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The runners' thread... (part II)

Discussion in 'off topic' started by PigletsDad, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. johnhunt

    johnhunt pfm Member

    Blimey, glad you are ok. Had a few running related tumbles myself.

    trying to sign up a charity place for London . Started to Up my mileage in preparation so a 9 miler around south east london the other day. Planning something longer along the Thames in the next few days
  2. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    Thanks johnhunt a freak accident with injuries more akin to coming off my bike! I did the virtual London without too much training but it's helped boost my fitness. Good luck with upping the miles.
  3. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Glad you’re ok, it’s an awful feeling. Once fell over in front of our local Wetherspoons. Got a round of applause. Talk about wounded pride
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  4. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    Ouchy! FWIW this Thursday marks a year since my hip surgery and a couple of weeks since the ninth anniversary of my near annihilation of my left arm after a fall in Spain. I am the Running Humpty Dumpty!!!
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  5. Wine Man

    Wine Man pfm Member

    I almost came a cropper at London this year. I felt fine around 22-23m and was heading for a time of 3:35 ish. After 24m my legs suddenly felt weak and I was weaving and almost staggering across the road at times. I sensed a possible collapse and decided to stop. A runner stopped to see if I was ok and it turned out to be an old mate of mine (he usually runs circa 2:50 so he was having a worse day than me!). We shuffled/cajoled each other carefully through the last two miles, time ended up at 3:45, more of a setback than a disaster. I guess I just ran out of fuel. I have booked the Malaga marathon (12th Dec) as an attempt at redemption - the Mrs was keen to go for a week so we got a full flight/hotel package with Jet2 from our local airport (LBA). Apparently the Xmas light show over there is spectacular and a bit of winter warmth won't go amiss.

    Parkrun one week post London was a rusty 22.42 (about a minute slower than my par). 21:49 yesterday which is more like it, the legs are slowly recovering.
  6. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    Reminds me of running London, many years ago. My parents told me that a friend's son was running and what he was running for. Limping off the Isle of Dogs I saw someone who matched the description ( i.e. his t-shirt ) and yes it was him, we lifted each other's spirits which helped to up the pace to the finish. Good luck in Malaga.
  7. robs

    robs should know how this works by no

    Glad you are OK andrew d - can happen so easily. Someone went over right in front of me at Parkrun yesterday. Thankfully he was fine (though a bit muddy!) and just carried on. I wore trail shoes, it's getting very muddy. Time to move to the winter course soon.

    I entered the ballot for London next year (again...). Having failed to get a place for several years, I'm guessing the odds are no different and it'll be a no. Probably a good thing!

    Malaga sounds like a fine idea wineman - jealous!
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  8. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    I’ve put in for a ballot place, I feel pretty safe in the knowledge I won’t get in. There’s a bit of me in fact quite a lot of me that prefers the short agonising death of a 5k or 10k, than the long lingering one of a half. A marathon seems like such a massive distance… Not sure my body is that off a long distance runner. When I was young I was always a sprinter never a stamina person.
  9. Wine Man

    Wine Man pfm Member

    The odds of a London ballot place are about 20-1. The last proper ballot they had in 2019 attracted 457,000 entries - chasing about 20,000 ballot places. In the late 80's/early 90's the ballot entry was around 75-80,000; we reckoned we had a 1 in 3 chance of a ballot place back then, happy days! I actually prefer the Spanish marathons to London - logistically very easy (start, finish & Expo all in one place), starts & finishes more spectacular, prettier courses. I've done both Valencia & Barcelona and they are my top two.

    Malaga has palm trees, beer and specialist sherry bars - I think I will try and avoid the latter!

    Hope you heal quickly Andrew d.
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  10. robs

    robs should know how this works by no

    Out for a LSR this morning, having got up too late for Parkrun (it was raining anyway...).

    Who am I kidding...don't think 10k counts as 'L' does it?
    But it was certainly S.
    At least it was an R, and it had stopped raining by the time I got out, quite pleasant in fact.

