ido, but you've done the right thing. I've never heard of London Beat but it's great you have something to aim for. Hope you feel better soon.

Ido - good to hear you are feeling OK with your decision, which I'm sure is for the best.

humble - where do you run?

KiwiPanda Thu 13-Sep-12 09:02:47

Ido I've heard v good things about London Beat.

Actually that reminds me - do you guys all listen to music on runs? I do on training runs but not on races but am thinking that ifI it's allowed I might well take iPod shuffle on the half marathon. Just cos of length/ boredom/ keeping tempo up etc. any thoughts?

golemmings Thu 13-Sep-12 11:16:04

Ido, sorry to hear your gnr plans have gone belly up. That must be Gutting, although run to the beat looks amazing.

Kiwi, I run to music. I use endomondo on my phone which gives me splits, music and allows people to talk to me while I run. DH does it sometimes to let me know kids are asleep or he's putting dinner on. When I did my 10k a friend logged in about every quarter of an hour to tell me I was doing well. It was lovely.
I'm not sure my phone will last a whole hm, it'll do 10 miles though and I think i'll see if I can get people to talk to me. The hm will be quite lonely; its rural and disused railway so very little room for supporters along the way. The 10k I did was from one town to another so lots of folk out in their gardens cheering runners and unofficial drinks stands etc which was lovely. Any of you gnr folk using endomondo and want encouragement? I'm around some of Sunday...

Lexilicious Thu 13-Sep-12 11:25:58

I carry my phone when running, just to track my pace on GPS. I don't like to listen to music because I need to hear what's going on around me if I want to cross roads etc. or am off the beaten track on my own (e.g. lots of woods near me). Endomondo sounds interesting with the logging in to shout things though! I may look into it when I get home.

Issy Thu 13-Sep-12 11:28:53

Ido: Really sorry to hear that you've had to pull out. Even the Issy Patented Training Plan - lie on sofa and eat Fox's Party Rings to avoid pre-race injury - is not immune to chest infections.

Kiwi: I always listen to music when I run. I just have a super-cheap, tiny MP3 player onto which I've loaded 'Now That's What I Call Running'. blush I deleted all the rap songs and other music for which I'm too old and copied some of it onto an 'inspirational' go to list for the tough miles.

Issy Thu 13-Sep-12 11:29:41

I meant to add that I use a Garmin Forerunner for time, pace etc. as I don't have a smart phone.

Lexilicious Thu 13-Sep-12 11:42:27

Oh meant to say also that I quite like the nothingness of running without music. I love music in many forms (always have it on in the car, for example) but as running is almost the only time I get absolutely to myself, I really love just being alone with my thoughts, trundling through what's rattling around in my head seems to sort things out and put them into place - like defragmenting my hard drive. smile

Sometimes it turns out there's not a lot in there either. That makes for a lovely relaxing run. Me and my blank mind...!

I run with a basic garmin (110) and an i-pod shuffle. My i-pod has a selection of mostly embarrassing songs which help to put a spring in my step at different times. e.g. I have a couple which are 10 minutes long, which I use if I'm flagging in a long run, while telling myself that if I get my act together I'll have another mile under my belt by the time the song has finished grin.

Because I listen to the same stuff over and over again must get some new songs I sometimes end up running without noticing the music. Like Lexi says, that's the bit I like best.

Issy Thu 13-Sep-12 13:06:14

I've always wanted to do just that - run and sort out my mind. But I tend to find that I just run slower and slower without music. I'm aiming to do another long run this weekend - 11 miles - so I'll try silence for at least the first few miles!

Issy Thu 13-Sep-12 13:08:12

Neither Shredded: Tell me about your 10 minute songs. Embarrassing is just fine! I also listen to music while I work and I have some music that I now know so well that I no longer hear it. It just helps me 'zone in' and concentrate.

Issy, are you sure you are ready for this?

I have a live version of Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits) which has a bouncy start and a long guitar solo in the middle, and recently discovered a 10 minute version of I Heard it Through the Grapevine (by Creedence), which is a bit slower but has a good strong beat. blush

<hangs head in shame at antiquated taste>

I have to go to work now, am not running away!

Issy Thu 13-Sep-12 13:30:33

Neither of those song choices are more antiquated than I am. They both sound excellent and I'll download them. I remember Dire Straits as one of the first albums I played at university.....

KiwiPanda Thu 13-Sep-12 13:39:12

I use endomondo sometimes but have a Garmin 405 so mainly use that for pace (btw have found amazingly large discrepancies between Garmin data and Endomondo for some runs!) and then upload all the Garmin data to the computer/endomondo afterwards (yes just get a life..)

I listen to some seriously odd choices too smile DH was in charge of putting running music on my iPod shuffle so I have rather a lot of Dr Dre and Metallica... blush
Personally i find cheesy music better for running. Sugababes for instance blushblush

humblebumble Thu 13-Sep-12 15:13:41

Lexi I am like you. I really love not listening to music when I run. I just want to appreciate everything around me. I also revel in the silence of not having 2 small children bossing me around for the time that I am out. Like you it also gives me the opportunity to sort things out in my mind (or not). Also I have never found comfortable earphones and they tend to fall out.

I was using the Nike ap on the iphone but I recently bought a Garmin Forerunner 310xt, which I really like. The Nike Ap was good but I didn't like carrying my iphone with me and it got very wet a couple of times which wasn't good for my phone.

neither I run around Prospect Park or further afield depending on how long my runs are. I live in Brooklyn pretty much next to the park.

I just 3.5 mile run. It felt so good. It is a nice feeling nearing the end of the training when you consider 3.5 miles a good short run. I think back to the beginning of the training when I found it so much harder and realise how far I've come. It's a nice feeling.

Issy Thu 13-Sep-12 15:17:14

humblebumble Yes. The sentence 'I'm just running 5 miles today' is not one I ever thought I'd utter.

KiwiPanda Thu 13-Sep-12 15:28:03

I did 8.5 miles today after 4 yesterday and 7.5 on Tues. my legs are TOAST

I'm not a big fan of running w no headphones cos I hate hearing my own panting..! I run with Sennheiser phones that aren't for running as I have the same problem with buds falling out

Lexilicious Thu 13-Sep-12 16:06:12

You know how people sometimes say to really appreciate a landscape, or art, you should draw/paint it yourself, because it forces you to concentrate on all the details individually? Or when reading a book/poem, read it out loud to slow yourself down and let it sink in?

Well I think that in a sort of reverse sense about the sights and sounds around me when running. If I went for a nice walk down the disused railway line I would not get such a 'hit' of the smells of trees and wildflowers and the sounds of birds and insects as I do when I am running on a Sunday morning. It's nearly a five-senses experience (I try to avoid letting flies into my panting maw! but even water tastes better when you really deserve it)

KiwiPanda Thu 13-Sep-12 18:10:05

Lexi I suspect I would feel more like that if my runs weren't mainly around London! Having said that I do often run up to the nearby Common/Heath and it's glorious there on a quiet Sunday morning with just me, a few other runners and the odd dog walker for company. I can definitely see the appeal of quiet running through countryside like that. But alas there's also rather a lot of running down roads...

Idocrazythings Thu 13-Sep-12 21:22:00

I love to listen to music when I run, it stops me from getting distracted and slowing down to a snail pace, instead of my usual tortoise. I do, however, run with only one ear plug in, so I am aware of traffic, people, bikes etc. and not hugely loud. Actually it's lucky I do that because a few weeks ago I accidentally stood on one of my earphones. They need replacing now though because my 2 1/2 year old pulled off the plastic soft bit for in your ear and then my mum swept it up and threw it out!!! The cheek! she won't be allowed to come stay again (was good she swept the floor though).

I like to listen to the ministry of sound running tracks (not all of them- i put the ones i like into a playlist). I think they release a new one most years. I also currently have on my playlist Rhianna (run the world) mambo number 5 (Lou bega) sexy and I know it (hehe) and black eyes peas I gotta feeling- and a few others I probably (as a 37yr old mother of three) shouldn't admit too…. I like to relive my youth

Idocrazythings Thu 13-Sep-12 21:24:36

Yes kiwi- I am currently blaming London for my chest infection! Bad roads sad

Hope everyone's training is going well. I posted early in the thread, and am doing the Blenheim Palace half in just over 3 weeks. I'm a bit worried as I did 13k yesterday (my longest run yet) and it's knocked me for six! Felt fine during and just after, but am still knackered 24 hrs later! Am wondering now what to do training-wise in the next couple of weeks. Try and push for a couple of longer runs or ... not?!

