Thursday, 9 November 2017

Track Day - Oh and Thursday Morning!

Hello blog readers.

Thursday Morning

I again was able to do a double today, this morning I met up with my running pals at the rec.  There must have been about twenty of us there, but in my group there were four of us, me, Tracy, IllustriousLeader and Paula.  I was glad that I.L. was here, because if I was needed to leave early then I could just run back and leave the group to finish their run.  So IllustriousLeader was the leader this morning.  I just asked her that morning and so she had to think on her feet and come up with a route, just like I did on Tuesday evening!  

We went in through Poo Ally and then then turned left, it seems that I.L. is going to take us down Botany Bay Lane, but she also said that she is going to go up Goss Hill.  I was secretly pleased actually, because that is the way that I was thinking of going if she wasn't here anyway!  We may be slower than a gang of tortoises running through treacle but we don't shy away from these little challenges!  Once we got to the top of Goss Hill though, we had a little break.  And then the curiosity came over us.  We often get to the top of this hill and look at the path on the right and wonder where it goes.  IllustriousLeader has often been heard to say, "I often wonder where that path goes to"  So the curiosity had to be satisfied, as there was four of us we decided to go along this path, we had a chat about where we thought it would bring us out.  Lets see exactly where it does lead us.  

At first it the path lead towards where we thought it might lead to but the it started to go down hill, well that was to be expected but it also started to bear right!  That only means one thing, that we will be coming across Goss hill again, and we will have to run back up it!  We came across a pond, just a small one, we had to run over a little wooden bridge. It looked like the pond was dammed up, maybe it's part of the river at the bottom.  We ran around it and then started to run back up. Now we can see Goss hill, the path that we just ran up and we came out at the top of the hill, just by the path that took our curiosity!

We continued our run along the usual route, along to Botany Bay lane and then up to the path that goes behind Coopers School.  It was a great run, I ran at the back with Tracy keeping her motivated (I think, "Get those legs up" I am sure is very motivational screeching)  We got to the Middle Path and then ran all the way down non stop, chatting away to Tracy!  We got back to the rec, I had to leave though and didn't have time to do the stretches.  A great run, we my mates!

Geeky stats.

Thursday Track!

These sessions I always try and push myself that little bit harder.  I know last week I wasn't as hard on myself as I should have been. But todays sessions is one of my favourites, it's running to the whistle!  No counting how many laps I had done, or trying to figure it out by looking at the distance on my Garmin.  It's all about listening out for the whistle.  Karin was driving and we picked up MonkeyFeet Mr. S on the way.  It's good to see that he is getting back to his running, monkeyfeet and all!  All though coming out with said monkeyfeet in his hand rather than on his feet was rather brave!  It is November after all!  

There were loads of PWR's at the track, all ready to do this evenings session, it was to run for 4 minutes, 30 second rest times that by 5!  Not only that, but Mike had us do the first 2 minutes running one way and then the second 2 minutes running in the opposite direction.  I should think it was so that we all ended up at the finish/start line at the same time! Now don't that sound pretty darn easy!  Of course we had to do our warm up of 8 minutes of running, plus our drills and strides as well. Also when we were having our 30 second rest PhysioMiketheMod had us on the floor, sitting leg straight out and 'running'! Well our arms looked like we were running, and then we were doing clams in another rest, and also standing on one leg while our arms were air writing something I.  L.O.V.E.   R.E.E.V.S.I.E.!  I think PhysioMiketheMod forgot how to spell 'running'!  

I enjoyed this session, it was good fun! I even managed to 'beat' some of the faster runners back to the start line!  I am not sure if it was because I was doing a slower first 2 minutes and then running like hell leather back just so that I could beat them all!  I was pleased that I ran when I should have ran, and also that I didn't make too many grunts and groans as I tried to pick myself up off the floor after those little exercises, even though I am sure there was a few!

Geeky stats.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Club Run - Marathon Draw!

Hello blog readers.

Yesterday, in the wet, drizzly evening we all still met up to run.  We didn't meet up at the rec as usual though, as we were having a 'social' afterwards.  The occasion for the social, well, Petts Wood Runners have been allocated marathon places for some of our lucky PWR's.  Six of the places are from PWR's totally manning a water station at this years marathon and our club were given these places!  Amazing!  I was thinking about chucking my name in the hat, but I chickened out!  I didn't get a ballot place, but unlike last year when I was totally pleased that I didn't get a place, this year I was only slightly disappointed.  Yet when it came to throwing my name in the hat for the draw for one of the VLM places, I chickened out!  Hmmmm.  Maybe I am not ready to do another one after all!

But that of course didn't stop me from getting excited and celebrating with all my buddies after our usual club night right!  And talking of which, I shall now tell you all about it. I wasn't down to lead, I know, it's strange, but we did have another leader lined up, but train delays kept him from getting to Bickley Manor in time for the run.  I had a suspicion it had something to do with what happened in Knockholt Station, the believe a murder happened!  That threw all the trains into turmoil! 

So I was there, with NaggyNeighbour, she drove, and I said that we should get there a little bit early as the car park gets pretty full.  As I wasn't leading, I still hadn't heard about what had happened to the trains and it was still quite early, this happened!

I know, so unusual.....its only a half!

Well, it was only a half!  I have had a can before a race, during a race and after a race!  The Harvel 5 is usually very social!  Anyway, It's totally doable, in the rain, in the dark, from a different start/finish venue, only trouble is, I of course didn't think or plot a route for this evening, as I wasn't down to lead!  But that's fine, I decided on a straight, out and back!  I was just going to head for Petts Wood, as soon as it my Garmin hits 1.5 miles I shall turn around and come back exactly the same way!  Three miles done, nice and easy, and no tricky left or right turns. 

The rain came down slightly heavier than it had been when we arrived, I was hoping that it didn't get any worse.  I was glad it wasn't that cold out, strange really considering we are now into November.  There were quite a few people in the car park, all ready to get going, but first in the car park, in the drizzle, we all stood in silence for a moment, to think about and pray about a fellow runner from Orpington Road Runners, who died last Tuesday on their club run. Rest in peace Andy Whitefield, I didn't know you, but no doubt we had probably run past each other on a Tuesday night club run!  My condolences to your family, God Bless.

So there I was with my paddle (the new posts) with my number 1 written on, I gave out my route, which was easy, it was run away from Bickley for a mile and half and then run back just three roads involved! Even if I had two pints of lager and a packet of crisps I would still be able to do this and not get lost!  Michael was sweeping for me, there were 8 of us in our group, a nice even number. We set off in the light drizzle, and then we ran! We ran for about 1.45 miles, that got us to Top Oxhawth, after we ran along bottom Oxhawth! Hmm, ok so it was four roads!  By this time however, the rain really started to come down even harder.  I think my group were ready to get back, just as well that is exactly where we were going!

We ran back exactly the same way, obviously in reverse, From Top Oxhawth to bottom Oxhawth, along Southborough lane, down Blackbrook Lane and onto Thornet Wood Lane.  When we were half way down Blackbrook I asked Michael to lead the faster runners, as he had swapped sweeping with Auriol, and then I relieved Auriol so that she could get back into the dry with the others.  A great run, and then.......well then it was time to chill, chat and relax with our club members, have a few drinks and then.....make the draw for the marathon places.  There were a few very happy and very shocked runners!  I couldn't quite hear all of the names being called, I was at the back (nearest the bar) so I missed a few names.  But I found out the next day who was running!  I was so pleased to hear that our social secretary had won a place!  She has done marvellous things for us in the club since she has become our social Secretary, she so deserves a place.  A few that I can remember is, Ralph, again a well deserving winner for all he has done for the new parkrun at Hobblingwell.  But well done everyone who won a place!  Now the hard work begins, unless you're going to wait until after the Christmas festivities!