    After the half I did a few weeks ago I was seriously worried that I would be disqualified - at some point around 14k a race marshal on a bike came past and took a photo and noted down my race number. When I got home a little later I looked to enter next years' race and read the rules, which highlighted all in ear headphones were banned (even though the roads were closed) - anyone wearing headphones would be disqualified. Then I read this years' rules - the same, clearly highlighted. My fault for not reading the rules when I entered, but thankfully I didn't get disqualified.
    I have always run with music ( wired earbuds from a MP3 player a while back, now BT earbuds via Garmin watch).

    Anyway, to the point of my rambling - it was my birthday last week and the kids treated me to a pair of 'AfterShokz' bone conduction headphones (after a hint). You are allowed to wear these in races.
    I was a little skeptical and tried them out first time this morning, but in fact they are wonderful. Comfortable and good sound. You can hear the birds tweeting around you....and more importantly cars. Very strange at first but am very impressed.

    Wishing I was headed to Malaga...
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  11. Amormusic

    Amormusic pfm Member

    My father and I have now achieved a 25 min run non-stop, as part of the BBC couch to 5k app. This is the most I've run in over 25 years, so amazing. The natural high rush I got when I finished at 25 mins was amazing. I felt like a superhero. Although this is truly crap compared you seasoned lot, I actually am starting to feel like a runner. Legit. I am now enjoying it.

    There's no danger to Usain with the speed we're going at though
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  12. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Great work. Hoping to get out for a gentle one tomorrow to see how the arse twang is. Fingers crossed…
  13. robs

    robs should know how this works by no

    Nice amormusic, great stuff!!!

    " I am enjoying it" - once you get there, it gets a lot easier and it's all downhill!!

    Until you go uphill...;)
    Just don't overdo it and build gradually.
  14. PigletsDad

    PigletsDad pfm Member

    Not checked in here for ages.

    I'm running with my club on Wednesday evenings, and really enjoy that. I have done one Parkrun this year (very slow, 23:46!!!), and at the end of September I did the Forest of Dean half marathon. I was 2nd MV60, a good eight minutes behind the fastest old codger, in 1:45 and a few seconds on a moderately hilly off road course.

    Not entered any more races yet, but will look for some more trail races that are not too muddy. I would love to do another ultra next year, but I don't think my other half would let me.
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  15. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    I did a lap of Centurion Running's Wendover Woods 50 miler today. The course is 5 x 10 mile loops with 625 meters of ascent on each lap. A lot of the descents are steep and technical so it's hard to keep a speed that you'd be happy with on normal terrain. Most of the organisers 50 mile events have 12 hour cut offs but WW50 has a 15 hour time limit to reflect the terrain.
    The longest lasting injury from my tumble a couple of weeks ago was a sprained ankle with grade 1 ligament damage. I strapped it up and it seemed better but of course after 2 miles I went over on it. I managed to keep moving without too much pain but became incredibly cautious on the descents and lost time. Still I was 25 minutes within cut off on the first lap.
    It was a well run event and one which I hope to complete next year. If anything it was worth the visit to see the splendour of the woods in autumn. A mate of mine's still plugging away at it and I'm following his tracker from the comfort of my living room!
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  16. Wine Man

    Wine Man pfm Member

    Good that you got away without too much damage Andrew d. Sounds a nice if tricky course.
    Piglets Dad.. speaking of V60's, 2nd for me at York Parkrun this morning, about 12 secs behind the winner. After a wind affected 22.01 last week I had a real go at breaking 22 mins. It was perhaps more windy this week (York racecourse is very exposed) so roughly mile 1-2 was the most affected. Had to go eyeballs out in the last mile and just squeezed under in 21.57. Oh for a calm day! The first 2 guys were 15.27 & 15.30 which was impressive in those conditions.

    Amormusic.. Great progress! Don't worry about speed to much for now, just build the distance up. We all started somewhere sometime, I can remember feeling like a carthorse when I started running over 30 years ago!
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  17. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Gentle 7k this morning, still nursing the arse twang, seems to be getting very slowly better. Looking forward to the boys football season Christmas break then I can sneak a couple of Parkraces in. Good work everyone,
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  18. johnhunt

    johnhunt pfm Member

    That is brilliant.
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  19. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    By arse twang I assume you mean tight glutes? My right glute has been very tight in the morning for a few weeks. Seems to relax after 15-30 minutes of waking up.
  20. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Whether or not, it/they sound(s) unpleasant enough to remind me why I don’t even run towards free wine nowadays.
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