Lexilicious Fri 14-Sep-12 10:13:17

push on through I'd say Holmes - if it hasn't actually injured you, just aches, then do an easy-going one 48 hrs after your long one, and then another 24/48 hrs later do intervals or hills. I think (paraphrasing fitness science told to me ages ago) these aches are when your body is having to mend muscle fibre, and doing regular runs means your muscles rebuild stronger. So unless you've really pulled something, it's important to keep a consistent pattern of exercise going so your muscles keep adding up. Think there is probably also the cumulative CV fitness going on as well.

Thanks Lexi - you're probably right. It's not so much the aches which bother me, more the fatigue. I feel completely zonked - almost kind of spaced out! Lots of water and good, nourishing food today and hopefully I'll be up for Parkrun tomorrow.

KiwiPanda Fri 14-Sep-12 12:18:16

Holmes I've felt like this a couple of times after a long run and I think it's because I didnt eat enough afterwards during the day to compensate. Try getting some more calories in you?

humblebumble Fri 14-Sep-12 14:29:35

Holmes I was going to post the same as Kiwi. I've found if I eat within 30-45 mins after a long run my recovery is generally fine, I also have to drink a lot of water as well. Do you "refuel" every 45-60 mins whilst you are running? If I am aiming to run for more than an hour, I generally have one of those energy things like a Gu or Shot Block, they are disgusting but they keep me going.

Hmmm, that's interesting. I had plenty (too much!) to eat later, but not straight after. Didn't refuel on the run either. Maybe I need to start doing that on longer runs. Thanks for the advice folks!

golemmings Fri 14-Sep-12 19:42:42

For the first time I took food with me on my 10mile run last week - just one of the Lisa's ella's museli bars because it was full of oats for long term energy, fruit for an immediate sugar hit but its also moist to reduce the risk of inhaling/choking.

I ate half at mile 6, just before the hill and track at mile 7, and the rest half way through mile 7 on the rough track. I usually run really slowly along that mile because of the steepness, undergrowth and uneven terrain but this time it was my quickest mile - 8.56 rather than the normal 12+. I think the snack really made a difference.

So when are the gnr-ers heading north? Tomorrow? You must be excited.

onedev Fri 14-Sep-12 21:19:04

Good luck to us all doing GNR - Enjoy Sunday grin

KiwiPanda Fri 14-Sep-12 21:57:01

Yes good luck to the GNR runners will be thinking of you!

I've never eaten anything on a run - would get stitch (I get a stitch if I so much as look at food for 3 hours before a run) but I am thinking about energy gels. I used them years ago when I did a few triathlons and found they definitely helped albeit they all taste foul

tiredemma Fri 14-Sep-12 22:14:22

Im not at all worried about the GNR- I'm more worried about DP and DS2 waiting around for me on the day- and then getting out of South Shields back onto the motorway! Its really stressing me out!!

but the run- I'm fine with the run!!

Idocrazythings Fri 14-Sep-12 23:25:28

Best of luck. I'll be thinking of you all on Sunday xx

Good luck, GNR-ers!

onedev Sat 15-Sep-12 12:12:54

Thanks for the good luck messages - I actually feel a bit sick with nerves now we're on our way to Newcastle!

I'm also v worried about how busy it will be & my DH struggling to keep hold of our 3 boys if it's so busy! I'm sure it'll be fine but I think for me it's the fear of the unknown generally grin

Bumply Sat 15-Sep-12 13:14:50

Good luck to those doing GNR tomorrow.
I did my first hm at GScottishR 2nd sep.
I'm 50 this year, member of a running club abd did hm in 2:32 which I was pleased with - just to give some encouragement to other oldies

Yay! Go runners! Good luck to all of you tomorrow!

I agree with the comments about snacking on runs. My best run EVER was a while ago when I was still quite a new runner, I was floating, felt fantastic, went further and faster than I'd ever done. I had some water as I ran but no food. I got home, started to shiver and shake and was violently sick. I turned out I'd seriously overdone it, and should have been refuelling as I went along. I am convinced that experience has slowed me down, because of the fear of it happening again. And I now have a gel/sports beans after 45 minutes, and before I start if it's been a long time since a meal.

and well done Bumply!

humblebumble Sat 15-Sep-12 13:40:51

Good luck for those doing the GNR. I look forward to hearing how you all got on.

Lexilicious Sat 15-Sep-12 20:31:54

I have arrived at a B&B outside Durham and the lady who checked in just before me is also doing GNR ... wonder if she's a MNer ?!?

I was thinking of starting a support thread for the race in chat (I'd post my race number to look out for, but I think it would link to RL names on the run tracking site) so we could remind people about the charities some of us are running for, or just for virtual cheering on - anyone think this a good/bad idea?

KiwiPanda Sat 15-Sep-12 20:51:52

Lexi PM me your number so I can cheer you on / follow your progress! Am really thinking about you guys tonight, sending lots of "sleep well" vibes x

I'm doing a 12 miler tomorrow after running club this morning. I have a strange achy leg (woman who runs running club is a physio and she thought it might be a trapped nerve). Hmmm could be interesting

Issy Sat 15-Sep-12 21:35:35

Good luck to all GNR runners! I hope you have lovely weather and an easy run!

golemmings Sat 15-Sep-12 23:05:39

Also thinking of the gnr ers. Hope you have a fabulous time tomorrow.

Will be thinking of you as I do my 10k race!

humblebumble Sun 16-Sep-12 01:58:01

GoLemmings how did you get on with your 10km race?

I did a 4 mile race and did 8.39 splits, it was faster than I felt I was running!

Well done humble - I was in C Park today and there were lots of people with their numbers/Dtags on from this morning's run. From your splits you'll be nearer DH's corral than mine on 7 October!

I ran 6, and walked/ran 2.5 more today - 21.5 over the last week.

My friend ran the Sydney half in 2.10 today - well done to her!

Lexilicious Sun 16-Sep-12 07:00:11

quite nervous now. Going to have oat bars and bananas for breakfast on the coach because b&b didn't do an early breakfast even though charging a 'special rate' and minimum 2 night stay with it being GNR weekend. Grrr.

onedev Sun 16-Sep-12 08:00:03

Well done Humble & all the best Go!

How annoying Lexi - we're having breakfast in our room as I brought weetabix with us as didn't want to pay £13.95 each for 2 weetabix downstairs!

I feel nervous bought more about the logistics of it all & getting to the start on time, going to toilet etc etc. my eldest boy also really wants to see Mo Farah & he'll be so disappointed if he doesn't!

Lexilicious Sun 16-Sep-12 08:21:31

Flash MN meetup by the pink baggage buses?!

rebecca87 Sun 16-Sep-12 08:38:59

Hi, Dh is running today (gnr) does anyone know how to track his progress? Hope everyone else's run goes well! Hopeful I will find my way to the finish point without getting lost. X

Lexilicious Sun 16-Sep-12 08:44:12

think it will be on www.greatrun.org/north somewhere as long as you know his number!!

golemmings Sun 16-Sep-12 11:09:22

10k: 56:56. 5k, 10k and 3mi pbs.

Will be back to check on the gnr-ers when I get home.

Hope all you GNR-ers have had a good race! I took dd (age7) for a run along the Ridgeway this morning. She managed 30 mins trotting along and chatting as she went - bless!

Lexilicious Sun 16-Sep-12 15:06:44

2:23 here...ow I hurt.

humblebumble Sun 16-Sep-12 15:45:26

Woohoo! Lexi you made it! Fantastic time. Hopefully you are now having a nice long Epsom Salt bath soak.

Well done golemmings on your pbs.

KiwiPanda Sun 16-Sep-12 15:55:16

Well done Lexi! That's brilliant. I did 12 miles this morning and can barely walk so heaven knows how you feel! Hope you are having some well earned cake.

KiwiPanda Sun 16-Sep-12 15:55:30

And sorry, brilliant PB golemmings!

golemmings Sun 16-Sep-12 17:55:47

Well done Lexi! How do your legs feel? How does the rest of you feel?

golemmings Sun 16-Sep-12 18:14:19

Any news from tired and one?

onedev Sun 16-Sep-12 18:18:46

Well done Lexi & Go.

I managed 2 hrs 10 mins so v pleased as that was my target. grin

Not so great trying to get home now though as its taken ages so far & sat nav is predicting 10pm (not good for little ones with school tomorrow!).