This is after we have got back....notice the pint in my hand!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Double Beginners!

Hello blog readers.

I have been a bit lazy writing up me blogs! So I have squished together to beginners reports, for the last two Saturdays.

28th October 

That was a real good session.  We had a special 'guest speaker' that came along to to have a chat with our beginners.  PhysioMiketheMod!  He is a wealth of information and advice for anyone that is starting out running, or even for someone that has been running for sometime.  We had a usual two lap walk around the rec and then PhysicoMiketheMod shared some of his information.  Talking about running technique, running style and breathing!  Yes, I know we all learn how to breath as soon as we 'pop out' but a bit of control and discipline is needed for when you are trying to run and breath efficiently to help keep up your energy levels!  It's all very informative.  And then we started our running!

We kept it in the rec, because then everyone could take advantage of PMtM, captured in the rec.  And also if he could see anyone that was struggling a bit he could nip in and give some more advice and encouragement.  Running for eight minutes, we were, and some of our beginners were so surprised and very proud of what that had achieved so far! Of course I am not surprised!  I knew they all could it!  If they have got this far then they will go on to finish the course and graduate at the Bromley parkrun.  

I took some pictures of this session, here they are!

Don't forget those hips!

Clams, not just delicious to eat, but
good for your glutes too!

So, we just gonna watch, or shall
we try it?

4th November

So, Saturday just gone! Oh my goodness, what a morning it was!  I woke up to rain soaked windows!  I so just wanted to curl up in my duvet and go back to sleep.  But being a leader is a great motivator, because I knew I had to get out there and lead!  I knew that once I was there, wet, it will be fine! I picked up Tracy on the way too.

This was to be the first time out on the streets for our beginners, I wasn't sure how many there would be, I mean, if I was tempted to turn over and stay in the warm, I was wondering if our beginners were thinking the same!  But when I got there.....or I should say, after I got there the beginners started to arrive, along with our hardy PWR's.  There must have been about 20 beginners and almost as many PWR's.  It was almost a 'one on one' pairing for our beginners!

Sherry, being the kind and considerate one, thought the beginners would prefer not getting wet feet for a change, because we would be running out on the streets anyway.  I think I would still have gone around the green, get a good warm up, wet feet!  We're hard, we can 'hack' it. And besides, once your feet are wet, your body warms up your socks and you don't notice it!  Honest!

But we still did our warm up walk and silly walks out on the streets of Petts Wood.  So just imagine, 20 beginners, 15 or so PWR's  all gaily skipping along, kicking butt and doing side steps. Usually we are running with the houses surround us in a little cocoon that is our rec. But that morning we were on the outside, showing all of Petts Wood what we have been doing, we emerged from the green like beautiful butterflies!  Ok, so a bit of poetic licence, we probably looked like little frozen drowned rats!

We left the rec at Townsend and worked our way around to the entrance in Crossways.  by then we were ready to hit the hill!  It was the first time to show our new group the hill!  Some already knew it, but others just didn't even think they could get up there walking, let alone running!  The stint in the rec these past weeks should hold them in good stead.  All that informtion, all those evenings/mornings running will get them up the hill with miles and miles still left in their legs.  And it was just as well because some of them would be doing the loop three times!

I was with the group that did it just twice!  And would you believe it, the second time they went up the hill they ran it so much better than the first time.  It was because by then they were totally warmed up, totally relaxed, mainly because they knew the hill finished pretty quickly.  I was with one young lade, she was running with her son.  She was struggling a bit, with a bit of a sore knee, but her son kept her going!  It's just so heartwarming to see the children encourage the parents to get fitter!  I had a smile on my face every time he said something encouraging to his mum!  Just so sweet!

We finished our session at the rec, to do some cool down stretches, just as the rain started!  I did as many as I could, as I didn't want them all to get to cold.

Another fabulous session!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Double Day

Hello blog readers.

It's been a couple of weeks since I've done a double Thursday, I wasn't sure how I was going to to.  The first of course is the morning run.  It was a bit foggy when I work up, and I just knew it would be a bit chilly, but it actually didn't feel that cold out, it still felt quite mild. I met up with everyone in the rec, there were about 15 or so of us.  DiscoRich divided us very expertly into our groups.  There were four of us in my group, me, Tracy, IllustriousLeader and Paula.  I was going to take them on the easier route around the edge of the woods, Tracy is still nursing a sore tendon and I was planning on running in the evening at track, but I still had a good run.  Both me and IllustriousLeader took it in turns to lead and sweep!  First I led then I.L. lead.  That way it meant that Tracy always had someone with her.  Well, I didn't want her to get lost, not in the woods, I would definitely not find her if she went on walk about.

I think everyone had a good run, some faster bits, some slower bits.  We got back to the rec, the fog was quickly disappearing and it looked like it was going to be a good day.

Geeky stats.

Track Session

These dark nights, it's so much harder to get out and do stuff for myself.  It's fine getting out when I am leading, but actually getting out for myself, well it's pretty hard.  Just thank goodness that NaggyNeighbour was going and Mr.S wanted to be picked up too!  

We were there quite early for a change, I think it's because Naggy wasn't quite sure of the start time!  But that's fine, it gives us a chance to acclimatise to the cool the evening air.  It's still quite mild really, perfect running conditions.  The session was 400 metre run, rest for 90 secs, ........that was what was said on the Facebook page, but then PhysioMiketheMod changed it to 60 sec rest.  We had to do that 12 times.  I am not sure how many times I did it, but I did try and do my best.  With the 'not feeling it' and a niggling sore knew I just knew I was going to struggle.  

But there is one thing, I am glad I went'  I may not have done as much as everyone else but I still went out and did some exercises.  I went out even though I just wanted to curly under my blanket and keep warm while watching crap t.v., I still got myself ready to go out and run.  

Next week I shall have to start throwing in mu solo runs again, I gotta keep this weight down and off me, at least until December this year!

So geeky stats for Normans Park Track, it was good running also side Dina Asher Smith,.....ok totally behind her then........ok, to be able to run in the dust clouds left by her......actually even her dust clouds disappear just as quick, but being in the same running track is very good! 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Club Run - Spooky Times

Hello blog readers.

NaggyNeighbour drove us this evening, we picked up Tracy and got to the rec! There were already loads of people there, a good turn out considering! It was an interesting night to go for a club run! All Hallows Eve, running along dodging, ghosties and ghoulies! One PWR even came along with his face painted!  Although no one came in black, well, most people were wearing hi vis or had lights on them. Maybe next year I will try to remember to bring some 'treats' so that I can give out some sweets to the kids, it will make a change from taking sweets from the public! At least that way we won't get egged, I do believe that another group had to dodge 'egg missiles'!  They went down the same road that we were heading down!  So they  'cleared' the way for us!

Anyway, I gave out my route and the pace, and distance, as indicated on the new paddles! Yes, that's right!  We have these new 'paddles' with a great big number printed on them, obviously the one that I was holding was the number 1, it also has on it the pace, the distance in miles and kilometres, depending if you are old money or new money! I stood by the side with my paddle held high and waiting for all of my group 1's to join me!

