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  • Thanks for setting us up @shanaber Quick calculation gives me a conservative 120km for this month due to taper, race, and then recovery, but my main goal is to finish my race on the 23rd in one piece. Excitified mode has definitely kicked in now!
  • So I did my 32km run this morning (which RTY tells me equals a very frustrating 19.9 miles). I'll report in a spoiler because we're doing spoilers atm :-p So, anyway, I did it, I'm now confident I can complete my race and have hopes that I'll be able to go quicker on fresh legs. Gradual taper starts now, my legs will sure…
  • @tarun_yadavA beautiful indeed! @Scott6255 holy chit, Batman, that's a lotta miles! @yirara well done on keeping at it despite difficult circumstances. Consistency pays off
  • Yeah, generally there are very few women running trails in Spain, and the majority of those who do sign up for races go for the shorter versions and are either super fast or are walkers who live there and want to join in. For example... at my next race, there are 300 runners signed up for the 35k and only 20 of us are…
  • @martaindale thank you, yeah, I guess I do know it isn't me but insecurities, anxiety, yadda yadda... Well done on managing the marathon pace workout! Amazing what a difference temps/humidity levels make, isn't it. Seems like the worst of the heat is over here (at least early in the morning) and I'm loving it! I passed a…
  • It is pretty quiet here atm, and we're lacking in heated hot dog debates lol. I think a lot of us (myself included!) are doing juggling acts and the forums have kind of moved down the list of priorities. And yes, I certainly learned pretty much everything about running from this group and picked up some very special tips,…
  • Don't worry, I fully intend to do those hill repeats in hike up, jog down mode. If I do them. We went camping for the weekend and I am still exhausted. Thought I slept ok, but Garmeen II claims otherwise and is talking lots of [email protected] about recovery
  • @tarun_yadavA lol your gentle pace is still way faster than my race pace! @martaindale so cool about the owl! I scared one into flight early one morning this summer and it flew down low in front of me for a while before making what I took to be an exasperated noise and headed for the hills. I clearly got in the way of its…
  • Stretches: physio started me doing slow heel drops off a step after I wrecked my legs during my first HM so I kept that up along with general post-run stretches, then I like to put my legs up a wall for 5-10 minutes. I do some yoga every day unless it's completely impossible, which provides some strengthening in disguise…
  • @AlphaHowls dang, the Spanish would say you must have stared at a guy with only one eye (weird and random expression for those times everything seems to go wrong). Hugs! I did my 29km this morning. It also marked 2 years of at least one HM distance per month to honour my Dad, who remains oblivious to this crazy tribute. It…
  • @martaindale your lights sound cool! I am also having to pull my headlamp out again in the mornings, and have similar issues with it. I learned to wear a buff/headband underneath it but the bounce still annoys me, and on long runs there comes a time when anything on my head starts to irritate me, but if I take it off then…
  • @polskagirl01 lol yeah, they were running through the campsite, plus my phone camera sucks! They, and the deer, are not at all aggressive, in fact they're way too tame because they're used to wandering around the campsite. It's sad because they've learned there is food there, and in the winter when nobody goes up there in…
  • @7lenny7 what an accomplishment! @polskagirl01 oh no, I hope the wounds are all superficial and heal quickly. Not nice :( I've been off the beaten tracks on a 'vacation' most of the week, have speed-read and liked and hugged etc but missed way too much to comment. There was a lot of unexpected stress to the week due to…
  • So I really didn't know until it started whether I was going to be able to run my race this morning. Thursday I took my daughter and her friend to their first music festival. We left at 9pm and got home at 2am and apart from 10 minutes bus rides either way it was all standing. 3 and a half hours' sleep, then I had an hour…
  • I probably came closer to flying off mine treadmill when I caught the safety cord with my hand and it slammed to a halt... happened 4 or 5 times before I stopped using it. Having said that, I did position it so I had a wall behind me to bounce off
  • Well done everyone, great month all round! And @marisap2010 nice swag! You're doing great!
  • As my legs were sore yesterday I expected today to be a very short, slow run to end up month. They actually felt ok at a gentle plod though, so the 2 miles turned into 'ok 3 miles' followed by some maths to see what I needed to at least match last month's mileage followed by a decision to push it to about 5.5 miles for…
  • @rps67 that is so awesome! I only have one, she's 16 and yeah, I hear ya about never seeing. I have tried to get her interested in running (or anything!) with me but nope.
  • @Sanjay212 welcome. Pizza and beer are unofficial essential recovery foods in my book, but I'm currently on a 'gastric protection diet' prescribed by my doctor until they find the cause of, and treat, some nasty stomach/chest issues I've been having recently.
  • Thanks @shanaber Not sure what my distance is meant to be this month as I've had to modify my plan a few times. I remember it would have been 200km but don't think it's that much now. August should have been 200km and will end up being around 170, depending on how sore my legs are in the morning. Let's just say my goal for…
  • Another 16 miles this morning to see what happens. I stayed closer to home so less elevation, basically the local rural HM route with 5x the 'fun' loop in the middle (think up a big hill, down the other side, across a (currently dry) stream, up and over a slightly smaller hill). I had decided to try and do my long run…
  • @polskagirl01 maybe just good old c25k, or the 10k version? I mean basically what they do is start you out with jntervals that get increasingly longer then disappear, right? I still use the intervals for my first km or two, then ditch them and take a 30 second walk/water break after each km... but I go back into them for…
  • Mmmmm pizza and cheesecake, very jealous lol
  • @tarun_yadavA hey, don't bash carbs, carbs are good for runners lol. I thought of you this morning... I went out way too fast because I was feeling good then had to keep telling myself to slow down, then Always came on so I sang along 😅 Don't know whether it was the flat route or whatever but this morning's short run felt…
  • @quilteryoyo ouch, hope the toe heals quickly, sounds painful! @marisap2010 good luck with today's run. Just surviving 16 miles is tough enough without adding intervals to it! Thanks for the sensibleness, everyone, I need to learn to live in the moment insteadnof having to have things planned in advance all the time 😅
  • @polskagirl01 now I understand why the word extreme is in the race name! Sounds fun! I'm here to moan about my husband, apologies in advance. Having more or less come to terms with DNSing my race next Sunday, and having given away my place at the mountain HM at the beginning of October to focus on getting better for the…
  • @Teresa502 thanks, glad your ankle isn't too bad so far. @polskagirl01 grrr, stupid bodies! Hope the coffee helps and the race is better than you expect. I did a longer run this morning, 11.5km. It was soooo slow, and uncomfortable but bearable. I stuck to my jog-walk intervals, even downhill as that's the most painful…
  • @tarun_yadavA we didn't say you had to do ALL your runs slowly, just the majority of them ;-) As a general rule, most basic training plans include one session of speedwork in one form or another as well as a long (slow) run and easy runs. The 80:20 school of thinking is quite an interesting thing to read up on if you're…
  • @quilteryoyo they prodded pretty much everything and couldn't find anything, they did blood tests for liver & kidney markers, also the pain was too high up and dead centre, which apparently rules out appendix/gall bladder. Thanks (to everyone) for caring, I know I'm moaning too much in here! I'm more or less comfortable…
  • @SummerSkier I don't really know if it was helping or not... he gave me something to take instead, but kind of hinted that it wouldn't be as effective and that after I've given the sample for the tests I can switch back if I want to. I mean, the pain isn't unbearable anymore, but it's definitely still there whereas the…
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