Idocrazythings Sun 16-Sep-12 18:47:46

Congratulations you've all done so well. Did you manage to meet up?

golemmings Sun 16-Sep-12 19:37:43

Well done one. I hope the traffic is kind to you and your journey is ok.

onedev Sun 16-Sep-12 19:40:53

Thanks Go - traffic is a nightmare & it's raining now which is crap but the boys are all being good so that makes things easier grin

Wow - well done all! Great times too - I'm just going to be happy if I make it to the finish line!

Issy Sun 16-Sep-12 22:41:56

Well done GNRs! It's not an easy course either, so fab times.

I ran 12 miles last weekend. It was the furthest I've ever run and I deliberately did it on a dead flat, well-surfaced path. Buoyed up by a 5 mile run mid - week at 9.5 mins per mile, today I went for 10 miles on a much, much hillier, off-road course, got hopelessly lost in the woods and ended up running 12.5 miles. I was close to tears over the last mile and that was downhill. Thighs still ache.

Pace 10.22 minutes per mile which wasn't too bad all things considered, but that doesn't include the 17 mins when I stopped my watch and blundered around until I found a nice couple with a detailed map!

I won't be taking up orienteering any time soon!

Lexilicious Sun 16-Sep-12 23:13:32

thanks peeps and well done onedev - great time! It was a tough course - just felt like it was all uphill, there must have been downhills but they weren't very noticeable. The last hill was a killer - I was hardly doing much more than walking pace from mile 11 mark. But my strava app shows I did all PB times at some snapshot within the run (31m for 5k, 1:03 for 10k, 1:36 for 15k and 1:43 for 10 miles) which I'm pleased about!

I had another night in the b&b booked but since I was back there having a shower at 4, decided to have a turboschlaf (nap) and see if I felt up to driving home. I did, and got here a few mins ago (4h40 driving).

What a long but exciting day! Mainly my knees are feeling creaky but my neck/shoulders are a little tight and something around my hips to groin is making its displeasure known. I'm sure it will all shake out in a couple of days.

I am oddly uninspired to do another right now. Maybe 10k at the end of the month.

onedev Mon 17-Sep-12 10:50:37

Where did you stay Lexi - it took us 4 hours from me finishing just to get back to the hotel where our car was parked?

I actually thought it was ok re hills. I had another thread a while ago specifically asking for advice on the GNR & someone there mentioned how tough the hills were, so I've been specifically running up every hill I could find this last month so that definitely helped me.

I'd like to do the Birmingham half in a couple of weeks (although haven't entered & meant to be out with in-laws that day!) as although I did enjoy the GNR, I'm really not sure it was worth the logistical time, money & effort!

The traffic sounds like a nightmare! I'm still a bit worried that I won't make it to the finish line since that longer run which made me feel so rubbish afterwards. I think I just have to accept that I'm going to do it veeerry slowly! For me, doing a half marathon is something which, even a couple of years ago, II would never in my wildest dreams have thought I could ever do. So I need to forget about my time altogether and resist getting carried away by the crowd and the adrenaline at the start! I'm assuming that however slowly I run, there will be some people slower than me? <hopeful>

holmes - everyone told me that if I could run 10 miles, I could run a half marathon. On the day itself the atmosphere and other people there carry you along. I think your run is the same day as humble and I are doing ours, so let's stick together!

Is there a time limit to your run? The ones I've done usually have a limit of 3 hours after the last person has crossed the start line. After 6 miles, people who aren't running at that pace are picked up. That's usually enough of an incentive for me to keep up the (slow) pace - the last one I did was 2.45 and I was by no means last smile.

So sorry, I thought I'd posted congrats last night to the GNR-ers - but can't see a post from me. Well done, brilliant times but sorry to hear about the nightmare journeys home.

Hope you are feeling good today!

tiredemma Mon 17-Sep-12 14:21:26

Well Done fellow GNR's - well mentally today I am buzzing but physically I am struggling.

My knee held out until smack at the half way zone - then began this unbearable pain for the second half of the run. At 11.5 miles I felt that I could not go any further- I had ran all the way until then (I was by 'Elvis'). Limped to side of road and St Johns ambulance woman was there - I asked if she had anything for my knee- she replied that if my knee was so bad then perhaps I should consider calling it a day - I started getting tearful and sat on the kerb.

Some lovely lady and young lad (teenager) said "come on pet- you've done all the hard bits- its all down hill now- you can do it"- They picked me up under my arms and jogged with me (for about 10 metres)- the Elvis bloke was shouting my name "come on Emma- you can do this"- so off I hobbled in a fairly tearful state.

How I made it to the finishing line ill never know!!

My target was 2.28 mins- I did it in 2.33 mins (toilet stop and meltdown by Elvis) so all in all im pleased.

Most amazing day ever however trying to get out of South Shields afterwards really put a dampener on the day. It took us two hours to go 10 miles- we had to drive back to Bham- I was so tired.

Highlights-
The locals- what brilliant, amazing people. I know if it hadnt been for their support I probably would have given up at 11 miles

really well organised

that 'feeling' when you see the sea at South Shields

the camaraderie when all walking to the start line.

The feeling at the end. I just ran farking 13.1 miles!!!

Lowlights-

DS2 and DP missing me finishing
DS2 and DP standing out in rain
trying to get home.

I would do it again but leave family at home-

humblebumble Mon 17-Sep-12 14:33:56

wow and wow again tiredemma what an amazing achievement, your post almost brought tears to my eyes. It sounded really tough. Fantastic.

Lexilicious Mon 17-Sep-12 14:50:25

well done VeryUnderstandablyTiredEmma! you must have really dug deep to get up and get going again, that is utterly brilliant. That spirit is what it is all about, I am sure. That Elvis was pretty good too so I am glad he cheered you up!

onedev I was in a B&B in a village just outside Durham. but my secret weapon was the Nirvana coach transfer service, which I think I boarded at about 3.00 (and is for family and friends as well as runners; when they dropped us at the start line they took the supporters to the finish line). They were parked about another mile's walk north along the seafront (just past the permanent fairground) which was quicker to walk than all the cars that were coming out of the car parks. The coach then went back towards the finish line, and up the hill from that roundabout just in front of the baggage buses. We drove part of the run route in reverse and we could see the last few people walking it, and the road-sweeper truck coming along behind them, and loads of the local kids playing with all the discarded powerade bottles. It was very sad to see a solitary runner (well, walker) forlornly going through the 'Bupa Boost Zone' without anyone left there to cheer her on.

KiwiPanda Mon 17-Sep-12 15:33:00

Oh Emma huge congratulations that takes serious guts. And how lovely of those folk.

I have just had root canal at the dentist. Puts running nerves in perspective I can tell you. Except you don't get numbing drugs for that... Darn it! That St Johns person should have given you novocaine..

Wow - that's a heck of a story, Tiredemma! Fantastic that you made it to the finish! NeitherShredded, thanks for the reassurance - I feel a bit better now! it did say in the bumf for my race that there was a place to stand for people aiming at 2-3 hrs, so there must be some who'll be at that pace.

onedev Mon 17-Sep-12 21:21:39

Well done Emma - glad you made it. grin

Lexi, sounded like a good plan - if I were to do it again I'd need to seriously re-think the logistics as we didn't get home until almost 10pm & it's far too late for my little ones. Id be tempted to do as Emma suggested & go myself without dragging the family along!

I do feel fine today though so think my stretching helped & the constant walking and standing for 4 hours afterwards must have helped (always a bright side grin)

Humble, you will make it - just believe in yourself.

golemmings Mon 17-Sep-12 21:27:48

wow Emma what a story. So pleased you finished - and almost at the time you wanted too. Well done.

I'm also running on 7/10. I'm slightly disconcerted that I've had no information about it at all except a receipt for payment. I don't even know exactly where the start is. I mean, Buxton isn't all that big but it's big enough... and the railway line doesn't go all the way to Buxton. well it does, but the bit nearest Buxton still has trains on it which serve the quarries and I'm not running down the tracks with truck loads of limestone coming at me.

Phew. Just did my longest run yet. 10 miles, 2 hours, no problem. Feeling a bit happier about the half marathon now.

humblebumble Tue 18-Sep-12 13:10:19

holmes it's a nice feeling when you get to 10 miles. You will be able to run the 13.1.

I've just done a gentle 3 mile run in the rain. It felt okay. I start a swim training program tonight which is exciting. I have been looking to do something like this for years. I can swim, but I just want a better technique so I can swim for exercise and keep up with the DC!