I had one new person that joined me, she hasn't been running for quite some time, I really wasn't sure how she was going to do.  But if you don't try, you don't know.  If it's not right for her then there is always the beginners course in the spring next year!  It's not that far off really!  So I had 9 of us in the group, Michael was joining us this evening, it's always lovely to have him with us but I am missing some of my regular crew!  Tracy is with us and Kathy and Auriol. 

I had planned on running up Birchwood but when I found out that I had a newbie with me I decided to do my nice and easy route, up Kingsway and then it's fairly flat after that, all the way to the rec.  Unfortunately with just the the run from the rec to Kingsway our newbie decided that she just wasn't ready for group running.  Tracy suggested to her that she comes along to the next beginners group.  I just hope that she wasn't too disappointed.

We carried on our run and we bumped into group 2 who told us that some little darling ghoulies had thrown eggs at them!  Kids being kids, but I wonder how they would have felt if the eggs were taken from them and thrown at them!?  We ran and walked all the way around the 3 mile route today, and we were all pretty tight together, even though there is still a gap between the front runners it wasn't that much this evening! 

It was a great run, I had fun, it was good seeing all the kids out with the buckets, the houses decorated, although, I do think that we have succumbed to the hype of halloween, trick or treat!  How did that happen? Oh well!

Geeky stats.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Blogs! At Least 3!

Hello readers!

Well, it's been a stressful and a happy week or so!  Daughter getting married must be THE highlight of the year!  The wedding went off without a hitch and of course the bride looked gorgeous!  Here, take a look for yourselves!

Before the wedding though, last Thursday on the 19th of October, I managed to get a run with my pals in the morning.  We had a great time, just the 5 of us, I took a picture of us when we got to the little river, here, this is us about half way through our run.

Paula, K, PinkLadyJo, me and Tracy!

I didn't run again until the Saturday morning, the day after the wedding!  I know! Crazy eh!  But it was the beginners session.  I wasn't sure who was going to turn up from PWR's as it's the school holidays, so I just had to be there to make sure they had someone to encourage them.  It was only doing the repeat of the week before, so we ran for 6 minutes and then walked for 2.  There were actually loads of PWR's there, including DiscoRich who was thinking that he would be leading the beginners.  Michael even turned up with his whistle, just in case too!  I tell you, it makes you proud to be part of a great team and a great club, the way we all just muck in and get on and do things!

My next run was of course the club run, I had actually already written a blog about that.  I just wasn't feeling up to trying to remember all about the other runs.  I am still trying to remember what happened on them now!  So now, I am up today!  This mornings run.  It's Thursday, so it's a nice gentle run through the woods.  The weather wasn't too pleasant, we had that fine rain coming down.  I made sure that had my old 'muddy woods' shoes on.

Tracy was with me, I picked her up this morning, and we met up with Auriol and loads of other runners!  But they were all in the faster groups, 1 2 and 3 (for some reason on a Thursday morning, group 1 is the faster group!) I was just going to do a small loop around the woods, I wasn't feeling to well anyway, I think I have a cold starting! Tracy is suffering a little too, with an pain in her leg!

We all left the rec, we were last out and we headed for poo ally.  I took the left path planning to run all the way up Botany Bay lane, rather than going to Goss hill.  I knew that Tracy would be a little behind but we could always do loop backs.  I also make sure I wait at where the path meets other paths, I don't want Tracy getting lost in the woods!

It went well, we had a good run, with a few stops and a great chat.  I do like Thursday morning runs, and I am quite glad I went as this evening the cold bug has taken hold and I feel blimmin rotten now!  Sniffles, sore throat and headache!  Oh well. No track for me this evening, just curling up in my blanket with a lempsip!

Geeky stats for this morning run are not here!  I had forgotten to put turn on my Garmin!  I also had my tee-shirt on back to front and according to Tracy I just looked as if I wasn't 'there'!  And that was just the beginning of the cold!

Oh, and because I don't have any geeky stats, here are some mushrooms we saw on our run last Thursday!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Club Run!

Hello blog readers.

This evening is our club run!  It's also half term and that means that some of our members go away for a few days during the school holidays, so numbers were depleted in all groups, but in my group the numbers were really down!  When I had a count up there were only 2 of us!   So I made an executive decision that we will join group 1.5 and swell their numbers as they were somewhat depleted too!  Just then three more people joined us, one of the new group 1 ladies from last week, one of our regular group 1 ladies and a chap who usually runs in group 6!  But he decided to run along with us in group 1.5 as group 6 had already gone!

Newly qualified LiRF Joanne was our leader in group 1.5 and I was sweeper along with IllustriousLeader.  I knew that a couple of my group 1's will find it a little challenging this evening and I didn't want then to feel as if they were holding anyone up.  I could always take my group members on a shortened version of Joannes route!  We were kind of doing the route that I was going to do anyway, with just a couple of different roads thrown in.  So I knew that the group 1's can do this.

Joanne was a fabulous leader, she kept a tight reign on the front runners, not letting them pull us along too hard.  The route was a nice route, with no hills, maybe just a very small incline, quite doable for us, even running at a slightly faster pace!  It was a fun filled run, we almost lost our group 6 runner to the Orpies, 'someone' thought that the group that was running along was our group 6 but it turned out that it was ORR's!  There was also some quizzing going on apparently as some of the members swot up on their general knowledge!

We in group 1 did take a couple of the shorter routes and got back to the rec a few minutes before the rest of the group, ready for the stretching, which Joanne delegated to me to do!  I loved it, and it also showed our group 1's what it's like in the next group up, whether they are ready for it, or even if they could actually move up to group 2! 

Geeky stats.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Solo Run

Hello blog readers

I got home early and decided I needed a run.  With a weekend of very little running, a little too much drinking on Friday and indulging in  chocolate I really needed to get out.  The wedding is just a couple of days away, I am panicking just a little, "Is everything done, have we done all that we need to do"  I don't want my little girl to miss out on a thing!  She's a good girl and a very good mum.  I am immensly proud of her.  And now soon, very soon, she is going to be a wonderful wife to a very lovely man!  So, no pressure to make sure it goes all as planned! A plan that she herself has done!

I was in the house for only a few minutes before I went upstairs to get changed and out of the house.  It was still light out, but I think it will be dark by the time I get back, it's only 6 o'clock and I am thinking about getting home in the dark!  Where has the summer gone!  I miss the summer already, happy feelings, warm feelings, getting together with friends and family.  That's what I love. Still, time moves on, seasons change.  Maybe I should try and embrace autumn and winter. 

I was running along Farringdon Avenue, thinking about all sorts, getting emotional, stressing, when I heard a 'beep beep'  it was NaggyNeighbour!  I stopped for a few minutes to chat with her, talk about the wedding, saying how my mum would have loved this wedding!  Still, it is what it is, it's going to be a wonderful day watching my little girl say 'I do' to her man!  I carried on up the road feeling a little lighter, but still with thoughts racing through my mind!

I struggled all the way around my 5k this evening but I came back thinking 'At least I did it'  it's no big achievement, but it was a little bit of me time!

Geeky stats

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Club Run - Enter The Newbies!

Hello blog readers.

This evening was one of those evenings when I just felt like I wanted to sit on my recliner, with my blanket over me watching crap t.v.  But I didn't, thank goodness I am a leader!  If I wasn't then I think I would most certainly have cried off running this evening.   