Wow Emma that's a story and a half. Well done for finishing.

humble - I was up early today, but could not face going out. But wish I had now I've seen your post.

humblebumble Tue 18-Sep-12 14:16:39

neither it's supposed to rain all day ... there is still chance to run in the rain ... although you may want to watch for falling trees if you run in the park. It's a bit windy!

KiwiPanda Thu 20-Sep-12 17:42:11

It's gone all quiet on here.. ! How are the post-racers feeling??

I'm going hill running tonight. I have a feeling this is going to hurt ..

onedev Thu 20-Sep-12 18:18:33

I went for my first post GNR run on Tuesday evening & felt fine, so was v pleased grin. Going for a run again tonight with a friend & plan to still take it easy.

Feels strange now though with nothing to train for so need to look for some local events to get involved in!

onedev Thu 20-Sep-12 18:18:52

Should also say Kiwi, enjoy your hill runs!

Issy Fri 21-Sep-12 17:47:51

I've learnt something about running this week: Do not scoff two bowls of Apricot Wheats just before you go to bed and then go for a 5 mile early morning run. Run aborted after half a mile. confused

I did manage a 5 mile run this morning. I couldn't face intervals but I did try to speed up from my standard 10 minutes per mile and was mostly running 1/4 mile laps of 2:15 to 2:20 which was a lot faster than usual. Bit slower up the hills.

With just a couple of weeks to go and scarred by my accidental 12.5 mile hill run last weekend, I'm going to do a practice 10 minute per mile, flat 12 miles on Sunday.

onedev Fri 21-Sep-12 18:19:16

Go for it Issy grin

humblebumble Fri 21-Sep-12 18:29:06

I have an 11 mile run to do tomorrow morning <gulp>.

I didn't do a long run last weekend so it feels a bit intimidating! I am inspired by Issy doing a 12 mile run this weekend, so I don't feel I am alone in my training!

This week has been a bit boozy as we have had friends visiting. I am looking forward to a night off tonight and the early start tomorrow.

onedev glad to hear your recovery has been fine. Have you found another run you want to do?

KiwiPanda Fri 21-Sep-12 18:47:30

humble I'm doing a 10-12 mile run on Sunday (distance dependent on how I feel!) so you are definitely not alone. Alas I also have running club tomorrow morning. Well not alas for club which I love but it's the Cooper Test tomorrow which I hate. Bah. It is not fun.

golemmings Sat 22-Sep-12 09:22:25

I'm doing 12 miles tomorrow too. Didn't run Tuesday in an attempt to finally get rid of this cold but failed. Ran intervals on Thursday (note very well, half too fast, half too slow- but my mile splits were quite consistent, weirdly.
Going to do something today; not sure what cant be bothered to get out of bed to find my training plan. Had a disturbed night and just expressed for DS and I'm now ready to go back to bed.

Scrub that. Mate rang. Meeting in 10 mins for a run!

I've only run 2 miles this week shock. I have a really sore shoulder. But inspired by all the other long runs you are all talking about I am going to go and do at least 6 (a lap of the park) once my breakfast has settled, adding on if I feel up to it. DH has already gone to do his.

I'm volunteering at a race tomorrow which should be fun grin.

humblebumble Sat 22-Sep-12 19:00:50

I did my 11 miles this morning. Surprisingly it was okay. I felt awful before I started, a bad night with DC2 and the beginnings of the cold that everyone else seems to have.

My average pace was 9.24. Which I was thrilled with all things considered. The hills were okay too, I felt quite strong. Overall, I felt I could have run further although was glad to stop!

My voice sounds a bit croaky now, but hopefully that will come back after a good night's sleep.

Kiwi I hope you managed to get a run in. What's the Cooper Test?
golemmings and neither how did you both get on with your runs?
neither enjoy your volunteering? Which race is it?

LillethTheCat Sat 22-Sep-12 19:19:59

Hi can I join even though I'm not doing a half marathon till next year? Say no if you like, but it would be good to pick up some tips grin

I started the C25K in March and a couple of weeks ago I did my first race which was a 10K. I ran it in 1hr 6mins 48secs which I was pleased with. Tomorrow I plan to go 7 miles. I am also in a running club which I love. It's my new social life, I've just swapped the alcohol for running and it's the best thing ever. I wish I took it up years ago

golemmings Sat 22-Sep-12 19:48:19

Welcome lilllieth! Always good to have more aboard the running train. By the sound of it you're about 3 months behind me!

My run this morning was stunning. Bright, crisp, (ground frost), hot air balloon overhead, and cracking company. I'm still snotty from the cold I've had for 10 days so a slightly slow and slightly shorter run was just lovely this morning with a friend who is just getting into running again.
Nervous about 12mi tomorrow though. I'm just so tired and snotty SY the moment..

Welcome Lilleth! I'm signed up for another HM next year, so will be glad of your company as it gets closer smile

Well done humble! I didn't get quite as far as you - I ran about 10 miles - just over according to my garmin - but had a couple of short walks after the 9 mile point. I think my sore shoulder was messing up the rest of my gait.

Volunteering - well blush is all I can say. DH got back from the park and said "there's a race going on down 5th Avenue". I had only gone and got the day wrong - I was convinced in my head that it was tomorrow, had been telling everyone at work, rearranged plans for tomorrow and all sorts. I rang up and apologised profusely, but I'm not sure if it was at all convincing, or if it sounded like I was trying to cover up for oversleeping. I felt awful for letting them down, as I'm just not the kind of person who wouldn't turn up. The only silver lining is that at least I won't turn up at 7.30 tomorrow to find no race smile. So as penance, I think I will have to do next weekend which is a 5.30 am start in C Park shock.

humblebumble Sat 22-Sep-12 22:43:44

ooops! blush neither I thought it was weird they were doing another race on Sunday. It was the 1 mile today. I was supposed to do it but I wanted to do a long run instead. I am sure it doesn't matter really, it's not as if they can blacklist you and I am sure you aren't the first to muddle the days. At least you have a nice clear day to relax tomorrow. We are going apple picking!

welcome Lilleth the more the merrier. I think plenty of us will continue to race into the next year. It's quite addictive! Well done on your 10km race.

golemmings your run sounded wonderful (snotty nose aside). Hopefully you will feel okay for your 12 mile tomorrow.

Thanks humble. I still feel bad about not turning up. We're walking the High Line tomorrow (for the second time in three weeks) with visitors.

Good luck for your run tomorrow lemmings!

onedev Sun 23-Sep-12 13:17:07

That's a pity Neither!

Well done Humble - great pace for such a long distance!

Well done Go - sounds like a good run.

Welcome Lillieth. What half marathon are you doing next year as I'd like another to aim for?

onedev Sun 23-Sep-12 13:18:45

Also, what's the best way to find which races are on where (in the UK)? I'd like to see a full list of 10ks & HM so I can plan for next year but not sure where to look confused

onedev - I googled half marathon calendar 2013 UK and found this

KiwiPanda Sun 23-Sep-12 14:09:49

Welcome Lilleth!

Did a 12 mile today - 10 miles at my ideal race pace and jogged the rest slowly home. Am now fervently wishing that I could go to bed and not entertain two small people all afternoon. Ugh. wink

LillethTheCat Sun 23-Sep-12 15:47:55

Thanks for the welcome.

Im wanting to go the Great North Run. Ive always wanted to do that and as I live close I fancy giving it a go for my first half marathon. I do intend to other slightly lesser known ones.

I did my 7 miles this morning which was the furthest I have ever done and Im pleased with myself. I enjoyed every minute of it too, which is always a good thing.

Whoops about getting the day wrong. I am very envy about people living in NYC (I assume that C Park is Central Park and the race was in 5th Ave in NYC) I imagine it all to be like in Sex and the City, but Im probably wrong.

onedev - I have seen races mentioned on the Runnersworld website. All different lengths and types. You can't see some of the details about some of the races as you need to subscribe, but you can see when and where races are and can see all the details for the races that are occuring soon.

grin at Lilleth. I can't speak for humble, but my lifestyle isn't exactly SATC! Glad you enjoyed your run today. We have been enjoying the sunshine and had a long walk, but no running today.

Kiwi - hope you made it through the afternoon grin

golemmings Sun 23-Sep-12 21:53:13

Ran 12 miles today in just under an hour which I was pleased with. I did come home walking like john Wayne though. I could have run another though if necessary. It was all good to 10miles and then got harder. I'm ready for the hm though. Just 2 weeks and about 30 miles to go!

I'm harbouring thoughts about the London marathon though...

good grief lemmings - well done!

onedev Sun 23-Sep-12 22:23:32

12 miles in just under an hour - surely that puts you in elite status - that's amazing! Well done!

humblebumble Sun 23-Sep-12 23:12:09

wow! golemmings grin amazing! I am hoping to do a marathon next year.

lilleth hmmm definitely no SATC lifestyle for me either ... however, I do enjoy being here.

tiredemma Mon 24-Sep-12 08:00:42

This is such a great thread.

Im going out tonight for a 45 minute run with my running club (we run for 45 mins then see what distance we have ran- generally cover 4.5 miles/ 5 miles)

I have signed up for some 10k runs over the next few months and plan to try my next half marathon some time in the spring.

anyone in the midlands? if you have any recommendations for local 5/10k or 10 mile runs I would be interested.

im in the best shape I have been in my life. have to keep at it!!
I feel amazing- still overwhelmed from last week-

LillethTheCat Mon 24-Sep-12 08:14:08

12 miles in under an hour, that's really good I'd love to be that good but at 33 I don't know if I ever will be now though I'm happy just running as good as I can

golemmings Mon 24-Sep-12 08:51:54

No, no, no. Sorry 2 hours. It was just under 2 hours. Not elite at all. Just a novice bumbling along but clearly my fingers have greater aspirations than my legs!

KiwiPanda Mon 24-Sep-12 08:53:34

golemmings I was about to ask if you are actually Paula Radcliffe grin

tiredemma Mon 24-Sep-12 17:47:35

Golemmings - I felt justifiably inferior when I saw your post this morning!

colleysmill Mon 24-Sep-12 18:01:44

Hello I posted a while back on about page 2 but have slipped out of view!

Big congrats to the GNRs! My friend ran it and said it was a tough old course!

I'm still training for mine which is now just under 5 weeks to go. I've had a good look on Google at the course and have been practising hills. Just not relishing tonights run in the driving rain!

onedev Mon 24-Sep-12 18:17:43

That's still great Go grin.

humblebumble Mon 24-Sep-12 18:35:24

Ha ha golemmings grin
2 hours still a great time for a 12 mile run! I have my 12 mile run this weekend, although I may do it Friday if I get enough time.

KiwiPanda Mon 24-Sep-12 20:59:56

I was hobbling today after my 12 miler yesterday. I actually go back to work (from mat leave) the day after my half marathon so it might be an interesting entrance..! "Hi I'm back, can I have a lie down.."?"

Was quite chuffed with my time for the first ten miles though, but clearly it's going to be a massive effort to hold on to that for the final three and a bit.

golemmings Tue 25-Sep-12 21:02:13

Kiwi, we're living almost parallel lives; I go back the week before mine... But I'm not working Mondays. I was limping enough after 12 miles and I'm still stiff if I sit down for too long!

I should have run tonight but its cold and wet and we have no heating so the idea of going out and having to come back in to a baltic house, shower in a fridge and then have to get out of the shower... urgh. No chance. Maybe tomorrow but we have a child free morning so the plan is some serious deep cleaning and decluttering and then I need to go into work to see if I have a functional computer after 13 months of idleness... At that point I will rather be running!

shock at kiwi and lemmings combining running and babies - it took me 10 years to start again after my youngest was born grin

KiwiPanda Wed 26-Sep-12 08:32:34

golemmings that's funny! How many do you have? I have two of the little buggers angels - that's why I started running actually Neither - I thought "right well that's me done with having babies" so ran out of excuses wink

Actually in all seriousness I really wish I'd started running properly years ago. This is going to sound incredibly boastful and it's not meant to be, honest! - but I've found something I'm actually quite good at and it makes me wonder how much better I would have been if I'd started earlier! I've gone from 10 min/mile pace in March/April to running 10 miles at 7'35 minute/mile pace in 6 months. If I hadn't had these dratted kids maybe I'd be training with Mo Farah hmm - ha ha.
/end of boast blush

Doesn't it make you feel more cheerful though, when you run? I actually really dislike rest days now. Mind you that may be more to do with the fact that I feel on a day of a long run I can eat whatever the hell I want...!

golemmings Wed 26-Sep-12 08:51:57

Kiwi, I have 2, too. Dd is just 3 and DS is 1 in a couple of weeks (day before the hm Infact). I tried running before but mostly as cross training for marathon paddling. I got to 10k (just after I found I was pg), did a bit of running after that,l and carried on racing kayaks but started running regularly when DS was 6 weeks.
I think I like running as something to tick off but once I get out I feel so much better for it. I'd just like to feel a bit less knqckered... I can't wait for DS to sleep through!
I am seriously impressed with your speed kiwi. That's amazing!

LillethTheCat Wed 26-Sep-12 14:24:48

I didnt get out for my run last night. I was due to go to my running club, but the roads have been closed due to the flooding for the past day or so. Im hoping that they will be ok to go again tomorrow night. If not I will run, just around here instead. Or I could just get my cossie out and swim in the field accross the road grin

My youngest has just turned 1 too. I went to Zumba when she was 3 weeks old, but decided to take up running instead. I tried to take up running in 2010, but didn't get on with it very well. Last year I wanted to, but as I was pregnant and not very fit anyway I thought I had better leave it, but this year the C25K worked wonders and my running club has also helped me really take it up properly. I wish I had taken it up ages ago too. Not because I think I could be a professional, but because I enjoy it so much.

For the last couple of days Ive been stuck in the house due to all the rain and have stuffed myself with chocolate so I really need to get out for a run. When I go to running club not only am I burning off calories, but its keeping me from sitting around at home eating whole chocolate oranges. It has been nice staying all warm, snuggly and cosy in a nice warm house and eating chocolate, but its not doing my body any good.

golemmings Wed 26-Sep-12 19:26:37

I was playing about on my fitness pal recently and reached the point, through bfing and running that I was 400 cal down for the day and had the choice between crisps and chocolate... It was a fabulous position to be in!

humblebumble Wed 26-Sep-12 20:02:29

kiwi that is amazing. You have every right to be boastful. 10 miles at a 7'35 pace! Cripes!

onedev Wed 26-Sep-12 20:57:40

That is a fab pace Kiwi - I'm pleased with being able to run 7 miles at 9 1/2 min mile but any longer than that & I'm up to 10 minute miles!

I started after baby no 2 & really enjoy it as its about the only part of the day that's 'me time'! I stopped when pregnant with baby no 3 but then took it up again when I went back to work as I still enjoy it grin. He's 16 months now - time just flies by!

KiwiPanda Sat 29-Sep-12 14:50:33

Hey guys, hope everyone is well. Quick question for those who have followed actual schedules - what are you supposed to do the week before the run? I know what I should do for the actual week, but usually on Sundays I do a long run. That'll be exactly one week before (i.e. tomorrow) and I'm not sure what I should be doing..?

Hi Kiwi, I have a RW plan which has 3 different schedules for beginners, intermediate and experienced runners. Beginners and experienced are supposed to do 10 miles the week before the run, intermediate 6. So you have choice!

KiwiPanda Sat 29-Sep-12 15:40:52

Thanks! That's a bit strange though - why do beginners have to do the same as advanced but intermediate less??

Someone at running club this morning told me that it takes a day per mile after long runs to recover. Sounds a bit old wive's tales type stuff to me but I do feel the long runs quite a lot after so was thinking of maybe doing 7-8...

humblebumble Sat 29-Sep-12 16:00:05

Interesting as I am following the Hal Higden Novice 2 program and I am scheduled to do a 12 mile run either today or tomorrow (Novice 1 is 10 miles). This is exactly a week before my half.

More confused?

onedev Sat 29-Sep-12 16:19:19

The runners world programme I follow for a half states doing 11-12 miles 1 week before & then it's easier (3-4 miles) a few times in the final week with the final run a few days before. I think that's the beginners programme.

I think the intermediate one is about building up speed, so you do shorter, faster runs, while the beginners is to build up endurance. I guess the experienced is about doing both?

I followed the beginners for my first half back in January, which was about building up the confidence that I could go that far. I've been too lazy to follow anything else since, now that I know I can manage the distance grin

golemmings Sat 29-Sep-12 19:36:03

Im down to do 10k tomorrow, 4mi Tuesday, 3mi Thursday and sat then my hm Sunday. It's the runners' world programme for sub 2:15 finishes.

humblebumble Sun 30-Sep-12 02:40:48

I did 12 miles today. I feel a bit sore now. I managed an okay pace averaging 9'17. I wonder if I will be able to finish the half next week in under 2 hrs. I did 3 hills, which I didn't mind but obviously my pace slowed down. I think next week I am going to run it and try not to think about the completion time too much.