So to shake out any residual 'I don't want to be here's' my route included Tillingbourne Green!  It's a fabulous hill (did I just really say that.....write that?) It's a hill that when you have completed the little circuit you think to your self, "Yes I did it!"  This evening however was a little different!  When I arrived at the rec, and all the leaders had given out their route, pace and distance I went over to our pole to await all those running in group 1 this evening.  I was amazed to find not 1, not 2 but 4 newbies which included 2 returnees!  Kate, Hannah, Jasmine and Tendi (I think it's spelt like that) as well as our regular lovely ladies, Tracy, Auriol, Selena and Clair, so that's a lovely 9 of us running this evening.

I wasn't detered though, I still want to do the tough little route of Tillingbourne, well, it's only a couple more days before my daughters wedding.  I am trying to balance my weight, I don't want to lose anymore weight at the moment, because I don't want the dress that I bought to hang off me, but then I don't want to put it all back on either!  It's tough this 'maintaining' lark! 

There were quite a few runners this evening spread over all our 12 groups!  Our club gets bigger and bigger every year, we are such a popular club!  Even our own PWR 10k event is normally sold out weeks before the date, it's a 'most do' on runners lists of 10k's.  I wanted to get started pretty quick, so after having a count up, a quick welcome to the new comers (trying desperately to remember who's who) we were off!  Out of the gate, chasing one of the faster groups, I had to call a couple of my group back, just in case the got caught up in the faster group!  We crossed over the road and then group 2 passed us by, they were going to be running up Birchwood too!  Again I had to just gather my group in together, just like a mother hen, so as not to lose anyone!

We ran up Birchwood and then took a little break while we caught our breath and then continued on our way, turning right at the top.  I was hoping that the hills will not frighten off our newcomers, I feel sure that if they do this and look happy about it then they will deffo be back next week.  There really is no escaping hills in Petts Wood, so a baptism of fire will deffo be a good thing!

We crossed over the main road and then headed for Tillingbourne, it's down hill mainly, until we get to the green.  I pointed at the 'little' hill that we had to run up, some of them said "What we running up there?"  I didn't want to say to them that it was the smaller of the hills on the Green!  Why let them worry about it until it was necessary! Not that they would worry anyway!

The run around the green was good, the main body of the group all kept tight together, then I sent up the faster group 1's to run at their own pace.  Some people like to just run as fast as they could up hills, just to get it done, others like to take it nice and easy a steady pace all the way up, which is a very good way to get up hills.  I know some panic and start walking, I know that, because I used to do it myself, in fact I still do when I see a particularly nasty little hill!  The ones in the woods always get me puffing hard and getting me to walk some them!   But this little run around the green, up the longer hill I did it!

We had to run up one more hill to get to Petts Wood Road, and then we could enjoy the down hill all the way to Crossways!  All the ladies thought that was the end of our run, that we would run along to the rec from here.  But of course I do like to make sure that we have done a 3 mile route, and going along Crossways from here would leave us short!  There was only one way to go and that was up the last hill of the run.  I ran at the back with Tracy and I sent the faster runners up at their own pace along with Auriol, she had done a brilliant job of sweeping and now it was time to just let her have a little stretch of the legs and get a bit of speed going!

We ran up to the memorial hall, passing the fish and chip shop which smelled so good! Then we turned right and then right again so that we were running down Kingsway to Crossways!  Now our run was over as we made our way back to the rec to do some cool down stretches!  A fabulous run with some fabulous ladies, all still had a smile on their faces, so I feel sure they will be back next week to continue with their running!

Geeky stats.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Three Blogs in one

Hello blog readers.

Club Night

After a very 'bad' weekend, consisting of booze (well just 3 pints on Friday night)  illness, (I am sure it wasn't due to beer)  two takeaways (left overs on Friday and full takeaway Saturday) and chocolate (chocolate was medicinal of course).  I was really ready for a nice gentle jog with group 1's.  I knew I had someone coming back to the club after not running for a while so I chose my 'go to easy route'.  The nice flatish one that everyone enjoys.

We had 9 in our group, a nice number.  Some of our group 1's have moved up to the new group 1 1/2, exactly like they should be doing!  It was a great run, we all more or less stayed together, and I could see that there are still some runners who could quite easily move up to the next group, but I am sure they will try next move up week, or when they have enough confidence!

I kept the faster ones occupied by letting them run ahead at a bit of speed, I had Michael with me, he just wanted to come along in our group just for fun!  That's what we are like in PWR, a friendly bunch, and we just love to chat to everyone, even if that means running in a slower group to do it!

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Thursday Morning Run

So fairly up to date now, this mornings run was done in just perfect weather conditions.  The sun was shining and everyone was so looking forward to going through the woods.  Illustrious Leader was here too, she will be able to come most Thursday mornings now! Brilliant!  My route this morning including hills, of course it does, it's in the woods, and besides which, I need to still lose extra pounds before the big day next week!  So we went in through the woods via Poo Ally and turned left.  I wanted to go straight up the path that the PWR 10k took, so not along the rail lines and up Botany Bay, we could still see the flour on the floor that was marking tree routes and possible trip hazards.

We ended up at the top of the woods and then still continued upwards as we headed into the big posh housing estate!  It's lovely this route, looking at the lovely houses.  It's a pity that it's not possible to do a winter nights run down there with my group because I can imagine Christmas lights would be amazing down there.

After running up to the top we crossed over and then ran through Scadbury Park and then back over the road to our woods, running all along the side of the road and then down along the rail lines to Poo Ally!  It was such a lovely run this morning, we took slightly longer than usual but it was so worth it!

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Track Session

I went to track session this evening, no shopping to do so no excuse not to!  I do enjoy track sessions though, I try very hard to push that little bit harder!  The session was an 8 minute warm up run and then 40 secs run with 30 secs rest, 90 secs run with 1 min rest, 4 mins run with 90 secs rest times by three!  It was pretty tough going, I didn't think that I would be able to keep going!  It sounds easy, mind you running for 6 minutes sounds easy, running sounds easy!  But it's not!  There were loads of runners there today, all trying their hardest, some are there training for the marathons, and for some that is coming in a about a weeks time!  Others are starting their training for the London in April next year.  Me?, well I am just trying to keep the weight off, initially, until the wedding, and then hopefully keeping it off and taking even more off!  I have proved to myself that I can do it, but then, with the stress.......excitement of the wedding finishing after next week I am hoping that I can still stay focused and not just give up and say, "well that's it then, all done, finished"

I must try to at least keep on losing weight and keep on with my training and running.  Getting in the doldrums would not be good, what with this stupid hormone changing thing happening I can imagine it would be quite easy for me to just say "Feck it, I can't be bothered!"  I must remember the feel good factors that come with finishing a run, race or track session with PhysioMiketheMod.

It was a great session, I kept going, I ran when I should have and I walked when it was rest!  I was working hard, even PhysioMiketheMod mentioned that I was sweating well, I didn't have enough breath to say to him that blokes sweat women glow!

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Monday, 9 October 2017

Solo Run

Hello blog readers

I had an early finish today, so I got back home, quick tidy up, put some washing on, put clean clothes away and chopped up some salad. There was only one thing left to do, and that was to get changed into some running gear.  I haven't been out running since Thursday and it was only the one in the morning as I had to go out shopping Thursday evening to get more stuff for the wedding!  I have been a bit under the weather since Saturday, in fact Friday I wasn't feeling 100% anyway, but I just put it down to tiredness.  This evening was the first since Thursday morning! 