Well done humble!

When are you picking your stuff up? I will PM you with my and DH's numbers when we have them. He will be 1.45 ish if he runs his usual pace, and will hang out at the finish and wait for me once he's got his breath back, had a drink and got the bags smile

Lexilicious Sun 30-Sep-12 08:33:39

Hi all <slinks back into thread wearing slippers> Forgive me, it has been 14 days since my last confession run.

I have been really lax, went back into work after the GNR and didn't do any shake-out runs at all. I haven't put my trainers on for two weeks and feel so guilty.

I've been snivelling for the past week with a cold and have felt utterly exhausted, have had a huge appetite for stodgy food, and just want to sleep sleep sleep.

No chance of me doing the 10k today that's on locally, I don't think you can enter on the day anyway. If I'm going to do the canal hm on 11 Nov though, I need to get on with the last six weeks of some sort of a training programme. My colleague at work is doing a race in March so will be up for some of the midweek training with me (I write her reports, so she'd better!!!)

Just coming on here and confessing has made me about 75% more likely to take my kit into work this week and put some routes in the calendar. smile

golemmings Sun 30-Sep-12 08:57:41

Oh Lexi... <disappointed>. Actually I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that it takes one day per mile to recover from a race so 13 recovery days sounds perfectly reasonable.
I'm off to do 10k shortly at a 9:20 pace apparently which is somewhere between my 10k and 10mi pace.
I've missed 2 runs this week: Tuesday because we got back from my dad's late had been up most of the night with DS and came back to a Baltic house (not heating) which had been empty for a few days and I wasn't prepared to take any clothes off to get into my running kit. Yesterday I just failed to get out. But I weeded the veg garden and took delivery of a new tumble drier so we can actually dry some clothes. (no sunshine, no heating, broken tumble drier and even the immersion heater has gone so the airing cupboard is cold. It's been a challenging week).

I'm feeling absolutely knackered atm. too tired to get out of my own way and feeling wobbly and breathless when I walk up hills. Might go and find some guiness. I've not felt like this since DS was born last year. I think its mostly stress though.

Lexilicious Sun 30-Sep-12 10:14:19

It's the season change, I tell you. I always get a stinker of a cold when it suddenly goes cold-humid.

golemmings Sun 30-Sep-12 11:56:51

Well I ran. Hampered by attitude-fail. Too short and too slow. 6.01 miles at 10.03 pace. Should have been 10k at 9.20. Think I'm bored now. At least I went.

Wondering how on earth I'm going to manage next weeks runs. Tuesday will have to be after kids in bed and before tea. It's my first day back at work. Can't go lunchtime;have a client meeting in the pm but not convinced that i'll have any energy by half 7...
Infact I'm trying to figure out how to fit 30hours of work into my life. I have runs to do, dens to make, cakes to bake Disney films to watch...why do mortgage people not understand this?

onedev Sun 30-Sep-12 13:12:47

Well done Go & well done with the confession Lexi grin

I agree the weather is having a negative impact & I haven't been out nearly as much this past week as I'd planned to. I'm on a mission this coming week to eat healthily & run more as I'd like to lose some weight to be ready for the gluttony & laziness that is December grin

I haven't run all week either <joins the naughty corner>. But I'm going out in half an hour or so to do 10 again. I know once I get out Ii'll enjoy it. it's the winding myself up to get out that's hard grin.

I have another half booked in January, so am thinking that I'll go back to a training programme to give myself some structure/goals. Is anyone else thinking that far ahead?

humblebumble Sun 30-Sep-12 15:15:10

golemmings don't be disheartened, I hope you feel better soon. I had the rotten cold and breathlessness last week, just think if you have it now then you will feel better by next week.

Lexi grin

onedev I'd like to lose a bit of weight before Dec too. I am a little afraid that once I do this half I will fall off the exercise wagon.

Neither which race are you doing in Jan? is it the Manhattan Half? I am considering doing it, but it hasn't been posted yet. I need a goal. I have no very little discipline without goals. I am not sure when I am going to pick up my number, I haven't thought that far ahead. Maybe on Sat or my DH might drive me on the day so I think we may have time to do it on the day. Good luck with your run today.

I am feeling okay today. Except I had a rubbish night's sleep with the DC. My youngest is not adapting well to his new bed.

humble - I'm doing the Louisiana Half with a friend who lives in Alabama. And should get a place in the NY half in March because I've done the 4/5.

I did Manhattan this year in the snow (there was an overnight storm the night before, and it snowed throughout) and thought it was never going to end. The second time up Harlem Hill was a killer! I didn't actually get to finish, I was at the 72nd transverse on the west side and they funnelled us all into the finish instead of letting us run the lower loop and finishing on the east side because it was becoming a blizzard. I'd done over 12 miles by then according to my garmin in 2 and a half hours, so didn't fight too hard with the course marshals grin. That was what made me sign up for Brooklyn, because I wanted to finish a half (even though with all the slipping and sliding I'd probably run at least the distance, and a bit more grin). And once we'd done those two (DH has done them all as well), it made sense to do the other boroughs...

We've been fund raising throughout, so doing the extra runs has helped to add to the total smile

KiwiPanda Sun 30-Sep-12 18:42:56

Snap with the weather change cold! Actually am lucky cos I just seem to have the sniffing and sneezing but not feeling ill variety, touch wood.

I did 8 miles today but set off much too fast so decided to make a virtue of it and do 5 miles quick and 3 miles slower. Quite enjoyed it after having heavy legs and lethargic for a week. Now tapering begins in earnest! Pass me the cake smile

KiwiPanda Sun 30-Sep-12 18:45:48

Oh golemmings am totally wondering how I'm going to keep up running when I'm back at work (one week to go!) but am planning on lunchtime runs as much as possible. Can go with DH as we work in same place which is nice. Specially as I'm now verging on being faster than him grin. I think it's best to go earlier in the day especially in winter as god knows we won't feel like it after a full day at work and then it's dark and cold ...

I've got a 10 mile race two weeks after the half, then I'm going to have to find some other races to enter to keep up the momentum. I think that's the way to do it, no?

<passes Kiwi a slice of homemade lemon and poppyseed loaf since it would be rude not to share and I just had a big bit >

Idocrazythings Sun 30-Sep-12 21:43:49

Hi everyone! I thought I'd pop in now my chest is finally better! Youve all been very busy- not only do I have lots of running to catch up on, but lots of reading as well. I did two 6km runs last week which went quite well and I signed up yesterday for the Brighton Half which is in Feb- not sure about training through winter though (being an Aussie and all)- hopefully it will be a mild one. I'd really like to get one in before the end of the year…

Lexilicious Mon 01-Oct-12 14:01:03

Hey, anyone seen this? Wonder if she's a MN-er!

frazzlerock Mon 01-Oct-12 14:05:20

Hi, I'm joining this a bit late I see, 12 pages in...

I am in a bit of constant training at the moment. Just did the Bristol Half yesterday, have Cardiff in two weeks then Run To The Beat two weeks after that.

Are any of you doing any of the above?

onedev Mon 01-Oct-12 17:14:43

Thanks for linking to that Lexi - a great story.

Welcome Frazzle - you sound a hard core half-marathoner! Where's Run to the Beat?

Lexilicious Tue 02-Oct-12 14:07:36

Ran 4.5 km before lunch - my phone didn't pick up GPS for more than half a km, but from then on I ran at 6:38 min/km which is ok for the first run in 16 days blush

I even managed to make myself do it without a training partner - but my colleague will have her kit in on Thrusday which is my next run. According to the training calendar it should be "4-5 miles of fast and slow, bursts up the hills not down" which will be interesting to try to plot around here.

I would love to do Run to the Beat! (here, onedev I would put my name down for next year's but we are TTC so at some point in the coming year I am going to have to reduce my serious running, and who knows when I will start up again after DC2.

onedev Tue 02-Oct-12 19:28:42

Thanks Lexi - looks good but full so maybe next year!

humblebumble Tue 02-Oct-12 19:34:47

welcome "frazzle* you do sound like you could probably give us lots of advice with all your experience!
lexi thanks for the link, whilst I am not facing the same personal issues as that woman, the bit where she says "it helps me frame my days, giving me a purpose" definitely resonates with me.
Well done on getting out running again and good luck with TTC.

I did a 2 mile pace run today .. I think I was very a little over excited as I ran it waaay too fast and averaged 8'07 pace. There is absolutely no way I could keep that up for 13.1 miles.