Confession time, the weekend was full of big fat 'do not do's' if you are on a diet!  Beer, curry, takeaway, chocolate and in activity!  I really was feeling like crap!  I didn't even get out to do the beginners course because I was feeling ill.  Sunday I was feeling better, but still not right, chocolate seemed good to try and cure whatever it was I was suffering with!  Even this morning, in the early hours I woke up with a tummy ache!  It could be that I just had a very crap eating weekend!  Anyway, back on track this morning, it's only 2 weeks now to my daughters wedding, still time to lose a bit more weight....or at least to lose the extra pounds I just put on this weekend!

Well, that's the reasons and the excuses laid out for why this run was a particularly bloody hard one!  My legs just wasn't in it, my mind was somewhere else, just not on my running, my breathing was, well I was breathing, I guess that was good!  And my running style was just not even on a scale of bad to worse!  My head was down, I was tense and not relaxed at all!  My back was niggling just a bit which I think wasn't helping at all!  I tried to think about just being out, at least I am not sat on my chair watching crap t.v. eating yet more chocolate. 

Just running up Farringdon Avenue I could feel my shoulders starting to ache and had to just stop running and try to relax, shake out my arms and roll my head and neck and then get started again.  I started to think about my daughters wedding, try and get in a good mood, try and listen to some good tunes on my ipod.

Running along Southborough lane and my form is all but lost again, head down, and just not even trying.  I gave myself a telling off, after all these times running should be good!  "Head up Old Girl" I said, a still quiet voice was there, just briefly!  "Keep going, don't stop, no turning back, keep on running"  I thought, I just ran, head up, heart beating like crazy, just keep on running!  Before I knew it I was turning on to Turpington Lane and then on to Greenway.  On the way home now, passed the point of no return, back home for dinner, a nice salad with salmon fillets.  Hows that for healthy eating, mind you......there is still one last piece of chocolate......a pudding maybe!

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

PWR 10K - Report From The Rec

Hello blog mates.

Today was my clubs annual 10k! This year I am back on the rec in Team CoachHels!  I love being in the rec team, you get to see the start, the finish and all the bits in between!  NaggyNeighbour and her boy picked me up and we  went to the rec together to get our orders for the day.  I knew what my duties were for the day it was to help with out our sponsor Sinclair Hammelton. Both me and ZippySherry were to help set up the table and just help as much as was needed and then after we were on water duties.  So before that we had a walk around the rec so that all of Hels team were aware of where everything is, there were people busy putting up gazebos, the bbq's were up and ready, with the smell of bacon coming from our very own bbq, just for PWR volunteers.  The public had their own bacon stall, with tea coffee and cakes to be sampled.  All proceed from the cakes going to  our sponsored charities St. Christopher's, The Maypole project and the National Trust. So until our sponsor turned up I busied myself supplying teas, coffees and bacon sandwiches to those marshals already at their posts, baggage team, the Crossways entrance team and the Towncourt entrance team.

Here, these are a few pictures of the 'calm before the storm'

Registration team

St. Christopher's Team
Baggage Team!
A quick selfie

Katherine Sinclair and her team arrived and I went straight over to the table, ZippySherry and baby Gorilla was already there and we got stuck straight in to blowing up balloons!  Fortunately there was a huge helium canister there!  Made it a lot easier to do! 
Me with Katherine Sinclair!
It was busy, the people were coming in to pick up their numbers, their families staying around to cheer them on, it was such a perfect sunny morning!  It was positively summer like!  The bacon was smelling so good, the cakes on the tables next to us looked fantastic, some of them were baked by our very own PWR's and donated to raise funds for our charities.  We do have some master bakers in house!

Emma was doing the warm ups with the runners which meant that the start was pretty near.
Emma and baby gorilla!
I cant believe how quickly those two hours had gone!  I quickly went over to the start line to try and get a picture of those at the front, I managed to capture this chap, he is really fast!
The Start.
Alex, in the Orpington shirt
His name is Alex and he runs for Orpington runners!  He has been at track sometimes when I have been there.  So back to my duties with the balloons for half an hour more and then I was on water duty.  That's all it took for the first runner to come back.  He did it in 34:09, incredible!  We had to use a slightly altered route this year, because the rail people have still to put back the bridge they took out an age ago, so you can say that is a course record.  And if the rail people don't pull their finger out then people can quite possible try for a PB next year!

As soon as the last pen had started the race the whole rec team worked like magic to the get the kids race organised, the tables ready for the water and the bananas and also samosas, once again supplied by our favourite local curry house, the Raj Doot in Petts Wood.
It all went like clock work!  Team PWR work like clock work in the rec.  The people that were in the rec to support their friends and family were having a great time, the glorious weather helped with that.  The Sinclair Hammelton balloons were bobbing around the rec, the laughter and chatter happening on the green, the music and the commentary from our Paul coming over the loud speakers was smile inducing.  The races for the children was well under way, just the one lap around the green.  I remember once, in 2013, that very wet 10k, I decided that I would kind of run behind the kids, just to encourage them!  Well, they know no pacing, they just take off at lightening speed as if they have just been let loose in Hamleys to grab as many toys as they want for nothing! Paul was doing a great job of commentating on those races! If the kids needed to get rid of anymore steam then they could bounce away on the bouncy castle! The whole atmosphere in the rec was like one huge big picnic with a run added for extra fun!

There were bananas and samosas to hand out as well as the water, so from just after Alex came in......oh did I tell you, it was Alex that came in first, I managed to snap him at the beginning, but I couldn't get a picture of him crossing the line as I was a bit busy!  There was a steady stream of people coming in after that, including for the first time this year some PWR's as well!  Just 7 of them, we had 7 places to give away to our members, there were certain criteria that had to be met, but as it happened I think only 7 people applied anyway, so they all got the places anyway!  The first PWR back was our youngest member Matthew Pond!  He is a zippy fellow, one to watch out for in the future!  Once Fred and Wilma crossed the line we knew that all runners were back in the rec receiving a new design of our PWR's medal.
Fred And Wilma Fl

So almost all done, just a walk around the rec to collect as much rubbish as I could and that was it for another year!  You will notice that I haven't mentioned One Inn The Wood yet, well mainly because I was steering clear of them this year!  I have the wedding in two weeks and as I am busing trying to lose weight and keep it off avoiding the deliciousness of the brown beer had to be done!  But I know that One Inn The Wood is most definitely a much loved attraction at our 10k now!

Another great even put on by the most friendliest running clubs around! Can't wait until next year!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Solo Run And A Not Solo Run

Hello blog readers.

My daughters wedding is getting nearer and nearer, so much to do and really so very little time!  And getting fit and losing some pounds is still very much high on the list of 'to do's'.  So Wednesday afternoon I had an afternoon spare and so I decided to go for a run.  The weather was just perfect, not too hot or too cold.  I grabbed my tunes after getting my running kit on and was out of the door.  I really needed to run! 

Weddings, well, my kids weddings, always gets me nostalgic.  I was thinking about my own wedding. how my mum came with me to chose my wedding dress (even tho I had to cancel it because of an unexpected little person that I was growing!) We had such a lovely afternoon up in London. I was thinking about it all as I ran around my little 5k route, let me tell you I did get a little emotional!

But I did it, I was pleased I went out, there will be less days to be able to get out and run now as the date gets nearer.  So much to do!

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Thursday Morning

This morning I had a chance to get out and run with the girls.  I got to the rec around 09:28, I looked at my Garmin as I was walking into the gate.  That's on time in my book!  There were quite a few people there, so it looked as if there will be 3 groups running out this morning.

There were six of us in my group, me, Tracy, LittleJ, K, PinkLadyJo and Paula. I decided to do one of my usual routes through the woods but in the opposite direction, as long as I don't forget to pop out of our woods and cross over the road to head for Scadbury.  

We had some beautiful weather again this morning, well, I should say eventually we had some good weather.  It really threw some rain down about 08:45 ish, just as all the kids have to go to school!  I am so glad that I don't have to do a school run anymore!  By the time it was ready for me to leave the house to head for the rec blue skies had started to appear as the dark rain cloud was heading off to rain on someone else!  By the time I got to the rec the sun was shining.  Which is why we were heading into our woods and not along the Cinder path by Crofton school!  I had made sure I had my old trainers on, just in case it was a bit sticky in the woods, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

We ran through Poo Ally, turned right and headed towards Orpington road.  We ran along the side of the woods until I saw the opening we needed to cross the road and go towards Scadbury.  Then we crossed over the road and ran towards Scadborough.  As we were running through we noticed the excavation site and went over to take a peak.  It's Scadbury Lodge and it's being renovated, but the archeoligcal society had been excavating in the area.  I am not sure what they had found, I think I should try and look it up. The cottage that is there being lovingly restored looks just gorgeous, with a new thatched roof!  Someone is going to be very luch to live in there.

We continued to run through the woods, taking another slight detour to look at another lovely house and then finished our run through Scadbuy.  We had to cross back over the main road and we headed down Manor way, passing the lovely house along there.  Back into our own Petts Woods to finish our run heading down the middle path to Poo Ally!

A lovely run and some lovely friends to run with!  

Geekys stats. 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Club Run - Going Backwards

Hello blog readers.

This evening it looked as if the whole of club had turned out for this evenings run.  Here, take a look at this picture, it's a bit dark but you can see them all lit up in their hi-viz!  We now have 14 groups going out! Groups 6 and 7 have been split so there are two group 6's and two groups 7's, we just have so many runners now in our club!
Michael on the left in the yellow, with JJ. by his right elbow!

In my group 1 however, there were 8 of us, 8 happy runners.  I had told them that we were going to do one of the hilly routes in reverse which means that all of those hills that we usually run up, well, we will be running down!  My group were very happy about that.....until K said, "Don't forget people, we still got to get up to the top of those hills before we run down them!"  Happiness lasted but just a few seconds!  Actually my group really love a hill......that's what I have been telling them they do anyway!  The challenge for me is to make sure that I don't actually go the wrong way!  I know that sometimes when I used to do a route in the opposite direction in the woods I get a bit lost!  I am hoping that the road signs will be a more helpful than a familiar looking tree, or a certain little opening in the woods!

I was in two minds whether to add the little extra bit in the beginning of the run because usually that is the bit of route that I could cut out if we were running out of time!  I was running along towards Kingsway, "Turn right or straight on" were the thoughts in my head "Stuff if, lets go for it, lets do the extra bit" I said out loud.  Michael heard me, he was all up for it, but then he usually runs in group 3 or 4 or is it even 5 these days?  He's doing brilliantly.  But for this evening Carole and Michael wanted to run in group 1 today, just to run with their friends for a nice gentle one! Carole, we love ya!

We ran up Kingsway and turned left along Towncourt and then we had that lovely run down hill once we got the top of Petts Wood.  It was round about then that my group was figuring out just where we were going!  Yup, right up Petts Wood Road to the big round about, and then we were turning left.  As long as we stay at group 1 pace we can do this.  All the way to the top, non stop from Crossways, we can do it!  And we did, Michael ran back to the back of the pack to stretch out his legs a bit more but we were really were running fairly tight together, not too big a space between me and the sweepers! 

I was really enjoying my run, just a nice steady group 1 pace, chatting away to Michael and Carole, Alison and Selena.  J.J. and Janet were doing brilliantly too.  J.J. has had a couple of weeks off from running.  People always 'fear' losing their fitness if they miss a week or two, but it doesn't go as quick as you think.  As long as you take it nice and steady, all those running sessions before the break will not be so quickly forgotten! Getting up that hill and still seeing some smiling faces, you know that 'you got this'!

I took them along Orpington Road, past the Tillingbourne Green turning (I think they all secretly pleased about missing that little pleasure) and took them to Malling Park road.  We are going to do the little loops around the streets, in the opposite direction of course, and then back to the main road to enjoy the lovely down hill of Birchwood!  It seemed a lot easy going this way round, and also it took away those thoughts about which hill you walked on and which hills we struggled on and which hill we ran up.  It's all backwards, it's all new, so we just had to see what we could do!

That running down Birchwood was great, relaxing, letting the hill do all the work.  It's almost like a rest!  I said that Michael could lead the faster ones back to the rec while I ran at the back with the sweepers all the way back to the rec.  A brilliant run with some fabulous running friends!  We love hills.......when we are running down them!

Geeky stats, its our K-9 route!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Members 10k - ish

Hello blog readers.

I woke up this morning and looked outside, a great day for running through our route in readiness for next weeks Petts Wood Runners 10k!  How I just love this particular event, first of all because it introduced me to PWR in the first place.  I first knew of them when I signed up to do this race way back in 2010.  Just a memorable year really, The PWR 10k on the 10/10/10 at 10:10 am!  I think they held back for those ten minutes that year! That was my longest run back then, and I loved the marshals and the route and the whole shebang that I just had to be a part of it.

The best bits of our even is the running through the woods, so that was the only bit that we will be doing (hence the 10k ish).  We all met up at 09:30 am, no need and listened to the leaders of the 5 groups that would be going out.  I was going out in group 1, IllustriousLeader was leading us through the route and I was going to sweep.  Some of our group haven't run further than the usual 5k that we do, they were really excited and a little nervous about it!

It had been raining during the night which meant that the woods will be a little sticky in places, I had made sure I put my old trainers on.  At the rec there were quite a few PWR's there to enjoy a Sunday morning run with pals.  Once the leaders announced themselves, and at what speed they were going at our group went immediately to the back gate to wait.  We were the cheering crowd to cheer them all on their way as all the other groups were doing the lap of the rec first.  Here is some pictures of the five groups.

And in group 1

We all followed after them and turned left instead of right, we just couldn't wait to get into the words and we were taking a shorter route!  Up to the walk over (troll) rail bridge, which is where the new route of our 10k is going to go, the railway still haven't put the bridge back in they took out last year! So all our runners next week will be running over the Troll bridge, I tell my group 1 runners that they have to run over this bridge as quietly as possible so as to not wake the troll!  Then they are concentrating on their running technique, just like PhysioMikethemod told me to do.  Things like that really do help, especially when you are feeling tired, it just gives you something else to think about, even if you forget to actually run softly and quietly! We were running along Crest view when the first of the faster groups passed us by.  I am not sure how many groups would be passing us, it could be 2 or it could be 3. Thankfully we were all running and not having a walking rest!