I am going to have to find a way to moderate my pace in general, I can't seem to get it right ...

Only 2 more runs until the HM on Sunday! Yikes!

humblebumble Tue 02-Oct-12 19:36:32

neither I have a bone to pick with you! after your post earlier this week I keep craving lemon and poppyseed cake grin

KiwiPanda Tue 02-Oct-12 21:58:54

Oi, that was my slice of cake runs in, snatches cake, runs away again

KiwiPanda Tue 02-Oct-12 21:59:36

(Stupid iPhone posting with excessive bold text blush)

golemmings Tue 02-Oct-12 22:31:29

Evening all. Failed to run today. Was never going to go before or after work but had a late meeting, got home at 7, fed Boy... And then it was 8 and I wanted my tea. Will run thurs before work though.
Knqckered tonight. This working lark is hard!

<arf> humble, I'll bring you a slice on Sunday if there is any left grin.

I haven't run since Sunday either lemmings, horrible weather here, cold and wet. Hope you get out tomorrow.

golemmings Wed 03-Oct-12 19:15:07

I'm running before work tomorrow. We're having an extension built and they've taken up the drains. If I want a shower I need to go to work for it so I may as well run and earn it!

KiwiPanda Wed 03-Oct-12 21:59:07

I ran this morning then a gentle 2/3 miles tomorrow then that's it until race day!

Have been in total denial about going back to work on Monday as have been just focussing on race. Now it's hit me. Oh GOD sad

onedev Wed 03-Oct-12 22:33:16

Great motivation Go.

You'll be fine Kiwi - all the best smile

humblebumble Thu 04-Oct-12 18:46:50

I just did my last 2 miles before race day on Sunday. It's funny to think that it is finally here. The last 12 weeks of training have gone by so quickly.

The forecast for Sunday a big temperature drop and is rain, cold, rain, cold, rain ... I guess it is an incentive to run faster, so I can be warm and dry quicker!

golemmings Thu 04-Oct-12 19:11:41

Forecast for Sunday is 10c and dry. I'm dithering between shorts and long legs, vest or thermal or maybe vest and jacket. I'm due 3 miles on sat but I'm not sure I have time to fit it in.

Ran this morning and it was hard. It was 6c so I think the cold made me tense. I managed all of 3mi, averaging 9.22. It was hard enough to make me slightly worried for Sunday.

I know that come Sunday i'll be fine, i'll just get my head down and keep running. And I probably won't be last. The other races I've done I've come in top half. There's just a gremlin in the back of my mind which says there will be 195 elite runners and then me and 4 old ladies staggering along miles behind...

Grrr. Stupid brain.

onedev Thu 04-Oct-12 21:19:30

You'll be great Go - all the best grin

KiwiPanda Fri 05-Oct-12 10:18:23

Two days to go.. I'm travelling solo to Royal Parks on Sunday as DH has broken his ankle so will have to stay at home with the DDs. So if anyone wants to meet up for moral support...

Issy Fri 05-Oct-12 12:45:56

I'll be there kiwipanda! I'm going with a couple of friends and possibly my husband. Happy to meet up if we can. I'm in the Yellow funnel for the 'virtually as slow as walking' crowd.

KiwiPanda Fri 05-Oct-12 18:40:26

Issy am I being really stupid?? It says on the big leaflet that the race colour number is the colour of your funnel.. But my race number is black?!?!! blush am I being utterly thick..?

onedev Fri 05-Oct-12 19:35:03

All the best ladies - hope you have fun & I'm sure you'll do brilliantly. Let us know how you get on.

Idocrazythings Sat 06-Oct-12 07:48:17

Trying desperately to motivate myself to put down the coffee cup and go for a run- thought about trying a park run as I've not yet done one, just don't feel like hopping on two busses to get there. I also signed up for the Oxford half which is next Sunday!!! Eek

Good luck to everyone running tomorrow, look forward to hearing about them smile

KiwiPanda Sat 06-Oct-12 10:35:02

I've woken up with a bug and a minor temperature. Desperately trying to shake it by willpower alone but am utterly miserable. Months and MONTHS of training and I get a bug one bloody day before. sad

Morning all.

go - you won't be last!

Issy - enjoy! A friend of mine did the Royal Parks last year and it looks a lovely route.

Kiwi - sorry to hear about your bug and DH's ankle. Sending go away bug vibes and cake your way and hope it goes well tomorrow.

humble - I'll PM you my number. I'll be running in a blue and white vest (probably over something else, since the forecast is to be quite cold) with a picture of Pingu - I run for JDRF.

Idocrazythings Sat 06-Oct-12 16:51:17

Oh no kiwi. Hope you're feeling better now!

humblebumble Sat 06-Oct-12 19:54:42

Wishing everyone all the best for tomorrow! I can't believe it's finally here.

I woke up this morning with stiff legs, which is very strange as I haven't run since Thursday and whilst I did some walking around yesterday it wasn't excessive.

neither I just picked up my race number. I am in the pink corral. I'll PM my number to you as well. I have no idea what I am wearing yet, but probably an orange rain coat!

KiwiPanda Sat 06-Oct-12 20:21:31

Am just about fighting off the bug I think!

Good luck to everyone tomorrow! See you here afterwards grin

Lexilicious Sat 06-Oct-12 21:55:12

good luck all the royal parkers !!

I fell off the wagon again, it was too rainy on Thu and Fri so I couldn't summon the enthusiasm. was hoping to do a longish one tomorrow but I am feeling rather flu-like (started with abdominal cramps and now my whole body is aching for no reason) so v unlikely.

will be checking in the afternoon and want to hear PBs and no transport disasters!

golemmings Sat 06-Oct-12 22:25:00

Hang in there Kiwi...

I need to be up before 6 tomorrow and have 2 preschoolers fed and in the car by 7ish... that'll be hard work. Bags packed - with a complete change of running kit - shorts, longs, vest, thermal, jacket... no idea what the weather will bring.

Planning a pub lunch at a brew pub we used to frequent in the area...

It'll probably be mid pm before I get to report back. If my phone battery makes it to the end of the race I'll be impressed; I don't think I can ask anymore of it!

Good luck to the Royal Parkers and the New Yorkers!

Who else is running? Humble and Shredded are, and kiwi and Issy. Have I missed anyone?

Hope you're OK Lexi.

Issy Sat 06-Oct-12 22:33:22

Just logging in from my phone before I go to sleep. Hope you're feeling better tomorrow Kiwi! Good luck to everyone running!

golemmings Sun 07-Oct-12 07:26:33

Just setting off. Good luck folks!

onedev Sun 07-Oct-12 11:56:40

All the best! Enjoy. grin

KiwiPanda Sun 07-Oct-12 12:53:30

Hello all. Made it. However I do not recommend running when you have a bug from your children as a gift to take with you. I think the chap whose shoes I narrowly missed throwing up on would agree.

Finished in 1.45. More than a bit gutted tbh as was aiming for 1.40 but I felt truly grim from 7 miles on sad

Hope everyone else felt better!

onedev Sun 07-Oct-12 13:38:01

Well done Kiwi grin

Lexilicious Sun 07-Oct-12 13:57:25

well done kiwi - I would think that's an amazing time but I know disappointments are relative to ability/expectation.

golemmings Sun 07-Oct-12 15:28:51

Oh kiwi, but given the circumstances you did really well. Hope you feel better soon. We had perfect weather, cool and sunny, the scenery was lovely, there were a couple of points that supporters could get to so I had a surprise visit from DH and dcs at 6 miles. It was a new race. The atmosphere was friendly. Chatted to someone from mile 5-6 as we were both hunting down a pack from barnsley. They were aiming for sub 2 but their pacer split them and I overtook the slowest but lost the front at about mile 8.
Mostly my aim was to run it all and finish in sub 2.15. It wasn't a chip race so my start line to finish line time is 02:02:32. My official time is a little longer. I'm thrilled to bits!

KiwiPanda Sun 07-Oct-12 17:15:53

Well done lemmings! Brilliant work. Sounds like a lovely race. Royal parks was beautiful course too though wasn't really in "appreciate scenery" mode.. I burst into tears when I finished but considering I, err, threw up three times and felt grim I am actually quite proud that I finished. My friends husband finished in 1 hr 21!!! Imagine being that fast. Whooosh!

Definitely not feeling normal still - was thinking should be scoffing cake but all I have managed to eat at all is brothy soup and a plum..

Well done lemmings and Kiwi! Great results both of you!

I finished in 2:27, taking a whopping 15 mins of my previous PB grin. I was actually more pleased about taking 10 mins off my 10 mile PB.

Sadly I didn't see humble - it was wet and miserable by the time I finished, and DH (who also PB'd, by 4 minutes) had been hanging around for 45 mins by then. So I had a little cry all over him (partly caused by the announcer at the finish calling me out for my charity - DS1 has diabetes, so running these races is always quite emotional for me) and then he got me to drink some gatorade, get some dry clothes on and go home. I was in no mood to argue smile.

Humble, hope you had a good run and hope to see you somewhere less chaotic - have you signed up for any other races?

humblebumble Sun 07-Oct-12 18:33:06

hello everyone!

Well done everyone. Especially Kiwi I can't believe you considered running it when you were feeling so awful.

I finished in 1:57 according to my Garmin. For some reason my result hasn't shown up on the results page which is disappointing. I assume that will be rectified over the next few days.

I was so pleased with my result, 10 mins faster than my other HM and I managed to crack the 2hr which was my goal.

neither it was so busy and cold and once I had managed to find DH and the DC we headed off. It was just starting to rain. I haven't signed up for anything else yet, I am trying to decide which one to do. I will need something to aim for.

wow, can't believe it's all over ... what's next?

Brilliant humble! Sometimes the results take a little while to sort themselves out.

My next big one in Baton Rouge in January. Then the NYC in March. Then, as I just said on another thread I am retiring from my running career grin.

KiwiPanda Sun 07-Oct-12 18:55:02

I'm doing a 10 mile race in 2 weeks.. And shall be finding some more to enter tonight.

We are all mad aren't we??

KiwiPanda Sun 07-Oct-12 18:55:48

Sorry posted too soon that's brilliant Humble! Check results again tomorrow as sometimes the first ones are provisional/glitchy..

Mad in the nicest possible way Kiwi!

humblebumble Sun 07-Oct-12 19:00:31

Baton Rouge sounds like fun. Perhaps I am thinking the after party will be fun ... grin

I hope to get a place in NYC HM in March, but I was lucky last year so I am not sure I will get in this year. I may do the one in January instead as I think not many people will want to run it as it is usually freezing.

It's such a high when you finish ... I just have to be careful not to sign up to too many things as I am feeling invincible ... I probably won't feel the same tomorrow.

The other thing about the January one humble is that a lot of people don't like paying to run 2 laps of CPark, when so many runners train there anyway. We had a complete nightmare, it snowed overnight and all the way through, so they did it as a "fun run" which meant we didn't get timed (though still got the credit). And they closed the race early so I didn't do the last mile or so. But that's what got us doing Brooklyn, because we wanted a timed finish, and one thing led to another...

I've just signed up to volunteer at the Poland Spring marathon kick-off.

golemmings Sun 07-Oct-12 20:26:08

Go kiwi! 10 miles is such a civilized distance. I realised that today ... At 11 miles!

And well done humble and shredded. Good results - and nice pbs!

Am I the only one not feeling invincible? I'm tucked up in bed, feeling knackered and wondering if i'll be able to walk in future, let alone run?

My programme took me nicely to running a half but it comes with no advice re how to recover. I think I remember Lexi asking this a couple of weeks ago but my phone takes so long to load pages that I'm not sure i'll find it. So is it a few days off and then some short runs?

Idocrazythings Sun 07-Oct-12 20:27:35

Well done everyone on your amazing times, something for me to aspire to!. I think I'm up next, next weekend, I'll be happy with anything under 2.30- bit nervous though as its my first.

lemmings - try this link for some recovery tips smile

golemmings Sun 07-Oct-12 22:51:22

Ohh thank you. That's useful.

KiwiPanda Mon 08-Oct-12 06:57:01

Well I clearly was a bit nuts to run at all - have been up all night with awful stomach bug. So much for my first day back at work! Will instead be spending it in bed (and in the loo)

How's everyone else feeling today? A darn site better than me I hope.

Kiwi you poor thing.

I'm feeling OK (famous last words). I hurt my leg a while ago, and it's been sore for weeks. I didn't go to the doctor in case he told me not to run grin. Something went ping around mile 12 yesterday, but I decided to ignore it since I was almost there. As soon as I finished I had to sit down, but today it doesn't hurt at all. I suspect it will do later! My aches and pains tend to emerge on day 2 afterwards.

My 20 years younger than I am colleague was running a different half yesterday so I'm looking forward to seeing her later and seeing how she got on. And a couple of the blokes ran the same half as me, so there will be plenty of half marathon chat today.

Issy Mon 08-Oct-12 16:31:52

Wow! So many results. Congratulations to Kiwi (for finishing at all!) and Humble and Lemming.

The Royal Parks run yesterday was my first HM and I loved it. The weather and scenery were gorgeous and unlike poor Kiwi I could enjoy it. I paced myself very carefully using my Garmin and ran a very genteel 2:13. The last three miles were my fastest.

I'm hooked now and am already plotting my next HM (definitely not a marathon though) and training to bring down my time. I just don't seem to have it in me to run outside my comfort zone so I'll just have to make my comfort zone faster.

My friend who is fatter and less fit than me but much tougher, ran yesterday's race in 2:11. I didn't even beat the bloody celebrity squirrel! grin

humblebumble Mon 08-Oct-12 18:49:12

Issy congratulations! Your first HM and you ran it in 2:13, that's brilliant. It is definitely addictive. I said definitely no marathon for me but I am contemplating one next November depending on how my legs hold up.

I am feeling good today. I went to a bootcamp this morning. So I might not be feeling so good a later as there was a lot of squat work.

neither I think you are right about the Jan 1/2 I am not sure whether I will enter it or try and do something different.

kiwi I hope you are feeling better.

golemmings I hope you are feeling okay too.

Well done Issy! Great time and glad you enjoyed it.

<Bows in awe to humble and bootcamp shock >

I had a half hour recovery walk this evening. I took my ipod, and could almost have broken into a run jog slightly fast walk a couple of times.

KiwiPanda Tue 09-Oct-12 07:24:47

Well done issy! Was thinking of you on day (peering at random women and thinking oo wonder if that's Issy, slightly unlikely amid 12,000 peoplegrin)

Still bedbound and poorly, this bug is awful. I have lost half a stone since Sunday, and I don't exactly need to lose any weight. Positive side: when I can eat again its the Cake Diet for me.

Issy Tue 09-Oct-12 09:59:29

Kiwi: I did think of trying to describe myself to you but got as far as a mid-height, mid-weight, middle-aged woman with mid-length brown hair wearing a yellow t-shirt and decided that you might struggle to distinguish me!

onedev Tue 09-Oct-12 18:31:26

Hope you feel better soon Kiwi as that sounds miserable grin

Kiwi - how are you doing now? Hope you are feeling better.

Issy - are you my long lost twin sister (apart from the yellow tee shirt)?

DH is out on a recovery run and has been telling me I ought to do one too. But someone has to put the dinner on grin.

KiwiPanda Thu 11-Oct-12 06:49:52

STILL poorly, still have awful stomach cramps etc.

BORED now. Need a grumpy petulant emoticon.

tiredemma Thu 11-Oct-12 06:54:06

I would be up for doing Royal Parks next year!!

im desperate to get back out and do a half marathon- my knee still keeps playing up though once I get to about 5/6 miles. Its a pain in the arse tbh because i know I can further but I'm worried about damage.

Going to see a physio.

well done everyone x

humblebumble Thu 11-Oct-12 16:36:51

poor kiwi I hope you are starting to feel better, it sounds awful

emma I hope the physio can be of some help. I have issues with my knee as well and it is frustrating. I find resting and icing works (RICE) as well and taking an anti inflamatory if it is really playing up. The best thing for me is rest and easing off the longer runs.

I am hoping to get back out running tomorrow, I meant to go earlier in the week but life just got a bit busy. I still haven't got my next goal yet...

I too have a dodgy knee (and ankle, and hip...)

I'd planned to go out tonight for a short run, but didn't leave work until 8pm. So planning to go in the morning instead (if I post on here I'm more likely to grin)

KiwiPanda Fri 12-Oct-12 19:37:32

Hello all! Thank you yes I am finally better and managed to go for first post-half run at lunchtime at work today. Only 3.5 miles but have running club tomorrow so just wanted to give the old legs a stretch grin

onedev Sat 13-Oct-12 13:02:59

Well done Kiwi - hope work is going well.

I'm really struggling to run with the dark nights & nothing really to aim for! Need to get myself back into gear again!