We ran through Jubilee park where we were overtaken by another of the faster groups, and then down Barfields Road.  This is the road that takes us back into the woods.  We ran all the way down and then turned right and had a walking break towards the gate that takes us to Goss hill.  I noticed a van at the bottom of the hill, I know this is where the railway people gain access to inspect and work on the railways.  As I got close I heard "Go on, keep running"  it was the Old Boy!  I popped over and gave him a sweaty kiss and ran on with my pals, who didn't even notice that I did that!

We walked/ran our way up to the top of Goss hill, I am sure there was a group already up the top that was taking a little break too! They had started running by the time I got to the top tho.  My group just had a little stop for a breather and some jelly babies!  Becky had bought along a much needed sugar boost for us all!  She had just opened the packed and the ZippySherrys group started to come to the top!  Once there were all there I took a quick selfie of us all, but I'm not sure if we had actually shared the jelly babies with them......there were quite a few of them!
I have not idea why we are all looking so bright!

That was the last of the groups that passed us,  we had the rest of the run to enjoy and not worry about being overtaken by the others.  IllustriousLeader led us all the way down Botany Bay Lane and along the rail tracks.  And then we ran back up the woods!  Memories of my very first 10k came back to me, how I hated hills, (still do) but how I just love the woods (I didn't back then though, I was a total city girl) I do remember thinking never again, give me pavements, give me 5k, give me a pint of beer!  The marshaling on that day though was truly inspiring!  I just loved how they cheered me all the way, I was one of the last runners too!  Their enthusiastic cheering did not diminish one iota!  That is what got me around my first 10k!  This time though I am thinking that I could use this path for a Thursday morning run and even for group 1 runners on a Tuesday evening during the summer!

Once at the top of the woods we continued along the top until we came to the sundial and then ran through the clearing.  We rejoined the middle path and headed towards Dog Poo Ally.  We had ran well over our usual group 1 distance and Kathy was very pleased with that, she felt that she had done enough though and wanted to head back to the rec. So while Illustrious leader led the rest of the group up the path towards Orpington Road I ran with Kathy to Crossways.  There we parted, she walked back to the rec to see if her husband was waiting while I ran up Birchwood to meet the group as they come out of the woods to run back down.  I had managed to get right to the top, almost before they came around the corner.  I am sure I.L. said that "We weren't really waiting around the corner, just so that you had to run up the whole of Birchwood" she said with a smile!  It was good to have a little challenge anyway!  I was hoping that I could push a little bit harder up the hill in time to meet them at the top anyway!

We ran back down Birchwood and then into the rec to do some stretching!  A fabulous run with some fabulous people!  Have I mentioned that I run with the best running club around!?  Thanks Anne for leading such an enjoyable run this morning!

Beginners Week 3

Hello Blog readers.

Week three already for our beginners!  Although a few have dropped out due to injuries and life getting in the way, we still have quite a number of very enthusiastic runners.  There were even a couple of people who decided to join us for the first time.  It's all exciting stuff anyway!  It was my turn for leading on Saturday, I don't know why, but I still feel like a wobbly jelly out there.  All I can think about is that I, this middle aged, slightly cuddly woman standing in front of these eager, excited, maybe anxious people,  "Oh my goodness, don't forget anything, don't forget walking, drills, and timing"  I have been on the leadership course, I know how to warm up, have some fun while we do it, but I still panic!  I know it shows in my voice! One session last year I am sure I did the drills first before even getting them to walk round the green first!

Nerves ignored I get straight down to business, asking about emails, and homework and stuff. Then it was the walk, the brisk walk to get the heart rate up slowly.  It's also a great opportunity to talk to people, for the beginners to talk to our PWR's about their homework they have done during the week, and above all to start forging running friendships!  We did the drills straight after and then we were ready for the session.

Three minutes of running and three minutes of walking. Equal amounts, and this is the last time that running will be less than the walking, from next week we will be running more than we are walking!  Already I was hearing positive remarks, "I didn't think I could ever run 1 minute and now I'm about to run for three minutes"  It just goes to show that if you build something up slowly it does work!  After we walked around the park we got straight into the drills, which were skipping, butt kicks, side steps and running backwards!

The start of the 3 minutes of running.  I told the group to take it easy, it's not a race, that comes later on, after graduation!  Hopefully by then everyone will want to be tracking down the bling!  Slowing down the pace will help you go faster later on, right now we are just building up the stamina, thinking about how to breathe properly while running technique as well.  The newbies who turned up on Saturday for the first time were doing really well indeed.  It's not easy coming into a course that has already started, joining in on the third week, but the ladies that did were doing brilliantly. 

We ran the rep 5 times, run/walk although I kept trying to pretend that we had done less than we had but everyone could remember exactly how many times we had ran!  It was all over in a flash!  It's amazing how quickly it goes and there it is, session no.3 done!  I know that all the ladies and gentlemen will be busy doing their homework  during the week because they all were so thrilled with what they have already achieved!

I am so looking forward to next week when they will be running for longer than they will be walking!  It's going to be great! Oh I do love helping out with the beginners, so rewarding!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Track Day

Hello blog readers.

Today I really needed to get out run. Just run as hard as I could.  I didn't know how I was going to do it, I had a sleepless night, and when I did get to sleep the alarm seemed to kick in!  Some days you just think are shit, you feel shit and you just can't shake it.  Today was one of those days, lack of sleep maybe.  Probably not good really to try and push it at track this evening, but I was going to.

The session was 12 x 400 with 60 secs rest.  I didn't know how many I do, but as soon as I see all the faster runners finish then I will call it a night too.  I usually end up doing less than them anyway, I think this time I did 4 laps less!  I just couldn't run anymore, the last couple of laps I was struggling. But I still covered 3.6 miles which included the tempo run and drills!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Two Runs to Chat About

Hello blog lovers.

I was a bit busy writing up my blog for the beginners yesterday and I didn't have time to write up about my run yesterday.  So this is a double blog, I shall have to type fast and not watch too much t.v. like I usually do!

Yesterdays run I began just after 6 in the evening, after a very emotional and exciting day wedding dress shopping with my middle child.  I can't tell you just how I enjoyed that morning and afternoon.  It brought back some lovely memories of me and my mum going shopping for my dress, and my daughter looked absolutely beautiful trying on all the dresses.

Anyway, the wedding isn't too far off and I still have a shed load of flabby bits to tame so I ran out to do my usual 3 miler.  I took a slightly different route too, I ran straight up east arm of Oxhawth instead of west arm of Oxhawth.  I want to start making the bit I dare not stop just a little bit longer and the road opposite Farringdon is perfect start!  As I was going to be back down it I might as well run along it in the first place.

So I ran from mine, like I said about 6 ish and straight up Farringdon and over the road to run up the east of of Oxhawth.  I had my music blasting away in my ears.  I think I must try some other 'phones because the ones I have, the ones that hook over my ears still fall out.  I think the next ones I should try are those bone conductor ones,  see if I can keep those in place.

I was thinking about the day I had with y daughter, and how pretty she looked and right there I was feeling so happy, of course more tears then!  Why does that happen!?  I ran up to Turpington, around to Greenway and then back up Magpie Hall Lane.  Running and walking like I do, and just waiting till I get back to the east arm of Oxhawth because from there it's running without any walking!  Next time I shall add on just a little bit more!

I was pleased with the run, I was feeling good and totally focused and determined to lose a bit more weight and tone up us a bit more, ready for the wedding!  Here's my geeky stats.

Club Run.

And so to this evenings run.  It's Tuesday so of course it's club run.  I decided to do a route that I had done before, but I always get it slightly wrong. It's ok, it's just that I have to think on my feet, and make slight alterations!  It makes for an exciting run for all of us.  There is also not preconceptions on how far we had run, and none of the 'I would normally walk around about now' thoughts going on.  I am checking all the time on my Garmin that not running faster than group 1 pace, anyone that wants to run faster can always run to the back of the pack when we do stop for a catchup.  

I took them up Petts Wood Road, it's all up hill, and I thought that was all the hills that we would be long as I don't go down the wrong road. Well, I never go down the wrong road, I go down the right right just different direction!  And that is what happened this evening,  It meant that when we eventually got to St Johns road I thought turning left would lead me to the road I had in mind, but of course it didn't.   I had to quickly re calculate with the help of Auriol, a new route, which in fact turned out to be a perfect 3 mile route, exactly what we normally do.  I think I managed to get away with that one, even though they noticed the not so flat route I had promised after we had run up Petts Wood Road, Cardiac Hill is notorious, but at least we were going in the opposite direct to the bigger hills!  Hmm, I think I might plot a route taking in a bit of the steeper Cardiac Hill, it's always good to have a challenge, and of course a new route too, just like this evenings new route.  I think all 11 of us enjoyed it.  Tracy and K were sweeping, now I know that both these ladies can run a 5k non stop, they do it regularly at Bromley parkrun.  So as soon as they had caught up then then we carried on running, with only just a little bit of walking done.  It was a great run, and we also had a new comer to PWR, and I think the nice gentle run made it a lot more easier than stepping up to a faster group on the off!

We finished our run and then did our stretches outside the pavilion, 11 group 1 runners went out and 11 came back, smiling!  It was a good run, and to make it even better there was cake on offer!  One of our longest serving members, John had a special birthday and had bought cake along for all those that turned up, or at least the one that managed to get back in time to get some!

Geeky stats. - the pac man route!

Monday, 18 September 2017

We Begin The Beginners Again!

Hello blog lovers.

I can't believe we have come around to the second beginners course of the year!  I was so excited about starting the new beginners, I just love it.  A drove over to pick up Tracy, she is going too, to help and encourage all the newbies that will be there.  I couldn't actually get in to the car park, there were quite a few cars there already.  Sherry was there with the clip boards, DavidB, DiscoRich, LittleJ, PhysioMiketheMod and tons of other PWR's all in their vests, well most of them anyway.  It was going to be a good session.

DiscoRich welcomed them all to the first of the Autumn sessions and then handed over to me and Sherry.  We decided that I would take the first one, Sherry do the second, etc, and so that was me!  I don't know why, but I always feel totally nervous standing there in front of all those people, wanting us to make them run 5k!  Well I am sure that later on, the further we go on in the course then they will know that it is all about them getting themselves around a 5k route, because without their willingness, determination, dedication and perseverance then whatever we tell them, won't make them fly around the park this time in a couple of months time!

That is one of the things that I love about doing the beginners, watching them as they realise that they are doing it, they are in control and they will be achieving their goals.  It's a sheer buzz, and that's why I will continue to encourage and do what I can for those that want to start running.

The session on Saturday was quite straightforward and a very gentle start for everyone.  We started off with the two lap walk around the rec at quite a brisk pace and then the drills, to get the muscles loosened up.  Once we were all warmed up we got straight into the session, 5 lots of 1 min run 5 mins walk.  That's all we had to do, 5 reps of walking and running.  I know they will be surprised to find out how quickly that minute goes and how they really could run for longer!  But we don't want to hurry things along like this because injuries can and do occur if you try and push too much too quickly.

The session was over really quickly, and I was still buzzing.....still nervous too, but very happy that  it went really well.  There was someone who had pulled a muscle in the calf, I just hope that it won't put him off.  Exercise is just so good, it's not only good for your body (honest, it really is better for you) but it's also good for your mind, your moods and just about anything else!  You can even pray, talk to the big man up stairs!  I know I do often. I feel sure that the new newbies are going to just enjoy being out their enjoying themselves. %There were 52 people who started on Saturday, some of them are coming back because they didn't finish the last course, injuries, life just got in the way, so they are back to finish what they started.  We also had over 20 PWR's, that was amazing.  I know that all the runners are really pleased to see and chat to our members!

Now it's down to that determination and perseverance, now they need to do the homework, which is to repeat the session that we just done, at least once more during the week!  I know that some of the beginners met up today at the rec to all train together!  The beauty of FaceBook, they can all chat on one site and make arrangements!  Well, I am looking forward to the next session, led by Sherry, and then I can get in among the runners and have a chat with them all!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Back At Track!

Hello bloggers!

It's that time of year again, the summer core training has finished and track is calling!  I usually decide to relax for a few weeks, not do any running on a Thursday evening, you know, have a little break!  But then I usually find it blimmin hard to get back into it and find something very interesting on the telly that I really do need to watch!

My lovely middle childs wedding is coming up real soon, I can't believe that is just over a month away, that is the reason that I am not sitting down watching telly!  I am so excited about it!  We haven't had a wedding in the family for quite some time!  And it really is motivational, when you have something excited to look forward to, you tend to go all out!

I turned up at track, early, well I thought I was going to have Tracy with me but she is having a bit of a rest, I think maybe she been going to crazy with her exercise, and I was chatting to some Track Newbies, Wendy, Emma and Hannah!  They all looked terrified, I tried to reassure them that it was going to be just fine, but I think PhysioMiketheMod (he has quite a few nick names actually!) did a better job reassuring them, and of course explaining all about track.

Our session this evening was 5 reps of 800 metres. that's 5 times twice around the track with 90 seconds rest.  The faster runners, those that run parkrun in 28 mins or faster, will be doing 2 and half laps with 90 seconds rest.  We started of with a tempo run  I smiled. I smiled because not only was I back at track, with strangely I have missed, but I smiled because just as we ran to the first corner everybody was already pulling away in front of me, I was still at the back!  It's fine, it's no problem.  Being the only group 1 representative is good!  Maybe I can persuade some other group 1's to come along and join in.  It is a great way of getting faster, you just ask some of the tracksters!  They have all improved their speed!  I am hoping to do the same.....not that I am competitive or anything.....well, maybe just a bit!

We did some drills and then we started with the session.  On the first rep I noticed that Hannah was behind me!  That's my place usually, I can only presume that she just over did the first tempo runs and stuff!  She normally is way ahead of me.  I think it actually gave me a little bit of a boost, and I kept trying to keep just a little bit of a gap between us.  I don't think she knew how much she was helping me to keep going.  I think maybe I should have felt a bit concerned that she was behind me because she could have actually injured herself!  I kept going though, I felt sure that if she was hurting then she would stop running, so I continued to 'use her' as my pacer from behind.

By the 3rd rep I started looking at the time each time I finished a 2 lap rep, because usually I don't have enough time to finish one of these sessions and  have to finish on a short rep, but it seems I am going to be able to do the whole session the PhysioMikeTheMod has for us!

On the very last lap I had a bit of a blip, a had a little pain in my left knee!  I tried to ignore it but it wouldn't go.  So I slowed down and started walking for a bit, it eased off.  Maybe I really was just pushing slightly to hard for a first track session back.  But it still felt great, the other runners are just as friendly and encouraging as ever,  the Ponds were there, Stephen and Matthew, running as fast as ever!  No wonder they are doing brilliantly in all their races and parkruns!

Geeky stats for you.